Adopt-a-Street 2022-04-04 07:00:00Z 0
Starfish Backpack 2022-04-04 07:00:00Z 0
Shred-a-Thon May 7 2022 Daria Morariu 2022-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Medical Supplies Container to Ethiopia # 2 2022-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
Speakers - February 24th , 2022 via Zoom 2022-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
RECYCLE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW 2022-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
2021 Year in Review Daria Morariu 2022-01-12 08:00:00Z 0
Meet our Speaker Guest- Dec 14, 2021 2021-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Tribute to Dick Wareham 2021-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
50th Anniversary And Christmas Dinner Dec 14, 2021 Daria Morariu 2021-11-29 08:00:00Z 0
Meet our Members - Garry Sass Co-President 2021-2022 Daria Morariu 2021-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS Daria Morariu 2021-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
Shred-a-Thon October 2021 Daria Morariu 2021-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
Remembering Anup Singh Jubbal Daria Morariu 2021-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Shred-a-Thon June 2021 Daria Morariu 2021-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Meet the Members - Richard Wareham 2021-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
Shred-a-Thon 2021 Daria Morariu 2021-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
Virtual Wine Tasting Giveaway Daria Morariu 2021-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Meet our Members Daria Morariu 2021-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

Medical Equipment to Ethiopia

Here is eMail from Solomon Gula Director, diaspora & partners relation directorate, Amhara Development Association /ADA confirming 
completion of our delivery of Medical Equipment. Another successful ROTARY humanitarian project.


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Rotary Cares - Rotary Club of Surrey Isabelle Hayer 2020-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
ROAD RALLY FUNDRAISER 2020-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
Dr Baldeep Donation 2020-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Adopt A Street 2020-06-30 07:00:00Z 0



During the COVID-19 health crisis requiring social distancing and isolation, all Rotary meetings will be suspended until further notice.  Thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time.  We will post updates on our website as soon as changes occur.  Please stay safe and stay healthy. 
Sincerely, Dave & Isabelle Hayer, Co-Presidents
Covid-19 2020-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Arguing About Covid-19 2020-03-30 07:00:00Z 0
Garry Begg Visits Rotary 2020-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
George Garrett Thanks Rotary 2020-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
Free Eye Clinic Surrey Anup S. Jubbal 2020-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
New Member: Shan Dube 2020-02-21 08:00:00Z 0
Rotaract Trip To Guatemala 2020-02-21 08:00:00Z 0
Ringing The Bells To Help Surrey Residents Dave Hayer 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
DG Visits Surrey 2019-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Cares 2019 Dick Wareham 2019-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary President Visits Surrey 2019-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarians From India Visit Surrey 2019-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary BBQ 2019 2019-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
The Semiahmoo Peninsula Rotaract Club...Chartered Ceremony Dianna Sears 2019-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
INCLUSIVE EMPLOYER AWARDS 2019 Dick Wareham 2019-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
4th Annual Dine Around the Globe Lynn Spence 2019-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Stopping Wild Baboons….Rotary at Work Arthur Claxton 2019-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Installation Of Officers 2019 2019-07-04 07:00:00Z 0
The Unaffordability Syndrome   2019-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Breakfast With The Bank 2019-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
Janet Cox Presentation Ely Golvin 2019-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary At Work 2019 2019-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Video: Rotary Flash Mob 2019-03-28 07:00:00Z 0
Basant Motors 2019-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Video: People of Action 2019-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation 2019-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
RYLA 2019-03-16 07:00:00Z 0
People of Action: Our Connections Video 2019-03-16 07:00:00Z 0
CARP [Canadian Association of Retired Persons] 2019-03-05 08:00:00Z 0
Ely Golvin, Susan Thomas & Isabelle Hayer joins ROTARY 2019-03-04 08:00:00Z 0
Rotarians from Brazil relocate to Surrey 2019-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

One man can make a difference

Anup Jubbal is proof.

Mr. Jubbal founded Canadian Eyesight Global, formerly Project Eyesight-India in 1989.Starting with 8 eye camps in Lucknow India in 1989 the program was so successful that to date tens of thousands of needy and helpless people's eyesight has been restored, supported by hundreds of Rotary Clubs in India, since 1989.

For the past 30 years he has led  this noble cause. A Rotarian and PHF,since 1986, two terms President (1997 and 2001) of Rotary Club of Burnaby-Hastings, BC. Mr. Jubbal, with the support of dedicated doctors, Rotary Clubs and volunteers has provided restoration of eyesight to tens of thousands of people in rural India since 1989.He has also organized Free Eye Health Clinics in Canada since 2003.Canadian Eyesight Global is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019. To get more information here is the website

Since 2003 when Anup joined the Rotary Club of Surrey[Guildford] now Rotary Club of Surrey has provided annual financial support to this very needed program. Today we presented Anup with our 2019 donation and encourage all to support this truly needed program that is the result of one man's actions.



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Canadian Eyesight Global 2019-02-18 08:00:00Z 0


Our best meeting of the year....We were firing on all 12 cylinders.
Inducted 2 new[returning] members.
Two Rotarians visiting from India
and a great presentation by Dan Gallant on Rotary World Help
More detail in separate stories
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Annup Jubbal back home

President John visited with Anup and his wife on the weekend. Anup who heads Canadian Eyesight Global
has been hospitalized for a few days but is now back home and on the road to recovery.
His guidance of  Canadian Eyesight Global over many years has benefited many people in Canada and India.
When he started this program in 1989 thousands of People in his native India were suffering with cataracts.
Since that time tens of thousands have benefited from his initial request to begin the project.
Welcome back Anup....  
Annup Jubbal back home 2019-01-14 08:00:00Z 0
New Councillor visits SURREY ROTARY 2018-11-25 08:00:00Z 0

Parveen Goel 

Outline of Parveen Goel’s Classification Talk at Surrey Rotary Club, Nov. 15th 2018
Parveen is our newest member so we would like to introduce you to him in his own words.
Family back ground
Wife is also an Engineer, currently running a business in Surrey, Kumon franchise near Surrey city center mall on King George St. Two kids; son in 10th grade and daughter in 8th. Also taking care of parents who live with us.
Why you chose your particular business or profession:
Engineering was a natural choice for me due to my interest in math and physics.
Career Progression and the path:
Started my career in academics as an Asst. Professor in India decided to pursue Ph.D. in the USA at WSU, Detroit. This being an Auto capital of the world provided me with an opportunity to work at Ford. This was my first job in North America, later I moved to a different automotive company, TRW/ZF an auto parts and systems supplier. After 14 years in Automotive and working in the USA I decided to move to Canada Post Corp. as Director of Engineering and Programs.
Career Highlights and Challenges:
Technical problem resolutions, such as noise issues in Automotive, Reliability and quality problems with automotive components. Managing large transformative projects such as the opening of a new processing plant and revitalization of a mail and parcel distribution network for the entire province of BC. Some of the challenges I faced were around communication, stakeholder management, and dealing with the impact of downsizing and cost saving on employees.
Forecast employment opportunities in Engineering:
Nature of employment will change, lots of fields are merging together. For example, Engineering is blending with the health sciences. Artificial Intelligence and Data analytics will dominate however need for primary engineering field will always remain there.
The advice you would give persons entering your career field:
Focus on developing soft skills as early as you can. Keep pace with changing technology and advancements in areas such as AI.
How your profession is being impacted by technology, & government regulations:
Some of the changes in both auto and supply chain are driven by environmental consideration such as electric and hybrid cars. Some are motivated by technological advances that include autonomous vehicles, AI-based predictive forecasting for demand, big data analytics.
Ethical issues you face at work, and how the Rotary 4-Way Test helps you deal with them.
Impact of productivity initiatives, and automation
Passion for Education and a potential project:
I am very passionate about education and would like to develop a project to provide STEM education to inner city children in Surrey and potentially beyond with the help of technology.
Parveen Goel 2018-11-25 08:00:00Z 0


Hello Rotarians and visitors, how is everybody?  I see Alf Marchi is in the house, please welcome our Assistant Governor who has a very important job to do tonight and that is to install another member. Dr. Parveen Goel will be suitably introduced later by his sponsor Dave Hayer. Dick and Dean send their regrets for not being here tonight.
I am sure that if you were asked what kind of a year we had since the last AGM, there would be some but not full consensus. For me, we had some scary moments not knowing what the future of two clubs would be. I am sure that some of you would admit that you weren’t sure if you wanted to remain a member and again all of us probably thought what we are getting ourselves into by merging two clubs with different cultures. I am pleased to say that we are here because you saw the value of being a Rotarian and the positives of coming together as one club. It reminds me of a saying by William Arthur Ward and I quote “Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”Close quote.
  • Bryce, Art and their team of six worked through the summer on the merger of the two clubs. We received unanimous support to merge. The new club is called the Rotary Club of Surrey and the new board was installed in July by past RI representative Dean Rohrs.
  • A special thank you to you the members who are the backbone of the organization. Without your commitment and belief in the Four Way Test, we would not be here today.
  • Frances, Norman, Duane and Lynn Juliet said goodbye to the club. Yeen may be back in 2019.
  • Membership: We started the new year and the new club with our first and newest member for the new club; Sam Sangha. Our intrepid community liaison Dave Hayer sponsored a new member who will be installed tonight
  • Programs: Fusion Fest was held and at some point, we will decide if we will participate in the future, thanks to Bryce and his team
  • Starfish is growing and I would be remiss if I failed to thank Lynn Spence and her team for the incredible job they are doing with this program. Rose McKeen is no longer a member, but she continues to support Starfish and I cannot thank her enough for her efforts
  • The Booksale was completed- thanks to Charlie Molnar for the work he and his team did to organize and execute the book sale
  • Under the guidance of Anup Jubbal, Canadian Eyesight Global continues its work in restoring sight to people in India and as you know, CEG sponsors free eye camps around the Lower Mainland.
  • The Inclusion Awards Event is just around the corner, thanks to Dick for representing Rotary.
  • The Seniors Christmas Dinner which is being organized by Dianna Sears will be held on December 8th and the Starfish Packing event followed by the club’s Christmas dinner will be held at Vlassis Greek Restaurant on November 22nd. Again, thank you all for the work you do for Rotary.
PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS to AGM 2018-10-30 07:00:00Z 0


Our Annual Inclusive Employer Awards brought out a gathering of luminairies in the Rotary Community along with Supporters of Inclusive employment.  From left to right; Edwina Jeffrey, Chair of the IEA committee, Master of Ceremony Marco Pasqua and John Edwards, President of the Rotary Club of Surrey and past member of the IEA committee. Edwina and Marco are friends of Rotary and are proud to wear their Paul Harris pin.

GATHERING of PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CARES 2018 2018-08-22 07:00:00Z 0


     Today we started a new series in our meetings by having members introduce themselves to the club.
     President John Edwards 
John started the introduction ball rolling by telling us about his history. Here is the Coles notes version:
Born in Barbados and graduated from high school in 1966 was known as “Inches” as he could not qualify for the basketball team, (A height deficit). Despite that, he was a leader in school becoming a monitor, prefect and Head Boy and president of the students’ union.  John was the student that first reported to the headmaster that president Kennedy had been shot in Dallas.
John left Barbados to go to nursing school in England where he earned two nursing diplomas.. In 1974 John and thousands of other UK trained nurses were recruited by the British Columbia Government to fill a chronic nursing shortage in BC  where he worked as a psychiatric nurse at Riverview Hospital resigning 1n 1978.
John’s goal was to start a career in the pharmaceutical industry and in 1978 he went to work for Merck and other pharmaceutical companies retiring in 2012. John held several management positions in the industry including Western Regional Manager, National Director, for Government and External Relations and Business Unit Director for Quebec and the four Atlantic Provinces based in Montreal.  
He then switched his talents to promoting synchronized clock systems in the healthcare, educational, law enforcement, government and a cross section of the business markets on a global scale. While in the position of Senior Director-Global Healthcare Solutions, John authored several articles which were published in healthcare engineering journals in twenty-two countries including Canada, the USA, UK and Australia (I understand it will be a new century before he uses up his stock of Air Miles and he is a member of the Aeroplan/Air Canada 1Million Mile Club).
 John dabbled in federal and local politics running for Mayor to further health care solutions for the residents of Surrey. In 1983 he contested the nomination to run federally in the former Mission-Port Moody riding.
He currently manages a small Medical facility in Surrey and does some humanitarian work in the Caribbean. He is also completing an online  degree at Douglas College. John Joined Rotary on June 29, 2010 in the Classification Healthcare-equipment. He is a double Paul Harris Fellow and now on 3rd term as President. In 2013, he chaired a committee to bring Rick King, one of Rotary’s International Past Presidents and international speaker to Surrey in July 2013. In 2016-2017, he served on the district membership committee and was the District Governor’s Representative and Membership Co-Chair for the Canadian clubs.
THIS IS YOUR LIFE 2018-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

The sergeant is here!

Returning for another term Francisco Manalo has accepted our nomination to continue as the clubs sergeant at arms .
We hope to have fun with this plus adding some dollars to our club funds.  Fines and happy bucks are back again
Oh and  late is an automatic $1.00 (Subject to appeal)
The sergeant is here! 2018-07-22 07:00:00Z 0
Muskoka chair project 2018-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
Inclusive Employer Awards -2018 2018-05-18 07:00:00Z 0

Polio this week as of  April 10th.2018


Polio this week as of 10 APRIL 2018

Year-to-date 2018
Year-to-date 2017
Total in 2017
- in endemic countries100
- in non-endemic countries


Case Breakdown by Country


                                                       2018                                2017

                                            WPV             cVDPV           WPV               cVDPV

Afganistan                                6                     0             14                       0                 Last Onset (WPV) 2 March 2018
Pakistan                                   1                     0               8                       0                 Last Onset (WPV) 7 March 2018
DR Congo                                 0                    3               0                      22                Last Onset (cVDPV)  30 January 2018
Syrian Arab Republic                  0                    0               0                      74                Last Onset (cVDPV)  20 September 2017       


No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week,Onset was Dec 28 2017
The total number of WPV1 cases for 2018 is seven
No new case of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases reported in the past week.The total number of WPV1 cases for 2018 was 0. Total for 2016 was 4
No new cases since 2016
No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week.  The total number of WPV1 cases for 2018 is One.
Central Africa
No new cases of cVDPV2 in the past week .Total number of cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo(DRC)   is 3 for 2018
The Middle East
In Syria- No new cases of cVDPV2 in the past week. No cases reported in 2018. Total for 2017 was 74
Polio this week as of April 10th.2018 2018-04-15 07:00:00Z 0
Come Paint with Us Frances Logan 2018-04-15 07:00:00Z 0


Thursday March 22nd 2018 will be noted as a significant date in the history of the Rotary Club of Surrey.
The night representatives from the Rotary Club of Surrey and the the Rotary Club of Surrey-Guildford got together to explore a joint relationship.  
A total of 10 Rotarians met.Four from Surrey (John Edwards,Bryce McElroy,Deane Gurney and Dick Wareham)and 6 ,members from Surrey-Guildford. (Norman Gluck -President,Art Claxton,Ashok Bhagnari
We exchanged notes on our current club projects ,Active Membership numbers and meeting schedules.
The group concluded it would be in both clubs best interest to proceed to explore a joint relationship and between now and July 1st work in tandem meeting together and working on projects as One. A 6 person committee three members of each club would continue to flesh out a meeting Schedule and programs for the balance of this Rotary year.  John Edwards,Bryce McElroy,Deane Gurney would represent our club.
It was agreed that initially we would hold all general and business meetings at Ricky's All day Grill 8958 152nd Street. It was further agreed that we would have 3 scheduled meetings a month. One Dinner,One Breakfast and One Social event. 
The initial schedule is as follows: 
Social Night   Thursday March 29th. 6:30 pm at the  Big Ridge Brewing Co. 5580 152 St, Surrey 
Joint Business meeting  Thursday April 5th. 6:15 pm at Ricky's All day Grill 8958 152nd Street,Surrey
General Meeting Thursday April 19th. 7;15 am at Ricky's All day Grill 8958 152nd Street,Surrey
More to come from the committee.. Stay tuned.
FIRST DATE  2018-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

UPDATE from Secretary

Just reminders.
Please register or decline for Meetings and Events so we can plan for numbers.
You may not receive an invitation/reminder but log into our Webpage and you can see the schedule
in right hand column and respond by selecting date. Good Practice is check at the start of the month
and match with your personal calendar.
I know this will not win any design awards but I felt we needed to get the Bulletin ball rolling..  
UPDATE from Secretary 2018-01-20 08:00:00Z 0

New happenings  February 2018

A lot has happened since the last update.
Unfortunately not all good.
We have lost 2  active members 
Treasurer Ten Tran has resigned from the club due to business and family pressures. We wish him well and hope he returns when his schedule permits.
Also Dennis Fierbach has taken a leave as his new posting has him (on the Road again) traveling all over the world working on humanitarian causes with GAIN Aid Network. 
The Board met on February address these changes and are pleased to advise that Bryce McElroy has volunteered to serve as Treasurer for the balance of the 2017-2018 Rotary Year.
We now need to turn our attention to coming events.
Rotary Cares... unfortunately our dictionary supplier has failed to meet the time frame and I still await delivery
tentative delivery dates to schools March 12-23rd. Once I have the books and have confirmed with schools
I will be needing at lease 3 volunteers per delivery.
District Assembly. April 7th.(.8am - 3pm) Once again at KPU. We have 5 registrations that we pay for so check your schedule great time to meet other Rotarians and learn.
Starfish Paint Event.  Yeen and Frances are bringing this fundraiser/Awareness event together for April 15th.
Fusion Fest 2018.(July21-22nd) We are hosting a booth with 3 other clubs to promote Starfish and Rotary.
Dine Around. We have determined we do not have the manpower to hold this in the Spring so have tabled the event to be revisited in the Fall.
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New happenings  

We have now re-structured our Meeting schedule to better fit our membership.
First phase in December we moved to Thursday Night Meetings as Noon tuesdays were
not working. 
Final phase at our last Board meeting  January 11th.2018 we set 2 fixed meetings per month
with other meetings to be called as needed for Socials or Projects and Special events.
First Thursday of the month will be a joint Board/Business meeting.
The 3rd Thursday of the month will be General Club meeting with Speaker/Presenter
Since we last reported Starfish is back in full form with 25 packs being distributed to 2 schools
Lena Shaw and KB Woodward. We will be expanding to 35 packs this month.
Our Christmas Social on December 19th.was a resounding success with great member participation Good food at 
Vlassis Greek Taverna 
Several of our members attended the Guildford Rotary Club Seniors Dinner .. A tremendous event very well supported by North Surrey Secondary School. 
Now preparing for our Annual Grade 3 Dictionary project (ROTARY CARES) to take place in February
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New happenings August- September.

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
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)
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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.. 
UPDATE 2017 2017-08-14 07:00:00Z 0


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
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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.
ROTARY CARES 2016 2017-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

ACT High School CPR and AED Training Program-Surrey

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
ACT High School CPR and AED Training Program-Surrey  2017-02-11 08:00:00Z 0



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.”
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REGISTER TODAY.   If you have not yet registered please log in and let us know . We need to confirm with Vlassis our numbers.
Tuesday December 20th.  This replaces our NOON meeting...
Start at 6:30  
No set meal you choose from the menu.
CHRISTMAS CLUB SUPPER 2016-12-11 08:00:00Z 0

Mental Health 101

  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.
Mental Health 101 2016-11-12 08:00:00Z 0

Leadership change

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. 
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Awesome Boot camp! 2016-10-15 07:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellowship - Awarded to Marco Pasqua

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.
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Annual meeting

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 
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    Thursday June 21st. 2016 
and Get Child Minders booked.
More Info soon  Just waiting on Guildford 
to confirm.. 
Friday August 12th.2016
Hazelmere Golf Club
LATE NOTICE:  NO MEETING May 31st..   Had been planned for Dine Around..
Which we cancelled.   See you all on June the Library.
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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
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.
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ADOPTION REPORT - 100th Street

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 )
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  Image result for Graphics for relocating

10350 University Drive
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More Humour to put a smile on your week.

These are provided by a member of ROTI ( Rotarians on the Internet) Ron Nethercutt from Mabalacat Phillipines.
How does Moses make tea?   Hebrews it.
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.
Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.
When chemists die, they barium.
I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
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"Learning How to Reduce Pain and Inflammation Without Medication"

A very interesting talk at our Feb 2nd Meeting.  Jonathon Ley a Chartered Herbalist,Certified Detoxification Specialist & Life Coach. Introduced us to a world of 
Natural remedies to remove Pain and inflammation . He noted that most people relate to good health as a state of being free from pain. He explained
that with some modification of our lifestyle and eating habits we can greatly improve our state of health. The members really got into the subject and a
long Q & A followed wherein Jonathon expanded on his comments and methods.
Here is a link to his webpage where he explains his approach to the subject and the services he offers and his contact information.
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I borrowed this fact from an article written by Steve Garret District Governor 1994-1995 District 5300  Found in Rotary Rotary eClub One(when doing a make-up)

A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver who drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization and Movement." Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads. Finally, in 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. Thus, in 1923, the present gear wheel, with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted by the "Rotary International Association." A group of engineers advised that the geared wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a "keyway" in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in 1923 the keyway was added and the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.

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ILSA 2016

Posted on Nov 26, 2015
On Friday JANUARY 27th. The ILSA (Innovative Labour Solutions Awards) committee met for their first planning meeting for the 2016 Awards.Our club was represented by Past Presidents John Edwards and Dick Wareham.
Some of the sub committee chairs have volunteered but there are still lots of positions available.Next meeting February 19th.
We have set the date for 2016 it will be September 29th.2016 . The current committee has representatives from the City of Surrey, Community Living BC, WorkBC,Milieu Family Services ,Rotary at Work and The Rotary Club of Surrey. This diversified group is the reason the program works so well.
Last years Award winners were:
   •    1-4 employees             -  Newton Business Improvement Association.  
   •    5-100 employees         -  Fresh Hair Concepts    
   •    101-499 employees     -  Stenberg College  
   •    500+ employees          - Parks,Recreation & Culture : Surrey Cemetery Service  
   •    Non-Profit                   -  Reach Child Development Centre 
     CHECK OUT THE LINKS to find out more about these worthy recipients.
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Posted on Nov 16, 2015
November 17th.
This week our featured presenter was Hon. Judge Trevor Armstrong providing us with some insight as to the life of a Superior Court Judge.
He has now been on the bench for 5 years. How time flies. The Supreme Court of BC has 85 judges and they spend 8 weeks a year on the 
road visiting smaller locations to hear local cases.A Judge's job is to make a fair impartial decision on the case at hand solely based on Law.
Cases cover a wide range from Family , Business to Criminal. 
Over the past few years new processes have been introduced to better serve the populace and administer Justice.
Community courts:  A neighborhood-focused problem solving court. Vancouver has the Vancouver Downtown Community Court, the first of its kind in Canada. It brings together justice,health and social services in one location.The court tests new ways to reduce crime and improve public safety providing quicker response than the general court system and with the holistic approach aims to benefit the offenders,victims and the local community.
Restorative Justice: This is an approach to justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behaviour.Victims take an active role in the process, while offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, "to repair the harm they've done—by apologizing, returning stolen money, or community service".
Trevor a Past President of our club presented a wide ranging talk on the justice system ,followed by a Q & A session.
Rotarian Bryce McElroy presented Judge Trevor with a token of our appreciation for taking the time to enlighten us on the Superior Court System in BC.
Bryce McElroy presents Judge Trevor with a Rotary Ceramic Coaster
that displays the ROTARY four-way test.To help him with his deliberations
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?

SURREY 2016-Women's World Softball Championships

Posted on Nov 16, 2015
On November 17th we had a presentation from Lana Batcheller and Cari Hunter on the SURREY 2016 WBSC XV Women's World Softball Championships 
Wow! What an undertaking.. It will run from July 15 to 24th 2016. It is being co-ordinated by the Canadian Open Fastpitch Society.
Expected participation is 30 Nations represented,2,000 Athletes and 125,000 spectators over the 9 days. It will have a 20 million dollar economic impact on Surrey. There will be a cultural exposition that will celebrate all of the participating Nations. Song,dance,art,food and activities.
Like the 2010 Olympics this will be a Once in a lifetime experience and right here in Surrey.
Here are the links for more information or Phone 604-536-9287
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DG Annual Visitation

Last Tuesday we had the pleasure of the visit of our District Governor  Bill Robson and Assistant Governor Lynn Spence.
His keynote theme was "it's all about the members"
Our District 5050 has 2660 members Its been pretty static for some years
Its time to reflect on Why you joined? Why you stay? and then tell the world
why so they can see the benefits of joining Rotary.
THe Rotary Foundation is our Charity it funds our worldwide works and is one
of the most efficiently managed Charities so we maximize the funds at work.
Very little overhead. We need to get 100% participation so we can meet the 
pressing needs of our society. Example our Waterwell project in Benin was 
largely funded by funds from the Rotary Foundation.
Polio Eradication - in 1985 we promised the children of the world we would rid
the world of polio at that time we expected $120 million would fund the program.
So far we have raised over 1 billion and we are still not there but "O so Close"
Africa is now declared Polio Free. Only 2 countries remain Afganistan and 
Pakistan.. When we started there were 3 strains of Polio type 1,2 & 3
Only type 1 remains and the last case was found Sept 16th.2015 Polio has a 6 week incuupation
period so if we can break the transmissions in Afganistan and Pakistan we have succeeded.
District Governor Bill concluded his address by presenting World Class Pins
Walt Johnson for 45 years of perfect attendance
Duane buchanan for 40 years as a member.
Assistant Governor Lynn Spence & President Ed Landry for their world class leadership.
He then presented 2 Rotarian of the month awards to John Edwards and Dick Wareham
for their work on the Innovative Labour Solutions Awards a resounding success in 
promoting the benefits of hiring persons with disablilities.
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On October 1st we held our second Annual Innovative Labour Solutions Awards Banquet.It was a resounding success over 160 registrants attended a full evening recognizing Businesses that had inclusive labour practices or Organizations that furthered the opportunities of persons with disabilities in becoming part of the workforce and finding rewarding jobs.
We "SOLD OUT" the event and as the registrar I spent the last week hoping no more would come as we could not expand the room.. An enviable position to be in on any event.
The committee comprising of 5 diverse Organizations
Rotary Club of Surrey,Community Living BC,City of Surrey,Milieu Family Services and WorkBC worked like a well oiled machine and brought the Event to a successful conclusion "SOLD OUT"
Special thanks go to our GOLD LEVEL Sponsor VanCity Credit Union 
A full report will appear in next months bulletin as we collate the photographs and stories from the evening.  


