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Minutes of June 26 2019 Business Meeting

Attendance:

Jerry Zdril - President and Chairperson
Roberta Zdril
Pat Hahn
Peter Herz
Rick Singh
Jeff Richards
Brian O’Ruairc
Deirdre O’Ruairc
Joanne Taylor
Rhonda Latreille

Guests:

Lynda Simpson
Dave Young, Sources
Sam Sangha - President Elect of Surrey Club

Welcome and Opening:

Jerry opened the meeting at 7:15 am, introduced and welcomed our guests and led the singing of the national anthem.

Rick offered the invocation.

Canadian Eyesite Global (CEG) 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner – August 18, 2019

Sam shared information about the CEG Gala Dinner Fundraising Celebration of 30 years of service.   A not-for-profit society, this organization has sponsored tens of thousands of free cataract surgeries to the needy and helpless in rural parts of India.

Gala Keynote Speaker:  Mark Daniel Maloney, Rotary International President

It was agreed that we should pull together a table of 10 or so for the event – a rare opportunity to meet the International President while supporting a great cause. 

We can also showcase our work and projects such as the Cambodia Orphanage and Thailand Hospice.  We will have a presentation looped on a computer.

Tickets $50 p/p
Dinner will be held at the Grand Taj Banquet Hall, 8388 128 St., Surrey, BC – 6:00 pm – 10:00 p.m.

Announcements:

1.       Central City — Community awareness events promoted at the booth.  Agreed that this booth was too far away to have impact for our club projects.  Jerry will respond on our behalf.

2.       Message from Pat - Johnny Walker Scotch event - food and scotch pairing event.  It was agreed that this would be a fun social for the club.  End of July or October?  Maximum 15 persons.  Rick offered to host.

3.       July Social would be the day before the Beer Garden.  It was suggested that we change the July Social to the following week and have an opportunity to debrief and review the Beer Garden experience.  Rick offered to host the social.

4.       Schedule;
        July 3 - no meeting. 
        July 10 regular business meeting
       July 17 last minute details before beer garden
       July 24 social at Rick and Leslie’s home.

5.       Pat - Sergeant at Arms - Happy Dollars - no sad dollars

6.       August 21 - reminder that District Director Brad will be here.

7.       July 21 - 4:30 - 8:00 District Governor Awards

$55 p/p.  Abbotsford Quality hotel.

8.       Orphanage in Haiti - Big steps little feet.  Jerry attended her presentation - looking at ways we might be able to contribute/participate.  Difficult to secure Morgan Weinberg as a speaker given her travel agenda but would like to attend when in Canada.  

9.      State House – for developmentally challenged individuals -  13th and State - rebuild kitchen.  Brian provide us with an update.  Kitchen does need renovations (electrical and drywall) as well as updated appliances.  
We can help to organize and offer the work — not dollars but coordinate the work.  Brian sent plans to a cabinet business for a quote. 

10.   Learning Center - Already had their graduation and failed to notify our club.  Jerry emailed principal and they said invitation just fell through.

11.  Jeff provided an update on the Rotary Field House work.  They are getting the Charters re-framed so they are the same and proposed that these be hung at the Field House.  Even though this would prevent the Charters from being portable, everyone agreed that this would be a nice touch to have them displayed at the Field House.    

Guest Speaker:  David Young

David offered greetings on behalf of White Rock Club as well as Sources.

Sources enjoys valued partnerships — Golf Tournament best ever.  Money for Rotary and Discover Why program (youth mental health program) - now have 3 years funding for this program.  Free help 15-25 years of age for counselling - no questions asked.  At 19, kids out of child mental health system and into adult mental health system.  Difficult if they don’t have a diagnosis.  Discover Why program supports kids who do not fit the criteria and early support and prevention.  They get to make the rules and respond to needs.  Now asked by Fed govt. to do more work with youth employment.

John presented our club with the first ever award for our Save On sponsorship.  He commented on how important it is to see how important Rotary is an essential part of fabric of our community.

Sources has a strong presence in White Rock and South Surrey and also work throughout Surrey.  Programs include homelessness preventions, food banks, autism support.  Have expanded services within Surrey, Delta and also Prince George and Parksville. 

They have become more of a province-wide community-based agency.
Center for child development to develop an early years program- approached by law foundation to do some poverty law work - add lawyer to team.  More work in youth employment services - especially those facing multiple barriers.  Help them become more job ready. 

New space for Langley food bank - now have a new location opened officially a month ago.  Already had 300 people at their door when it opened - support about 500 families.  Expanding work with developmental disabilities, customized employment.

Ken Stones — free dental clinic — need more volunteer dentists.  They have financial support and need dental support.  Started with Rotary funding years ago. 

John Block wanted to be here but won a cruise.  Hosted a little lunch at Bell’s, a partner in Save-On Food card program.  Some other sponsors were there.  Sold more than a million dollars of food cards.  Raised $170,000 for WR/SS food bank.  Darrel from SaveOn Foods was there.  Able to keep 17%.  Looking for more sponsors

Jerry thanked David and commented that the appreciation is reciprocated.

Adjournment:
Jerry adjourned the meeting at 8:31

 

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Minutes of June 12 2019 Business Meeting

Attendance:

Jerry Zdril - President and Chairperson
Roberta Zdril
Pat Hahn
Peter Herz
Jeff Richards
Scott Phemister
Chip Bowness
Brian O’Ruairc
Rhonda Latreille

 Guests:

Sandi Collins
Lynda Simpson

 Welcome and Opening:

Jerry opened the meeting at 7:19 am, and Scott led the national anthem.

Jerry introduced Sandi and Lynda, who attended our Shred Event and were interested in learning more about our Rotary Club.

Jerry asked all the members to introduce themselves to our guests and share a little bit about ourselves.

 

Rotary Minute:

Pat stepped in and shared when Rotary was first envisioned in Chicago in 1905 - intention was a networking organization. 
Had the wisdom to include as a cornerstone doing good deeds in the community.

 

Ceremony for the Cadets:

Pat and Chip shared again details about their participation in the Cadet Corp graduation.

Jerry suggested that we should consider asking someone from this group to serve as a guest speaker at one of our business meetings.

 

Announcements:

1.  State House — Jerry, Chip, Brian going on Thursday, June 12 to review the project to see if there is a way we can contribute and support. 
John Block will be our guest speaker at an upcoming meeting.

 

2.  Brad Whittaker, District Governor – Confirmed for August 21.

We had asked if this date could be changed to provide an opportunity for more members to attend. 
Brad was not able to change the date, so the original date of August 21 remains.

 

3.  Shred Wise Update:

Jeff distributed financial statements at the previous meeting and reviewed the highlights.

Scott confirmed that we are organized for November 2 for The Great Canadian Super Store.  Scott will be out of town that day. 
He won’t book 2 trucks, so we may have to deal with a dump run and return again.

 

4.  Installation:

Jeff is getting liquor license and liquor.  Roberta confirmed a 6:00 start with dinner at 6:30pm at Rotary Field House.

 

5.  Graduation at Learning Centre:

Chip to check out the date and time so we can attend to support the students and school.

 

6.  Beer Gardens — July 18 and August 15

Liquor permit still in process — approved and working through system.

Security arranged through BIA.

Insurance been covered.

Confirmed that we do have power.

Bert working on finding another fencing option.

Chairs confirmed for 340 plus bleachers in addition to 10 chairs for workers.

Tents, bleachers, portapotties all being taken care of.

Jerry working with 3 Dog Brewery and WR brewery for keg beer.  Red Truck can beer.

Scott spoke with a rep for wine.  Scott Suggested that boxes would be easier than bottle to manage and pour.  Scott is connecting with Everything Wine — 714 servings (5 oz serving).

Need 5 big tubs to put ice in to cool kegs.  The ones not connected to keganator still need to be kept cold.  Need to coordinate enough ice for that.

Jeff will look into offering debit in addition to credit card options that use the most efficient way to accept payment.

We need one more member from this group to sit on the organizing committee.  Next 3 weeks are the most critical.

Rhonda distributed draft flyer for promoting banner advertising on the south facing side of the fence. 
She is meeting with Ritu from the Chamber of Commerce about announcing the opportunity to their membership. 
Rhonda mentioned that she will also see if Alex from the BIA could distribute the flyer as well. 
Scott suggested that we first connect with the organizers to ensure that there would be no conflict with the promotion for the concert sponsors. 
Rhonda agreed to confirm with Alex.

 

7.  Sergeant at Arms:

Scott was very effective in collecting happy/sad dollars!
 

 Adjournment:

Jerry adjourned the meeting at 8:30 am.

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Minutes of May 22 Business Meeting
May 22 – Rotary Business Meeting
Attendance:
Jerry Zdril, President and Chairperson
Roberta Zdril
Peter Herz
Scott Phemister
Chip Bowness
Deirdre O’Ruairc
Brian O’Ruairc
Pat Hahn
Jeff Richards
Rhonda Latreille
 
Welcome and Call to Order
Jerry opened the meeting at 7:15am, Scott led the national anthem, and Peter offered the invocation.
A.  Funding Requests
1.  State House
Residence in South Surrey, asking for support to renovate kitchen.
We would like to visit and see the property. 
David, from State House, was at the Rotary Gala and happy to arrange a visit.
It was suggested that the meeting be arranged for late afternoon or evening. 
Jerry will share options and welcomed anyone to attend.
 
B.  Fund-Raising Events
1.  Beer Garden
Pat and Jerry met with organizing committee with White Rock Club hosting other beer gardens.
Objective is to have everything done by middle of June.  Next planning meeting on Monday, May 27. 
Bert has connection for fencing for a whole month. 
White Rock Club has plenty of tables>
Toilets arranged with BIA - city providing tent. 
WR Club selling VIP tables for $500 - 40 drink tickets associated with table.
 
White Rock Pier Fundraising Committee:  It was suggested from some of the other clubs that the dollars we raise at the beer events be donated to Pier fundraising.
After some discussion, it was determined that the local and international projects more deserving.
Three levels of govt. already contributing to pier. 
Our members not in favour of this use of our fundraising dollars.
Jerry will let our position be known to the other clubs.
 
2.  Shred Wise
Joanne confirmed prior to the meeting that the Friday Peace Arch News will have our Shred Wise ad. 
Peace Arch Pizza may supply pizza and Safeway will supply muffins.
 
Scott organizing everything for Safeway — tests and tables etc. 
Deridre has 2 tables to contribute for the event. 
 
It was agreed that we will just approach people who are bringing a lot of papers to be shredded to make a minimum donation. 
Donate first — then take their stuff to the truck. 
2 or 3 donation tables to catch them at beginning or end....
C.  Updates and Announcements
1.   Dr. Ken Stones -- Volunteer Dental Project
WR Peace Arch club hosted Dr. Stones as a speaker regarding the project to offer free dentistry for those in need.
They are need of volunteer dentists.
Each of us have a dentist - ask them if they can donate 8 hours in one year (2-4 hour shifts) to treat patients in the community who cannot afford an exam or simple procedures.  Sadly in need of dentists.  Also looking for dentists to go to Philippines - they have access to candy and pop and a real problem.  Will speak at a future meeting - Rick arranging dates.
2.  Cadet Graduation -- May 30
Both Chip and Pat attending on our behalf.  Looking for celebratory participants.  Held at Semiahmoo Fish and Game.
3.  Little Footsteps/Big Steps Project for Orphanage in Haiti
Morgan Weinberg ss not in Canada very often and would love to come and speak next time she is in Canada. 
Link to their FB page and like her organization.
4.  District Governor Visit -- August 21
Most members will not be available including our President so it was recommended that we request a date in September when their will be a better attendance.
5. Installation Dinner -- June 19
Rotaract Club invited as well as other clubs.
6. Minutes for Next Meeting
Rhonda announced that she will be away from Friday, May 24 -- Thursday, May 30.
Peter agreed to take minutes -- thanks, Peter.
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Minutes of May 8 2019 Business Meeting
Attendance:
Jerry Zdril, President and Chairperson
Roberta Zdril
Pat Hahn
Peter Herz
Deidre O’Ruairc
Scott Phemister
Jeff Richards
Alan Benson
Joanne Taylor
Rhonda Latreille
 
Welcome and Call to Order
Jerry called the meeting to order at 7:30am, Scott led the singing of national anthem and Jerry the offered invocation. 

Rotary Minute
Roberta spoke about Rotaract Charter Group recognizing how their energy and youth are making a great contribution.  Everyone agreed!
Jerry distributed a copy of their charter and card of appreciation for our support and contribution. 
They fund-raised $2,755 at the event for their Guatemala project.

Fund Raising Events:
 
  1.  Planning for Beer Night - White Rock Peace Arch and South Surrey Rotary Clubs
Very good second meeting about Beer Event.
Judith prepared a planning task list.
Eagle Eyes and Crash Test Dummies confirmed to perform.  They are internationally known, and we are expecting 10,000 or more attendance.

Can seat 392 in our tent area, utilizing a variety of seating arrangements.
Beer garden separate from general public - room for 1,000 - 1500 sitting for free in front of us.

Minimum ticket purchase - $20 - 3 tickets and chips. Jeff suggested that we have someone walking around selling tickets. 
It was recommended that the planning group revisit this price plan, and instead offer 2 ticket drinks for the $20 admission fee. 
There was concern that 3 drinks might be perceived as excessive.

Jerry reviewed the task plan and invited our membership to indicate how they would like to be involved and encouraged everyone to participate and find other volunteers as well.
The majority of this meeting was dedicated to reviewing the task plan to solicit participation and commitment.
Jerry to send out the list displayed and discussed at meeting.
 
  1.  Shred it
Joanne will arrange for a quarter page ad in Peace Arch News for Shred it.

Announcements and Updates:
      1.  Cambodia Project
We had discussed the possibility of arranging for our club members to join their families and meet Brian and Chip at the airport when they arrive on Saturday, May 11.  In an email, Chip acknowledged that they were appreciative of the support, and asked that we re-schedule our welcome back celebration to when they have a chance to get settled from the trip and long 22-hour flight.
We look forward to a welcome back celebration at a time that works for Chip and Brian.
 
  1. South Surrey Rotary Installation
John Hogan will conduct the installation and Alan will serve as the MC.
The installation will be held at the Rotary Field House.
 
  1.  Social Night – May 15
It was confirmed that we will meet at the Zapoteca Mexican Grill and Seafood located at:
15495 Marine Dr, White Rock, BC V4B 1C9.
Come and bring guests.
 
  1.  White Rock Peace Arch Club
Looking at the possibility to combine with another club. 
They have 20 members and typically only 8 participate actively at any time. 
Considering combining with us.  Potentially a very good fit with our two clubs bringing different value to the table.
Recommended that we attend each other’s meetings.
White Rock Peace Arch Club are looking for more hands-on type of events like the events we sponsor.  They get about $19,000 from BC Lottery, host a Christmas Gala, have established sponsors.
Jerry extended an invitation to our social. 
 
  1.  Chamber of Commerce Membership
Pat sent message to Ritu, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce about advertising/distributing our Shred It information to their members.  Members can send information to other members, so we would have to acquire membership to distribute this information.  Chamber have about 450 members at this time.
The membership for a non-profit is only $157, and they agreed to waive start-up fee for us.  Regular membership $250.
It was moved by Pat and seconded by Deidre that:
“We join the South Surrey White Rock Chamber of Commerce.”    
Motion Carried.

Adjournment
Jerry adjourned the meeting at 8:30 am
 
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Minutes of April 10 2019 Business Meeting
Attendance:
Jerry Zdril, President and Chairperson
Roberta Zdril
Renee Nicholson
Jeff Richards
Peter Herz
Pat Hahn
Scott Phemister
Deidre O’Ruairc
Rhonda Latreille
 
Guests:
Roo – Accredited Facility Dog
Christine Simmons
Todd Simmons
Elizabeth Tiley
Herb Latreille
 
Welcome and Call to Order:
Jerry introduced and welcomed our guests and called our meeting to order at 7:22 am.  
Scott led the singing of the national anthem and Peter offered the invocation.

Updates:

Social – April 17
Jerry confirmed that our social will be at the Verandah on the beach. 
We had considered a 5 pm start to better accommodate the shifts at the Verandah and subsequent to this meeting, it was later confirmed that the start time would remain at 6 pm.

Memorial for Don Boyce
No confirmed date as of this meeting.

District Conference Display
Due to a miscommunication there will be no table for us for our project after all.

Beer Garden
Jerry and Pat met with Alex from BIA.
MOU being reviewed and finalized. 
Meeting in 10 days to determine space requirements/tables and placements.  This will determine fencing and chairs etc.  Working through checklist prepared already.
 
Shred It - June 1
Roberta working on posters.
Shredwise - looking at another date in November.
Will discuss further at the Exec meeting next Wednesday

Cambodia Project Update
Deidre provided an update on the Cambodia project. 
Brian and Chip will need to stay longer than originally anticipated due to monsoons - festival shutting down community - electricity on and off. 
What an experience!  We are grateful for their contribution and relieved for their safety.
 
Presentation - Sophie’s Place - Christine Simmons
Renee introduced Christine and Roo.
 
Background:
When the pups born - go to puppy raisers (Roo still connected with his puppy raiser)
Trained right from the beginning - yellow cape - training all day Monday-Friday. 
Purpose bred for this work.  20% don’t graduate.  Costs about $35,000 to train a dog from birth to graduation.
After about 2 years - go to Calgary for advanced training.

Deployed to schools, RCMP, Sophie’s Place etc.
 
Roo was trained with another trainer was later handed over to Christine to serve as Roo’s handler. 
The handler is expected to be with Roo while working (except during a private interview with families or children.)
 
Accredited Facility Dog is not a Service Dog.
Facility dogs are trained to go to schools and support houses.  Since Roo is not a service dog, handler cannot take Roo to store for personal shopping and errands.
This is an 8 year commitment and they typically expect a dog to be working for about 10 years.

Roo has facebook, instagram and twitter accounts.

Roo Turned 3 Feb 20.
 
Sophie’s Place and Roos Role:
Sophie’s Place - Child And Advocacy Centre

Roo has been with Sophie’s place since October 1. 

Rotary metal is attached to Roo’s vest.  When Roo is ‘off cape’ – Roo is able to play and interact as a regular dog.

Sophie’s Place is unique in that offers victim services, RCMP liaison, city of Surrey services, as well as child development support.
When a child is coming through, very traumatic.  Can be interviewed in a supportive family room and Victim Services are there as well.  Victim Service Workers are now called Family Support Workers.
When child ready to be interviewed and if family is ok - Roo is there with the family. 

See about 200 children a year at Sophie’s Place.  60% don ‘t tell.  90% offenders known to child.  Many parents have experienced child trauma as well.  Many children share that they don’t want to leave Sophie’s Place.  Child tell their story once and all involved parties are there and available.

Roo also assists with Court testimony.
Handlers also took Facility Dogs to Immaculate Conception to be with kids after traumatic events.
Roo deployed around the province.

Big difference for kids having a dog present.

Family Support Workers carry the case from beginning to end and follow family through whole process.

Sohpie’s Place responsible for Roo - food, bath, liability etc.  So have to fund raise and apply for grant, etc.  Roo’s care is about $4000-$5000/year.
Seeing if Bosley’s will be able to help with food and baths.
Handler must submit monthly reports to PADS.
 
Jerry thanked Christine and Roo.
 
Adjournment
Jerry adjourned the meeting at 8 :30 am.
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Minutes of April 3 2019 Business Meeting
Attendance:
Jerry Zdril, President and Chairperson
Roberta Zdril
Jeff Richards
Peter Herz
Bob Gray
Rick Singh
Pat Hahn
Scott Phemister
Deidre O’Ruairc
Rhonda Latreille

Guest:
DawnLynn Bowness
 
Welcome and Call to Order:
Jerry called our meeting to order at 7:15am, Scott led the singing of the national anthem and Pat offered the invocation.

In Memory of Don Boyce:
Jerry invited each member to share Individual memories and their experience of Don Boyce.  Dawnlynn recorded the sentiments on her phone.

His wisdom and humanity were common themes.  He could always be counted upon to remind/refocus the discussion to what was important.  Always the gentleman and professional, he’ll be remembered wearing his sports jacket to every function, even cleaning up the park.  Don loved Bryant Park and it was suggested that we might want to check with his family about funding a bench or rock in his name. 
Don had a profound impact on all he met, and his presence and contribution will be deeply missed.
 
The pre-arranged guest speaker not able to come today, we were all grateful for the opportunity to dedicate the meeting in appreciation to Don’s memory.

Updates:

ShredWise
Roberta contacted about second time - Nov 2 or Nov 23.  Recommended November 2nd.
Scott wondered if we should consider a different location for second event.
Pat mentioned that we haven’t seen any slowdown yet - but what about other exposure like Grandview?  Walmart and Superstore supportive of those type of events.
Agreed to explore other potential spots and see what might be available.
 
Rick suggested we might want to explore a partnership with Staples to pool our efforts for a ‘shred month?’ 
We could promote it together for an entire month and this might generate some good interest. 
Rick to see if Staples might be interested in partnering with us on a ‘Shred Month’ fundraising project.

District Conference - April 11-14
Offering various 1 or 2 day packages now. 
We are setting up a display - members attending the conference will vote on best display.  Prize is $1,000 US$. 
Deidre coordinating directly with Joan to prepare and have her take our display with her.
Jerry only available to attend for one day.

Rotary World Work Day – April 27
Jerry discussed how we could be involved with one of the 2 Hospice events, Thrift Store event or beach clean-up events.
Will explore further at our Exec Meeting.
 
Rotaract Installation Charter Night – May 4
No location yet confirmed.
 
Ticket to Ride Dance – October 19
Rick’s daughter, Victoria, was able to secure 2 tickets for the silent auction for a White Caps international game.  Thanks, Victoria!

We all agreed to start on the silent auction items in August this year.

Passport to Fun Wind-Up Meeting
Roberta attended and reported back that the event earned net proceeds of about $200 and this will be donated to the Rotaract’s Guatemala project.

Beer Gardens – July 18 and August 15
Pat and Jerry met with Alex, John and Elaine on Monday to discuss Beer nights.
Full planning process now.  Alex presented a MOU identifying responsibilities and insurance - $1,000  (500/club) for deferment of their upfront costs. We get all the profits so $1,000 is not a lot to contribute.  For discussion at next meeting. 
 
We will need lots of volunteer support to run the gardens. 
There is a requirement for additional people to step forward. 
Food/beer/tents/fence etc....  Set up/take down/garbage/servers... 
Jerry will provide a list of volunteer needs and opportunities, and will have this ready for our members to review and sign up. 
We’ll need more volunteers than simply our membership, so we’ll have to extend our reach. 

Next Club Social – April 17
We all agreed to meet at the Veranda café on the beach next to the Washington Avenue Grill. 
The Veranda agreed to stay open longer to accommodate our social event. 

Next meeting – Christine Simmons from Sophies Place with Roo the Support Dog.
Make sure you bring lots of folks!

Member Updates:
Everyone commented on how great it was to receive our Cambodia Project 'sit-reps.' with pictures!
Nice to have Scott back from his vacation.

Adjournment:
Jerry adjourned the meeting at 8:30 am.
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Minutes of March 27 2019 Business Meeting
Attendance:

Jerry Zdril, President and Chairperson
Roberta Zdril
Jeff Richards
Peter Herz
Pat Hahn
Joanne Taylor
Deidre O’Ruairc
Rhonda Latreille
 
MEMBER UPDATE:
It is with a very heavy heart that we announce that on Friday, March 29, Don Boyce passed away. 

Don made a significant contribution to his community and Rotary, and deeply touched and impacted everyone who had the privilege to come into his strong, wise, and gentle presence. 
​​​​​​​He will be greatly missed.
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Welcome and Call to Order:
Jerry called our meeting to order at 7:15am led the singing of the national anthem and Roberta offered the invocation

Updates and Projects:
1.  Exec Meeting last week - Joan taking over for Emery right now.
 
2.  Shred it - Scheduled for June 1
Roberta will contact Ocean Park Safeway.
It was suggested that we explore another Shred It event in November following our Dance.
Roberta to check this out.
 
3. Dance -- Ticket to Ride - October 19
Confirmed date with Legion. 
Start collecting the silent auction items in August. 
Rick’s daughter works with Whitecaps — seeing if she can acquire 2 signed jerseys? 
Half price discount for tickets are also an option.
 
4 Beer Gardens - July 18 and August 15 (Thursdays)
Meeting next week with BIA
 
5.  Rotaract Update :
Sponsor 2 Rotaract members for our club - we will get confirmation — Meaghan and Lexie?

Funding for Guatemala project - asking for $1,000.  Bring it up for a motion at the next exec meeting.
Peter suggested that we cut it down to $500 given that we are such a small club.
Jerry acknowledged Peter’s position, and feels that since we have the money and more fund raisers coming up, and given the Rotaract’s efforts and presence in the community, Jerry suggests that we keep it at $1,000. 
Pat recommends as well that we support these young people as much as possible.    We have about $3,500 for projects. 

A gift for Rotaract’s Charter installation was also discussed – perhaps we could purchase flags for the Club.
Scheduled for May 4 - shortlist location to Westcoast Gardens and Taj -  stand up tables - $25-30 per ticket.

