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January 2018
President Elect
Past President

Welcome to our club!


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 6:15 PM
Swiss Chalet
7488 King George Blvd
Surrey, BC  V3W 0H9
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Looking forward to October when members come back from Vacations. (I thought use retired people did not get Holidays and Weekends!)
Our calendar is starting to fill up as we find additional ways to help our community.
Starfish scheduled to restart later this month as the schools get settled. We will be assisting 15 families this year. Providing  backpacks of nutritious foods for the weekends for 15 needy students.
"Give a Kid a Muffin" just kicked of at the Surrey Central Library.
"Rotary Cares" Grade 3 Dictionary project just gearing up as we order this years dictionaries for 8 inner city schools.(Delivery in the new year)
Our weekly meetings and socials are providing opportunities for our members to interact and gain knowledge
Last weeks speaker was Farhad Sadeghi Amini  a renowned Persian Artist. Here is a link to his webpage http://www.sadeghiamini.com/.
As the saying goes "a picture says a thousand words" He explained the thoughts behind his work and how he helps new artists find their
style and express their feelings in art. I especially like his Lincoln/Obama from his Card series.
Here he is with our members sid was also there he took the picture.
Also this month we had a presentation from Dave Hayer gaining an in-site into the working of our Legislature where Dave was a MLA representing Surrey for many years.  As in the old TV show Laugh in as Arte Johnson would say "Very interesting"
And finally a fun night at Boston Pizza celebrating our esteemed presidents Birthday (Only One candle otherwise we would have set off the fire alarms)
We are now into our 2017-18 Rotary year. Many thanks to Ed Landry for stepping in and guiding us through 2016-17
New Board was  installed on July 4th.  Our Governor Lynda Gene Coyle did the honours. Nice event at the Guildford Golf Club
So now under the leadership of President John Edwards I understand this year may have a caribbean flavour!
We have two new active members to our club  Yeen Chin and Frances Logan. Yep no longer an all male club.
The two ladies bring a breadth of experience and new abilities to enhance our club.
Yeen will be completing a make over of our Marketing and Social Media presence.We need to let others know the opportunities that Rotary provides.
Frances will be replacing John on the IEA(Inclusive Employer Awards ) committee and bring her knowledge from the
employment and enabling area to add to the abilities of the committee. We have taken the past year to re evaluate 
the scope of the group with a Strategy and Visioning exercise hence the Awards are in Hiatus for 2017 but will return bigger and better for 2018. 
We have had guests visit the club most recent was July 11th.when we had a group from Amritsar India.
We have now added a monthly social/net working event to our calendar .On July 18th we visited the Central City Brewers and were given a tour and learned how they made their Beers. See happy members in the Keg room getting ready for the tasting.
Coming events - Yep Caribbean night August 22nd at the Caribbean Spoon.. 
On Wednesday May 10th.we had an official presentation of a check for $6650.00 from the Co-operators . Fellow Rotarian Ray Moschuk Started the ball rolling by initiating a call to his district and National Offices and just like the Rotary Foundation Grants leveraged his donation to Provide funding for 10 backpacs for One year.  We had representatives from 3 Clubs - Surrey, Surrey-Guidford and Surrey-Newton, The Principal from Lena Shaw Elementary who receive the Backpacs, Serg the captain from the Salvation Army who provide storage for the groceries
Here are some photo's from the event.Watch for article in the Now-Leader and more photo's to come .
Monday March 20th we hosted a multi-club Social meeting at the Knight & Day. 
WhiteRock -Semiahmoo and Central City joined us to Socialize and finalize plans for our Earth Day Project set for April 22nd. 
A great success we had 37 in attendance. 7 members of Central City,12 members of White Rock-Semiahmoo,6 from our Club
