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'.
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. http://steve.witiuk@gmail.com 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........
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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.  https://www.district5050.org/stories/online-training-opportunities

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: https://site.clubrunner.ca/page/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 – www.BerrisfordsIT.ca or send me an email at michael@berrisfordsit.ca
    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 - https://district5050.org/event/club-training-fiesta-opening-session/
    Registration for other sessions on district5050.org

    District Conference
    May 14-15
    Registration and information https://district5050.org/50004/Page/ShowSitePage?ClassCode=SitePage&Slug=district-conference-2021


    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 sumiqwuelu.eventbrite.ca
    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: https://tricitiesdispatch.com?rh_ref=ebe03991&utm_source=email

    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 - https://fundraising.purdys.com/1208806-83886

    Port Moody Give a Ham - https://www.rb.gy/pc3yx2

    Last chance to get your order in:

    Coquitlam Sunrise Quiz night - http://douglascollege.ca/quiznight

    Coquitlam Sunrise Auction (part of quiz night) now live - https://www.32auctions.com/quiznight2021

    Haney/Meadow Ridge Duck Race - http://Rotaryduckrace.ca


    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:  plcuthbert6@gmail.com


    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 Treasurer@PortMoodyRotary.ca

    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 Events@PortMoodyRotary.ca 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:  joe@byg.ca or at the YoBro Yo Girl Institute:  ybyg.ca
    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 Treasurer@PortMoodyRotary.ca

    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 Events@PortMoodyRotary.ca 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:  https://yellowhousefarm.ca
    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 igay@sd43.bc.ca 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 other...it 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: yourclairechoice@gmail.com
    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: https://mailchi.mp/8bd3b7b0342a/6kkv5gbvnx 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: lindabalzer@telus.net
    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 photography.....so 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: https://rotaractfv.square.site/. 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:     steve.witiuk@gmail.com
    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.  steve.witiuk@gmail.com

    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: https://tinyurl.com/nvtrivia21
    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: https://pomoarts.ca/exhibitions/winter-treasures-2020

    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. snowarizona@gmail.com


    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 media@volunteercancerdrivers.ca


    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: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/12109  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?  Outside....safe...
    Reminder Linda Balzer 2020-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

    Another good week

    For some of us COVID has escalated binge viewing to new heights.  We started a few years ago with Netflix, added Amazon Prime and maybe Disney Plus.  For the most part this switch to "streaming" has rendered your classic and pretty comprehensive DVD collection obsolete.
    When we toured the Belize Prison we learned that the primary means of "entertainment" in the prison was the use of small portable DVD players and a small library of DVD movies that circulate in prison.  Inmates do not have access to TV in their cells, and don't have access to cable television.
    As part of the Belize project we will be sending a container to Belize in September.  It will contain the educational supplies for our project, as well as medical and other supplies collected with the assistance of Rotary World Help.
    We would like to place a collection of used DVD movies on board as well.
    If your DVD collection is gathering dust, or if somehow you ended up with two copies of "Forest Gump" I'd be happy to take them off your hands.  Please get in touch with me and I'll make arrangements to "safely" pick them up.  Please ask your friends and neighbours too.
    Last weeks speaker:  
    Steve Rutledge  -Adopt A Village in Laos

    If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Steve anytime and feel free to forward his contact information.  Meanwhile, here is a link to the youtube video that he presented last week.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0PDnQHbPR8

    Campers:  Steve & Lauralea
    We have arrived at our new pad for the next two weeks.  Awesome summer weather with great views of the lake and lots of privacy with our campsite.

    This is a fun event where each Team/Car will be given a Task/Route Sheet where you will have to solve various clues.
    At various check stops each Team/Car will draw a playing card until you have a poker hand.
    Ist Prize --------The Best Poker hand
    2nd Prize-------The most points
    3rd Prize--------The lowest mileage/klms
    We will all meet at Rocky Point Park at our Rotary Tent
    This event is ideal for respecting Covid-19 guidelines
    DATE :                 SEPT 5th. Saturday
    START TIME:      12:00PM.   (All cars/teams away by 1:00pm)
    TEAMS/CARS:     2-4 people
    COST:                     $5:00 per person.
    Please get back to Peter by Aug 17th 2020
    You will have a good time!
    Most people are!!!
    SHARE and Blueberries
    SHARE was very happy to receive 45lbs of organic blue berries for their clients from our club today (Aug 4th).
    The sun was shining, the berries were being popped into the bucket and into the mouths, and Gladys was thrilled at being in Blueberry Heaven (apparently we have bigger bushes than in Newfoundland). 
    It was a GREAT morning!
    Thank you sooooo much to Jas Thiara for letting us glean their organic blue berries from their family farm on 431 A Prairie Ave to give to the SHARE food bank.
    Thank you so much to  Ava ( Jeannie's grand daughter& the picker of berries, bringer of drinks and berry collector), Jeannie, Gladys, Brian W., Bill, and Maureen Crocket (of Martini Mama Fame) & Cleone for your being official Blue Berry Gleaners.
    Sorry this was short notice. It was an opportunistic event and one that  could be repeated in the future if we have pickers. 
    Vida and Cleone
    Trish & Ian:  Here are a few photos of the Allan Block wall we built in the back yard. I say we, but Ian really did most of the work. A lot of very heavy lifting. Now the fun starts. Next we will be leveling the yard and putting in a lawn. 
    Patty & Don have a new edition to their family.  Angie 
    Terry picking Blackberries
    Another good week Linda Balzer 2020-08-03 07:00:00Z 0

    A BRAND new Month 

    This is a brand new month and we will be meeting in person at St. James' Well.  7:00AM.  Those of us that do not feel comfortable yet, please go 'on line' and join in via ZOOM.
    Thank you Bill:
    August 8th, 2020 - Heritage Mtn. Clean-up
    Meet at Gallaghers at 9:00 am
    Always a fun time and shows the community we care.  Wear your Rotary Shirts and we meet for coffee after.
    Steve: In prepping for our upcoming holiday completed a few items on the honey do list:
    New bread board for the trailer to gain counter space over the sink area
    Put in a couple of shelves in the cupboards beside the bed
    Trailers almost packed and ready to go for pulling out this weekend.  
    See you sometime after Sept 15th. 

    Have fun you two......
    Another one from Bill: can't you just hear him laughing?
    Brian's photos in Poco
    Never thought this would be sooo much work, but it is DONE!!
    1. This is what our bedroom looked like during RENO
    Please don't forget to ask for your liquor bill to go to the Rotary Club of Port Moody program.   You will be surprised to hear how much money we have in our account since May 11th, 2020.  WOW !!!!  Also please ask your family and friends to also request that the bill goes to our Rotary Club.  The more the merrier.
    Port Moody Liquor Store 
    4 – 2929 St. John’s Street 
    Port Moody, BC. V3H2C2

    Blueberries for SHARE. - 

    Who doesn't love fresh blueberries! Vida and I thought some of SHARE's clients would love them as well and so did one of the blueberry farmers. 

    So come on out and let's clean up what is left of her field, and then bring them to SHARE on Tues morn. Wed they will be in boxes for SHARE's clients to enjoy.

    Tues Aug 2nd - 8:30 am - 10:30 am (or earlier if there are lots of us)

    431 A Prairie Ave

    Please register or let me know. Thanks!

    Bring a bucket and a smile!

    Vida and Cleone

    PS The short notice is because it was an opportunistic idea at the end of that farm's season. If this pilot works there may be more in the future.

    A BRAND new Month Linda Balzer 2020-07-28 07:00:00Z 0

    July is almost over

    Hope you had a wonderful July - Can you believe we are almost at the end of the Month?
    We are going to do something new, copied from the Oro Valley Rotary Club.  Something like our Classification talks, but we will call it......What makes ....????  Tic?
    This week it will be Gayle Carter telling us what makes her 'tic'.
    David has been busy building his deck...
    Bill :  Here's our RIBFEST dinner. Sticky ribs, potato salad and fresh corn on the cob.
    This is the only time you will see Bill eating on a RIBFEST weekend.  
    Harrison Hot Springs has been spectacular......
    Mike is eating ribs, golfing, and hiking in Wells Grey Provincial Park!
    Thanks for the post PP Al
    Terry:  Part 2 of the Jug Island “biathlon”.  Hike in from Belcarra and then paddle back.
    PP Al - Papa's happy place with Dasha and Olenka
    Steve:  Fresh blueberries from our bushes!! The grapes are coming along great for their first crop. 
    Have YOU been telling the Port Moody Liquor Store that you would like your purchase amount going to the Rotary Club of Port Moody?
    Don't forget please.  We get 4% back from your purchase.
    July is almost over Linda Balzer 2020-07-21 07:00:00Z 0


    We are so grateful for all our members and how much we all care for each and everyone of them.
    Our Yvonne was making rusks right after her first radiation and then the next day headed for eye surgery.  You are 1 amazing woman Yvonne.
    For those not in the know, rusks are kind of like biscotti, and a much loved South African treat. And crunchies
    Eye surgery prep....
    Bob & Gayle came to Harrison to visit and go for a hike & lunch.
    Do YOU remember?  This is so much fun for 'some' of us !!!
    Terry & Susan Hiking Buntzen Lake
    RIBFEST weekend
    GaryOur Saturday RIBFEST dinner. A nice thick T-bone steak from Thrifty. Soooooo good!!!
    Linda:  Mess on my face - RIBS
    Alan:  Rib eating
    Michael & Coreen's RIB dinner
    Grateful Linda Balzer 2020-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

     Would have been

    If you would like to join our virtual meetings on Wednesday mornings, please contact me and we will make sure you are 'on the list'...
    This would have been RIBFEST weekend......Next year the Community will enjoy again

    Recon of Westhill Park

    Nice to see such a good group come out at clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  Thanks to Alan for organizing each month.
    Look what Bob & Gayle found in Bert Flinn park......Very poisonous
    Alan K enjoying the ocean.
    Dave took this photo after the Clean-up of Heritage Mtn. on Saturday.  Beautiful flowers.
    Another beautiful Sunday and no Summer Sundays concert.......next year.
    Our Installation night party will be on August 27th, 2020 at Saint Street Grill.  5:30pm.  This night is a get together without 'many' speeches.  PP Cleone will give out her Paul Harris award and President Meghan will give us her vision for this coming year. We have already had the Installation of directors virtually.   Jay will make sure we are following the guidelines for his restaurant.  I will be sending out an invitation to you and please let us know if you are comfortable going to this party.  We will need numbers for Jay so please let usknow as soon as possible.
    Thanks.....will be fun to see everyone again.
    Linda & Gayle
    Coreen is growing Strawberries
    Steve:  Week 2 of Lauralea’s retirement
    Pics from Golden Ears
    Lexie’s napping after her walk to the Lower Falls and back
    We just got home today and will stay put for 2 weeks until we head out in Aug 3rd for another 2 weeks.  Cheers
    Would have been Linda Balzer 2020-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

    Summer is here

    Summer is here.....Enjoy each day
    Happy 4th of July to all our American family and friends.
    Coreen getting ready to make up our BBQ Canada Day Packs ……
    Heritage Mountain Blvd. Clean-up
    We are restarting the cleanup of Heritage Mountain Blvd.
    July 11th
    Start at 9:00 am
    Meet at Gallagher's coffee shop
    Usually takes less than one hour - meet up again for a social distanced coffee after completing the clean up.
    Everyone is welcome - the more the merrier
    Great way to get some exercise and interact with fellow Rotarians
    Thanks to PP Alan for organizing us.
    Steve:  Staying Safe on the water with Lexie and enjoying Lauralea’s first week of retirement.  Police Boat rescued 2 paddlers who were out in rough water conditions.  Lucky to have been picked up before something worse could have happened.  
    Cleone thanking Bonnie for space in Kenyan container
    Cleone's son's wedding.....Dressed by the hospital staff for a drive-by surprise honking, balloon filled parade of hospital staff the eve of Cleone's son's wedding.  Everyone got cupcakes.
    Cleone:  Jasper was so beautiful as I drove to son's wedding.  I remember hiking up the the top of the cliff face on Roche Miette
     PP Al:  11.5 hours on the bike Sunday (Kathy stayed home)
    Duffy lake loop

    Pictures are Fraser River lillooet
    Our first Board meeting of the year at Rocky Point Park.  Thank you to Glen for taking the photos.
    President Meghan did a great job chairing the meeting.  Would be great to have more meetings in the park.  Thoughts?
    Summer is here Linda Balzer 2020-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

    Happy Canada Day

    Happy Canada Day
    Aziz and family were the Canadian Flag fairies this year in Treetops Complex.  Thank you Aziz and to MP Nelly Shin for providing the flags
    Walter Peachy originally built our Little Free Library and it needed to be refurbished. Walter built a new roof with new shingles and Michael Berrisford sanded and painted. Gayle Carter keeps the library full of books on a regular bases. Thank you everyone that helped with this project and uses the library. It is just along shoreline trail by Old Orchard if you ever need a destination. Please feel free to take a book or bring one - for any age and reading level.


    Every year at this time we meet at the Saint Street Grill to celebrate the outgoing President and welcome the new President. 

    Thank you to Bev Harrington DG 2021-2022 for doing such a great job Inducting Meghan as President and Inducting the new Board as well as giving 'all' members a responsibility to help in all ways that they are able.

    And to Raj Rajagopal - DG 2022-2023 for his kind words

    And to Carol Tichelman - DG 2020 - 2021 for always being so supportive of our Rotary Club and for her very kind words.  Carol is looking forward to working with Meghan this coming year.

    The New Board is:

    President: Meghan Lahti
    President Elect: Coreen Berrisford
    Treasurer: Michael Berrisford
    Secretary: Alan Schmelzel
    Vice President/Port Moody Foundation: Mike Clay Rotary Foundation/Past President: Cleone Todgham Community: Coreen Berrisford
    Membership: Gayle Carter
    Youth: Steve Witiuk
    International: Glen Brown
    Club Service: Linda Balzer
    Vocational: Paul Mitchell-Banks
    Public Relations: Claire Lambert

    Thank you Cleone Todgham for your year of service as president. Welcome Meghan Lahti as our new 2020- 2021 President. 

    Thank you everyone that served on the board for 2019 - 2020
    - and welcome all of the board members for 2020 - 2021 to support Meghan and the Rotary Club Port Moody. 

    Some of the things that were achieved in 2019 to 2020 term were:
    Monthly pie days at the Eagle Ridge Manor, Bi weekly readings to the patients at Eagle Ridge Manor in the evening, a Christmas party hosted by the club and decorating the outside and inside of the Eagle Ridge Manor as well as supporting their music program. 

    Hot chocolate stands, cookie decorating and face painting at the Christmas train which supports Share 

    Sewing 2500 masks during the Covid pandemic for locals.

    Sewing 50 Days for Girls kits. 

    A Remembrance Day wreath. 

    $21,000 to send kids to camp.

    $48,000 in grants to local groups, Schools or nonprofits.

    Rotary Club Port Moody also donated Internationally…

    Currently to the Belize educational project, Ecuador medical and educational project, Kenya educational and medical project and South Africa feed the people event and also a school project. 

    There is so much to be proud of of all of the accomplishments from the Rotary Club Port Moody.

    Thank you everyone for continuing to support our club without you, we would not be able to do what we do.

    If you are interested in joining the Rotary Club Port Moody, please reach out to us and send us a line! 


    We are looking forward to our annual Shred-a-Thon this September 12th from 9 am till the truck is full.

    And although we have had to pause our Search for the Perfect Pint and our RIBFEST this year, we are more than ready to have you all back enjoying this community next year. 


    Anthony:  Enjoying the pool!
    What a great Husband !!!
    Bill:  This was our little Father's Day meeting with our Daughter's family in Pioneer park
    Terry's Happy Place
    Heritage Mtn. Blvd.
    Kenya Container loaded and on it's way.  Thanks to Dan, Cleone, Bill, Ian, Michael &  past member Jim McGrandles  and anyone I missed.  Well done.
    Steve and his beautiful 'retired' wife Lauralea
    Spending next week in Porteau Cove.  This will be our evening sunset each night while we are there. Glamping at it's best:
    We’ve opened our second YMCA this week so I’m here helping the team welcome back our members and helping members learn the new health and safety systems. 
    Steve:  Celebrating Lauralea’s last day of work
    One of Jeannie's photo's
    Happy Canada Day Linda Balzer 2020-06-23 07:00:00Z 0

    Everyone is busy


    WOW it is almost the end of June......Where did that time go?
    It is with a very sad heart that I inform you that Louise Thorburn passed away on June 17th, 2020.  Louise was a very active member of the Coquitlam Sunrise club and she will be missed by all that knew her.
    Louise was the lady that 'coined the phrase':  'Rotary is where my friends are'.  On a personal note, I followed Louise as President of the Sunrise Club and she was a fantastic mentor.  
    RIP Louise.....xoxoxo
    This Thursday, June 25th, is our virtual INSTALLATION NIGHT.  Please log in and welcome Meghan as our new President for 2020-2021 and THANK PRESIDENT CLEONE for leadership she has provided for this past year.
    We would love to have everyone 'on line' for this night at 5:30 pm.  Have your beverage of choice ready for a toast.  Thank you !!!!
    This is the login:  

    Join Zoom Meeting



    Meeting ID: 932 039 7759

    See you then.....
    Yvonne has been baking:  Peanut Butter Biscuits
    Eagle Ridge Manor Music program
    Currently anyone can view all the videos on the Health Arts Society YouTube channel and  their website:  https://www.healtharts.org/british-columbia
    A new video is posted each Wednesday, and one will be uploaded later this morning.
    Here is a recent comment from the contact at Eagle Ridge.  Her reference to Azrieli Foundation is because I mentioned to the homes that the Foundation made a contribution to the video series:
    These videos do not come from the funding the club and Paul provided, these are in lieu of the live performances which are on hold.  Our funded performances will continue once we get a handle on Covid-19.
    Thank you Raymond – these are fantastic and so very well received and appreciated…Every one of these have made a positive impact to improve the life of our residents here.   Please send a huge thank you to the Azrieli Foundation – that’s so wonderful of them. 
    Take care Raymond! 
    Warm regards,
    Lori Carlisle, Recreation Therapist, ERM  
    Do you remember making these for school books?
     Container going to Kenya.   Thank you ROTARY WORLD HELP......
    Our Little Lending Library will be up soon.  Thank you to Michael for staining and for Walter Peachy for the new roof.  Looking very 'spiffy'
    Wild life in Port Moody
    In Alan's back yard:
    And Michael & Coreen's home - 
    Ladies night out......Lobster feast. - Cleone, Jeannie and Gladys and friends.....
    Gary & Hazel:  On our walk to Rocky Point. What a beautiful place we live in ...Port Moody 
    Al & Kathy hiking Manning Park
    Great hike in Harrison with Steve & Lauralea & Lexie
    Dave:  Cathy at Romer's on the deck.
    Now we all know just how romantic Darrell is:  What a beautiful Anniversary dinner.  Happy Anniversary Darrell & Krista

    Anniversary dinner - Covid style - great take out from Rosa's and table with candles at Rocky Point presentation stage. Listening to soundtrack from A Good Year and awaiting the Solstice!