Posted on May 03, 2015
Another successful RYLA. We sponsored two participants this year Mariah Basran and Maninder Ghag. Many thanks to Duane Buchanan for organizing our participation in this years event. Both participants will be providing details of their weekend at RYLA at a meeting later in May.
However we have received thank you letters that I will post now...So you can see the benefits of this ROTARY Program.
Hello Mr. Buchanan, 

          Words can not express how grateful and thankful I am for giving me the opportunity to attend Ryla and for sponsoring me. My experience was amazing at ryla and not only did I learn how to improve my leadership skills. I learned a lot about myself and how I can better myself before I help others. I was able to meet many amazing individuals with goals and dreams just like myself. It was so inspiring to see so many young, driven, and passionate individuals. I am currently attending school and wanting to join the police force after I am done school. I want to make a difference and help people in my community and around the world. It was so relieving knowing that there are still good people out there in the world wanting to make a difference like myself. At the Ryla event they also did a presentation on the Rotary club and I was able to learn more about it,  which I am also very interested in joining ! Once again I would like to thank you so, so, so much for giving me this opportunity to experience this very special event. 


Mariah Basran
Hi Duane, 
      Thank you so much for sponsoring me for RYLA, I had such an amazing time there. It was honestly a life changing experience, it taught me a lot about myself but also changed my outlook on how I view others.
This experience has enabled me to take initiative with Surrey Crime Prevention Society. A few members of Surrey Crime Prevention and I will be presenting some ideas to start a new program, which will be reaching out to kids from Grade 6 to 9. We will be going into classrooms in both high schools and elementary schools and doing presentations to help students understand some tough problems they may be facing and offer guidance and support. 
RYLA has given me some great tools that I can carry on, and put into effect in my life. Without the skills I have acquired at RYLA I would not have been able to put forth my ideas to start a new program and make a change. I cannot thank you enough for providing me such an amazing experience; I will be cherishing all the memories I made there for a lifetime. Thank you so much for sponsoring me.   Regards, Maninder Ghag
Rotarian Duane Buchanan with our two RYLA participants.
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Update for week of April 28th

We are just starting to line up our May speakers and events.
May 5th. we are pleased to announce that our Guest speaker will be Mr William Henge-Sheng Chuang- Director General,Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Vancouver. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vancouver was established in 1991 to promote bilateral relations and cultural and educational exchanges between Taiwan and western Canada. It also provides consular services, such as visa issuance and document certification, to foreigners and Taiwan nationals.
A great opportunity to build links into Taiwan.
May 28th our May Social at the Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery. Register on our Web Page today.. Here is their website so you can get an idea of the scope
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On Tuesday April 21st we had a presentation from Terrance Evans and Sean Morozuk from "Teen Voice Project" part of the programs
of A>C>M>E Arts Society. YACME YOUTH RADIO is a project for youth(Age9-25) which allows them to showcase their talents in the Arts. choosing this link will take you to their website which explains the breadth of programs they have that allow youth to 
expose their creative talents to a wider audience and gain confidence  improve their self esteem .Totally youth focused this is a very interesting
and novel way to reach youth and add direction to their creative lives. 
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Canadian Eyes Sight Global

Back in September we attended the 25th.Anniversary celebrations of this initiative started by Rotarian Anup Jubbal of the Guildford club. Here is a full Page Ad placed in the Voice News paper April 25th. You will note some photos from the 
September event showing
our Past president John Edwards who assisted in hosting the event.
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Posted on Mar 16, 2015
That used to be the word you heard most often in the Library. But not in today's Library as we learned from Linda Stromberg ,Chair of the 
Surrey Public Libraries and Chief Librarian Melanie Holden when they presented to us last tuesday.
The Surrey Public Library has 9 branches and a staff of 250 serving our information needs. They are governed by a Board of 8 who serve for 2 year terms. Board members are approved by the City of Surrey. The Library Board is responsible for the delivery of library services and programs, setting strategic priorities, developing policies, and presenting the budget to City Council.
Programs you say? Yes , Surrey has many as you will see on their web site
Over the years our club has been involved in many of these programs one that we have supported since its inception is
If You Give a Kid a Muffin Storytime"
​It runs every friday from 10-10:30 am at the City Centre Library. It is for Children birth to 5 years and their caregivers.
In 2014 the Library launched "Read to Baby " which is offered to 1000 families per year. There is a Summer reading Club that served 
13,000 children last year. 4000 people were helped with basic computer skills . Each branch has programs geared to their demographic
From Board games to Business planning ,Crafts to Computer classes and a large number of programs for kids and new Canadians.
Once you get Carded (with your library card) all of this is free  even Movies and you can bring your own Popcorn.. 
Past President John Edwards and President Elect Ed Landry present a token of our appreciation for taking the time to come and 
share this magnificent resource with our Club.
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Leslie Micheals ,Rotarian from Maple Ridge Club. Presented a history of India.Leslie really knows his subject and with the use of Maps,Photos and stories presented a brief history of India starting with the early trading posts, British control , The Ghandi Era, Partition when India was divided into India and Pakistan and current day status. Many questions were posed by members and effectively answered by Leslie. This presentation was another in the series organized by Past President John Edwards to educate us in the background of members of our diverse community.
Bryce McElroy presents Leslie with a token of our appreciation for taking the time to share his knowledge with the club.
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Posted on Feb 08, 2015
Back to EagleQuest where our featured presenter will be Leslie Micheal from Coquitlam Rotary
Keeping with Indian Theme he will be relating the History of India.
Here is the link to Register.
FINAL PREPARATIONS are underway for our FIRST FUNDRAISER of the year
INTERNATIONAL DINING NIGHT - TICKETS will be available shortly. Remind 
your Friends of last year experience.
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NEW BOARD for 2015-2016 Year.

January 26th.2015 was our first Business meeting for 2015 and we formally set the Board of Directors for the 2015-16 Rotary Year.
President   - Ed Landry
Treasurer  - Ten Tran
Secretary - Dick Wareham   (Club Administration)
​Past President - Garry Thind.
President Elect - Lakhjit Sarang (Public Relations)
John Edwards (Membership & Programs)
Duane Buchanan (Service Projects and New Generations)
Bryce McElroy  ( Rotary Foundation)
We have also assembled a Strategic Planning Committee to guide our longer term planning working with our Club 
Vision established in 2013 and updated in 2014.
Members of this team will be senior club members including John Koropatnisky,Roy Holman and Deane Gurney
along with the President and Past President 
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Posted on Feb 01, 2015
Holiday season over and our snowbirds are returning from their tanning sessions in Mexico and Hawaii.
A  lot has been happening as we prepare for the second half of this Rotary Year.  So first I wish a happy and prosperous New Year to all our members. January has been a particularly busy time and I have been amiss in getting the updates and bulletins out. I will recap the happenings in this one Blog.
On January 6th. we held our meeting at the Surrey Urban Mission(SUM), we were graciously hosted to a buffet meal  by Jonquil and learned all about their works in the community  she told us how they were formed in 1998 when 3 churches (Anglican,Lutheran and United) joined together to create the mission to deliver services to the less fortunate in the Whalley area.  
They receive no Government funding and rely solely on donations. Last year they served 80,000 meals,Operated a cold shelter for 60 people held a summer day camp And many other free services here is their website for more details.
One fundraiser that they do to help fund these services is The Coldest Night of the Year.
The Coldest Night of the Year is a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 80+ communities across Canada on Saturday, February 21st, 2015.The 2, 5 and 10km WALK is held on Saturday, February 21st, 2015, and provides participants the opportunity to experience a hint of the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness while raising much needed revenue for their favourite local charity . In this case  SUM.  Link to sign up is on their webPage. Note this is one Organization that we have given to in 2014 from our Gaming funds.
January 13th. We held our Meeting at the Big Ridge Brewing Co. One of the monthly Social nights we have added to our calendar. Unfortunately I was out of town but I hear a fun
time was had by the attendees.  NEXT Social is Bowling Night on February 10th. at the Sandcastle Lanes in White Rock.
January 20th. we returned to EagleQuest our usual club meeting place and Caroline Lepine provided us with an update on Summits of Hope ( See separate story)
We also were visited by two members of the Fraser Heights Interact Club Olivia Bowra and Simi Toor. Just to explain in Rotary we have Interact ,Rotaract and Rotary
Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Through Interact, you can:
  • Carry out hands-on service projects • Make international connections  •Develop leadership skills  •Have fun!   Working together we can assist them with our years
  • of experience and they can assist us in delivering programs to the community
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On tuesday January 20th.Caroline Lepine provided us with a report on her climb of Mount KILIMANJARO to raise funds for Summits of Hope.
She presented John Edwards with his flag that had been taken to the summit of Mt KILIMANJARO. A slide and movie presentation showed us the 
trek and Caroline expounded on the challenges met on the climb..  She thanked the club for our support and invited us to join in on the next climb 
planned for Mongolia later this year.  Past President John Koropatnisky presented Caroline with a token of our apprecaition for taking time to share her experiences.
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Posted on Dec 27, 2014
Some interesting facts:
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments and spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. 
Last case of wild polio virus in the Americas 1991.

Global cases of Polio down 20 from same period last year.
Good news in non-endemic countries YTD 19  last yr YTD 224   
Not so good news in endemic  countries YTD 323  last yr YTD was 138
The endemic countries are Pakistan,Afganistan and Nigeria 
Here is the link for the latest detailed statistics.


December is designated Family Month in the monthly themes of Rotary International.
So who is included in the ROTARY Family?
        •   Fellow club members
        •   Spouses and spouse groups (e.g. Inner Wheel)
        •   Children, parents and other relatives
        •   Families of deceased Rotarians
        •   Youth Exchange students and their families
        •   Interactors, Rotaractors and RYLArians
        •   GSE team members, Ambassadorial Scholars and alumni
        •   Global Networking Groups
We celebrate this wide and diverse group and advance our Rotary Ideals locally and internationally.
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Posted by Dick Wareham on Nov 29, 2014
Our Rotarian of the month for November is BRYCE MCELROY.
Bryce retired in 2011 after a career with TD Bank Financial Group spanning 38 years.  The first 28 years with the Retail Bank eventually named TD Canada Trust.
The last 10 years with TD Waterhouse, working as a Financial Planner.  Education and Professional qualifications include, diploma in Business from BCIT, Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Banking, Certified Financial Planner, and Financial Management Advisor.
Bryce joined our club March 1 1999 after 4 years with the White Rock Rotary Club(19 years of service) and has served in all positions except Sargent at Arms and Secretary ( Although he does an admirable job covering for me when required). He ensures the Presidents Auction proceeds at each meeting.Currently he serves the club as Foundation Chairman ensuring our commitments of giving to the Rotary Foundation are met.He also Supervises the Gaming Grant submission to ensure we get funding then arranging for the ditribution of these funds to worthy groups.When the Annual Salvation Army Kettle project was presented to us he took the lead and organized our manpower .During November he assisted with the ROTARY CARES dictionary deployment, He is currently working on the Waterwell projected in Benin with Rotarian Dennis Fierbach.Bryce is always ready to pitch-in a true ROTARIAN.
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Tim Hortons model the tip of the iceberg for hiring people with disabilities

Clint Sparling is a longtime employyee of a Tim Hortons outlet in Scarborough.                   Clint Sparling is a longtime employee of a Tim Hortons outlet in Scarborough.


By:  Living reporter, Published on Tue Sep 16 2014

With the launch of Canadian Business SenseAbility, an organization that will train companies how to hire disabled employees, we look at the worker who inspired the movement

Clint Sparling loves his job.

And since the day Sparling, who has Down syndrome, began work at a Scarborough Tim Hortons nearly 20 years ago, he has been Mark Wafer’s best employee.
“He didn’t want to go home, he worked through his breaks,” Wafer says. “He had loyalty I couldn’t buy.”
Sparling, 41, keeps the dining room at Wafer’s biggest outlet running smoothly: clearing tables, operating the dishwasher, dealing with the garbage and keeping the floors clean. And he is clear about his feelings for the job. 

“Working at Tim Hortons was like opening a door,” he says. “I love it.”

The job, along with his supportive parents and brother, gave him the confidence to expand his world further to a local swimming club, where he met a young woman named Katie. After dating a few years, he proposed. A year after their 2006 marriage, they bought a condo.
And as Wafer expanded his business, which now includes six Tim Hortons outlets, he expanded his pool of employees with disabilities. 
Wafer hasn’t done this out of the goodness of his heart. He realized his bottom line was better than that of his cohorts, and that it was due to his staff complement and workplace environment.

“People with disabilities don’t leave,” he says. “It affected my turnover rate. The absenteeism rate with people with disabilities is almost zero.”

The safety rate also improved, Wafer adds. “People with disabilities don’t take risks,” he says. 

At first Wafer’s hires were other people with developmental disabilities. Then he branched out and included other disabilities, people with sight or hearing impairment, mobility challenges, mental health issues.
He now has people with disabilities in every department, including management, changing the overall culture. 
Wednesday, with the help of Lieutenant Governor David Onley, Wafer will launch Canadian Business SenseAbility, an organization that will help businesses hire inclusively.
With seed money from the federal government, seven corporations, including Loblaw, Royal Bank of Canada and Assumption Life, will form the first wave of businesses to benefit from the training.

Onley plans to stay involved in boosting employment for people with disabilities after his term ends this month. 

“Ebenezer Scrooge, in modern days, would still be hiring people with disabilities, because he’d be making more money,” says Onley, the organization’s honorary patron.

“People with disabilities are the last minority group to be able to get into the marketplace and have real opportunities,” Onley says. “The future of SenseAbility is going to be very positive, because all of the business models are on our side. This is as airtight as anything can be.”

Whereas most fast food restaurants have a turnover rate of close to 100 per cent, Wafer’s is half that among his able-bodied staff. 

Business leaders talk about a looming labour shortage, but that’s false, Onley notes. There are 800,000 unemployed Canadians with disabilities, 250,000 of them with post-secondary degrees.
“We don’t have a labour shortage,” Onley says. “We have an awareness shortage.”

For business owners, SenseAbility is aimed at their profit. “If you are an inclusive employer, you will have a better workplace,” Wafer says. “You will make more money.”
But for the workers, it’s much more than that.
“Having a job means everything, because I like working,” Sparling says. “I was born to work.”

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Current Trends in implant Dentistry

Our Speaker on Oct 7th. was Dr Joy Maru Speaking on current trends in Implant dentistry. 
He is one of the team of 8 dentists in Central City at Surrey Place Dental Group.He provided an overview comparing old
methods to current methods and showed us before and after photos explaining the process and time required to complete
the restoration.
He explained the changes in technology including CBCT ( Cone Beam CT)which provides a radiation dosage up to 100 times
less than regular CT scans have enabled these procedures to be less invasive and considerably more exact.
The presentation was very detailed and these few words do not do it justice. Once again we learned a lot from our featured speaker.
For more information here is the link to Dr.Maru’s Practice.
President Garry Thind presented Dr Maru with a token of our appreciation for sharing his knowledge with us.
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Informed investing: The Three Knows

Posted by Anne Rutherglen on Sep 30, 2014
By the BC Securities Commission 
No one should be as concerned about your investments as you. Start by getting to know yourself in terms your investment goals, risk tolerance, and financial capability. If you have an advisor, be sure you’re making the most of that relationship. If not, take the time to make a wise and informed decision about the advisor you choose. When it comes to investing, you need know yourself, your advisor, and your investment. 
Know yourself 
When it comes to investing, it’s all about understanding your current financial situation, your goals, and your risk tolerance, and using that knowledge to help you properly plan for your future. You need to decide what you want to accomplish with your money and when. Everyone’s risk profile is different. It's important to use what you know about yourself to help decide which investments are suitable for you. 
Know your Advisor 
You should know that investment advisors in British Columbia who are in the business of 
buying and selling securities must be registered by the BC Securities Commission and must work for a firm that is also registered. Once registered, they are subject to rules and regulations designed to protect investors. 
Your advisor has specific obligations to you as a client and they must deal with you fairly, honestly, and in good faith. The advisor you choose will work for you, not the other way around. Choose an advisor who meets your needs & will answer your questions. Learn to do a background check on our website. 
If you are considering investing in a private company you should know that people who sell these investments may be eligible for an exemption from the registration requirement and therefore might not be registered. 
Know your investments 
Be active in monitoring your investments and the market even after you have chosen your investments. The market and your life circumstances will inevitably change. To keep up with these changes you need to monitor and make changes to your portfolio over time. 
You also need to know things like: 
 What direct and indirect fees you are paying for your investment, and/or for advice? Remember fees are a fact of investing life. 
 How easy it is to sell your investment? In some cases, your ability to sell an investment may be restricted by law or by the terms of the contract. 
If you have questions about investing, need help to check out an advisor, or to report a scam, please contact BCSC inquiries at 1-800-373-6393 or 
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OCTOBER has a Multitude of Themes that all work together. We are able to combine them under our VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH.
Community Living BC (CLBC) is a provincial crown agency, mandated under the Community Living Authority Act, that funds supports and services through service agencies for adults with developmental disabilities and their families in British Columbia. CLBC is working to create communities where people with developmental disabilities have more choices about how they live, work and contribute.
The month long event is intended to celebrate and recognize the contribution of small businesses to the BC economy and our local communities.  
Investor Education Month, an annual campaign to promote investor awareness and financial literacy.
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District Governor Visit Sept 16.2014

Posted by Dick Wareham on Sep 15, 2014
Our Annual visitation of our District Governor Lyle Ryan took place last tuesday. The message was clear.. MEMBERSHIP. 
DG Lyle gave us an overview of membership statistics which showed for the first time in Rotary history actual worldwide membership
slipped below 1.2million members . He mentioned that although we add new members we lose as many from a various of reasons.
Some losses cannot be avoided but many can by keeping members engaged. Involve in activities , Increase networking and social interaction.
Many times we leave it to the Membership committee to get new members but we are ALL the membership committee and must ensure
we share the ROTARY story with people we meet in our daily life. Although ROTARY is known for giving members can benefit by networking.
Show the benefits of networking with like minded individuals our Creed the 4 way test. In our Club we(thanks to Past President John Edwards)
have been able to maintain a great speaker line up so members get to learn from these speakers. CEO's Doctors,Engineers,Investment Consellors,
arborists,  these are some of the categories covered by our speakers in the past year. 
This evening we increased our clubs membership by having DG Lyle induct 2 new members. Jagmeet Virk -Lawyer and Bhanu Bandela - Audiologist.Adding members with 2 new areas of expertise to share. 
The evening ended with President Garry presenting PJ Ryan (Lyle's wife and also a Rotarian) with a token of our appreciation for visiting and
1.New inductees with their sponsors L-R : Past President John Edwards,Bhanu Bandela,President Garry Thind, Jagmeet Virk,DG Lyle Ryan administering the induction.
2.Group photo with DG Lyle Ryan
3.DG Lyle and PJ with Walt Johnson one of our clubs founding members who has 44 years of perfect attendance. 
4.President Garry presents PJ with a gift to remember the visit.. 
District Governor Visit Sept 16.2014 Dick Wareham 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Sep 08, 2014

On tuesday we had the pleasure of hearing from Steve Rutledge (a Rotarian from Ontario) on his Foundations efforts to improve the lives of residents of villages in
Laos. Their Mission is to provide new water sources,clean water,education facilities and sponsorship,hygene training focusing on rural 
locations. He presented a short movie documenting recent trips into villages and the really desperate conditions in this small country that
endured heavy bombing during the US war with its neighbout Vietnam. One way they help to improve access to clean water is the supply
and distribute Water filters.This simple device with a cost of a mere $75 can provide a family of 8 with clean drinkable water removing bacteria,
Protozoa,parasitic worms and other solids that contribute to major health issues. 

Here are some facts about LAOS..   
Population 6.9 million. Average age 20.8 years, Life expectency Male 54 years,Female 56 years. Average annual income $970 
Education less than 15% of students attend secondary School,less than 1% get to University.

As you can see a very poor country with massive needs in the area of health and education. (Key ROTARY Focus areas)

Steve and his foundation are making a difference. You can help by donating to his cause here this the link to the website for  more 

Photos: Our speaker Steve Rutledge, Past President John Edwards presents Steve and his sister Dawn with a token of our appreciation for sharing.




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Posted by Richard Wareham on Sep 07, 2014


Last monday (Sept 8th.) I attended Get Carded Event at the Surrey Public Library. This was in celebration of Literacy Day 2014.
Linda Stromberg- Surrey Libraries Board Chair and Chief Librarian Melanie Holden presented highlites from the 2014 Literacy Day
Report on the Surrey Libraries. Very interesting numbers here are a few..  In the last year the Libraries computer Learning centres helped nearly 4,000
people get connected to the internet.There are 4 Computer Learning Centres in Surrey- City Centre,Guildford,Semiahmoo and Strawberry
Hill branches.People using these library Centres completed over 1/2 million log on connections last year. 
Yes the notion that libraries are just for loaning books is outdated. We are now in the Digital Age in Surrey.

Computer Learning Centres in 4 Branches, Curiosity Corner (iPAD equiped lab) in Newton aimed at kids aged 4-8 and a new APP for (yes)
finding and loaning Paper Books, eBooks and eMagazines.  
With a Library card you can access for FREE... 
Canadian Newstand-Vancouver Sun,Province and the Globe & Mail,Surrey Leader and Surrey Now.
Popular Magazines,International Papers from 84 countries all on line.Did you know only 40% of Surrey residents have a Library Card.. The pass to get to the digital age and ITS FREE.. Drop-in to your local library and get carded today.

Here is the link to the Surrey Libraries Web page where you can get all the facts.

Here is the link to download the app from itunes



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ROTARY CLUB of SURREY - Social Planning Advisory Committee

Posted by John Edwards on Aug 29, 2014

During the past year we were invited to make presentations to the City of Surrey Social Planning Advisory Committee. (SPAC)
Past President John Edwards represented us in this regard.

One of the initiatives that came from the meetings was the development of a website to show what participating
Rotary Clubs and other partners do in the community.

Here is the link :


ROTARY CLUB of SURREY - Social Planning Advisory Committee John Edwards 2014-08-30 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Aug 25, 2014

Back on July 16th 2013 the club held an official Visoning meeting led by the District Visioning Team. As a result of the evenings work a VISION was
The process was to establish a list of Visions under the following topics and then vote on the list to establish the top 3 
for each area.
The topics were:

  1. Vision Pursued ( What does your club "Stand For" in the Community)
  2. Club Size
  3. Attributes (what are your characteristics,features or demographics)
  4. Club Service
  5. Vocational Service
  6. Community Service
  7. International Service
  8. New Generations Service
  9. Foundation
  10. Fundraising
  11. Leadership Development

Last tuesday we devoted our Business meeting to revisiting the plan,updating and discussing our progress towards meeting our Vision Goals.

Past President John Edwards led the meeting in which from wide discussion by our members we either agreed the points established in July 2013 still held true or new goals and objectives were set.

A new detailed Vision document is being prepared and will be provided to all members by the end of September. The overwhelming response that the evenings exercise had be very valuable and Past President John was commended. It was further recommended that we take parts of the document and cover them in depth at future business meetings. Example “Club Service”

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Posted by Richard Wareham on Aug 18, 2014


On Tuesday Aug 19th. Our featured presenter for the evening was Matthew M.Stevenson MED,IPTQ, AED,PID

He is a consultant working with the BC Construction Association  (BCCA) his position is to match Canadians with trade positions.
His mantra is Keep Canada Strong.

First step is to encourage students to look to the TRADES for their career. Opportunities abound and Canada is
 experiencing an increasing shortage of skilled trades workers. Hence the need to source workers from abroad for immediate needs.

Matthew stated that his emphasis is to Keep Canada Strong by firstly employing Canadians and promoting the 
training and hiring of Canadians. When that will not fill the void he goes outside Canada to match potential employees
 with Companies in Canada and starting the process of having these employees stay in Canada and make Canada their 
home thus helping to Keep Canada Strong.

BCCA is employer owned Association with over 2,300 employer owners. Many of these are small to medium size companies that 
form our countries economic engine. They have a need for skilled workers to compete for projects and to complete projects ensuring their growth and
 a strong local workforce to Keep Canada Strong

BCCA have several programs to assist both employers and prospective employees move forward.

STEP (Skilled Trade Employment Program)
FSWBC(Foreign Skilled workers BC)  

A new program established in February 2014 is an initiative of the Construction Foundation of BC to rebuild and refit
shop Classes in BC Schools. One way to Keep Canada Strong is to get an early start on Trades training and creating
 an awareness in high School Students of their future in the Trades rather than the Academic environment.
Through this new initiative individuals are encouraged to donate to their local schools to upgrade their Shops pay for
 quality training. Also the Construction Foundation is working with its member companies to provide equipment and 
support so working together we can Keep Canada Strong

For more information here is their link. 