6.  District Conference - April 11-14
Low on registrations - $350 US$ hotel $200-250 US$ per night - display projects - best project win $1,000 - promote only 1 project. 
We don’t have to be there - were going to charge $50 but now at no cost. 
Connect with Joan - Deidre and Jerry will coordinate this. 
Jerry may to available to attend for one day only.
 
7.  Contribution to help the costs for Brian and Chip
Out of Cambodia Club budget. 

Motion:  Moved by Jeff and seconded by Jerry that:
“That we amend our original motion to cover the vaccination costs to instead provide $2,000 per person to help to cover some of their expenses for however they wish to apply the funds.”

We agreed that we would also circulate to all members for their approval as well.

8.  Membership Updates :
Jeff sent out dues invoice for first 6 months.

Emery is doing well with his cancer treatments.

9.  Adjournment :
Jerry adjourned the meeting at 8:30 am.
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Minutes of March 13 2019 Business Meeting
Attendance:
Jerry Zdril, President and Chairperson
Jeff Richards
Peter Herz
Pat Hahn
Joanne Taylor
Alan Benson
Rhonda Latreille
 
Guests:
Meaghan Jones
Lexie Wynne
 
Welcome and Call to Order:
Jerry called our meeting to order at 7:20am, Meaghan and Lexie led us in the national anthem, and Peter offered the invocation.

Up Coming Events – Fund Raising
1. 5 Club Breakfast – March 16, 2019
Greeters - traffic directions and take down/clean up. 
Use one-way driveway. 
Come at 7:30 - tickets say start at 8:30.
No more ticket money turned in today.
Rotaract running kids corner and flipping pancakes.
 
2. Shred – It – June 1, 2019
Jerry provided us with an update. 
Scheduled for June 1 with Shredwise.
Will contact Ocean Park Safeway. 
Tino wanted to know if we were interested in another Shred it date in the fall?
Everyone felt this would be a good opportunity to explore for October – November.
 
3.Dance with Ticket to Ride - October 19
Same ‘Fab Four’ band for this event.
The Legion is confirmed for that date as well. 
 
4.Sassy Awards
Last President’s Meeting - Jerry let them know that we could not participate in Sassy award. 
Asked if White Rock Learning Centre wants to sponsor Sassy award and we reimburse them. 
Club members agreed with Jerry’s assessment that this was probably too late to explore and arrange and therefore not a good idea this year.
We may choose to revisit for the following year.
 
Up Coming Events – Announcements
1. District Training Assembly - March 23
Room for one more from our club.
 
2. Water expert – informal presentation – March 24
Semiahmoo Mall.
 
3. District Conference - April 11-14
Jerry commented that the registrations are low.
Suspected that the dollar exchange is probably contributing to the lower Canadian registration.
Linda Murray announced that there is an award for best project display at Conference.
We can use same one that we use at breakfast. 
Hall and video facilities available.  $50 charge to participate at display. 
We don’t have to be there but would be a good idea...  Short one page description about who we are and what we do?  What about our brochure? 
 
4. Rotaract Charter Night - May 4
Location to be announced.
 
5. District Governor Installation - July 21
Quality in in Abbotsford - Brad Whittaker will be installed as Governor.
 
6. District Club Visit - August 21
This is a slow time for our club due to vacations. 
We’ll see if we can reschedule to get greater attendance.
 
Member Update :
Deidre prepared 3 cards -  get well cards for Emery and Don and a sympathy card for Cliff’s family.
Everyone signed the cards and Jerry agreed to mail them out. 
Pat spoke with Emery - started chemo and treatment.  Pat shared that he was very positive, pleased, and grateful.
Memorial for Cliff is Friday, at 2 pm.
 
Guest Presentation:
Jerry introduced Meaghan Jones and Lexie Wynne.
 
Jerry met at RYLA and Rotaract meetings. 
How they started at RYLA - pictograph gift for our club and shows how active they are.
The new club on the block.
Meaghan and Lexie are Incoming co-presidents.
 
Intro recap 2018-2019

2018 Big Year
End of February - Laura’s coffee corner – Meetings on Wednesday evenings.
May - RYLA Magic happened - 6 members are from RYLA.
Partnering with Peninsula Club - Bread Run for Women’s Shelter.
June - First Post RYLA meeting - excited to be involved and engaged.
July - Beer Garden - White Rock Club and Port Moody Rib Fest. Rotaract and Rotary Clubs.
August 2018 Rotaract installations.
August - more beer Gardens - 5 corners - ABBA themed concert.
August - Langley Rotary 1st annual Rib fest.
September - First outreach trip to Guatemala - VP of Hands of Peacemaking- Everett Rotary Club.
Pumpkin carving social in October - donations to food bank.
November - World kindness day - coffee and donuts to fire hall - 50 firefighters there - training night.
First Guatemala fundraiser - $725 raised...pub night.
Nov - Sock Drive - 2600 pairs of socks to Options Community Services in Surrey - King George and 64th.
 
December - 12 days of Kindness - Random Acts Of Kindness
Day 1 - Beach clean-up at WR beach.
Day 2 - Delivered poinsettias and cards to Langley high schools admin staff - thanking for all they do.
Day 3 - 100 care packages delivered to Options.
Day 4 - Positive messages on sticky notes - SFU Burnaby - encouragement throughout school exam season.
Day 5 - Christmas cards to seniors in local senior living community.
Day 6 - Self-care day to be kind to ourselves - reading etc....
Day 7 - Surrey eagles game - hand out candy canes to kids - teddy bear toss that night.
Day 8 Park clean up centennial park in WR (already very clean!)
Day 9 - Delivered 100 hand written cards to folks in hospital.
Day 10 - Poinsettias and plants to Laura.
Day 11 - Photo albums created for Rotary club sponsors.
Day 12 — Pay it forward - keep it going brought cookies, etc.  Christmas dinner - Seniors Luncheon at the Woman’s place.

WOW!!!

2019
January - Guatemala bottle drive $202 and $150 more.
Presentation at Peace Arch Rotary club - Guatemala project.
Valentines cards handed out at Surrey Memorial Hospital at the NICU.
YAIL 2019 - Meaghan and Lexie facilitators.
Musical BINGO - WR Rotary Club.
Hockey social fundraiser - $425 selling tickets - Surrey Eagles Game.
PETS in Seattle- Lexie attended.
March - Krispy Kreme sale - Safeway - $430.
 
Guatemala Project
August 16-25 2019. District 5050 Rotaract Clubs - 5 clubs going.  Fundraising for the trips.
Installing the Aller Stove - more economical and environmentally friendly and less smoke so better for their health.  Positive for women and children’s health - especially babies.  Stoves manufactured in Guatemala. 
Install 65 stoves for 65 families in Guatemala - 14 hour drive from G city...  whole village - village assigned to this project.
 
Goal is to fully fund project - each stove is about $250 US$ and costs Rotaract about $2750 Cdn p/p to go - so have to raise about $10,000+ Cdn side and US side.
$2750 - 8 going from Rotaract Club, so have to raise 22,000. Will personally cover any shortfall.
Asking for $2000 from each Rotary club - $1000 for stoves and $1000 for travel - asking for half of that from South Surrey Club.
Fundraisers - Vancouver Giants game — March 22.
Charter Night - May 4.
Beyond the Eyes Concert - WR Band - Roxy Cabernet May 24.
So far raised $1000 for stoves and $5600 dollars for trip. Each member had to put in $250 each.
Security issues - on compound and provided somewhat with organized group.
Jerry thanked them!
Offered to pay membership fee for first year if they want to join our club!
Will confirm our amount of donation at our next Exec Meeting.
 
Adjournment:
Jerry adjourned meeting at 8:36am.
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Minutes of March 6 2019 Business Meeting
Attendance:
Jerry Zdril, President and Chairperson|
Roberta Zdril
Jeff Richards
Peter Herz
Deidre  O’Ruairc
Carlos Galvez
Rhonda Latreille
 
(Alan and Rick texted their best during the meeting)

Guests:
Eva Galvez
Chuck Keeling, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.
 
Call to Order and Welcome
Jerry called our meeting to order at 7:20am and welcomed our guests.  Carlos led the singing of the national anthem, and Roberta offered the invocation.

Rotary Minute:
Deidre talked about the importance of telling our Rotary story.  It is a great story and a compelling story. 
She shared that we are fortunate to enjoy some significant donations from Brian telling our story to someone he met through their business. 

Deidre prepared the article for the Peace Arch News about our work with the Learning Centre and in collaboration with Pat, worked on a story about our international projects.  This is a great way to spread the word, educate our community and attract Membership!

Announcements – Upcoming Events

Passport to Fun - Thursday March 7
Come out and have Fun!  Clubs to intermingle and meet new friends.

District Training Assembly - April 7, 2018
Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey Campus

Each club is required to pay for 5 positions and Jerry asked for expressions of interest to attend.
Jerry, Roberta, Deidre and Rhonda offered to attend.
 
District Conference - April 8-14
Registration low (only 100 or so).
It was acknowledged that especially given the exchange rate – this is an expensive event, with expenses climbing to about $1000+ per person.

Next year the Conference will be held at Harrison Hot Springs and this should make it much more reasonable for Canadian participants.

District Awards – April 14
Jerry mentioned that there are a number of awards where we should consider making nominations. 
Everyone agreed that we should put Brian and Chip’s names forward and Jerry will look into the best category to make the nomination. 

Jerry gave some information about why the ‘Avenues of Service’ may be more appropriate than the ‘International Projects’ Category.  We will also likely submit for the Rookie of the Year award as well. 
Jerry agreed to circulated more details in preparation for further discussion at the Executive Meeting.

Rotaract Charter Night - May 4
Roberta and Jerry went to their planning meeting last week. 
No sit down meal - buffet or applies.  They want the event to be as informal as possible.

Everyone invited to participate and support.

Jerry shared with the Rotaract President that we offered a 1 year membership to encourage their members to join our club as well.  The Rotaract President felt that they would probably have two folks interested.

New Governor Nominee Brad Whittaker – Sunday, July 1
Jerry announced that Brad Whittaker from the Chilliwack Rotary Club is on the Leadership Team for the Rotary International District 5050.  Brad is serving as Governor Nominee.
 
PETS Conference – New Governor to attend our Meeting - August 21
Jerry shared that the new Governor is scheduled to attend our club meeting on August 21. 

It was suggested that this is not a good time, as many members are away on vacation. 
Perhaps we can re-schedule?  Agreed to revisit at our next Exec meeting.  Rotaract Conference in

Vancouver -- October 25-27.

Friday evening social event - trying to get as many Rotarians as possible to attend this social in support of the Rotaract members.
More info coming.
Usually get 800-900 Rotaract from West Coast.

Updates  – Fund Raising Events

5 Club Breakfast - March 16
Roberta is organizing the Greeters, and asked us to be there at 7:30 am.  The Breakfast starts at 8:30 am.  Roberta will provide more details at the next meeting. 
 
Shred it
Roberta contacted Shredwise - Tino ok to work with us. 
Next week we should know what dates are open for him.

Ready-Steady-Go
Still waiting to hear back about dates for when the band is available.

Announcements -- Member info:
Cliff Annabel just passed away last night from a heart attack.  Members expressed shock and regret over significant loss to family,  community and friends.
Jeff to let us know how best to offer our condolences and support to family.

Deidre announced that Don Boyle is in Peace Arch Hospital.  A number of members expressed interest in visiting Don in the hospital.
Deidre shared that Don and Iola will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary in May, and Don will be celebrating his 90th birthday in April!

Guest Speaker:  Chuck Keeling, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Responsible Gambling, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.

Jerry introduced Chuck, sharing that Chuck grew up in horse racing/gaming industry in Orangeville, Cloverdale, Victoria. 
Managing 2 race tracks at 24.  Great Canadian Gaming acquired race track and retained Chuck to oversee horse racing activities.  In 2013, Chuck became VP of stakeholder relations - Govt., Community, Charities, Media.  Sits on multiple nonprofit boards.

Elements:
Chuck started his presentation with information about Elements in Cloverdale.
Opened in 1976 - gone through various iterations and renovations in 1996.  As slot machines were expanding into province - race tracks knew they had to get into the game...  2004 - permissions to add slot machines - Great Canadian Gaming bought Race course - rebranded to Elements.

Gaming Revenues:
Casino industry not regulated by BC Lottery Corp.  Ministry of Attorney General regulators.
Gambling revenue goes to BC Lottery Corp - Great Canadian Gaming - get 33 cent dollars.  1.4 B $ from gambling for Province.
City of Surrey receives about $4m from Elements - close to 50 million since slots introduced - capital to rec centre etc.
Support charities and nonprofits - 2017 supported 44 charities - provincial community gaming grant program - some Rotary clubs have received $ from them
Charity of Choice - Sophie’s Place and now Music Heals.  Sources, etc...  Support local venders.  Invested about 90 million into facility and pay property taxes of $400,000/year.

Problem gamblers - 3% of population in general - lottery tickets - internet, casinos etc...
Everyone is trained to identify red flag behaviours and try to course correct - bar from facilities, counselled on floor, awkward conversations.

Money Laundering:
Top of news last 1.5 years.  Front lines of this story.  Disturbed by the allegations.
Casinos, banks, credit unions, - allegations of turning a blind eye and corners cut for $.
If casinos don’t comply with regulations,  casinos not in business, face criminal issues and lose licenses.

Challenges with anti-money laundering laws only work if EVERYONE doing their job.  Casinos report large or suspicious transactions and then goes to regulators and law enforcement (5 different entities). Any gap in the process and there are problems.
Casinos, government and regulators still trying to identify and fill gaps.  Lots of surveillance.
E.g. - River Rock audited about 25 times per year internally or externally.  Tremendous media attention - Casino operators doing their job - suspicious cash was reported... 48 recommendations came out of review and they are taking them seriously and implementing them.

Misunderstanding that a person can come into Casino with a bag a cash, gamble and cash out with cheque – not so.

Actually happening was:
VIP gamblers have typically been foreign nationals - kids go to school here - while here, go to underground bank and get a loan and go to River Rock. 
Give identification details.  Play/gamble - perhaps they lost $ or lose a percentage and cash out.  Buy in with cash and leave with cash.
Where the laundering was happening was that individual borrowed from underground bank that would loan $ to individuals - back in China paying money back through a multi-step process.  Casinos conduit, not a nexus. 

Since 2015, if in excess of $10,000 have to give identifying information, and at $20,000, must also provide a declaration as to where money came from (source info) when buying chips - that info is now on file. 

Fund Raising:
Use to be that Casinos could sponsor casino nights with a non-profit — not anymore.  Provincial government phased out - now grant application - 5000 organizations throughout province access this - Surrey and Surrey Guilford Rotary - have to be applied for a specific project with budget etc.

$4b NET profits.

Chuck believes the BC model good - BC govt retains strong % of money

Significant reforms since 2015 and revenues continue to increase! Industry still growing.

VIP not a big part of the business - regular everyday business is largest part - dinner, show, play with $100...  most of the money comes $100-$200 player - not the high roller.

Jerry introduced and thanked speaker.

Next Meeting Guests:
Rotaract presenting next week -  Lexxi and Meaghan

Adjournment:
Jerry adjourned the meeting at 8:30 am.
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February 6 Speaker

Thanks again to Peter for acting as Scribe

 

Present Jerry Zdril, Peter Herz. Bob Gray, Brian O'Ruairic, Joanne Taylor, Scott Phemeister, Chip Bowness. Pat Hahn, Rick Singh, Don Boyce, Geoff Richards. Late Dierdre O’Ruairic.

 

Speaker David Young, CEO of Sources

 

Announcements

District 5050 conference has low attendance registered so far. A Brochure was handed out.

 

5 Club Breakfast (proceeds to Sources) Scheduled for Saturday Mar. 16. Chip reported on the last meeting. The earlier start was accepted according to the minutes. Brian will supply project pictures updated. Alan will take over from Chip when he is away. 5 People from our club are signed up as volunteers so far. There is space at the church for Rotary stuff. Scott will also deliver stuff to Alan.

 

Rotaract Hockey social is this Friday at the South Surrey arena. Doors open at 6:30. Proceeds go to the Rotaract project in Guatemala.

 

Shred it is planned for June. Scott had no progress to report. Roberta Zdril will take over from Scott. Wine event was not discussed at 5 president’s meeting Jerry will follow up.

Geoff reported that we have received another anonymous donation of $15000. Discussion of letter and picture followed with emphasis on anonymous.

 

Speaker

Jerry introduced with information from internet that Dave did not know was there. Dave was born in Germany and came to Canada as a child. He has worked in many social areas and many parts of B.C. including as B.C. Director of Child Services.

Dave reported that Sources is a very broad group of Social Services with a minimum of Directors.  It had a budget last year of 22 million dollars and spends less than 10% on administration. They have a Society and a foundation. The foundation has a separate board and spends less than 2% on administration.

They work in a number of areas including children and youth, supervised visits to families (tricky), confidential services, operation of community houses.

 

They have therapists and operate throughout the province. They have had employment centres but are stopping that service as it was provincially funded, and the province will now go in a different direction. Dave pushed the Coldest Night of the Year walk. Sources is starting a community Investment fund which already has 1.5 million dollars of a planned $3million. It will run programs such as a book program costing $40 per person per year and a Discover Why program for youth 13 to 25+ years old with no fee and already having 12 to 14 people though not officially started yet.

Partnerships are very satisfying for both staff and volunteers. Geoff thanked the speaker.

Sergeant Scott collected happy bucks from Pat, Geoff, Peter and Don late fees from Joann and Dierdre and fined Gerry for forgetting the Sergeant last week

 Don still has Save on food cards. Adjourned at 8:37

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Visit to Learning Centre
  

Thanks to Peter for acting as Scribe

Present                   

Jerry Zdril              Roberta Zdril         Peter Herz

Dierdre O’Ruaric  Brian O’Ruaric      Pat Hahn

Don Boyce             Al Benson              Chip Bowness

Guests: Chip’s wife, Donna-Lynn; Teachers- Rory, Susan and Janice

 

This meeting was at the Learning Centre - Call to order at 7:15

 

There are now about 180 students at the Learning Centre – aged about 15 to 19 at day time and aged 19+ at night.  Their graduation is similar to regular school. 

Small number allows more 1 on 1 time with teachers.  Many students have part time jobs especially now when the economy is booming. 

Last year 42 graduated from the Learning Centre and at least 6 went back to regular schools.  There was discussion of smoking and drugs. 

Cell phone use is prohibited in classes except where their use is taught as a tool.  Students are taught to do “the right thing” but do not believe use of cell phones is not right.

There is a connection with the R.C.M.P. and other external resources. 

A hand out was distributed re Community Cohort which includes the bicycle repair program, woodworking, robotics and carving. 

Many questions were asked and answered.  The German system was explained by Chip where apprentices wear different hats from journeymen.

Don mentioned the uniqueness of Rotary and the Learning Centre.

We toured the facilities which seem quite inadequate.  A plea for ideas for new facilities was made.  Some requirements were listed including closeness to transportation and we asked for the requirements to be put in writing so we can distribute them to the 5 clubs.

There are 5 Learning Centres in Surrey.  The one in South Surrey/White Rock is the only one that has not moved.

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Minutes of Jan 23 Business Meeting
Present:
Jerry Zdril                Roberta Zdril               Peter Herz              Pat Hahn                 Chip Bowness             Dierdre O’Rourke
Alan Benson           Don Boyce                   Rick Singh               Geoff Richards       Scott Phemister
 
Call to order 7:15
 
No guests, no Rotary minute though Alan did mention original members.
 
Shredding Event
A letter from Urban Impact was read.  They are no longer doing free events.  Wise Owl is an alternative though they charge $400 for 4 hours.  Since we can make $4000 net some felt $400 was a small amount.
 
Beer Garden
BIA (Business Improvement Association) is very supportive and may provide funding, tables or chairs etc.  Dates not yet set but will be one in July and one in August.  Dates will be set by next meeting.  Space was questioned but Pat reported there is lots.  Expect to make $4000 x 2 net.  Some up front money is required which could be lost in case of rain out.  Security is one cost but is at least partly cancelable.  Weather insurance is to be studied.  Volunteers are required but there are two Rotary clubs and Rotaract involved.  Ability to sell 50/50 tickets was questioned and food space rental to a Mexican group was mentioned.  Sale of Margaritas was questioned.  Beer and Wine will be available. 
Some drink tickets will be purchased to get into area.  3 dog brewing and White rock Brewing have indicated interest.  Donation of beer questioned.  Pizza sale by Rotary suggested but keeping it warm and food safe were mentioned as problems.  Our small tents are also available.
 
5 Club Breakfast
Next meeting id Jan 31.  Chip was looking for support to propose an earlier start and stop.  Chip corrected last talk to include White Rock Club in clean up.  Greeters still to be set. List of volunteer duties to be set up.  Team breakfast for soccer clubs proposed.
 
Grant Seminar
3 of our members attended.  Two are required.  Dierdre and Jerry will be our official reps.  It was proposed Chip also be involved because of his experience.  Chip said he does not have a Rotary number as a member of our club but Jerry sais it was being pursued.  Technical requirements seem high for some areas.
 
Carved Bear
Rick has offered $200.  Jerry still hopes to get at least $400.  Value is near $1200. 
Herb, the carver and donor, is to be contacted.  Scott is considering buying it as a wedding present.
 
Gift Cards
Don still has these for sale.
 
NEXT MEETING will be at the learning centre Jan 30..  Rick to buy breakfast makings
Invoices coming.
 
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Minutes of January 9 2018 Business Meeting

Attendance:
Jerry Zdril, President and Chairperson
Roberta Zdril
Don Boyce
Pat Hahn
Peter Herz
Chip Bowness
Scott Phemister
Alan Benson
Joanne Taylor
Jeff Richards
Bob Gray
Rhonda Latreille

Guest:
Emery Dosdall

****Has since been confirmed that January 16 will be our Executive Meeting, and the Social evening is confirmed for the club at the 3 dog Brewery.***

Call to Order and Welcome

Jerry called the meeting to order at 7:16 Scott led the singing of the national anthem and Don offered the invocation.

Rotary Minute

Roberta shared that she and Jerry have been going to Riverview where a container is stationed to collect medical equipment items to go to the Philippines.  Happening this Saturday.  She encouraged members to check it out.

Passport to Fun Event - March 7

Event purpose is to have fun, intermingle and meet other members from other clubs.  Held at the Rotary Field House, will share more information as details evolve.


Announcements: 

1.  Coldest night of the year confirmed - Feb 23

Fred registering a group under Rotary - hoping to get 50...might be optimistic..

Register online at Sources website — can register under a team name - Jerry to distribute more details as they are released - Cost is $25 per person, and if you raise $150, cost waived.  Funds support homeless shelters etc.

2,5,10 Kim walk all start at Maple and down promenade

2.  Beer Garden - will be meeting with Alex - nothing new to report

3.  Save On Food Cards
Sold $1 million in gift cards - provides $165,000 to food bank - for every $1 they get, Sources can often turn that into $3 worth of food.

Especially helpful as funds go to Sources all year round, not just a Christmas rush.

4.  District Conference – April 11 – 14

Pat Bond - early bird discount registration no longer available.  About $1400 overall costs when you add up registration, hotels and exchange, etc. 

Emery shared that the facility is outstanding and the event is exceptional.

5.  Polar Bear Swim

Chip and Brian went for a dip at the East Beach!

We did receive a receive a grant for printing posters for the event, so there will likely be no more costs to us. 

John Makepeace moving off and next year this will be coordinated by Lindagene. 

Scott asked for clarification regarding the promotion of this event.  It was promoted as a White Rock Rotary event when it is actually a Five Club Event.  Emery acknowledged that this was a mistake and will be corrected in future events. 

6.  Shredit - involved Urban Impact and support Sassy.  Scott prepared a letter to Shredit and they will get back to us end of January.  Jerry thanked Scott for his excellent letter.

7.  5 Club Breakfast Meeting – March 16

Held this year at White Rock Baptist church.  Peter has served as our club rep for years, and Chip volunteered to be our new rep.  Chip and Peter attended meeting on January 5. 

Same as last year more or less - we are on clean up excluding the kitchen. 

Parking lot - everything must be restored to its original status.  5 areas we would be responsible for.  Church member coordinating this and has been involved in event planning in the past. 

Will likely need a member job coordinator plus 1 in charge of crew - outside 2 people and inside 4 people. 

20 tables maximum.  Beautiful facility!  A lot of discussion about enhancing event - give away something every 15-20 minutes, e.g. $25 Save On food card.  We can promote and demo our club projects — would need someone to help coordinate this so that it looks professional.  Might have an area for children - have Rotaract look at this.

Greeting very important - Create more vibrancy.

Parking and Welcoming – Church rep talked about how important it is to make people feel welcome as they drive up - Welcome, please park at.... or hand out Rotary info.  At building, need a welcome person as well.  Signage and floppy street balloon.

8.  Rotaract Bottle Drive

Rotaract raising funds for a trip to distribute ovens to Guatemala to help to install stoves.  Will be asking us for some funding support.  Letter will be coming to make a formal request.

9.  50/50 District Grant

We are approved and we need to match their grant.  Received US $8500 grant we have to match. 

Jerry, Roberta, Deidre and Chip meeting to review next steps. 