    Peter & Cindy

    We had a fun and different time, enjoying this new experience for us, celebrating Fathers Day at Cultus Lake, with Martin, Mika & Kai. 
    We played a 18hole mini golf at the beautiful Legends Golf course.  WE DID Camping “stuff” :- paddling in the lake, camp fire, and of course, roasting marsh-mellows, singing, good food and  great company————generally a  fun time with our grand kids.
    Thank you Valentine....so very thoughtful of you.....
    Everyone is busy  Linda Balzer 2020-06-16 07:00:00Z 0

    The Good Life

    The Good Life
    Jason:  When I’m not sleeping or sitting in front of my computer 10 hours a day, I try and get out for hikes with Sue and our dog. 
    Dave : Hike up Sugar Mountain with Tony and Cathy
    Bob & Gayle in Bert Flinn
    Glen:  Here are some of the folks working on a potential GG to support sanitation at 6 schools in rural Kenya.  Clockwise from top left - Glen; Terry Umbach (Sechelt);  James Musyoka (Wumunyu, Kenya); Sharon Runge (Kenya Connect, Baltimore, Maryland).
    Aziz - Congratulations for being on the Board for Treetops Community
    The on going Reno at the Cuthbert's....Pete the Plumber
    Michael:  Whyte lake
    The Good Life Linda Balzer 2020-06-12 07:00:00Z 0

    It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood 

    It's always a Beautiful day in the Neighbourhood 
    Guess who's camping?  Steve and Lauralea
    Rotary's Grand Auction
    Please pass this along to all your friends and family either on Social Media or via your contacts.
    This is a 'month long' auction and will be one of our only fundraisers this year.
    You can still donate to our Auction.  Please contact us today.
    Bob's garden
    Located in: Port Moody Centre
    Address: 2929 St John's Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 2C2
    Our Port Moody Liquor store has offered us a great opportunity.  Every time you go to the Port Moody Liquor store on St. John's Street [by the 711]and purchase something our Rotary Club of Port Moody will get 4% back of the sales.  This is a win win for everyone.  Doesn't cost us anything [very similar to Thriftys card but you don't have to 'load it']. AND you can start 'today'.  When you make a purchase, please just mention that you would like the VIP REBATE to go the 
    Port Moody Liquor Store has been very supportive to our Rotary Club in the past, giving us gift certificates for our Fundraisers.
    Good turnout for our virtual meeting  27 members and guests.  Just a few shown here.
    Rick Chimblo from Oro Valley joined us and then had to leave to go for their hike at 7:00 am because it was already 90 degrees in the morning. 
    Rhian Piprell - Guest Speaker and PP of Coquitlam Club.
    Rhian Piprell was our guest speaker this morning talking about her 2 year stay in Myanmar.
    Very interesting.
    Past Member and Director of the RWHN Steve Gable is in hospital and we send our prayers and good wishes for a speedy recovery.
    Get well soon Steve.
    Claire:  My Mum beside me and my step mum beside her.
    Coreen:  Best tomato plant
    Al & Kathy have been busy hiking
    Dias Vista
    Vandusen gardens
    Walking by Fraser river
    Pitt Meadows Rotary trail
    AND golfing with guess who?
    Isy has been busy baking.  Looks like we all know where to go for coffee and treats.
    Dave & Cathy hiked to Jug Island with Tony and Lynda Spence.
    Too Close
    Patty and Don are expecting a baby girl - Angie.......soon she will be home
    It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood Linda Balzer 2020-06-03 07:00:00Z 0

    It's a GREAT day

    It's always a GREAT DAY !!!
    Peter & Cindy renovation of Main Bath
    Big job Peter !!!  
    Al & Kathy hiking in Golden Ears [we do live in a beautiful part of the world]
    Peter & Cindy :  My en- suite gone!
    Mike Poznanski 
    Here’s a photo of me working at the office on this lovely Monday morning.
    I spent much of Saturday afternoon watching the rocket launch on tv while facetime was on connecting me with my nephew and niece.  They had a Lego rocketship built and some artwork showing “Bob and Doug on the moon”.  Pretty cute.  My nephew Roman rode his bike without training wheels on Sunday!

    Lots of members hiking in the Forest
    Michael & Coreen and President Cleone
    Notes from Bill:
    A place where women curl up and dye.
    The only animal you eat before they are born and after they are dead. 
    A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
    Mud with the juice squeezed out.
    Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation. 
    Cold Storage. 
    Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
    An insect that makes you like flies better. 
    A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority.
    A grape with a sunburn. 
    A story you tell to one person at a time.
    A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.
    The pain that drives you to extraction.
    One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.
    An honest opinion openly expressed. 
    Something other people have....similar to my character lines. 
    I very quietly confided to my friend that I was having an Affair.
    She turned to me and asked, "Are you having it catered?"
    . . . and that, my friend, is the definition of 'OLD'!!!
    In youth, the days are short and the years are long.  In old age, the years are short and days long.
    It's a GREAT day Linda Balzer 2020-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

    A new Week

    A new week with new possibilities 
    Meeting guests:
    Cisco Woods - Rotary Club of Belize 

    I am so proud to be able to introduce you to a man that both George and I have great respect for.

    Francis Woods is his birth name but we met him at a Rotary meeting in Belize City nearly a decade ago as CISCO and I’m proud to say he and his wife Jacky have become very good friends of ours.

    He is the Chief Executive Officer of Cisco Construction Company and founder of the Old Belize recreation center, located on the outskirts of Belize City.

    Under Cisco’s leadership, Cisco Construction has evolved into a responsible corporate citizen, offering humanitarian social services to and within communities where the company has worked. In fact, at the locations where its projects are based, the company provides employment for Belizean residents and also provides valuable assistance to nearby villages.

    He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Kolbe Foundation, which seeks to successfully rehabilitate and integrate individuals, who have come in conflict with the law, back into society. Through his company, Cisco and Kolbe established a program which offers employment to rehabilitated persons as an opportunity to transform their lives and become productive citizens.  It is through Cisco that we as a Club have put together with other clubs in our Global Grant.  Glen and Al have worked very hard to make this possible and Cisco has been instrumental with helping us put this together.  This GG will have 7 or 8 of our members going to Belize and seeing first hand what this amazing man is capable of in the country of Belize. 

    Marc Snow - AG 5500 and PP of Rotary Club of Oro Valley
    Rick Chimblo - Rotary Club of Oro Valley
    Kristina Murray - Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation 
    Aultrust Financial + Rotary =  Tilt/Comode Chair for Manor Residents 
    A Rotarian and managing partner of Aultrust, called to see how the $5,000 they wanted to donate for RIBFEST could best serve Port Moody. We had received a request from the Eagleridge Hospital Foundation that the tilt/comode chair would help ensure dignity and safety of the Eagle Ridge Manor residents. The chair cost $6,181.28. With our major fundraisers cancelled, Aultrust's donation was a perfect complement!
    Kristina Murray, from the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation, was able to attend our virtual May 20th meeting and accept the cheque with a smile on behalf of the residents of Eagle Ridge Manor at a time when the residents are facing Covid challenges. 
    Rotary helping people help people!
    Claire:  We can always count on Claire being out first thing in the morning for a hike.
    New View Society gets Rotary Masks!
    Donna, the Manager, employment for the New View Society accepts our donation of 50 cloth masks with a smile! Their slogan is "Community Health Through Mental Health". Port Moody Rotary Club is happy to inspire them to smile at a time when the Covid Virus is creating so much stress for this vulnerable population.
    There is a Gnome in the woods - oh no, it's President Cleone
    Pads Denim is a Poppa!   Here is a photo of the Helicopter Litter.  The Mom is Pads Reece.   Unfortunately Denim looks to be a deadbeat Dad, no interest at all in parenting responsibilities and disputes whether the puppies are his .... but the DNA didn't lie!! 
    Dave photo of Crystal Falls
    Peter is collecting for the Auction........What have you found to help out.  Please call Meghan if you have a bottle of wine to donate.
    AG Al & Kathy really need to get 'out'
    Kathy and I have been visiting with the couple in the window 😃

    Ian & Trish :Bit by bit we are adding to our house...this painting by my cousin Don in SA...little bit of my family story..pretty excited to put it up!
    Such a beautiful piece of art and keepsake.  Beautiful Trish & Ian...
    Bob & Gayle:  More of Bert Flinn magic....
    This young couple go out hiking everyday.....
    Alan K has been busy !!!
    A little gardening and landscaping a stone path and mulched a new sitting area. Whew...
     David & Jen
    Jen and I out for a walk today on our 23rd Anniversary with our puppy Camper. 
    A new Week Linda Balzer 2020-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

    The good life

    What a great week.....
    Great meeting again.  It is so good to see everyone's faces.
    Located in: Port Moody Centre
    Address: 2929 St John's Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 2C2
    Our Port Moody Liquor store has offered us a great opportunity.  Every time you go to the Port Moody Liquor store on St. John's Street [by the 711]and purchase something our Rotary Club of Port Moody will get 4% back of the sales.  This is a win win for everyone.  Doesn't cost us anything [very similar to Thriftys card but you don't have to 'load it']. AND you can start 'today'.  When you make a purchase, please just mention that you would like the 
    VIP REBATE to go the 
    Port Moody Liquor Store has been very supportive to our Rotary Club in the past, giving us gift certificates for our Fundraisers.
    I will have the cards for you to hand out to your friends and family in about 1 week but in the meantime, when you go there, please just say you would like the rebate to go to our Rotary Club.
    Glen:  This week I was invited (as a past President) to the 20th anniversary of the chartering of the Rotary club of sunshine coast - Sechelt.  Lots of ZOOM fun and memories.  PS this club does an amazing scotch tasting dinner every October. 

    Cleone dropped by and said not to worry about having staples out....this will work.....
    Thank you President Cleone.
    Yvonne playing pinball
    My husband purchased a world map...gave me a dart and said "throw this and wherever it lands I'm taking you for a holiday when this pandemic is over". Turns out we're spending two weeks behind the fridge. 
    I've returned to one of my favourite hobbies/pastimes of my youth. I've made 5 and have 5 more to go.

    From Navid:
    Here are some updates:
    We’re hosting a webinar on Thursday 21st, at noon.
    It is an interesting topic of COVID-19 Impact on Real Estate. (I think we can share it with the members 😃)
    also calendar attached.
    For Childcare we have created over 150 videos, providing our families and communities with some circle times, children songs, reading time and many activities that can be done at home with children. All these are on our youtube channel of Parkland Players.
    I think botht he webinar and childcare video channel can be informative and usefull to our memebers and community.
    Other than working 24/7 if there is time I go for a rides to UBC & Deep Cove.
    See you on Wednesday,
    Navid Morawej
    Mask making kit workshop at President Cleone's home
    Yvonne & Jeannie
    President Cleone
    Please mark your calendars, tell your friends and neighbours.  We have a date:  September 12th, 2020 is our SHRED-A-THON.  We will need your help that day.....always fun.  Thanks to Peter for already signing up.
    Steve and Lauralea had added more to their deck.  Let the party begin!!! Well done
    The good life Linda Balzer 2020-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

    Today is Good

    Today is a good day....
    Coreen & Cleone dropped off masks at Community Ventures.
    Thank you for the beautiful orchid ....My favourite flower
    I am not sure how to express my love and gratitude for each and everyone of you.  I am humbled but forever grateful for all the prayers, good wishes, calls, texts and emails.  This is my journey and you have all come along for the ride and I couldn't have faced it without you all.  GOD is good and HE has answered all our prayers. I am anxious to see what is in store for George and I in this next chapter.
    Thank you all for being in our lives.  Rotary is truly where our friends are.  
    Love & Hugs to each and everyone of you.
    Linda & George xoxox
    Thank you so much.  Yes I'm crying !!!
    Pretty wild how we used to eat cake after someone had blown on it...
    Good times
    Meghan has a green thumb.....Looks amazing
    Peter sanding deck so we can have Happy Hour soon.
    Dave Stone's amazing photography
    Steve & Lauralea have been busy with their back yard.  Looking FABULOUS
    Every day we hike we build one
    Mother's Day Brunch, Social Distance style
    Dearest Cleone put it together, then invited Jeannie, Gaye Simms, Maureen and myself to the lawn out front
    It was so good to actually see people, even from 6' apart.
    A new opportunity for some money for our Club
    Located in: Port Moody Centre
    Address: 2929 St John's Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 2C2
    Our Port Moody Liquor store has offered us a great opportunity.  I will be giving out 'cards' -[when I get them we will set up time and date to get them] and every time you go to the Port Moody Liquor store on St. John's Street [by the 711] you will show them your card and our Rotary Club of Port Moody will get 4% back of the sales.  This is a win win for everyone.  Doesn't cost us anything [very similar to Thriftys card but you don't have to 'load it']. AND you can start 'today'.  When you make a purchase, please just mention that you would like the
    VIP REBATE to go the
    Port Moody Liquor Store has been very supportive to our Rotary Club in the past, giving us gift certificates for our Fundraisers.
    I will have the cards for you to hand out to your friends and family in about 1 week but in the meantime, when you go there, please just say you would like the rebate to go to our Rotary Club.
    Thanks everyone.
    Linda ;o)
    Today is Good Linda Balzer 2020-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

    We have a GREAT life

    Hope you have a great Cinco de Mayo  - share your best Mexican recipe......
    Guest Speaker : Edina Mehovic

    Edina Mehovic from RI headquarters in Chicago who was kind enough to review what the foundation was all about how her life has been impacted through support from the only recognized 4 star charity…. The Rotary Foundation.
     Annual Giving Officer, Zones 28W & 29 | The Rotary Foundation
     Tel 847.425.5612 

    Pretty timely given the impact that COVID has had globally…certainly as our club now meets virtually and our fellowship is more along the lines of virtual hugs than physical how are able to contribute is important. As we all know the funds we contribute allow us to qualify and receive matching grants from the district, RI and in some cases other agencies like the Gov’t of Canada. 

    As an FYI..our club over its tenure has contributed $180,101 US!

     That was exactly how we were able to leverage a 12,500 USD club contribution to the prevention and screening program in Ecuador. Our 12,500 in addition contributions from Oro Valley, Calgary, Sedro Woolley Rotary Clubs and the Gov’t of Canada turned into 178,580 USD..a significant amount that is now making a difference in 2 key health issues in Ecuador. It is also a significant contributor to our Belize project headed up by Glen and Al.

    Times are indeed challenging…but as we are not currently contributing for a weekly breakfast if you are able why not contribute directly via myrotary.org? That way we can stay the course for “every Rotarian every year” (100 usd goal/person per year), gain Paul Harris recognition and contribute to any number of directed areas within Rotary ..perfect trifecta.

    To check it out go to:  my.rotary.org  (sign in)…go to either “Profile” or “Donate”



    In the profile area…under your name and to the right click on “Donor Self Service”

    If you want to set up a recurring transaction, simply hit the “ADD button” ..that will take you to 

    A “Choose what you would like to support page”…have a recce / explore and pick what works for you….

    “Enrollment Details”….followed by Personal Information & Payment Details…a great way to bleed your bank account…AND feel good about it!

    SUBMIT…and you are done…but not COOKED..-😊

    Great to have 31 at our Virtual meeting on Wednesday.....Great turnout...
    Here is the link to the Ventilator Project that Navid's sister is heading up.
    It is pretty wonderful seeing all the ways that people are helping with the Covid Challenge.
    The children in Port Moody thank the 'front line' workers....
    Look what is happening in Port Moody - Rainbow alley Klahanie.
    Chrome books arrived for Share. - thank you Michael & Coreen
    Dave & Cathy did the loop in Bert Flinn Park. Thank you for sharing your photos 
    PMOHA  - Jason Lyne. [fellow Rotarian]-  Way better than they thought.  So proud of our Community...
    The results are in... 
    You, our players and sponsors, raised a whopping $12,470.00 for the Share Food Bank in the month of April!!! 
    This amount is truly hard to believe! The Executive Team thanks each and every one of you for giving in this monumental way. We crushed our original goal of $2,500 by adding another $10,000 to it!!!!
    The power of generosity by this group is truly something special and will be felt by those in need in our community right away.
    Well done boys! Above and beyond expectations and this is appreciated more than you know.
    Humbled by all of this, many thanks...
    Your PMOHA Executive Team
    From Paul:
    I wanted to thank the club for the lovely gift and card with quotes. 
    Dear Friends and Fellow Rotarians
    Thank you so much for all your support during what has been a challenging time.  My mom, in the space of 28 hours, decided to move on to the next place, and we all hope that it is far better than the world of Alzheimer’s she left behind.  One dad and two siblings are also Rotarians, and they received support from their clubs as well – we are a global family.
    It has been a scramble to deal with the grief and the practical actions that needed to be taken, but I believe my head is now above water, and I look forward to seeing you at this Wednesday’s meeting.
    Yours in Rotary
    Gayle & Linda
    We make an  Inuksuk every day that we hike Bert Flinn.  These are 2 that are 6' apart  
    We have a GREAT life Linda Balzer 2020-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

    A Good New Week

    Getting fresh air in our great Community Bert Flinn Park
    Rock came from where?
    The Mistletoe Tree
    Steve:  Our science lesson:
    Working with my mason bees, they’ve filled 17 tubes over the past 10 days.
    The mason bees are very effective pollinators!!! Just a couple or 3 females can pollinate a mature apple tree.  They will also work on cool and rainy weather days whereas the honey bee are more likely to take the day off. The females also lay larvae. In between each larvae they seal it in with a mud wall and do this until the tube is filled.  They can have sometimes 5-7 larvae in each tube. However there are fly larvae that try to get into the tubes and then over the fall and winter feed off of the bee larvae so by spring you could only have 1/4-1/3 larvae remaining.  That’s why in October you’re supposed to take the larvae out of the tubes and clean them and put them into an incubator and store them in the fridge until spring.    
    Great Zoom meeting on the 22nd.  Thanks to Frank for setting it up.  We had 30 of our members on Zoom.
    Thanks to Aziz for the photo

    Danne and Kerry joining the parade to Eagle Ridge Hospital

    President Cleone sent this
    Just a short note to let everyone know that all went well and I am at home.

    love you all
    Just a short note to say thanks for the lovely  flowers, love and support
    I am feeling much better

    Yvonne in hospital and a thank you for the flowers that our Rotary Club of Port Moody sent to her.
    Paul we are all thinking about you.  We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom xoxoxo
    Paul wrote:

    More than seven decades together, my mom and dad are the real deal. Last night we said 'see you later' to my mom. My dad and sister Sara were there, and were courageous, and loving and simply magnificent. The rest of us kids got to say 'goodnight and we love you' by phone. Thanks mommy for loving daddy so fiercely and all of us so tenderly. Thanks for all you gave to community. You will always be in our hearts.

    Guess Who's Calling for Dinner?
    It was a fun night and was made extra special having past president Trudy with us.
    An avocado has 234 calories. A mimosas has 144. Choose wisely 🥂
    ClaireStanley Park Seawall 
    WOW we have good people in our Rotary Club .....and in our Community
    Thank you Jason Lyne for sharing what the Port Moody Old Timers Hockey Club did for SHARE.
    This is the letter they all received.
    WOW!!!! Just passing along our complete amazement at the generous and giving nature of the PMOHA brotherhood!
    We have just gone over $7,000 donated to the Share Food Bank this month! This is SO HUGE and reflects so well on us as a group here in the community!
    With so many of you able to give in the way that you have, we want to send out our most sincere THANK YOU!
    And of course if there is anyone out there who would still like to contribute, please see the email thread below on how and what to do… We will be tracking this to the end of April. Can we get to $8,000? Maybe even $10,000???
    Again, from our Executive team, the Share Food bank, but most importantly, from the people who need this the most right here in our community, THANK YOU!!! What an amazing group.
    Your PMOHA Executive Team
    We might not be having RIBFEST 2020 but we have RIBFEST masks.
    Thank you Trish
    Thank you from our Community
    My name is Camila from Walton elementary and I am in grade 4.
    I would like to thank you for lending me this laptop so I can do my online schooling. It has been a great help for my litter sister and I.
    We received the computer through our great friend Karen.
    It’s very kind of you to lend this to me and my sister.
    A Good New Week  Linda Balzer 2020-04-21 07:00:00Z 0

    A Great New day

    It is always a great day in Rotary when we induct a new member.  We inducted Trish MacPhail who was already a Rotarian in her heart.  It was wonderful to hear her husband PP Ian praise her for all the good she has done for their business and for our Community.  He is a very proud husband.....  We are so lucky to have Trish in the Rotary Club of Port Moody.  Welcome and hugs to follow......
    Guest Speaker this week - Vanessa Wideski - Low Entropy
    Thank you to Vanessa Wideski for a very inspirational talk this morning.  Vanessa was our guest speaker and gave a 'real life' accounting of her life and how we can all make the World a Better Place, by changing ourselves first.  Vanessa is with Low Entrophy......
    A New Approach to Changing Our World
    For as long as anyone can remember people have been trying to change the world. They have seen numerous problems they want to solve. They want to create safer places for people to live. They want a better future for their children. It’s a tale as old as time. 
    But despite all these efforts, have we really made the progress we so desire? 

    Looking at the past and the multitude of ways that people have tried to reduce chaos in the world, there’s been something missing in their approach. So many of these approaches rely on changing culture, changing groups of people, changing societies. What they are missing is starting at the level of personal change. 

    We believe changing the world starts with changing ourselves. Since our founding, Low Entropy has been equipping people with tools for transformational self-change. As people go through personal change, it has a ripple effect out into their communities and the world. Our intention is to inspire people towards personal growth. This is how the world will change for the better.