Once again we had a quality speaker and gained a lot of knowledge another ROTARY Benefit sharing our knowledge.

Our resident Commercial Electrician and Founding member Walt Johnson presents Matthew with a token of our appreciation for sharing his experience and knowledge


PROJECT SHOP CLASS-KEEPING CANADA STRONG. Richard Wareham 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Aug 11, 2014

And you thought becoming a Dr. was a long haul....

Last tuesday our President Elect Ed Landry provided us with a overview of the industry and what is required to be a commercial Real
Estate Appraiser.  Here is Ed's official title (showing we have super qualified members in our Rotary Club who share their expertise)

Ed Landry ,B.Comm,CRP,AACI,P.APP  

Ed is the President of Penny & Keenlyside Appraisals who have been providing top-quality valuation & advisory services since 1958.
During his presentation Ed noted there are two Real Estate Appraisal designations. 
AACI - Members holding this designation can perform Commercial and Residential Appraisals
 and CRA - Members of this designation specializes in Residential Real Estate Appraisals.

How long does it take on average to gain these designations?

AACI (Accredited Apraiser Canadian Institute)- 4-6 years

CRA (Canadian Residential Appraiser)- 2-3 years.

For more details on requirements here is a link to the Sauder School of Business at UBC that conducts the courses leading to the
two designations.

So once you are qualified the learning does not stop there as each assignment varies ( Ed mentioned that this is a great part of the work the 
variety and the opportunity to learn). Appraisals have varied reasons for being completed here are 3 of many.

1. Establish the value on a purchase  and to support financing.

2. Establish valuations in legal actions. ie Family breakups, Business Breakups (foreclosures and  expropriations are some other examples)

3. Under new rules for Strata Corporations the need to establish insurance Valuations and reserves for maintenance.

Ed has many years in the business with a wide range of knowledge and experiences with more being added each day. He stated if you are
looking for a career with a wide area of expertise and new experiences each day.
Look to being an Appraiser.

 Our immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Surrey John Edwards presents Ed with a token of our appreciation for sharing



Tourism in Metro Vancouver and can Surrey be a Tourist Destination.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Aug 04, 2014

Rotarian Roy Holman from Vancouver Trolley Company provided us with a wealth of information on
Tourism in Greater Vancouver and the current trends. Tourism is a $3.6 Billion Dollar Industry. Creating
over 70,000 jobs .

He indicated that Vancouver has many attraction that make it a destination for tourists and unfortunately 
with the expanse of Surrey and limited number of attractions it cannot compete as a destination for tourists.
Vancouver Trolley is an ideal way for visitors to reach the attractions within the city of Vancouver something
 that cannot be duplicated in Surrey due to the distances between areas of Interest. 
Example the Surrey Museum is in Cloverdale,Tynehead Fish Hatchery is miles away and wineries another
 potential attraction are spaced over a long distances making it difficult to compete with Vancouver.

In Vancouver a trip on the on/off trolley's allows visitors to go to Stanley park, travel along the beaches of Bay to the Maritime and Space museums then on to Science World & BC Place traveling east into China Town then back west into Gas-town then finally the many stops in downtown Vancouver to shop and dine.

Roy mentioned that the busiest Tourist attraction at this time is the Capilano Suspension Bridge where many days there are
long waits to enjoy the many walks and events within the park.   One Perk for BC residents One days admission gives you a full years pass and discounts so
you can go when it is not so busy and you do not have to cram all the events into one day. 

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Past President John Edwards presents Roy with a token of our appreciation for taking the time to share .

For more information here are links to Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver Trolley and Tourism Vancouver websites.

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ELECTRONIC BANKING - What you don't know could hurt you!

Posted by John Edwards on Jul 28, 2014

Last tuesday our keynote speaker was our esteemed member Deane Gurney from Sands & Associates.

Deane enlightened on some changes that have taken place with the updating of the Bills of exchange Act and Canadian Payments Act to meet the needs of Electronic Banking.

One item affected is the Stale dating of checks.
Once it was a fact that if the date of the item presented for payment was over 6 months. It was considered "Stale
Dated" and would not be cleared. However that has now changed ... Now it will be paid unless you have issued
a stop payment order with your financial institution. Electronic and on line is convenient but you need to learn
the new rules or it could prove expensive.This fact was a revelation to most of us including the data checked now that the payment system is electronic a
very interesting and useful presentation.

One of the advantages of attending Rotary meetings and being a Rotarian 
is that our members represent many diverse occupations and we get to share their expertise.

Here are links if you wish to learn more - 

Bills of Exchange Act 
Canadian Payments Act

Past President and now Honorary member ,retired MLA Dave Hayer Presents Deane with a token of our appreciation
for sharing.




ELECTRONIC BANKING - What you don't know could hurt you! John Edwards 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0

25th Anniversary of the Canadian Eyesight Global

Posted by John Edwards on Jul 21, 2014

Tuesday July 22nd. we had the pleasure of welcoming Rotarian Anup Singh Jubbal  from the Rotary Club of Surrey-Guildford. For 25 years 
Anup has been leading this organization (Previously named Project Eyesight-India in providing eyecare to people in India who cannot afford
to pay for eyecare. They have completed over 100,000 free cataract surgeries and treated in excess of half a million children and adults for 
eye issues in rural India. Anup told us that this project has joined together over  Rotary Clubs,local eye hospitals and volunteers in this project.
Another example of what Rotarians and Rotary Clubs can do to help the less fortunate.

To learn more about Canadian Eyesight Global here is their website

To celebrate 25 years of giving Canadian Eyesight Global will be holding a Gala Dinner on September 26th at the Dhaliwal Banquet Centre."
Tickets are available from President Garry Thind.

Photo memories:  Presenting Anup with a token of our appreciation and our declaration to fund cataract surgeries.

Group Photos of members present.



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Posted by John Campbell on Jul 21, 2014


Tuesday July 22nd was initially forecast to be rainy but that changed and we enjoyed a hot and sunny day on our Adopted Street Cleanup.
John Campbell assembled his crew of 6 to complete the clean up of our Street - 100th Avenue between 140th Street and 152nd Street.
Members John Edwards,Garry Thind,Bryce McElroy and myself were joined by Honorary Member Dave Hayer and his Aide Paul Keenleyside.
with John Campbell dropping us of at our points along the route. After a lot of ups and downs into the ditches and with sweat pouring from our
brows we were able to make quick work of the cleanup leaving a Mattress !  for the city to pick up and depositing 6 full bags of garbage in Johns
van for recycling on Wednesday. It looked pretty clean just driving down the street but it is amazing how much crap is thoughtlessly dropped into
the ditches. Here are some Photo memories of the group before we adjourned to Boston Pizza for Lunch and some adult beverages.

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WHISCA- Willing Hearts International Society Canada

Posted by John Koropatnisky on Jul 14, 2014

Our featured presenter on JULY 15th. Was Khayanga Jenipher Wasike 
CEO/President of WHISCA (Willing Hearts International Society-Canada) and a member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver Quadra.

Their Vision is to Relieve Poverty, Advance Education and support independent living.

She told us about the Lugari Community Resource Centre Project in Kipkarran River,Kenya.
The centre is located in the western side of Kenya in Lugari District which has a population of 
over 250,000 people. In 2010 they opened the centre.

We were amazed at the number and 
diversity of the programs conducted at the centre which serves all of the western Province of

These include:

Farmer's Training and sustainable agriculture workshops.
Youth Leadership training,
Poultry project and Goat rearing,

Shipping of containers to support health & literacy.

Micro-financing and women's sewing project

Water project-Domestic Purification and filtration.

Youth Scholarships.

In one Program the Youth Leadership Project they bring together 150 Girls from across the region to learn leadership
skills that they can take back to their villages to develop skills of women in their communities

For more information on supporting these initiatives their website is or eMail

Photos:  Lugari Community Resource Centre and Past President John Koropatnisky presenting Khayanga with a token of our appreciation for sharing the project with our club.



WHISCA- Willing Hearts International Society Canada John Koropatnisky 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Jul 07, 2014

Surprise!!. A glitch in Past president John's speakers schedule resulted in us having a surprise featured speaker.
 We were please to have Rotarian Peter Warmerdam from New Zealand. Peter Lives in Hutt ,New Zealand and is a Veterinarian by profession
 Operating his own practice since 1989. Peter is the Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Hutt City.  

He enthralled us with the sights of New Zealand taking us on a Powerpoint Journey across the Island. He also told us about the famous Haka 
chant (key in the ALL BLACKS). Tramping - No not that type of lifestyle.. In NZ tramping is their word for hiking.If you missed the meeting you missed many nuggets of information about New Zealand.
A very interesting presentation where we learnt a lot about New Zealand and the Rotary Club of Hutt City.

Here Roy Holman presents a token of our appreciation to Peter for taking the time to come and visit. Also a group picture with our New President Garry Thind.





KIWI visits CLUB ASSEMBLY John Edwards 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Jun 23, 2014

The Annual Theme for 2014-15 is Light Up Rotary. Our 2014 Presidential & Board installation evening certainly did that in Spades.
We had over 100 attend the function the largest number in Club History.

In a departure from our usual standard Banquet incoming President
 Garry Thind put his personal stamp on the event and themed it on his South Asian Culture. 

We held the event at the Grand Taj Banquet Hall in Surrey. As one ascends the ornate staircase to the banquet room a one can feel a sense of change. We had a great selection of Indian cuisine beginning with the appetizers which were a meal in themselves.

The installation was conducted by our esteemed District Governor Dennis Boyd. Outgoing President John Edwards presented certificates of thanks to his Board. Walt Johnson was recognized for 43 years of perfect attendance (Walt was one of the Clubs founding members in 1971) and Rotarian Parm Mutti was recognized as Rotarian of the Year. 

In his acceptance speech incoming President Garry Thind presented John Edwards with a Silver Gavel to replace the wooden one passed forward during the hand over of control of the Club. Dave Hayer was also presented with Honorary Member Status for his years of support of the Club. We thanked District Governor Dennis Boyd by giving a donation to the Rotary Foundation in support of Polio Plus in his name.

We were then entertained by Shan-E Punjab Arts Club  performing a series of Punjabi Folk Dances a memorable event. then we enjoyed a flavorful meal of Indian foods. The evening ended with the Dance floor being opened so those who desired could work off the calories consumed through out the night.

Here are a few Photo's from the event more can be found in our Photo album.


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SASSY AWARDS 2014 - a celebration of youth achievement.

Posted by John Edwards on Jun 02, 2014

Our featured presenter on June 3rd. Was Allan Baedek - Allan studied performance and writing as a music major at Humber College and is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and the British Columbia Professional Videographers Association.Allan has actively involved with the Semiahmoo Rotary Club since 1999. He was instrumental in initiating the SASSY awards for youth in Surrey and White Rock.His videos of the last 3years winners can be viewed on the SASSY AWARDS Web page.

SASSY is an acronym for "Service Above Self Surrey Youth" In 2011 the initial awards program was presented.The SASSY Awards honour youth aged 15 to 21 who are living in Surrey or White Rock and are making a difference in our community by demonstrating the Rotary ideal of “Service Above Self”

Seven Awards are to be presented in the categories of:

Overcoming Adversity            Environmental Leadership
Sportsmanship                       Performing and Visual Arts
Community Service                Youth Leadership
International Service

Nominations are open until September 26th. the link for information.Videos and forms is

This years Awards will be presented November 21st at the Surrey Arts Centre.

President John presents token of our appreciation the Allan for his presentation and his creation of the Award Program.


SASSY AWARDS 2014 - a celebration of youth achievement. John Edwards 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0

AT-CURA Conference

Posted by John Edwards on May 26, 2014

On Tuesday May 27th.We had a double bill with two great speakers. One was Katie Miller from Kwantlen Polytechnic University
who updated us on a large research project led by Dr.Gira Bhat that was funded by a $1M grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  They have completed the research part of the project and are now turning it into Action (unlike many of these research projects it will be used and not become a dust covered book).

AT-CURA is the acronym for Acting Together-Community University Reasearch Alliance.It is an organization made up if academic researchers and experienced community groups committed to preventing Gang recruitment of youth.
From July 23-25th the conference will take place at the Sheraton Guildford. Over the 3 days the research group comprised of teachers,researchers,youth workers,law enforcement and community groups will disseminate the data they have compiled and come up with action plans from a series of interactive sessions with the Groups and parents and youth. 

The conference is  not covered by the research $ so they are looking for sponsorships. Here is your chance to assist in solving a great community challenge.

For more information contact  Katie Miller ( or Stephanie Connolly

President John Edwards presenting a token of our appreciation to Katie for her presentation.


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Posted by Richard Wareham on May 26, 2014

Caroline Lepine presented on a foundation that she is part of called Summits of Hope.This is a group formed by climbers to enjoy their adventures but by participating they give back to their community, They raise funds for Children's Hospital by  of collecting donations. To be able to join a climb they each have to raise $5,000 minimum to participate and this is then donated to Children's Hospital. The Climbers then pay their own climbing costs so all the funds collected go to the children

Caroline presented photos from previous climbs and told us the stories behind them.. Their slogan is "Everybody has a Mountain to Climb"
Here are some that they have climbed.  Kilimanjaro,Machu Picchu,Everest Base Camp,Mt.Aconcagua(Argentina),Ring of Fire(Ecuador)

One way to participate without making the climb is to Donate to the Summit Flag Program for a minimum donation of $40 the climbers will carry your message on their next climb "It has long been tradition climbers to carry brightly coloured Flags with them as they make their way towards the summit. Written on these flags are messages of hope. It is believed that every time the wind blows, the hopes and dreams of each flag are lifted from the material, and carried up into the heavens amongst the highest places on earth."  See Photo of Caroline with some of the flags she will take on her next climb.
For more information or donate here is the link to their webpage.

To provide a donation directly to Caroline here is her link


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Stepping Stones.

Posted by Bryce McElroy on May 19, 2014

On May 20th. we also had a presentation from Kellie  Brown from Youth Unlimited (One of our Gaming Funds receipients)
Kellie updated us on their Organization and programs. The program we are supporting is call Stepping Stones. This program provides support and guidance to teen mums .Providing counselling and life skills training to support them in their journey into parenthood. Here Rotarian Bryce McElroy presents Kellie with our donation. For more information on their programs check out



Stepping Stones. Bryce McElroy 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Gurpreet (Garry) Thind on May 19, 2014
On May 7th 2014, Rotarian Garry Thind took 4 students and 2 teachers from Kwantlen Park Secondary School to Victoria for a tour to Legislative Assembly. 
They took the 9am Ferry and reached Parliament building at around 11:15am. The tour office gave them a quick tour of the Parliament building. The students were really excited and were amazed to see how well this building is maintained even though it's built in mid 1800's.
After the tour everyone was escorted to dining room after going through security check where Hon. Minister of Education Peter Fassbender joined the group and had lunch with the everyone. Students were then given the opportunity to ask questions to the minister.
After lunch everyone went to the guest section of house where they got opportunity to see how the question answer period takes place. Mr. Fassbender announced everyone's name in the house as his guests.(As a result they are now noted in the house record (Hansard) )
After the question answer period Mr. Fassbender introduced the group with the speaker of Parliament Hon. Linda Reid. Group took pictures with Speaker and Minister Fassbender. Speaker presented everyone a pin of Parliament as a token.
Students were given a very quick tour of downtown Victoria and they took the 5:00pm Ferry back.
On May 20th the Students and Margaret Ackroyd,the Dept head for Social Studies attended our meeting and provided a slide show of sites from their trip. They were truly appreciative of the experience indicating how much it had broadened their understanding of our parliament and an appreciation for our democratic society. The over-whelming comment was to keep the program going so that more students can have the experience.
Here are some of the Photos taken more are in the Photo Album.1. Students with Education Minister Hon Peter Fassbender and Linda Reid the Speaker of the House. 2. Steps of the legislature and 3 Rotarians Gary Thind,Duane Buchanan and president John Edwards with the Students and Teacher at our May 20th meeting.
ADVENTURES in CITIZENSHIP 2014 Gurpreet (Garry) Thind 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0

RYLA a life changing weekend.

Posted by Duane Buchanan on May 12, 2014



The two students that we sponsored for RYLA this year were our presenters on May 13th.2014
Manbir Renthey and  Pavandip Dhaliwal both are volunteers with Surrey Crime Prevention Society besides handling a full course study at School.
They both stated it was a life changing experience and that as many students as possible should
have the opportunity to take part. The program widened their horizons and established a large 
network of fellow students going forward. Their resounding note was it was not long enough even
though when they arrived they were not sure they wanted to stay.Our club thanks go the Duane Buchanan
for putting the program together and Garry Thind for escorting the students to Victoria.

RYLA a life changing weekend. Duane Buchanan 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on May 05, 2014

Well Carolina Arango can she is the city of Surrey Arborist and was the keynote speaker at our May 6th.meeting. assisted by Steve Whitton, City of Surrey Trees and Landscape Manager we learned about trees and why they are important,how to care for them and how to choose where to plant the tree. Examples of wrong decisions were shown which has led to the need for a Bylaw to protect trees.

The Tree Protection Bylaw #16100 that protects trees against damage and unnecessary removal. You must contact the city Tree and Landscaping dept for permission to remove a tree they will come out for free and evaluate your Trees providing you with guidance on removal and/or trimming.This link gives you all the details re permits.

Did you know Surrey has a program where you can turn $25 into $75? Yes an initiative of the Trees Dept you can go to city hall pay $25 for a voucher that will give you $75 discount on Tree purchases at Art's Nursery Ltd.  8940-192nd Street and David Hunter Garden Centre 15175-72nd Avenue  Here is the link to the City for more details

John Edwards keeps getting us tremendous speakers that provide us with a wealth of information make sure you do not miss a meeting. 

Here John presents Carolina and Steve with tokens of our appreciation for their very informative presentation.


CAN YOU NAME THAT TREE? John Edwards 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Apr 28, 2014

What a night the weather was perfect. We were able to bask in the summery sun while waiting for the 6pm start to our first International Dining Experience fundraiser. Four groups of participants starting at one of the 4 venues. We started at our appointed restaurant and began the 4 restaurant rotation.First Taste of Punjab then onto Izumo Sushi followed by Vlassis Souvlaki & Greek Taverna and finishing up with dessert at Nahm Thai Bistro. My initial worry when the idea for the event was floated was will there be enough to eat will participants feel they got a good deal. Well by restaurant # 2 that fear was overcome with comments such as I am full already! From what I can gather the event was a resounding success. Most of the attendees had never been to these restaurants ( I did not know they were here was the most often comment)
Throughout the evening I checked in with diners in our group and got glowing comments over the food "we will definitely be returning for another meal" was mentioned several times.  Accolades to Parm,Deane and John K for creating what looks to be a nice fundraiser for our local giving. Here are some photo's taken by our in house paparazzi Ajay Caleb .Thanks Ajay for sharing the memories. 

Here are links to the Restaurants web pages so you can plan your next outing.

Taste of Punjab   10009 Whalley Blvd
Izumo Sushi  13631-100th. Avenue
Vlassis Souvlaki & Greek Taverna  10028 King George Blvd
Nahm Thai Bistro   13650 102nd Avenue


INTERNATIONAL DINING EXPERIENCE - APRIL 29th 2014 Richard Wareham 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0

Earth Day 2014

Posted by John Koropatnisky on Apr 25, 2014
The Rotary club of Surrey hosted the 13th annual Earth day event,  April 26, 2014,  We released 4,000 Chinook Salmon in Quibble Creek, Planted 20 Western red Cedars and enjoyed a Barbeque.  40 Rotarians  in  attendance and participating were three Rotary clubs, White Rock Semiahmoo, Surrey Central and The Rotary Club of Surrey.  It was a great event and  The feed back is that we should do it next year.
The White Rock Semiahmoo Club provided $600 for food, a tent and a portable toilet for the event. Special thanks to Ray Paquet.
The Surrey Central Club Provided Path supplies Bark Mulch for the fish release, $200 and  volunteers for creek clean up and cooks for the barbeque.
Milieu Family Services supplied Chairs and tables. Special thanks to Lisa Doucette.
The Serpentine Enhancement Society re Tynehead Hatchery supplied 4000 Chinook Salmoneods. Special thanks to Carol Wright
The Rotary Club of Surrey provided set up, clean up, planting tools,  the barbeque and 20 - 2 Mtr Western Red cedars, $400. Special thanks goes out to Walt Johnson, Jeret St. Andrassy, Roy Holman, Deane Gurney
Earth Day 2014 John Koropatnisky 2014-04-26 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Apr 21, 2014

Our featured presenter on April 22nd was MacKay Potter, President of the the Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society (LMDSS).

The Society was formed in 1989 and has a membership of over 600.

She explained the focus of the society is fourfold.
Support parents and families of individuals with Down Syndrome.
Educated the community 
Network with other like Organizations and individuals
Lobby for educational,vocational and cosmical opportunities for persons with Down Syndrome.

Using a powerpoint presentation she showed where the LMDSS provides support and services to families and individuals with
Networking events (like the Christmas event that we sponsor) Workshops -including adapted signing,Drumming,Music,Sexuality workshop,
iPAD workshop and more... 

They are like many of todays groups always  needing funding currently they get a Gaming Grant and support from organizations like ourselves and do fundraising events.One novel event is an on-line program "We care shopping on Line" The App allows them to receive a donation when you shop at more than 2,000 participating merchants — at no cost to you. .Just shop as you normally do, and a donation will be made — without taking a penny from your wallet. 

They also have a lending library in their office for members to get more information to understand Down Syndrome.

On tuesday we learnt a lot about one of the organizations we support through our Gaming funds.

For more information here is their website address

President John presents MacKay with a token of our appreciation for the work their group does and for attending our meeting to update the club.

LOWER MAINLAND DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY (LMDSS) Richard Wareham 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0

Bill Burnett - Update

Posted by Richard Wareham on Apr 11, 2014


Bill is progressing well and has now been moved from Royal Columbian Hospital to Eagle Ridge.

A group is planning a visit on April 14th.So we have more to report next week.



Bill Burnett - Update Richard Wareham 2014-04-12 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Apr 07, 2014


On tuesday April 8th. Cyndy Hill Director for development with the Surrey Public Library visited the club and told us about their new initiative "Literacy for Life" (Fundraising Goal $500,000) and one component of the program "Read to Baby"


Read to Baby will provide one thousand early learning kits to parents of Surrey’s most vulnerable newborns in 2014. The kit is a beautiful keepsake bag filled with a storybook music CD, parent guide, plus some fun and easy pre-literacy tips. 

Cyndy explained that 37% of Canadian born adults struggle with low literacy. This impediment results in lost opportunity and also costs to the community. Studies have shown that for every $ invested in literacy a return of $7.16 is achieved. The secret is to start early pre school so that when children begin school they are fully functional in comprehension and ready to learn. The Surrey Public Library is intent on improving the opportunities for children.In the 2012-2013 year over 60,000 children went through free literacy programs at the Surrey Public Library.Surrey Library also hosts a summer reading program last year over 15,900 attended. 

After an extended Q & A
Club President John Edwards presented Cyndy with a token of our appreciation for her presentation.

For more information about your local library here is the library webpage
To get involved with Literacy for Life and the Read to Baby Program contact Cyndy Hill



LITERACY FOR LIFE .. Richard Wareham 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0

SURREY RCMP - Partnering with Community Organizations.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Mar 31, 2014

Tuesday April 1st ( Bad day for a meeting) But no Joke we had Staff Sgt. Scott Campbell as our featured speaker updating us on policing in Surrey and the way in which the Surrey Detatchment has partnered with Community Organizations to bring the best outcomes in policing and solutions to our community.

Scott advised us that the City of Surrey does not have its own police force like Vancouver but contracts with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to provide municipal level police services. The Surrey Detachment is the largest RCMP Detachment in Canada with 661 police (regular and civilian) members and a support staff of 250 municipal employees. Surrey RCMP is also the second largest municipal police force in the province, based on authorized police strength alone. 

Now with the movement of E division to Surrey, we probably have more police per capita in our city during the daytime than any other municipality (My thought not Scott's) 

Scott advised that Surrey is divided into 5 districts for policing.
District 1 - Whalley/City Centre
District 2 - Guildford/Fleetwood
District 3 - Newton
District 4 - Cloverdale/Port Kells
District 5 - South Surrey.

Scott mentioned that the regular meetings with a group representing key community groups allows them to build consensus on acheiving a shared vision for the City. There are many volunteers that enable this to happen over 28,000 volunteer  hours in 2012. 

Scott shared much more than this quick excerpt provides and we thank him for taking the time to update us.. Oh! by the way Scott is a Rotarian.Giving to the community in his spare time as well as in his vocation. President Elect Garry Thind presented Scott with a token of our appreciation.


SURREY RCMP - Partnering with Community Organizations. Richard Wareham 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0

Helping intercultural women find the power to change.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Mar 24, 2014

On tuesday March 25th. We had the opportunity to hear from Janet Fierbach the WHEN Story.

WHEN (Womens's Heart Engaging Network) began in 2008 as an outreach of Power to Change Organziation.
Since its inception it has been focused on providing the opportunity for women from all cultures meet and
enchange ideas and how together to achieve their full potential.

15% of the BC Population are women who have crossed cultures. Being in a new country and culture is many
times a very difficult time and groups like WHEN provide an opportunity to build new relationships an ease the
transition to a new culture. Janet provided a great presentation giving us an insight into WHEN..