10.  Paul Harris Award Pins

Jerry asked Emery to make presentation:

Emery shared that the Paul Harris Award Pins were originally introduced to honour achievements of Rotarians,  recognized on basis of US$1000 contribution. 

Emery recognized and honoured Jeff Richards and Bob Gray for their contributions and meeting this milestone. 

It is so much more than just putting on a pin - need to recognize their generous contributions to Rotary Foundation.  Probably the most honoured Foundation without taking money into admin — funds used only used for communities.  Started as a commitment to get rid of polio - today 26 cases reported  - expended several billion dollars.  Many other projects as well.

President Jerry presented the pins and recognized both Jeff Richards and Bob Gray. 

11.  New Member Induction - Roberta Zdril

Emery reminded us of our duty to bring new members in order to increase influence and spirit of Rotary.

Roberta was a honourary member and now is being welcomed enthusiastically as a full member — sponsored by Jerry Zdril.

Roberta has demonstrated exemplary dedication, commitment and character as a honourary member, and everyone is pleased and appreciative to have Roberta now serve as a full member. 

Formally inducted at this meeting. 

12.  Misc.

Scott away next week and then middle of Feb - middle of April

Rhonda and Herb away Jan 16 - Feb 6.  Peter offered to take the regular meetings – thanks Peter!

13.  Adjournment

Jerry adjourned the meeting at 8:30 am.

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Minutes of December 19 2018 Business Meeting

Attendance:

Jerry Zdril, President and Chairperson
Roberta Zdril
Don Boyce
Pat Hahn
Peter Herz
Chip Bowness
Scott Phemister
Rick Singh
Carlos Galvez
Jeff Richards
Rhonda Latreille

Guest:
Eva Galvez


Call to Order and Welcome

Jerry called the meeting to order at 7:15, Scott led the singing of the national anthem and Carlos offered the invocation.


1.  Sources Coldest night of the year confirmed - Feb 23

Fred registering a group under Rotary - hoping to get 50...might be optimistic…

Register online — can register under a team name - Jerry to distribute more details as they are released.

2,5,10 Klm walk all start at Maple and down promenade.

 

2.  Beer Garden Presentation -- Peace Arch Club at Hazelmere 

Jerry, Roberta, Pat and Rhonda attended. 
Dick presented info about Beer Garden experience and provided good detail of their experience.  Pat prepared a summary of his points and distributed to club members. 

Suggest a 2-drink minimum to get into beer garden area to avoid people taking seats and not purchasing anything. 

Need to confirm with Alex the ‘footprint’ at East Beach and this will inform where the tent should be - need event permit.  Pat will contact BIA in January.  Permit of up to 500 - considerably less requirements and regulations for beyond 500.  Recommend staying under 500.

Dick reminded everyone to look into fencing, 2 gates, 500 chairs, 20x20 tents (WR provides 1). Need 4 portapotties — public washroom is close by.  Security services - do our own or contract out?

Garbage containers - insurance, food, water, pop, beer.

Rotaract helped to sell pop and did a great job.

Beer and wine - worked closely with 3 dogs and WR and WRBeach breweries and Everything Wine.

Need food — they just provided chips etc.  Some food trucks there anyways. 

Beer had a donation aspect - buy 3 kegs and they donate 1.  They always ran out of beer and wine. 

Budget?  Jerry will contact Dick about their upfront costs.

Rain or shine deal - so potential cost but look for ability to return any extras.  Cans easier to sell and we could get Rotaract to help with ongoing clean up.

Initial meeting in January with 2 clubs and Alex with BIA.

 

Scott suggested we work with a pizza place to bring a pizza food truck and we get a %.

Pat suggested a raffle - e.g. 3 shows at Blue Frog?  We need dates and commitment to help out!

 

3.  April 11-14 in District Meeting – April 11-14

Pat Bond - extended early bird pricing till end of year.  About $1400 overall costs when you add up registration and hotels etc. and exchange.


4.  Ready Steady Go

Jeff confirmed that the cheque for the band taken care of.


5.  Polar Bear Swim
Alan is our rep on the polar bear swim. 

Jerry brought some posters for distribution and display.  Scott has tents.  Chip and Brain plan on participating in the swim.

 

6.  Shredit
Involved Urban Impact and funds to support Sassy. 

Scott prepared a letter to Shredit and they will get back to us end of January. 

 

7.  5 Club Breakfast Meeting - January 5

Peter has been the rep and asked for someone to take this over for him.  March 16 - WR Baptist church. 

Chip volunteered to be our new rep. 

We thanked Peter for his great service with this project.

 

8.  50/50 District Grant
We are approved and we need to match their grant. 

Match $8500 US? 

Chip cautioned that if you don’t go at it as per their elaborate requirements, you do not get the grant.

You can put in a lot of time and lose the grant.   

Can’t retrofit projects to match their requirements – we have to have the requirements addressed upfront in the proposal. 

Thinking of backing off this application given the fact that International issues may prohibit us from meeting criteria.

Can apply for multiple district grants in one year.

May look at other specific projects and set up the application from the onset to meet criteria. 

We now have a club contact.

Pat suggested a special meeting to review this district grant process.

Required meeting in Jan/Feb for grants - Chip, Deidre, Brian, President and President Elect must attend.

 

9.  Sip and Savour – still uncertain

Meeting planned for January, Rick agreed to be on planning committee.

 

10.  Presentation.  Carlos Galvez, Salvation Army

Jeff introduced Carlos.  Carlos thanked Don for encouraging Carlos to be part of club.

Congregation growing slowly - most are quite elderly. 

Thanked members for their support and contribution for kettle campaign — doing much better this year!

Eva mentioned that they raised over $1200 for 3 Saturdays we volunteered.

 

Kids Club

Kettle Campaign is main fund raiser for the kids club - growing - Sept to June. 

For ages 6-12, they provide a variety of learning activities and nutritional meals. 

Serves families struggling emotionally and/or financially. 

About 15 kids participate.

Also fund raise to bring kids to camp.  4 kids and 2 teenagers went this year.

Really want to focus on teenagers for camp - hired a coordinator from Honduras to help build children’s ministry.

Visit schools - high schools, pre-teen and after school events. 

 

Adults and Seniors – Joyful Adult Ministry (JAM)

Weekly program - every Wednesday - 11 - 1. 

35-40 seniors attend lunch.

Table Games and conversation and fellowship. 

Program is growing.

Also provide good food and food safe training. 

 

Food Bank

Weekly food bank to support regular food bank.

Some folks are not be getting enough from regular food bank, so the Salvation Army provide supplemental support as well as vouchers for Thrift Store. 

Serve 25-40 per week with the food bank.


Christmas

Christmas is especially busy time - activities and hampers. 

150-200 hampers for low income families and sleigh for toys - toys mountain in Guilford and donations from Toys are Us.  Preparing the hampers Friday and Saturday before Christmas.
65 people attending Christmas dinner.  A group donating prep and time for food including serving. 

Everything goes back into our community.


Job Program

Now able to start to hire some low-income folks - some have mental health challenges, and are very committed to serve. 

Able to help those with disabilities - South Surrey and Ladner and Tsawwassen.

 

How to help? 

Volunteer time at the kettles - donations with tax receipts for over $20. 

Next year - renovate kitchen and more games for the children - raggedy games table and need these upgraded.  Want to encourage interaction between kids.

Carlos handed out Red Bracelet- promoting hope...


Jerry thanked Carlos and offered to provide assistance in any way we can.


Scott - Sgt at Arms solicited money exclusively for the Salvation Army. 

$563 was donated by members and club matches up to $500 for a

Grand Total of $1063 presented to Carlos.

 

Misc

Chip brought everyone lovely bar of olive oil soap from Greece - thanks, Chip - how thoughtful!

Next meeting - Jan 9 - Emery presenting Bob Gray 8th Paul Harris pin.

Carlos and Eva going back home Jan 14 - Feb 11.

Rhonda and Herb away Jan 17 - Feb 5.

 

Adjournment

Meeting adjourned 8:33

 

 

 

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Minutes of December 5 2018 Business Meeting

Rotary Club of South Surrey

 

Date: December 5, 2018

Attendance:
Jerry Zdril, President and Chairperson
Roberta Zdril
Don Boyce
Pat Hahn
Peter Herz
Deidre O’ O’Ruairc
Brian O’ O’Ruairc
Chip Bowness
Scott Phemister
Carlos Galvez
Jeff Richards
Alan Benson
Rhonda Latreille

Guests:
Rob Prosch, Rotary District Membership Chair
Eva Galvez

Call to Order and Welcome

Jerry called the meeting to order at 7:15, Scott led the singing of the national anthem and offered the invocation.

Rotary minute — no one offered a Rotary Minute at this meeting.

1.      Christmas Party. Starts at 5:30 - Dinner at 6:30  

Make sure you let Renee or Rick know so we can confirm #s for caterers.  Rick asked for some to come a little early to help set up (5:00 - 5:15) and Pat reminded club members to bring our own booze.  If we don’t meet our minimum numbers for the caterer, we may need to include the cost per member slightly.

2.       Coldest Night of Year Update
Jerry reminded us of this event planned for Feb 23 to raise funds for Sources for the homeless.  5 clubs are promoting this event and hoping for 25-50 Rotarians to participate.

3.       Hazelmere Meeting Reminder
Jerry encouraged attendance at the Dec 17 Rotary meeting at noon at Hazelmere.
Dick Stott from White Rock Club provide a review of their Beer Garden experience and offer tips and strategies for us.  Our club is partnering with Peace Arch Club to sponsor 2 beer gardens this summer.
 

4.       PADS Graduation
Pads graduation certificate arrived showcasing the support dog, Roo. 

Christine and Roo agreed to present and Rick suggested we frame certificate and have it ready for table display.

Impact were disappointed that they were not invited to the graduation until the last minute, and as a result, were not able to attend.  It was recognized that many received a short notice. 
Rick suggested we get a certificate for Impact as well – everyone agreed.

5.       Shred It Next Year
Scott reported that Impact want to support local causes, not international projects.

Looking at June 8 as a potential date for us.  They apparently do not confirm until December, and are only doing 4 next year. 

We have to make an application and identify a local project.
Jerry asked if we could discuss this at the December Executive Meeting.

Confirmed Executive Meeting for December 12.

Rick asked if we could change our start time for the Executive Meetings to begin at 7:30 to end by 9 am.  Everyone agreed.

6.      Change and Relevancy
Jerry - shared a passage from the last Rotarian Magazine on change, and encouraged us to each to explore new ways to be effective and relevant. 

President of Rotary International: “ Change is hard.  And the longer we have been going one way, the more friends we have with us, the harder it is to be the one who turns around and does it differently.  But change – not change for its own sake, but careful, considered, goal-directed change – is essential for any organization that wants to evolve, stay relevant, and move forward in the right direction.”

This was an appropriate segue to Rob Prosch’s presentation. 

7.       Rob Prosch – Membership Attraction and Retention

Rick introduced Rob Prosch, noting that in addition to his work as Rotary District Membership Chair, Rob is also Associate Dean of Aviation, Everett Community College in Everett Washington. 

Rob acknowledged and recognized that Deidre is always emailing Rob and making suggestions and offering ideas.  Following that lead, Rob was proposing an open discussion today on how to grow the club and retain membership.  Folks are needed to take on service leadership role.

Successes - Challenges and Strategies

Goal this morning - as a club - what do we need to do about membership? 

Significant membership issue — North America declining in membership, while membership is increasing in India, and Asian countries.  As a result - we are seeing a change at Rotary International level — we have clubs, districts and zones.  Now combining zones to include almost all of North America.  Our existing 2 zones have 2 reps at RI.  We now have only 1 zone and the new zone is going to Asia.  Therefore, we will have less of a voice as Rotarians on direction RI takes.

From this District level — RI data shows that we gained 5 members.  Rob and Linda disagree with numbers. 

As reported previously, there were problems with the RI servers and we now have to reconcile and fix numbers.

Last year our membership remained flat – didn’t lose anyone but little growth.

Out of every 2 members who join Rotary — lose 1 within 2 years.  So we have to work on retention as well as attraction.  We attract new members — do not recruit them.

Rob asked about good changes and Peter commented that he appreciates less emphasis on age.  He felt that older members were minimalized with the emphasis on attracting younger members.

Deidre and Pat stressed that we need both young and old!

Rob suggested that we start with inviting prospective members to a social.

He commented that there are wonderful comraderies within this club - shows your club is healthy. 

Missing a greeter, and he stronger suggested that we re-establish that assigned role to make sure guests and everyone is welcomed.  When you ask everyone to do it — not everyone will step up and then we rely on others.  The formality of a greeter serves a purpose.

Invocation - nice generic invocation - Rotary does not subscribe to a particular belief - Rob acknowledged that our invocation was good.   Be careful to respect beliefs of all members and guests.  Brian commented that inclusion means that everyone can respect the message of the person offering the invocation, and that to prevent that freedom is its own kind of reverse discrimination.  Concerned that to the extent that we try to please the whole world we please no one.  Rob suggested that when in doubt, we go to the 4 way test.

Successes - Retention

Successes - very engaged club - people really like each other.  Attitude that it should be fun.  We have a lot of opinionated people and it is respected and this comes from confidence that we can express our viewpoints.

Rob encouraged us to express that in our messaging out to our community.

All of us know someone who embrace these values.

Challenges:

Competition with other service groups!  Our like-minded friends are already involved!

Others retired and travel a lot. - kids gone and away a lot.

5 clubs in WR/Surrey area.

USA has larger clubs and good attendance rates.  Smaller clubs can serve their members even more effectively.  Eg- morning, noon and evening clubs.  Lots of different opportunities.

What are your expectations of members?  About engagement.  Now allow Rotarians to serve as they are able to serve.

We have a lot of events and are actively involved - also our weakness - do we really want to add to this in order to attract new members?  Can we handle more?

Partner with Rotaract

Maybe we can lower the age?  Rotaract 18-30 can also be Rotarians.  Some clubs actively invite Rotaract to join and only pay District and RI fees.

Rotaract ideas and exuberance for service is infectious - so how do we make that invitation and create a special membership structure for that?

Our local Rotaract are active and have lots of socials and want to connect with us — we need to reach out more.  We both need each other!

Club Legacy

What is the legacy our club wants to leave?  Make a difference - in what way. 

Help kids get straight away in this life.

Youth pointed in right direction - help them with their personal goals, education, see their personal value.

Mentorship

Nice connection with Rotaract.

Want to leave money behind but we do not have a funded foundation.
What is the legacy our club will want to leave specific to our community? 

Fellowship and Service

People join for local service and fellowship. Is one a stronger motivator or is it personal to each member?

Rob shared that only 6% of members are attracted with the international service side.  That means that 94% are attracted to local service and fellowship and stay for same reason.

Membership confirmed that our service is directed to both youth and adult personal development with an emphasis on the needs of youth.

We are meeting our legacy objective both locally and internationally.

Internationally, our orphanage is doing well, and locally, our work with the White Rock Learning Centre is effective.

Learning Centre - doing good job but little community recognition/publicity regarding our partnership with the Centre. 

Rob recommended that we take advantage of social media and press releases. 

It was recognized that there is good uptake of Joanne’s work in this area. 

We could do more with social media, and it was suggested that we work with Rotaract to help with our social media initiatives.  If you want to communicate with younger persons - need Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube.

NEED TO COMMUNICATE AND PROMOTE OUR CLUB CAUSE:
YOUTH AND ADULT PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT - LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY
AND THIS IS WHAT WE DO AND HOW WE DO IT. 

This is our flag and something to talk about – attractive to new potential members if we have a passion about this!  Always include this in all our press releases and communications.  Always refer to our ‘why’. 

Start with Fun and Fellowship to get them in the door and then connect with why we do what we do.

Without FELLOWSHIP cannot be effective in community.  Passion brings new people in for a 7 am meeting, and our projects provide a venue for service. 

Socials provide the fellowship to keep people engaged.

Deidre thanked Rob.

8.       Salvation Army

Carlos is providing a special presentation at the Dec 19 meeting, so bring your cheque books!

Salvation Army looking for continued assistance with kettles - Jerry asked for volunteers to take on 2-hour shifts. 

9.       Adjournment

Jerry adjourned the meeting at 8:36.

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Minutes of November 28 2018 Business Meeting

Attendance:

Jerry Zdril – President and Chairperson
Roberta Zdril
Don Boyce
Pat Hahn
Peter Herz
Deidre O’ O’Ruairc
Brian O’ O’Ruairc
Chip Bowness
Carlos Galvez
Jeff Richards
Alan Benson
Rhonda Latreille

Guests:
Eva Galvez
Lindagene Coyle

Call to Order and Welcome

Jerry called the meeting to order at 7:16am,  Don led the singing of the national anthem and Pat  offered the invocation.

Rotary minute — no one offered a Rotary Minute this meeting.

1.    Update of READY STEADY GO
Jerry congratulated everyone for helping and attending - job well done — good time had by all!

Jeff provided balance sheet — net $3600 so far and some late payments just coming in.  Fewer tickets sold but charged more for tickets this year.

Herb Latreille donated a hand sculpted polar bear to the silent auction.  This piece retails for $1,500 and did not receive the minimum bid and Jerry suggested that we hold an auction online for this piece as some members from other clubs expressed interest.

2.  Christmas Party  CORRECTION - REMINDER ***** starts at 5:30 - dinner at 6:30 *****
Contact Renee directly about your attendance. Make sure you let Renee or Rick know so we can confirm #s for caterers.  Renee needs $525 for catering in advance.  It was agreed that we would pay Renee up front and then Jeff will charge attendees after the event. 

3.  Rotary International - Hamburg
Not sure anyone is attending from our club — Rick will participate in the Rotary Golf Tournament at St. Andrews.

4.  Rotary Foundation
Don Boyce, Foundation Month Chair.  encouraged member contributions to annual fund.

Jeff reminded us that it is better if we go online ourselves to make a donation.  Go to Rotary International and choose Foundation Giving. 
Jeff will send out status especially for those who are close to a Paul Harris pin. 
Make donation this week. 
Club is making a $25 pp donation to the Foundation.   We have to agree to this annually.
 

5.  Update - Presidents Meeting - Jerry

Polar Bear Swim
Who will attend from club and help?  Alan confirmed that we only need a couple of volunteers.   Suggest all Presidents go in — Jerry offered his foot ;-).

Chip and Brain are typically the brave souls from our club.

Membership Training with Rob Prosch 
Each club asked to contribute $30 to cover some incidentals — send to Semiahmoo Club.  Rob will be speaker next week.  Deidre encouraged everyone to bring guests, especially since Rob is coming from Everett.  Lindagene encouraged everyone to bring their questions — he has great ideas and loves to customize strategies.

Coldest Night Of The Year — Feb 23
Rotary team — evening walk about 5 k starts about 5:30 on Marine Drive - $25 registration fee or contribute $150 and registration waived.  This event is intended to raise funds for Sources - for homeless.  5 club — 25-50 Rotarians. Lindagene suggested Peace Arch Club have bright Rotary vests —- reflective and big enough to go over coat.

Beer Garden

Planning meeting on Monday Dec 17 at Hazelmere — at 12 noon — come and  hear Richard’s tips for the event.  We will partner with Peace Arch club.  T was suggested that we have our weekly meeting there, however; we have a guest on Wednesday, Dec 19  so will keep both.  Jerry is chief coordinator for this event and will be looking for assistance.  Pat encouraged lots to attend!

6.  Executive Meeting Last Week
Jerry took minutes as Rhonda was away, and suggested that after minutes are accepted — they be circulated to full club members.  Members agreed.
It was moved by Don and seconded by Deidre that:
“We acknowledge receipt and acceptance of Executive Minutes of November 21, 2018.”

Motion Carried

7.  Financial Update -- Jeff

Jeff provided a brief financial report update — we have about $37,000 in bank with $34,000 dedicated to Cambodia.  Now have additional funds from Ready Steady Go for us to determine allocation.

Jeff sent out recognition points for Paul Harris Award.  Make your contribution through Rotary International.  Lindagene reminded us that we can only be an ‘official’ member of one club. 

Charitable Society — transition to new Societies ACT — Jeff has taken care of this - Members and Directors of our club are members of the Charitable Society.

Jerry thanked Jeff for all the exceptional work that he does — accounting — grants — registration status, gaming license etc.

Gaming License Application
Jeff shared that we must have purpose for the funds, the funds cannot be allocated for an international project -- must be spent in BC.  Must be community based and continuing.   Could be WR Learning School - Parent Advisory Committee might be an option. 

8.  Lindagene -- Update

Rotary International had serious problems with their servers — lost 2 to floods!
Communication very haphazard etc.  This is Foundation month — under the presidential stewardship of Pat Hahn, our club has accomplished remarkable things.

Lindagene presented Pat with 2 banners and below is a copy of the letter acknowledging our position worldwide!  (In our district of 59 clubs, only 8 clubs received banners!)
 

The letter of recognition and apprecation states the following:

'.......Your club is distinguised from more than 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide as being one or more of the following:

  • One of only 1,575 clubs to achieve Top three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving honors in their district (only clubs with a minimum $US$ 50 Annual Fund per capita confribution were eligible.)
  • One of only 3,425 clubs worldwide to attain status as an Every Rotarian, Every Year Club (club must have achieved a minimum Annual Fund contribution of US$100 per capita with every dues-paying member contributing US$25 or more to the Annual Fund during the Rotary year.)
  • One of only 4,000 clubs worldwide to become a 100% Foundation Giving Club (clubs must have achieved an average of US$100 in per capita giving and 100 percent participation with every dues-paying member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the following during the Rotary year:  Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, approved global grants, or Endownment Fund)"

You don't have to be a big club — sometimes the little clubs do the most.  70% of clubs worldwide have 20 members or less.

9.  Salvation Army Donation Kettles
Eva made a formal request for volunteers to work the kettle donation drive,

It is a simple process, and the Salvation Army need to have volunteers complete an application to address liability issues.

There was some misunderstanding and confusion regarding which club would assume responsibility for which location.  Emails apparently were not received.

We need to move quickly to cover this Saturday.  Jerry offered himself and Roberta.  Pat also offered to help out this weekend, as did Don.  Some confusion with what club covers what area.....  Jerry will confirm once this is clarified.

10.  Fundrasing Option -- Ribfest

Jerry reported on a potential opportunity to hold a rib fest.  Both Jerry and Lindagene cautioned that this is a very large undertaking and requires up to 200 volunteers.  Although it can raise up to $40,000 net, it is a massive amount of work. 
Jerry shared that there is not a lot of interest from 5 clubs, especially because of the huge initial financial outlay and insurance because of alcohol.  Lindagene recommended against this.  Already have one in Port Moody and Langley and a South Surrey Ribfest might dilute attendance.

11.  Sgt. at Arms deferred to next week.

12.  Jerry Adjourned the meeting at 8:30am.

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Minutes of November 14 2018 Business Meeting

Attendance:

Jerry Zdril – President and Chairperson
Roberta Zdril
Don Boyce
Pat Hahn
Peter Herz
Deidre O’ O’Ruairc
Brian O’ O’Ruairc
Rick Singh
Chip Bowness
Jeff Richards
Alan Benson
Rhonda Latreille

Guest — Jerry Williamson, BC Lottery
Guest -- Sandra Newbine, BC Lottery

 

Call to Order and Welcome

Jerry called the meeting to order at 7:15, Don led the singing of the national anthem and Pat offered the invocation.

1.    Update of READY STEADY GO

Encouraged members to get silent auction items to Rhonda and sell tickets!  Only 10 days to go and not yet at the breakeven point.  Eagle Eyes sold out with Semiahmoo Club.

Suggested that we make a presentation at their club meeting.

2.  Christmas Party.
CORRECTION - ***** starts at 5:30 - dinner at 6:30 *****- contact Renee directly about your attendance.

3.  Rotary International - Hamburg.
Not sure anyone is attending from our club — Rick will participate in the Rotary Golf Tournament at St. Andrews.

4.  Rotary Foundation

Jeff confirmed that it is better if we go online ourselves to make a donation.  Go to Rotary International Foundation giving. 
Jeff will send out status especially for those who are close to a Paul Harris award.  Make donation this week.  Club is making a $25 pp donation to the Foundation. 

5.  Update - Presidents meeting

Pat reported on the Rotary work day in April, 2019. 
5 clubs work together on some initiatives.
Jerry leading that venture.

6.  Sources 5 club breakfast
Scheduled for March 16, 2019. 
Peter is our rep and is looking for help.

7.  Learning Center - Chip 
Rory confirmed that the woodworking project was a great success.
Worked with 12 kids - great progress - built tables. 
Will be offered again in 2019. 
Still looking for a larger premise on a bus line. 
Rory happy to give a review.  Rick suggested that we have a meeting at the Learning Centre for the presentation. 

8.  Beer Garden
We will be co-sponsoring with Peace Arch club to host 2 beer gardens.  Will need 18-30 volunteers! 
Heads up about resource needs.

9.  Strong chance Sip and Savour will go on next year
Semiahmoo leading the planning and we will likely be involved.  Jerry will share info as plans develop.

PRESENTATION:

Rick Introduced Jerry Williamson, BCLC Director of Facilities and Development.  20 years of industry experience - conduct and manage casinos throughout BC.

Jerry and Sandra’s first Rotary meeting.  BCLC like Rotary - gives back to communities.