    Remember when you wanted the weekend to last forever?  Happy now?
    I'm sure no one in our Rotary Club is just sitting around.  Get out and get some fresh air.  So good for you.
    6:30am walk at the seawall in Vancouver - Claire and family
    As a Mom of a Dancer - this is perfect.
    PP Ian and Trish .....Lots to do in the garden...so far we’ve removed about a dozen stumps, a ton of ragged bush...
    All so we can plant those beautiful granite rocks...should grow nicely -:)
    Maybe add a small maple tree or two ??
    Glen & Marcia :  Visiting hours
    PP Al
    Checking in on the Poco club
    Wash and wax the RV
    Wash and wax the bike
    Support the BC wine industry 
    Hope all is well, miss you guys 🤗
    PP Mike working from home......He really is a great lawyer:  BTM Lawyers LLP

    Prez Cleone dropping off mask materials

    Working from home. With my tablet for video conferencing, and all my supplies. 
    Cheers. David
    Glen posted this:  Made me laugh out loud

    As part of our physical distancing effort folks have recommended to us that only one person do the shopping. ( I guess it eases congestion in the grocery stores.)

    I thought I would take that on. Who knew it was going to be such a perilous experience, shopping by myself with another persons list. Honestly, I think I have good reasons for not getting things exactly right...

    - this brand was on sale
    - Is there really a difference between regular and vanilla?
    - When you think about it, isn't everything organic?
    - but the airmile bonus on ice cream was awesome
    - I was pretty sure that 100g meant the large size
    - I had to buy 6 to get the sale price
    - I have no idea where the list went
    - my cell phone doesn't work in Safeway, so no I didn't get the text

    Gayle asks.....Michael made sure it happened.  Thank you Michael 


    Please think about Yvonne as she goes through her surgery on Wednesday.  We are 100% behind you Yvonne.....You can beat this GIRL!!!!


    No words needed


    A Great New day Linda Balzer 2020-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

    We are all BUSY & Happy

    After the last Golden Spike Gary wrote: 
    What a great club we have. Thank you to everyone for all you do. Looks like the Guess Who was a great success, much to my surprise because I can't get my head around all this technical stuff. Kudos to the organizers. 
    Keep safe all. 
    Wheelchairs -  Help someone in need.
    Gayle donated her District Conference money to the Wheelchair Foundation.  

    The Canadian Wheelchair Foundation/ Fondation Chaise Roulante Canada (CWF) is an independent Canadian registered charity dedicated to:

    • Raising awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities
    • Delivering mobility into the lives of children, teens and adults in the world who have no means to acquire a wheelchair
    • Transforming lives through mobility, and with it giving to all those deprived of it by war, disease, accident, natural disaster and advanced age, independence, dignity, hope and opportunity

    With the support of our Canadian and international partners and the generosity of independent sponsors CWF is transforming lives throughout the world -- one wheelchair at a time.

    Their website is:  https://www.cdnwheelchair.ca/index.php. if you would like to do the same.  Way to go Gayle !!!


    More photos of making masks: Coreen

    How many people does it take to install a dishwasher?  Michael & Andy

    Great smile .....Enjoy your new dishwasher !!!!

    I just wanted to greet you and let you know Hazel and I surviving this epidemic quite nicely and trust you are too.  We still like each other.  I do miss the weekly physical contact and am patiently awaiting the time when can meet again. 
    Also, please know that my cell phone is not working. I dropped it in a bowl of water, I’m too embarrassed to tell  you what bowl, but suffice it to say after attempts to dry it out it still does not work. So I guess I’ll have to wait for the Apple store to open until I can get a new one.  

    Here is a challenge for you to do.  Let us know how you are doing.. Come on I know a few of you will do this.....
    OK President Cleone, where are you with this Challenge !!!
    Found a great spot to camp for the weekend with self isolation. 

    79 Years Young - Bob after their 2 hour hike
    Brian is working it these days.....Way to go Brian
    Peter and Cindy have been busy too:
    Peter changing his lights out on the deck
    They added 2 glass doors - look great.
    Coreen & Michael - Enjoying the view
    We have a few people in our club struggling with health issues. If you have time to reach out, send a note or make a phone call.  That is what our Rotary Club of Port Moody is all about.
    Please think of these members and I hope I have not forgotten anyone .
    Gary, Jeannie, Yvonne, Patty and Ann, Isy & Vida.  [Peter's hip is doing well]
    Bob & Gayle found these Dogwood blossoms on their hike
    Let's play another game !!!!
    We are all BUSY & Happy Linda Balzer 2020-04-07 07:00:00Z 0

    Cottage industry 

    Port Moody Rotary Club  and Friends To The Rescue!
    The Rotary Club of Port Moody produced 300 hand-made Olson face masks for Coast Mental Health for their staff and clients.
    Darrell Burnham, CEO of Coast Mental Health stated his need for personal protection for his staff and clients at his Rotary meeting on March 25th. Luckily Vida Peterson, Rotarian, professional seamstress and past president of “Days for Girls” Canada had the skills, connections and resources to act.
    She chose the Olson cotton mask which has a pocket in it for a filter and a nose bridge. It helps provide some protection for others as well as for the wearer from the Covid Virus. 
    A cottage industry of 30+ Rotarians and volunteers washed, cut, sewed, inserted stiffeners, shopped, ect.   A  special thanks goes to Yolanda Broderick  and all her friends who are volunteering with gusto!
    To help volunteer email: pmpresident@gmail.com .  
    Remember not to touch the masks when they are on and to treat used masks as if they are contaminated.  Continue social distancing and washing your hands. 
    Note: We are not taking requests for masks.  
    Stay safe!
    Cleone Todgham
    Rotary Club of Port Moody
    Coast Mental Health is supporting thousands of people with Mental Illness and Substance use disorders in over 50 sites across the Lower Mainland.  Most of these clients have underlying health conditions would make them extremely susceptible to adverse reactions to Covid-19.   These masks will protect staff and residents from disease transmission.   #spreadcouragenotfear @coastmentalhealth  
    We committed to 700 masks and we are almost half way done. We want to do one for everyone in the club with the RIBFEST bandanas, thanks to Linda's idea. We have other request from the hospital, seniors club etc. But I will send some articles and pictures when we are different stages. First we will finish with Darrell's project. We have fantastic volunteers!
    Thank you everyone.....Cleone
    Cottage industry Cleone Todgham 2020-04-06 07:00:00Z 0

    To Date

    Summary of fun to Date:
     * Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem.
      *   I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I'm cracking a safe.
      *   I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.
      *   Still haven't decided where to go for Easter ----- The Living Room or The Bedroom
      *   PSA: every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
      *   Homeschooling is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job.
      *   I don't think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we'd go from Standard Time to the Twilight Zone
      *   This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog..... we laughed a lot.
      *   So, after this quarantine.....will the producers of My 600 Pound Life just find me or do I find them?
      *   Quarantine Day 5: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business.
      *   Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat.
      *   I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to Puerto Backyarda. I'm getting tired of Los Livingroom.
      *   Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun.
      *   Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said "I hope I don't have the same teacher next year".... I'm offended.
      *   Better 6 feet apart than 6 feet under
    To Date Ian MacPhail 2020-04-06 07:00:00Z 0

    Stay Safe

    Our virtual meeting went well.  Thank you to Coreen & Michael for all you do for our Rotary Club.
    Here are just 3 of us:  Thanks Yvonne for the photos
    It is great to hear from everyone.  Stay positive, this will not last forever.  We can make phone calls, Face Time calls etc. to keep in touch.
    Darrell was extremely grateful for all the masks that our Rotary Club and friends of Rotary made.
    We are looking for ideas to help out in the community. One of the ideas is to partner with a company making hand sanitizers..  Do you have any suggestions ?  Please let President Cleone know.  
    Thank you Bill.  When you order from any of the resturants that have helped make our FUNDRAISERS a success, please let them know that you are grateful for the help they have given Rotary over the year.
    St. James' Well
    Saint Street Grill
    Pasta Polo
    Rocky Point Ice Cream
    Brewers Row
    Westwood Golf
    Taylight Brewery POCO
    Foamers Folly Pitt Meadows
    Browns Port Moody
    Patina Brewing - Port Coquitlam
    Woking Dragon
    Giggle Dam
    Me & Ed's Pizza - Port Coquitlam
    John B Pub
    Hard Rock Casino
    Cobb's Bread
    Danne has been busy.....very cool 
    No this isn’t Mexico (clothes might give that away). Its the beach on shoreline walk from Rocky Point to Pleasantside…marvellous! About 3.6 miles round trip…challenging here and there but mostly flat…great way to some fresh air! Port Moody should be proud! We parked the car at the Rec Centre.
    Andy playing Pin Ball
    Funny & True
    Working on spelling our names! 
    Stamps first then writing.
    Guess Who's Calling for Dinner?
    These are the groups.....

    1. Coreen & Michael

    a.      Patty and Don

    b.      John and Cheryl

    c.      Bill and Jackie 


    2.      Trish & Ian

    a.      Paul

    b.      Yvonne and Andy

    c.      Gladys

    d.      Jeannie


    3.      Cleone

    a.      Mobina 

    b.      Kay and  Roy (couldn't get on)

    c.      Brian and Kelly

    d.      Peter and Cindy

    Looks like everyone had a good time.
    We are all trying to be creative in these terrible times of social distancing! Last night our Rotary Club had a Guess Who is Calling for dinner on zoom! I had dinner with a great group where we chatted about many topics which I will not divulge here ha! We also played a fun game and we learned a lot about each other! Thank you all for spending time with me, it seemed like we were in the same room! I wore one of my fascinators and Ian wore his tux! Such fun! Thank you all!
    Bill said:  
    Sorry we couldn't seem to connect properly this time--hopefully we will have another chance maybe next month.
    Just so you know, our menu was/is
    Caesar salad with freshly grated parmesan cheese
    Braised short ribs in red wine sauce with Yukon Gold potato/cauliflower mash and oven roasted asparagus
    Eton mess dessert Meringue with a raspberry sauce, strawberries and whipping cream.
    Tooo bad you're not here!!
    PS lots of BC red wine too
    Sounds like a fantastic meal !!!!
    This is so true
    Hockey Pool - Peter
    and the winners are: 
    The result is to END THE HOCKEY POOL
     PRIZES are TOP POINTS (8080)    
    CROWJO- John  Crowther.                          = $350.00.
            2nd PIRZE           (79450 )   BURNHAM BRAWLERS-Darrell Burnham.      = $125.00
            Booby PRIZE.            (6445)    THE ISYGO'S -  Issy Beane                                         = $  29.00
    Thanks Peter for all your work on this.  Always fun !!!
    Glen reports:
    Yah!!  I got my first Rotary E learning certificate.
    Rotary now has a number of online courses and I thought a couple might be helpful for our Belize Trip (still hoping).  I just completed a course on "adult learners" and plan to take the one on group facilitation - both of these might be helpful to us.  I've attached my snazzy certificate of completion so you can all be envious....
    The course was pretty straight forward (pretty simple), but the content is good.
    Check it out at 
    Alan K.
    I’m still working, safe mountain bike rides and hanging out with Daisy.
    Steve Witiuk
    The sundeck is already for another year of relaxation 
    [looks like a great place to party, just saying!!!]
    Attached are some recent photos. Just baking some oat chocolate chip cookies!  
    Also went out for some fresh air in the neighborhood trails.
    Finally, Cooked some veggie biryani in our instant pot.
    Bob's & Gayle's garden
    It’s like being 16 again
    Gas is cheap and I’m 
    Daily hike in the fresh air.....beautiful
    Gayle, Bob, Linda, George and Kari
    Enjoying the home office while remembering the Humboldt Broncos.
    Stay Safe Linda Balzer 2020-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

    Happy at Home

    It's so great to hear from a lot of you.  Please send your quarantine photos to share.  Thanks
    Linda ;o)
    Gayle & Bob are troopers,  sun, rain, sleet, snow or hail you will find them in Bert Flinn Park.  Fun times staying 6' apart.  Kari, George and Linda 
    GB's project headboard.....Love it
    Our Treasurer Michael at work.....Berrisfords IT Services
    PP Mike is very busy......Here is what he is up to and we all wish you well too.
    I’m in the office about 90% of the time now, 10% at home.  Can’t get away from the office because of things that still need face to face signing – wills, powers of attorney, real estate closings, cheques.  Missing Rotary but business has entered a very challenging phase right now with coordinating distance working for 30 staff and all the quirks that comes with, plus dealing with the shift in business needs at the moment.  Hope everyone is doing well.
    BTM Lawyers LLP
    530 – 130 Brew St
    Port Moody, BC  V3H 0E3
    Dave Stone.  Sounds like he and Cathy are very busy too.
    Cathy reads a book a day.  I have been spending my time fixing some of my old photographs now that I’m housebound.  Cathy has several projects going including editing that she does professionally.
    Here’s my latest photo.  It’s a photo I took as I walked along Shoreline Trail last year.   Great photo Dave !!!
    Stay safe.
    Michael working on computers at RWH
    Dan helping with the Kenya project after he went for another pick up run and before he went back again to help Darrell. AMAZING MAN
    Cleone singing with her niece Sandra, who now has no worker because of the virus.
    Jeannie editing photos while walking the dykes in the sunshine
    Yvonne wrote:  
    On Tuesday Night we send a lovely night together, we had supper and then we played a games of yahtzee
    Rotary World Help had a significant inventory of scrubs, gowns and other linen. Today working with Darrell input I delivered two skids to two of their facilities - one at Riverview and the other in Maple Ridge. This now exhausts our inventory after providing some to St Pauls and VGH.
    from Peter: 
    I too miss our clubs camaraderie and the Hugs.
    Here are some pictures. Cindy has been doing lots of baking and making bread from our new “Bread Maker”
    Plus reading lots of books
    I always wanted to sort out our “EarthQuake Kit” to know what we have stored in it, so there is the list.
    Lastly I have installed two glass doors between our Dinning room and Kitchen and Family room and Hallway
    Need to finish caulking etc. so they are ready for painting. Hope these pics help?
    We stopped by to say hi to Gary 
    Not a picture of me.  But adapting in Port Moody.  Curbside delivery. Getting our crostata fix.  

    Now we know that Michael does way more than sit at his computers....
    Happy at Home Linda Balzer 2020-03-24 07:00:00Z 0

    President's message


    Linda, great job on the positive Spike.  Kindness is contagious! 

    Social distancing is really critical right now and we need to lead by example but we can have fun doing it. My kids are making me laugh as they joke around while we do a 30 day plank challenge with our cell phones on the floor. Walking with Jeannie and waving each other off as we get excited in our conversation and start approaching the 2 meter mark. Coreen sent me a great 21 day meditation challenge on abundance that is inspiring and we can send it to you if you like.

     Our club is planning to have a virtual “Guess Who is Calling for Dinner”.  Invitations will be sent out later this week.

    We need to support the health care system and try to flatten the curve by not meeting with more than 5 people but that does not mean we have stopped doing the Rotary work! Meghan and Coreen hosted our first Wednesday video conferencing meeting. Alan K and Peter have been doing the work to postpone Search for the Perfect Pint. The 4 M’s and team are setting things up for RIBFEST for July but if it needs to be postponed or cancelled a lot of work will already be done. Ian and team continue to work on the Legacy Project.

    We have to think creatively how we can help in the community. Vida is busy sewing masks. Peter and Danne can’t read at the manor or bring them pies right now but we did lend them the lap tops from the Belize project that they can use to keep in touch with their loved ones. We lent the Purell stations from RIBFEST to the Food Bank. They were verrrrry happy!

    We are continuing our international work as well. Al S, Glen and team are preparing for the Belize trip that has been moved to November. Danne and I packed up educational toys to go with the books, wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and piano that will go to Kenya. Meanwhile Michael B is preparing the computers to go with them.

    Now those are the things that I know about….. Send Linda and I the project or project ideas that we have missed. Send in ideas as well on how to make the most of these times and support our loved ones and the community

     Have a few members reach out to those in need, especially your older members, and offer to pick up essentials from the grocery store and deliver to them as well as prescriptions if needed, etc.

    • Take a look at your social networks to see where people are seeking help.  For example, a manager of a senior living center posted a simple plea for help with toilet paper.  A Rotarian texted him back and 10 minutes later a case of TP was left at his entrance and he asked what other shopping he might provide. These are the acts of kindness Rotary should be doing.
    • Start a dialog between members about things needed.  For example:  I have plenty of T.P., bleach, etc.  Encourage participants to ASK if they are in need of something by simply hitting reply all on the email, to encourage people to stay home as much as possible.
    • Students are home, younger parents have to work, if they are not telecommuting.  Consider a helping hand or just a simple voice of support.  Healthy older youth might be available for sitting or taking children outside to provide breaks while still practicing safe distancing.  Young parents are stressed with work and family obligations confronting them.  We can help reduce that stress through our acts of kindness.  They are not alone in this journey.
    • Stay connected by posting Club news on the District Facebook page (@rotary5050) and keep members in your club and other clubs update to date.
    • Consider donating blood as health care systems in BC and WA need blood.  Platelets can only be stored for 7 days and are needed to stop bleeding and are essential for those fighting cancer, disease and traumatic injuries.
    • District Leaders are meeting regularly to help develop the latest information on Rotary to pass along to your club presidents on where to help, different options to meet virtually, projects to consider.  

    Supporting each other and  but that does not mean we can’t have fun doing it! 

    Tonight at 7 different high rises are going out onto their balconies to make noise for the health care workers. We need to help protect them.  This is going to be done at 7:00pm every night for the next while.  Get out your pots and wooden spoons and make some noise

    We are lucky that we live at a time when we can are able to do video conferencing.

    Right now is it the time to keep in contact and keep each other’s spirits up.  We are sooooo lucky to have the ability to so.

    You are amazing !!!!


    President's message cleone todgham 2020-03-24 07:00:00Z 0

    Cancelled - SFPP

    THANK YOU to Alan K for Chairing the Committee for our Search for the Perfect Pint.  Many many hours have been put into organizing this very successful event and we are grateful for all Alan K and his committee have done.  
    As you may have heard, SFPP 2020 has been cancelled.
    The decision was made based on timelines and needing time for the community to recover from the current Covid situation.
    Also, I was recently informed by the City and the Liquor Branch that they were cancelling SFPP as well. Just in case their were some thoughts that we could extend our decision timeline. We have no choice.
    Thank you everyone for helping us get this far in the organizing for SFPP.
    Keep you posted on the future date for SFPP.
    Cancelled - SFPP Alan Kabatoff 2020-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

    What have you been doing?

    The Bert Flinn Gang - waiting on the log for the bus.....  Everyday out getting some fresh air. and some information about Coronavirus and Sun...
    As the situation continues to unfold around Coronavirus, I wanted to take this chance to give you some tips that I found on the internet.  It read:

    Over the weekend, I had two really smart doctors visiting me, and we talked all weekend about the corona situation, and brainstormed all the best tips that people can follow right now. Here's what we collectively wanted to recommend to help out with this situation...

    1. First and foremost, please get outside and GET SOME SUN... whatever you do, please DON'T stay locked up inside your house...that's the WORST thing you can do for your immune system right now. You need to get outside and get some fresh air and sunshine. Now that we're in mid March, most areas in North America and Europe are getting warmer and sunnier, and getting sun on your skin is the biggest thing you can do to boost your immune system right now.

    The aspect of vitamin D production in your skin from sun exposure is just one aspect of how sunshine boosts your immune system. There are other reasons too, such as how the sun improves your mood, serotonin, balances hormones, etc.

    So whatever you do, please make an effort to get outside for daily walks in the sun (without having your skin fully covered, since you need skin exposed to get the majority of the benefits), or get outside and do some gardening or other yard work. Or even just lay out in the sun if you have a deck (without getting burnt of course).

    Remember, getting outside doesn't mean you have to be around a lot of people. You can still get outside and stay safe all while significantly boosting your immune system. You won't catch coronavirus by breathing outdoor air. The virus only concentrates in indoor areas when you're around a lot of people. Being outdoors is safe.