For more information here is their web page link

Past president and Honorary Member Dave Hayer presented Janet with a token of our appreciation.Image

Helping intercultural women find the power to change. Richard Wareham 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

Dr.Helena Swinkles - The Benefits of immunization

Posted by John Edwards on Mar 17, 2014


On Tuesday March 18th. we had the pleasure to hear from Dr. Helena Swinkles.MD,MHSc,FCFP FRCPC, Medical Health Officer for Surrey on the topic of immunizations and the benefits. With a current outbreak of Measles in the Fraser Valley it is a timely subject. Also the proof of the success of the Polio immunization campaign which has now made India Polio Free gives further credence to the need to immunize.
Why Vaccinate?
Save 2.5 million children each year.
Safest Medicines we have (As a result of extensive testing)
Most cost effective tool to combat communicable diseases.
Need to stay up to date.
Dr Swinkles mentioned that many people think they are safe but they have not kept their immunizations current.
It is important to get together with your family doctor and check on your status.
Currently Dr Swinkles is leading the battle against the Measles outbreak and described the issues they were facing.

We really appreciated the time taken by Dr Swinkles to bring us up to date on a very important medical issue.

Unfortunately Photos taken during were lost due to a technical issue.


Dr.Helena Swinkles - The Benefits of immunization John Edwards 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0

Surrey Crime Prevention Society-Keeping the community safe.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Mar 10, 2014

Karen Reid Sidhu was our guest at last week’s meeting.  She is the Executive Director of the Surrey Crime Prevention Society.  Her organization was a recipient of a $2000 donation from the Rotary Club of Surrey gaming grants program.  Under her watch, the organization has taken a progressive approach utilizing a team of 260 active volunteers and 7 paid staff.  The volunteers help run speed watch, the anti-graffiti program, and the successful and proactive Locking Out Auto Crime initiative.  They also gather traffic statistics for the Surrey RCMP.   They are essentially an extra set of eyes and ears for the community.  Furthermore, volunteers help lead at-risk youth in a positive direction, and she spoke proudly of the results achieved by her dedicated and talented team.  Her organization is not only helping keep the community safe, they are also developing tomorrow’s leaders and law enforcement.  Keep up the good work.  We look forward to future partnerships with the organization!


Surrey Crime Prevention Society-Keeping the community safe. Richard Wareham 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z 0

Our YAIL Student pays a visit.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Mar 03, 2014

YAIL  - Youth Adventures in Leadership is a ROTARY Sponsored event held in January of each year. This year Jan 17-19th. was the weekend when 65 students aged 15-17 gathered to learn leadership skills. Each Rotary club sponsors students to attend and our Student was Ben Carmicheal, Grandson of Rotarian Duane Buchanan. 

Ben joined us on tuesday night to relate his adventure and share the benefits he derived from the weekend. He had many superlatives about the course, the leaders and the weekend.But his big point was it was too short.Sunday came too soon.  

To learn more follow this link

Here Duane introduces Ben to the group.


Our YAIL Student pays a visit. Richard Wareham 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Mar 03, 2014

On Tuesday March 4th. We had the distinct pleasure to share some of the funds we had obtained from the Provincial Gaming Commission. The first of our selected community services SURREY URBAN MISSION was represented by Jonquil Hallgate who accepted our check in the amount of $2,000 to assist them in delivering their programs to the homeless in Central Surrey. Jonquil told us the history of the mission and the expansive number of programs they deliver all completed by volunteers. They have been in operation for 14 years They serve weekly community meals on monday,wednesday and friday at noon and a saturday breakfast at 9 am. If you want to volunteer you will be welcomed at 10776 King George Blvd. Give them a call at 604-581-5172.

Here our Treasurer Bryce McElroy presents the check.




Posted by Richard Wareham on Mar 03, 2014

Our Keynote speaker on March 4th.was April Linke.

She related to us her journey in getting proper diagnosis and programs for her son who eventually was diagnosed with Autism.It was interesting to note that it appeared none of the Medical specialists that get involved with the diagnosing of the condition are on the same page. Not weeks,not months but years to finally come to a conclusion and that with constant pressure from the parents. You have to hear the story to understand the monumental fight that April and her husband had to wage to finally get confirmation of Autism and the tools to help mitigate the issues. Many would have given up along the journey and another child would not reach their potential.  

It was apparent that there is still not a place where one can go for the answers . It depends on who you reach as to where you end up.. The Autism Society has information but is not the sole source and if you have not reached that conclusion where do you go? On a Long and Winding Road.

April handled a spirited Q & A where members present could get more detailed answers to a very complex and subject.




GETTING A DIAGNOSIS - A LONG and WINDING ROAD. Richard Wareham 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Feb 24, 2014

Our esteemed member Deane Gurney was our keynote speaker on February 25th. His message was the rules and legitimacy of Claims on tax returns for Charitable Donations.  He described how many claims which were for donations of goods for which a taxable receipt is obtained were found to be fraudulent by Revenue Canada where values have been inflated purely for the purpose of avoiding taxes. Many people have found to their dismay that they did not qualify and now were faced with repaying taxes and penalties in many instances placing people in dire straits.   As we always say the best charity is to donate to our Rotary Foundation. Minimal administration costs only 3%  Your contributions help us strengthen peace efforts, provide clean water and sanitation, support education, grow local economies, save mothers and children, and fight disease.

Duane Buchanan presents a token of appreciation to Deane for updating us on this tax issue.


BE SURE IT IS A REAL CHARITABLE DONATION Richard Wareham 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

TAX TIPS from AG Pat Bond.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Feb 17, 2014

One of the benefits of ROTARY is the varying expertise of our members. 

Tuesday night we had our Assistant Governor Pat Bond provide us with some timely tips for tax time. In her presentation she alerted us to many deductions that are missed and explained the rules behind some of them.

A timely presentation as we prepare for April 30th.and settling accounts with our government..

Duane Buchanan presented Pat with a token of our appreciation for her very useful information.

(note this week our member Deane Gurney will enlighten us on changes to rules in claiming charitable donations)Image

TAX TIPS from AG Pat Bond. Richard Wareham 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Feb 17, 2014

February has been a great month for membership we have added 3 quality members who have more degrees than the weather in Miami.. (well a little exaggeration ) But they are exceptional young men who have proven their intelligence and now want to give back to the community.

On tuesday they presented their Classification talks telling us about their history and accomplishments .

Introducing :- (in alphabetical order)

Jaret St. Andrassy. Introduced to the club by John Koropatnisky

Jaret is a BC boy growing up in Abbotsford. He is married to Amanda and they have 3 young children. He is currently the program co-ordinator with Milieu Family Services.Milieu works with persons with disabilities looking after accommodation operating Residental homes,shared living facilities and offering day services to assist their clients. A large part of their program is finding employment for their clients of 51 job seekers that have 40 matched with employers.It was through this part of their program that we me Jaret who was part of the committee last october to deliver the Mark Wafer event. Interesting facts we learnt on tuesday was Jaret Played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL also played Arena football for Wyoming. When not working on Milieu Programs he runs a fitness company and coaches a Langley Junior football team.  

Lahkjit Sarang   Lahkjit was introduced to the club by President elect Garry Thind. 

Lahkjit  grew up in the Punjab and came here 15 years ago.He is married to Manpriya they have 2 boys Aged 10 and 6.

 He has a Masters in Computer Science,A Realty and Insurance licence is currently selling Life Insurance and in his spare time completing his CPA designation. Manpriya is a Notary Public so if you need a document notarized you know where to go. 

Ten Tran. Ten was introduced to the club by Ed Landry.

Ten Grew up in Toronto and came to BC 6 years ago as a mechanical Engineer. He then decided real Estate was a opportunity and studied to become a realtor. Ten was not satisfied and felt a need to further enhance his education and returned to School obtaining a MBA he then decided to combine the results of his education and became a real estate appraiser. Currently when not working he is completing studies to obtain a  CPA designation.  Ten married his long time girlfriend Kathy this last September.. 

We look forward to working with these new members in delivering Rotary programs to our community and benefiting from their expertise and abilities.

Here is President John Edwards with our new members. Ten,John,Lahkjit and Jaret (Additional pics in Photo album)



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Women in Harmony

Posted by Duane Buchanan on Feb 07, 2014

Friday and Saturday saw the 10th edition of Women in Harmony. One of the groups we support through our Gaming Funds.  This event has proven to be very popular. It offers musical Education to young women who are interested in learning more about the acappella stye of singing. In addition it enhances self esteem and confidence of the young ladies.They had a wonderful time as always!  3 of these women have gone on to make music their career and have music degrees.  One of these women has attended 9 of the workshops and is now a musical leader. 

Here is their Happy Photo at the end of the weekend. Thanks to Judy Buchanan for her leadership in promoting the event over the past 10 years.




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Posted by John Koropatnisky on Feb 03, 2014

A change of pace we all took to the bowling lanes on Tuesday February 4th. Joined by Rotarians from the Peninsula club in WhiteRock about 50 Rotarians and Family members had a fun night at Sandcastle Bowling Lanes in WhiteRock.

Many thanks to John Koropatnisky for putting out the idea and arranging the evening. I have posted photos to our Photo album Here a a couple of them. 

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BOWLING NIGHT John Koropatnisky 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Jan 20, 2014

A review of our membership showed we were missing the opportunities presented when women become a part of a Rotary Club. President John Edwards was determined to change that situation in Surrey. He created an evening dedicated to telling the Rotary message to invited women guests who exhibited the attributes that make a good rotarian. It is our hope that the evening made them aware of ROTARY and the benefits that can be derived from membership. Our Keynote speaker for the evening was Carol Tichelman who showed us how International Rotary projects are now her focus and related stories on trips to Ethiopia and Uganda to be on Polio Immunizations and improve Clean water supplies in Uganda. A truly inspiring presentation.

We then assembled a panel of Women in Rotary to tell of their passion in Rotary and answer questions from our guests. A great panel of Women leaders in Rotary.. Past district Governor Jane Helton,Assistant Governor Linda Coyle,President Keesha Rosario and Carol Tichelman.

Topping off the evening we had Past District Governor Jane Helton induct our newest Rotarian Jaret St.Andrassy.

A great evening in spreading the Rotary Message.. Hopefully inspiring more women to join to server our community.

Here are a selection of Photo's from the evening (More in our Photo album).


WOMEN in ROTARY NIGHT John Edwards 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Jan 13, 2014

On Tuesday January 14th. We had the distinct pleasure of the company of Parizad Mistry - Human resources Consultant at Fraser Health Authority and Jim Nielson - Managing Consultant, Recruitment and Retention at Fraser Health Authority.

They provided an excellent presentation detailing the Surrey Memorial Hospital expansion including a new ER and 8 story Critical Care Tower.

The expected Opening date is June 1st for the Tower, the ER is currently open and operating to capacity. Parizad explained that this is the largest Capital project in BC healthcare ($512 million). It adds 30% more beds and will allow for increased teaching capabilities. Staffing is increased by 650 medical positions and the project created 3300 construction jobs. The Emergency Department is the 2nd largest in Canada this expansion increased its size threefold. It has one of only 2 Pediatric Emergencies in BC and separate Mental Health Zone.

An extensive Q & A followed the prepared presentation where many questions were answered with detail and were greatly appreciated by the attendees.  

For more information log into the Fraser Health Authority Site

President Elect Garry Thind presented Parizad and Jim with a token of our appreciation.


SURREY MEMORIAL EXPANSION UPDATE Richard Wareham 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Dec 16, 2013

We have established an annual bursary for a business student of Kwantlen Polytechnic University who is also involved in the community and last tuesday we had the pleasure to meet with this years recipient David Dryden..  David is a fourth year Bachelor of Business Administration student. He listed many of his outside interests and positions and it was soon apparent he gets every minute out of everyday and is already giving back. The list was so long I have captured a couple of the accomplishments.  He is a Badminton player and is on the Varsity Team.He coaches at Fraser Heights Secondary,He is a director of the BC School Sports association.He is on the Vancouver Board of Trade Leaders of tomorrow executive. He explained how bursaries like ours are a real aid to students and allow them to concentrate more on their studies and reduce reliance in part-time employment to get them through University. It is our pleasure to see Rotary Funds support tomorrows leaders. 


KWANTLEN BURSARY RECIPIENT 2013 John Edwards 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0

CLUB BUSINESS MEETING December 17th.2013

Posted by John Edwards on Dec 16, 2013


President John Edwards presented a state of the Club address at tuesday's meeting.Reviewing our accomplishments year to date and indicating he has chosen the letter "F" for the balance of his term. Fun and Fundraising.  To kick this off we will have a club social and bowling night on February 4th.  2014 at the Sandcastle lanes in South Surrey.. John Koropatnisky is arranging the night and indicates we can fit 54 bowlers into their premises as they have 9 lanes available. This is a family event so register now (Registration is Open) John needs the numbers so he can book the required number of Lanes. To add to the FUN it is also Financially prudent as February 4th is Toonie Tuesday … So Games cost $2.00.. Shoe rental $2.00 and selected foods $2.00 plus tax. 

Fundraising is our most difficult nut to crack.  However Parminder Mutti & John Koropatnisky are working on an International Dine & Dash at four-five restaurants where we get to try samples of ethnic dishes and the plan is to end up at City Central Brew Brewing for desert and a nitecap. They rolled out the concept on tuesday and it could be a winner giving us both fun and funds.. Need to get 80 couples attending.. stay tuned for more detail in January. John also reminded us that we have our donate a car program ongoing that will give us a steady stream of funds so find the junkers and lets get them processed. Call John for details.

President John went on to show how we have had a great selection of Featured speakers at out club year to date and this will continue besides good food and fellowship we need to have some content to take away from our weekly meetings… In the first six months. we have Hosted our Mayor Dianne Watts,A past Rotary International President - Rick King,The driving force behind Rotary@work -Mark Wafer which was a joint initiative with the City,CLBC and Milleau Family Services and will become an annual event during Vocational Service month as we encourage the employment of persons with disabilities. 

International Service is high on priority list with ventures being planned in Amritsar, India and Benin in Africa. We are now anxiously awaiting the results of our Gaming grant submission (Expected February) so we can again provide support to local groups. We have 18 organizations in our list so we keep our fingers and toes crossed.  Groups we support include the Salvation Army,Rec for Kids , Dictionaries for Grade 3 students and many more.

January 7th. After we have all recovered from the Christmas and New Year break we dive back into a weekly schedule of speakers and projects. Here is the January line up.

January 7th..  Keynote speaker Tara Grant from LMDSS(Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society) 
January 14th. Keynote speakers  Jim Nielsen and Mistry Parizad from Fraser Health Authority
January 21st  Keynote speaker Carol Tichelman telling us about her international travels on Rotary Programs
January 28th Keynote speaker Paul Ho from Canada Financial.

CLUB BUSINESS MEETING December 17th.2013 John Edwards 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0

LMDSS annual Xmas networking Event.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Dec 13, 2013

Another program we support is the Annual LowerMainLand Down Syndrome Xmas Party and Networking event.This brings together children and their families who support them. It is an opportunity to exchange ideas and events in a happy fun environment. This year the day was held at Castle Fun Park where Pizza and Cake were enjoyed and a surprise visit from Santa. Here are a few Photo's from the day and once again we received praise and thanks for making the event possible. 

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LMDSS annual Xmas networking Event. Richard Wareham 2013-12-14 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Dec 05, 2013

Another of the programs we have supported since its inception is  "Give the Kid a Muffin". The Surrey Public Library runs this program weekly and encourage inner city families with young children to drop in every friday for story time. They get to enjoy a story and other entertainment provided by dedicated library staff and have muffins and drinks. (Hence the name Muffin). Each year they have a wrap up day and I have been able to attend the event share the Xmas Cake and the Puppet show,Hand out Candy Canes and give the families a book which we supply. It is great to see Rotary $ at work helping to improve literacy and see the families enjoy being at the library. As you will note we get lots of accolades from the library staff and even a thank you on the cake. Here are a couple of photos from the event.The Cake, the book and part of the audience. By the time it started the room was packed with children and parents). More photos will be posted to our Photo album shortly.



GIVE THE KID A MUFFIN.. Richard Wareham 2013-12-06 00:00:00Z 0

MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT- The what,the how and the why?

Posted by Richard Wareham on Dec 02, 2013

Last tuesday we had the opportunity to hear from MikeReddington BA.MBA from the Rotary Club of White Rock Semiahmoo on the process of conducting and interpreting a membership engagement survey. Mike initially devised this process for Versacold logistics surveying over 10,000 employees. He then refined the process to fit a Rotary Club. 

What is it? It is a measure of the positive and negative emotion of the club membership.

How is it conducted? Using Survey Monkey this cloud based survey tool makes it easy to create and deliver the survey and it is confidential so the data is not influenced by personalities.

Why conduct a survey? Take the temperature of the membership. Monitor connection between the club and the members.Help members reconnect and help members self assess their active membership.

Objective - Foster communication and feedback, Gauge level of engagement,Gauge level of members satisfaction with the club,

When the survey is completed the results are assessed and then it is time to put an action plan into place to address the needs uncovered.

Bryce Elroy thanked Mike for his presentation and presented a token of our appreciation.



MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT- The what,the how and the why? Richard Wareham 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Nov 25, 2013

Roger Wong, President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver-Chinatown, was also a guest at this week’s meeting.  Their club is holding a fundraising gala on February 14, 2013, known as the Be My Valentine Dinner and Show.  He promises that the Chinese flavour and entertainment will take us to China. 

Included in this years festivities are demonstrations by famous Chinese artists of paper cutting and Chinese Rainbow Calligraphy. You will be able to take home your own personal paper cuts and Calligraphy. I have attended in previous years and can attest this is a unique and very enjoyable evening.

You have great food and entertainment and the opportunity to help students in their education. This years funds will provide an iPAD Media cart (includes 25 iPADS) for the Students in the Britannia hub of schools.

Tickets are $80 each and included is a 12 course dinner, activities, and performances. Dick Wareham has tickets  dwareham1@me.comImageImage



VALENTINE DINNER & SHOW - RC of CHINATOWN Richard Wareham 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Navdeep Sekhon on Nov 25, 2013

This week’s guest speaker was Judy Villeneuve, Surrey City Councillor.  She was invited to speak to the club about her work with the Surrey Social Policy Advisory Committee that she leads.  Also with her in attendance was Aileen Murphy, Senior Social Planner with the City of Surrey.  Councillor Villeneuve has held her position for 25 years and is actively involved in social policy and homelessness initiatives.  She mentioned how Surrey has had progress in the issue of dealing with homelessness even while the population grows at a fast pace.  Much of the progress has been as a result of partnerships between the city, the province, and Fraser Health Authority. The Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society was also formed under her watch and they have awarded $2 million in grants to assist nonprofit organizations to help in their mandate.  The funds have helped some of the city’s most vulnerable, including single parents, aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, and new immigrants. Councilor Villeneuve expressed enthusiasm in working with service clubs in helping reach the city’s goals in tackling poverty and homelessness.  We also look forward to any opportunities that may exist.  She also asked for support of a petition she has created in support of Government Assisted Refugees.  They are responsible for repaying interest-bearing loans in the thousands of dollars covering their transportation and pre-entry medical expenses.  She is hoping to have these payments eliminated to help vulnerable people working to start a new life in Surrey without the stress and difficulty of repaying these interest-bearing loans.  Please contact our club through Facebook if you are interested in signing this petition.

President John Edwards Presented Councillor Villeneuve and Aileen Murphy with a token of our appreciation for the presentation and making us aware of the Social Policy initiatives in the City of Surrey.

CITY OF SURREY SOCIAL POLICY Navdeep Sekhon 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0

THE FUTURE of ROTARY is in the Youth in our Communities.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Nov 18, 2013

Past District Governor Sean Hogan was our Keynote speaker at our Annual meeting on Tuesday November 19th. He explained all the New Generations programs indicating that they are a source of new Rotarians in the future.

He led of with asking the members are you a Rotarian or a member of Rotary. Getting and working on International projects is one way to get the passion another is to get involved with Youth Programs and see the life changes that occur at these events.

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) a 4 day program  YAIL (Youth Adventures in Leadership) weekend in January for Grade 10-11 Students.

INTERACT-Primarily in High Schools usually meet once per month to work on Service Projects

ROTARACT - University and young professionals ages 18-30 usually meet twice a month less formal than ROTARY.-We have 4 in our area , Cloverdale, Langley, Tri Cities & Chilliwack

YES - (Youth Engaged in Service) aimed at Grade 11 students.A year long program that ends with a trip to Guatemala to complete a service Project.

ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE - Gives students aged 15-19 to spend up to a year in another country as an international student hosted by local Rotary Clubs.

Sean stressed that by our involvement we get the passion and by providing the opportunity we instill leadership & service skills in Youth.

Director Duane Buchanan thanked Sean for sharing with us and presented a Rotary Pen as Token of our appreciation.


THE FUTURE of ROTARY is in the Youth in our Communities. Richard Wareham 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

WINTER BREAK-The Caribbean in Style.

Posted by John Campbell on Nov 11, 2013

The Finale to our very busy agenda for the night was on a lighter note. We had Winston Chang Business Development Manager with Sandals Resorts accompanied by Tracy Martin(John Campbells Daughter) from Marlin Travel provide us with a history of the Sandals Resorts Quality all Inclusive Vacation Resorts. How Gordon"Butch" Stewart took an idea and made it into the most awarded All-inclusive Resorts.Ever. He explained the  different styles of Resorts in their group.     Sandals - designed for Couples : Beaches - designed for Families . Their Resorts have more Quality Inclusions than any other resorts. Including Ultra Nannies at Beaches. 

Deane Gurney thanked Winston for his very enjoyable and interesting talk and then presented Tracy & Winston with a token of our appreciation.



WINTER BREAK-The Caribbean in Style. John Campbell 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0

BC Cancer Foundation Update

Posted by Navdeep Sekhon on Nov 11, 2013

Andrea Coogan, Development Officer with the BC Cancer Foundation was this week’s guest speaker.  She updated the club on recent successful fundraising initiatives, and the years focus.  She said that the BC Cancer Foundation is the largest funder of cancer research in the province, and lately they have been dedicating much of their resources to find treatments and cures for lung cancer.  The foundation has been rated one of the most transparent and efficient organizations in Canada, and they have a track record of putting donor dollars to good use.

She thanked the Rotary Club of Surrey for its support over the years, which tallies at over $60,000.  Our clubs $50,000 donation in 2012 helped create a staffed Cancer Information Centre at the Fraser Valley Centre located in Surrey, BC.  The information centre provides information booklets, books, and internet access to patients and their families so that they have access to current and accurate information about cancer and treatments.  President Elect Garry Thind gave Andrea a token of our appreciation for taking the time to visit with us.


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Posted by John Edwards on Nov 04, 2013

Tuesday November 5th.2013 was the day Jack Aldaz returned to the club. Jack was our treasurer in 2012 but due to business pressures and the completion of his accounting designation had to take a leave from the club. In August he returned to take in the Past Ri President Rick King event. At which time he indicated he was ready and able to return to our club.  Jack is an Accountant with Delpro Automation Inc. a leading provider of industrial valves, automation and process instrumentation in Western Canada for over 25 years. Jack grew up in Mexico and we look forward to hearing his classification talk in the near future.   WELCOME BACK JACK  

Here President John completes the induction ceremony with Jack.


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JFK- 50 years after the Assassination.

Posted by John Koropatnisky on Nov 04, 2013

The room was buzzing with One-Liners. Yes Colin McSween was in the house. The acknowledged authority on the Assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22 1963. Several years back Colin presented a multi-part presentation on the Assassination and we were able to Skype Dr. Robert McClelland,one of the Emergency room doctors to give us the real information. Colin recapped the events of Nov 22 1963 and the various activities by the CIA and other Government people that cast questions on the Official Line on who did what and did Lee Harvey really do the deed??

Complete with supporting documentation and memorabilia Colin kept the audience captivated by the inconsistencies in the "Official Line" No wonder Colin has been called to contribute to books on the subject and has been invited to speak to conferences in Dallas on the subject.

One book that Colin co-wrote was At the Door of Memory -Aubrey Rike . Here Past President John Koropatnisky and President John Edwards thank Colin for sharing his knowledge and one-Liners with us once again.


JFK- 50 years after the Assassination. John Koropatnisky 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Nov 04, 2013

Bryce McElroy introduced Lisa Mander from Red Horse Assisted Services. Lisa has an impressive list of credentials in the area of counseling and dealing with disabled and at risk children. She also has an equally impressive list in the area of competitive and recreational riding. She explained that this program involves no riding but utilizes the horses in developing confidence and interaction with a non-judgmental partner.A lot of the programing is done with first Nations youth. Their group is looking for assistance in building a Round Pen ($50,000) that will allow them to conduct their program outside in the usual BC winter(Rainy) weather. This pen will enable them to expand the program to year round as it currently has to shut down Oct-March.The program achieves good outcomes but is expensive. Currently the individual programs have been funded by School Districts and agencies.

President John presented Lisa with a token of our appreciation for sharing this program with us and advised our Board will review her request.



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Posted by Navdeep Sekhon on Oct 28, 2013

John Kearns, General Manager of the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, Vice President of the BC Hotel Association, and Director at the Surrey Board of Trade was this week’s guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Surrey meeting.  He provided insight into some of the challenges facing the tourism and hospitality sector locally and nationally.  He also spoke about where some of the strong areas of growth are in the sector.  With Canada’s share of global tourism dollars shrinking, John stressed the importance of government and private sector backed solutions that could help change this trend.  He also expressed enthusiasm in the growing hotel sector in Surrey, especially in light of October’s announcement that the Marriot chain would be opening a luxury hotel in the city centre.


Photo:  Rotarian Leyland Williams thanking John Kearns for sharing his insight into the tourism and hospitality industry.




Posted by Richard Wareham on Oct 21, 2013

Yes we are having our members share their Biographies and tell us about themselves, their occupations and families.