BCLC

Vision — Gambling is widely embraced as exceptional entertainment for adults.

Crown Corp - in Canada — gaming has to be managed by government at the provincial level.

BCLC owns all assests that could potentially be tampered with - machines, dice, etc.

Agreements with 20 service providers such as Great Canadian Gaming Corp and Gateway.

2017/20178 - BCLC delivered $1.4 Billion in net income to Province of BC.  Health care, education, community groups.

Elements Casino Surrey - BCLC get to decide what the players want - 321 jobs created

Revenue to Surrey

$4.12 million 2017/28

Are we licensed to get grants?  Rick said yes.  Province of BC allocates grants (140 million). - Surrey, 282 organizations received funding.  $7.7 million went to support those organizations in human and social services sector.  Surrey food bank and Surrey Crime Prevention Association.

We should look into this again - can be difficult to qualify — find out how other Rotary clubs have been approved.

Player Health

Most gamble in a responsible way — strategic priority has 4 pillars.

1.    Positive play - reduce risk of gambling disorders in future such as pre-commitment.  Honesty with friends and family - where they are and what they are doing

2.   Informed decision making - understand the risks they are taking - Gaming Sense - make it stand out!  Responsible gambling program throughout North America.

3.   Reduced Harms from BCLC Products - modified products and environments

4.   Effective Referral to Treatment and Support - key element of Game Sense - Game Sense Advisors (GSA) for every property planned

Slot machines set to pay out 92% over the lifetime of the slot machine.

Jeff thanked Jerry for his presentation.

 

Adjournment

Jerry adjourned the meeting at 8:30

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Minutes of Nov 7 Meeting
Members Present:
Pat Hahn
Brian and Deirdre O'Ruairc
Jerry and Roberta Zdril
Joanne Taylor
Don Boyce
Peter Herz
Al Benson
 
Guests:
Emery Dosdall
Garry McIntosh
Ritu Khanna 
Ritu Khanna, Executive Director South Surrey& White Rock Chamber of Commerce
 
Meeting called to order at 7:15.  O Canada led by Don, Deidre provided invocation.
Pat collected happy and sad dollars.
Rotary minute - Jerry read the 4 way test as reminder of club's and members commitments.
 
Announcements:
- Don talked about Foundation month and indicated that a cheque presentation will be made in November.
- Ready Steady Go fundraiser is progressing.  Ticket sales need to improve. Members will be delivering posters.  
NOTE:  Please work on acquiring silent auction items.
- Christmas Social at Renee's common room Dec 12 will start at 6:30 and will cost $30 per person.  PLEASE ADVISE RENEE ON YOUR ATTENDANCE.
-  A Christmas donation fund was discussed.  Will contact Carlos at Salvation Army
 
Speaker - Ritu Khanna was introduced by Deirdre.
- Ritu started her career in nonprofit sector
- Represents White Rock and South Surrey
- Spoke about rapid growth in the area
- Provided information and brochures on upcoming Chamber events.
- Wants to work with Rotary to develop project of shared interest.
Deirdre thanked Ritu
 
Emery:
- April 27th will be a Rotary work day for the 5 clubs.  Jerry volunteered to work on the committee to develop a project.
- Passport to Fun event is being planned for February.  Roberta will participate in planning for the event.
- No plans to have an event at the racetrack.
- Polar bear swim on Jan 1 will occur this year. Al is on the committee. Plan to have more hot dog vendors this year.
 
District and Global Grants:
- District Grant has stage 1 approval with additional information to be provided by Dec 1.  - Global Grant continues to progress with new details having been requested.
Jerry, Deirdre, Brian and Chip to work on these grants.
 
Meeting location:
- Ricky's has been confirmed until the end of December
- While additional locations will be considered, it was suggested that the club confirm Ricky's after December in the event that another location cannot be found.
- White Spot and Centennial Rink room were suggested as potential locations.
 
Reminder again to work on acquiring silent auction items.
Jeff to apply for gaming license for Ready Steady Go.
Request to see if there are other fund raising ideas to replace 50/50 draw.
 
Meeting adjourned at 8:30.
Next weeks speaker is 
Lilliana Kang, BC Lottery
 
 
 
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Minutes of October 31 2018 Business Meeting

Attendance:

Don Boyce - Chairperson
Pat Hahn
Peter Herz
Deidre O’Ruairc
Brian O’Ruairc
Renee Nicholson
Alan Benson
Rhonda Latreille

Call to Order and Welcome

Don called the meeting to order at 7:15, led the singing of the national anthem and Peter offered the invocation.

Reminded everyone that Ritu Khanna, Executive Director, South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce will be the guest speaker on November 7.  Encouraged everyone to bring guests.

Don made opening comments.  Women not part of Rotary until 1980s or so.  1989 Don was part of a new club forming that would accept women in their club.  Don helped to establish the Haney Club, later joined the Semiahmoo Club and then South Surrey.  He had originally been slated to serve as the President for the Haney Club, and chose to set that aside since he would be in Europe for 2 months during the important stage in its development.  As a result, Don has yet to serve as a club President.  Goal in Rotary has been 100% meetings and make up meetings if out of town.  Some of his best experiences in Rotary were his makeup meetings, especially in other countries.

Rotary Minute
Deidre referred to the War and Remembrance article in the Rotarian encouraged us to read it fully.

Irish Consulate General is now at Canada Place.  This is a first ever appointment here, and Deidre shared that the wife of the Consul General is a cousin of Deidre’s.

Rotary Foundation Month

Reminded to contribute to the Rotary Foundation - some are close to a Paul Harris award.  Go to Canadian Foundation website to make contribution. 

 Sgt. at Arms
Pat took happy dollars, and expressed how pleased he was that Renee was able to attend meeting.

ANNOUNCEMENTS and UPDATES:

District Foundation Dinner
Reminder of Dinner on Nov 3 in Bellingham.  Our club will be asked for an auction item worth about $100.

Meeting from 10-3 prior to the dinner.  Not sure anyone from our club will be attending.

Rotary Leadership Institute
Reminder - Nov 21 Port Moody

Christmas Party Reminder
December 12 at Renee’s social room!

Renee confirmed that the caterer will need to remove all plates and serving dishes that evening because social room is booked for the next day.  Renee shared that the caterer she uses for other events is able to meet this requirement.

Moved by Deidre and Seconded by Pat that :
“Renee approach her caterer to see if she is available to cater the Christmas Party.”

 Motion Passed. 
Renee will let Rick know — he had agreed to look into securing a caterer if need be.  Need at least 20 folks.  BYOB as last week.

 Ready - Steady – Go – November 24

·         Renee – Poster Seniors centres and condo area

·         Renee an Pat brought gifts for auction

·         Everyone was encouraged to go out and secure ticket sales and bring in silent auction items.

·         Deidre said it is time to start sending out posters.

·         Deidre suggests we start the flyer blitz at the end of October.

·         Ad for Ready Steady Go in Peace Arch News to go out November 9.  If we are sold out - don’t have to go with the ad.  Deidre confirmed that the ad brought in some sales.

Beer Garden Fundraiser
Pat provided an update on his meeting with Alex Nixon, BIA, Peace Arch and White Rock Rotary Clubs. 

Dick Stott from White Rock Club speak to both clubs about their experience.  It was suggested that we could  schedule a meeting for a Monday noon time and have Dick present.  Pat will work with Jerry to confirm meeting.

 Adjournment
Don adjourned the meeting at 8:30 am.

 
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Minutes of Business and Executive Meeting October 24 2018

 

Attendance:

Jeff Richards - Chairperson
Pat Hahn
Peter Herz
Rick Singh
Deidre O’Ruairc
Brian O’Ruairc
Don Boyce
Scott Phemister
Joanne Taylor
Rhonda Latreille

***PLEASE NOTE -- Ritu Khanna, Executive Director South Surrey& White Rock Chamber of Commerce will be speaking at our November 7 meeting.***

Call to Order and Welcome

Jeff called the meeting to order at 7:15, Scott led the singing of the national anthem and Don offered the invocation.

Rotary Minute
Rick provided us with the Rotary Minute, reminding us of World Polio Day, October 24.  Members can donate to the cause and we can tune into global health experts at 3:30 pm pacific standard time. 

Golfing and Rotary International Meeting
Rick confirmed that St. Andrews is setting aside tee times for Rotary members for the dates of June 9-13, 2019 following the Rotary International Meeting.  Rick encouraged interested golfers attending RI to schedule a game!

Rotary Foundation Month
Jeff reminded us to contribute to Foundation - some are close to a Paul Harris award.  Go to Canadian Foundation website to make contribution.  Our club has not yet contributed this year.

Sgt. at Arms
Scott took happy dollars.

Jeff shared that he ordered Rhonda a name tag so she could be in compliance 😉

ANNOUNCEMENTS and UPDATES:

District Foundation Dinner
Reminder of Dinner on Nov 3 in Bellingham.  Our club will be asked for an auction item worth about $100.

Meeting from 10-3 prior to the dinner.

Rotary Leadership Institute
Reminder - Nov 21 Port Moody

Christmas Party Reminder
December 12 at Renee’s social room!

Ready - Steady – Go – November 24

·         Joanne brought a lovely gift basket donated by OrangeTheory Fitness

·         Everyone was encouraged to go out and secure ticket sales and bring in silent auction items.

·         Deidre said it is time to start sending out posters.

·         Deidre suggests we start the flyer blitz at the end of October.

·         Ad for Ready Steady Go in Peace Arch News to go out November 9.  If we are sold out - don’t have to go with the ad.  Deidre confirmed that the ad brought in some sales.

 Social for November 21
It was suggested that we go to the Imperial Chinese Restaurant even if they don’t yet have their liquor license.  Jeff to see if they could put a menu together for us for about $20-$25 per head.

 Meeting Location
Group had a discussion with Sandy, new manager at Ricky’s about how best to streamline process.

Beer Garden Fundraiser
Pat provided an update on his meeting with Alex Nixon, BIA, Peace Arch and White Rock Rotary Clubs. 
Beer Gardens attached to the concerts scheduled in July and August — 2 at East Beach - 2 at West Beach and 2 at 5 Corners. 

White Rock Club did 2 at 5 corners (lots of work to learn the ropes) and want to continue to operate 2 beer gardens at 5 corners.  Alex confirmed that the BIA has no appetite for beer garden at west beach location because of local establishments.  That leaves an opportunity for 2 beer gardens at East Beach. 

Pat suggested that we work jointly with Peace Arch Club.  White Rock folks offered to help us understand the ropes, requirements and details – such as onsite volunteers, security, rent chairs and fencing, cash registers, etc.....   Pat reported that White Rock grossed $10,000 and net $7,000.  WR will share their process binder with us — Pat feels this is manageable.  Concern is resources and upfront costs.  Jeff suggests a 2-drink minimum to get into chairs.  We won’t have a view of the stage — just beer and music.  Need some kind of food...  Need to set up a joint working committee. 

Jeff asked the group to indicate if they were in favour in principle? 
Everyone showed interest to continue to pursue. 

 

Reports
Financial
- $35,000 in bank. Jeff will be sending out invoices for first half of this year.


Membership Meeting
Pat reported that only 16 or so attended.  Go to the district site to see the members per club.  This site also shows average age and gender. 

Talked about retention - make sure membership are active and involved in projects and have someone follow up if someone is absent for a while.  It is important to ensure everyone feels connected and check if you don’t see one for a while. 

People join for fellowship and service.  Purpose and reason for coming!

Cambodia Orphanage
Deidre reported that Rotary Club Cambodia sent all their info in — baby steps to get back on track. 

Speakers
Rick confirmed that he will have the lineup established before he is away, and will reach out to the Learning Centre for un update.

We agreed to have speaker provide presentation at the beginning of the meeting so that the presentation is not interrupted with breakfast being served.

 Save-On Cards
The membership was remarkable in ensuring all the cards were sold to hand back the project stewardship to Don! 
Thank you, South Surrey Rotary Club!

 Misc.
Don shared some info about their wonderful vacation – Started with the Alaskan Cruise, and stopped at a port in Russia, sailed down to the South of Japan and went to Tokyo - 2nd cruise ended up in Singapore.  He left us wanting to hear more!

Rick away until Nov 7.

Jeff away for next 2 weeks.

Scott gone for a month - back end of November.

 Adjournment

Jeff adjourned the meeting at 8:30

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Minutes of October 10 2018 Business Meeting

Attendance:
Jeff Richards - Chairperson
Pat Hahn
Peter Herz
Rick Singh
Deidre O’Ruairc
Brian O’Ruairc
Scott Phemister
Rhonda Latreille

Guest — Balbir Thind

Call to Order and Welcome
Jeff called the meeting to order at 7:15, Scott led the singing of the national anthem, and Deidre provided the invocation.

Pat introduced Balbir Thind as our guest from Semiahmoo Club and commented on her robust contribution to Rotary.

Sgt. at Arms — Scott took penalty donations for lack of name tag and rotary pins.

The Rotary Minute was given by Peter Herz where he shared information about the club in Whistler, BC.  Whistler supports a small regular population of about 12,000 population — with 2 clubs.  Young membership.

 
ANNOUNCEMENTS and UPDATES:

Jeff asked everyone to arrive no later than 7 am so that the breakfast order can be placed before the meeting starts.

Christmas Party planned for Wednesday, December 12 at Renee’s social room. 

Membership Event reminder for Wednesday, October 17 at Rotary Field House.

Social will be held on Tuesday, October 16 because of membership meeting on Wednesday.  Rick asked everyone to bring $10 to contribute toward pizza.

 
Ready - Steady - Go

Pat has tickets ready and distributed to members.  Encouraged members to start selling now.

Scott printed flyers and distributed to group.  It was suggested by Deidre that the flyer blitz should go public closer to the end of October.

Scott has PDF of flyer and will send to membership. 

Rhonda reminded members to start to hand in items for silent auction.

 

World Polio Day — October 24
It was suggested that we show a video on business meeting about this amazing project.

Rhonda let everyone know about her article regarding Rotary’s impact on eradicating polio and that Joanne was looking to submit it to Peace Arch News for publication closer to October 24.

Deidre will post info on facebook and asks us to share it.

 District Foundation Dinner — Nov 3 — Bellingham, WA
Quite a formal event. 
Our club will be asked for an auction item — about $100 value. Remind us on the 24th.

Foundation Seminar — Nov 3 – 10 am – 3 pm
Good for folks preparing grants, as well as incoming president.   

Rotary Leadership Institute - Nov 21 Port Moody  

Orphanage - Cambodia
Deidre provided an update. 

Chip has put in a substantial number of hours to get a club on board and orphanage on board.

Rotary International now require 3 estimates of all work orders.  This is often not remotely possible in these countries.  Will try a couple more options — very cumbersome and difficult process.

Jerry applied for a District grant — less money but easier.

Talking Stick
In lieu of a regular guest speaker, Jeff suggested the talking stick, commenting that we haven’t done this for a while.  Pick a topic and individuals holding the stick have the floor.

Future Meetings At Ricky’s
It was recommended that we order as we come in and get a coffee pot for the room.  

Agreed that we would follow up and ask the Ricky staff what they suggest to make the breakfast experience even more streamlined and also offer some of our ideas.  Members commented that it was a good experience at this meeting — ordered and finished eating by 8 am.

Guest — Balbir Thind
Jeff confirmed that there are to be no political presentations at Rotary meeting.

Respecting that policy, members simply asked Balbir to explain how the municipal voting system is structured in White Rock.  Balbir explained that in White Rock are the White Rock Coalition and Democracy Direct and some independents.  Citizens can vote for Individuals versus slates.  Although the delegates can campaign as slates, they are not compelled to vote together. 

Next all candidates meeting is this Friday, October 15, 6pm -8pm White Rock Community Centre

 Save On Cards
On behalf of Don Boyce, Rhonda encouraged members to purchase these cards and expressed appreciation for the outstanding support.
 

 NO MEETING NEXT WEEK — WILL HAVE SOCIAL ON THE TUESDAY AND MEMBERSHIP EVENING ON WEDNESDAY EVENING.  NEXT MEETING ON OCTOBER 24.

 Adjournment

Jeff adjourned the meeting at 8:30.

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Minutes of October 3 2018 Business Meeting

Attendance:

Rick Singh- Chairperson
Pat Hahn
Peter Herz
Jeff Richards
Chip Bowness
Rhonda Latreille

Guest – Desiree Dupris

Call to Order and Welcome

Rick called the meeting to order at 7:15 am, Desiree led national anthem, and Peter gave invocation.

Rick introduced Desiree Dupris.

Rotary Membership Evening Event
Re-confirmed for the evening of Oct 17, 2018 at the Rotary Field House.

Pat encouraged attendance.

Rick shared that Rob to speak at our club as well in November

Ready Steady Go - Nov 24
Rhonda reminded the members to provide her with 2 items each for the silent auction, and will send out a separate reminder email next week. 

The donations should be a minimum of $50 each.

The tickets will be ready for distribution and sale at the October 10 meeting, as per our original schedule.

Social on Oct 16
3 Dog Brewery - last opportunity at current location before they have to move.

Rick will arrange for pizza.

Rotary Club Meeting Location
This was our last meeting at the Pacific Inn – the Pacific Inn officially closes today to start renovations.


Next meeting at Ricky’s - Rick agreed to work with their folks to see how we might streamline arrangements.


Christmas Party
Wednesday, Dec 12 at Renee’s Social Room in her complex.
 

Pacific Assistive Dogs (PADS) Graduation
Pat and Renee attended on our club’s behalf.

We funded a trauma dog for Sohpie’s Place in support of traumatized kids.

Pat shared that this was successful and remarkable project for the club.

 

Guest Speaker and Presentation
Rick introduced Desiree Dupris - Ruben’s Shoes

Founded 2013 by Kelly Strongitharm.

Kelly sponsored Ruben through World Vision since 2005, and when she and her mother travelled to the Dominican Republic in 2012, they made arrangements to meet Ruben in person met Ruben.

Kelly was moved by the fact that in many developing countries, shoes are a luxury and children are not allowed to attend school without shoes. Ruben was one such child.  Kelly and her mom took Ruben to a store to buy some shoes so he could attend school, and she was inspired to organize others to help address this need.

Returning back to Canada, Kelly started to mobilize children from a number of schools to collect shoes and donate to the Dominican Republic.

Her close friend, Desiree, joined in the vision and both recently sold their insurance book and are now dedicating themselves full-time to the vision.

Within 6 months - 12,000 shoes were shipped to the Dominican Republic.

Got involved with local elementary schools - it is our kids here helping other kids in other countries.

Ship 1 container with 10,000 pairs of shoes every year.  Containers go to the Dominican Republic, Sierra Leone , New Guiana and Zimbabwe. They have shipped 60,000 pairs of shoes to date.

Desiree now works full-time as the charity fundraiser, and they operate out of Port Moody with an affiliate in Germany.

They believe that education is key to breaking cycle of poverty.  Desiree shared that 62 million kids throughout the world are not in school.

They have expanded their vision to also include building schools!

Their initiatives now include:

Schools

Shoes

Uniforms

Hot Lunch

Transportation

School Supplies

Tuition

Their school program started with 24 students, and now serve over 150 students.

135 children are sponsored - from 4-12 classrooms

They created a kitchen that serves 150 hot meals a day – ‘Noni’s Kitchen’ Michael Buble family legacy - built kitchen.

Ed program working.  They report a 20% improvement in literacy.  Their grade 3 students performed  #1 in Math and Spanish for whole country.

400% growth in their ed sponsorship program.

Employ 16 teachers and staff/cooks.

Fundraising projects:

  • Elementary school currently, and they need to build a secondary school
  • Acquired land and fundraising $150,000 — $250,000 to build secondary school.
  • Can also sponsor a student  -- is only $50/month.
  • Build a classroom in their secondary school for $5,000 - classroom named in donors honour.

Plan to eventually expand into other countries

Can now issue tax receipts - registered charity.

Chip shared some of the funding criteria for Rotary and made suggestions about how to position a proposal correctly. 

Pat also suggested Rotary collaborators and other charities for joint projects. (Shine the Light organization in Dominican Republic)

Pat and Rick also offered to help with contacts and connections.

Adjournment
Rick thanked Desiree and adjourned meeting at 8:30 am.

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Minutes of September 26, 2018 Business - Executive Meeting
Attendance:
Scott Phemister - Chairperson
Pat Hahn
Peter Herz
Joanne Taylor
Jeff Richards
Rhonda Latreille
 
Call to Order and Welcome
Scott called the meeting to order at 7:20am, led the singing of the national anthem, and provided the invocation.
 
The Rotary Minute was given by Peter Herz where he shared information about the Sunshine Coast Rotary Club installing herring curtains to be hung from docks to protect the eggs from the danger of creosote treated pilings.  Full impact and results not in yet.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS and UPDATES:
 
PADS Graduation – Sunday, September 30 will be the graduation ceremony for the Pacific Assistance Dogs training.  The event will be held at the Michael J Fox theatre, and Pat asked for interest to attend if he is not able to.  Renee will be attending as well. Given limited space, it was suggested no more than 2 members attend from our club.
 
Treasures report - Jeff paying District Dues.  Nothing has changed since the last financial projections.  We are currently up to date on all dues, and a new invoice will be distributed to club members for the period of July 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. 
 
Membership Report - no report provided.
 
Events - Ready Steady Go!!
Scott running more posters - Pat has tickets printed and will be distributed meeting of Oct 10.
Rhonda reminded folks about silent auction - 2 per person minimum.
Rhonda to send out a separate and dedicated reminder email to everyone as well.
 
Orphanage Grant - still in process.  Moving along – nothing new to report. 
 
Sources September 15 Event – Believe no one from our club participated in the Rotary tent.  Members commented on the especially horrible weather, and suspect this interfered with general attendance and support.
 
Roots of empathy - $1500 request to cover the costs for an instructor.  We would have to fund raise a special event to support this, and there are currently no funds available that are not already ear-marked.  Consider this for the list from funds raised from Ready-Steady-Go event in November, and members agreed to defer for next executive.  It was also suggested that we might want to allocate funds from an extra Shred a thon to fund this request.  Pat agreed to send a note to acknowledge receipt of their funding request and let them know this is still under consideration. 
 
Membership Seminar October 17 - Rotary Field House – please note that this is a correction from the date we listed in a previous edition of the minutes.
 
BIA partnership - Beer Gardens as a fund raiser.  White Rock Rotary Club has held one already.  It was suggested that we need to first connect with the other clubs to consider a coordinated approach and to then connect with Alex to indicate our interest in pursuing this with the BIA.   Pat agreed to follow up on this.
 
Sip and Savour – It would have to be sometime next year.  Need to clarify if this will be a potential 5 club event or Semiahmoo on its own.  Jeff to check out Semiahmoo’s intention.  It was also suggested that we might want to consider a separate Wine event or Octoberfest event or another Fools Night Out.  We agreed to move this discussion forward to the spring.   
 
Christmas Party - Confirm with Rick his conversation with Renee about available dates for consideration.
 
Rotary Leadership – The next event is in the US in October.  Pat commented that participating in these leadership seminars is highly recommended, and more events are coming in the near future and likely closer to home.
 
Foundation Month - Don Boyce is overseeing this on our behalf.   Given the fact that Don is way right now, Jeff agreed to send out a dedicated email to everyone about the dinner and donations toward the Foundation, encouraging members to contribute -- especially since we are getting a grant from this Foundation.  Meeting and presentation and dinner will be in November.  We will work with Rick to arrange a speaker.  November 3 is the Foundation dinner in Bellingham.
 
Sgt. of Arms - Pat collected happy/sad dollars, as well penalties for not wearing a name tag. 
 
Misc –
Joanne away for next 2 weeks.
Scott away for a week and then away again the end of Oct – end of November.  
 
Adjournment – Scott adjourned Business-Executive meeting at 8:20 am.
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Minutes of September 12, 2018 Business Meeting
     
Attendance:
Pat Hahn — Past President and Chairperson
Peter Herz
Rick Singh
Joanne Taylor
Alan Benson
Rhonda Latreille
 
Guest:  Douglas Dunn 

Meeting Call to Order and Welcome
 
Pat called the meeting to order at 7:20 am and led the singing of the National anthem, ‘O Canada.’
 
Rick provided the invocation.
 
Pat introduced and welcomed Douglas Dunn from SOS Children’s Village, BC
 
 
Rotary Minute:  No Rotary Minute was shared this meeting.
 
Events – Sources 40th Anniversary – September 15.
Rotary 5 Club tent can still use volunteer help with meet and greet, set up and take down.  Anyone able to assist is asked to let Pat know.
 
Events – Rotary Leadership Institute Dates
An email was distributed to the membership about Leadership events.  Pat shared that these series of sessions are designed to deepen understanding of Rotary and resources.  Part 1 is offered in Chilliwack on Sept 22 and another session will be held in Everett in October.  Cost is reimbursed by club.
 
Events -- Membership Seminar October 18th
Rob Prosch will be holding a Membership Seminar scheduled for the evening of October 18.  Pat will provide more details as the arrangements are confirmed. 
Rick to follow up with Rob to also see if he is available to speak at a regular business meeting as well.
 
Events -- Christmas Party
Pat shared that Renee graciously volunteered her clubhouse again this year for the Christmas Party. 
Rick offered to call Renee to explore potential dates.
 