    Pete & Cindy - out for a walk at Rocky Point and enjoying the sunshine
    PP Al delivering Purell - Thank you
    Small Business information about the VIRUS - Thank you Coreen
    COVID-19 Information Resource for Small Businesses:
    Small Business BC and the B.C. government Small Business Branch have prepared a joint informational electronic resource that provides a checklist of considerations that small businesses can use to help minimize the impacts of COVID-19 to their employees and operations. We invite you to share the attached resource with your clients and networks, and to share Small Business BC’s social media posts (Facebook and Twitter) to help distribute this timely information where it’s needed. 
    Versions of the resource will soon be available in Punjabi, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. We will send a follow up communication when these versions are ready to share.
    Small Business BC is also maintaining a webpage with links to current information and relevant private sector articles on COVID-19 considerations for business. Small Business BC advisors are ready to answer entrepreneurs’ questions about implementing or updating business continuity plans, accessing the Talk to an Expert program, or finding online training to help them take the next step.
    The key links for business continuity planning are in the resource, but we are also seeing many sector organizations provide similar information, such as the BC Economic Development Association and even Facebook for their business community.
    We are getting questions related to financing and access to EI/support for those not eligible for EI. Here are a few links we’re sharing:
    COVID-19 Information Resource for Small Businesses:
    Small Business BC and the B.C. government Small Business Branch have prepared a joint informational electronic resource that provides a checklist of considerations that small businesses can use to help minimize the impacts of COVID-19 to their employees and operations. We invite you to share the attached resource with your clients and networks, and to share Small Business BC’s social media posts (Facebook and Twitter) to help distribute this timely information where it’s needed. 
    Versions of the resource will soon be available in Punjabi, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. We will send a follow up communication when these versions are ready to share.
    Small Business BC is also maintaining a webpage with links to current information and relevant private sector articles on COVID-19 considerations for business. Small Business BC advisors are ready to answer entrepreneurs’ questions about implementing or updating business continuity plans, accessing the Talk to an Expert program, or finding online training to help them take the next step.
    The key links for business continuity planning are in the resource, but we are also seeing many sector organizations provide similar information, such as the BC Economic Development Association and even Facebook for their business community.
    We are getting questions related to financing and access to EI/support for those not eligible for EI. Here are a few links we’re sharing:
    What Daisy does, and the Houseboy working three screens consulting. 
    Paul busy at work
    AND Jason is working from home too:
    We are isolating ourselves from coworkers as much as possible and minimize contact with clients. Trying to deal with all our client’s needs over the phone. 
    And with all that going on, when I take my lunch break, I study!! LOL
    Coreen also working from home.
    Gary says:  I’m busy catching up on doing nothing as I didn’t get finished yesterday. Also doing a lot of reading.
    Navid wrote:  Past few days has been out of reality, had to make some challenging decision with childcare operation as I have suspended the operation and moved all my staff to EI.
    Otherwise, lot of working from home and often interrupted by our puppy “Popcorn” .
    Steve and Lauralea are really distancing themselves....Beautiful at Golden Ears & sunny
    Kay:  I am starting to setup my first online class room
    I am social distancing and working online, which is a steep learning curve as it is over ten years since I did fully online instruction.  While we can be very glad to have our health, and I do very much support efforts to reduce or stop the spread of the covd-19 virus, these measures will have very negative effects on many people in our community, including many of the people with whom I work.  Many people in retail, hospitality and a whole range of other industries (where many of my student work, including those with families) are losing their jobs for what looks like a prolonged period.  Their employers are without customers which may cause them to shut down and they are in the same shape as their employees if not worse.  I hope that, in addition to the much needed support for our healthcare system and those who work in it, we can, remember and support those who may be fortunate enough to not catch the virus but be very needy in spite of what the government can do in this situation.  
    Not many ideas on what to do right now but just a thought.
    Take care and stay well,
    What have you been doing? Linda Balzer 2020-03-18 07:00:00Z 0

    A new week

    Self test:
    The BC Ministry of Health has developed a self-assessment tool to help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19: https://covid19.thrive.health/

    You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.

    Please share this widely with your networks as it will assist in diverting calls from 811 as much as possible.

    A new week Linda Balzer 2020-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

    ON HOLD for now

    Please note:  This message is for all our FRIENDS of Rotary and Past Members.  We will not be holding weekly meetings for awhile.  I will be sending out a Golden Spike each week to our 'members' and to those of you who request that you would like to stay in touch.  Please let me know if you would like to still receive our Golden Spike and I will keep you on the list.  Other than that, stay safe, stay home and enjoy all the good that we have.
    We had our Board meeting on Monday morning via phone conference......It went well......
    Everyone gave their reports and discussion on whether or not we should have our 'weekly meetings' was the main focus.  The decision was made that we will NOT hold our weekly meetings and we will discuss at our next Board meeting [ April 20] when we will start up again.  We will have conference meetings every week and we will see how that goes.  
    We will miss each other so please 'stay in touch'.  We will be sending out the Golden Spike each week to our members so we can keep 'in touch' that way.
    Because we will miss all of you very much, I would like you to please send me updates on your lives [as we would for Happy Dollars]. Send photos, updates etc on what is going on with you.  I will only be sending this to our Club Members Friends of Rotary and past members who request that they want to 'stay in touch'.   How is your family handling this Virus?  Send photos of what you are doing to keep life 'as normal' as you can.  
    We are a very strong Rotary Club and we would like to make sure that our members are well taken care of.  If you need 'anything', please let me know and we will make sure you are taken care of.  I really mean that......We have so many people that are willing to go out and help, so PLEASE let us know when you need something.  If you have any suggestions on what you would like in the Spike, please let us know.  We are 'in this together'......
    Remember this is what is we DO have.
    Don't forget to send your photos.
    This is what we do every day....Enjoy the forest and fresh air.
    With the opportunity for face to face communication diminished over the next several weeks we are all looking for ways to stay in touch, feel connected and to advance the work of Rotary.  Social Media can pick up a tiny bit of that slack.  If you are connected on Twitter, or are thinking about getting connected Twitter then follow us @PortMoodyRotary  We can talk about Rotary, Port Moody, our Rotarians, our friends and the work Rotary does around the world.  
    Thanks for the follow...
    by the way:
    ON HOLD for now Linda Balzer 2020-03-13 07:00:00Z 0

    Wheelchairs and more

    Guests this week:
    Josh Karis
    Stephen Carr
    Our guest speaker Christine and Darrel's lovely wife Krista.  We love when Krista comes to visit.
    Leah Coss from Build a Biz Kids
    Cleone's sister Lynette,who is a huge help at RIBFEST and very supportive of her President Sister.
    New Member social night – Al reported event @ Pasta Polo –  Was about 30 , we had a good session enjoyed by all.
    RLI Michael B, he and Coreen went.
    Membership MeetingGayle March 12 at President Cleone's home.  5:00 PM. We encourage all to come, new members especially input is wanted.  An 'event' has been sent out, please mark 'attend or decline' so we know how many people are coming.
    Navid Presentation – Navid on behalf of his Company Aultrust Financial, presented sponsorship cheque to Cleone for Rotary - $ 5000 !!  for RIBFEST sponsorship
    Ecuador Ian – Ian has returned from Ecuador and will have many stories to tell us.
    Belize bon voyage party – April 8 – at the Legion '
    PLEASE NOTE THE DATE & VENUE CHANGE'   COME DRESSED IN BEACH WEAR TO SEND THESE MEMBERS OFF ON THIS ADVENTURE.   -Al mentioned they have become aware there is lots to do and little time to do it 😊
    Search for the Perfect Pint Alan K is the chair.– We are looking for sponsors – 20 breweries, 4 food vendors and growing confirmed.
    RIBFEST – will be report at next meeting on where we are at with planning
    Kid entrepreneur's need help: 
    Leah's note is:
    We are looking for lead and assistant facilitators for our upcoming Spring Kid Entrepreneur programs around the Tri Cities and surrounding areas. I was wondering if you would be able to put it out to your club to see if anyone would like to help out for a couple hours a week for 10 weeks to inspire kids as they learn to launch their own business. We need to solidify our BBK Teams in the next 2-3 weeks. 
    The lead facilitators need to be adults, however, the assistant volunteer facilitators can be Grade 11 or 12 students in case any of your Interractors would be interested in participating and gaining awesome experience. 
    Here is a link to our Team page with more information on both roles. 
    If you can help, please contact them on the above link.
    Build a Biz – Leah Coss – she talked for quite a while – about their growth and new activities, things are going very well.  Goal to have at least 100 students this year, they are half way there now !  Organizing a build a biz takeover for ribfest – kids will interview random people. They are providing a link to their may event.  Doing events with SHAPE the owners of Lougheed and brentwood to get kids involved.
    District Training ConferenceMeghan – calling it training and encourages everyone to go, everyone on board for next year NEEDS to go, is in Surrey, paid for by club, lots of fun and informative, can carpool  April 4 – Saturday
    Anyone can go.  New members and veteran Members are welcome.  This is a very fun event and you will learn a ton.
    Please let us know if you are going to attend.
    Presentation – Cleone to Meghan for all her hard work ! 
    Cleone to Navid for all he is doing with 'US' and his other club in Vancouver 
    Canadian Wheelchair Foundation – Christiana Flessner 
    She talked about what they are doing and told stories about some of the clients (very touching stories about enabling people !)  IF you see a red wheelchair, its them ! Working around the  world costa rica , Guatemala, eastern Europe, etc.
    Accept donations of cash but if you have wheelchair donate through Dan G (rotary world).
    Soroptimist 'Give her WINGS' gala brunch was on Sunday and President Cleone and Jeannie went to represent our Rotary Club.
    Wheelchairs and more Mike Clay 2020-03-05 08:00:00Z 0
    Meadow Ridge Rotary 30 years Allan Stjernegaard 2020-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

    Operators without Borders

    Rotary Meeting February 26th, 2020


    GUESTS: Kalpna Solanki (Our speaker), Mobina Hasan and Ehsan Chisti (parents of a Heritage Woods student. They were part of the team of adults listening to the Student talks on what they’ve learned and what they want to accomplish. Also have shown interest in possibly joining Rotary.

    BIRTHDAYS: Isy and Paul

    ANNIVERSARIES: Ann 20 year with Club. Yvonne and Andy plus Megan and Paul.

    - Danne spoke about the Heritage Woods students’ transition talks were and how inspirational.


    - New Member social for the 5 Clubs was held at Pasta Polo and was a great turnout.  Thank you to all our new members that attended.  Glen, Michael, Anthony, Aziz, Mike, Frank and I hope I haven't missed anyone else.  Oh Mobina Hasan and Ehsan Chisti were there and we will be very lucky if they decide to join our Club.  DG Brad, AG Al, Past DG Denis & Carol  did an excellent job presenting at the meeting.  The first question that was asked was 'Why did you join Rotary'?  a great thought provoking question that we should all reflect on.  Well done !!!


    - There will be a membership meeting on March 12th at Gayle’s place. Car- pool if possible as parking is at a premium. After the new members meeting, we will have a great start at what to talk about.  Everyone welcome.

    - Brief Board meeting update. NOTE we will have a semi-regular “Club Runner” update this Spring highlighting all the features and changes available on Club Runner.

    - There will be a meeting on RIBFEST at Cleone’s April 13th. Will be for leadership team only.

    - Report on PETS weekend.

    - Thrifty’s has a net out looking for volunteers to help pick/deliver food orders to Seniors or folks with a disability that makes in store shopping difficult.  This is the email we received.  If you can help that would be fantastic.


    From: Lynanne Smith [lsmith@thriftyfoods.com]

    I am looking for your help in getting the word out for a few volunteers needed - three to be exact. Sendial is a shopping and home delivery service for individuals unable to shop in-store without assistance. The program has been in operation for 33 years. More than 500 volunteers make the service possible throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. There is a small but mighty team of 14 that support our program in Port Moody. We are running very short on volunteers on Monday & Tuesday mornings. Since the shifts fall on weekday mornings, retired people are typically the best fit. Perhaps a Rotarian, or someone they know would be interested in exploring this opportunity. I’m hopeful you will consider putting out an e-mail to your members, or scheduling a representative to speak at an upcoming meeting. Over 150 of our volunteers have been volunteering for 10 years or more – they love their Sendial! More information about the program can be found at www.thriftyfoods.com/Sendial. Thank you for any assistance you can provide. I look forward to hearing back from you at your convenience.


    - BON VOYAGE Party April 9th at Legion. More to follow.

    - March 14th Belize Training. We have a large contingent of volunteers going to work on our International Grant project. Great work by Glen and Al S. organizing participation from several Clubs in our District, plus other districts, plus international support plus support from our Canadian Government. 

    And speaking about Belize look at what is already happening at the Belize Prison.

    This is the new kitchen for the female section. First batch of cookies. We hope to make it sustainable by making items they can sell at the prison shop. So we can train sustainably. Teaching to make stuff that can sell will help them when they get out. They are so happy and proud.


     - RLI coming up one Saturday in March.

     Darrell was awarded a service pin for all the work he does securing guest speakers for our meetings. He is open to ideas from anyone in the Club--If you hear someone speak that you think would be good for our members to hear get the contact info to Darrell and he will follow up with them.

    Guest speaker Kalpna Solanki from “Operators Without Borders

    --Born in Zambia, High School in Britain, and University in B.C. She is now CEO of Operators Without Borders.

    --Kalpna uses the term OPERATOR to cover any of their trained workers involved in a) water treatment, b) water distribution, c) waste-water collection, or d) waste- water treatment.

    -- Operators Without Borders is a Registered Canadian Non Profit NGO. It was formed in 2017 in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria which struck Dominica. It presently has over 50 volunteer workers who work where and when needed.

    --It is not a “first responder” agency. They are called on to help “recover” after an emergency with teams of operators who. 

    1. Mentor and train utility operators

    2. Provide post-disaster recovery for water and waste-water utilities

    3. Provide recycled equipment.

    4. --in most cases they leave the area with better services than they had before the storm. As in Dominican Republic

    --In Bahamas (2019) the problems have been with contamination of their aquifers so their work has been in drilling new source aquifers and working to desalinate water to drinkable levels. 

    --For first time they have also been called in to help in some cities in  the US after hurricanes in the south.

    --Part of their expanding mandate is to supply volunteers to help in poor countries especially around the Carribean but also looking at in Africa. They want to send teams to help the water/wastewater sector anywhere. Natural disasters like the earthquake in 2010 in Haiti can decimate infrastructure. Their goal is to be able to send teams to help the water sector anywhere help is needed.

    1. They had a project in Belize in 2019 where they were helping to upgrade and replace part of their supply/treatment systems. $ volunteers worked to train “operators” in Belize.

    More information available at their website https://operatorswithoutborders.org




    Operators without Borders Bill Lawrie 2020-02-29 08:00:00Z 0


    Guest this week were:  
    George Balzer & Clayton AndersonClayton is our parking Guru at RIBFEST and volunteer at other events.
    Claire MacLean CEO Share Society (guest speaker]

    Claire MacLean has been involved with SHARE Family and Community Services in the Tri-Cities for 4 Years. She and her husband are raising their family in Port Moody. SHARE Family and Community Services exists to Connect, Engage, and Strengthen Individuals and Families.

    --Here for the entire community helping folks with vulnerabilities--

    1. Food Bank, Housing Services

    2. Services for parenting and children/youth services

    3. Around aging and social connectedness

    4. Newcomers, ESL, etc.

    5. Mental health, Substance abuse, etc.

    --Thank you Rotary for help with fundraising (Christmas Train Hot Chocolate) and food Bank at Thrifty’s

    --SHARE will be involved with the new YMCA facility being built as part of the Burquitlam developments. It will include affordable housing (43 housing) and 100 apartment units below market value PLUS 30 fully accessible units.

    --working to transform the FOOD BANK to be more accomodating.

    --program to react to urgent mental health issues--within 48 hours and appointment within 2 weeks. 

    --working on ways to assist family health Dr.s -- not enough time to spend with patients, reduce burnout, nurse practitioners.

    --New Children’s Centre under construction due to open end of 2021. Partnership with Saint Andrew’s United and Kinsite.

    --Foundry is a new concept B.C. program offering 1-Stop Hub for Youth 12-24 years old. Provides counselling, mentoring, Doctors, and other services. SHARE has applied to be the lead agency for a Hub in   the Tri Cities during an upcoming second phase where there will be 6 new Hubs spread around the Province. 


    --March 7th they will be holding their ‘Imagine” Fundraiser, their 15th annual. At the Hard Rock.  

    President Cleone thanked Vida for all the good work she does for Day's for Girls and what an amazing mentor she is:

    Rotary Areas of Focus: 

    1. Peace & conflict prevention/resolution

    2. Disease Prevention & Treatment

    3. Waste handling & sanitation

    4. Maternal & child health

    5. Basic education & literacy Economic & community development

     Gayle and Bob’s 57th anniversary. - Wishing you many many more Healthy & Happy years together!!!

    1. Club Installation night  June 25th (Thursday)

    2. Cleone thanked Glen for covering 1 week of her absence.

    3. Board Meeting was on  Feb. 24th at 7:00am

    4. New Members “meet and greet” Wednesday Feb. 26th at Pasta Polo. Our Club has 11 folks attending. Great way to meet new members from other clubs

    5. Rotary Leadership Institute March 7-8 Mt. Vernon.

    6. Cleone spoke about a new program to collect old I-Phones and tablets to send to Kenya. More info to follow

    7. Busy times coming up--preparing for Belize trip in April, SFPP (May 29th) and RIBFEST (July 17,18,19). Try to keep track of hours we spend to include in a yearly tally of hours volunteered.

    8. Our thoughts to Linda and George and to the Berrisfords

    9. Vida has been involved in Rotary since 1984 and is still actively involved with the “Days For Girls” in Africa and around the world


    Share Bill Lawrie 2020-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

    Club Assembly/Legacy

    President Cleone is back at the helm this week after a few weeks travelling.
    Guests: Andy Berrisford (considering becoming a new member), Chantelle Burga (from New View Society in PoCo), and Frank Marchand (last meeting as a guest)
    Welcome Frank to the Rotary Club of Port Moody....AG Al introduced Frank to our Club and we look forward to working with Frank on our projects.
    It's always a good day to have a new member join our Rotary Club.

    Mike Poznanski reviewed the voting on our Legacy Project. There was a clearcut winner by vote (66%)but we are not announcing it until all of the details are confirmed and the plans have been finalized. Mike will be asking anyone interested in fundraising and promotion for this event to join a committee to make this venture  extra special and successful. 


    This week is the anniversary week for Brian W, Gladys, and Michael B. What great members they have turned out to be and involved in so many of our fundraising projects. Great work all.


    1. February 26th 7 PM there will be a “new members” social at Pasta Polo. It is open to all.

    2. RLI (Rotary Learning Institute) March 7-8 will be held in Mount Vernon. It is a 3 session learning program about all we do in Rotary.

    3. District Training Assembly April 4th will be held at Kwantlen College in Surrey. There will be more than a dozen “breakout” sessions to choose from, you will choose from 3 that interest you, lunch supplied and a keynote address in the afternoon. We will be car-pooling from the rec centre normally leaving appr. 8 am and returning by 4 pm. A great day to meet other Rotarian from around our District.

    4. District Conference will be held in Harrison April 30th-May 3rd. Sign up soon.

    5. Rotary International Conference will be held in Honolulu the first week in June. 4-6 folks are attending from our Club more welcome to attend.

    6. Club Service is the Board position that includes planning social events, parties etc. PLUS organizing the teams that set up the Well for our meetings, putting it back ready for business, arranging for greeters, meeting minutes takers, and those who introduce/thanks guest speakers.

    7. Speaking of Guest speakers--Darrell organizes our guest speakers and he is always looking for folks to meet with us, speak for 20-25 minutes on interesting projects in the Tri-Cities, things we can get involved in, etc. If you know someone who would qualify or hear a presentation from somewhere else you think would be of interest to the Club let Darrell know.

    8. Brian Dunne was recognized for being here every week and always getting the speaker’s information work with our electronic system. Thanks Brian!

    9. SFPP (Search For the Perfect Pint) has been moved this year to the last Friday night in May--May 29th. Already have 16 breweries signed up PLUS 3 Cideries. Will have jobs to sign up for soon.

    10.  RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly??) will be May 7-10. Open to school students.

    11. NOTE:  DATE CHANGE :Our Port Moody Club Installation Dinner will be on Thursday night June 25th at the Saint St. Grille. Dinner for members is included in your annual dues but guests will be approximately $55.00.


    Chantelle gave us a short overview of her work at New View Society. It is funded as a Not For Profit venue which provides fellowship, some meals, entertainment and friendship for youth, young adults and some mature adults who need what they find there. My friend, Sean (who works with me every day at RIBFEST running a recycling station) attends a few times a week enjoying the company and helping them re-cycle. Plans are in the works to hold a meeting there and see the facility and learn what they do, then find ways we can work with them. She also told us of their big fundraising event being held Wednesday, March 3rd at the

    Vancouver Rowing Club (transportation will be supplied) and tables of 10 sell for $350.00. We will see if there is interest in buying a table.