Traditionally all new members give a classification talk within a month of being inducted and at our Business meetings we will have our seasoned members tell their stories. Our latest Classification talk was given by Parminder Thind who joined our Club on August 6th. Parminder's Classification is Insurance -Life & Health. His company is Think Insurance here is a link to his webpage.

As you can see Parminder has a very positive attitude to assisting people maximize their financial success.



CLASSIFICATION TALKS are BACK Richard Wareham 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Oct 18, 2013

Being a Rotarian offers many privileges,especially when traveling. You can meet local Rotarians and exchange ideas and get the inside track in new countries or cities that you visit. Here is an example -  a  visit between our President John Edwards and Allison Peart the President of the Rotary Club of Kingston.Jamaica.When she visited Vancouver recently.John had the opportunity to discuss the Re-Tool Jamaica project that we have been trying to get started. Here John exchanges Club banners with Allison.


ROTARY BEYOND BORDERS. John Edwards 2013-10-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Riley on Oct 14, 2013

On Tuesday we had a visit from Leslie Forbes with PONY PALS , She came to receive a donation to assist them in providing therapeutic riding experiences for disabled children and adults. Past President John Riley presents a check to further their good works.


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Posted by Richard Wareham on Oct 14, 2013

Our Keynote speaker for October 15th was our Local MLA Peter Fassbender -Minister of Education.

He updated us on the happenings in Victoria since he was voted into office earlier in the year. He Outlined his vision for Education in BC. He indicated that although they were not meeting in the Legislature. All members of the House were very busy working on the Legislative Agenda and preparing for policies to be introduced at the next Session. He also outline the positive future of Industrial development in BC and the need to increase the number of qualified Trades people to meet the growing needs of business coupled with the numbers of retiring Trades people.He and his fellow ministers in the Education field have been working tirelessly to come up with solutions that will see these needs addressed.  The development of LNG is top of mind in the Province at this time and is under severed time constraints as several other countries are working to be first to the post in setting up agreements with developing countries that require this energy source.  Following his prepared presentation he answered numerous Questions from our Club members and when asked how he felt about the potential success of his vision he answered with the comment  "I am a Realist Optimist"

Thanking Minister Fassbender was our Honorary Member and past President,Dave Hayer.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE -MLA PETER FASSBENDER Richard Wareham 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Oct 10, 2013

This was our 3rd. year completing this program and it was another great success.
Five schools were selected in the Surrey School District that are considered  Inner-city  Schools and are feeder Elementary schools to Kwantlen Park Secondary. The schools we provided dictionaries to all the Grade three students were:- Bridgeview, Forsyth Road, Old Yale Road, K.B.Woodwood and James Ardiel

We delivered 212 dictionaries over 4 days. 10 Members of the Club participated in this project.

With the provision for privacy we were unable to show the faces of all the happy children without individual releases  so that is why you will see photos from the back of the Class. Here is a selection of photos taken during the week including our President who had to serve a time out and memorize the meanings of the two words we had the children locate with the help of their teachers "TRICK and TREAT"










ROTARY CARES - 2013 - DICTIONARIES for GRADE 3 Richard Wareham 2013-10-11 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Oct 07, 2013

Joined by members of White Rock Peninsula and Surrey Fraser Heights and Central City Provisional Club we hosted our District Governor and his wife Maureen at our October 8th.meeting.
A good attendance of 32 enjoyed the wisdom of our District Governor as he hit all the important points in being a Rotarian in his address.


He related how he first saw a Rotary project and wondered who are ROTARY through his experiences in ROTARY to his current position.
He explained the 5 avenues of service talked about post Polio help as we are " just this close" to dealing with the disease but now have to look at helping those that were afflicted by the disease and now suffer from the outcomes.

Maureen brought our Attention to District Conference to be held May 1st in Whistler Theme "PEAK EXPERIENCE"  Early registrations enjoy choice of rooms
and discounts. 


DG Boyd  inducted our new member Leyland Williams. Here are Leyland and his partner Gerri Meagher with DG Denis and his wife and  another with our president and Leyland's sponsor John Edwards.


He then presented a new 5050 pin to the three clubs unsung Hero's (Members that the current Club President has deemed are worthy of such awards.) Missing from Surrey Photo is Lal Baniya who was not available for the evening.


 Club Presidents presented DG Denis and Maureen with tokens of appreciation for their visit.




It was  as usual good food and fellowship. With food for thought delivered by our DG.




DG DENIS BOYD CLUB VISIT OCTOBER 8th.2013 Richard Wareham 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Sep 30, 2013

Our Vocational Service Month Hi Lite Event. 

Put together in partnership with Community Living BC, The City Of Surrey and Milieu Family Services from all accounts  was a resounding success.. We had over 100 attentive people learning how hiring persons with a disability enhances a business and improves the profitability,moral and social standing of a business. Mark told us of his experiences in his 6 Tim Horton Stores where he has had over 90 disabled persons in his employ and currently has over 40 in a work force of 240. 

We had a lively Panel presentation with questions from the audience. Mark was joined on stage by  Angie Patrignani from Milieu Employment Services,Jayson Lockyer - Super Store(Guildford) Operations Manager and Shawn Spear - Self advocate (person with disability). They explained the process how Shawn approached milieu and they identified and spoke to Jayson about the program.He was receptive to the idea and soon Shawn was working at Superstore. Another Win-Win result. 

This reminds me of the  last  line of the  4 Way Test - Will it be beneficial to all concerned ? Obviously this was..

To put the final touches on this week Mark will be leading a meeting on October 9th. with the Vocational Service chairs from District 5050 clubs to explore how we can 
make further advances in getting more persons with disabilities employed in our District.

Here are some of the photo's take during the evening by Richard Jeffrey.   More are posted in our Photo Album.

President John Edwards with Jack Styan from CLBC present Mark with a token of our appreciation for his presentation.
Our Panel with Mark Wafer answering questions from the audience.
Our Committee representing the 4 partners in organizing the evening with Mark & Valarie Wafer,
Last Photo are our Special Guests - Minister of Education - Don MacRae, MLA Peter Fassbender,Councillor Bruce Hayne, Honorary  Rotarian & Retired MLA -Dave Hayer with our president doing his "Yoda" impersonation.(For those experiencing Star Wars withdrawal)








On October 9th. he will be meeting with club Vocational chairs from our District to explore where we can do more in this area. 

MARK WAFER NIGHT in SURREY. Richard Wareham 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Sep 23, 2013

This is a library program we have been associated with for over 10 years. Each week informal sessions are held at the Surrey Library (It was Whalley, now at Central City) so that families can bring their young children for an activity which includes book reading and of course the muffins and juice. Over the years this has been a very popular way to introduce young children and their families to the library and the fun of reading and learning. Once again we are glad to be able to provide $1,000 to fund this program and improve literacy in Surrey.

Cyndy Hill gave us an overview of the program and its success in introducing families to the Library.

Here I get to present the check to Cyndy Hill, Director of Development for the Surrey Library.


GIVE THE KID A MUFFIN.. Richard Wareham 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0

Transforming Lives Through Mobility

Posted by Richard Wareham on Sep 23, 2013


On Tuesday, September 24th. Our featured presenter for the evening was Linda Whitehead of the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation. Linda explained that lack of mobility is a barrier to freedom and besides limiting the individual it also affects the whole family of the  disabled individual. The Canadian Wheelchair foundation has delivered 33,000 wheelchairs in the past 10 years into over 40 countries. This has directly improved the lives of over 33,000 individuals who have been deprived from mobility by war, disease, accident, natural disasters and advanced age giving them back dignity, independence and opportunity. Rotary has been promoting the eradication of Polio but the next level are those who have already been stricken and immobilized by the disease.

Linda showed us a video that covered deliveries of wheelchairs and we saw the immediate benefit that the gift of mobility provided. Through volume and benefactors the cost of each chair has been reduced to $150 delivered. We had a chair to evaluate and they are tough and a quality build that will stand up to the conditions found in the undeveloped areas that many get deployed.

Shipments are in containers of 280 wheelchairs President Elect Gary Thind was so moved that he has started to organize a club project to raise $42,000 so that we can send a container to Amritsar in Northern India. There are two clubs in that City that we can partner with. STAY TUNED. We will Engage in Rotary and Change Lives.

President John Edwards presented Linda with a token of appreciation for her presentation.



Transforming Lives Through Mobility Richard Wareham 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0

HR in your Pocket

Posted by Richard Wareham on Sep 16, 2013

Tuesday the 17th. our featured presenter was Sieglinde Malmberg - Title of her presentation was HR in your pocket..

By way of a powerpoint presentation Sieglinde gave us a great introduction to the work she does with businesses in 
sorting our their manpower issues in the Office. Using the metaphor of the Jungle she demonstrated finding the Snakes
and the Beautiful (Safe) plants and seeing those players in our businesses.

She went through an exercise in interview questions showing what is useful and what is not in making sure your hire is
the right person and not just the interview actor. When going into a company she explained the ACT formula

A - Assess the staff - Are you hiring the best? Are you engaging new Generations? Are your processes supporting Profit?
C - Cleanse - Weed out what is not working,Weed out who is not working. Remove limiting policies
T - Tools - She then works with the company to provide the tools  to change.

A very useful presentation check out her web page

Rotarian Dennis Fierbach presented Sieglinde with a token of our appreciation


HR in your Pocket Richard Wareham 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0

WATER,WATER everywhere but none Drinkable!

Posted by Richard Wareham on Sep 09, 2013

Well not quite everywhere but in many places it is not drinkable.

Our presenters on Tuesday Sept 10th. Carl & Yulia Garrison showed us how Rotary Projects are changing this situation in India,Africa and South America.

They took us using a Powerpoint presentation on three recent Projects that were completed in India. In Southern India in the state of Cochin the Rotary Club of Sedro Woolly in co-operation with the Rotary Club of Cochin (midtown),India.Constructed 110 toilets for underprivileged people in Chellanam.Good Sanitation is a key element of ensuring clean,drinkable water by preventing the water sources from being contaminated. This International project is the beginning of a plan of the Cochin to ultimately construct over 1000 toilets.

Another Project was in Burkina Faso, Africa. Led By Carl the Sedro-Woolley club in partnership with the DenverColorado Rotary Club and the local Club in Burkina Faso,The Crystal club of Ougadougou("Wagadoogoo")  Jointly they raised over $60,000 using club funds and matching grants to build 5 hand-pump deep water wells which provided pure water to the people of the villages around Zabre in Burkina Faso.

The other project did not involve water but did involve improving the living standards of the people in a remote village in Guatemala. They installed 50 indoor cook stoves in the villager's homes. Until this project the villagers just had an open wood fire in their hut to provide for cooking and heat. I bet the air quality in those huts was far worse than that currently on the news in china's big cities. The stoves besides providing the health benefits will be up to 60% more efficient thus reducing the need for wood supplies and free up time previously taken just to gather wood.

These are three examples of what one man cannot do alone but what  Rotary Clubs banding together can achieve.

This was a very inspiring presentation which should add impetus to our International Plans.  Ed Landry Introduced ourSpeakers and Paramjit Mutti presented them with a token of our appreciation for taking the time to come and enlighten us on the scope of International Projects.

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WATER,WATER everywhere but none Drinkable! Richard Wareham 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Sep 02, 2013

One of the ROTARY Avenues of Service is Literacy.

Our second guest on Tuesday Sept 3rd. was Cyndy Hill,Director of Development with the Surrey Public Library.
She informed us of a new program "Read to Baby" that they want to deliver to the new mothers in Surrey. The program will deliver a resource kit to some of the most vulnerable newborns in Surrey. The Kit will contain a Baby Board Book,Music CD,Information to teache parents how to build the pre literacy skills that a baby needs and details of the free children's services at the local libraries- This will all be packaged in a  keepsake bag. The delivery of the program will be in collaboration with the the community Health Nurses who will deliver the Kits.

What is needed now are the Funds to get the program started and that is where we (the Rotary ) come in. They will need $25,000 for the first year to create and deliver 1,000 kits

Our Club has had a long standing association with the Surrey Library supporting "Give the Kid a Muffin program" and the Annual " Creative writing contest".
Previously we were able to fund these from our Gaming Funding but now Libraries are verboten (English =forbidden).
However the Board felt the need to continue the Muffin Program is a must as one of the building blocks to literacy that we provided funding this year from our Club foundation.
Now we need to consider the new initiative and see if we can assist in getting this program established in Surrey.

Past President John  Riley presented Cyndy with a token of appreciation for her presentation. 


LITERACY FOR LIFE .. Richard Wareham 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Sep 02, 2013


On Tuesday Sept 3rd. Our featured presenter was Leyland Williams  P.Eng. President of Plastisol Inc.

He provided a detailed presentation showing how his company is leading the way in such an enterprise. From the plastic junk that gets tossed into the Blue Bin and in many cases directly into the landfills he has developed a process that turns this into industrial strength plastic that can be extruded to create a series of forms to basically build a iKEA like package that is a house.

The intent of this project is to supply inexpensive but quality housing to people’s in the under developed countries of the world Africa, Asia and South America areas of major disasters and also provide decent housing in refugee camps which with the exception of those getting tents from Shelter Box and Disaster Aid live have the people living under a tarp or less.

Leyland indicated that they are in final stages of testing and the product should be in production later this year. He said this is one way he can give back to the community. Giving back is what Rotary does and with this in mind Leyland completed an application for Membership in our Club.. 
Here John Campbell Presents Leyland with a token of our appreciation for taking time to come and present his tremendous project.


TURN PLASTIC RECYCLING INTO A HOUSE! John Edwards 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Aug 28, 2013


Community Living BC, the Surrey Rotary Club, the City of Surrey and Milieu Employment Services warmly invite employers to …          

Improving Your Workforce:


The Benefits of Hiring Adults with Developmental Disabilities




There are many myths and perceptions about people with disabilities as employees.  Mark Wafer, a leading national employment advocate and businessman, will share his lived experience, both personal and professional, to demonstrate how people with disabilities are valued employees and an intrinsic element in his businesses success.  Drawing on 18 years as an employer, Mark will include stories of how hiring a person with a disability improved the profitability of his company and gave him a competitive edge.  You will be entertained and challenged to think about how people with disabilities could improve the performance of your workforce and your business.

Mark is the lead business champion on the Rotary at Work initiative, a member of Ontario’s Lieutenant Governors accessibility team, an inaugural inductee into Ontario’s Champions League, and one of four members of the Federal Government’s Panel on Opportunities for People with Disabilities in the Workforce.

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Eaglequest Golf – Coyote Creek

7778 152nd Street, Surrey, BC

Tickets: $20 (includes - buffet dinner; dessert; tea & coffee) / Cash Bar available


To purchase tickets, please contact:

The Surrey Rotary Club at link:



To avoid disappointment, purchase tickets and register early!

For more information, please contact:

Josefina Marchetti, Community Living BC
phone: 604-501-8310, or email:


IMPROVING YOUR WORKFORCE Richard Wareham 2013-08-29 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ajay Caleb on Aug 19, 2013

The words spoken by Neil Armstrong in 1969 when he was the first man to step onto the Moon. 

Now some 44 years later the Student team from Princess Margaret Secondary become the first Canadian Team to win the International Space Settlement Design Competition at NASA's Johnson Space Center.This program is the design of a self sustaining settlement of 10,000 people on the moon.

Visitors to our August 20th meeting were some of the Princess Margaret Secondary team that competed in the NASA competition they showed us the Trophy they received and told us about the time they spent in Houston. The interaction with other students that formed their company and working with NASA engineers who evaluated their entry. A truly commendable achievement in this worldwide competition. Maybe someday soon we will see the fruit of their labors lifting off for the moon.


ONE SMALL STEP for MAN A GIANT LEAP for MANKIND Ajay Caleb 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

Ethical Investing - Making money and making a difference.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Aug 19, 2013

Our presenter for tuesday August 20th.2013 was Dr.Barbara Treiloff-Deane who demystified the subject of ethical funds and ethical investing. She termed this as Socially responsible Investing showing us how equities in the portfolios were scrutinized to meet the Social,Environmental and financial considerations for good ethical investments. A key component was the engagement between the shareholders and investment managers with the company to ensure the companies met the benchmarks established to qualify the funding.

Supply chain management was a key component in ensuring that standards are met. Example was Loblaws and their Joe Fresh Clothing line.
As you may recall Joe Fresh was one of the garments produced in the factory in Bangladesh that collapsed with a loss of more than a thousand workers. Loblaws had a supply chain policy which met the ethical supply standards but there was little evidence of checks in place to ensure the 
production met this criteria. Following this disaster an accord was created that Loblaws joined to ensure worker safety in Bangladesh adding measures to ensure commitments are met. This is an example of where the investors through the engagement process steered the company to ensure ethical standards were met.

Dr Treiloff-Deane explained that the selection of investments starts with using established financial analysis to confirm that it is financially sound investment then an analysis of the social and environmental analysis is conducted to ensure it is ethically sound. If both these components are met it is considered for investment and addition to the funds selection.

Companies that qualify for inclusion in Ethical fund portfolios must have the following guiding principles ..
Promote environmental stewardship,consumer protection,human rights and diversity.

We are now all better informed as to what Socially responsible investing is and can better evaluate our investment activity as these funds reflect the guiding principles set forth in  ROTARY  Four-Way Test.

Is it the TRUTH?
Will it be FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all Concerned?

President John presented Dr Treiloff-Deane with a token of our appreciation for her presentation and expanding our understanding of other
ways in which we can improve the world we live in..


Ethical Investing - Making money and making a difference. Richard Wareham 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER- Thursday August 15th 2013

Posted by Richard Wareham on Aug 14, 2013

What a great event. Since thursday night this has been the underlying theme of all the eMails we have received. Yes it was a truly memorable evening that started back in Februart at PNW PETS (Presidents-elect Training Seminar) when President John Edwards invited Richard King Past RI President to come to our club to speak and aid our membership growth plans.  He said "YES" so then the adventure began .. Seeing this as more than a one club event John formed a committee and got the District blessing to make this a District/Area E event. Thursday night all the committees hard work and planning came to fruition when an audience of 226 (rotarians ,Guests and Prospective Rotarians) gathered at the EagleQuest Golf course.

The evening started with the music of the Chilliwack Rotary Band (The Rotations),who also provided the music for the two National Anthems (Making them sound much better then they do when no music is being played keeping us in tune and  in time)

Mr King held the audience spellbound as he recalled his history with Rotary and his other passion Musical Comedy and Singing.Yes before his Rotary history Richard performed professionally as a singer and actor in his own shows in Las Vegas and in leading roles of West Coast productions of Broadway musicals. 
All the time growing his law practice(King,King & King-located in Pleasanton California)  and being an active trial lawyer.

During his address Mr.King told us of his many travels when RI President visiting over 100 countries and meeting with Presidents and Kings discussing how Rotary with its worldwide membership can bring humanitarian solutions to aid the disadvantaged in the world. 

We also had the privilege of listening to Rick sing (he was once a Las Vegas entertainer) something few audiences have an opportunity to hear.It was as moving as  his  speech.

On Friday a group of us had the distinct privilege to have brunch with Mr.King and learn more from this truly inspiring Rotarian.

During the evening there was a video taping and many photos taken that we will be co-ordinating with the District to make available to all and will form part of our Club Photo library. In the meantime here are a few moments recorded on a NIGHT TO REMEMBER.

Mr King Addressing the large audience seen to the right.


With President John Edwards and during the Musical interlude when we broke for Dessert and Coffee.



A NIGHT TO REMEMBER- Thursday August 15th 2013 Richard Wareham 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Aug 05, 2013

On tuesday August 6th. we added two more members to our Club. 

Parminder Thind - Sponsored by Garry Thind (not a relative) . 
Parminder is self employed  his company is called Think Insurance
His classification is:  Insurance -Life & Health.

Dennis Fierbach -Sponsored by Ajay Caleb.
Dennis is employed by GlobalAid network and heads up their
water for life initiative.
His classification is: Humanitarian Worker-Clean Water

We look forward to their classification talks in the near future
when we can get to know them better.

Our Esteemed AG Pat Bond performed the Initiation Ceremony.
Photo of Pat with the New members and their sponsors.Plus individual
photos of Parminder and Dennis with his wife Janet.



NEW ROTARIANS Richard Wareham 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Aug 05, 2013

On tuesday we had the pleasure of the return visit of  Syd Harmon PDG District 7080 Toronto

Once again Syd provided much enjoyed presentation showing the benefits of Rotary and detailing things we can do as a group which would be impossible with just oneself. Syd is one of the founding members of the Paul Harris Society and reminded us that giving to our Charity the Rotary Foundationis key to creating funding for local community projects. 

Syd cited many occasions when being in Rotary provided benefits by association that would have not been available otherwise. He spoke on the annual Grade 3 dictionary project "Rotary Cares" how this has grown and the positive feedback received from students and teachers. 

Note: we will be completing our 3rd Annual Dictionary project in October providing dictionaries to the Grade 3 Students at the 5 elementary schools that feed into Kwantlen Park Secondary.I will be looking for volunteers next month.

Syd provided a very thoughtful and entertaining presentation.  Duane presented Syd with a token of our appreciation for his presentation.


ARE YOU IN ROTARY or is ROTARY IN YOU Richard Wareham 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Jul 29, 2013

For a change of pace President John arranged for us to visit the Surrey Art Gallery and then gather at the Central City Brewery for food and refreshments and ROTARY Fellowship.

Although our turnout was lower than normal (Summer vacations taking its toll) We had an enjoyable evening. 
As they say "Art is in the eye of the beholder" and there were certainly some works that flew right over my head.. But there were many great selections. If you were not with us you should take the time to go to the Art Gallery and see the work on display. Note:Surrey Art Gallery is the second largest public art gallery in the Metro Vancouver region.They have ongoing exhibits which will appeal to all tastes and may even open your eyes to new ideas.

In our fast growing and busy City we tend to miss what we have available to us for enjoyment. The Art Gallery is one of these opportunities.
We are the city of Parks so now with the long summer days it is a good time to get out and explore our City.
Link to the City of Surrey Website for ideas  

Heritage Facilities & Services :: The City of Surrey, British Columbia

We can organize more of these Club outings just let president John know what you would like to do...


EXPLORE THE CITY - ART GALLERY NIGHT Richard Wareham 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0

Street Cleanup.

Posted by John Campbell on Jul 27, 2013

Today the crew went out to our adopted street 100th.Avenue from 152nd to 140th.and did our cleanup up.Head Sanitary Engineer John Campbell led the pickers to their appointed locations. Gary Thind and Dick Wareham started at 140th.working East. Honorary Rotarian Dave Hayer,Paul Keenleyside,John Edwards and John Campbell worked west from 152nd.

New record we completed in just over an hour.. Interesting time we found an encampment in the bushes and spent shotgun cartridges. Our sign is displayed so we are now official. 

After such an exhausting Sunday morning we adjourned to Boston Pizza to refresh ourselves.

Special thanks to Paul for taking photos  


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Posted by Ajay Caleb on Jul 22, 2013

Our July 9th meeting was a recap of the visioning exercise and reports from Directors on their objectives for the 
coming year.It is going to be a busy and fun year ahead.

Before we got into the club stuff we had some really bright students from Princess Margaret Secondary telling us about a competition that they were competing in that is supported by NASA.
It is the ISSDC (International Space Settlement Design Competition).
They have been selected to represent Canada in the Finals to be held at the Space Centre in Houston Texas.
The team they had to design a Settlement for 10,000 people with every aspect detailed and quantified. They call their Settlement -"Bellevisat"-A colony built as a primary heavy manufacturing center in zero gravity. It is used for in-space manufacturing. Named as a reference to the Spanish phrase, Belle Vista, or beautiful view.

To get an idea of the detail here is the link to previous years submission from the Princess Margaret students

It was completed down to the design of the houses.Recreation,food production,sanitation .. 
You name it they detailed it a lot of work involving many hours a day while also maintaining their grades.

They are one of 12 schools Worldwide that made it to the finals and they certainly impressed us.

BEAM ME UP SCOTTY! Ajay Caleb 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Jul 08, 2013

In addition to our normal Agenda and a featured presenter.

We welcomed our first new Rotarian of the 2013-14 year. Navdeep Sekhon I was inducted as a new member. He was sponsored by Bryce McElroy with the classification of Government Services and was assigned to the Foundations committee which is chaired by Bryce.


Also our long time member Bill Burnett was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow for his years of dedication to ROTARY and especially our Club.


And finally Bryce McElroy was presented with his Directors Pin as he was away at the time of our Annual Installation.


SPECIAL EVENTS at JULY 9th Meeting. Richard Wareham 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Jul 08, 2013

Tamarra Goddard enlightened the club about the role culture and tradition play in decision-making in  the First Nations community. She gave an example of how her current area of studies in aboriginal Business and Leadership  stems from the example that was set by her mother who teaches aboriginal  law at the University of Victoria.

She gave an example of the role prayer plays in business meetings. She started with a traditional prayer of drumming and singing which is a prayer itself. The medium of prayer allowed people to arrive at a state of calmness in an effort to clear the mind of any preconceived ideas that would interfere with unbiased decision-making and consensus.

Tamarra explained that in her community, knowledge is passed through dreams, practices and traditions. These practices and traditions are re-emerging through the young people and is a validation to the elders that the traditions are being passed on; some of these traditions and practices go back five to six thousand years. She gave the example of the complexity and time it took to be a traditional medicine person. It took 14 years of study which included the biology of plants and animals.

She briefly spoke about the adverse effect the Indian Agent had on First Nations communities. Her people were removed and prevented from the traditional connection with the land. She discussed the land treaties that were settled by former Premier Gordon Campbell.