Events – Polar Bear Swim
Alan agreed to continue to be involved with this on our behalf.
 
Events – Club Social September 19
Rick confirmed the Chaba Thai restaurant for the September social.  The address is 5723 – 176th St.  – Unit #1 Cloverdale – across from the Legion.  Rick reminded us that you can BYOB and there is no corkage fee.  Please confirm to Rick if you will be attending so Rick can provide the anticipated numbers to the restaurant.
 
 
Funding Request -- Roots of Empathy
Following their presentation at the July 11, 2018 Business Meeting, the Roots of Empathy representatives submitted a donation request to fund instructors for their program.
 
This request will be forwarded to the Executive for review.
 
Fund Raising – Beer Gardens at TD Concerts
Rick suggested that we seriously pursue details about partnering with the BIA to host the beer gardens at their concerts.  It was agreed that this could be a great way to raise funds and will be discussed further at the next Executive.
 
Fund Raising – Sources Breakfast in March
Peter has represented our club at these planning meetings in the past.  Pat acknowledged that Peter would like to pass the torch and encouraged him to find someone who would work with him to learn the ropes with an eye to take over this task.
 
Fund Raising – Save-On Food Cards
Rhonda encouraged members to purchase the cards from her while Don is away.  Pat reviewed the program, confirming that 17 cents on every dollar goes to Sources, while the card recipient enjoys the full card value at any Save-On store.
 
Fund Raising – Sip and Savour Event
Pat shared that Jeff Wong use to coordinate this event.  Pat noted that without Swirl’s lead role in this, would this be an event that the Rotary 5 clubs might want to pursue?  He will share any further discussions with us.
 
Rotaract
Pat encouraged our members to support the Rotaract Club Meetings held on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm at the Rotary Field House.
 
Next Meetings:
**There will be NO Executive Meeting on September 19. **
It was agreed that we instead combine the Executive and Business Meeting on September 26. 
 
Guest Speaker – Douglas Dunn
 
Pat introduced Douglas Dunn from SOS Children’s Village.
 
Douglas is a professional fund raiser and entrepreneur with a long and extensive history with Rotary.  As a young Rotarian, he flew to South Africa to find hosts for the exchange program and noted that his international Rotary experience changed his life.
 
SOS is an international program offering an alternative model to our traditional foster care.  They believe that every child should belong to a family and grow with love, respect and security.
 
Douglas shared that SOS operates from 4 key principles:
  1.  Heart of the home is a mom or dad who is trained to be a professional caregiver.
  2. Seek to keep siblings together.
  3. Offer a safe and secure home within the same community through a village structure.
  4. Make a life-time commitment for each child.
 
Douglas provided a number of examples of how the traditional foster care system is bursting at its seams and failing children.He then described how their model of care is a more effective approach, operating as the world’s largest child development agency that is non-political.They have 498,000 kids under their guardianship.
 
He believes that the key to their success rests with their professionally trained care-givers, and their life-time commitment to each child.
 
SOS has been nominated 13 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
 
Canada currently shows that 8/1000 children are in foster care, and the average in developed countries is 1/1000.
 
Want:
Delegated agency status to obtain guardianship
Want to show infrastructure program that returns 200% ROI
Investment in 10 years to redesign the Canadian foster care system bring the number of children in care in Canada down to 1/1000.
 
Asking for;
1)  Talk to others about SOS!
2)  Think about foster kids and give them a chance to succeed — call SOS for help.
3)  Always need funds - gift cards are great.  Kids on street ask for grocery cards - many are couch surfing and need food.
 
Douglas closed with a couple of touching success stories, illustrating how a life-time commitment of professional caregivers helps to create successful and productive citizens.
 
Pat thanked Douglas for his poignant presentation.
 
Adjourn         
Pat adjourned the meeting at 8:45 am.        
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Minutes of September 5, 2018 Business Meeting

Attendance:

Jerry Zdril – President and Chairperson
Don Boyce
Peter Herz
Roberta Zdril
Chip Bowness
Jeff Richards
Pat Hahn
Rick Singh
Scott Phemister
Rhonda Latreille

Guest - Bonnie Sutherland
Guest - Alex Nixon

 

Meeting Call to Order and Welcome:

Jerry opened the meeting at 7:15 am and Scott led the singing of “O Canada.”

Peter provided the innovation.

Jerry introduced 2 guests - Alex Nixon, BIA, and Bonnie Sutherland from North Delta Rotary Club. 

Rotary Minute:

Rick shared information about the 6th Annual World Polio Day Event held on October 24 in Philadelphia, PA.  This event honours the birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk and celebrates his leadership in helping to develop the first vaccine to eliminate polio.  In 2007, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined with Rotary International, WHO, CDC, and UNICEF in support of the Global Polio Elimination Initiative (GPEI).   Because of this bold action and immunization over the many years, the number of kids diagnosed with polio has plummeted from 360,000 to just 14 reported cases this year worldwide. 

Operational Fund Raising:

            50/50 Draw

The District Governor, Linda Murray, notified all Rotary Clubs in the District about the need to cease involvement in any ‘chase the Ace’ progressive 50/50 draws.  According to the BC Gaming Commission, these draws are considered to be an unlicensed raffle. Our club will suspend our use of these draws as a fund-raising initiative.

            Happy Dollars

Pat cheerfully collected Happy Dollars from the members.

Projects – Ready - Steady - Go - November 24:

Pat announced that the correct name for Legion Club #240 is the Crescent Beach Legion – NOT the Ocean Park Legion. 

Jerry printed 350 posters for Deidre’s distribution upon her return from Ireland.  Rhonda has these posters right now.  Scott and Pat agreed to get the remainder posters printed. - Need them beginning of October. 

Tickets for the event are $40 each.

Rhonda reminded everyone to start to collect and submit to her 2 items each for the silent auction.  
Don was recognized and thanked for providing the first items for the auction.

Events -- Rotary International Convention:

Hamburg Germany - June 1-5. 

Jerry reviewed information contained in the distributed email about the RI Convention for 2019.  Register before December 15, 2018 to receive $395 early bird rate. 
Rick let everyone know that there is a Rotary Golf Event at St. Andrews June 9 for those who are interested.

Events -- Sources 40th Celebration:

Jerry sent out an email - no response from our club to date to assist with the Rotary tent. Interested volunteers need to let Jerry know by Monday of their desire to participate.

Projects -- Request for Monitors. 

Bonnie Sutherland from North Delta Rotary provided information about the African Ruggedized Education System (ARED).  The ARES is an online server that connects via wifi to tablets, laptops, computers and smartphones.  Rugged and can handle challenges of power surges, heat, dust, and shocks.  This provides a massive amount of information to schools – especially schools throughout rural Kenya.  Content includes over 30,000 videos, Ted Talks, Kahn Academy, textbooks, Kenyan and British Syllabus etc. 

Container is being loaded for Africa, and prior to September 15, they need donated monitors, keyboards, and mice. 

Jerry offered to coordinate our club collection up to Monday, Sept. 10, and Chip offered to help as well, especially after Jerry and Roberta leave after Sept. 10.

Events -- Ride for Rotary - India

Jerry shared information about the Ride for Rotary - Motorcycle Ride held January 13 – 27, 2019 -- starting in Mumbai and concluding in Mangaluru, India.  Email distributed to all members.

Social:

Jeff reported that the Imperial Gardens still does not have a liquor license for our next social scheduled for Sept. 19.  Rick suggested we wait until they obtain their liquor license and instead go to the Chaba Thai restaurant in Cloverdale — Rick to confirm a reservation for Sept. 19 and will get back to us.  We can byob and there is no corkage fee.  Restaurant is located by 176 and 56th. 

Guest Speaker:  Alex Nixon, White Rock BIA

Jerry introduced Alex who assumed the position of Executive director in June of this year.

Business Improvement Association (BIA) facilitates events and programs and supports local businesses so they can thrive.  BIA also works to develop community awareness and spirit. 

Alex talked about how the events are received well by the public and serve to promote and support local business.  TD concerts on the pier are good examples of events that serve the community and local businesses. 

In addition to the concerts, BIA is involved in the Taste of White Rock, Vitality Expo, street banners and lighting as well as advocating on behalf of businesses to the city.  They also serve to advocate/communicate/facilitate by hosting All Candidates meetings for upcoming elections.

Alex also commented that they run successful social media campaigns when they host events – the businesses are supported and promoted.

When Alex asked for feedback and suggestions, Rick brought up the issue of the lack of parking that is not exclusive to the waterfront.  Local businesses downtown also struggle with limited parking for customers and clients. 

Jerry suggested that BIA use influence for multi-level parking downtown area. 

Other issues - development of South Surrey - taking people away from local White Rock merchants.  Transportation - construction road on Johnston road.  Issues around red tape around patios and awnings and rent - not unique to White Rock.

Because the TD concerts are so successful, looking to add more concerts at the 5 corners, east beach, and west beach.  These are scheduled for Thursday evening to stimulate activity for businesses/restaurants. 

Alex shared that the public want more beer gardens. 
Jerry asked if BIA would consider partnering with Rotary for beer gardens.  Space for beer gardens available at 5 corners and east and perhaps west beach as well.

Jerry confirmed that he would follow up with Alex about pursuing this potential fund-raising partnership.

Scott shared that Rotary use to be involved in a chili cook off with the BIA - local restaurants prepared their best chili recipes and the public would taste and vote.  Scott remarked that these were fun, even though they didn’t make a lot of money. 

Alex stated that he loves the idea of even more events - would like to see something happening every week-end.

Chip told Alex about the interest from the arts community in establishing an arts corridor and suggested this might be a good project for the BIA to work on with the Semiahmoo Arts Association.  Alex agreed to review with Greg Smith.

Jerry thanked Alex - donated hot lunches in Sources on his behalf.

Misc:
Don away till mid October.

Rhonda agreed to take over the Save-On cards on Don’s behalf.

Jeff away for 10 days..

Adjournment:

Jerry adjourned at 8:30.

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Minutes of August 29 2018 Business Meeting
Attendance:
Jerry Zdril – President and Chairperson
Roberta Zdril
Pat Hahn – Sgt. of Arms
Rick Singh
Chip Bowness
Peter Herz
Don Boyce
Jeff Richards
Alan Benson
Rhonda Latreille
Greg Smith – Guest Speaker
 
Meeting Call to Order and Welcome
Jerry opened the meeting at 7:15 am and Don led the singing of “O Canada.”

Pat provided the invocation.

Rotary Minute
A Rotary Minute was not prepared for this meeting. 

Jerry shared that some clubs review the 4 Way Test at each meeting, and suggested that we add this to our regular agenda.  Jerry offered to start the practice at this meeting. 

Alan let us know that the 4 Way Test was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert Taylor when he was asked to turn around a failing business. 

Chip confirmed that people join for connection, fellowship, and goodwill, and stay for those reasons as well.  Fellowship was listed as the #1 reason for joining, with service being #2.  Fellowship is needed for good service.

Operational Budget Fundraising
Jerry started the 50/50 draw for this meeting.  Our guest speaker, Greg Smith won the 50/50 draw and donated his proceeds back to the pot.  Pat solicited contributions for Happy Dollars.

Rotary International Convention
Prior to the meeting, Jerry distributed an email promoting the 110th Rotary International Convention scheduled for June 1-5, 2-19 in Hamburg, Germany.  A registration link was included in the email.

13th Annual West Africa Project Fair
Jerry reminded us of the email he distributed the day before announcing the Polio Immunization exercise that will be part of the West Africa Project Fair scheduled for October 2-11, 2018 in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa.

Sources Fair – September 15, 2018
Anyone interested in volunteering at the Sources Fair will need to let Jerry know and he’ll pass the names on to Sources.  Volunteers are needed in 1-1.5 hour blocks to assist with handing out brochures and talking about the benefits and vision of Rotary.

Sources Ad – Revisit
Don asked if we could revisit our decision to not purchase an Ad in the Peace Arch page in celebration of Sources 40th Anniversary.

In terms of process, Peter reviewed that the members had originally decided to support the ad during a regular Business Meeting, and then the Exec voted to not go forward. 

This Exec decision was then brought back to the general Business Meeting and the group voted to not go forward.

Jeff reminded us that we have no funding in our operational budget for this ad, but could make a direct contribution to Sources through our Project Funds budget.

Fund Raiser – Ready – Steady – Go
Roberta provided group with the following update and opened the discussion to the floor:
  • Booking confirmed with Legion.
  • Kitchen will be made available to us for a specified period of time.
  • Roberta will send the updated Poster to everyone for comment prior to forwarding to Scott for printing.
  • Breaks for the band have been established.
  • Jerry reminded us of our commitment for each of us to submit 2 items for the silent auction.
  • ONLY dollars our club receives will be through ticket sales and silent auction – we will receive no dollars from food and drink sales.
  • Jeff agreed to look into license for 50/50 raffle.
  • Tickets will be ready soon and each member will receive an initial set of 10 tickets to sell.  Rhonda will track auction contributions and ticket sales.
  • Rick suggested that we consider a wine board and Canuck tickets through a live auction.
  • Greg Smith suggested that the silent auction be closed earlier and that the higher end items might best be handled through a live auction at the end rather than as part of the silent auction.
  • Jeff brought to our attention a potential competitive event hosted by the Semiahmoo Club on November 9, promoting the ‘Eagle Eyes’ band.

Grant Application – Rotary International
Chip updated the members regarding the revised and re-submitted application to Rotary International for the Cambodia Project.  Still awaiting a response.

Social – September 18, 2018
It was agreed that we would hold the September 18 Social at the new Chinese Restaurant that now holds a liquor license.

Jeff agreed to contact the Restaurant to consider a pre-set menu for the event.

Guest Speaker – Greg Smith, Semiahmoo Arts Association
Pat introduced our guest speaker, Greg Smith from the Semiahmoo Arts Association and recognized the outstanding and long-term contribution Greg and his wife Marlena have made to the arts community in White Rock.

Greg thanked Rotary for support for the Media Lab and remarked on how Semiahmoo Arts is growing and thriving.  They now have full-time staff and their budget has tripled over the past 4 years.

Greg shared 3 main messages:
  1.  Local arts and supporters are tribal – hardly aware of each other with little coordination, lacking a consolidated powerful voice.
  2. Arts environment is vibrant.  Impressive array of established and new artists.  Good educational support and young students showing promise for the future.  Media Lab is important, offering tools for cell phone moving making and use of editing equipment.
  3. Promotion is frozen with not enough opportunity for artists to have their works displayed and for them to shine.  This is particularly true for sculptures, requiring more space for display.
Greg commented that they are in need for strong outside leadership and suggested that this could be an area where our Rotary Club could contribute.

Jeff recommended that given our desire to identify new areas of involvement and service, the local art community might be a good fit for our group to consider.
 
Rhonda agreed to contact Barbara Nelson, Executive Director of the Semiahmoo Arts Association to start an exploratory conversation about where they are at, their vision, gaps, and areas where we could potentially provide leadership and support.  Rhonda will bring the details of this conversation back to our members.
 
Pat thanked Greg for his service to the arts and his presentation.
 
Adjournment:
Jerry adjourned the meeting at 8:37 am
 
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August 22 2018 Business Meeting
August 22, 2018 Business Meeting
 
Attendance:
Jerry Zdril – President and Chairperson
Roberta Zdril
Pat Hahn – Sgt. of Arms
Rick Singh
Chip Bowness
Peter Herz
Don Boyce
Jeff Richards
Scott Phemister
Rhonda Latreille
 
Meeting Call to Order and Welcome
Jerry opened the meeting at 7:14 am and Scott lead the singing of “O Canada.”
Roberta provided the invocation.
 
Rotary Minute
A Rotary Minute was not assigned this week and Pat instead provided an update about the success and fun of the Golfun event.
 
50/50 Draw
In his role of Sgt. of Arms, Pat explained how the 50/50 draw works, and started a fresh run.
 
Business from Executive Meeting
 
Funding Request - Rotaract
We were asked to contribute to help cover the costs of the airfare to Chicago.  Not sure we initially agreed to do this, and suspect that our general offer to support and help out the Rotaract Club may have been misconstrued.  We agreed to cover the requested amount retroactively and let them know we need a more formal process for documenting and approving requests.
Chip suggested that we ask the member who attended the conference in Chicago to attend one of our meetings to update us on the event.  We would be pleased to ask the Rotaract member to attend with an executive representative if that would help them to feel more comfortable.
Jerry let us know that they are almost ready for their Charter Event, and he will pass on the invitation.

Funding Request – Lashibi School
We received a funding request to contribute toward the construction of a school. This request did not meet with our criteria to not simply write a cheque and to instead be involved with project where we have some engagement and participation.
It was agreed that we would respond with a nice letter declining the request, letting them know of our existing commitments.
 
Funding Request – Sources 40th Year
Sources is celebrating their 40th year anniversary and contacted us to see if we want to participate in a celebratory page in the Peace Arch by purchasing a small add.
We don’t have an advertising budget for this and do not want to use our 1 free advertising for this request.
It was decided that we would forego our participation in this Ad celebration and Pat recommended that we give any support directly to Sources rather than through the purchase of an Ad.
 
New Funding Request – Sources 40th Anniversary Fair
Sources is holding a Community Celebration and asked if the 5 Clubs would like to put up a tent.  The event will be held on Sept. 15 from 8 am - 5 pm.  Jerry will get more information about requirements and any potential costs.
 
Honourary Members
Jeff confirmed that the status of Honourary Member is left to the discretion of the Board.   
During the Executive Meeting, it was agreed that we would update the list and remove those members who have not participated in the club for the past year.  The following names would be deleted from the list of Honourary Members:
Catherine Ferguson
Gerry St. Germain
Ken Kimberly.
Where a club member has a current relationship with an identified Honourary member, the club member will reach out to the Honourary member to see if they are interested in re-engaging with the club.  Pat and Jeff agreed to contact Catherine.  It was suggested that we might want to consider a standard letter, and Pat recommended a personal approach instead of a letter to always encourage their participation.
 
Projects – President’s Meeting
Jerry shared how some of the clubs are finding it difficult to fund raise, and it was suggested at the President’s meeting that we consider a large group event to raise more substantial amounts of funds to be shared between the clubs. 
The Langley Ribfest was held up as an idea/example and it was recognized that these events require a large number of volunteers.
Peter warned against 5 club events that could lead to a potential amalgamation of the clubs. 
Rick suggested that we pursue our own individual club fund raising events, and that we reserve multi-club events for shared projects. 
 
Potential Fund-Raising Projects
Jerry brought our attention to the Semiahmoo 1st nations land and band shell on Marine Drive.  We could potentially explore a crab fest or beer fest at that venue.  Chip suggested that we start a dialogue and relationship with the Semiahmoo 1st nations band so that they can get to know each other and feel more comfortable about the potential for mutual projects.
 
Ready – Steady – Go – November 24
Roberta provided us with a robust update.
There was some concern that an event scheduled with the same band for the day before may compete with our event.
Simon (promoter) explained that the band is booked the day before for ‘Everything Liverpool.’  This is through the radio station that sent them to Liverpool.  This event is only $15 and is scheduled on November 23 from 7:30-10:30. 
Roberta believes this will not be competitive to our event.
 
Our Ready – Steady – Go Event details:
We will be holding a silent auction and Roberta shared that the Legion does not want us hold a 50/50 draw.  Jeff offered that this was likely due to their concern with a gaming license and we already qualify for a license, so this may not be an issue.
We asked that every member contribute 2 items to the silent auction and that the minimum value per item be set at $50.00.
Rhonda agreed to manage the silent auction items and track the ticket distribution and sales.
Pat agreed to get the tickets by September 26 and Roberta will update the poster this week.  Pat and Scott will ensure the posters get printed.
We agreed to raise the price from $35 per person to $40 per person.
Roberta suggested a poster blitz no later than October 22.
 
Future Meetings
All future meetings to be held at the Pacific Inn until further notice.
Jerry and Roberta will be away from September 12 – November 7 and the list below confirms persons chairing meetings in Jerry’s absence:
September 12:  Pat
September 19: Rick – Social
September 26: Scott
October 3: Rick
October 10: Jeff
October 17: Rick – Social
October 24: Jeff
October 31: Don
November 7: Don
 
Misc:
Don reminded members of the Save-On Gift Card promotion.  He has lots of cards available for purchase!
Jeff announced that the 50/50 draw brought in $42 today with $26.50 for the club.  At this rate, we would earn $1,800 per year with the draw.
 
Adjournment:
Jerry adjourned the meeting at 8:37
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August 8 2018 Minutes -- Business Meeting
Business Meeting - Aug. 8, 2018

Thanks to Peter Herz for serving as the scribe for this meeting.
 
There were lots of visitors and not too many members.  Speaker and new Governor was Linda Murray who also brought her husband, Rotarian Bill Murray.  Also visiting was Don from North Carolina, Concord Sunrise club.  Don has a daughter in White Rock.
 
President, Jerry Zdril and wife, Roberta, were back from Uganda.
 
O’Canada was led by Rick Singh and the invocation was given by Don Boyce.
 
Don from N. Carolina passed around a bucket for loose change which is a tradition in the Eastern U.S.A . started  in 1994.
 
Jerry gave the Rotary minute quoting from Rotary international President stating that Rotary has strength beyond that of individuals, that Rotary works to create a better world, and that we need to look at everything that we do.
 
THERE WILL BE NO REGULAR MEETING next week.  There will be a cold pot luck at Zdrills apartment in the evening and an executive meeting in the morning at the usual place.  The executive will consider buying an advertisement to congratulate Sources on 40 years, and advertise our club at the same time.  At the social there will be a raffle of a cork screw and a bottle of wine.  Rick will bring ribs.  As mentioned by e mail, the Langley Rotary Club is looking for help in its first Rib Fest.  Port Moody Rotary Club has had a Rib Fest for the last several years and looks after volunteers very well.  Semiahmoo Rotary Club is planning a rib fest for next year.
 
The new Rotaract Club is to be officially started on Sunday Aug. 12 from 2 – 6 pm.  Preregistration is required.  Rotaract members have been invited to our club meetings.
Emery Dosdall introduced Linda Murray.
 
Linda is from Los Angeles but moved to Washington State.  She had worked in Human Resources but she and Bill started Evergreen Security employing 15 people.  She held several other positions and is a member of the Mukilteo Club.  She led an exchange to India.
 
Linda said we are her first visit and she also just signed her first grant rquest which was ours.  She stated that the district has goals of change and continuity which are not contradictory.  Every club should have a 5 year plan which comes out of a visioning process which the district will help on.  She sees retention as key to growth.  Her plan is for a growth of 64 members, an average of 1 per club.  Membership seminars are available through Rob Frost who has spoken to our club.  She said a club should never say NO to a new project proposal.  Our club should be THE service club in the area.  We must all show pride in our club.  Our club is one of only 8 in the district that is 100% EREY.  There are many young professionals some of whom a Rotaracters but only 4% join Rotary.  She announced that RLI which was Rotary Leadership Institute will now be Rotary Learning Institute. 

The Peace Arch Journal has a new editor, James Munro, who has big shoes to fill.
 
The next District Conference will have a Caribbean theme.  There will be no black tie clothes and there will be a prize for the best presentation about a project – not a best project.  She closed by saying have fun and answered questions.
 
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July 25 2018 Business Meeting
 
Meeting Call to Order and Welcome
Pat chaired the meeting on Jerry’s behalf, opened the meeting and led the singing of “O Canada.”
Deidre provided the invocation, expressing special gratitude for Rick’s recovery.
Pat welcomed our guest speaker, Bill Jones, and thanked Jeff and Marjorie for hosting the outstanding club barbeque.
 
Events
  1. Sip and Savor not going ahead this year.
  2. Beatles Night scheduled for November.
  3. Shred a thon was a great success and looking to add another one in the spring
Pat encouraged us to think of additional Fund Raisers
 
Financial Report – Jeff
Jeff stated that we currently have approximately $34,000 in the bank, with $1,000 of this total available for the club operating budget.
The club has an operating requirement of $8,000 per year.  Projections show that this is currently underfunded, and Jeff remarked that if we do not continue with the Breakfast autopay system (which contributes to this budget,) we will need to replace between $3,000-$3,200 per year.
Without the breakfast autopay and additional funds, we anticipate a club operating shortfall of approximately $200 per member.
 
Discussion points:
  • Shift RYLA and YAIL from operating budget to project budgets (address approximately $1,000).
  • Add Sergeant of Arms collections at member socials as well.
  • Breakfast autopay provides budget predictability, while a self-pay system allows for greater flexibility for those who prefer a light or no breakfast, as well as those who are not able to attend each meeting.  Self-pay may be preferred for attracting new members, while auto-pay may help to encourage meeting attendance.  Discussion also explored separate meeting fees, and potential for 2-tiered auto-pay options.  Knowing that we are looking at ways to meet the $200 per person shortfall, it was suggested that an immediate additional membership fee increase of $200 per person in one step would be experienced as too extreme and was not recommended.
Motion:  It was moved by Jeff and seconded by Rick that:  “For the next 6 months, we test a new approach whereby we self-pay our breakfasts, apply a $100 per person regular membership fee increase and supplement the shortfall with special events and Sergeant of Arms at club socials to raise additional funds.”
Motion Carried.
 