    Club Assembly/Legacy Bill Lawrie 2020-02-17 08:00:00Z 0

    Community Service

    Meghan Lahti was our guest President this week
    What a great meeting !!! Coreen who is our Community Service Chair did an outstanding job explaining all of the Community Service events that we do and do we do A LOT!!!
    This is Coreen's summary:
    Coreen gave a presentation on Community service with three goals in mind: 1) inform new members of what community service projects the club does 2) confirm interest and a lead for ongoing projects and 3) identify any new potential projects.  Successful projects have three criteria:  community need, club member interest/passion and club member and partner capacity.  Our club has four primary focus areas 1) building community, 2) youth leadership 3) senior engagement and quality of life and 4) enhancing our natural environment.  Ongoing Activities which happen monthly or seasonally were presented.  All the activities were confirmed and the lead for the Heritage Mountain Cleanup was changed to Alan Schmelzel.  While Gayle Carter will remain the lead for the Little Library, Mike Clay has agreed to take the lead in the refinishing project.  Our Annual projects were also presented, Kay was pleased to find that she has a venue in Vida’s building for her Chess/Games Night.  Coreen has agreed to lead the Terry Fox Run registration.  We still need to find a liaison for Eagle Ridge Manor to work with Lori and we need a lead for the Interior Christmas Manor Decorating.  These will be revisited at the September meeting as we head into the busy Christmas Holiday season.  As for new projects, a summer time BBQ for Innervisions is being proposed to the Board.
    Guests this week were:  Frank Marchand.  Frank has been proposed as a new member of our Club.  We are looking forward to inducting him.
    Alan's guest Byron Harper
    George Balzer
    Andy Berrisford
    Coreen explaining all the events that we do and asking for 'leads' for some of them.
    Alan reminding us to use our THRIFTY'S COMMUNITY CARD when buying groceries.  We get 5% back of all you
    We would like to Thank Share for giving us some Children's books for our Little Library.
    Also we now have a 'construction team', with Michael and Andy Berrisford and Ian who will re-stain our Little Library and spruce it up !!!  As you can see, it is in bad need of repair....
    Thank you so much.

    1. No Birthdays or anniversaries. - oops we need new members for we have a Birthday to celebrate ;o)

    2. February 26th there will be a “new members” social. More to come

    3. February 12th meeting we will have a Legacy Project Reveal. Hope to see everyone there.

    4. Belize trip will happen April 14-22. First ½ working with the Rotary project and second half tourist/exploring time


    Guest Speaker: Coreen Beresford speaking on Club Service 2020/2021

    1. Successful projects need Club interest, Club involvement and a champion

    2. Building the community

    3. Summer Sundays (Danne, George and Linda), 


    5. Heritage BLVD cleanup (monthly),  Alan will be the Lead now....Thanks to Darrel for all the time he has given

    6. Pie Day at Manor (Danne 4th Friday each Month), 

    7. Reading at the Manor (1st/3rd Monday each month Peter and Kerry)

    8. Little Library (Gayle keeps full and Mike C., Ian, Michael B. to refurbish) 

    9. RIPS Bill and Brian W.

    10.  Terry Fox Run Mike Clay runs the Port Moody Run and Coreen will lead the 'volunteers' again this year.

    11.  Eagle Ridge Manor Outside Christmas decorating-Peter and his team,   Looking for a leader for the inside decorating team

    12.  Manor Christmas Party 

    13.  Christmas Train (now doing Hot Chocolate only inside and outside) Peter  and his team 

    14.  Inner Visions Chili Lunch Linda and Gayle. (exploring a BBQ lunch for summer as well this year)

    15.  November 11th Wreath laying (Club President plus members)

    16.  Games nights being planned this year Kay ++

    17.  New ideas based on member’s passions

    18. ****Committee will conduct a “Community Needs Assessment” to identify projects that would fit our vision 

    Community Service Bill Lawrie 2020-02-09 08:00:00Z 0

    It's all about RIBFEST

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


    RIBFEST Update

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

    It's all about RIBFEST Glen Brown 2020-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

    The New Year

    Acting President Glen Brown officiated the meeting – at least some of it. 
    Notable Guests:  PDG Denis Boyd Coquitlam selling tickets for Caledonia Night on January 31st and Greg Garrison – Coquitlam Sunrise – selling tickets for the club’s Quiz Night later in February.
     Michael Berrisford announced there was new “tech” for the cashier’s – Tap n Pay feature now available at the cash. 
     Al Stjernegaard reported on the plan to visit Belize and conduct training sessions for inmates they have raised, including matching funds, $90 K US raised.  The trip will be just after Easter and be planned for 8 or 9 days.  The plan is to work for 3 to 4 days and play for the rest of the time.   So far 10 members have volunteered for the trip.  Please contact Al or Glen for more information.
    Peter Cuthbert reported that the Rotary Store was open, but failed to update us on the Hockey Pool! 
    Steve reported on Interact.  He’s set up guest speakers once a month beginning Feb 5th .  He’s looking for club volunteers to either help with programs or just to attend with the Interactors.
    Coreen reported that the Club meeting will focus on Community Services on Feb 5th .
    Mike P reported on the Legacy projects.  Club members can view the presentations on line and he’s looking for the vote on the favourites to be completed by Feb 1st
    The Jan 29th meeting will focus on RIBFEST 
    Paul was Sgt. At Arms today and collected happy and sad dollars from the club members.   Gayle reported on the health challenges that our beloved Charter President, Linda Balzer is facing.
    Our guest speaker today was Dr. Julian Somers a research psychologist with Simon Fraser University.  Dr. Somers spoke on the ample research on the appropriate response to homelessness, particularly to those with mental illness and/or addictions. 
    15 year old research indicated it cost society $55,000 per year for someone who is homeless – looking at all costs – health, social services, corrections, etc.  At that time it cost $37,000 a year to provide the appropriate support for homeless individuals.   Future research, including the National At Home/Chez Soi study which was the largest in the world, supported the economics of intervention with appropriate housing and support in order to help people transition effectively from the streets.   He also spoke of the approach to addiction treatment indicating that one should expect sobriety and that often homeless people have less “recovery equity” to help them turn the corner.   Very interesting talk.  
    The New Year Darrell Burnham 2020-01-26 08:00:00Z 0

    Happy New Year

    What a great meeting to start off our 2020 Vision -  Happy New Year everyone !!!!  I am guessing at what the photos were that Yvonne took as I have no notes.  See if I am correct ;o)
    President Cleone presented this fine group of Gentlemen accolades for all the work they did for our Legacy Project.  They received the recognition for their vision and the work they have done to make our community an even better place to live. 
    Glen - Seniors proposal
    Mike - IOCO land proposal
    David - YMCA proposal
    Mike - managing the Legacy process
    Paul had the 1st presentation at CABE  and he received a Paul Harris plus 1 for his contributions.
    Great to see Jason back after a busy few months.  Always great to see his smile and enthusiasm.
    We are so happy to have Aziz now a member of our Rotary Club.  Aziz and family have moved to Port Moody and we welcome him and the knowledge he has of Rotary.
    Steve announced he is running in the Diabetes run again this year and would like our support.  He also brought Lexie and now we are not only the 'hugging club' but the 'doggy club'  
    Guest speaker is fellow Rotarian Navid - Sorry Navid I am sure your talk was amazing but I have no idea what it was about.....lol. 
    They are all clapping so I bet it was for Navid.....  oh and Gayle is in a different chair.....
    Gary is checking his stocks
    Michael is just looking cool and so is Mike behind him....Coreen is wondering what they are doing....
    PUB night at the Legion.
    Look out the Rotarians were there and they made out like bandits on the 'meat draw'.
    Alan S. won the big one, Michael one 2 and John one 1......way to go and support the Legion.
    Everyone please keep Ann and Vida in your thoughts and prayers......
    Happy New Year Linda Balzer 2020-01-11 08:00:00Z 0

    Global Change for Childern

    Past ADG Preet has a project that she helps run.
    This is a very good project. They are holding a fund raiser on the 22nd of January.
    Global Change for Childern 2020-01-10 08:00:00Z 0

    Merry Christmas

    The Rotary Club of Port Moody will 'not' meet for the next 2 weeks.
    Merry Christmas EVERYONE,  and all the very BEST of Health & Happiness in 2020.
    I would like to thank everyone who has helped with the Golden Spike each week.  To all the members who 'wrote' about the meetings, to Yvonne for taking all the photos and to PP Al and Michael B for always helping me with IT issues.
    Thanks to everyone for making the Rotary Club of Port Moody so very special.
    Hugs to all
    Linda ;o) xoxoxo
    Merry Christmas Linda Balzer 2019-12-23 08:00:00Z 0

    Legacy projects part 2

    Great excitement in the air at our last meeting.
    Nice to see so many guests this week
    PP Ian's wife Trish MacPhail
    Yvonne's husband Andy
    Past member and Rotarian from Langley - Steve Gable [with Steve Witiuk]
    George attended to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas
    Always great to see past member Jim McGrandles come visit.
    Three great projects presented today
    Rotary Centre for Aging and Health - Glen
    Rotary Sea to Mountain Trail - Al via Alan
    YMCA - David
    Share Christmas Train
    IT DIDN'T RAIN!            We took in donations of $1, 156.20. !! !!
    STATION #1
    From the moment our Urns where hot, right on our scheduled "Go Time" (4:45pm), it was GO GO GO!
    It did not stop until we actually ran out of Chocolate Mix.!
    Thanks to Dan & Danne replenishing our 4 Hot Water containers from Browns S/H. They made several trips!
    Thanks to Mike Clay, John Crowther for re- mixing our Urns, (I don't know how many times they did that?)  which were very quickly empty, due to hundreds of served Hot Chocolate cups that Kerry, Dan and I, gave to the long line of people patiently waiting to donate. 
    STATION #2
    Run by Steve Witiuk, Anthony, (our newest member) and Bill Lawrie , was less crazy, but they received
    An amazingly generous donation of $100.00!!
    AGAIN THANKS TO :Special Thanks to Kerry who suddenly turned up and started serving to the very end 
    Dan G. Danne D.
    Mike C. John C
    Steve W. Bill L
    Anthony & Ian  McPhail for taking Photo's of the action 
    SPECIAL THANKS TO: "Rylie"of St. James Well for supplying both the Chocolate Mix & Cups
                                              "Chris" of Browns Social House Restaurant for the supply of Hot Water
                                              "Chris Leon" of the City of Port Moody, who organized the whole event!
    Dan Gallant  & I were trying to remember how many times we have held this event, it has to be over 10??
    Giving this fact, it is why we all became ROTARIANS, making some families Christmas a little bit Happier
    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all.
    Gayle & Gladys have become face painters - Vida you are a good teacher.
    Legacy projects part 2 Linda Balzer 2019-12-18 08:00:00Z 0

    Legacy projects

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Dec 12, 2019
    President Cleone was away and PP Mike ran our meeting.
    Nice to see Fellow Rotarian Navid out to our meeting.
    Legacy Projects are the subject of our meetings for a couple of weeks.  This week. PP's Ian and Alan presented the 'Inlet Park Expansion project'
    And Mike presented 'Rotary Village'.
    We have two great projects to think and ask questions about.  Please go to these members with any of your questions or comments to help us all make the correct decision.
    Please keep Yvonne and her family in your prayers.  They lost their son Byron and now is no longer suffering and is in a better place.  Yvonne will need our support for the months ahead and especially during this Christmas season.
    Heritage Mtn. Blvd is cleaner now.  Thanks to Darrell for organizing and for the team that showed up.  7 bags of Trash...
    Just have a look at our President Cleone.....She is having a ball in Bangladesh !!!!
    Legacy projects Linda Balzer 2019-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

    Christmas is coming

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Dec 08, 2019
    AGM was very well attended.
    Great to see Clayton Anderson out again and Navid Morawej
    This is the newly elected Board for 2020-2021. Paul & Mike 'are there' and Alan & Glen are missing.
    President - Meghan
    President Elect
    Foundation Chair - Mike 
    Club Foundation Chair - Cleone
    Past President - Cleone
    Secretary - Alan
    Treasurer - Michael
    Membership - Gayle
    Club Service - Linda
    Community Service - Coreen
    Youth - Steve
    Vocational - Paul
    International - Glen
    PR - Claire
    Another fun Joint Christmas meeting
    Our very own Yvonne won a present for the ugliest 'Christmas tights'. Fun times
    Look what happens when you shop with these 2 - Santa calls you in for a photo
    Shopping for Innervisions and the Chili lunch cooking
    See album for all the photos of our Chili lunch.....What an amazing group of men that we cooked for this year.....
    "meat man' he is now called.  Thanks Alan
    Danne the 'chopper', John chopped too and Cleone opened many tins....
    The group
    Guess who is in the Trash?
    Summer Sunday's Eagle Eyes Concert had a great group from our Rotary Club.  Thanks to all that came to enjoy.
    Christmas Party at the Manor.....
    Share Christmas train December 17th.  Thanks to Peter & Coreen for organizing the Hot Chocolate and Face Painting and Cookie Decorating.
    Christmas is coming Linda Balzer 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

    Christmas is a busy time

    Posted by Bill Lawrie on Nov 29, 2019
    There are tons of  'opportunities' to help with Rotary.....guess what ?  This week is a ROTARY week for sure.
    Tuesday - December 3rd is our Joint Rotary Christmas Breakfast at the Vancouver Golf Club.  7:00 AM
    Wednesday -   December 4th is our Rotary Club's AGM
    Thursday - December 5th is the Innervisons Chili lunch for Christmas 
    Sunday - December 8th is the Manor Christmas Party.
    Summer Sundays Christmas Concerts 'Eagle Eyes' are on December 7 & 8 - both SOLD OUT...
    This weeks guests were :  Fellow Rotarian Navid Morawej
    Clayton Anderson
    Speakers this week were Michael & Coreen Berrisford and their Bird's Eye View of South Africa
    Board meeting at Cleone's was fun. After the Board meeting, Cleone prepared dinner.  It was Gayle's Birthday and BOB brought the cake  !!!!
    Christmas is a busy time Bill Lawrie 2019-11-29 08:00:00Z 0

    Bea's Kloset and more

    Posted by David Woollven on Nov 20, 2019

    Guests this week were:
    Elaine Robinson
    Julie Knisley & Cindy Paddington 
    Celebrated Decorating the Manor. Interactors joined 

    Danne and Cleone anniversaries with Rotary. 

    Hockey pool update. Pete shared the race for first, remember your games played, some teams are behind in games played, still room for others to climb the standings. 

    Guess who is coming for dinner was a huge success. We had an Italian theme and everything was perfect.  Thanks to Gary for organizing.  
    Darrell & Krista Burnham were hosts:  Gayle is missing from the photo.
    Gladys Mercer was host:
     Peter and Cindy Cuthbert hosted
    and Glen & Marcia hosted Alan, & Kay.  Our organizer was not feeling well and could not attend, which is a real shame.  Gary you did a fantastic job organizing.

    Belize teaching session went very well.  Glen ran a great meeting with 2 people from the Haney Club, 1 from Port Coquitlam and the rest from Port Moody.  Well done.

    RIBFEST Rotary Clubs from BC met Monday. 8 running in BC now. 6 Rotary. 2 external, maybe a new one from Chilliwack Rotary. $60 left over from meeting at Pasta Polo, to Polio Plus. 
    Speaking of Polio Plus, here is an article sent to us from Marc at the Oro Valley Club.

    Grant meeting Monday Nov 25 at Gayle’s house. 5pm. Followed by wrapping for Innervisions, approx 6pm start.
    District Grant approved. Curriculum project with Build a Biz.  


    Cancer prevention and hip dysplasia funding came in for the project in Ecuador. Ian our liaison. 

    Board meeting 5-7 on Dec 2 at Cleone’s.
    Joint Christmas Party, 7 am Dec 3rd at Vancouver Golf Club. 

    We wrapped mugs, socks, etc... for Innervisions. We have been doing this for each year since we started the Club.

    Dec 15, 2-4pm, Manor Christmas Party. 

    SAVE THE DATE.......This is always a great event to come to.  The Manor residents love that our Rotary Club puts on a Christmas party for them.  Everyone is welcome and you can bring your family also.  Rotary serves cake and punch along with tea and coffee.  There is usually entertainment and of course the man with the 'red suit' always shows up so that the Manor residents can have their photos taken with him.

    Please sign up to come and help.  You will have a great time seeing the smiles on these seniors and their familites. 

    Christmas Train coming up too. Dec 17, train in Port Moody 5:20-6:15

    Legacy presentations Dec 11 and 18. Cleone will ask Mike to send out the details in advance.
    Rotary World Help shipping a container to Philippines.
    President Cleone presented Yvonne a pin.  Yvonne is the first one to help someone and as a Club we really need to support her now.  We are one big FAMILY !!!

    Soroptimist - Speaker this week was Julie & Cindy came along as moral support.

    Thank you for our gift to their programs, Warm place for women. 100 guests, more than a soup kitchen, a social evening, crafts, doors prizes, center pieces thanksgiving theme, big meal. 
    Bea’s Kloset, our donation rents the locker for a year, a free store for women referred by a social worker, women’s aging out, 
    These are some of the programs that they do as a club.
    CABE lunch and learn. 
    Walk a mile in her shoes, promoting gender equality, April 17, 2020
    55 career women shared their careers with 120 teen girls, Dream it be it. 
    Serving here for 20 years
    Support women in many initiatives. 

    Next week, Coreen and Michael. 
    Bea's Kloset and more David Woollven 2019-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

    Christmas at the Manor

    Posted by Cleone Todgham on Nov 18, 2019
    Rotary Christmas Magic at the Manor
    The Manor magically transformed into bright Christmassy warmth. 
    The building and grounds were wrapped in twinkling lights. Peter, Danne, Al K., John, Ian, Dan G., Alan S. and Mike C. were balancing on stepladders, reaching, bending, carting around lights, dealing with getting more lights, and the power going out…. and all of it in the rain!  Thanks Peter for leading the team and getting everything organized. 
    Inside the ceiling, hallways, nurses’ counters, entrance way, and foyer burst into colours, sparkles, snowflakes and Christmassy cheer. 
    The Interactors were everywhere. They hung wreaths in the hallways with Brian D., giant snowflakes in the windows, and little snowflakes on the pillars. A highlight was watching 4-year old, Maddy, with his dad, Anthony. He had the biggest grin as he helped his dad and Cheryl Crowther decorate the main dining hall tree. Jeannie put a perfectionist touch to it with her granddaughter, Mia, on the lobby tree. Hopefully, Gladys will forgive me for stealing her swag from the entrance way. She did a great job on the sitting room as well. Lisa K. got not one but two trees decorated and they looked so pretty. Brian W. and my cousins, Janine and Dave, added giant snowflakes and a couple of garlands in the dining room. It looked spectacular!
    Lorie, her assistant, and hospital volunteers did so much that we finished by noon and had a wonderful lunch together. 
    The Manor sparkles with Rotary Christmas Magic once again!
    Thank You Everyone! YAY Team!
    Christmas at the Manor Cleone Todgham 2019-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

    What happens when there is a 'no show'