Tamarra concluded her talk by reminding Rotarians that the Canadian common law system which is adversarial in practice does not work in first nations people who prefer to settle disputes and make decisions through inspiration and consensus. “Quietness fosters original thinking” Tamarra said. She finished by saying that she hopes that the work she is doing would result in building a wealthy economy for her First Nations people.

Photos: Tamarra demonstrating the traditional prayer and drumming.

President John Edwards Presenting a token of the clubs appreciation for her presentation.


DECISION MAKING in THE FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITY- John Edwards 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0

Another Certificate of Appreciation from the Province.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Jul 01, 2013

Our esteemed Honorary Rotarian,Past President and retired MLA Dave Hayer dropped by on tuesday to present the last of the Certificates of Appreciation from the Province to Paramjit Mutti who was away at the time of Dave's last visit. It is really great to know that the work we do is recognized even is our motto is "Service above Self"

Here Dave tells us about some of his history with our club and his future plans after BC Politics. His new challenge is Federal politics. We will see many stories in the news in coming months as Dave prepares his bid for a seat in Ottawa.  


Another Certificate of Appreciation from the Province. Richard Wareham 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Jul 01, 2013

Our featured presenter for last Tuesday’s meeting was Jan Robinson  CMA currently Interim President of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association

Her topic was Construction activity and major projects in the VRCA.

She started by giving us a short history of the Association which now has 700 member small independent construction companies in the non-wood frame construction industry. It was formed in 1929 and since that time its members helped build many of the cities landmarks such as the Lions Gate bridge and are currently involved in  many projects including the Hotel Georgia Restoration ,Surrey Central Library the new RCMP “E” Division HQ in Surrey and the Port Mann Bridge upgrade. Continued increases are being seen in Construction activity in our region. She cited many of the challenges facing the construction sector in coming years-Skills shortage as retiring craftsmen leave the industry.The advancements in Green Technology,the fact that only 5% of the construction workforce are women so there is a need to find ways to increase this %.The need to even the qualification requirements across Canada.

Jan had many facts and charts showing the trends and answered many questions from our members.

For more information their web page is

Suchita Kahlon presented Jan with atoken of our appreciation  following her presentation.

NON RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION INCREASING. Richard Wareham 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Jun 24, 2013

  Wow! Another year in the Books and a new board to guide us through 2013-2014 ...

  On Tuesday June 25th we marked the Annual turnover of leadership from John Riley to John Edwards… With change comes new faces to the Board and fresh ideas.

  I guess all that remains the same is we can still say "and here comes Johnny" to introduce our President

  and we still have the Four Way Test to guide us and our dedication to Service above Self 

  FOUR WAY TEST refresher.

                  Is it the TRUTH?

                  Is it FAIR to all concerned?

                  Will it build GOOD WILL  and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

                  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

  Our MC for the evening was our Past president from 1980-81 Duane Buchanan.He kept the program on track and our outgoing and incoming Presidents in check.                Our esteemed Assistant Governor Pat Bond performed the ceremonies introducing the outgoing Board then installing the new Board.

  A high point of the evening was a special presentation from the City of Surrey to Walt Johnson for 44 years of SERVICE above SELF.

Appropriate musical background was provided by Jordan Edwards. Here are some Photos from the evening taken by Bill Burnett 

First recipients of 100% attendance Pins (Walt now @ 44 years) The rest of us not so much..

2nd the 2013-14 Board of Directors.  3rd. New President John Edwards Presenting Walt Johnson with his award from the City.





A NEW YEAR ROTARY YEAR Richard Wareham 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Jun 17, 2013

Another successful area E joint meeting. A total of 91 attendees.

Our featured speaker for the evening was Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts who related how the city had grown and reasons to relocate City Hall and develop the Central City area to a hub for the city. In the planning of the city parks and green space were a non negotiable and form a strategic part of the Urban Plan.  Mayor Watts spoke to the need for improvement in Public Transportation and her stand regarding ground level train service that would serve our region. She entertained a lively Q & A with no questions off the table.

President Elect John Edwards thanked  the Mayor for her enlightening address and advised that the Club will be sending a Donation to Mayor Watts favorite Charity the Tiny Bundles program which is  administered by the Surrey Food Bank as a thank you for her taking the time to speak to our group. 





SPECIAL AREA E JOINT MEETING- JUNE 18th.2013 John Edwards 2013-06-18 00:00:00Z 0

Emergency Preparedness Awareness Day (EPAD)

Posted by Ajay Caleb on Jun 14, 2013

Saturday June 15th saw the first Emergency Preparedness Awareness Day (EPAD) hosted by the Rotary Club of Surrey. With the co-operation of the Central City Shopping Centre we were provided with a perfect venue inside the Centre for our Vendors and Service Providers to display their solutions and supply great information to the public. 

The following vendors and organizations joined with us to make this day a success.

Service Providers

City of Surrey       

Canadian Red Cross

Canadian Blood Services

BC Hydro

Fortis BC

Fraser Health Authority


 72 Hours             

Get Clearly Prepared


Thrive Foods.       

Rotarian Ajay Caleb who chaired this event is now formulating a plan for another EPAD in December.

If you want to get involved please eMail him at

Here are some photos from the day taken by Kavi Sivasothy


Emergency Preparedness Awareness Day (EPAD) Ajay Caleb 2013-06-15 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Bryce McElroy on Jun 03, 2013

Besides our very interesting presentation from the BC Securities Commission we had many more items on our full Agenda for the night.

Honorary Member and Past President Dave Hayer Dropped by to present two more certificates from the Government of BC for Volunteer work of Sylvia Kahlon and Gary Thind.  It is a plus when we are honored for doing what we enjoy doing in serving our community.He also gave us advance notice that now he was no longer an MLA he was taking the net step is serving Surrey by running for the Federal Conservative Party in the next Federal Election in the Cloverdale-West Langley Electoral District.



The next item on our Agenda was to distribute another portion of the Funds we received from BC Gaming under our Funding grant.

This donation was $2,500.00 to Metro Kids Society to fund their Saturday morning program which serves 150 kids each week. These children are at risk children living in the inner city area of Surrey.

Super Saturday Kids Klub is an action packed program specifically designed for all kids, including those with a short attention span.

This TV-Gameshow style format is filled with exciting music, games and contests. The final 20 minutes of the 60 minute program is a time of teaching and building into the lives of  many under privileged kids.

The themes of the teaching times consist of the basic morals any parent or society would like built into their children. We teach about topics such as loving one another, respecting authority, obeying your parents, and helping the needy.

Every child receives a weekly personal home visit by our approved Kids Klub workers.

In addition to this, each child is picked up by one of our buses each week from their home and taken to our Kids Klub Program.

Mike Brownlee Program Director joined us for supper and accepted the donation on behalf of Metro Kids. for more information here is their web link

Bryce McElroy Program Director for our Gaming Funds presents Mike with the Check and our thanks for them delivering such a beneficial program.


MORE EVENTS at JUNE 4th MEETING. Bryce McElroy 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Jun 03, 2013

On Tuesday June 4th. we had the pleasure of a presentation from three representatives of the BC Securities Commission.Mike Murado Manager of Corporate Finance,Larissa Streu Senior Legal Counsel-Corporate Finance and Alan Mayede Senior Securities Analyst - Corporate Finance Division.

The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) is the independent provincial government agency responsible for regulating securities trading in British Columbia through the administration of the Securities Act. Their Website is

Their Powerpoint presentation followed by a Q & A session. Provided us with detail of the requirements under the securities Act as it relates to small businesses raising Capital to start or expand the enterprise. Bottom line is if your not sure ask.There are many exemptions for small businesses under 50 shareholders so in many cases raising capital is not to onerous from a reporting standpoint but it it better to check than be found to be in contravention  of the Securities Laws. Bottom line is if your not sure ask.

Gary Thind thanked the Trio for their very interesting presentation.


CAPITALIZING YOUR BUSINESS. Richard Wareham 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z 0

NEW MEMBERS NIGHT - May 28th.2013

Posted by Richard Wareham on May 27, 2013

This evening we did not have external featured speakers but celebrated new members in our Club.We inducted two more members to our club.

Edward Landry a Commercial Appraiser .President of Penny & Keenlyside Appraisals

Paramjit Mutti a General Insurance Agent owner of Island Insurance Agency Ltd.

Then two of our most recent new members gave their Classification talks.If you missed the meeting you will have to chat with them at our next meeting and get to know them. 

Jacqueline Marti - Financial Planner

Monty Josan - Residential Realtor.

As you can see we are adding highly qualified and enthusiastic (Young) new members to our Club.Actually with these additions I think our average age has dropped in half. 

We will be adding Mini - Classification talks by long time members at future meetings so our new members can get to know more about the members they are joining. Program Director and President Elect John Edwards will be advising you of your night to present.

NEW MEMBERS NIGHT - May 28th.2013 Richard Wareham 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Bryce McElroy on May 20, 2013

Once again we were able to qualify for a Gaming Grant from BC Gaming and now get to distribute these funds to worthy local organizations. Selecting the groups we will support is a difficult process as more worthy organizations are now looking for funding and our portion of the Grants from Gaming get more limited with the stringent qualifications.

On Tuesday May 21st. We presented the first two of this years Grants.

2822 The Royal Westminster Regiment Army Cadet Group. A grant of $4000.00 to provide Canoes,Paddles and LifeJackets for their Watermanship program which will instill water safety and confidence while learning valuable skills. The Cadet group has been in operation over 45 years and provides sound training to our youth currently 65 cadets in the program. Receiving on behalf of the Group was Rick Blythe-Commanding Officer.


Keys Housing and Health Solutions (Previously the South Fraser Community Services). A grant of $5,000.00 to provide part of the funding of the Djaef Mahler Grocery.This is a food bank that provides high nutritional foods to people suffering from HIV/AIDS. Accepting the Grant on behalf of Keys was Monika Verma ,Health Programs Director. She told us how since inception in 1992 they have grown to 19 programs covering two areas of service Health Solutions and Homeless Solutions to disadvantaged people in our community.

GAMING FUNDS PUT TO WORK. Bryce McElroy 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Duane Buchanan on May 20, 2013

On tuesday May 21st. Our featured Speaker was Micheal Ross from Inter-Gen Consulting Group. 

They specialize in On Line Continuing Education courses,Training,Sales and Marketing. Micheal spoke to us on the methods of communication that are central for each generation and how we must be aware of what fits which group. He stressed that to attract younger people to our clubs we need to use their mode of communication.

He outlined 4 generations that now need to inter-communicate. Baby Boomers(born 1946-64),Generation X(Born 1965-80),Generation Y/Millennials (Born 1979-2000)and now Generation Z(Born 2001-now)

He sprinkled his presentation with humor and magic,Yes! magic, one of Micheal's previous endeavors was as a Magician.His presentation provided us with many questions and ideas on how we need to be aware of communication modes of each generation. Good information for our PR and Membership committees.

Here Duane Buchanan presents Micheal with a token of our appreciation for his presentation and insight into Communication.



Province of BC Honors Surrey Rotary members.

Posted by Richard Wareham on May 13, 2013

Two of our members who were away at the time of Former MLA and Honorary Rotarian Dave Hayer's Visit earlier in the year were presented with their Certificates of Appreciation from the Province of BC for our contributions to Surrey and BC.

Here President John Riley presents Bill Burnett and Deane Gurney and a sample of the certificate.



Province of BC Honors Surrey Rotary members. Richard Wareham 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on May 13, 2013

Our club continues to attack bright young and energetic new ROTARIAN's. Last tuesday 2 more were inducted as members of the Surrey Rotary Club.

Our District Assistant Governor for Area E ..Pat Bond conducted the formal induction of 

Jacqueline Marti - Financial Planner with Investors Group

Monty Josan - Residential Realtor with Remax Colonial Pacific Realty.

Exciting times as our average club member age continues to drop... Welcome we look forward to working with you to give back to our community.


ANOTHER GROWTH SPURT Richard Wareham 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on May 06, 2013


Unfortunately our low turnout meant the many of our members missed an insight into working with the Press (The Leader in particular) and how this Award winning Newspaper sees its position and responsibility in the Community. Jim Mihaly has been a Newspaper man all his working Life starting at the age of 9 working for his parents in their Local Newspaper. He is the Publisher of the Surrey Leader one of  90+ Publications in the Black Press Group. The Surrey Leader won 24 Community Newspaper Awards in 2012 (12 of them first place)

The leader continues to grow and adapt the modern technology with its on line Edition getting in excess of 200,000 pages viewed per month,

They have 750 paper routes and deliver 83,000 copies of each edition each week. Jim was most accommodating in handling our many questions in the Q & A at the end of his formal presentation.

We asked a lot and learned a lot… The Leader has been very supportive of Surrey Rotary and we look forward to many more years working together for our community. Especially now that Jim has told us how to Maximize our presence and get our message out.

Here is the link to read the Leader on line




WORKING WITH THE PRESS- YOU and YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Richard Wareham 2013-05-07 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Apr 29, 2013

 This disease is ravenging the emerging Nations in Africa and the and has done a number on the Western World over the past decade or two. On Tuesday April 30th we had the distinct pleasure in hearing a presentation from the foremost AIDS/HIV Research Doctor in BC. Dr Julio Montaner.

One would guess that a top level research doctor would present a boring fact laden talk that would be a few thousand feet over our layman heads but not Dr. Julio Montaner for sure he gave us lots of numbers showing how the Aids/HIV epidemic had reached super high levels in Vancouver by 1996. But then he showed and told us about HAART which was presented at the Aids conference in Vancouver in 1996. This protocol was launched in Vancouver and in the years since the reduction in new cases of AIDS/HIV in Vancouver has dropped to an astounding low level. Incidence rate dropped 80% Death rate dropped 90% and provided one is on the plan their life and life expectancy in Normal.  In BC they have the backing of the Health Authority and the treatment is available free to any one who needs it. Like Polio this is the initial beach-head they now aspire to spread it across the country and around the world. The Objective is to rid the world of HIV/Aids in the next generation.

A tremendous presentation from one of the worlds top Doctors. We now have to seriously look at where ROTARY can help.. We are nearly complete with Polio and this is probably the most life threatening disease along with Sanitation and clean water that is needed to improve life and life expectency PERIOD.

For more in depth information just Google HAART or start at the WHO(World Health Organization)


Ed Landry presents Dr Julio Montaner with a token of our appreciation for taking the time to be with us.


THE NEXT HEALTH FRONTIER-AIDS/HIV Richard Wareham 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0

I have a DREAM!

Posted by Richard Wareham on Apr 23, 2013

Past President Roy Holman borrrowed from Martin Luther King's most memorable speech to introduce our featured speaker for the first Area E joint club meeting. 

Past Lieutenant Governor Steven Point told us of his DREAM. In a magical presentation he wove a narrative that covered his personal history , the time at Government House and his DREAM of providing Libraries to Isolated First Nations communities in BC. He explained how starting with boxes of books delivered as he travelled the Province to the culmination of a first class library being constructed in one of the communities how his DREAM is becoming a reality.

These communities have many needs and Money helps but is not the answer Education is key to breaking the cycle of despair that many inhabitants of these communities feel.  In reflection after that evening I thoought we as Rotarians spend time and funds in helping groups in Third World Countries thousands of Miles away when we have an equally compelling need in our own backyard. 

Now is the time to look inward .. How can we help.. Well the key to many Rotary projects of international scope is to get multilevel grants and leverage our initial investment. But BC is not International ...Hmm! But we are 5050 so a Washington based club could lead and we could join.. We could also reciprocate since I am sure there are equally needed Service projects below the 49th Parallel.  

Thank you Steven for starting the ideas percolating. We may be able to assist in achieving your DREAM..

The evening was a great success Kudo's to Pat Bond and her Cloverdale Club members. We have many Photo's from the event but space limits me to two...We will post more to our website (send me yours) Image

Pat Bond and her Cloverdale Cohorts.


President Elect John Edwards with Steven Point and two prospective Rotarians for Surrey.

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POLIO PLUS -LATEST NUMBERS as of March 27 2013

Posted by Richard Wareham on Apr 15, 2013

Cases reported in Endemic Countries

Afghanistan     1 compared to 5 in 2012

Nigeria            10 compared to 13 in 2012

Pakistan         5 compared to 15 in 2012

Cases reported in Importation Countries

Remains at Zero.

Rotary Is "This Close" to Achieving Its Goal of a Polio-free WorldImage


POLIO PLUS -LATEST NUMBERS as of March 27 2013 Richard Wareham 2013-04-16 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Apr 15, 2013

Our Featured presenter Ed Landry - President of Penny & Keenleyside Appraisals

Ed specializes in Commercial property appraisals but has a finger on the Real Estate pulse in our city.


He indicated that strong residential growth tended to spur on Commercial growth and with the steady influx of new residents to Surrey our Commercial has stayed strong. Lower Interest rates which are forecast to continue has kept the market strong the emphasis on diversification and attracting businesses to Surrey has enabled growth in what is generally aslow market nationally.Even with the actions taken by the government with tighter mortgage rules & the HST transition rule which dampened demand and the ability for many to qualify, prices have continued to rise in our area.

Detached residences up 1%:Townhomes up 0.6%  and Apartments up 2%

He went on to explain the benefits of the new Perimeter Road and the access it will provide for Commercial development. Further improving the market in Surrey and North Delta.

The floor was opened to questions and there were many which Ed handled with detailed & knowledgeable answers.                      

New Member Garry Thind presents Ed with a token of our appreciation


TRENDS in REAL ESTATE in SURREY Richard Wareham 2013-04-16 00:00:00Z 0

PROVINCE of BC Honors Surrey Rotary members.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Apr 08, 2013

On April 9th.2013 our Honorary Member and MLA Dave Hayer presented members of the Rotary Club of Surrey for their contributions to the wellbeing of citizens of Surrey.Here are some photos supplied from the evening showing Dave Hayer presenting President John Riley and a group photo of some of the recipients present.


PROVINCE of BC Honors Surrey Rotary members. Richard Wareham 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0

Dr. Nigel Murray - Key Issues In Healthcare.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Apr 08, 2013

Our April 9th. Keynote Speaker was Dr.Nigel Murray CEO of  Fraser Health. He provided us with an overview of the issues that affect health delivery in our Region and the Philosophy of the Fraser Health Authority in meeting the needs and making the changes to handle our fast growing population and the two large segments of our demographic which are at each end of the age spectrum Babies and Seniors. He went on to explain how they were focusing on people and partnerships to produce the best Healthcare outcomes. He noted that hospital care is the most expensive part of delivering services and not always the best.. They are working on a "Home is Best" program that will provide the services,improve the outcomes and reduce the costs. Fraser Health has invested and will continue to invest in new more efficient & effective facilities. To name a few :- The Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery centre , Quibble Creek Heath and Pheonix Transition Housing Centre and the Surrey Memorial Critical Care Tower and new Emergency Centre. Dr Murray indicated that Surrey Memorial Hospital is evolving from the local hospital opened in 1959 to serve 75,000 people to becoming a Regional Hospital serving of over 600,000 today. This is just a small sliver of the details of the presentation of Dr Murray the underlying theme is that Fraser Health is a forward looking Authority that is focused on improving delivery and outcomes of HeathCare in our Region. 


Dr. Nigel Murray - Key Issues In Healthcare. Richard Wareham 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Apr 01, 2013

On tuesday April 2nd. we had the pleasure of hearing from Chief Jim Cessford of the Delta Police sharing with us over 27  years of policing experience and giving us the pros and cons of the Regional Policing Model as espoused by many in the press and other interested parties. He showed us how a community based policing model provides better outcomes for the community as a whole. The Delta model is "No call to Small". While this may appear wasting of resources Chief Jim indicated that on many occasions these seemingly nothing calls have uncovered either Criminal activity at is beginnings or people in physical harm.He indicated the community gained trust in their police force and became part of the solution making policing a total community activity.

He went on the explain that in some cases a Region wide special unit is required and this could be layered on top of the community model giving the best of both worlds. Local community centric policing where the police Officers have a commitment to the local Community in which they live and work and Specialized groups (Example Major Crimes,Gang Issues) could be formed with participants from all Communities supported by community funding but giving a expert dedicated unit to best tackle these Area Wide Issues thus solving the "Lack" of communication cited in such cases as the Missing Women from the Downtown Eastside or the Gang turf wars.

Once again our Speaker Co-Ordinator John Edwards had found us a tremendous speaker who provided us with knowledge of our Community it is great to know we have people of the stature of Chief Jim Cessford looking out for our well being.  Duane Buchanan thanked Chief Jim Cessford for his enlightening presentation.



Posted by Richard Wareham on Mar 22, 2013

Roy Holman gave us a quick update on Help for Haiti project.

Great progress is being made in the Jeremie. 28 Communities now have akamil flour mills in full operation.

The Bee Project being led by John Gibeau President of Honeybee Centre in Langley also member of Langley Sunrise Rotary Club is on track with 200 hives expected to be created this year. Close to $8,000 in beekeeping equipment has been shipped, and two training sessions held for over 30 farmers.  

Here is John with some of the prospective bee keepers.


HELP FOR HAITI update. Richard Wareham 2013-03-23 00:00:00Z 0

JAMAICA -Land of Sun, Reggae and Opportunity

Posted by John Edwards on Mar 18, 2013

Wilma King-Bennett & Franklyn Francis

Wilma returned to give us an update on the business opportunities and vacation ideas in the Island of Jaimaica. is a good link for details. A real fun day can be spent at Dunn’s River Falls( I can vouch for that) . From a business viewpoint Expanasion of financial and Insurance services,Tourism are high on priorities but also is the increase in Agriculture production. The Jamaican government has focused on infrastructure with good highway links and the establishment of freeZones to encourage investment.

Franklyn Francis

The Highpoint of the evening was the presentation by Franklin Francis a recent immigrant from Jamaica who has a project called ReTool Jamaica his plan to give back and give Graduates of the trade school graduates in carpentry and Mechanics. His passionate presentation showed how one man can make a difference. This looks like a program we can get on board with in our international programs. Check out


JAMAICA -Land of Sun, Reggae and Opportunity John Edwards 2013-03-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Mar 04, 2013

Our featured speaker on March 5th.2013 was an inspiration to all showing the meaning of an Open Heart.

George Garrett told us the story of his challenges in becoming the caregiver to his wife of 56 years who has now been stricken with Altzeimers disease. He mentioned of all the struggles and tough situations he met when out on the front lines reporting historical moments in Canada and the US. Such as the time he was mugged while covering the Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles and other tough situations nothing compared with his current position as a caregiver to his wife as she becomes more incapacitated by the ravages of Altzeimers.

George displayed the strength of character that is an example to all of us.

Here is his brief BIO

George Garrett is a retired  Investigative Reporter who worked for Radio Station CKNW for 43 years.During the course of his career he received a number of awards including Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Jack Webster Foundation and the Radio/Television News Directors Association of Canada.As well, George was twice named Broadcaster of the Year by the BC Association of Broadcasters.He has been married to his wife Joan for 56 years.  They have two daughters, Linda & Lorrie and four grandchildren.  Their son Ken died in a canoeing accident 26 years ag




Posted by John Campbell on Mar 02, 2013

Last Sunday the Sun appeared again!. So did our Street Cleaning Crew doing our regular clean up of our Adopted street.

100th Avenue from 140th street to 152nd Street.Image

Image John Campbell,John Edwards,John Koropatnisky and Walt Johnson

Spent their Sunday Morning picking up trash and beautifying our neighborhood. Thanks Guys.

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Posted by Duane Buchanan on Feb 25, 2013

  Surrrey Rotary is on the move in 2013... We are adding new younger members to our roster. This tuesday saw Garry (Gurpreet) Thind join our ranks. Gary is General Manager of Rahul Glass Ltd. #104-8655-130th.Street. They specialize in Interior Glass projects check them out at  Garry will giving us a more detailed Bio at our meeting march 12th. when he along with our other new member Sylvia Kahlon with Present their classification talks.  Welcome Gary we look forward to working with you to make a difference in Surrey. President John officially inducting Gary into The Rotary Club of Surrey.


OUR NEWEST MEMBER - Garry Thind. Duane Buchanan 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Feb 25, 2013

Tuesday’s keynote speaker was Amelia Foster from Sunshine First Aid. Amelia is an authorized provider with the  Canadian Red Cross and instructs in First Aid.During her presentation she gave us some insight into her background as a paramedic in South Africa and teaching of First Aid for the Red Cross.She reiterated the common refrain that we are hearing from first responders be prepared and have a kit. She recommended a backpack containing water, prescription medicines, a Space blanket and first aid supplies and provisions for 72 hours.

 Amelia mentioned that Surrey is one of the better equipped first aid cities with many Defibrillators in civic buildings and Malls.

 Another key is to be able to do basic first aid (cuts and breaks etc) knowing CPR is a must and also how to deal with someone choking her phrase ”if it does’t pop they will drop”

If choking is occurring, the Red Cross recommends a "five-and-five" approach to delivering first aid:Give 5 back blows. First, deliver five back blows between the person's shoulder blades with the heel of your hand.Give 5 abdominal thrusts. Perform five abdominal thrusts (also known as the Heimlich maneuver) Alternate between 5 blows and 5 thrusts until the blockage is dislodged.

Here is a good link with details

Amelia took many questions from the group again another great presenter and topic for our club.

If you are interested in furthering your First Aid proficiency Amelia runs classes and can be reached at 604-782-1351  or email

Pictures include the portable Defibrillator Cost $1500-$2000. President John Riley presenting a token of our appreciation.


BE PREPARED FOR A DISASTER John Edwards 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Feb 18, 2013

That was the underlying message in tuesday nights presentation by Deane Gurney,Who when not doing Rotary Business is a Trustee in Bankruptcy with Sands and Associates. 