Jeff added that this new approach would take effect July 1, 2018.  Since we are billed in 6-month intervals, Jeff would apply an additional $50 to the membership fee for the period of July 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018, with the 2nd $50 additional fee applied in the following 6-month interval.
 
New Membership Fee Rates:
Motion:  It was moved by Jeff and seconded by Deidre that: “The Regular Active Member fee be increased from $250 per year to $350 per year.  The Family Membership would include the new $350 per year for one active member and the additional family member would pay $200 per year for a total combined Family Membership annual fee of $550.”
Motion Carried.
 
Outstanding Membership Fee Issues:
It agreed that the club would defer discussion to a future meeting regarding the considerations of Corporate Membership Fees and the potential waiving or application of Initiation Fees for Honorary Members shifting to Family Membership.  Jeff encouraged everyone to google Rotary Corporate Membership fees to gain some awareness of the variety of options currently employed by other clubs.
Deidre thanked Jeff for all of his hard work on helping us to explore issues and options in meeting our operational budget requirements.
Jeff reminded everyone to self-pay for their breakfast on the way out.
 
Rotary Minute
There was no Rotary Minute at this meeting.
 
Future Meetings
All future meetings to be held at the Pacific Inn until further notice.
August 1 – NO MEETING – Long Week-end
August 8 – Regular Meeting – Pacific Inn – New District Governor, Linda Murray, to attend.
 
Projects – Save-On Gift Cards
Don reminded members of the Save-On Gift Card promotion.  He has lots of cards available for purchase!
 
Guest Presentation:  Bill Jones Tour of Portugal
Peter introduced the guest speaker, Bill Jones, Past Rotarian.
Bill shared a pictorial review of he and his wife, Joan’s month-long travels throughout Portugal this April.  He started with a brief history of milestone events from the Roman influence, the Moors, Henry the Navigator, the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, all the way to the shift to democracy in 1974.  This set a wonderful foundation for his present-day tour of Portugal.  The tour started at the northern city of Porto and continued inland to the Douro Valley.  From there, the review took us to Coimbra, Nazare, Evora, Algarve and ended in Lisbon.  Bill provided something for everyone, from vineyards to terraced orchards, Roman ruins, beaches, museums, and art galleries, to Portugal’s own ‘Stonehenge.’  By the end of the presentation, we were all ready to book our flights.
Rhonda thanked Bill for his informative and engaging presentation.
 
Adjournment:
Pat adjourned the meeting.
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July 11 2018 Minutes
Meeting Call to Order and Welcome
Scott led the singing of “O Canada” and Don provided the invocation.
Jerry welcomed our guests/speakers, Sarah Dunham and Christina Shephard from Roots of Empathy.
 
Membership Categories:
Deidre reminded members that clubs can now consider offering new categories of membership and it appears that no there are no additional by-law requirements to introduce new options.  Deidre emailed everyone the new categories and their respective fees earlier this week, (individual and family memberships as well as corporate 1-2-person memberships) and both Deidre and Jeff asked everyone to review the options and let Jeff know before the end of the week. 
 
Meeting Venue and Food

Individual bills versus automatic payment: 
Membership have been weighing-in regarding the option of paying a standard fee each month for breakfast or paying their own individual bills at each meeting.  Jeff reminded the membership that should we move to individual bills, that the membership fee would have to be increased to cover the guest breakfast costs.  It was agreed that this would be explored further at the executive meeting, and the executive would bring a recommendation back to the regular business meeting.

Venue:
Further discussion regarding concern with Ricky’s being able to meet our timing requirements for breakfast service.  We can stay at the Pacific Inn a little longer than originally indicated, and we will use this time to also consider other options.
 
Rotary Minute
Rick provided the Rotary Minute and quoted from the new RI President’s comments about the need to ‘Be the Inspiration’ and remove barriers.
 
Golfun
Golf Event is scheduled for August 17 at Linden, Wa.  $125 US.  Looks like we have a foursome! Register on the District Website.

Social
This month’s club social will be held on July 18.  First considered the new Imperial Garden at Semiahmoo Mall but they do not yet have a liquor license.  It was suggested that we schedule the Imperial Garden once their liquor license is approved. Rick recommended a Thai restaurant in Cloverdale that allows you to BYOB without a corkage fee, and he will get back to us with details. 
 
Future Meetings
July 18 - Executive Meeting – Rickys – Pat to Chair
July 25 – Regular Meeting with Guest Speaker – Pacific Inn
August 1 – NO MEETING – Long Week-end
August 8 – Regular Meeting – Pacific Inn – New District Governor, Linda Murray, to attend.
 
Project Update
Orphanage – Battambang
Deidre reported that the Global and District Grant requests have been submitted.  She gave special thanks to Chip for his work on this as well.  We should hear from the District grant by the end of August, with final determinations around November-December this year.
 
Sgt of Arms
Membership had lots of happy dollars (and a sad dollar) to donate to Scott’s effective canvasing.
 
Members Update
Jerry and Roberta will be volunteering in Africa – leaving July 12 and returning August 3.  They will also be away again for 8 weeks in September/October.
Deidre and Brian are planning to in Ireland from the end of July for an anticipated couple of months.
Scott will away for a month – leaving the following week. 
 
Guest Presentation – Roots of Empathy
Jerry introduced the guest speakers, Sarah Dunham and Christina Shepherd from Roots of Empathy.
Founded by Mary Gordon, a kindergarten teacher, this program’s main objective is to stop inter-generational cycles of violence by teaching/demonstrating to young children what empathy looks like.  Trained instructors bring babies into the classroom and encourage the children to observe and start to identify what the baby is feeling and communicating.  They report that research confirmed that this increases empathy and pro-social skills in children while decreasing aggression.
Sarah and Christina are asking for a donation of $1,200 (to be matched by a private donor) to cover the costs of training one instructor.
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July 11 Correction
No meetings have taken place since June 13. 
 
A club social was held on June 27 at Watt's Cooking on Marine Drive.
 

NOTE: July 11 meeting will be held at the Ricky's starting at 7:15 AM.  It will be a business meeting.

Sorry about the confusion

 
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE
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June 6 Meeting
Scribe's notes
Scott led singing of "O Canada" and Roberta provided the invocation. The meeting was held at "Ricky's" and a review of this location will be made at the next meeting.  As well, additional information from the "Roadhouse" has been obtained.
 
Jerry and Roberta discussed their day spent at RYLA on May 26.  A very good day that proved the worth of the RYLA experience in leadership.  The new Rotaract club being formed had 5 new members as a result of RYLA.  A request for $100 to support the Rotaract club was received and will be discussed at the June 13 meeting.
 
SOS Children's Village has requested a $2,000 donation from our club.  After some discussion, Chip volunteered to attend the June 13 open house at SOS and report back to the club with his findings.  The club reinforced the criteria of not simply "writing cheques" in deciding on organizations and projects to support.
 
Chip, Brian and Deirdre continue to work on the MOU for the Battambang orphanage Global Grant.  It is important to have the application for the Global Grant submitted before July 1st. 
 
Reminder to members to provide their continuing donations to the Rotary Foundation.
 
Sergeant at Arms, Scott, fined members and collected Happy/Sad dollars.
 
Next meeting, June 13,  is a combined Executive and members meeting at the Pacific Inn
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May 30 Meeting
May 30 Meeting Notes
 
Scott led singing of "O Canada" and Peter provided the invocation.
 
Jerry explained that he will lead the next 3 meetings, including May 30 since he will be away in July.  Pat will chair meetings then.
Announcements included:
1.  Linda Murray, the District Governor for next year, has scheduled her visit for August 8.  
2.  Jerry contacted Roadhouse Grill for possible meeting site after Pacific Inn closes.  Members expressed concern about the starting time and temperature of the room in the winter.  Sharon at the Roadhouse will be contacted by Jerry about the concerns raised.
3.  It was decided to schedule our June 6 meeting at Ricky's on KIng George Blvd.  Jeff confirmed that Ricky's will be available for that date.   
     June 6 meeting will be at Ricky's 
4.  Scott indicated that the "Shred It " fundraiser is on track.  He will arrive at 6 AM to set up the parking lot.  Needs club members to be available at 8:30 to set up tables and other items.  He stated that coffee, muffins and pizza were paid for by Renee last year. He will contact Ocean Park Pizza to see if they will donate the pizza.  Please continue to promote the event.
 
Discussion the moved to the determination of fundraising events to support our projects.  The following fundraising goals were suggested:
1. Orphanage $5,000;      2. Hospice in Thailand $5,000;      3. Learning Center $2,500;       4. Sources Food Bank $300;      5. Salvation Army $500
for a total of $13,300
 
Fundraising activities were then discussed and the preliminary list includes:
1. Beatles nite - Deirdre has booked the band and Legion for November 24.  Suggestions were made to investigate the Star of the Sea hall which would allow for club to capture the revenues from the sale of bar items.  Deirdre will investigate.
2. Shred It - possibility of holding this event twice a year will be investigated.  As well, Rick suggested that we may be able to collaborate with Staples and establish an arrangement where revenues earned from their shredding over one month would be donated to our club.  Further discussion is needed.
3.  Sip and Savor event has been scheduled for October 27. 
4,  Couch Potato - was briefly discussed and will need more discussion and investigation.
The club will continue to consider the above items at the next meeting.
 
Lastly, the club should consider funding other community organizations and needs.  A needs analysis was suggested, and will be expanded upon at the June 6 meeting.
 
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May 23 Installation 
          
Installation Dinner for Incoming President
 
A  cocktail reception was followed by  O’Canada, Invocation by Carlos and Introduction of guests which included spouses in attendance, Emery Dosdall and LindaGene Coyle.
 
After dinner Pat spoke about his two terms as President. 
Presented the Rotarian of the Year to Deirdre.
 
Pat and LindaGene introduced Renee as the newest Honorary Rotarian.
 
District Governor, LindaGene,  was introduced by Emery and she officially installed the 2018/2019 Executive.
 
Closing Remarks from Jerry recognized the strength of the club is a result of active, talented and committed members.  We are involved in both community and international projects. 
Jerry asked all members to reflect on what brought them into Rotary and to commit to bringing new ideas to the club.
 
It was a marvelous night and thanks again to all that we do for Rotary.
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May 16 Meeting
Club social at 3 Dogs Brewery in White Rock.  Great time had by all that attended.
Thanks to Rick for organizing the event and pizza.
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May 9 Meeting
May 9 Meeting Notes
 
Chip led singing of "O Canada" and Don provided invocation
 
Pat read a letter to the club from a student at South Surrey/White Rock Learning Center.   Student is very grateful for our support.
 
The Shred It event is happening on June 9 (See above poster).  Scott is coordinating with Safeway the setting up of the parking lot.  
 
Rick is arranging for the June 16th social - it will be held at 3 Dogs Brewing 15214 North Bluff Rd starting a 6 PM.  Each member will pay to Rick $10 towards the pizza that is being ordered.
 
No meeting on May 23rd. That evening is the installation dinner at Beecher's Place in Crescent Beach.
 
The balance of the meeting focuses on discussing the goals for the club for next year (2018 - 2019) with regards to projects.  Jerry briefly described his leadership style which is best described as a "Thinker" according to Rotary's categorization.
 
Started by listing the the following items - discussed and revised by members
Fundraisers:   
Shred It          Beatles nites          Sip N Savor        5 Club Breakfast              Fools Night Out           Couch Potato 
                 
Projects:   
Orphanage in Cambodia       Hospice in Thailand         Sophie's Place/PADS       South Surrey/White Rock learning Center          Sources Food Bank    Bryant Park 
Salvation Army ($500)        Peace Arch Elementary School            WASRAG in Africa             DARE        Polar Bear Swim  Rotaracts
 
Members stated that it is useful to establish criteria and guidelines for both Community and International projects.    The following items were developed:
1.  Focus on youth
2.  No solicitations or simply cheque writing 
3.  Hands on
4.  Get the Most benefit from the least amount spent
5.  Club initiated
 
After discussion and revision, members agreed to continue to support:
Orphanage in Cambodia       
Hospice in Thailand 
South Surrey/White Rock learning Center          
Sources Food Bank
Salvation Army ($500)
 
The next meeting, which will take place on May 30rd, will establish the proposed funding amount for each project. 
Then the club will determine the fundraising activities that will be necessary to provide the funding for the projects.
 
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May 2 Meeting
Scribe May 2 2018
We had a very good turnout today with many visitors.  Additional chairs and tables were required, thanks possibly to Dierdre’s e mail, though the planned speaker had to cancel late due to a family emergency.
 
O’ Canada was led by guest, Mark Donnely, who of course did it very well.
Innovation was given by Alan Benson.
 
Guests introduced by Deirdre included Susan McGregor, and the owner of 3 Dog Brewing.  She and Pat both introduced Cliff Anabal and Christina from Whiteclife care home and Pat introduced Gary McIntosh and his wife.
 
Peter summarized last Saturday’s breakfast which was good in spite of rising costs and thanked those who worked on clean up.  Pat reminded all about the shredding event coming on June 9.  Dierdre has posters.  At explained expected funds raised and beneficiaries community events and the Learning Centre.  Chip summarized the Learning Centre new program and our involvement including equipment donations and volunteer teachers Pat, Herb, Brian and Rick.
 
Pat summarized some of what Rotary is for visitors.
 
Brian summarized our two international projects, the orphanage in Cambodia and the Aids hospice in Thailand.  
 
Pat spoke of the Rotary Foundation from which we still hope to get a grant.
 
Speaker in place of Cathy Jesson was Rhonda Latreille introduced by Deirdre.
Rhonda is the founder of a company on aging.  She gave  talk and slide show.  She told us that life expectancy is rapidly increasing and needs to be considered in cities and rural areas.  There has been a noble beginning but there is more to do.  Businesses must consider people over 50, not just products and/or services.  She asked us to consider how we feel as compared to our chronological age and said on average people feel 15 years younger.  Ageism is too tolerated in our society.  She gave examples of birthday cards and an old KFC commercial.  Age causes high tone deafness, vision loss, mobility problems, chronic problems and cognition problems all of which can be dealt with.
Rhonda was thanked by Jeff.
 
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April 25 Meeting
Scott led the singing of “O Canada” and Rhonda provided the invocation
 
Pat introduced our quests, Ross Phemister, Ray Paquet, and Meagan Jones.
 
Peter, the 5 Club Rotary Breakfast on April 28.  Tickets sales are good.  Our club is responsible for cleanup after the event.
 
The Semiahmoo Club golf tournament is taking place on June 21st. Cost is $400 per person.
 
Pat reviewed the executive meeting held on April 18th at Ricky’s.
  • Executive declined to provide support to the Rotary club near Humboldt.
  • Executive declined to provide donation to the visiting club from Thailand as requested by Preet Paul during her presentation on April 11
  • The club approved the motion from executive that establishes an amount of $500 that can be spent by members when necessary for non-approved expenses.
  • The club approved the $390 Fee for Family Memberships.
 
Pat thanked Chip for his work on the White Rock Learning Center (WRLC) project. 
Chip indicated that Rona did not provide any kind of support or donation to the WRLC.  Chip also will propose to Rory at WRLC, our club’s willingness to present a class on basic finances to students at WRLC.
 
Rhonda reminded members about the Save on Food cards available for purchase.
 
Jeff has received the check for $2,140 for the clubs share of the Sip and Savor event.
 
Roberta reviewed the May 23rd dinner.  Cost is $40 per ticket and includes the meal, wine and beer.
 
Jerry and Scott will prepare the poster for the Shred It fundraiser on June 9.  Scott will prepare the site on the day of the event.  Arrangements for muffins, coffee and pizza are being made.
 
Jerry introduced Ray and Meagan, our guest speakers.
Ray has been involved with RYLA, YAIL, Rotaract for 30 years. There are over 200,000 Rotaract members worldwide.
Rotaract has a focus on mentorship, mentoring and hands on projects. Dues are very reasonable at $50 per members.
The new club being formed will be successful and needs support from all of the clubs in South Surrey and White Rock areas. 
If members know of anyone that would be interested in Rotaract, contact Jerry and Roberta. They will accompany them to the meetings being held every second Wednesday at Laura’s Coffee Shop.
It was suggested that the WRLC would be a potential source of candidates.
For more information on Rotaract go to https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs
 
Deirdre thanked Ray and Meagan for their presentation.
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April 18 Social
Members enjoyed an excellent meal at Afghan Kitchen.  The owner Hassib has an interesting background, He is willing to share his story with our club and we will invite him to one of our meetings as a guest speaker.
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April 11 meeting
Don led the singing of “O Canada” and provided the invocation
 
Pat spoke about the CD’s he has from his PET’s training that has the speeches from the Keynote presenters. He has them for others to view.
He also reviewed the district assembly that occurred on April 7. It is a valuable opportunity to broaden members understanding of Rotary and its programs.
 
A reminder about the new Rotaract Club being formed in South Surrey.  Meetings are held every second Wednesday at 6 PM at Laura’s Coffee Shop, next one is April 18.  Ray and Meaghan from the proposed Rotaract club will be attending our April 25 meeting.
 
Peter mentioned the 5 Club Rotary Breakfast on April 28.  Tickets are available for $15 each.  Our club is responsible for cleanup after the event. A signup sheet was circulated.
 
The Semiahmoo Club golf tournament is taking place on June 21st. Cost is $400 per person.
 
Next social is at Afghan Kitchen located at 16120 24th Ave.
 
Reminder that the next executive meeting will be held on April 18th at 8 AM. The meeting will take place at Ricky’s restaurant on King George Blvd.
 
Don has the Save on Food cards available for purchase. He requested that another member take on the distribution of the cards for the next 3 weeks. Rhonda agreed to that.
He also suggested that the club investigate how we can support the Humboldt community as it deals with the loss of players from their hockey team.  Suggestions to provide support to youth to play hockey or support a park were offered.  The executive will discuss this at the April 18th meeting.
 
Jeff cleaned up the storage unit at Rotary House. Will list the items that he obtained for members to review.  Pat purchased 2 tickets to the Wine and Dine event on April 11.
Jeff has obtained a liquor permit for May 23rd.  Members can not bring their own wine to the event. Jeff and Roberta will coordinate the process for the wine and beer.
 
Pat introduced Preet Pall, the guest speaker.  She spoke about the 15-day Rotary Friendship Exchange to Thailand that she participated in.  The exchange provides for hosting Rotarians from other clubs around the world. She covered the application process, planning sessions and the costs of the program. Participants pay for their airfare, $250 US in cash and any extras in the country that they visit.
The members from Thailand will be in Canada and US April 25 to May 12 of this year.
Members from our club can join planned events if they wish to. Contact Preet Pall at the Coquitilam  club if interested.
Preet also stated that donations of cash or gifts from our club would be appreciated.
Jeff thanked Preet for her presentation.
 
 
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April 4 Meeting
Alan led the singing of “O Canada” and provided the invocation
 
Peter provided the Rotary minute.  There are many more clubs that are adding social events to replace the regular meetings.
 
Pat delivered to our newest member, Rhonda, the corrected and updated new Membership Certificate.
 
Jerry will send an invitation to Renee to attend the President’s Installation Event on May 23rd and be recognized as an Honorary member.
As well, Stuart Wilson, will be invited to the event and presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship.
 
There was a discussion on the new Rotaract Club being formed in South Surrey.  Our club has had members attending the meetings that are held every second Wednesday at 6 PM at Laura’s Coffee Shop.  Representatives from the proposed Rotaract club will be attending our April 25 meeting.
 
Next executive meeting will be held on April 18th at 8 AM. The meeting will take place at Ricky’s restaurant on King George Blvd.
 
Don has the Save on Food cards available for purchase.
 
Peter summarized the 5 Club Rotary Breakfast on April 28.  Tickets are available for $15 each. Cheques are payable to White Rock Rotary.  Our club is responsible for cleanup after the event.
 
The Semiahmoo Club golf tournament is taking place on June 21st. Cost is $400 per person.
 
The 5050 District budget for 2018/19 will be discussed and voted on at the April 7 assembly taking place at the Surrey campus of KPU.
 
Chip will investigate an offer to send out 12,500 flyers for $400.
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March 28 Meeting
Scribe Mar. 28, 2018
This was a combined business and executive meeting.  There was a small turnout of members.
 
Guest Emery talked about the district Assembly April 7th.
Pat reminded us that a shredding event is planned for June 9th.  Posters to be ordered.  Dierdre to help but not chair.  Scott to chair.   Further decisions are to be made next week.
 
Jeff announced that we still have the previously announced $18,000 plus a new donation of $10,000.  A motion was passed to pay Brian the additional $500 that will bring his $1500 to U.S. funds.  Signing officers have been changed.
 
Chip announced that the Learning Centre Bike Repair program is going ahead.  Some tools have been donated.  The School Board and Canadian Tire have donated.  Italian biycle stands were bought at a much lower cost than budgeted.  They seem quite strong.  Advertising is not allowed on the school property but can go on the school’s web site.
 
Joanne reported that the monthly article in the Peace Arch News is still alive.  Water and Sanitation will be featured in the next issue.  There will be one or two New Member ads for Carlos and Rhonda.
 
Deirdre said membership is growing.  There was considerable discussion about honorary members and Paul Harris recognition at the President’s Installation on May 23rd at Beecher Place.  We have enough points to buy 11 Paul Harris memberships.  It was pointed out that we need a policy about Honorary Memberships that may include age and years in Rotary.  Rotary rules about Honorary Memberships are to be printed and included in package given to new Honorary Members. 
Rick is M.C. for the Installation.
 
Speakers April 11 will be three people who were on the Friendship Exchange to Thailand.  This will be good meeting and guests should be invited.
 
Next social will be April 18.  The Afghan Kitchen is suggested as the locale.  Pat said that some socials should have a speaker.
 
The Pink Palace is to be taken over and remodeled including outside paint.  The date for closure is not yet known but we may move, at least temporarily, to Ricky’s (formerly the ABC) on King George Blvd.
 
The next Executive meeting is April 18th at 8 a.m. at Ricky’s.  There will be social that evening.
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March 21 Club Social Pot Luck
Deirdre and Brian hosted our club social as a pot luck.  Great food and socializing.
Thanks to all for attending and especially to Deirdre and Brian.
 
Happy Birthday to Chip
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March 14 Meeting
Scribe Mar 14, 2018
 
Following the anthem led by Don and invocation by Jeff we had a Rotary minute by Deirdre about membership which included her appeal for old copies of the Rotarian magazine.
There were no guests and no guest speaker.
 
There will be a District Conference at Kwantlen University, 72 Ave and 122 Street, on April 7. We pay for 3 people (used to be 5)  and so far only 2 are going.
R.I.L.A. is being held on an acreage in Washington State.
 
Jerry and Roberta attended a meeting of a proposed Rotaract Club which so far has 6 of the required 16 members.  They are an energetic group which expect to have 16 members soon.  They are sponsored by 5 clubs.  They meet every second Wednesday at Laura’s Cafe from 6 to 7 pm. and enjoy having Rotarians present.
 
There are nominees for all Executive positions for next year, but Jeff will carry on if no on comes forward as treasurer.
An e mail went to most members for surplus tools for the learning centre.  Chip will pick up any at member’s convenience as start date is soon.
There will be a Webinar re Annual Giving on April 4.
 
Jeff proposed moving to Rickey’s during renovations.  A straw vote was taken recommending the move to the executive.
Social next week will be at Deirdre and Brian’s home. An E mail is to follow.
A unanimous vote to create another Honorary Member will go to the executive.
 
The Sip and Savour cheque is still outstanding.
Jeff questioned the cheque to reimburse Brian.  $1500 Canadian was approved but expense was in U.S.
Roberta passed out a new phone list but was given an up to date list by Jeff.
Roberta presented several possible President’s installation dates and venues.  May 23 at Beacher Street with a caterer seemed to be chosen.
 
Deirdre reported that Chip has worked hard on the orphanage project.  Chip reported on the justifiable difficulty of getting funds.  Wayne Wiebe is to be contacted for help.
Roberta replaced Scott as Sergeant and collected from everyone.
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March 7 Meeting
Scribe March 7 Meeting
After singing of “O Canada”, Peter gave the invocation.
 
The  club expressed its thanks to Brian for constructing a new stand for the flagpole – no more flagpole injuries.
 
Scott delivered comments on Rotaract clubs and membership.  Noted that membership in Rotaract can assist student’s applications to University. 
A new Rotaract is being created in the five clubs area.  Meetings are being held every 2nd Wednesday at Laura’s Coffee Shop.  Jerry and Roberta will attend the March 7 meeting.  Ray Paquet is the contact person for this.
 
The 5 Club breakfast is being held on April 28 at the Star of Sea community center.  Tickets will be available next week.
 
District training assembly April 7 from 8 to 2 PM at KPU’s Surrey campus.
 
Rotary Leadership Training Saturday March 10 in Surrey.
 
Discussed providing of tax receipts to a US citizen for donations to the orphanage.  Jeff provided clarification on this and will provide Brian with more details.
 
Sergeant at Arms did his usual sterling job.  Pat’s daughter is getting married March 31, his son is engaged and youngest son has been accepted to Internal Medicine.  Great news.
Peter is celebrating his 80th birthday.  A gathering of family and friends is taking place to recognize. Club sang Happy Birthday
 
Guest speaker was introduced by Don.  Peter Tam from Haney Club presented information on the referendum on Proportional Representation that is taking place in the future. He talked about:
Jeff thanked Peter for his presentation.
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February 28 
Scribe February 28, 2018
 
Present: Pat, Scott, Peter, Deirdre, Roberta, Rick, Jerry, Chip, Brian, Rhonda, Don, Jeff
Scott led “O Canada” followed by Invocation from Roberta.
Peter reviewed the Rotary Breakfast. He has been the club representative on the committee since its inception. This years breakfast will be held at Star of the Sea centre.
 