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Nov 14, 2019
    We had a 'no show' speaker this week, but that didn't stop Darrell from making this an excellent meeting.  Darrell you are amazing !!!
    Thank you to PP Alan, Dan G and PP Gayle for sharing  'quick' classification talks.  Now we all know you much better.
    Alan - 29 years in Rotary
    Dan - Just completed 39 years. Joined in Saskatoon in the fall of 1980.
    Gayle - sorry Gayle I didn't take your photo at Rotary ....Plus  Congratulations to Gayle.  Again President Cleone is wonderful acknowledging members for the good work they do.  Gayle received a pin today for taking care of the 'Heart of Rotary'.  A card went around at the meeting to wish past member Steve Gable health.....  Thanks Gayle.  20 years in Rotary
    It was great to see fellow Rotarian Navid out again
    And of course we love to see Ann'e' with an E come to visit with our Ann.....
    We have lots of opportunities to volunteer this Christmas Season. Sign up 'on line' through Club Runner.   Please come out and help with the Inner Visions Chili lunch, December 5th, The Christmas Train, December 17th, Peter has the list & the Manor Christmas Party, December 15th
    Also sign up for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner on November 22nd.  What a great way to get to know your Fellow Rotarians better. [Gary has the list]
    President Cleone is so good at recognizing our Rotary members and this week she recognized a newer member for always showing up.  Jason Lyne comes to Rotary, even though he is a very busy guy and always has the best smile.  Congratulations Jason, we are grateful you are in our Rotary Club. 
    Foundation dinner was a great success and thank you to all the members of our Rotary Club who attended.  Thanks to Brian & Anthony for the photos.
    Ian's year - These are the Presidents from Ian's year [and the photo bomber]
    Great group from our Club - Darrell, Anthony, Ian, Cleone, Brian, Dan & Alan.  Gary is not in the photo...
    We were presented with 2 awards.
    1 for the Polio Fundraiser we did for 'End Polio Now'
    And the other one for having 100% participation for Foundation giving
    Lots of fun Happy Dollars.....
    Mike told us about his 'singing' at the Belcarra Remembrance Day service.  Apparently he thought he was Gary Wiggins.
    Brian said the car show raised over $24 K
    Claire reminded us that it is World Kindness Day
    Gary had a sad dollar because he couldn't remember what he was happy about
    Happy Birthday song to Cleone and to GB
    Eagle Ridge Christmas Decorating
    Have a look at the photo album for 2019 Christmas Decorating at the Manor
    Thanks to Peter for organizing and to all those who came to help out.
    Cleone our President, her friends, Rotaracts and lots of Rotarians and partners did an amazing job of making the  Manor rooms and hallways truly festive.
    The lights on the Back Patio"s Trestle look great after Dan Gallant and Crew replaced several strands with new ones.
    The garden area now has new lights on the small christmas tree in the centre flower-bed and on the pagoda supports.   Thanks to Bill Lawrie  and Crew
    The front of the main building was more of a challenge this year, due to replacing several strands of non working lights. 
    But after Ian MacPhail and Mike Clay got new light rolls, we were able to add more to the Trees by the entrance and the entire length of the Manor building. Thanks Alan K. for setting up all the timers.
    Thank yous go to the guys working in the rain:-
    Our Club should recognize DAVE THORPE from CMJ S/M for the many years of delivering and picking up the ladders for us.
    Additionally CANADIAN TIRE in Coquitlam for donating a 100ft of new Christmas lights etc.
    What happens when there is a 'no show' Linda Balzer 2019-11-14 08:00:00Z 0


    Posted by Cleone Todgham on Nov 07, 2019
    The Annual General Meeting will be at our regular meeting on Dec. 4th at St. James Well at 7am on Dec 4th, 2019.
    Following is the agenda.
    1.0  Call to order
    2.0  Approve Agenda
    3.0  Approve Minutes
    4.0  President's Report
    5.0  Treasurer's Report
    6.0  Nominations/Elections of Directors for July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021
    There will be a presented slate of candidates and then it will be open for nominations
    7.0  Adjournment
    Looking forward to having as many members as possible attending.
    Cleone Todgham
    Rotary Club of Port Moody
    AGM Cleone Todgham 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0


    Posted by Al Stjernegaard [R] on Nov 07, 2019
    Meeting ran by President Cleone - 3.5 Mins late starting and she heard about it

    - Guest Navid Morawej visited us again

    - Pete Cuthbert, Stephen Witiuk  - We sang HB to Peter and Stephen & George Balzer

    Happy Bucks

    Meghan Off to Mexico for two weeks
    Alan K just back from Maui, looking tanned and sad to be back
    Al S heading away to Palm Springs next week
    Steve W heading away for a week or two in his 5th Wheel
    Ann back healthy, her friend Anne will be joining us for a meeting or two soon

    Hockey pool presented by Peter, doing well, just a few more members to pay up

    Cleone looking for a co chair for RIBFEST Family Fun Zone
    About 8 people have signed up to go to Foundation Dinner
    3 People went to RLI last weekend. Ian, Meghan and Gladys

    Great signups for Guess who is coming to Dinner on November 22nd, if you are still interested reach
    out to Gary

    We need personal items to give to the guys for Innervisions Chili lunch. Bring Socks, Toothbrush, soap etc and
    give to Gayle over the next few meetings

    No Speaker - Shared stories of remembrance
    Clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd. group. 7 bags on a soggy day.... Thank you Rotary

    Remembering   Al Stjernegaard [R] 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0


    Posted by Linda Balzer on Nov 04, 2019


    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.

    Remember Linda Balzer 2019-11-04 08:00:00Z 0

    All about RIBFEST

    Posted by Bill Lawrie on Oct 31, 2019

    Meeting was chaired by P.P. Alan Schmelzel

    GUESTS: Navid Morewaj (member of a Vancouver Club but has a number of businesses in our area so will be visiting us often), Julie Knisley from Soroptimists (Julie will co-chair volunteers for RIBFEST) and Greg Garrison from Coquitlam Sunrise)


    1. RLI was Saturday Nov. 2nd
    2. Foundation Dinner Friday November 15th
    3.  Lots of Volunteers needed for Manor decorating Saturday November 16th   
    2. Belize planning meeting with some training for educational software. Glen will chair. Will use meeting room at Claire’s building.
    3. November 22nd, - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - Sign up with Gary
    4. November 25th Legacy grant discussion.

    PP Al Stjernegaard led the meeting with a recap of RIBFEST 2019. 

    This year will be our most successful RIBFEST so far. BIG thanks to Mike Clay for bringing in more sponsorships than ever before.

    Our Community contributions grew again, over 100k. and 100% will be used by Rotary to invest back into the community.

    2020 will be the first time our “Big 3” (Al S., Alan S. and Ian) will not be serving as co-chairs. Some big successes this year:

    1. VIP was successful
    2. POG sales were up
    3. We served more beer and wine/cider than in previous years
    4. 5,293 hours of volunteer hours
    5. 3,033 Rib Valet orders (Note many of the orders involved multi meals)
    6. FACEBOOK records that we reached 312,000 people. Well done Claire.

    We need to continue to focus on:

    1. Ways to reduce expenses
    2. Focus on Revenue
    3. Reduce volunteer expenses
    4. Simplify the event

    Discussion Points for this year’s organizers are many and a meeting will be set up soon 

    A number of our members have stepped up to take on oversight for 2020’s event—David, Meghan, Michael B., Mike Clay, and Ian will serve as a steering committee.  We are still looking for area managers to confirm  if they will stay on to do the same areas as they looked after this year.

    Thanks to everyone for work done over the past 5 years and for your future volunteering.

    All about RIBFEST Bill Lawrie 2019-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

    Polio - This close

    Posted by Cleone Todgham on Oct 27, 2019
    Polio Pub Night
    What a good night and for such a good cause!
    99.9% of polio cases have been eradicated from the world by Rotary and its partners, but almost is not enough. If we don’t eradicate polio from the last couple of countries it could spread once more and cripple sooooo many!
    Our club switched our 7am meeting to a Polio pub night on Oct 23rd and raised $637 to help eradicate polio. We have registered our event with Rotary International and it will be put on a map with all the events that are being held worldwide during Polio Awareness month.
    34 Rotarians and friends joined together for a brew and a burger and laughed and chatted. Al Stjernengaard cruised the room with his donation cup and the John Crowther won the pooled total of $229 as a tax donation. Thanks Al! Thank you Jeannie Trasolini for taking money and then pictures. Thanks Gay and Carly from the Port Coquitlam Rotary Club and everyone else for coming out. 
    Yay Team!
    Watch out for the 'little ones' on the road Halloween night, Thursday October 31st..
    Polio - This close Cleone Todgham 2019-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

    No meeting in morning

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Oct 22, 2019
    Please remember that we have no 'morning' meeting, but will see you at the Well, Wednesday night for our Polio fundraiser.
    No meeting in morning Linda Balzer 2019-10-22 07:00:00Z 0

    Classification talks are the BEST

    Posted by Glen Brown on Oct 17, 2019

    RIBFEST City Council Submission


    Ian and Alan (supported by a strong and good looking contingent of club members) made a submission to the Port Moody City Council Committee of the Whole.  All council members present expressed the view that RIBFESTwas a very positive community event which they supported.  Council agreed to review our request for a renewed (continuing) agreement for the city to assist with items such as the use of Rocky Point Park, policing, and garbage removal.


    International Committee Meeting


    The International Committee met October 8 and reviewed all of international plans and commitments.

    • We anticipate a total budget of $35K in available funds for international work this year. 
    • Good progress reported by Ian on the Ecuador Global Grant.  A mid project review has been completed with good results.  Work continues in Equador with surgical missions and education. 
    • With a $3000 contribution from the club to Days for Girls, another shipment of supplies has been sent to Africa.
    • Belize update - Global grant ready to submit, pending submission of required MOU’s from the Belize club.  - Funding in place for a total budget of about 89K US - 7 International clubs are participating, 1 host club in Belize.  A training and planning session is scheduled for our Club on November 23 – intended for anyone interested in travelling to Belize or otherwise supporting this project.
    • The committee recommends $3K Funding for South Africa NTSIKA project – this is part of a global grant to install and renovate toilets and sanitation systems in a school.  Work is coordinated by the Grahamstown Rotary Club. If approved by the board Michael B will present our $3K to the host club when he travels to South Africa later this month.
    • A funding request for a Nicaragua Medical education project, (global grant, Calgary Rotary).   The Calgary club have supported our Ecuador project and are requesting we support their project.  Voted to sequester these funds $7K until next year when they will likely be needed. 
    • Cleone updated on Kenya - Planning to send more books and computers to Kenya, cost zero, piggy backing on another RWH container - Will look at other potential short-term projects 
    • Glen updated us on his trip to Kenya, visiting and reviewing a Global Grant initiative by the Sechelt Rotary Club.  Glen was particularly impressed with the work of https://www.kenyaconnect.org  - and NGO supporting education in rural Kenya.   Glen and Cleone will be meeting as a follow to identify possible connections between these Kenyan initiatives.



    Rotary Learning Institute (Parts 1, II and III)

    RLI provides an opportunity to enrich Rotary learning through sharing experiences and ideas with other Rotarians throughout our District. RLI is provided in 3 levels. Information gained at RLI will greatly enhance your Rotary journey.   Sign up on the District 5050 website.  Training will take place:

    Nov 02, 2019 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Sunrise Banquet & Conference Centre

    5640 188th Street

    Surrey, BC        


    District Foundation Dinner

    Several club members will be attending the Foundation Dinner in Abbotsford.  More are welcome.  Dan Gallant is driving and may have extra room for a passenger.

    Nov 15, 2019 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

    Quality Hotel & Conference Centre

    36035 N Parallel Road

    Abbotsford, BC    

    Guest Speaker:

    Rotarian Lee Harman, Peking to Paris.

    The story of how Lee, Bill & Miss Vicky Crossed the Finish Line.

    Cost: $60 CDN

    No Host Bar 5:30PM  Full Buffet Dinner 6:30PM

    50/50 Draw

    Dress: Business (Jacket & Tie)


    World Polio Day

    World Polio Day will be celebrated on Thursday, 24th October 2019 globally, to generate awareness towards eradication of polio as well as to commemorate the efforts of thousands of employees of WHO and other volunteers committed to the eradication of Polio.

    The Coquitlam Sunrise Club is holding a breakfast meeting on October 22th at the Poirer Rec. Centre.  ICBC will be there to inform everyone on the changes that ICBC have made to our car insurance for this year.  



    RSVP $20 includes breakfast, presentation and donation to World Polio Day 24/10. Email:  rjmoody@shaw.ca to register.


    We will have NO CLUB Meeting on the morning of Wednesday, October 23.  Instead we will have a Club Pub night on the evening of October 23 at the St. James Well.  Burger and Beer with proceeds to End Polio.


    Other upcoming dates:

    • October 21 –   Board Meeting
    • October 21 –   Fireside Chat at Cleone’s
    • November 11 - Remembrance Day
    • November 15   Foundation Dinner
    • November 16 – Decorating Manor
    • December 15 – Manor Christmas Party
    • December 17 – Christmas Train
    Classification talks are always the BEST meetings.  Thank you Anthony for your great presentation.  It is always so good to get to know our fellows Rotarians better and we are lucky to have you in our Rotary Club.



    Classification Talk – Anthony Sandler

    The club was able to get to know Anthony much better.

    Anthony hails from Ontario, moving to Port Moody two years ago as his wife, Katy, wanted to return to her roots in the lower mainland.  Anthony met Katy in Toronto in 2008, they were married in 2011, and have a 4-year-old son, Matt.


    Anthony spoke about his deep roots in music and in investment management.  His Grandmother, Ruth Lowe, is a renowned songwriter.  After the death of her first husband she wrote the song "I'll Never Smile Again", first heard on the CBC.  Ruth passed a copy of the tune to a saxophone player in the Tommy Dorsey band. Dorsey thought the tune had much merit, and arranged it for his very young singer, Frank Sinatra. It was Sinatra's first hit, and launched Sinatra on his phenomenal career. Later she wrote the lyrics for still another Frank Sinatra hit, Put Your Dreams Away.  (Frank's 'signature' song, which was also played at his funeral).

    Anthony’s paternal grandfather, Nat Sandler, was the first Jewish Canadian with a seat on the Toronto Stock Exchange.  Father, Stephen Sandler, had a near 50-year career as one of Canada most successful Investment Advisors.

    Anthony has pursued music and investment management/wealth management as his vocation.  He has a degree in music from McGill University, played in a band for 25 years, recorded and album and briefly owned a recording studio.   Eventually, he came to work with father and brother in the Wealth Management business.  He now works as an independent dealer with Mackie Research in Vancouver.

    Anthony was motivated to join Rotary through the life of another Grandfather, Ed Jackson.  Ed was a long-time member of the Vancouver Fire Department and a Shriner.  He devoted his life to community service which was a source of inspiration to Anthony

    President Cleone thanked Gary Wiggins for his many years of leadership and support from within the club, and for his big voice and ability to open our meetings and our minds with energy every Wednesday morning.

    President Cleone also thanked Claire Lambert for her ongoing support for the club “behind the scenes” and ability to put our club into the public eye with effective media and social media content and strategy.

    Alan K talked about Search for the Perfect Pint
    Legacy Project - PP Mike

    Submission of Legacy Projects ideas is now closed.  The committee will now review.  Mike P. anticipates that an overview on each idea will be provided to the club between now and Christmas.

    Guess what?  PP Pete is starting the Hockey Pool

    Hockey Pool

    Peter encouraged everyone to participate in the hockey pool.  He provided some advice for picking players – but agreed that it may, in fact not help you at all.  Do your best and have fun. See his email for further instructions.

    Guess who and where?
    Classification talks are the BEST Glen Brown 2019-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

    Port Moody Council meeting - October 15th, 2019

    Posted by Allan Stjernegaard on Oct 14, 2019
    Port Moody Rotary has wrapped up 5 years of hosting RIBFEST in Port Moody. Thanks to everyone for their support. This community event has been a great success.

    Our 3 year agreement/partnership with the City of Port Moody ended in 2019. 

    The Rotary club will have a delegation presenting to council on October 15th at 7PM. We will be asking council to extend their partnership for another 5 years with Rotary so RIBFEST can continue in 2020 and beyond. 

    This meeting is open to the public, if you would like to show your support for RIBFEST going forward please attend this meeting from 7-7:30 to show your support.
    Port Moody Council meeting - October 15th, 2019 Allan Stjernegaard 2019-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

    Flu shots and more

    Posted by Glen Brown on Oct 10, 2019


    President Cleone was back in the chair after visiting her new grand baby in Colorado.

    Meghan is back from her extended holiday which included hiking through both Spain and Portugal. 

    Ken Kuhn, retired teacher and champion for vaccines and elder health.  Ken is our guest speaker today 

    Taylor Davies joins us for the first time.  He has sought out Rotary as an opportunity for community service.  His grandfather was a Rotarian in Burnaby.  Taylor works with Moneris (electronic financial transactions).

    Rotary RIPs

    Rips was a great success.  Thanks to Bill for co-ordinating with the city.  Glen, Gladys, Anthony, Bill and Jason joined 38 others in ripping out all sorts of nasty invasive species (mostly English Ivy).

    Legacy Project

    Deadline for project ideas is October 16.

    Cleone recognized Brian Dunne for his quiet constant service to our Club 

    Brian Dunne is the quiet silent type.  President Cleone doesn't let him go without honouring him.

    Michael played President last week and President Cleone thanked him for that and all what he does for Rotary. Michael's ongoing help moving our Club into new technologies at RIBFEST and our day to day transactions is so much appreciated .


    Haney Rotary – Casino Theme Night – October 16 (@Meadow Gardens).  

    Buffet and Casino Games


    Rotary Learning Institute (Parts 1, II and III)

    RLI provides an opportunity to enrich Rotary learning through sharing experiences and ideas with other Rotarians throughout our District. RLI is provided in 3 levels. Information gained at RLI will greatly enhance your Rotary journey.   Sign up on the District 5050 website.  Training will take place:


    Nov 02, 2019 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Sunrise Banquet & Conference Centre

    5640 188th Street

    Surrey, BC        


    District Foundation Dinner

    Nov 15, 2019 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

    Quality Hotel & Conference Centre

    36035 N Parallel Road

    Abbotsford, BC    


    Guest Speaker:

    Rotarian Lee Harman, Peking to Paris.

    The story of how Lee, Bill & Miss Vicky Crossed the Finish Line.

    Cost: $60 CDN

    No Host Bar 5:30PM  Full Buffet Dinner 6:30PM

    50/50 Draw

    Dress: Business (Jacket & Tie)


    World Polio Day

    World Polio Day will be celebrated on Thursday, 24th October 2019 globally, to generate awareness towards eradication of polio as well as to commemorate the efforts of thousands of employees of WHO and other volunteers committed to the eradication of Polio.

    The Coquitlam Sunrise Club is holding a breakfast meeting on October 22th at the Poirer Rec. Centre.  ICBC will be there to inform everyone on the changes that ICBC have made to our car insurance for this year.  

    RSVP $20 includes breakfast, presentation and donation to World Polio Day 24/10. Email:  rjmoody@shaw.ca to register.

    We will have NO CLUB Meeting on the morning of Wednesday, October 23.  Instead we will have a club Pub night on the evening of October 23 at the St. James Well.  Burger and Beer with proceeds to End Polio. This will be considered as a club meeting for those who aren’t able to make the Sunrise Club’s morning meeting. NOTE this fun night will be opened up to other Clubs and is open to any and all family and friends—more the merrier!!
    Decorating Eagle Ridge Manor for Christmas Nov. 16th


    Guest Speaker – Ken Khun – Vaccinations


    Guest speaker was Ken Kuhn who has been a Tri-Cities resident for 40 years. He’s taught in SD43, at BCIT and UBC. In retirement he is deeply involved in improving the lot of Seniors in the Tri-Cities. He wrote a UBCM grant for the City of Port Moody for Age-Friendly Community research and initiatives which is being conducted by Kate Milne (Last week’s guest).

    As we age our immune system weakens (immunosenescence). This means we become less able to resist some diseases on our own. New research is bringing on new high dose vaccinations which are covered in some provinces but not others.

    Ken remined us that although were a good looking group there are few of in the crowd who actually get a year older, each and every year.  With aging comes a few changes.

    Most importantly our immune systems start to weaken – immunosenescence

    Immunosenescence refers to the gradual deterioration of the immune system brought on by natural age advancement. It involves both the host’s capacity to respond to infections and the development of long-term immune memory, especially by vaccination. This age-associated immune deficiency is ubiquitous and found in both long- and short-living species as a function of their age relative to life expectancy rather than chronological time. It is considered a major contributory factor to the increased frequency of morbidity and mortality among the elderly.


    Ken is involved with a number of groups that promote vaccines to protect against certain illnesses, particularly those that create significant health risks for older persons.


    Ken focused on the following illnesses and vaccines.  Talk to your Dr. about them.


    • Zostavax – Cost $175, 55% efficacy and decreases over time. [5 years] recommended to start at 60 years, with 55% efficacy.
    • Shingrix – Cost $300 and is long lasting.  It is given in 2 doses 2-6 months apart, costs $150.00 per dose, can be started at 50 years old, is  approximately 95% effective.


    Pneumonia (consider both shots)

    PNEUMONIA: Prevnar 13 administered as a single dose in the arm or leg muscle helps prevent pneumonia, bacteraemic pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis. Costs $125.00. Pneumovax 23 free flu shot helps prevent pneumonia caused by 23 different strains.

    • Prevanar 13 – Cost $125 - administered as a single dose in the arm or leg muscle helps prevent pneumonia, bacteraemic pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis.
    • Pneumovax 23 (publicly funded) helps prevent pneumonia caused by 23 different strains.



    For those age 65+ a High-Dose Flu Vaccine is available with 4 times the antigen of  a standard dose to help off-set the weakening of our immune system as we age. Effective for those with pre-existing underlying chronic conditions. Costs $75.00. NOTE National Advisory Council on Immunization (NACI) recommends High-Dose TIV for adults over 65 years. ***Also be aware the flu shots will be in limited supply early this season due to high demand. It will be late October-early November for regular free shots and into December for High-Dose.