12 Guests including ADG Lynn Spence,DG Elect Lindagene Coyle,Past ADG Pat Bond and Lesley England from Serpentine Hatchery.
John Koropatnisky footed the bill for the food.(Many thanks John) Ray Pacquet provided the dessert (Yummy Cup cakes)
Ray Pacquet from WhiteRock Semiahmoo will co-ordinate the program and advises all is under control program and Duty list to
be sent out shortly.
Bryce McElroy Presented a check for $2,000.00 to Lesley England (Serpentine Hatchery) from Gaming funds to assist with upgrades at the hatchery.
Lindagene Coyle (DG Elect) Inducted 3 new members into Rotary. 2 for Central City and one for White Rock-Semiahmoo.
Bryce presenting check to Lesley England 
Lindagene Coyle (DG Elect) Inducting 3 new Rotarians
Some of the group
Planning started last July when contact was made with the School District to confirm we were good to go for 2016. In September I confirmed the enrollment and proceeded to order the Dictionaries. Unforeseen printing delays pushed our usual pre-Halloween delivery to February. This year we delivered 408 dictionaries. in the 6 years we have completed this project we have given out 1576 books.This year we expanded the number of schools to 8 . A total of 6 members(42% of the club) formed the teams for the presentations.
Special thanks to Duane Buchanan and John Campbell who attended 7 of the 8 schools.
On January 31st. Our featured presented was Paul Linza from the ACT Foundation.
He told us about a program working in partnership with BC Emergency Health Services to bring a high school CPR and defibrillator training program to all of the public secondary schools in BC. With the support of community partners, they donate the training mannequins and automated external defibrillator (AED) training units to the schools and the Gr. 10 P. E. Teachers are trained as CPR and AED Instructors for their students and in turn teach CPR to all of their students. 
He demonstrated how the AED works. The cost is $3000.00 per school for the set up. Unfortunately our funding has been determined for this Rotary Year.So we will review the request again in the 2017-18 year.
We have confirmed with Gaming that we cannot qualify it under Gaming
As if heavy personal schedules did not disrupt our meeting schedule ... Mother Nature got her hand in as well.
Now the Sun is out and Snow is melting hopefully we can get back to a normal schedule.
John Edwards and Sid Bhatnager are heading up our Socials committee so we should have all those TBD dates detailed
shortly.  Stay tuned for our February Social night details.
This week is the final disruption of our City hall Meeting schedule bookings are now complete thru to June 30th.
This Tuesday we will have a Valentine Luncheon at Knight & Day.  Please log in and register or decline so we can
let the restaurant know how many spaces we need. Bring your spouse it can be a prelim to the Big Supper event 
you have planned.  
Our BIG Project this month is ROTARY CARES Grade 3 Dictionary project.  Still need volunteers for 5 schools
See Article for details.
Coming in April our 3rd "Dine Around the Globe"  Set for April 25th. Our committee is putting final details together and
tickets will be available shortly. So line up your friends for a gastronomic adventure.
See District Event schedule for seminars and events.John Edwards and Ed Landry will be attending Membership Matters
But we will need 5 members for District Assembly.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”
  At our Meeting on November 8th.We had the pleasure of being educated in the Myths and Facts of Mental Health. ADG Lynn Spence gave us the benefit of her wealth of knowledge from her years in the Mental Health Field.  This is another one of the Benefits of being a Rotarian the access to information and knowledge from the presenters at our weekly meetings.
Dennis fierbach is wrapping up our Benin Water Well project and has prepared a DVD of the events at each well that he will be placing on line for members to view.  In addition a shorter version will be placed on of FaceBook. At todays meeting he presented president Ed with a plaque from Gain(who actually installed the wells and provided the training) thanking the Rotary Club of Surrey for our Funding of  5 water wells.