In his presentation Deane brought together details of all the key economic forces around the world that affect life in Canada. The European Union has not solved its problems.China,owns major resource assets and reduced imports(Canada an Exporter of Natural resources). Russia is stable. The US has a slow economy and high debt reducing imports from Canada. Japan has its first trade deficit. He compared Canada to Sweden high household debt 173% of GDP and Canada is now at 164%.  All of these factors add to the increases in Bankruptcy filings. 

Surprising demographic that has shown the greatest increase are the over 55 year olds. Factors involved are lack of Pension plans.Shrinking economy with job loss and retirement forced earlier than anticipated.People have been living on credit and not setting aside funds to cover their retirement needs.

A good discussion of the subject followed with many questions being handled by Deane.An interesting and depressing program for us oldsters watching our investments shrink as the World economy stalls.

Sylvia Kahlon thanks Deane for his presentation.




MOST PEOPLE DO NOT PLAN TO FAIL-BUT FAIL TO PLAN. John Edwards 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Feb 11, 2013

This is the Creed of the Amarok Society founded by our guest speaker for the evening Gem Munro and his wife Tanyss. When you look at the Rotary’s Creed. “Service above Self. This family lives it.  They create schools in the slums of Bangladesh where they teach mothers who then in turn can teach their children. Being the poorest of the poor in the poorest country in the world. Normal schooling is not an option for these families.

The Munro’s through their Society fund these schools and actually live in the Slum amongst the mothers they teach. They have been doing this for 7 years and now 14 schools.

Gem detailed how they develop their program and showed us video of the students (mothers) and their progress from total illiteracy (some had never before even held a pencil) to being functional in basic English. They also teach them how to read and write in their local language, teach them English (necessary in South Asia for economic advancement) and teach them math. They also teach them life skills such as health, nutrition, childcare and conflict resolution.

Neighborhood houses (rooms) are used as schools. The mothers are then trained to become teachers of their own and their neighbors’ children. The small schoolrooms, when not being used for mothers’ classes, are used by the women to discuss issues of importance, as determined by them, and as a place for cottage industry work to increase family income.

 Their operating costs are low (They opened their first school with an initial cost of $60!) It costs about $9500 per year for each school to operate. Their classrooms are Spartan the women sit on Grass mats on the dirt floors but they achieve results that improved the situation of the women and their families.

A truly moving presentation showing how the world can be changed one mother at a time. For more information.To donate and to order Gem's Book Log onto their website.

 Photo's Gem telling us their story. PR Director Susan with Gem and Alistair MunroImageImage


TEACH A MOTHER CHANGE THE WORLD. Richard Wareham 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0

DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF DAN BARNSCHER - Emergency Preparedness in Surrey

Posted by John Edwards on Feb 04, 2013

Wow! Another great informational speaker. Deputy Chief Dan Barnscher gave us a great overview of the Emergency Programs in Surrey. Dan has 34 years experience in the Fire Service 29 years as an active fireman and the last six as Deputy Firechief. He is the Emergency Planner and oversees  Electrical Fire Safety(Read Grow ops-my interpretation).

He explained the various sub groups that fall under the Emergency Preparedness umbrella. Don't you love those acronyms.

SEP (Surrey Emergency Program) this includes:

 ESS (Emergency Social Services) This is the group that arranges accommodation and food vouchers for people displaced as a result of fire or other events. If it is a major disaster they arrange for reception centers to ensure all are accounted for and assisted.There  are also many NGO (Non-Government Organizations) such as The Salvation Army & Red Cross who jump in to assist  
 S&R (Search and Rescue) Surrey Search and Rescue responds to call-outs for missing, lost or injured persons. Call-outs are initiated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or the municipal police force with jurisdiction in the search area. If you wish to report a missing person, please contact your local police department
 SEPAR (Surrey Emergency Program Amateur Radio) SEPAR volunteers are trained radio operators willing to take direction and help out when needed in an event.In the event of a natural disaster, it is very probable that existing communications would be severely degradated, or even knocked out entirely. As a part of Surrey's Emergency Plan, SEPAR has been developed to be the "link" between the responding agencies, government department and support teams. 

Another Program is NEP(Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program) The purpose of this program is to take Emergency Preparedness into the areas it will be most effective – Surrey's neighbourhoods and homes. We accomplish this by helping neighbourhoods identify the skills and resources which can be of use in a disaster. Every participating neighbourhood is organized into a team of seven Response Units that are trained to handle situations caused by a disaster. The goal is to prepare your neighbourhood to be self sufficient for at least 72 hours after disaster 604-543-6795 for details and to set up a group in your area. 

Personal Preparedness. Have a Kit actually have 3. One at home,One in the Car and one in the Office. Obviously they will have different contents.Log on to to download the handbook and details of the suggested Kit contents.


Duane Buchanan thanking Deputy Chief Dan for taking the time to come and provide this very useful information.


DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF DAN BARNSCHER - Emergency Preparedness in Surrey John Edwards 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Jan 28, 2013

On Tuesday January 29th. Major Les Burrows with the Salvation Army provided us with an insight into what it was like to be on the ground in Biloxi Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.  Les showed us in a slide presentation with full explanations of the challenges they had and how the Salvation Army because of its large number of churches are prepared with staff already in the area and a Command centre ready to go. He showed us the varied  sizes of vehicles that they have to provide meals and assistance. Explained the logistics of getting so much product efficiently distributed.

Les also helped out at Ground Zero in New York and told us about his time spent helping deliver assistance to New Yorkers affected and the respect the Salvation Army has which enables it to achieve results and get resources in a timely and cost effective manner that many other Organizations cannot.

For those that could not attend you missed a really interesting presentation. So much so that we have invited Major Les to give us an expanded encore presentation in the fall.

Bryce McElroy Presents Major Les Burrows with a token of our appreciation.


SALVATION ARMY to the RESCUE Richard Wareham 2013-01-29 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Jan 24, 2013

We wander through life taking care of today but without a financial plan and no compass to keep one on course.

Yes! this was the focus of the presentation by Brad Girard Senior National Sales Director with Primerica.

Brad provided a lively and thought provoking presentation on Wealth Management. He pointed out that when most people are asked what is their Greatest Financial asset . They respond "my House" but although this is a major Asset their real greatest Asset is their Income and ability to create Income and make it work for them.

Brad went on to explain that many people have no idea of where their Money goes and how the system works so that they can maximize their return on this Prime Asset (INCOME) . His company provides a training programs that enable you to take control over your finances and understand the financial system to avoid costly mistakes and ensure that you have the funds to retire the way you desire.

 The nature of the presentation does not lend itself to a brief Bulletin story . So to get the "meat and potatoes" of it give Geraldine Anne Zaharko a call and get a one on one relative to your own desires and situation. 604-518-807

Sylvia Kahlon presents Brad with a token of appreciation for his presentation.


I WONDER WHERE MY MONEY WENT ? Richard Wareham 2013-01-25 00:00:00Z 0

BARBADOS- Here we Come!

Posted by Richard Wareham on Jan 14, 2013

Tuesday's presentation by Marilyn Moseley Honorary Consul to Barbados really brought us to those warm sandy shores with members watching the slides and I am sure many thinking "wish we were there."

Barbados weather is generally warm and sunny all year round with an average daytime high of 75 - 85 F. The nights are usually slightly cooler.The prevailing northeast trade winds blow steadily so that although it is bright and sunny, it is not unbearably hot.

Marilyn told us about the history of Barbados and its transition from a producer and exporter of Sugar Cane to an economy based on Tourism and the provision of financial services .Barbados is fast becoming a preferred low tax destination for international businesses and has attracted several such businesses, particularly in the areas of Information Technology, Manufacturing and Financial Services. These businesses have found the legal, financial and accounting services offered by local Barbadian companies to be world-class.

She also acquainted us with details of many Barbadian citizens who have made a difference in Canada and Vancouver.


BARBADOS- Here we Come! Richard Wareham 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Jan 14, 2013

Last tuesday January 15th. Raj Sekhon (AMP) returned from his leave of absence from the Club. Welcome back Raj we look forward to working with you again for the benefit of the citizens of Surrey. Raj was an active member of our club but needed the time to get his Mortgage business on firm footing. Now he is able to fit time for ROTARY into his still very busy schedule.

As Raj would say 

When you use the Right BrokerTM

                                                            You get the Right MortgageTM


WELCOME BACK RAJ Richard Wareham 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Dec 18, 2012

Our last meeting of 2012 on December was our annual Christmas meeting with spouses and significant others. Deane Gurney arranged the entertainment for the evening.His two daughters Elsa and Charlotte provided us with a selection of Christmas Carols. Elsa on the computer providing the music and charlotte singing. A nice touch to the evening enjoyed by all. We also had a spirited live Auction that raised $177 for the Foodbank.

A Nice ending to 2012 and I have confirmation that Raj Sekhon will be returning to Rotary in January so our membership is also on an upturn.


CHRISTMAS 2012 - MEETING Richard Wareham 2012-12-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Dec 18, 2012

Our wind up meeting for 2012 saw the addition of a new member to our club. Suchita (Sylvia) Kahlon. Sylvia was proposed by John Riley and many of you have seen her at our meetings as she tested the waters before finally becoming a member.

Sylvia is a realtor with Century 21 Coastal Realty Ltd in Surrey. We will have her provide a full vocation talk at an early January meeting so we can all find out in more detail what Sylvia's expertise is and more about her. She has been assigned to assist Susan Thomas in the PR committee.

Welcome aboard Sylvia .. We wish you many productive ROTARY years.


WELCOME NEW MEMBER- SYLVIA KAHLON. Richard Wareham 2012-12-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Dec 18, 2012

Another Xmas season over and our club under the guidance of John Campbell completed our volunteering covering the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle at the Guildford Mall each wednesday until Christmas. We are awaiting final numbers from Major Les Burrows but I know when I was on we had more paper money than previous years so I hope that means the $ were up.

Members manning the Kettle (2hours shifts) were as follows:

5 shifts -Dick Wareham,Bryce McElroy.  4 shifts -  John Campbell,Walt Johnson,Duane Buchanan,Dave Hayer. 2 shifts - Isabelle Hayer,Raj Sekhon and 1 shift - Roy Holman (snow precluded another one) John Edwards, Pat Bond,John Koropatnisky,Ajay Caleb.

Unfortunately we were unable to get photos of all but here is one crew Ringing the Bell for the less fortunate.


RING THAT BELL Richard Wareham 2012-12-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Dec 10, 2012

Very interesting topic at last tuesday's meeting.

Jennifer Desloges CEO of JADE enlightened us on the world of electrolysis and the process in starting a franchise.

She gave us the history of Jade and how it developed from one outlet in 1982 to a growing number of franchises in 2012. Her emphasis was that women entrepreneurs are increasing and have particular traits compared to their male counterparts.

What electrolysis provides is the benefit of helping people feel good in their own skin. Both male and female in fact men are a growing cliental of the hair removal business.

She elaborated on the keys to setting up a solid franchise business.                          It must be a win-win for both parties and they set up one franchise and perfected the process over one year and then set the model for more units. Their methods are of the highest quality both in outcome and medically and this is what sets them apart from the majority of operators in this industry.

We learned a lot at this peek into the Electrolysis business and franchising. If you want more information Jennifer check web www.hairfreeforlife.comImage

JADE - HAIR FREE FOR LIFE John Edwards 2012-12-11 00:00:00Z 0

Zig Ziglar: 10 Quotes That Can Change Your Life

Posted by Ajay Caleb on Dec 07, 2012

Zig Ziglar died Nov 29th 2012 at age 86. A World War II veteran, Zig Ziglar became the top sales person in several organizations before striking out on his own as a motivational speaker and trainer. With a Southern charm and lessons grounded in Christianity, Ziglar wrote over two dozen books and amassed a following of millions who were encouraged by his lessons for success.
Below are 10 quotes from Zig Ziglar that have the power to completely change the direction of one’s life.

10) “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”

9) “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”

8 ) “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”

7) “There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.”

6) “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.”

5) “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”

4) “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”

3) “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”

2) “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

1) “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”

Zig Ziglar: 10 Quotes That Can Change Your Life Ajay Caleb 2012-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

Resource Centre at FV Cancer Clinic

Posted by John Edwards on Dec 03, 2012

Our Speaker on Tuesday December 4th. was Andrea Coogan - Development Officer at the BC Cancer Foundation. She provided us with an update on recent happenings with the Cancer Foundation and in particular the results from our donation to create a new vibrant Resource Centre at the Cancer Clinic in Surrey.

She indicated that the Centre was in constant use in fact the usuage has increased in leaps and bounds since the centre was created replacing the old out of date and uninviting Reference section.

Loans of material has increased from 264 a year ago to 380 current year. Requests for help and information 25 a year ago this year 114. The volunteers are constantly interacting with clients and families and the location in the entrance lobby makes it inviting for clients and families . The materials are current and constantly in use.

A lively Q & A followed her presentation.

She thanked the Rotary Club of Surrey for the $50,000 donation that made this Centre a reality.    Photo President Elect John Edwards with Andrea Coogan.



Resource Centre at FV Cancer Clinic John Edwards 2012-12-04 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Nov 26, 2012

Growth is continual in Surrey so management of this is a Prime concern.

Last five years average 73,000 additional residents per year.Surrey is the 12th Largest City in Canada with population of 500,000

Land uses is another key factor to management 1/3 ALR and 2/3 is developable.Surrey is broken into 6 Communities. Cloverdale,Fleetwood,Guildford,Newton,South Surrey and North Surrey.

Economic Development is Key to a healthy and vibrant community. Need to increase local jobs to reduce commuting and improve quality of life for residents. Encourage companies to locate to Surrey (jobs and increase the tax base).

Another component of managing the city is in creation of facilities to support the residents and the creation of the city Centre to tie it all together.

There are many avenues to achieve connecting with the city, Council committees and community associations are just two.

For extensive details re Surrey here is the website.

A vibrant Q & A followed and Roy Holman thanked Murray for providing us with the overview of City Planning and management.


MANAGING SURREY John Edwards 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0

LMDSS annual Xmas networking Event.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Nov 23, 2012

Our Gaming Dollars at work in the community. This weekend LMDSS(LowerMainland Down Syndrome Society) has their annual Xmas gathering and networking event which we support from gaming funds. This year they moved from the church annex out to Castle Fun park in Abbotsford. The kids really enjoyed the food and games. It was a nice sunny day and the park was in all its splendor. We were acknowledged for our support and received many thank you’s.



LMDSS annual Xmas networking Event. Richard Wareham 2012-11-24 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Campbell on Nov 19, 2012

It’s that time again!  Only one month the Christmas day.

We are covering Kettles for the Salvation Army each Wednesday until Dec 19th. John Campbell is our go to guy for this project. On Tuesday we had Major Les Burrows and his wife Cathy attend our meeting to explain the importance of the Kettle campaign.

If you are on the list great (Schedule will be sent out this week to remind you of your dates).If not on the list  and you are available the next 4 Wednesdays call John at 604-575-3856


RING a DING,DING John Campbell 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Nov 19, 2012

Yes! we are talking Gaming.. (remember we get about $40,000 a year to distribute) . Last week we had Tanya Gabara - Marketing Manager from the Cascades Casino in Langley came to tell us about the proposed new entertainment complex for South Surrey assisted by James Chen General counsel for Gateway Casino’s they provided an overview of the proposal.
Wow! What a facility. Proposed location is 10th Avenue at 168th street. It will have 27,000 sq ft of conference centre. Two 800 plus seat theatres a 4-star,200 room Hotel.Four restaurants,Three Lounges and 60,000 sq ft of gaming floor.

During construction it will create 1200 jobs and when complete have 500 full time jobs. It will add $3.1 million a year to city tax coffers. At the completion of the formal presentation Tanya and James  engaged in an lively Q & A providing additional information for Club members.Image

For more detailed information here are links you can access.

PLACE YOUR BETS-PLEASE. John Edwards 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Nov 12, 2012

Last tuesday we had the pleasure of hearing from Staff Sergeant Major Dave Woods RCMP who stepped in at the last minute to cover for  our scheduled speaker.Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy who could not attend due to a tragic Officer death earlier in the day. 

 We were updated on what has happened in Surrey with the implementation of the Crime Reduction Strategy Conceived with the City of Surrey and the benefits of the addition of Crime Analysts which have been added to the Staffing for the District.  With the addition of the Crime analysts to each division they were able to plot criminal events based on the three focus points.

 Auto Theft. Break in's of Businesses and Residences and Theft from Auto's. 

There are 5 District offices in Surrey. City Centre; Guildford; Newton; Cloverdale and South Surrey. Each district focus’s on it’s hot spots of Criminal Activity. 

This is broken down to People, Places and Situations. Analysing these factors leads them to people that they can look at in regards to these activities from their database. Places where the bulk of criminal activity is happening and the nature of the activity (Situation). With surveillance and Street level info they can then get to the root of the problem. The application of these principals has enabled them to to rid the City of the label "Auto Theft Capital of Canada" by reducing Auto Theft by 60% since the implementation of this Strategy. 

A lengthly Q & A followed  .. well handled by Staff Sergeant Major Dave Woods.

We were provided an excellent look into the Strategies and functioning of the RCMP in Surrey and the sense that our Policing $ are well spent. 

Bryce McElroy presented Staff Sergeant Major Dave Woods with a token of our appreciation for his presentation.


CRIME REDUCTION STRATEGIES in SURREY John Edwards 2012-11-13 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Nov 05, 2012

Invasive species and alien plants sounds like the working title for a Stephen King novel. Prickly Blackberries grow 7 metres a season in few years you could be trapped in your house surrounded by blackberries, snakehead fish and Bullfrogs. Scary stuff.
A great presentation by Nancy Clark alerted us to the abundance of Invasive Species of plants and alien plants and creatures we should be aware of in our Gardens. That gorgeous hanging basket could be full of invasive plants waiting to overcome your garden.
Now we know why we have those Big GREEN BINS courtesy of the city of Surrey so we can rid our gardens of these plants.
But as Nancy pointed out they are relentless in their growth and you have to be vigilant in assessing of all the products you introduce to your garden or fish pond. (play music from JAWS)
Leps BC (Langley Envirommental Partners Society)have brochures available
President Elect John Edwards presents Nancy with a token of our appreciation for a well presented program on a expansive topic.


INVASIVE SPECIES John Edwards 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Riley on Oct 31, 2012

On thursday November 1st. President John Riley attended the 24th.Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner at Kwantlen 

Polytechnic Unitversity to present two awards from our club. 

The Rotary Club of Surrey Endowed Bursary  $2,000

The award is presented to a Student who is a graduate of a Surrey Secondary School and has demonstrated 

involvement in community or volunteer activities.

This years recipients were Muhjah Abousaleh and Jennifer Bramley. Congratulations to both recipients who 

we will invite to speak to us at a future meeting. Sorry no photos provided.



Posted by John Edwards on Oct 29, 2012

This week we ventured out from the Golf Club to find out how beer is made at Central City Brewing the home of Red Racer Beer.
A great turnout of members and guests enjoyed the great food prepared in the restaurant then one of the assistant brew masters took us on our own personal tour and explained how from the Barley and Hops they produce their award wining brews. They were named the best Brewery in Canada in 2010.
Their awards are too numerous to list so just log onto their web page
Here are some photos taken during the tour First the Kettle where the brewing starts next the Original Casks that each took one Kettle of beer.
Then the Larger Casks that they use that hold 4 times as much fluid and their Award winning Pale Ale.
They have outgrown the facilities and are constructing a larger state of the art Brewery on Scott Road when it comes on line next summer. They will just make very special blends on the current site which will be piped up and served in the restaurant.

VISIT TO CENTRAL CITY BREWING John Edwards 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Oct 23, 2012

Year two another resounding success.  In July work began as we got the approval of the Surrey School District to repeat the program and obtained initial enrollment numbers. Dictionaries were ordered and on October 23rd and 24th. we presented the

Grade 3 students at Bridgeview, Forsythe Road, Old Yale Road, KB Woodwood and James Ardiel their very own dictionary.

We distributed 250 dictionaries and with the help of the teachers had the students complete an excercise in looking up a word.

Here are some photos of the presentations. We are most appreciative of the assistance of the Principals and teachers in delivering this program. (note more pictures in our photo album)


ROTARY CARES - 2012 Richard Wareham 2012-10-24 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Duane Buchanan on Oct 22, 2012

On October 23rd. we held our introduction to Rotary Night. Membership Chairman Duane Buchanan had spent the past months putting together a list of Prospects that we felt would make great Rotarians and sent invites our for this Dessert and Coffee meeting. With the help of President John Riley,Past president Ajay Caleb and Current District Governor Sean Hogan and Past District Governor Gary Hollick. The attendees were introduced to the benefits of Rotary and how they could make a difference.

At this time we do not have any photos  ( I tried to get a picture of the Desserts but some one got there first and they were all gone! ) 

However it was a successful night and we certainly told the Rotary story and look forward to some worthy additions to our membership in the coming weeks.

INTRODUCING ROTARY Duane Buchanan 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Riley on Oct 22, 2012

At our meeting October 23rd. President John Riley presented John Koropatnisky for a special Cub Service Award for his dedicated work in establishing our Garden projects and his tireless work in raising funds and devising fund raising programs

Well deserved . Thank you John.


SERVICE AWARD. John Riley 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ajay Caleb on Oct 15, 2012

ImageFeatured Speaker:   Tracy Goodrich  by SKYPE

The link worked well a little throttling when internet got super busy but overall connection worked well. The Audience really appreciated the knowledge imparted by Tracy. She gave us the background on the Rotary First Harvest in Seattle and Klamath Falls. Started in 2004 and in 2010 they distributed 250,000   of fresh vegetables in Oregon .. Seattle distributed 1 million pounds.

Tracy mentioned there are many programs that can be undertaken and then provided a list of programs that had been undertaken

in Oregon.

A Meat Program- Producers Donating an Animal at Auction funds raised can then be used to buy Meat or Groceries or the purchaser gifts the Animal for butchering and the food bank.

Food Recovery Program – In Lincoln City they get excess food from restaurants – Freeze it and distribute.

Community Garden Create in empty lot,Park,School Rent boxes and/or share the harvest.

Gleaning – Getting excess food from community encourage home gardeners to add a row for the food bank.

A Lively Q & A followed. With everyone getting many ideas for potential projects going forward.'

 Here is a Link showing projects at varying stages of completion:

ROTARY FIRST HARVEST. Ajay Caleb 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Oct 11, 2012
On Friday Oct 12th. Ajay Caleb and myself had the privilege of attending the 2012 Young Adult Writing Contest annual presentation of winners.The Surrey Rotary Club has been a sponsor for several years and we provide the first Prize award (a Check to each winner in the amount of $150.00). This year was the 25th Anniversary of this contest and took place at the new Central City library.
Early in the summer the judges assemble to shortlist the 100's of entries to the final 20. which are then further adjudicated to come up with the 1st.,2nd,3rd and Honourable mentions. Theses finalist's then get their submissions printed in the Annual book.(I have a copy to share at our meeting). The work is truly inspiring. Here I am pictured with the 5 first place winners. Special thanks to Melanie Houlden,Chief Librarian and Surinder Bhogal Deptuty Chief librarian for including us in this event.
YOUNG ADULT WRITING CONTEST 2012 Richard Wareham 2012-10-12 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Bryce McElroy on Oct 08, 2012
Interesting timing me thinks Oct 31st is a Ghoulish Scary night. Here we are talking about giving Blood.
This week our featured speaker was Jeffrey O'Brien. Partnership Specialist from the Canadian Blood Services
Clinic in Guildford. Jeffrey understands service and has made getting himself worked out of a job by getting donations
maximized at the Guildford Clinic.  He provided us with some interesting facts about Blood.
Blood has a shelf life of 42 days.So regular donations a must.
Once taken Blood is divided into 3 components that provide specific solutions.
One in sixty people give blood. You can give between ages of 17 to 61
(If you have given before age 61 your Doctor can ok continued donations)
It takes 50 donations to provide enough blood for a patient from a serious accident.
To give blood you make appointment (preferred) with a Clinic.Total time about an hour
(10 mins for the actual transfusion). 
The Canadian Blood Services are funded federally and do not pay for blood.  For more information or call 1-888-2 DONATE to get appointment. Bryce McElroy provided Jeffrey with a token of our appreciation for taking the time to speak to us.