    Thanks to Glen & Bill for the notes....



    Flu shots and more Glen Brown 2019-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

    Africa and more

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Oct 04, 2019
    Guests this week:
    Khayanga Wasiki
    Michael was standing in for President Cleone
    Coquitlam Sunrise Club
    This is a great opportunity to see what ICBC is doing and for you to ask questions.
    PP Ian
    In the next couple of months we are hoping to collect used clothing and non-perishable items so that we can host a homeless drive in November, hopefully in a soup kitchen where we can have non-perishable items and used clothing available for people to take what they need, as well as offer anyone who come through with a warm meal. We would really appreciate any donations people could offer, as well as any possible contacts that you think may help us towards our goal.
    Thank you on behalf of interact,
    Addi Bell and Tylers Owens
    Rotary RIPS was a great success.  Thank you to Glen and Gladys for the photos.  Looks like everyone had a great time.  Good job Rotary
    Happy Group
    Africa and more Linda Balzer 2019-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

    Classification talks are the BEST

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Sep 26, 2019
    Vistors this week were:
    George Balzer -Summer Sunday's.  A few tickets still available for Eagle Eyes Christmas concert on Sunday December 8th, 2019.  Inlet theatre.  www.summersundays.ca
    Yolanda Broderick & Gene Vickers - founding member and Past President of our Rotary Club
    Kate Milne from the City of Port Moody
    Kate Milne spoke about the Age Friendly Community Survey during your meeting.  Please complete their survey by going to : https://www.portmoody.ca/en/business-and-development/age-friendly-communities.aspx
    As part of the Age Friendly Steering Committee, we want to reach out to as many residents 55 plus and over as well as caregivers and ask for their ideas and suggestions, as we develop an Age Friendly Plan for our city.  
    The deadline is November 1st.
    Aziz Saleh - soon to be member of our Rotary Club
    Our guest speaker this morning was our own Reza Jafari
    Classification talks are the best way to get to know our fellow Rotarians and I think we just scratched the surface this morning with Reza. Reza is  motivated to succeed and help others and that was very evident while he was speaking.  He is an immigrant from Iran and of course when he arrived he did not know English very well.  He struggled to 'fit in' to this great 'Canadian life' that he had heard of before he arrived.  He tried out for the basketball team in High School and although he had never played basketball in his life, they took him on the team because he was tall.  Reza then went to the school everyday at 6:30am to practice and he won the 'most improved' basketball player that year.  That is just one of his stories.....Thank you Reza for sharing your very young life with us and we are looking forward to working with you on our Rotary projects. We are very lucky to have you in our Rotary Club.
    The Coquitlam Sunrise Club is holding a breakfast meeting on October 26th at the Poirer Rec. Centre.  ICBC will be there to inform everyone on the changes that ICBC have made to our car insurance for this year.  This will be a very informative meeting and if you would like to attend, please register so they will know the number of people for breakfast.

    Want to know more about the upcoming changes? Join us October 22nd for our morning meeting with ICBC. DM for RSVP $20 includes breakfast, presentation and donation to World Polio Day 24/10. Email:  rjmoody@shaw.ca to register.

    RIPS is coming up.....please register on line with the City of Port Moody.  
    Also Bill spoke about the seminar coming up for Aging Adults.  
    Sgt. at Arms Darrell brought it to our attention how nice it is that the 2 Dan's /Danne sat together and even dressed the same Dan G gave us our monthly Rotary Minute.

    Classification talks are the BEST Linda Balzer 2019-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

    Busy Weekend

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Sep 22, 2019
    Rotary is very active in our Communities.
    Check this out:
    Interactors Car Wash. Events such as a car wash fundraiser are fun and a great way to give back to our community.  They raised a total of $173.50 from this event.  Thank you to everyone who came.
    Poco Blues Brunch
    Busy Weekend Linda Balzer 2019-09-22 07:00:00Z 0


    Posted by Claire Lambert on Sep 20, 2019
    The Rotary RIPS event is Saturday October 5 starting at Noons Creek.
    Interact has a food drive and clothing drive going on, if you can remember to bring in your items and a food donation each week that would be great.
    Thank you MIKE  for organizing the Port Moody TERRY FOX RUN and thank you to all the volunteers.  Funds raised just shy of 20K!
    12k of that was online donations!
    Claire asked for everyone to please send her anything that they would like posted on Social media directly so she can do a better job with posts.
    Mike P spoke about getting in your submissions for our legacy project.
    Steve was recognized for his help with the Interactors
    Kay Woo was recognized for her organization and help with RIBFEST and the Toy library.  We are so lucky to have them both!
    Dan G. spoke of 404 Container leaving for the Philippines and was focused on Literacy. 
    (Also thank you Kay, Cleone, Linda, Danne, Michael & Bill for cleaning up the lockup!, )
    Coreen reminded us of a few things we need:
    A lead for the Halloween Blood Drive - Would YOU like to do this?  Please let Coreen know
    Face painting help needed for the Christmas train - Vida is a great teacher 
    Little Library Varnish Volunteer - Who has a paint brush?  and would like to help out?  
    Our Guests were plentiful today - Lots of young men from CABE as well as 2 advisors and Cindy Seddon.  Amazing Program and looking to expand their Kitchen into a working kitchen as well as a mentor mens program like they have for the girls.

    We presented Cindy a Good Citizen award in 2001.....
    CABE Claire Lambert 2019-09-20 07:00:00Z 0

    Support for the Gallery Bistro 

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Sep 16, 2019
    After the Terry Fox Run, Rotary went to the Legion to support the Gallery Bistro.  What a party !!!
    Support for the Gallery Bistro   Linda Balzer 2019-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

    2019 Terry Fox Run

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Sep 15, 2019
    2019 Port Moody Terry Fox Run
    Our very own Mike Clay was once again the organizer of the Port Moody Terry Fox Run.  Well done Mike and well done Rotary Club of Port Moody for showing up to help set up and do the registration.  There was a great crowd and the rain held off.
    Brewer's Row is a huge supporter of the Terry Fox Run and donated to the run.
    And they are off.....
    2019 Terry Fox Run Linda Balzer 2019-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

    SOS indeed

    Posted by Mike Clay on Sep 12, 2019
    We had a moment of silence for remembering 911
    Guests this week:  Douglas Dunn from SOS Children's Village
    Douglas spoke about his experiences with SOS Children's Village.
    From their website is this information: 

    We provide homes, a supportive community, and programs to help foster children and youth in need grow into caring, self-reliant adults.

    SOS Children’s Village BC is one of 559 Villages around the world, and is the only SOS Children’s Village in Canada.
    We provide a unique and proven model of foster care separate from the provincial system.

    We support foster children and vulnerable youth because we believe every child should belong to a family and grow with love, respect, and security.

    The statistics show that we as a society are failing our children.
    SOS Children’s Village BC effectively meets the needs of those at-risk youth who are the key to our future.


    In British Columbia there are over 10,500 children who do not live with their biological parents


    Of youth in care, only 40% will graduate within 2 years of expected graduation date; at our Village we have a 100% graduation rate


    In British Columbia 61% of children in care are Indigenous, but only 9% of the general child population is Indigenous


    A child in foster care in Canada faces the following hardships on average: they will move 7 homes (7 families, 7 schools, 7 neighbourhoods, 7…)

    More Facts:

    SOS Children’s Village BC is part of SOS Children’s Villages, the largest non-governmental, non-denominational child development organization in the world. SOS Children’s Villages has existed for 70 years with a presence in 136 countries and 559 Villages, with a seat at the UN to be the voice for the rights of children everywhere. SOS Children’s Village BC was founded in 1986 as a grassroots response to deficiencies in the provincial foster care system characterized by frequent placement breakdowns and moves for children and youth, and the separation of siblings into different homes. Even today, the state of foster care remains a “North American epidemic”, as described by local former foster child Tom Watson.

    Foster children are frequently at risk of emotional disturbances, delayed social development, and poor educational performance. Foster parents who raise these children require ongoing special resources and support. SOS Children’s Village BC enhances the development and healing of foster children with a holistic framework that addresses their physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs. We ensure long term stability with a strong focus on transition to adulthood programming and aging out of care.

    He also talked about the 4 pillars
       Mom is the heart of the home 
       Keep siblings together 
       A safe home 
       A village 

    Very emotional talk, thank you Douglas.

    Register now:  https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50004/sitepage/district-conference-1, for the District 5050 Conference at Harrison Hot Springs.

    Will be a fun time.  We have registered for the Thursday night BBQ and the Friday morning Breakfast and sail on Lake Harrison.  Lots of options for sure.  Come join us:

    Al & Alan swam in the BC Summer Games.....Way to go you guys.  We have true athletes in our midst.  Between Alan and Al they brought home 2 Gold, 5 Silver, 2 Bronze Medals.  Way to go guys !!!  We are proud of you both.

    Bill talked about RIPS.....sign up on line please 

    Linda thanked everyone for coming out to the 20th Anniversary party for our Rotary Club.  

    Get your Eagle Eyes tickets soon : https://summersundays.ca/tickets/.....

    Sunday December 8th, 2019 at Inlet Theatre from 4-6 pm - First concert is sold out.

    Eagle Eyes’ are a Tribute to one of the most legendary Rock & Roll Bands of all time ‘The Eagles’. When the fans and soon to be fans witness an “Eagle Eyes” performance it is quite evident that the love and respect that the members of Eagle Eyes have for the band they pay tribute to is first and foremost and is the core reason they love to perform the vast catalogue of hits that the Eagles have produced over their Rock N Roll Hall of Fame career.

    The four members of Eagle Eyes have over 120 years of combined experience as professional touring musicians honing their musical and vocal skills.




    SOS indeed Mike Clay 2019-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

    One favour

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Sep 11, 2019
    We did it.....We cleaned the lock-up.  Bill, Danne, Michael, Kay, Cleone and I tidied up the lock-up and threw away 'stuff'.  Please DON'T BUY
    Please ask someone when you need something, before you buy it.  We could start our own store !!!  
    All the IT stuff has a place, everything has a place now.  Looks great.  Well done.
     Favor is:  We need a 'broom' and someone to take a rug to the dump.   Thanks to all.
    Cowboy Danne
    New Shelving - Thanks to Bill for picking it out and to Michael and Bill for putting it together.
    It is going to fit?
    We did it !!!
    One favour Linda Balzer 2019-09-11 07:00:00Z 0


    Posted by David Woollven on Sep 09, 2019
    David spoke to us about the upcoming YMCA in the Tri-Cities.....You can really hear the passion in his voice. Thanks David for telling us about your work and the work of the YMCA.  Great job.
    Rotary and the YMCA share common values, long histories and are both sustained by people of action, looking outward across local and global communities to solve problems and take action to create lasting change. 
    In his presentation David shared a list of commonalities between the two volunteer led organizations, some history of the YMCA, and the issues the YMCA is working to solve. He also shared the plans to begin to serve the Tri-Cities in a much bigger way from a new YMCA facility to be built in Burquitlam. He supplied this text for the newletter.
    "Today's families are vulnerable, facing more barriers to success than previous generations, the high cost of living, and lack of affordable programs and services prevents them from reaching their potential. The health of people is also in decline, with kids less and less active and chronic disease on the rise. Isolation is affecting 50% of those living in the lower mainland, preventing them from thriving and creating a hardening of attitudes that disrupts community. 
    The YMCA is here to address these issue and give everyone an opportunity to reach their full potential and thrive. 
    The YMCA is perhaps the one charity with a mission for Children and Youth that supports the whole community. Beginning at a young age we provide activities, socialization, swim lessons, camps and sports to kids, and building connections between kids and families. As youth grow and develop they need a place that welcomes them, connects them with others and give them the skills they need to thrive in a changing world. Through their good and difficult times the YMCA is there for youth providing meaningful connections and growth opportunities. We are often the first place youth find volunteer opportunities and first jobs; volunteering and working as children’s program instructors, day camp counsellors, swim instructors and lifeguards provides responsibility and leadership skills that transfer easily into their chosen careers. 
    Like Rotary, the YMCA is a worldwide movement to fill needs in communities. Through the YMCA World Alliance YMCAs in developed countries help YMCAs around the world to have great impact in their communities. In recent years our YMCA has had partnerships with YMCAs in Ethiopia and Ecuador, launching training programs, delivering computers and health equipment, building schools and fighting AIDS.
    Locally, in the Tri-Cities we host community based, medically supervised programs for people recovering from heart attack and stroke, we give students an opportunity to solve the issues that see them suspended or at risk of suspension from school, and we have trained high school counsellors to lead a YMCA developed program to reduce anxiety and address emerging mental health issues in teens and youth.
    A YMCA “Centre of Community”, the facility we will open in Burquitlam, will be an open, welcoming, shared community space that will become the YMCA's Hub from which to serve. Whether new to Canada, a single parent, a senior, or someone who was born and raised in the lower mainland – people of all ages, abilities, income levels, races, genders, sexual orientation and religions will be welcomed to come together to create a supportive community, and to give back to community. 

    The YMCA is led by volunteers, serving both at a board and day to day programming levels, where volunteers lead and serve in children’s programs, adult programs, and around the community.
    Locally the YMCA serves at over 200 locations from Sechelt to Hope, with programs to improve the lives of many. These include:
    • Health, Fitness and Aquatics
    • Child Care
    • Summer Camps and Outdoor Education
    • Child & Family Development
    • Health Management
    • Youth Engagement
    • Education and Training
    • Employment Services
    • Immigrant Services
    • Global Initiatives

    Since its inception in London England 175 years ago the YMCA has sought to be innovative and fill needs in community. We continue this approach today, with YMCAs creating and sharing countless programs that other YMCAs can adopt to address needs unique to their local communities. 
    YMCA David Woollven 2019-09-09 07:00:00Z 0

    Wasn't that a party?

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Sep 06, 2019
    Wasn't that a party?  WOW, our Rotary Club is 20 years old and we had a great party.  Thanks to all who helped put this together.  President Cleone who along with Dave Stone put the slide show together.  Patty, Gayle, Cleone and myself had fun going through all those photos.
    Gary, you did a fantastic job as MC, kept the night flowing as you always do. AND thank you & Hazel for all the name tags....it worked perfect.
    Thanks to Michael for our IT equipment at the door....that makes life so much easier and thanks for taking the photos of everyone. 
    One thing I am sorry for was that I didn't recognize, Alan Schmelzel, Gayle Carter and Gary Wiggins as Charter Members.  I meant to do that and did not......
    It was great to see Past Presidents attend: Ron Baker came from the Island, Keith Vernon and of course Gene Vickers who started it all and Honorary Member Bernie & Flora Pregler.
    In the end we had 88 people attend.... thanks to Greg Garrison for helping us get the Vancouver Golf Club as our venue.  They did a great job.
    Thanks to everyone who attended.....it was FUN....
    Hugs to all
    Linda ;o)
    PS. Thanks to PP Gray Giovannetti for the wonderful words you sent....
    I hope I didn't forget anyone !!
    These are the Charter members still active in our Club.
    President Cleone's Thank you...
    Thanks everyone for coming out last night. It was a happy chatty celebration with friends where we watched the slide show of smiling faces through the years on the screen and heard about some of our accomplishments.
    We have a lot to be proud of whether you just joined or have been in this club that has been happily contributing to our community locally or internationally for 20 years!
    I would like to give a special thanks to the committee:
    Gary who was Master of Ceremonies
    Linda and Gayle for going through alllllll those photographs and who searched out what we could find (where is the capsule???) for the memorabilia table
    Patty for going through photographs 
    Dave Stone for putting together a program with the photographs
    Michael Berrisford for of course being there when we needed him and helping with the slide show, tablets and cash box etc 
    Al Schmelzel for brainstorming
    This committee was just an example of a team that we have in our club that makes everything work with a smile!
    Wasn't that a party? Linda Balzer 2019-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

    Another great day for our Rotary Club

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Sep 05, 2019
    Another good day at the Rotary Club of Port Moody when we inducted Reza Jafari .  Welcome to our Club Reza and thank you to Gene Vickers for introducing us to him.
    David Woollven spoke about the new and exciting YMCA that should have shovels in the ground this year.  
    Guests were:
    Former Rotarian and Past President. Gene Vickers
    Bill spoke about RIPS... Save the date and sign up on line.
    AG Al has tickets for 'FIND THE PERFECT PINT'.....Let's get out and support the Coquitlam Club.
    PP Gayle seems to be our 'Librarian' and is taking good care of our Little Lending Library.  These are Gayle's comments:
    'The little lending library is doing really well keeping books and trading. I went today and put some kids books in and it was almost full. I think people are really using it well.
    Great project started in Trudy ‘s year as President.
    Another great day for our Rotary Club Linda Balzer 2019-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
    Interact Car Wash - Fund raiser Allan Stjernegaard 2019-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

    Always a good Rotary day

    Posted by Coreen Rodger Berrisford on Aug 31, 2019
    It's always a good Rotary Day when you have the District Governor come to visit and he 'inducts' two new members.  Thank you DG Brad Whittaker !!! and WELCOME to the Rotary Club of Port Moody, Anthony & Jason.
    Guests this week were:  
    DG Brad Whittaker
    Fellow Rotarian and guest from Oro Valley Rotary Club - Marc Snow

    DG Brad did the Member Induction for Anthony Sandler and Jason Lyne.  He told them to get to know the people of your club quickly,  he encouraged them to immediately get involved in club and district events, don’t wait to be asked to get involved, brag about your new status and bring guests participate in youth exchange.  Wear your Rotary pin everywhere.  Check out Rotary clubs at all locations and know that you make Rotary stronger by bringing your talents, skills and passions.

    He suggested to let the 4-way Test be your guide.

    Anthony Sandler and his family, Katy and Mathew Sandler
    Jason Lyne
    Steve's Dad, Joe Witiuk whom we all aspire to be like at 95 years young
    DG Brad gave away 2 Paul Harris Fellows this week for People of 'action' 
    AG & Past President Al Stjernegaard 
    and Past President Linda Balzer [grateful, thank you so much]

    Speaker District Governor Brad Whittaker

    Brad Whittaker gave a brief history of how Rotary has changed since 1905 with new technology but not in our core values.  Rotary International undertook a consultation and have a new vision statement

    “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” 

    Rotary started in 1905 – change and the pace of change has increased especially with new technology but the need for core values has not changed.   Rotary International did a consultation process and have a new vision statement – unite and take action to create long lasting change across the globe in, our community and ourselves.

    Action plan

    1. Increase our impact Polio – 350K cases to start, now only in areas where Rotary has not had a chance to work - Afghanistan and Pakistan are where these remaining polio victims are there are local residents working with Rotary although it is very dangerous.  residents– as of last week Nigeria declared polio free.  The model works well.
    2. Expand our reach – get more people involved.  Stories show people why to join Rotary.
    3. Enhance participant engagement – have great time – make a difference.  Last year lost more than any before in Rotary.  Ensure new members they get the experience they expect.  
    4. Increase our ability to adapt – try new ways of doing things, give new Rotarians what they need, opportunities for leadership, diverse voices and simplify how we operate.  Zones, districts what structure do we actually need?  Leverage partnerships to connect the world and deliver on goals like Polio Plus.    Presidential Citation is now renamed as the Rotary Citation for the Club Strategic Plan.  

    Rotary Connects the World

    • Grow Rotary, Membership, Public Image and Foundation (Rotary Foundation – Charity Navigation rated 100 out of 100).  Give to annual or share fund half comes back to District grants the other half for Global Grants.  Global (10K to 35K) August 31 is the deadline this year.  Connect with other clubs – District can be local or International.  Adjudication committee, remember as it is a competitive process there is more demand than funds. The Port Moody Belize project is a global grant potential.  
    • New membership models.  Agricultural producers in one area have only  10 to 12 meetings a year.  Each club decides what the membership should look like.
    • Build new Rotary and Rotaract Clubs – Where there is Rotary there is less poverty, disease and improved literacy.  Rotarians break things cycle of poverty through microloans contributing to economically sustainable communities.  90% of loans go to women to get things done.  They break the soil to increase sanitation and provide clean water.  Break the seal on polio vaccines and break through impassable roads to get to a village without electricity with solar panels.  They Break barriers for girls education – sanitation barriers removed.  
    • Bring your Families into Rotary – 4 way test, integrity, diversity, 
    • Provide a Viable path to Rotary Leadership – 
    • Rotary before United Nations – UN has 75th anniversary– Honolulu special day

    Brad encourages us to:

    Strive to help each Rotarian and club to have an impactful and fun rotary year.