Polio this week as of 20 SEPTEMBER 2017

Year-to-date 2017
Year-to-date 2016
Total in 2016
- in endemic countries10
- in non-endemic countries


Case Breakdown by Country


                               2017                                           2016

                                 WPV                   cVDPV             WPV                   cVDPV

Afghanistan                 6                         0              8 cases in 2016           0          Last Onset   9 July 2017
Lao                             0                         0              0 cases in 2016           3          Last Onset  10 Jan 2016
Nigeria                        0                         0              3 cases in 2016           0          Last Onset  20 Aug 2016
Pakistan                      4                         0             13 cases in 2016          1          Last Onset (WPV) 10 Aug 2017
DR Congo                    0                        9               0 cases in 2016          0           Last Onset   26 July 2017
Syrian Arab Republic    0                        40                                                           Last Onset   12 July 2017                                                             


No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week,Cross Border-transmission with Pakistan
The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 Increased to 6 compared to 8 in 2016.
No new case of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases reported in the past week.The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 is Zero. Total for 2016 was 3
No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week.  The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 is 4
Compared to 13 for 2016
Lao People's Democratic Replublic
No new cases of type 1 were report in the past week. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 is Zero. The total number of cVDPV1 cases in 2016 was 3 .  
West Africa
No wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in 2016 or 2017. 
Central Africa
DR Congo -One new case of cVDPV2 in the past week bringing total to 9
The Middle East
In Syria- One new cases of cVDPV2 in the past week bringing total to 40 This outbreak happened between march and 13 July.
Plans are being finalized to mitigate further spread from outbreak zone.Including immunization in North West Syria,Turkey and Lebanon.
At our Inclusive Employer Awards Night Sept 29th. we presented the MC Marco Pasqua with a Paul Harris Fellowship.
He is a great role model to persons with disabilities showing that they have many abilities and can be included.
President Lakhjit Sarang presented a truly worthy Paul Harris Fellow.
Great turnout attendance 91%
We have now elected our board for 2017-18 and shored up our current board filling the vacancy left by Jaret st.Andrassy. 
Past president John Edwards will join the current board as president elect 2017-18 and director community services 2016-17   Welcome back to the board John 
The 2017-18 Board will be:
John Edwards - President 
lakhjit Sarang - Past President 
Dennis Fierbach - President Elect 2018-19
Bryce McElroy - director Rotary Foundation 
Ed Landry -       Director Memberhip & PR
Ten Tran.        - Treasurer
Dick Wareham - Secretary 
As a result of increased business pressures President Lakhjit Sarang has stepped down from position of President of the Rotary Club of Surrey.
Stepping back into the position of President is past president Ed Landry.
An on line vote by the board approved unanimously the interim presidency of Ed Landry to complete our 2016-17 Rotary year for the Rotary Club of Surrey
We wish to thank Lakhjit for his dedication during the first 6 months of his term and for spearheading our clubs involvement in the Starfish backpack program. 


When investing in a Charitable Foundation .  Key question to ask .. Is my money getting to the people being supported 
or is it eaten up with marketing and paid employees?
The Rotary Foundation has a high rating with  Charity Navigator for prudent investment and cost containment. Check it out.  
FOUR STAR rating.   

The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation funded solely by voluntary contributions from members and friends of Rotary who support its mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. Using Rotary Foundation grants, Rotary's 34,000 clubs across the globe develop and carry out sustainable humanitarian projects and provide scholarships and professional training opportunities that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sustain mothers and children, improve education, and strengthen local economies. The Foundation is a worldwide leader in the efforts to eradicate polio through its partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When Rotary launched its PolioPlus program in 1985, more than 350,000 people were afflicted with polio each year, and the disease was endemic in more than 125 countries. Since 1988, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have immunized over 2.5 billion children, reducing the incidence of polio by 99 percent and eradicating it from all but three countries. Rotary has contributed more than $1 billion and many thousands of hours to eradication effort. The Foundation also funds the training of hundreds of peacemakers through the Rotary Peace Center program, which enables fellows to pursue a master's degree or professional certificate at one of Rotary's partner universities. Through academic training, study, and practice, the fellows become leaders who promote peace and aid conflict resolution in their communities and around the world.

Christina Grammenos the Community Engagement Coordinator with Aunt Leah's Place attended our Meeting May 24th to tell us about a new program under the Aunt Leah's Place umbrella.  FRIENDLY LANDLORD NETWORK
The focus of the Friendly Landlord Network is to Connect youth who are aging out of government care programs to Safe and affordable Rental Housing that will enable them to maximize their potential. Individual single bedroom units are what is needed so the Youth has a space that is theirs that they can call home. Having spent the first 19 years of their lives bouncing from Group homes to foster care they need to get some balance in their life so they can work on their futures.
Safe affordable housing is the key to providing a solid base so that they can focus on education and employment and not on finding a place to sleep. 
This program has pulled together 10 other agencies to provide a holistic approach to assisting these youths that have been set adrift to find their way with no financial or emotional support and very little in life skills.
The Friendly Landlord Network will work with the youth to find  Educational and or Employment opportunities and appropriate life skills programs to set the individual on the path to success.
Without programs such as this the now displaced youth will flounder and become part of the homeless community with little opportunity to reach their real potential.
How can you help ?
Spread the word ... Find contacts that can assist....Find single bedroom units available for rent.
Here is the link to the webpage for the program and many other programs offered by Aunt Leah's Place
http://auntleahs.org      https://friendlylandlordnetwork.com
President Elect Lahkjit Sarang presenting Christina with a token of our appreciation for taking time to inform
us of this program and raising our awareness of the needs of youth aging out of govt supported care.
Finally a break in the weather and John Campbell organized a Clean up on our Adopted street.
It is a pity these programs are required and all residents cannot have pride in their City..  Here are some photos showing the volume we picked up in our section of 
100th. Avenue between 140th Street and 152nd Street.  




FINALLY FINISHED (Last Bag for today)

FINAL GROUP PHOTO...( See your pic next time )