Sip and Savour 2018 will take place on October 27 at White Rock Community Center.  No VIP room.  Sponsorships cost $2000.  Question was raised regarding last years payment of $2,050 from the 2017 event.  Jeff will verify the payment.
 
Reminder that the Charter night for the new Passport Club is being held on Saturday March 3.  Registration is available on the 5050 website.
March’s article in Peace Arch News requires any input that members can provide.
 
Pat indicated that Renee has requested time off from duties at the club.  She will continue as a full time member once her health improves.  She is willing and interested in continuing to organize the Shred It events.
 
Jerry circulated a sign up sheet for individual discussions with him, as incoming president, after each morning meeting.  He wishes to obtain members input on the current status of the club and future directions from each member.  This will provide background for developing club vision, goals and a strategic plan.
Jerry also indicated that information from the PETS session indicated that clubs have flexibility in determining membership categories and the characteristics of these categories.  Jeff will research the process involved with making changes to the clubs bylaws.
 
Motion to Allow family memberships as prescribed by Rotary International.
Family Memberships: second members can pay Rotary Int’l ($60 USD) and District Dues ($40 USD) and be voting members; able to serve on Executive.
Discussed and approved. 
Motion to reimburse Brian for $1,500 that was paid by him to orphanage in Cambodia in order to support the salary of a key worker at the orphanage.  This worker would be forced to leave if her salary increase could not have been paid.
Motion was approved.
 
White Rock Learning Centre
Moved to approve $1,500 in funding for the Bike program. Brian will investigate provision of equipment and tools.
Approved the request
 
Jeff stated that the Club has funds of $18,703 on deposit.  Of that amount, $13,142 has been reserved for the Cambodia orphanage, $4,400 has been allocated for community projects and the balance of $1,100 is available for other purposes.  There is also $584 that will be transferred from an account at RBC to the orphanage account.
 
Sergeant at Arms
Members were fined for not wearing PINK for antibullying campaign, Pat’s daughter (2nd) has announced her engagement with his other daughter’s marriage March 31.  Deirdre and Brian have their 12th grandchild (Dirty dozen).
 
 
 
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February 21 Social
Excellent time at the 3 Dogs Brewery.  19 members and guests attended. 
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February 14 New Member
Scribe Feb. 14, 2018
Pat Hahn was back.  He rang the bell about 3 minutes late.  He introduced guests of which there were many, Lindajean Coyle, Emery Dosdall, Leslie Singh, Lynn Bonness, Alf Marchi, Rhonda and Herb Latrelle, and guest speaker Rob Prosch.
 
ROTARY MINUTE
Given by Rick Singh who talked about diversity and women in Rotary.  While we have come a long way we have a long way to go.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Pat said there were few.  He thanked Jerry for chairing the last couple of meetings, covered the fun night on Feb. 13, asked Peter to represent our club again on the 5 club breakfast committee with its first meeting Feb 15 and pointed out ticket sales are key.
 
INSTALLATION OF NEW MEMBER
Rhonda was installed by Lindajene who covered our motto “service above self” and was assisted by Rick Singh who proposed Rhonda for membership and gave a lengthy review of her activities.  Rick met Rhonda 12 years ago.  Lindajean pointed out that at the moment of her installation Rhonda was the newest Rotarian in the whole world.
 
SPEAKER
Rob Prosch came from the Everett Mukilteo club and spent the night at Deirdre and Brian’s home.  He spoke about membership.  He was father of 6 children but is now an empty nester.  He told us that from 2011 – 2017 our district lost 220 members but is now increasing.  Our club goal is a net increase of 3 this Rotary year.  It is the duty of every Rotarian to share Rotary.  We need new people for their desire to give back, energy, knowledge, skill and talents.  Every club needs a legacy that it is known for.  We are not recruiting – we are attracting people who join of their own accord.  We need to wear our pins and have a short elevator speech ready when asked about Rotary or the pin.  People join Rotary for local projects (92%) and gain an appreciation of International Projects later.
We should invite guests to social events at least quarterly.  We should not drop potential members after a refusal but keep inviting them.
Jeff Richards thanked Rob.
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February 7 Meeting
Scribe Feb 7, 2018
Jerry Zdril chaired the meeting again and rang the bell almost on time but apologized for being a bit late saying he was hoping for more arrivals.  Even so Jeff was late saying he went first to the learning centre which is where our speaker came from.  He knew he was wrong because there were no cars there.
 
Scott was welcomed back to lead the national anthem.
Jeff read a rotary minute from the Rotarian magazine.
 
Jerry repeated announcements:
   President’s peace conference; 
   Rotary Leadership Institute;
   District Training Assembly; 
   5 club event in which former member, Karen, is preparing mixers;
   SASSY;
   and new item RILA for 2018.  There are only 60 spaces so nominees should be forwarded soon.
Don passed Save on gift cards to Rick Singh, who got a promise to buy from Scott.
 
Next Week we will have a speaker on membership and will install our newest member.  Several important guests will be present. PLEASE ATTEND IF POSSIBLE
 
Our next social will either be at 3 Dog Brewing or the Afghan Restaurant.  E mail to follow.
 
SPEAKER:
Dierdre introduced Janice Smith , a teacher at the learning centre, who introduced Rory Brown who is trying to start several “hands on” projects at the learning centre.  There is a cooking program including a community garden, the bike program that we heard of before, and a carving program.  In answer to questions Rory and others said that they need several of each tool and that owning is better than the present practice of borrowing.  It was suggested that our club needs a learning centre project. There may be many tools available in South Surrey as people downsize.  There are a number of similar projects including Restart whose closest centre is in Richmond.
Scott thanked the speaker and asked that the Learning Centre talk to us about specific needs.  He said we all know people that may be able to help.
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January 31 Meeting
Nancy Walton
Scribe Jan 31
Jerry Zdril chaired this meeting and will chair the next one in the absence of Pat Hahn.  Jerry characterized this as practice for when he becomes president.  Jerry mentioned guest, Nancy Walton and said she will be further introduced later.
 
Rotary minute – Jerry talked about the recent article on Jimmy Carter and his comment about low income people who should not be underestimated and should be respected.
 
Jerry announced :
1. Peace Keeping conference in Vancouver Feb 9.  Two of our members are registered so far. 
2. Rotary Leadership Institute to be held in Surrey Mar. 10.  It will include all 3 levels and the grad level. 
3. District Training Assembly to be held April 7.  Each club is billed for 3 or more attendees. 
4. Changes to global grant forms.  (email to follow) 
5. Passport to Fun to be held Feb 8.  This is a replacement for the 5 club event at the trotting track.  It is expected that there will be more mixing.  Dierdre has tickets.  A volunteer is required to run the bar for one hour (Al Benson volunteered). Rotary banner is to be taken. 
6. A vote will be taken re the Hospital Foundation raising funds for an all access park.  A 5 club fund raiser was suggested as opposed to just writing a cheque. 
7. There will be vote re advertising 5 clubs in a new magazine. 
8. SASSY is again looking for funds.  We have always refused. $1750 is requested this year.
 
March 3 is the charter night for the new Surrey Passport Club according to Sean Hogan. (e mail to follow).
A student has requested $100 to attend a course in Ottawa in late April.  We generally do not support individuals.
 
Deirdre reported that some slow progress has been made on getting a Battamberg Rotary Club involved in our orphanage and grant request.
A beer fest in the park may be held on a summer Sunday.  Our club would provide labor.
 
SPEAKER Rick Singh introduced Nancy Walton, Treasurer at Autism Support Network in BC
Nancy handed out a brochure, talked about Autism, and showed videos.  The cause of Autism is not known but there are new treatments.  Expert help costs $100 - $200 per hour.  Nancy has a 20 year old autistic son, who holds down a job as a dish washer, and a daughter.  She gave an interesting talk and spoke of her own experiences.
 
Don thanked Nancy for her talk and appreciated the difficulty in raising an Autistic child.
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January 24 Meeting
Meeting started at 7:15. Don led the singing of "O Canada" and Al gave the invocation.
Pat opened with a brief overview of the agenda. Members approved the  commencement of the Executive Meeting.
Members approved a motion to allow all members to provide their input and vote at the meeting.
 
President's report:
1. There was a proposal to have a presentation on "proportional representation in BC" from an outside group.  Members voted in favor of inviting the group to a future meeting.
2. A discussion on our club participating in advertising in a new publication "What's On - White Rock".  Pros and cons were discussed.  A motion to "Not support the advertising in the publication" was deferred to a future meeting.  Pat will investigate this at the 5 Club Presidents meeting and report back.
3.  Discussion on Global Grant.  Pat and Jerry attended the seminar.  Deirdre updated the Cambodian Orphanage status.  Communications with the Rotary club in Cambodia continues.  Jeff indicated that there are sufficient funds ($13,000) to provide for the clubs contribution to the Grant.  
 
Publicity report:
Joanne continues to work with Peace Arch News.
 
Membership:
Deirdre suggested the members drop the monthly "Rotary Canada" newsletter to Dr's offices.  Stickers to attach to the front of the publication will be provided.
 
Secretary:
No report
 
We will likely need to move temporarily to a new location for our meetings while the Pacific Inn is being renovated.
 
On Feb 8 there is a 5 club social "Passport to Fun" being held at the Rotary Fieldhouse starting at 6 PM. Tickets are $25 each.
Pat described the Rotary's Avenues of Service.
Sophie's Place continues to work with PADS to have a dog placement.
Urban Impact update.  Pat will work with Renee to define the nature of the relationship between our Club and Urban Impact with regards to the funds raised at the ShredIt event. 
 
Members agreed that the incoming president (Jerry) will provide a listing of items that have been agreed on in 2017/18 by the executive.  These items will be carried over to the new year 2018/19 as necessary.
There was a discussion on the Container programme located at Riverview.  A follow up will be provided.
 
The incoming president will be sending out an email to all members asking for them to indicate their interest in executive positions for the upcoming year.
 
Don reminded members of Save On card program.
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January 10 Meeting
Meeting commenced at 7:15 AM.  Scott led the singing of "O Canada".  Peter gave the invocation for the day.
 
Pat reported on the following:
1. Gave Rotary pins to Jerry as President Elect and to Scott as Sergeant at Arms.  Congratulations to both of them
2. Also gave a special Rotary pin to Scott in recognition of his support of the Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations Scott.
3. Thanked all of the members who set up and were involved with making the Christmas Party a success.
4. The Rotary Grant seminar is taking place Jan 20th at the Rotary fieldhouse from 9 AM to 2 PM.  Pat and Jerry are registered - other members are invited to attend. Both district and global grants will be discussed at this seminar.
5.  A 5 club mixer will be held on February 8 at the Rotary fieldhouse from 6:30 to 10 PM.  Cost is $25 per person, with a cash bar.  Deirdre has tickets if you are interested in attending.
 
Alan, Deirdre and Chip reported on the Polar Bear Swim.  4,000 people watched over 500 swimmers go into the water.  Brian and Chip went in along with members of Brian's family.
Scott was the Sergeant at Arms and collected from all in attendance.
Next weeks meeting, January 17, will be our social.  Booking at Cosmos restaurant 14871 Marine Drive will be made.  Members will be notified by email with details.
Executive meeting for January 17 is rescheduled - date to be confirmed.
 
Jerry presented to members details on his recent trip to Ethiopia.  
 
 
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Welcome back 
 
Welcome back to all members.  Hope your holiday season was a happy one.
Welcome  back to a new year of Rotary events, socials, community and international activities.
 
NOTE:  We are now meeting in the room off the lounge (back left corner of Pacific Inn main floor).  
Also, we meet at 7:00 AM with meeting to commence sharp at 7:15.
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November 22 Speaker
Scott led the singing of "O Canada" and Deirdre gave the invocation with an Irish twist.
Pat introduced Mary Brunet who is our guest speaker.
Rick introduced Rhonda Latreille, a friend of his, who is interested in potentially joining our club. Welcome to Rhonda
 
November 29 meeting will be held at the 2320 King George Hwy starting at 7:15 AM.  Rick offered to bring coffee, muffins, fruit and juice.  Thanks for that Rick.
 
Pat attended the Rotary Foundation Dinner on November 18 at Newlands.  Pat provided an overview of the history of the Foundation.  To date 3 Billion dollars US had been raised.  Focus has been on the world wide eradication of Polio, a goal which has almost been achieved.  November is Rotary Foundation month.  Membership approved at $26.50 US donation from each club member to the Foundation.  Additional donations by individual members are welcome.
 
Don continues to bring Save On Foods gift cards for purchase by members.  Salvation Army needs volunteers to man the christmas kettles do Don circulated a sign up sheet.  Please contact Don if you are available to assist.
 
There was a discussion about the club's sponsorship of students from the Learning Centre to attend
1) Adventures in Leadership - costs $300 per student 
2) Adventures in Citizenship Ottawa - costs $698 per student to register plus airfare and spending money.
Membership voted to support two (2) students for the Adventures in Leadership, with a stipulation that the Learning Centre ensure that an alternate student is chosen in the event that the first chosen student is not able to attend.
Membership voted NOT to support the Ottawa Adventures in Citizenship program.
 
Sip N Savor made $41,000.  Based upon a 50/50 split $20,500 is available to Rotary.  Then 60%, $12,300  of that goes to Hospice and 40%, $8,200 to the two Rotary clubs.  The South Surrey club gets 25% of that so our share is $2,050.  Appreciation again expressed to all those involved in this event.
 
Scott returned with guns a blazing as Sergeant at Arms.  
 
Rick introduced our guest speaker, Mary Brunet who delivered an interesting presentation on Sassy Awards.
Mary mentioned that the scheduled speaker, Allan Baedak, was out of the country.
The website to obtain more information is http://www.sassyawardssurrey.ca/ 
Next years award program is on May 17, Surrey City Hall.
Mary asked our club to consider becoming an award sponsor, costing $1,750.  Executive will discuss this at their next meeting.
Peter thanked Mary.
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November 15 Social
Social at Washington Avenue Grill - Thanks for all those who attended.
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November 8 Meeting
Scribe 8 Nov 2017
This was a business meeting.  Joanne was present.  Jeff came earlier than usual.  Others present were Pat, Peter, Don and Brian.  There was no invocation due to absence of Carlos.  Don asked if Carlos was still ill and in turn was asked if he had contacted Carlos, which he had not.
ROTARY MINUTE was Jeff’s job and he half did it, talking about the Peace Arch Journal and saying that this is the last issue for the present editor.  He also said that this is Foundation month and that the fee to join Every Rotarian Every Year is now $26.50 U.S.
 
Brian stated that the Rotary Foundation was not in the top 25 out of 86000 charities according to a recent Financial Post list on Google.  He asked who should be contacted and by whom.  The District Governor was mentioned as a contact.  The Financial Post was also mentioned but no one was assigned to make the contact.
Pat mentioned the foundation dinner and our intention to provide a gift basket.  Roberta was again stated to have this responsibility.  Pat is meeting with Janice Smith, the new Preincipal, and teacher Susan Martin on November 22.  Among other things he will cover Adventures in Citizenship and the Camp Alexandra programs.
Brian talked about difficulties with contacting the Rotary Club in Batambang.
 
Jeff said Ready, Steady, Go did very well clearing over $4100.  There was discussion over the length of time to get a gaming licence, the happiness of the Legion and the difficulties with one government official.  The Legion’s liquor licence needs to be protected.
 
A brochure from Prince George re Adventures in Forestry was mentioned.  A decision on Prince George and Ottawa Adventures was tabled.  We do have the money for both.  A money back guarantee is desired before committing funds.
 
Our next shredding event with Urban Impact is June 9.  We still may partner with Office Depot also.
The Fab Four may be available again next year.  Dierdre is to follow up.  Meanwhile they will perform with another band at Queen Elizabeth Theater which makes the Crescent Beach Legion seem small.
 
The District 5050 conference cruise is filling up fast.  Anyone wishing to attend had better register soon.
Adjournment was 5 minutes early.  
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November 1 Meeting
Notes from Meeting
 
Don led the singing of "O Canada" and also provided the invocation.
The Rotary Minute from Jerry focused on the Addis Ababa Club in Ethiopia. The club has about 30 members and was formed in 1993.  Recently  they raised funds to purchase a Fire Engine for a remoter community.  As well, there are 3 Rotaract clubs actively involved with the Rotary there.  Supported as well by the Orthodox Church.
 
Pat congratulated all that were involved with the Ready, Steady, GO night on Saturday Oct 28.  In particular, Deirdre and Roberta's contributions were noted.  The event raised close to $4,000 after expenses.  GREAT WORK.
 
The Foundation Dinner is on November 18 at Newlands. Cost is $85 per person.  The Rotary website has the details.
Rick proposed the Hereon Chinese Restaurant located 1711 152 Street for the November 15 social.
 
The club will need to decide on the level of sponsorship that we will give to the Learning Center to
(1) send students to Adventures in Leadership at Camp Alexander ($310 per student) 
(2) send students to Ottawa for Youth Adventures in Citizenship ($1,000 per student)
Jeff will provide a review of our funds available to support these at the December 8 meeting.
 
After a brief discussion regarding Carlos membership, Don agreed to meet with Carlos to clarify the issue.  
Don reminded members about the availability of Save On Food cards.
 
Pat suggested that the club should further our plans to have a get together inviting previous and honorary members, at no cost to these people.  The goal is to work on increasing membership in our club.
Pat closed by proposing Jerry Zdril as the next club president.
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October 26 Meeting
Meeting started at 7:20 AM
 
Don led the group in the singing of "O Canada".  Carlos gave the invovation.
Peter introduced Bill Jones (a former Rotarian) as quest and speaker.
 
Pat provided a summary of the Sip and Savor event on October 21.  He suggested that it was a successful event but asked for input from members that attended.  There are Save On Food cards available as usual.
Renee is responsible for recording volunteer hours.  Any activity outside of regular meeting that is related to Rotary is to be reported.  She asked for members to send their hours for the July to September time frame.  
There will be a meeting at the South Surrey Learning Center.  $310 per student to attend Camp Alexander and $1,000 per student to attend a citizenship conference in Ottawa.  More details to follow
 
Pat reminded members of the Rotary Foundation Dinner on November 18.  An email has been sent to all members.  
A new Rotaract club is being established in the White Rock district.
The Christmas Social will be held on December 13 at Renee's common room.  It will be catered.
 
Ready, Steady, Go ticket sales reached the 90 level with more sales expected.  A raffle will be held instead of the 50/50 tickets with a number of donated items being offered.
 
Bill Jones provided a very interesting presentation on Cape Breton in the Fall.  He particularly emphasized the Celtic Colors Festival on Oct 3 to 13, 2018.   Information on Louisberg, Baddeck and Miners Museum was provided.
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Sept 6 Meeting
September 6 Meeting Notes
Scott led members in singing of "O Canada". Rick provided invocation.  Pat introduced a guest, Alan Benicke,
Pat will ensure that a membership application for Carlos is completed.  An invitation will be sent to Bill Lambert, who was a guest at our last meeting, to attend the September 13 meeting where our District Governor will be in attendance.
 
Discussion on ideas to replace the 5 Club night at the races.  Various ideas will be investigated.
Reminder of the Sept 26 tour to the DeltaPort facility.  Leaving from the fieldhouse at 6:30 PM. Cost is $15 per person.
Rotary Facilitation Workshop is being held on September 16.  Please contact Pat if you are interested in attending.
The September 20 club social will be held at the S and L Restaurant. Rick to confirm details.
 
It was suggested that the posters for the Oct 28 "Ready, Steady, Go" event at the Crescent Beach Legion should be prepared soon as we will be competing with Halloween that night.
 
NOTE: If any club members have pictures of the club and club activities from prior years, please provide them to Pat.
 
Sergeant at Arms collected from Jerry, Peter, Alan, Rick, Don, Roberta and Jeff.
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Sept 13 Meeting
Scribe Sept. 13
This was the official D.G. visit
 
ROTARY MINUTE: 
Rick Singh talked about types of Rotary clubs – brick and mortar vs. E clubs and the combination.  He told of a club that films its meetings and has a growing number of people on line.
 
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: 
Pat Hahn introduced Lindagene Coyle, Emery Dosdall, Bob Gray and wife Helen, and Carlos Galvez and wife Angelina.
 
INDUCTION of NEW MEMBER: 
By Lindagene Coyle.
Pat told us that Carlos is from San Salvador.   He came to Vancouver in 1968.  He was sent to Dawson Creek for 2 years by the Salvation Army.  He is now stationed in White Rock.  He and Angelina have 3 children the youngest of whom is 21.
Linda told Carlos and the audience that Rotary has numerous programs for learning about Rotary and presented Carlos with the new member package.  Carlos now has 2 pins as he was a Rotarian before.
 
CONFERENCE: 
Lindagene showed a short video promoting the District Conference which will be held this year on a cruise ship, the Eurodam, out of and returning to Seattle with stops in Victoria and Vancouver.  The dates are May 8 to 12.  So far 50 0f 57 clubs are represented.
She also hopes to see up to 50 clubs from District 5050 receive the Presidential Citation (normal is 3 to 5 clubs).
 
SPEAKER: 
Emery Dosdall introduced Lindagene.  She has 15 years in Rotary.
Lindagene asked why there are D.G. visits and answered that some members would never meet the D.G.  She also gets to know clubs and their members.  She then spoke of International President, Jim Risely’s theme “Rotary Making a Difference” which speaks to the general public as well as to Rotarians.  She spoke of key areas of which the first is membership.  Others are the Rotary Foundation (EREY), Leadership Development, Youth, Public Image, The Rotary Brand, and Keeping Informed.  She repeated the importance of the District Conference, the presidential Peace Conference and the International Conference.    
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August 30 Meeting
August 30 Meeting Notes
 
Scott led the members in singing of "O Canada" at 7:15 AM.
Roberta delivered the invocation.  Pat introduced a guest, Bill Lambert, who is considering joining a Rotary Club.
Bill then provided us with a brief overview of his history and background.  His golfing interest stimulated good discussion.
Pat then invited each club member to offer a brief summary of their background.
 
Pat summarized the club's:
(1) participation in and support of an orphanage in Cambodia.  He explained the clubs pursuit of a Global Grant and matching Canadian government funding.
(2) funding of a PADS trauma dog for Sophie's Place (which provides support to abused children)
(3) support to South Surrey Learning Center which provides an alternative educational opportunity for teens.
 
Upcoming Events
Oct 21 - Sip and Savor at White Rock Community Center.  Funds raised from this event goes to Shine the Light organization, White Rock Hospice Society and to Rotary club projects.
Oct 28 - Fab Four 60's and 70's Revue at Crescent Beach Legion.  Roberta will coordinate the production and distribution of tickets for this event.
 
Sergeant at Arms Scott collected from Rick, Pat, Jerry, Peter, Rick and Scott himself.  Thanks to all for their donations.
 
Announcements
(1) Peach Arch News is asking for content for the next Rotary article which will focus on Education and Literacy.  Our support to the Learning Center should be provided to PAN.
(2) A presentation on Membership is scheduled for September 26 at Rotary Fieldhouse.
(3) The Peninsula Club is offering a tour of the DeltaPort facility on September 26.  Tickets are $15 each.
(4) Rick will contact Renee to investigate Urban Impacts willingness to provide another shredding event for the club.
(5) Secretary to promote Sip and Savor event with Facebook posting and email to everyone on the clubs distribution list.
 
A letter from Sources that thanked the club for its ongoing donations was read by Pat.  Keri from Sources arrived with Save On Food cards that were purchased by members.  A heartfelt thanks for our support of that program was given by Keri.
 
Next Meeting September 6 - A Guest Speaker will attend
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August 23 Meeting
August 23 Meeting
 
Meeting commenced at 7:19 AM.  Scott led the singing of "O Canada", Renee gave the invocation.  Our guest, Jennifer Brandon, was introduced by Pat.  Rick provided the Rotary Minute with comments from the President of Rotary International.  Background on the diversity and friendliness of attendees at the 2017 convention in Atlanta as well as information on the site of the 2018 convention in Toronto was given.  A suggestion that our club members consider attending the 2018 convention was made.
 
Thanks from all members to Deirdre and Brian (Snowbirds on the 16th) , Scott and Ramona (BBQ on the 19th)  for opening up their homes for club members and guests.  Much appreciated.
 
Executive Meeting on August 16 information.
Jeff reported on club finances. Total funds available, including $3,100 from the Irish Club musical performance brings total to $17,270. Total funds reserved from projects and donations is $11,678. Remaining club funds will be $5,592 which is there to look after club expenses with possibly some built up reserve that could be allocated to projects if necessary
 
We likely will have sufficient funds to provide the $13,000 upfront requirement for the potential Global Grant for the Cambodia project. Reported that Global Grant for Cambodia is being worked,  a requirement is that there needs to be a Rotary club involved in the country of project. A contact to be made with Cambodian club.  With matching money from Global Grant and Canadian Government, the amount available for orphanage is $60,000.   Great work by all.
Don acknowledged the 3 students from the orphanage that are being funded and sponsored by individual club members.
 