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CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES. Bryce McElroy 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
This Turkey avoided being Served but chose to SERVE. Susan Thomas 2012-10-06 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Oct 01, 2012
iROTARY  Remember this you will hear it a lot say's District Governor Sean Hogan. On tuesday Oct 2nd we were honored by the presence of our District Governor as he completed his Formal Annual visit to our Club. Sean provided an iNSPIRING PowerPoint presentation of the power of  i  . He also expanded on the need for us all to embrace Social Media and attract new members to increase our Service to the Community. Remember we are the i in Serv(i)ce.
During his visit he bestowed a couple of awards Paul Harris +2 for Bryce McElroy (This means that Bryce has given more than $2000 to our Foundation). A service award to Myself  and John Koropatnisky (currently sunning in Mexico - so like at the Oscars John Riley accepted it on his behalf and will present it when he returns) 
He also gave us an update on the progress and plans for the District Conference which will be held at the 4 Seasons
Hotel in Vancouver May31-June 2 2013.
Here are Photo's of the Presentations: Our resident Golfer Duane Buchanan presented the customary token of appreciation.
iROTARY.. Richard Wareham 2012-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
CHUCK BURY - Founding member Rotary Club of Surrey. Richard Wareham 2012-10-01 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Koropatnisky on Sep 24, 2012
A few years ago we dipped our shovel into the unused plot beside KB Woodwood Elementary assisting them get a small garden started and providing a small greenhouse with the help of a District Simplified Grant. We then decided to set a garden up beside Quibble Creek and invite the students to come and plant Corn another great success. Then we were approached by some neighborhood societies helping children and women at risk to help them get gardens started. Here is our latest investment in helping people help themselves. The Aboriginal Woman's Outreach part of Atira Society. Here our resident " Farmer " John Koropatnisky presents a check for $1500 from our Gaming income to Glenda Delorme and Heather Wooley.Also pictured are Nancy Clark and Susan Thomas who helped in the program.Image
OUR GARDENING PROGRAMS KEEP EXPANDING. John Koropatnisky 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0

YES another Visitor to our City,

Posted by Richard Wareham on Sep 24, 2012
Rotary is International .. And once again we were reminded of the one of the benefits of being a Rotarian as we welcomed another visitor 
James Colquhoun from Spokane Washington. President John Presented a club banner for James to take to his home club.
YES another Visitor to our City, Richard Wareham 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0

South Fraser Community Services

Posted by Ajay Caleb on Sep 24, 2012
Last tuesday we learned of the extensive breadth of programs provided by South Fraser Community Services. Wesley  Everaars and Shayne Williams using a PowerPoint presentation whisked us through an overview of the many programs they provide to people in the 
innercity. Their programs cover the following areas 
Health services and Housing for people with HIV/AIDS. (includes a high protein food bank,6 unit housing project,)
Assistance to people on the street.  OWL program (Other Women's Lives) support and guidance for sex trade workers helping
with exit strategies to get them back into mainstream society.
Bread4Life Program -  supplying over 6,000 meals a month to people in need.
The Front Room Resource Centre  Drop in services 24/7 365 days a year for Street people.
Gateway Shelter - 40 bed year round shelter.
Homeless Outreach Program- Meeting people where they are on the streets and helping them connect with resources and housing. 
Surrey North Community Health Centre -  Free medical clinic for disadvantaged individuals.
This list just cuts the surface of the services provided. 
For more details log into their website:
Photo Shayne Wiliams and Wesley Everaars with Nancy Clark who presented them with a token of our thanks for taking time out to share their programs with us.
South Fraser Community Services Ajay Caleb 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Sep 17, 2012
Another meeting and another Rotarian visiting us to enjoy the fellowship of Rotary. One of the benefits of being a Rotarian is that wherever your travels take you your can meet with Rotarian's. This week we were pleased to have Chuck Murphy from Mundelein/Vernon Hills.Illinois join us for Supper. While talking we learned that their club also does "Rotary Cares-Dictionary project" (Our second year will happen early October so be ready to volunteer). Here we present Chuck with one of our Club Banners (Remember to take them with you when you travel) and a group photo.
AND THE VISITORS JUST KEEP A COMING. Richard Wareham 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ajay Caleb on Sep 17, 2012
On Sept 18th we had the pleasure of having Jas Singh tell us about his farm enterprise "God's Little Acre" Truly a project that meets the four way test. 

Jas Singh set up his farm called God's Little Acre after renting the land from a local farmer for $1. He then planted the fields using donated farm equipment and seed potatoes from the local farming community and suppliers.Last year he gave 62,000 lbs. of potatoes to the Surrey
Foodbank.  This year they have added 12 varieties of vegetables.
Another plan for October is to get into the Pumpkin business and also create some community spirit. For the last 3 weekends in October they will have Pumpkins for sale and host Hayrides and other fun events culminating on October 27th with an old fashioned Family Barn Dance in their Barn on the farm.  PR Director Susan Thomas presented Jas with a token of our appreciation for taking time to visit us.
To stay up to date on their progress here is the facebook link
JAS SINGH-GOD'S LITTLE ACRE (16582 40 Ave) Ajay Caleb 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Koropatnisky on Sep 14, 2012
On Saturday Sept 15th. John Koropatnisky closed the Corn Barn. Yes after another successful fundraising event the Corn Sales completed.
We are still finalizing the numbers but is appears we have over $1400 to add to our funds available for Community programs.
May thanks to John and especially Walt Johnson who was on site most days to sell Corn. The addition of the Sparkes Barn added to the visibility and also showed customers they were getting the best Corn in the Valley.

CORN SALES John Koropatnisky 2012-09-15 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Koropatnisky on Sep 14, 2012
ImageImageImageImageAt 7am on Saturday Sept 15th. we gathered at Berezan's Parking lot across from the Cancer Agency on 96th Avenue to set up our Garage Sale. Fueled by Coffee and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts we commenced unloading the two Containers of donations. Luckily Bryce McElroy had spent the last 4 weeks pricing the donations so all we needed to do was erect tables and set out the displays. By 9am we were ready for our customers. We were blessed with a hot sunny day and had a continual traffic of bargain hunters. By 3pm we were ready to clean up and close for another year. We had a successful day and will find out the final tally in the next week when all the receipts and bills have been processed but we will have many dollars to continue to fund worthwhile community causes.Special thanks go to John Koropatnisky who headed this venture and Nancy Clark for getting the doughnuts. See our Photo album for more photos.
FIRST ANNUAL GIGANTIC GARAGE SALE John Koropatnisky 2012-09-15 00:00:00Z 0

FVC Cancer Information Centre grand Opening event.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Sep 12, 2012
Finally after many years of hard work by staff at the Cancer Agency and with $50,000 from the Surrey Rotary Club a New Information
centre was constructed in the Surrey Clinic. Patients and visitors now have an extensive support library and volunteers to help them through the stressful times recovering from Cancer. Here are some Photos of the event and some of the many people involved in bringing this dream to reality. And yes that is past president Ajay cutting the Ribbon.ImageImageImage

FVC Cancer Information Centre grand Opening event. Richard Wareham 2012-09-13 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Sep 03, 2012
It seems that every week we get a Rotarian drop by to do a make-up and visit our Club.
This week was no exception. We were pleased to have Kam Hogan from YellowKnife NWT 
Joined us to enjoy an evening of networking and hear an inspiring Keynote speaker.
One of the benefits of being a Rotarian a network of like minded people all over the World.
As you can see Kam came prepared and presented us with a YellowKnife Banner.
SURREY ROTARY CLUB- THE CLUB TO VISIT Richard Wareham 2012-09-04 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Edwards on Sep 03, 2012
On Tuesday Sept 4th. we had the opportunity to hear from Arden Krystal  the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Provincial Health Services Authority
She provided us with an extensive overview of the many health entities under her stewardship. BC Cancer Agency, BCCDC, BC Women's and Children's Hospital, Cardiac Services BC, BC Renal Agency,Perinatal Services BC, BC Transplant and BC Mental Health Association.
Lots of activity and expansion in our health services ahead in addition the Surrey Memorial another Cancer Agency Location. Expansion of Children's Hospital are just three currently proceeding. She stressed that the focus was to ensure the level of service is equal in all areas of the Province. 
Arden gave us a presentation on Customer Service and the culture of Can Do vs the Culture of No. She provided examples of how this Customer Service attitude is a core of the delivery of Health services in our Region.
An Great Q & A at the end of her formal presentation provided many more insights .. 
President John Riley seen here presenting a token of our appreciation to Arden.

Once again if you were not at the meeting you missed a great opportunity to learn.

ARDEN KRYSTAL - John Edwards 2012-09-04 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Aug 27, 2012
Kuldip Adawa - Community Partnership Coordinator with the Surrey Food Bank provided an overview of the FoodBank operation in Surrey.
Some misconceptions are that the food bank is only available to the out of work destitute individuals. However that is not correct.
Is is available to all low income families.It receives no Government funding except for a small amount from the Bingo Gaming funds.
Their big fundraiser is breakfast with the food bank which this year raised $108,000 but this is a small drip in the bucket of the funds required
to operate the food bank so most income is provided by individual and corporate donations.
Other programs they offer ..
Tiny Bundles -for pregnant moms and families with newborns to one year. Providing a food hamper each week including Fresh eggs,milk and baby supplies.
Hampers to the home for shut-ins: Fair start School supplies and Gleaning where food bank volunteers go to gardens where the crops exceed the needs of
the owner and clear the vegetables which are then donated to the food bank.The Food bank has only 6 full time employees everyone else is a volunteer.
Photos by Bill Burnett-Bryce Preentation to Kuldip Adawa ,Bryce giving banner to Trygavi Thordarson a visiting Rotarian from Iceland. and finally our members with their
food bank donation bags.
FOOD BANK Richard Wareham 2012-08-28 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Aug 13, 2012
Yes that was the subject on Tuesday when Nazreen Mohammed Senior Account Manager  with the Business Development Bank of Canada came to enlighten us on the services provided by BDC. They have historically been known as the bank of last resort but she explained how "A" customers who could easily deal with one of the " Big Five" choose the BDC for its flexibility and support in Growing and starting enterprises. Besides their lending arm they also have a large Consulting Division to assist entrepreneurs starting out in such areas as FInancial Management,Strategic & Business planning,Marketing Management.
Nazreen obviously knew her stuff and was challenged in question period by our retired bankers. Bryce McElroy thanking Nazreen
for her presentation.
STARTING or EXPANDING A BUSINESS Richard Wareham 2012-08-14 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Riley on Aug 06, 2012
On tuesdays meeting we had Les Muir from WestCoast Books provide us with his recommendations on how to handle your book keeping if you are a small business. He provide a detailed slide presentation of the Pro's and 
Con's of doing it yourself or outsourcing. He covered the pitfalls and hidden costs of trying to do it yourself and
the need to ensure you do due diligence when hiring some one to do your books as you are ultimately responsible.
Again another enjoyable evening for our members .
Our intrepid Photographer Bill took this snap of President John thanking Les for his presentation.
BOOKEEPING FOR SMALL BUSINESS John Riley 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Koropatnisky on Jul 30, 2012
Yes our resident Farmer John Koropatnisky was Fundraising again and providing food for the hungry.

Another successful sale. Started with strawberries then blueberries and Corn.
Here he is directing the filling of the Bags 14 ears for $10.00 of Fresh Chilliwack Peaches & Cream.
Profits go into Club funds to support worthy community causes.

Thanks John. When will the Potatoes be ready?  (just kidding)

CORN or BLUEBERRIES? John Koropatnisky 2012-07-31 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Susan Thomas on Jul 30, 2012
Last Tuesday our Esteemed Past District Governor - Rod Thomson was our featured presenter.
His Topic was Rotary's Image and how it is being changed. His presentation showed how through the years Rotary had updated with the times and is now into the Age of New Media. As part of his presentation he showed a video here is the link to see it for yourself. Once again besides the meat on the plate our meeting Presentations have meat. You will gain Knowledge that will enhance your business as well as your Rotary Life.
Here our President John Riley Presents Rod with a token of our appreciation for a very interesting and useful presentation.
ROTARY'S IMAGE Susan Thomas 2012-07-31 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Jul 23, 2012
Last week we were privileged to have Mary Beth Rondeau come to tell us about the ongoing development of 
Surrey City Centre and the emphasis being placed on ensuring that we have greenways and that attention
is being placed on ensuring that the natural wildlife and bird populations are protected.
I am looking forward to seeing the finished product when we put Vancouver to shame. A professionally designed
series of pathways,bike routes joining the many parks and green spaces that led to the old logo "City of Parks"

If you were one of those that missed this meeting well we are sorry but this year we will have many keynote
speakers to enlighten you so make sure your book your seat for future meetings.(photo by our "kid" photographer Bill Burnett of President John thanking Mary Beth for her presentation).
GREENING of SURREY Richard Wareham 2012-07-24 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Koropatnisky on Jul 16, 2012
Looks like we have found a new avenue of service.. Community Gardens. "Give a man a Potato he will eat for one meal - Give a man a garden and he will eat forever" . At last weeks meeting we had a presentation and request form two ladies from Maxxine Wright Place they told the members about their facility and their involvement in Aboriginal Outreach work,
They expressed a strong desire/dream to have a Community Garden at their facility for the benefit of their clients.
They also invited us to visit and tour Maxine Wright Place starting at 1 pm on the afternoon  of Wednesday July 25th.    The address is 13739-92nd Avenue. Surrey.
Photo below is Past President John Koropatnisky (Our Head Gardener) with Glenda Klasson and Heather Woolley fromImage Maxxine Wright Place part of Atira Women's Resource Society. 
GARDEN REQUESTS - CONTINUE. John Koropatnisky 2012-07-17 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Jul 09, 2012
International Programs Director John Edwards reported to our meeting July 10th.2012 that we had exceeded our goal of sending 100 dictionaries to Windhoek, Namibia.We raised $600 which will supply 120 books. John gave us a Power-point presentation to acquaint us with Namibia and the needs of its students.
Map & Flag of Namibia. 
NAMIBIA DICTIONARY PROJECT -A SUCCESS. Richard Wareham 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Jul 09, 2012
Second week at Coyote Creek. We are getting more organized to deal with the Guaranteed # we have  to supply. Thanks to Bryce and his TD Visa we were able to cover the bill as Checkbook was AWOL.
Nice meeting we had a good summer turnout .
Jaret St.Andrassy
Community inclusion Manager with Milieu Family Services . Jaret gave us an overview of the history of providing working outcomes for people with disabilities. He explained how all the agencies serving this demographic are starting to work together to provide the best solutions and opportunities for their Clients.He encouraged members to contact him to dialogue further and explore opportunities.
To explore this further here is his
Debra Merrier
Also at our meeting was Debra Merrier from (Anysh-All Nations Youth Safe House)
Debra was born in Edmonton, Alberta.  Her Aboriginal ancestry is Cree from the Grouard Reserve, and she was also adopted into the Tsimshian Nation.  Debra performs traditional drumming, singing, and dancing as well as a variety of presentations that vary from the Prairies to the Coastal peoples.However tonight he was not entertaining us but receiving our donation to Anysh House and thanking us for the Donation of Funds and labour in getting their Garden into shape to produce Vegetables and provide a learning experience for the clients of Anysh House who are "Youth at Risk" Debra has been providing this guidance for 6 years.
To help provide high-risk youth a safe place and assist them in making successful transitions to healthier circumstances.Here our President John Riley presents our check.
JULY 10th MEETING. Richard Wareham 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0

July 3rd. - Social Media and Rotary.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Jul 02, 2012
This was our first official regular club meeting at Coyote Creek. Previously we had held special functions like our annual installation. But now we have chosen to experience the ambiance for our regular Club meetings. This evening we had our member Susan Thomas present on Social Media and Rotary. Our Star studded audience enjoyed a thought provoking presentation and ideas for improving the visibility of Rotary in our community. Here are some photos from the evening. See if you can find his Royal Highness the District Governor and other luminaries from the District. ( I even think YODA was in the house!).Andy Wei from Shulin Taiwan was a visitor again showing the international scope of Rotary.
July 3rd. - Social Media and Rotary. Richard Wareham 2012-07-03 00:00:00Z 0

2012-2013 Board & program chairs.

Posted by Richard Wareham on Jun 30, 2012

President - John Riley
Past President - Ajay Caleb
President Nominee 2013-14 - John Edwards.
Treasurer - Lal Baniya
Secretary - Dick Wareham
Deane Gurney-Club Service & New Generations
Susan Thomas-Community Service & PR  
John Edwards-International
Nancy Clark -New Generations
Bryce McElroy- Foundation Chair 
John Korpatnisky - Fundraisng Chair
Duane Buchanan - Membership Mentoring & Retention.
2012-2013 Board & program chairs. Richard Wareham 2012-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Summer with a Glass of Local Wine.

Posted by Ajay Caleb on Jun 25, 2012
We just couldn't stay put the club ventured out again!. 
This time it was a social evening at Gillander's Wine Cellar . 
I hear it was a good evening in a nicely appointed business.
Here are some photos of members and guests enjoying the
networking and socialising.

Welcome to Summer with a Glass of Local Wine. Ajay Caleb 2012-06-26 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Jun 18, 2012
Our Nomadic Club ventured out again on June the 19th. This time to the Cancer Agency adjacent to Surrey Memorial Hospital.
Supper was Subs from Tim Horton's delivered and arranged by our fearless leader Ajay.  The purpose of the visit was to see the Resource Centre that we had funded.
Here is member Deane Gurney presenting a check representing our donation of $50,000 to Cathy Rayment and Rachel Mitchell from the Cancer Agency.
You can see part of the Resource centre in the background in the form of book cases.(For more photos go to our Photo albums)
ON THE ROAD AGAIN! Richard Wareham 2012-06-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ajay Caleb on Jun 15, 2012
The Surrey Fest Downtown (originally known as the Whalley Community Festival) was formed in 1999 to promote and celebrate community pride through a day of fun and entertainment for all ages while providing a venue for groups and organizations to inform the community of their services.

Several Surrey Rotary Clubs [Cloverdale, Fraser Hts, Guildford and Surrey] joined together with Rec for Kids and the Cloverdale Rotaract club under three tents.  Spirits and enthusiasm was high in spite of near torrential rain.

People did stop by to ask questions about Rotary, and the event served as an excellent opportunity to connect with people in the North Surrey area.

We will keep our eyes open to perhaps provide a BBQ (or Pancakes?) at next year's event.
Thanks to Susan Thomas,Walt Johnson and Ajay Caleb who represented our Club.

SURREY FEST 2012 Ajay Caleb 2012-06-16 00:00:00Z 0

Installation 2012

Posted by Richard Wareham on Jun 04, 2012
Yes once again just like clockwork the annual changing of the guard.( See separate article for detailed listing of the New Board of Directors)
Tuesday night we had a fun gathering at EagleQuest Golf Club with President Ajay Caleb summing up his year at the helm and President Elect John Riley setting the course for 2012-13 Rotary year.
Marianne Brown set up the event with EagleQuest and another change we went from the Buffet Meal to a served meal that everyone enjoyed.
Add a few adult beverages a stirring address by Past District Governor Gary Hollick we had a great mixture of Good information,Good Food and a Fun time..The the Board for 2012-13 were Officially sworn in by District Governor elect Sean Hogan.For those that missed the evening they will have to ask Incoming President John how to turn rocks into diamonds! Judy Holland was presented with a Bouquet for her service to club members checking on them when they missed meetings to ensure all was well.She will be leaving our club this month as she will be moving to Vancouver.Our loss with be Vancouver's  gain. We all wish her and Russ all the best in their new posting
Following this article are some photo's from the evening. Unfortunately our house photographer Bill Burnett could not make the evening so we do not have as many as we would have wished.
Installation 2012 Richard Wareham 2012-06-05 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Duane Buchanan on May 28, 2012
Our Guests at last tuesday's Meeting were Students who took part in our Adventures in Citizenship Program for 2012.
This is the 62nd Anniversary of the program which is run by the Rotary Club of Ottawa. 
This year 220 Students spent 4 days in Ottawa learning about our Citizenship & immigration program and parliamentary system.

Alliance Babunga who was our representative to Ottawa gave us a powerpoint presentation showing photos from the events she
took part in during her Ottawa stay.She related how awesome it was to meet with students from across Canada and that she had
made many lifetime friends. Included in her prize was the addition of a trip to the BC Legislature where she was introduced to 
several Ministers by our honorary member and MLA Dave Hayer. She go to watch the parliament in session and meet with the
House speaker. Here our Rotarian coordinator of the program Duane Buchanan presents Alliance with one of our traditional speaker gifts.Image
ADVENTURES in CITIZENSHIP WRAP UP Duane Buchanan 2012-05-29 00:00:00Z 0

Urban Waters Society

Posted by John Koropatnisky on May 21, 2012
Members of the Urban Waters Society led by Darlene James gave us a presentation on what they do in protecting and reclaiming Urban Waters
and their Stewardship of the Quibble Creek project that we designated as our Rotary Centenary project in 2005. Where we took a creek that had been blighted by urban misuse and had basically died and with much work by members led by John Koropatnisky brought it back to life.
Over $200,000 that we raised through our parking lots was expended into the creek and its infrastructure. Darlene spoke of other activities that they had undertaken over the years and their willingness to assist in the Creation of a Community Pathway across the property beside Quibble Creek.Other members of the society at our meeting were Kiyomi Holman,Don McKinnon and Paul Regier. Photo President Elect John Riley
presents Darlene & Kiyomi  with tokens of our appreciation for their presentation.

Urban Waters Society John Koropatnisky 2012-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
ADVENTURES in CITIZENSHIP 2012 Duane Buchanan 2012-05-16 00:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Surrey Visits The Surrey Food Bank – May 15th, 2012

Posted by Ajay Caleb on May 14, 2012

The visit to the Surrey Food Bank by the Rotary Club of Surrey, was “the first visit by a Service Club” while Executive Director Marilyn Hermann has been at the helm for 11 years.

The SFB serves many people in Surrey, and there are more people who need help every month – usually due to a variety of financial constraints.  To prove the point, Marilyn asked us to do a brief role play to understand just how difficult it is to live in Surrey with known constraints.

The Food Bank does excellent work with least 40 volunteers every day.  Their programs include:
(note Blue words are live links click for more detail)

 (Click here to go to the Surrey Food Bank home page for more information.)


The Rotary Club of Surrey Visits The Surrey Food Bank – May 15th, 2012 Ajay Caleb 2012-05-15 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Roy Holman on May 07, 2012

Julie gave us an overview of the Youth programs and mentioned our early support of

The Junior Police Academy has been instrumental in its success.
Initially it has less than 100 6-10 year old participants this year will be 500 for the one week event.

The two students present Amy Saran and Baldeep Sahota told us about the Step Beyond and SPURS programs
which started last year.They explained the benefits of a close working relationship with the RCMP and how
they were able to provide good information to their peers when they returned to school to present their experiences.

Julie gave us the costing of the Programs : Step Beyond $4000:SPURS $20,000 and Junior Police Academy $6000.
At this time they need $7,000 for the SPURS  PROGRAM and  $3000 for the Academy. We advised we will look at
what we can do to assist when our Board meets on May 17th.

Here John Riley presents Julie and the Students with tokens of our appreciation for their presentation.



Posted by Ajay Caleb on Apr 30, 2012
Yes our May 1st meeting had an added flavor with two speakers from International locations that we are considering supporting in our International
scope of Community support.

These locations are as they say World's apart from our day to experiences in Surrey. B.C. 
Our first speaker was Fabian Ricketts From Jamaica

Fabian gave us some insight into the conditions in the Trenchtown area of Kingston. Fabian grew up in Ocho Rios (Spanish for eight Rivers)

vastly different to Trenchtown.His home area is a Tourist resort area. Trenchtown is a run down crime ridden area of Kingston. Highlited in Bob Marleys song Trenchtown Rock.

It is like a war zone controlled by Dons. Our prospective project is to support a Reading Centre that was founded in 1993 to give the children a chance to learn and a way out of the poverty and violence. Fabian said it is very needed that we get behind this project.

Our second speaker was :
Joseph Muchali from Namibia.  Joseph is familiar with the Windhoek area and went to school there
He outlined just like Jamaica there are Wealthy areas and extremely poor areas and as a result of many
Governing countries the Education system has become a real Hodge Podge with some kids having all the
tools and many others with nothing. Our Dictionary project would be a great step forward for many poor students who have nothing this will assist inr learning,  here is a link to add to the details.
President Ajay thanks Fabian Ricketts  and Joseph Muchali for their presentations with a token of our appreciation.


INTERNATIONAL NIGHT MAY 1st 2012 Ajay Caleb 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Investment Seminar -By Robert Deeg.

Posted by Bryce McElroy on Apr 23, 2012
Robert lead us through the path of wealth management and showed us the steps required to end up with the right amount to look after our
retirement years in a manner to which we are accustomed. The Key is planning with your Financial Advisor your strategy as early as you can 
and reviewing progress at least yearly. Finding the right person to assist you in your planning is equally important so this is where you start
find a planner you feel comfortable with so that you will get the most from your partnership.

The need to shore up the savings with protection to ensure our plan is completed even we are not there to do it ourselves.

Robert took us through the Life Cycle of Financial Planning for Retirement showing how actions we take in our 20's have a great effect on the 
results in our 60's. He showed us the many layers of income sources available at retirement and the value of Life sizing our residence and other
properties to enable a long and comfortable retirement. 
Here our own Financial Planner(retired) Bryce McElroy presents Robert with the traditional Club thank you gift. (photo by Bill Burnett)

Investment Seminar -By Robert Deeg. Bryce McElroy 2012-04-24 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ajay Caleb on Apr 16, 2012

The Rotary club of Surrey took their weekly meeting to Luke 15 House ( on April 17th.

We met “on location” to allow our club members to discover ways to help residents in the recovery program in the home, which has the highest success rate in the Lower Mainland.

The other reason was to encourage the residents of Luke 15 House by allowing them to meet a few Rotarians – a sampling of Rotarians around the world who care for others.  Since Rotarians adhere to the motto or “Service Above Self”, it was an opportunity to plant seeds of goodwill.

During our visit we were served a wonderful meal – prepared by one of the residents – and after a brief explanation of Rotary, four of the residents shared their stories.

We were touched to hear of how, often through a series of bad decisions, their lives spiraled ever downward.  Each of the residents recalled reaching a point of complete helplessness.  It was then that they finally admitted they needed help.

After paying their debt to society, each resident is ready to face challenges ahead of them.  Their path will not be easy, and we stand ready to help in some small way.



President 2011 - 2012

Rotary Club of Surrey
CLUB VISIT to LUKE 15 HOUSE Ajay Caleb 2012-04-17 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Richard Wareham on Apr 13, 2012
On saturday April 14th.2012 two car loads from Surrey headed south at the break of dawn to attend the District 5050 Assembly held in Mt Vernon Washington. President Ajay Caleb,Secretary Dick Wareham,President Elect John Riley and new Member Susan Thomas represented our Club,

We had a great selection of breakout sessions to attend a pity we did not convince more members to attend so we could cover them all.
over the next few weeks we will enlighten you with nuggets of information we obtained from the meetings. Here are some photos from the event.