    Put more into Rotary

    Learn more about Rotary

    Become Involved beyond the Club- Rotary Events 

    • Big West Rotaract Conference
    • Foundation Dinner – Abbotsford Nov 15th
    • District Assembly Surrey April 4
    • District Conference – Harrison Hot Springs – April 30 to May 3
    • Peace Conference – California Jan 17 & 18
    • International Convention Honolulu June 6-11

    Rotary Action Groups

    • Literacy
    • Hearing
    • Malaria
    • Microfinance
    • Water and Sanitation
    • Peace
    • Endangered Species
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Polio Survivors
    • Health Education

    Fellowship Groups – Rotary connects the world

    • Home Exchange
    • Motorcycling
    • Hiking
    • Rv
    • Wine


    Re-discover passion to Build Rotary – take on larger projects, get our hands dirty by being actively involved, impact in what we do and bring our families along – lets have fun doing it. 

    Video – Harrison Hot Springs District Conference – Join the adventure – white water rafting, cruise on the lake canoe or kayak – historical tour, Sandpiper golf course before the event.  Explorer, MS traveller, Dean Roeurs, Rwanda Genocide survivor and peace scholar.  Paul Chappel – Alabama, West Point tour in Iraq – Peace Fellow.

    $325 CND  will have great music and drama

    Let's see how many people from our Club will go.  We know we have 2 campers for sure and I'll bet more will camp.  It will be a fun time for sure!!!  Who's in??

    Always a good Rotary day Coreen Rodger Berrisford 2019-08-31 07:00:00Z 0

    Summer Sunday's & Rotary

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Aug 31, 2019
    Summer Sunday's was rocking when the Powder Blues Band came to Rocky Point Park.
    Our Rotary Club of Port Moody is very visible there.
    Look who's dancing up a storm !!!
    Summer Sunday's & Rotary Linda Balzer 2019-08-31 07:00:00Z 0

    4 way Test ---Did you know?

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Aug 25, 2019

    Did you know this?

    How can we determine if we are making right decisions? A proven guide we can follow is something called the 4 Way Test.

    Originally conceived by Herbert J. Taylor in the early 1932, it was a part of a plan to save the Club Aluminum Products distribution company from bankruptcy. He felt the first job was to set policies for the company that would reflect the high ethics and morals God would want in any business. During some time in prayer, the following 24 words came to him.

    1. Is it the truth?
    2. Is it fair to all concerned?
    3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
    4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

    It was later adopted by Rotary International in the 1943 when Taylor was International President and he offered it to the organization. It remains today a central part of the permanent Rotary structure throughout the world, and is held as the standard by which all behaviour should be measured. The test has been promoted around the world and is used in myriad forms to encourage personal and business ethical practices.

    As for Club Aluminum Products, after introducing the 4 Way Test to each of it’s employees and setting it as the company standard of operation, in 20 years it went from a bankrupt condition to paying its debts in full, paying its stockholders over one million dollars in dividends and a value of over two million dollars.

    Brief, simple and easy to memorize, the 4 Way Test is a surefire guide for making right decisions.

    4 way Test ---Did you know? Linda Balzer 2019-08-25 07:00:00Z 0


    Posted by Bill Lawrie on Aug 21, 2019

    Coreen was acting President this week. Her quote was:

    “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change” Wayne Dyer

    Guests this week were:
    Clayton Anderson - First time guest but not new to Rotary - He has helped us for 2 years with the Parking at RIBFEST.
    Dave Stone's 18th Year with our Rotary Club
    Reza Jafari - Proposed member and Reza's 4th meeting
    Guest Speaker - PDG John Anderson from District 5040

    John Anderson  spoke to us about the Africa projects he has been involved in with clubs in District 5040. The 2 districts covered were Mchakos and Kitui about 6 hours outside of Nairobi. The Vocational Project included bringing computer equipment to the districts but it seems some of the teachers are not comfortable enough to actually use the new equipment in their classes so the project was increased to help training the teachers to be more confident.

    Team included 6 teachers from Richmond, Burnaby, Smithers(2) and others didn’t know each other ahead but settled into a well-oiled machine as soon as they got together. March this year they went to Nairobi and on to their target districts. Very remote. They were named the “Zebra Team” because they brought black and white together. Worked at 4 schools. S.E. Kenya University was involved in the grant and involved in the followup job making sure the program is sustainable. 2 teachers from each of the 4 schools are being trained to be comfortable setting up and trouble-shooting the computers. The Canadian teachers practice team teaching—observe 1 day then work with the teachers then go to the rooms to team teach.

    Kenya is in the process of changing their curriculum throughout the country but the teachers on the ground are getting minimal training. Most of the kids board at their school. They are given a bed but they are responsible for bringing their own mattress plus bed linens. S.E. Kenya University has over 800 teacher candidates. In many schools, as Cleone told us, there are up to 100 students per classroom. Planning seems to happen on the run.

    This Fall (November) there are 11 teachers coming to exchange to the schools the Canadian teachers came from. It will be a great shock to many as some will need to go to schools in Smithers and it will be very cold and snowy.

    PDG John's walking stick that was gifted to him in Kenya.  They said the Zebra was like his team, they brought the Black & White together.
    Nice to see PP Al S back from his vacation
    Car Free Day was a great success.  Thank you to all who came out to Volunteer.  Thanks to Alan K who once again 'led the charge'.  Great job everyone.
    And guess what Bill was doing?
    Summer Sunday's going well....Rotary is very visible

    --Vida’s Packing Party August 28th 6pm everyone welcome there will be a number of stations where Days for Girls Kits will be packed.

    --20th Anniversary party for our Club will be held on September 5th at the Vancouver Golf Club on Austin Rd. from 5-9PM.  Sign up for your tickets today.

    --Looking for volunteers for registration tables at the Terry Fox run on Sunday morning September 15th. It is a short commitment—arrive about 8am and done by 10ish.

    --Afternoon on the 15th there will be a “thank you” party for the owners of the Gallery Bistro at the Legion. They were burned out during the fire and will be retiring.

    --Received a thank you letter from the Soroptomists who use the grant money we gave them this year to help them support Bea’s Closet.

    --RIBFEST 2019 review meeting Thursday 29th. Linda’s House, 7:00 pm., Section head reports, Discuss problems/possible changes.


    Kenya Bill Lawrie 2019-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

    20th Anniversary Party

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Aug 18, 2019
    Thursday is our 20th Anniversary Party.  We would love to see you there.  
    If you have not yet purchased your tickets, please do so today.  
    'Click here to purchase your tickets' .  You can get your tickets at the door too.
    We hope to see you on Thursday, September 5th, 2019
    Vancouver Golf Club
    771 Austin Avenue 
    Coquitlam, BC V3K 3N2
    5:00 - 9:00 pm
    20th Anniversary Party Linda Balzer 2019-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Clubs in Tri-Cites Events

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Aug 14, 2019
    Mark your Calendars for these dates to help support our Tri-Cities Rotary Clubs.
    The Coquitlam Sunrise Club is putting on ROTARY'S AMAZING RACE...  OCTOBER 5TH, 2019.  
    Rotary Clubs in Tri-Cites Events Linda Balzer 2019-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

    Yashar in Cuba

    Posted by Claire Lambert on Aug 14, 2019
    Guests this week were:  Proposed members Anthony Sandler and Jason Lyne.
    Aziz Saleh from Markham Ontario has just moved here, 9 year member of Rotary and presented our club with his Banner
    Richard and Carol Hobson
    Danne & Peter came up with a great idea, and Danne presented Bill a plaque as our GREEN TEAM LEADER for 2019

    Vida, DAYS FOR GIRLS packaging party. - Lebanon, Afghanistan refugees camp, Kenya are where these are going
    Wednesday 28th @ 6pm
    BYOB Sinclair building

    Isabella- South Africa global grant looks like it’s going ahead for a Hospice in Grahamstown.
    We sang Happy Birthday to Mike today......why was he?  We all know why....because he is a great guy.

    Mike - legacy project submissions deadline date: October 16, 2019 submission form on ClubRunner.  Put down all your ideas for this Legacy Project.  
    'The sky is the limit. ' 
    Whatever you believe would be a great Legacy for our City of Port Moody, tell us about it, so we can consider the possibilities.  The more submissions the better.

    Car Free Day - Was Sunday August 18th.

    Paul will Co-chair Vocational Service with Meghan

    Steve has got a bank account for the interact club
    Coquitlam Library is where the Interacts meet.

    Global grant is being submitted for Belize.  Glen and Al have done an outstanding job putting this Global Grant together. 

    We are looking for President Nominee.  If you think that you would like to be the President of our Rotary Club of Port Moody in 2021-22 please let us know.  We would love to talk with you about it.

    Cleone spent the day with the Inspiration Bob Blacker from 'Right to Read'.  Bill and Cleone were picking up shelves to put all the toys in the lockup in Burnaby.
    Toy library

    Yashar, was our Guest speaker educating us on Cuba and the medical equipment and resources they need.
    Truly incredible and inspirational.

    Darrell will send an email in youth exchange in the very near future.

    Rotary RIPS will be Saturday October 5. Bill is coordinating.

    Yashar in Cuba Claire Lambert 2019-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

    20th Anniversary Party

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Aug 13, 2019
    Can you believe that it is the 20th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Port Moody.  Well it is, and we are having a party, AND we would like you to join us in celebrating this milestone as we gaze at the past 20 years and look to the next 20 years of serving our local communities with big smiles.
    Come re-connect with former Rotarians and some of the people we have helped in the past 20 years and people who have helped us.
    We hope to see you on Thursday, September 5th, 2019
    Vancouver Golf Club
    771 Austin Avenue 
    Coquitlam, BC V3K 3N2
    5:00 - 9:00 pm
    20th Anniversary Party Linda Balzer 2019-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

    Meetings and more

    Posted by Coreen Rodger Berrisford on Aug 13, 2019

    Guests:  Krista Burnham, &  Jason Lyne


    Random Acts of Kindness –Linda - $67 - nothing yet?

    Ticket Activity – Peter Cuthbert final results were $32 won and Alan Kabatoff had the closest guess to the amount and won the gift basket.

    Speaker:  Darryl Burnham International Exchange Student Program

    Rotary Youth Exchange – Hosting students – need a decision quickly to start contacting schools and organizing for next Fall.

    Start with Fall’s outbound student selection – 2020 and inbound student at same time.

    Purpose – to increase international understanding

    The students we have sent out have done very well and were excellent ambassadors for Canada.  They become fluent in 2nd language.

    International Student Exchange first began in 1929 in Copenhagen – initiated in North American 1939.

    The Port Moody Club has been quite active and has sent 16 students from Port Moody

    Late June early July – hosted by Rotarians ideally or sometimes outbound student’s family.  Attend club – high school.  It’s a District to District exchange, the District has final approval of inbound and outbound.  Each host family has a student for 3 months or so we need 3 to 4 host families. Sunrise Coquitlam is interested in participating as well.  There is a summer program as well.  

    If you send a student you must host a student.

    A Club Rotary Counsellor will be assigned to support the student and host families.

    We have had to send a couple back. (Open ticket).

    Grade 10 to 11 when applying, it takes quite awhile to get into place.  

    Host clubs pay Rotary fees, monthly allowance, bus passes and incidentals about $5,000 a year.  Families also pay about $5,000 for travel etc.

    Students must have own bedroom, become part of the family including the rules, participate in Rotary meetings, follow Code of Conduct.

    Goal is to get the youth engaged in school and community – Thomas won outstanding athlete of year in grade 11 – participation,  and Marlene played girls Rugby.

    Sometimes Rotarians get to connect with them back in their homes.  Darrell shared many warm and special experiences of visiting with previous students at their homes in Europe. Linda also shared the ongoing connection that she has with some of the exchange students.

    If you are interested in 'hosting' a student, please let Darrell know as soon as possible.  This is an outstanding program with many many rewards.

    The Rotary Club of Port Moody's tent is very well used at Summer Sundays.
    Club Service & Membership Meeting at the Legion....
    Meetings and more Coreen Rodger Berrisford 2019-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

    RIBFEST President's report

    Posted by Cleone Todgham on Aug 05, 2019

    “Yay Team!” 

    This is this year’s theme for the Rotary Club of Port Moody and we so deserve this celebratory cry.

    We just treated Port Moody, Metro Vancouver and beyond to RIBFEST from July 19-21st.  What a party! The music was fantastic, the ribs were delicious, the beer was cold and plentiful and the kids had a blast in the Family Fun Zone. 

    With over 60,000 people having fun, it is our biggest free community event and our biggest fundraiser at the same time.

    Here is the amazing team that made it such a success! 

    • RIBFEST Manager – Al Stjernengaard
      • Logistics – Alan Schmelzel
      • Music – George Balzer
      • Sponsors – Mike Clay
      • Volunteers – Linda Balzer
      • Marketing – Claire Lambert, Phoenix
      • Cash/Finances – Trish McPhail, Steve Witiuk and Mike Poznanski
      • Wrist Bands and Donations & ID Checkers – Gayle Carter
      • Green Team – Bill Lawrie & Rhonda Russell
      • Bar-  Rob Bodner Meghan Lahti
      • VIP area – Paul
      • Rib Valet- Coreen and Michael Berrisford 
      • IT Support - Michael Berrisford
      • Ribber  Liaison – Ian McPhail
      • Rib Judging – Terry 
      • Corn Hut – Rotaractors
      • Pop – Coquitlam Club
      • Raffle – Coquitlam Sunrise Club
      • Parking –  Glen Brown, Brian Wormald  & Clayton Anderson and Port Coquitlam Club
      • Family Fun Zone – Cleone Todgham
      • Photography - Terril Bodner & Ann Hulbert

    The amount of planning, problem solving, creative thinking, inspiring others and number of meetings that Al Stjernegaard and Alan Schmelzel accomplished exemplifies Rotary dedication! 

    The rest of the team put in crazy hours and I could go on and on for each one…. For example…. Linda… how many calls did you make for volunteers and still smile?  Bill… how may steps did you take to ensure we composted as much as possible? Michael and Coreen, do you have any hair left sorting out the technical rib running process? etc…..

    And those were just the directors! The whole club worked hard and I would like to congratulate you on your team spirit!

    OUR SPONSORS - ONNI, Open Road Port Moody, Port Moody City of the Arts were our major sponsors and were so generous.  We would like to thank all of our other sponsors both those that donated money and those that made in-kind donations. Without you we could never have enjoyed such a success. 

    Thank you also for all the community groups and businesses that hosted activities in the Family Fun Zone.  It was great working with the Tri Cities Rotary Interact Club to host activities.

    Our VOLUNTEERS – We had over 1,100 volunteer shifts covered by over 500 volunteers. You were amazing.

    YAY Team! We did and there were a lot of happy smiles! 

    RIBFEST President's report Cleone Todgham 2019-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

    Build a BIZ Kids and more

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Jul 31, 2019
    Today's guests were:
    Our guest speaker:  Leah Coss
    support of our non profit FB page Build a Biz Kids. We teach kids how to start and launch their own business. http://buildabizkids.com

    We would love it if you could like the Build a Biz Kids Facebook page

    Build a Biz Kids is 100% a passion project for it’s founders & operators. The most common comment we hear is, “I wish we had a program like this when we were kids”, and we couldn’t agree more. 
    BizKids Practical Education ASSN, or Build a Biz Kids, is focused on bringing practical skills to as many children and youth as possible. If in 20 years, our students can say, “I’m so glad I had a program like that when I was a kid”, then our mission has been accomplished. 

    Jason Lyne - Jason volunteered at RIBFEST and came to 'check us out'.  Welcome
    RIBFEST relief party was a success !!!
    We missed everyone who could not make it.  Thanks for all the food and good company.
    Deck & dining room were full
    Living room was full
    Kitchen was full
    The men who did all the work.....Danne & George
    Sorry for those who were not in the photos....We have a great group that is for sure !!!!
    Build a BIZ Kids and more Linda Balzer 2019-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

    And the Winners are

    Posted by Al Stjernegaard [R] on Jul 26, 2019
    The Coquitlam Sunrise Club sold tickets until they no longer had voices.  These are the winners:


    The choice is yours - either a 2019 Mazda3 or a 2020 Toyota Corolla

    ​$4,500 Value


    Your next destination is waiting. Flights for 2 anywhere WestJet flys.

    ​​$4,000 Value


    Fuel up this summer with the chance to win gas for your next adventures!

    $3,000 Value


    From restaurants to experiences, discover the Tri-Cities like never before.

    $1,920 Value
    West Jet Winner:
    Gas Cards:  Meiyu
    One Year Free Lease:  Irving
    Tri-City Experience - Ron Porszt,
    And the Winners are Al Stjernegaard [R] 2019-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

    RIBFEST photos

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Jul 26, 2019
    Great Photos that Ann Hulbert took are in our Club Runner photo gallery.  Check it out
    Very intense study
    Smiling all the time
    Never a dull moment
    VIP area volunteers - What a team !!!
    Guests were:
    Sean Sexton our  Sorter for the GREEN TEAM
    Anthony Sandler who has been proposed for membership by Meghan Lahti.  Anthony volunteered at RIBFEST
    Reza Jafari was here for the 2nd meeting and volunteered at RIBFEST too.
    Jonathan, Rotarian from South Africa came to RIBFEST and volunteered with his wife.
    RIBFEST photos Linda Balzer 2019-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

    Letter to all Volunteers

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Jul 26, 2019
    To all our RIB-A-TEERS.

    Where do we start to thank you? There are so many moving parts in putting on an event like the Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST and one of the most important parts is YOU.

    We could not put on this huge Community event without your support and your time. Many of you arrived early and stayed late and then came back the following day to help again.

    We have estimated that over 60 thousand people came to the park over that RIBFEST weekend and you all helped make their experience the very best.

    We hope you had a wonderful, FUN experience this year.  The weather was perfect, the crowds were large, and the atmosphere was electric !!!  
    If you have any comments or suggestions on how we can make the area that you worked in better, please email us and let us know.  We want our volunteers to have FUN and enjoy themselves.
    Thank you again, and we look forward to your feedback.
    AND if you would like to get involved with the Organizing Committee for 2020 Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST, please contact us.

    See you next year!

    Your Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST Team

    Letter to all Volunteers Linda Balzer 2019-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

    RIBFEST 2019

    Posted by Linda Balzer on Jul 23, 2019
    We did it !!!!
    Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST 2019 is over and it was a huge SUCCESS !!!!
    Everyone pulled together and we got it done.  THANK YOU Rotary Club of Port Moody.
    We filled 1133+ volunteer shifts.  We had 522 + volunteers with 5,292.5 +  volunteer hours
    We should be so proud of our Community that came together to make this event possible.    Thank you to each and everyone of you.....
    We are running a BAR with a constant of 900 people, a RESTAURANT that serves over 10,000 meals in a weekend with tables to be cleaned, a VIP area, a MUSIC Festival, a KIDS festival all in one weekend and
    AND ....we are also running a Waste Reduction Centre that no other group does as well as we [BILL & RHONDA] do  
    AND ....we have a Judging contest on top of everything else.....
    PROUD you bettaca...
    ...... Yes that is what WE pulled off.
    GREAT JOB everyone.
    RIBFEST 2019 Linda Balzer 2019-07-23 07:00:00Z 0

    Great Weather

    Posted by Darrell Burnham on Jul 22, 2019

    Weather:  Rain!!   Oh Joy!!   

    Cleone gonged the meeting in declaring that the bell was in the perfect key for O' Canada!   Sadly it was in the Key of O for “Ouch”. 


    Mr. Linda (George) Balzer – forgotten by the Prez, but not by us!

    Heloise – Pad’s Puppy

    Callaway Lambert

    Anthony Sandler

    Reza Zafari 

    Important announcements:   

    • That it is not Michael Poznanski’s Birthday  so we didn’t sing
    • Cleone attended the Area D president’s meeting with our exalted Assistant Governor Al Stjernegaard.   The other clubs are recruiting our support for their particular fundraising activities.
    • On a serious note, Cleone announced that Jeannie has had her surgery and is in for a rough recovery and will need our club to come together to support her through her ongoing treatments. 


    All about RIBFEST Al Stjernegaard convened a discussion of the plan for the next two days of setup and the various key stations. 


    They talked about lots of stuff, but I don’t know, I think I dozed off! 

    Pray for sunshine and no “glitches”   AND your prayers WORKED !!!!

    Great Weather Darrell Burnham 2019-07-22 07:00:00Z 0