Fabulous Four concert at Legion October 28. Deposit on venue has been paid; need to organize tickets and promotion; expect to net $2,500 to $3,000 for Cambodia project; require gaming license for 50/50 draw - Jeff is working on this.
 
Sip and Savor event  on October 21 at White Rock Community Center.  Roberta and Pat to canvass Marine Drive restaurants for donations.
 
Rick working on next Shred It event.
 
Don discussed the SaveOn Foods food cards that provide 17% of card value to White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank. He will be bringing cards for members to purchase to each meeting.   Please support.
 
Pat mentioned the Tuesday September 26 Membership Presentation.   
 
Scott did his usual stellar job as Sergeant at Arms.   He introduced our guest speaker, Jennifer Brandon from the White Rock BIA.
Website is http://whiterockbia.com/ 
 
Guest Speaker
Jennifer provided some details on her background.  BIA is divided into 4 districts (Uptown, Five Corners, West Beach and East Beach).  Board is  comprised of 7 Members. Funding for the BIA is through levees from commercial taxes on the businesses in White Rock that participate in the BIA.
Jennifer provided a brief overview of the following BIA areas of interest:
1. Business Development; 2. Communications; 3. Beautification and Enhancement (banners, graffiti removal, planters);  4. Marketing, Advertising, Promotion; 5. Member Services; 6. Community Relations and Advocacy (ie: Task force on White Rock waterfront); 7. Sponsorships and Support; 8. Festivals and Events. 
She ended her presentation with a video on the free summer Concerts on the Pier.
Jeff thanked Jennifer for her presentation.
 
Next meeting August 30
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August 16 and 19
August 16 - Club Social at Brian and Deirdre's to watch the Snowbirds.
 
August 19 - BBQ at Scott and Ramona's house.
 
Thanks to both couples for hosting these events
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August 9

No meeting held this week

August 16th is our club social, which will be held at 15289 Royal Avenue.

The Snowbirds are coming to White Rock in support of the C.H.I.L.D. foundation.

Performance starts at 5.45 pm sharp.

Come at 5:00 PM – please bring an appetizer or food to share.

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Aug 2 Meeting
Scribe Aug 2, 2017
Better turnout including two guests, Jasmine from Japan and Carlos from Salvation Army.
Invocation was by Carlos and introduction by Don Boyce.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Aug 18 – 22 White Rock Club Book Sale
Sept 23 and Mar 10 Rotary Leadership Institutes in Mount Vernon and Surrey.
Oct 21 Sip and Savour
Oct 28 Tentative the Fab Four at Crescent Beach Legion.
 
Urban Impact may not be available in October.  Rick Singh volunteered to help Renee (not present) to find another shredder.
Pat explained that our club is raising funds for an orphanage in Battambang, Cambodia.
A new coordinator is required for Save-on Gift Cards.  Main duty is to remind people.  Pat will put out notice of places to buy cards including: Courtesy Cleaners, White Rock Travel, Bell’s Cafe, Sources at South Surrey Athletic Center and Chamber of Commerce Office.
 
Al Benson has new phone numbers.
Joanne thanked us for “get-well” card.
 
For Aug 16 appetizers will be welcomed.  Time, previously announced as 4 pm to be announced.
At Aug 19 BBQ Lindajean will be present and a special event is scheduled.
 
Jasmine mentioned differences between Canada and Japan – space, house sizes, people friendlier.  She will travel to Okanagan and East.
Rick had been to Christina Lake and enjoyed it.  Plans to go back.  There are many resorts but they are quite booked.  People go back year after year up to 50 years.  Rick’s host had a telescope through which Rick saw Jupiter and its 3 moons, Saturn and its rings, and the International Space Station which circles Earth in 1 hour 45 minutes.  Next year he hopes to look at the moon.  There are 2 golf courses and some large cabins for larger families.  There are lots of children.
Money raising ideas were revisited.  Go Fund Me is up to Jerry.  Rick will look into gaming grants with Pat to name a contact.  Jerry is checking on the Learning Centre.
 
Rick recommended the S & L Restaurant for a lively evening with good food and service.  Reservations are required.
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July 26 Meeting
Scribe 26 July 2017
There were very few people present and no singers so O’Canada was dispensed with.
 
Wings over White Rock was confirmed with arrival at Deirdre’s roof planned for 4 P.M. with planes expected about 5 P.M.
 
A wide ranging discussion followed including the following topics:
Nominations of executive for next year.
Dwindling membership.
Global Grants 18 month life span and local Rotary Club  required.
Family and corporate memberships. 1 or 2 or more votes?
International rules.
Reimbursement of expenses.
Membership in more than 1 club?
Local project needed to replace PADS dog for Sophie’s Place.
                Learning Centre Alternate school’s new principal
                P.R. e.g. we sponsored trip for $2000 and got no P.R.
Gaming grants and Go Fund Me.
Community Policing Van accident and Bob Gray.
There was no Sergeant at Arms.
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July 19 BBQ
Club BBQ at Blackie's Spit.  All that attended had a great time.
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July 12 Meeting
 
Scribe July 12, 2017
Scott led “O Canada” and Jerry gave the invocation.
We had many visitors including two D.G.s (one from Mexico); visiting Rotarian’s including one from North Carolina and 3 speakers.
Lindajean promoted the District Conference, a 3 day cruise from and to Seattle.
Stan Carter promoted the hospice BBQ Saturday July 22 at 6 p.m.  He also mentioned the passing from Cancer of George Garrett’s partner in organizing drivers.
 
ROTARY MINUTE
Deirdre told us we are applying for an International grant for the orphanage in Batambang.  Several letters have been received.  Stuart is continuing to work on this project in spite of leaving Rotary. 
The Fab Four are available for another fund raising concert in fall.  The Irish Club will be presenting $3,100 to us.
Pat thanked Dierdre, Brian and others for their efforts.
Joanne has had surgery and Alan is continuing his recovery.
 
SERGEANT
Scott collected for the North Carolina Alzheimer's project
 
SPEAKERS 
Judy Krewchuk, Director of Sophie’s Place, soon to be V.P. thanked us for our fund raising.  Their function is growing rapidly and they need more space. 
Linda Waterman, Executive Director of P.A.D.S. and puppy puma, told us this is the 30th year of P.A.D.S.  There are presently 190 dogs in training.   Caber was the first dog and went to the Delta Police Service.  Dogs give comfort to child witnesses.  Their mandate is Western Canada but they have grown to cover all of Canada.  They are looking for the best dog for Sophie’s Place and will have one within 8 months. 
 
PRESENTATION 
A cheque for $15594.50 was presented and photographed.
 
GOLF FUN
A 2 man team was chosen.
 
NEXT MEETING
An executive meeting will be held next Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. 
NO REGULAR MORNING MEETING on July 19.  A BBQ will be held at Blackie’s Spit in the evening.  Both people who volunteered BBQ’s are doubtful attendees.  Rick will do a BBQ of lamb sometime
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July 12 PADS

Laura Watamanuk - Executive Director

Laura is the fearless leader of the PADS Team and self described “Chief Puppy Spoiler”.  Laura has led the day to day operations of the organization since returning to the role in 2011 (she was previously PADS’ Executive Director from 1994-2001). Laura is passionate about creating partnerships with individuals, organizations and community groups to change lives each day.  Laura’s strong prairie roots not only have her bleeding green, but also instilled in her a deep belief that hard work, respect and teamwork are key to success.  She shares her office with the adorable (and ridiculous) retired PADS Breeding Dog Pepper.
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June 28 Meeting
Scribe June 28, 2017
 
Jeff arrived before the bell.  He was to give the invocation but he said he did not know that.
Under introduction of guests there were none but Pat welcomed the Zdril's back from vacation.
 
ROTARY MINUTE 
Rick read the new President’s comments in the Rotarian.
 
SHREDDING  Urban Impact has confirmed June 9, 2018.  We are still trying for a fall date as well.
 
COMMING EVENTS
Golf Fun is August 18.  We expect to enter a team.  This is the only Rotary International fundraiser in District 5050.  Each club is expected to sponsor a hole for $1000U.S.  Our executive will decide this at its next meeting, July 19.
Executive meeting July 19 at 8 am.
 
MEETINGS CANCELLED OR MOVED
No meeting next week, July 5, for summer.  July 19 will be evening at Blakie’s Spit.  Some portable BBQ’s will be provided by Scott and Rick.  Cold plates are an alternative.  Consider bringing guests.  No meeting August 16.  Instead there will be a BBQ at Scott’s on August 19.  He will deep fry turkeys.  Balance to be brought by members.  Snow Birds will put on White Rock Show August 16. 
We are all invited to Deirdre and Brian’s to watch the fireworks on July 1.
 
SERGEANT 
Scott got to perform for the first time in quite awhile.  Stuart explained his absence in Britain, San Francisco and the West Coast.  Rick was in Toronto where he golfed and listened to a Cougar Party.  Peter’s wife had a birthday and Peter’s son phoned to say he was now sleeping with an old lady.  The sergeant asked how many years ago that call came in!  Jerry and Roberta travelled in P.E.I. where they did not see it all.  They also hiked and fed mosquitoes.  Scott is going fishing and hopes mosquitoes will not be too bad.  Rick congratulated Deirdre on the Irish event last night.  Pat paid for the installation night.  Renee is hosting a big dinner on July 1.  (None of us are invited)  She also gave thanks for the Rotarian of the Year award. Joanne’s daughter graduated with top academic awards.
 
PADS FUNDING  Following Pat’s e mail vote there was considerable discussion which cleared up some misunderstandings and resulted in motions to pay PADS both the $5000 and the balance excluding our 10%.  These motions carried.  Brian and Deirdre will get a visit explaining all this to them.  We still hope to have a representative from PADS and PAN at a meeting to turn over cheques.
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June 21 Induction Supper
Induction of the Executive for the upcoming year was held at Jan`s on the Beach. 
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June 14 Meeting
Scribe Jun 14, 2017
Visitors nearly outnumbered members today.
 
Shredding June 9, 2018 confirmed.  October date still unconfirmed but likely in spite of message to the contrary.  It was suggested that in October the Thanksgiving weekend should be avoided if possible.
 
Speakers Kiri and Denise
Kiri ran an interactive contest for those who have smart phones, and talked about the South Surrey/White Rock food bank.  The food bank has been in operation nearly 30 years.  50% of children from SRO’s are below the poverty line.  The food bank sees 650 people per week of which1/3 are children.  They give out 2 days of food per week through 120 volunteers.  Funding all comes from the community.  Government started food banks in 1942 as a temporary measure.  Save on gift cards assist food bank.  Nearly $400000 of gift cards have been sold.  Save on pays 8% and the Block family pays another 8% but is getting out.  7 new sponsors are required at 1% each.  Sources is the merger of several agencies.  They offer services in Employment, mental health, women, seniors etc.  Work experience is a major need.  They have over 11000 long term and 18000 short term clients of whom 75% are from Surrey.
 
Kiri and Pat promoted the South Surrey festival on July 29.
 
Dierdre promoted ticket sales for the Irish group.
 
Jeff presented a cheque to Denise
 
Peter reported on the 5 club breakfast.
 
THERE IS NO MORNING MEETING  on June 21.  Instead there is an Installation Dinner at Jan’s on the Beach.  Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is at 7.  Renee will hand out color coded cards indicating main course choices.
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June 7 Meeting
Scribe Jun. 7, 2017                          
This was a business meeting.
 
Letters have been sent by Patrick to Urban Impact thanking the Driver and the Owner for their parts in our Shredding Event last week.  Renee has also sent letters to them and to donors, Safeway, Starbucks and Ocean Park Pizza.
There is an open house at PADS from 11am to 4pm on Saturday June 10. ,
A letter will go to Joanne’s daughter, Taylor, along with Nichole’s daughter, Cindy, thanking them for their hard work
The next shredding event in October has not yet been confirmed by Urban Impact.
Don is to draft a letter inviting those who wrote cheques to join us for a free breakfast and to consider joining Rotary.
The money raised will complete our commitment to PADS.  A beneficiary for the next shredding event must be chosen.  It was generally agreed that it should be a community item rather than an International item.
 
An e mail has been sent to members who have not indicated their preference for the main course at the installation dinner.  Some visitors and past members are being invited.
Rick Singh is still looking for speaker advice.
 
The next executive meeting will be after the meeting on June 14.  The executive meeting on June 13 is cancelled.  There are only 2 items to be considered.
 
A BBQ at Scott’s home may be held July 12, 19 or August 16.  Scott is leaving for the Okanogan today and has not got pictures from the Field House.  Pat will try.
There was no Sergeant.  If there had been there would have been a fine for no “O’Canada” to start today’s meeting.
It was again mentioned that the White Rock Club has left the Field House.
 
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May 31 Meeting
Scribe May 31, 2017
 
Many people away today.
 
GET IT SHREDDED 
Is this Saturday.  The weather forecast is good.  Posters have been put up in various places.  Safeway will set up the parking lot though Scott will check that it is done.  Pads will have dogs there.  Brian will pick up tents at Allan’s and deliver them with tables.  Renee will pick up muffins.  If asked we can say a donation is $5 per box, which is half the commercial rate.  People who do not ask tend to give more.  Urban Shredding will be there by 9:30 and that is soon enough for set up.  The next shredding event may be in October but this is not yet confirmed by Urban Impact.  We are also still waiting for their contribution to PADS.
Some pictures have been posted.  More are desired.  Scott will check the field house and Renee will check with Jody.
 
INSTALLATION
Is confirmed at Jan’s on the beach.  Sheila’s is closed.  They are moving to Florida.  Catering is still being done here.  Jan’s has offered a fixed menu and a sign-up sheet was passed around.  Choices are Tuna, Steak, Salmon or Pasta.
 
The Irish Concert posters were handed out.
 
BRYANT PARK  A complaint was received and will be forwarded to White Rock and the Mayor along with a picture to be taken by Pat.  We are no longer adopting the park.
 
Speaker ideas are requested by Rick.  There are ideas in newspapers.  Gary suggested Dr. Pat Strang as well as a past D.G. from Chilliwack – name to be announced.
 
SPEAKER  Pat introduced Don Boyce.  Don started with a story about a farm boy and minister and then gave a talk which at times was very emotional.  Don also passed around a book which he made up about 15 years ago and is thinking of updating.  Don went to elementary school in a one room school with 14 students in grades 1 to 8.  He started work at $0.35 per hour but at that time it would buy a GALLON of gasoline with change.  He got a good job at the Ottawa Journal.  When he married Iola they had $200 between them.  Anyway they looked for a home to buy but moved to Fairview Ab. and bought the Fairview Post which had a circulation of 800.  The town had 1200 residents but from 1952 to 1960 he raised the circulation to 3000.  In 1960 he bought a new car – a Chrysler product with a slant 6 engine – and drove to Calgary where he joined Mutual Life and was transferred to Vancouver.  When he decided that being a manager for a big Insurance Company was not for him he moved to Maple Ridge and set up his own Insurance agency, which eventually his son took over in June 2013.  In the Community he was on Maple Ridge Council, Regional District, was a Charter Member of 2 Rotary Clubs, was on the White Rock Economic Council etc.  He and Iola also have travelled.  He has 2 sons and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In answers to questions he said the Fairview Post is still going owned by Montreal interests, in newspapers he was a pressman, editor, publisher, etc.  The community was mainly German in the east and Ukrainian in the west though there were many ethnicities.  When he joined Mutual Life he also looked at London Life as he had policies with both.  His Mutual Life salesman had a new Buick every year and he wondered if he could do the same.
 
 
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May 24 Meeting
Scribe 24 May 2017
 
ROTARY MINUTE  Don Boyce spoke of a group of “young” (over 75) men that he belongs to.  One of the members, knowing Don is a Rotarian, gave him a book of Rotary songs which he got from his brother, who was a Rotarian and club president in 1949.  Don gave the book to president Pat who suggested it should go to a more prominent place in Rotary.
The IRISH CLUB of White Rock is giving a concert on June 27th.  Dierdre is selling tickets.  Proceeds may go to Rotary projects.
 
SHRED-IT EVENT is planned for June 3.  A sign-up sheet was passed around.  Coffee, Muffins and Pizza have been promised by various nearby businesses.
 
INSTALLATION will be on Wednesday June 21 at a place TBA.  Jan’s On The Beach and Sheila’s were suggested.  This somewhat less formal event will also be our June social.
 
EXECUTIVE MEETING last week resulted in one motion coming to the general meeting to support the Save-On-Foods project for 1% of sales up to a limit of $1000 per year for two years.  The motion passed after some lively discussion.  A formal notice will go to the food bank expressing concern that vetting of food recipients is not robust enough.
 
SPEAKER Introduced by Jeff, Sandy Wightman gave a slide show and talk of his recent visit to the Vimy Memorial.  Sandy has researched his great grandfather’s role in WW l.  In Sept. 1916 Alex Jacks. Sandy’s great grand-father, led a charge on a German trench at St. Eloi.  In Nov. 1916 he was involved in another charge in the Somme region.  These were both before the 1917 Vimy Charge, which was the first commanded by Canadian officers. 
A piece of shrapnel that Sandy found in a farm field was passed around.  Alex was wounded in the leg by a German machine gun in Sept. 1917.  
Rick thanked the speaker.
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May 17 Social
Another successful social event. This one was at a new Mexican restaurant (Primo's) on Marine Drive in White Rock.
Well attended by members, guests and spouses.
 
 
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May 10 Meeting
Scribe May 10, 2017
 
Today we were in the big room but took up most of the chairs.  Don set up though he claimed not to know how and had lots of help.  Only guest was speaker, Gary Hollick.
 
ROTARY MINUTE
Jeff read from “Rotary Leader” about a new program tool which requires sign up but could be very useful.  A question was asked about updating our web site but general consensus was it is o.k.
 
SASSY is Friday.  Pat will attend.
 
SOCIAL Next week is at Primo’s – a new Mexican restaurant on the White Rock Beach.  The following month will be at “The Wooden Spoon”.
 
GLOBAL GRANTS
Pat thanked those who put these together.  The Shine The Light Foundation is looking to team up with Rotary to get a grant for Sip and Savour. Stuart, who is one of the people who prepare grant requests, will be away for the next 6 weeks.  There will be a meeting on May 16 at Pat’s office at 4 pm. for an update on grant application procedures.  Rick will get more information on gaming grants.  Gary Hollick’s club gets a grant.  He said it is a bit onerous to set up but easy to administer thereafter.  It is deemed worth persuing especially in light of the recent election.
 
SHRED-A-THON  Is on Sat. June 3.  6 people plus some wives and children will work there.  Set up is 9 am.  Tables and tents will be required.
 
SERGEANT
Don was fined for hoarding tickets, Brian paid to make sergeant go away, Renee was happy, for a friend, that Ottawa defeated the Rangers, Rick’s wife went to Toronto and his dad came from Toronto (and tired him out).  Rick thanked Peter for Scribe notes.  Patrick had a birthday (money to come), Jeff put in an IOU for being late, and for election results.  He also said he owes Pat a receipt.
 
SPEAKER Introduced by Jerry.  Gary Hollick spoke on the future of Rotary.  Rotary has not grown from 1.2 million members.  India is growing fast but may not be real.  North America is shrinking.  Rotary needs to change.  It is getting older and networks are disappearing.  Rotary is between step two a three of 5 stages of grieving which are Anger, Denial, Negotiation, Depression, and Acceptance.
We need to get to acceptance and then change.  There are 4 pillars to change.  They are (1) Set goals, (2) Determine what is relevant (we need to recognize a “wow factor” such as good speakers), (3) be social, (4) final pillar is “Service – it is not the first.
Our target group is home owners with wife and children who go to work and have a mortgage to pay.  They are over 30.  We need to go after new people and help them succeed.  That is hard work. Paul Harris got people together for social needs.  The first project, a comfort station, kept people down town and improved business.  Service came later.  We need to make more noise about our local projects.  We need to have fun.  International projects come later.
Rick thanked the speaker.
 
EXECUTIVE MEETING is next Tuesday – not Wednesday.
 
5 Club Breakfast is This Saturday the 13th – the day after SASSY.  Everyone is to turn up at 10:30 am for clean up.  One person still owes for tickets.
 
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May 3 Meeting
Scribe May 3, 2017
Dierdre’s e mail worked.  There were several visitors, including a visiting Rotarian, Spouse, guest as well as the speaker.
 
Mary Brunet, president of the Rotary Club of Semiahmoo spoke about upcoming events – SASSY (May 12), the 7th annual.  A need for club information (Joanne nominated as chair in her absence and Dierdre has photos and is to tell her) and a planting Bee to come in fall.
 
Pat suggested that the district governor’s visit schedule be left up to Lindajean.
 
A suggestion has been made that each of 5 clubs pick up 1/5 of the 1% proposed reduction in support of Save on Foods gift cards that the Block family has proposed.  Mary Brunet said that this could be capped.  Pat said this will go to the executive and if approved will then come to the membership.
 
Pat said we need to consider proposals for next year’s executive.  Be prepared if this railroad comes your way.
 
Renee reminded us of the shred it event coming on June 3rd and explained, mainly for visitors, where the money is going.  The shred it company’s donation was again mentioned as it has not yet been made.
 
Peter talked about the 5 club breakfast, the generous matching donation promised, ticket sales and other donation received.
 
Sergeant Scott Phemeister told a long story of his cruise and the Rotarians and other service minded people he met.  Peter paid for a goal scored during the sergeant’s absence and was rebuked for only one goal in the long time.  Alan paid a pittance for all the rain we had to put up with.  Don was happy that he no longer has to lead O’Canada.   Brian paid for the article in the newspaper that the sergeant was shown IN PANAMA. Visitor Rhonda was happy to have a child closer to home.  Pat was happy to have a child working closer to home.  Mary was happy to be going to the District conference but complained (a bit) about the dropping exchange rate. 
 
Speaker, April Lewis, was introduced by Dierdre.  April was happy to have her daughter back from Cambodia even though unemployed.  April told us she is divorced after 30 years but has a boy friend who is a Paul Harris Fellow.  She has had a birthday recently that qualifies her to work with CARP.  She has cruised with Lindajean, known to her as Linda.  April talked about her book, Lovingly Arrogant, a title she picked up when she was called that.
April was thanked by Stuart, though she said writers liked pens, she appreciated the certificate we gave her.
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April 26 Meeting
Scribe April 26 2017
This was a business meeting, poorly attended.
 
ROTARY MINUTE
Jerry spoke about a session at the Rotary training he recently attended.  It was about employing people with disabilities.  They appreciate having jobs and make very good workers.  It is possible we will have a speaker on this subject.
 
Pat spoke about “Why we do the things we do.”  He read an e mail from Tracy, who was on the Sip and Savour Committee and is now in South Africa.  She mentioned that beggars look for food in doggy bags rather than money.  She also spoke of experiences in an orphanage in South Africa.
 
The main business of the meeting was fund raising.  Go Fund me and Corporate donation were mentioned.  Corporations are planning for 2018 now.  A list of companies should be prepared.  Very large operating costs of some charities was mentioned.  Some go fund me projects are successful and some are not.  Work is required to determine how to be successful.  Jerry volunteered to head up go fund me efforts.  Jeff said we need a project to send people to a go fund me site.  A discussion of tax receipts followed.  Our international projects will provide input to go fund me. 
Deirdre proposed an singer of Irish Songs might give a concert for us.
 
A list of past members was circulated for comment about a proposed reunion aimed at increasing membership.
Sip and Savour is moving to the White Rock Community Centre because the shopping Centre owners have a new policy against such events.  The book sale moved for the same reason.
Peter talked about the 5 club breakfast.  He pushed for ticket sales, cleanup workers, and posters.
 
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April 19 Social
Monthly social at Sidharth Grill.  Attended by 15 members and guests. 
Excellent food and conversation.
Thanks to Rick for his efforts.
 
Next week will be business meeting
 
Scribe April 12, 2017
We had one guest and one honorary member as well as a good turnout.  (Welcome back Joanne).
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
May 4 is the District Conference in Seattle.  There is still space.
Member survey results were mailed out.  There were 1304 responses.
A Future Visioning session is coming.
Shred it is coming.
An e mail re Cambodia was read by Brian.  There is an article and picture of Brian in the Peace Arch News of April 12.
THERE IS NO REGULAR MEETING next week.  An executive meeting will be held at 8 am and a SOCIAL at about 6 pm (Place to be sent by e mail)
Peter has posters and a few tickets for 5 club breakfast.  Event is May 13.
 
SERGEANT was Al Benson.
 
SPEAKER
Brian O’Ruaric gave a slide show and talk on the orphanage in Cambodia.  It is amazing what can be done with a few dollars but it is also surprising how little attention is paid to safety.  Motorcycles are the main motorized vehicles.  There are few trees except scrub.
 
50/50  Dierdre’s ticket was drawn but she did not pull the joker.
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April 5 Meeting
Scribe April 5 2017
 
ROTARY MINUTE
Rick read from Rotary Canada some of 20 things to know about Rotary.  Among things he read were – 4 R.I. Presidents were from Canada, Winnipeg was the first club outside the U.S.A., and the R.I. Convention has been held in Canada 7 times and it is scheduled for Toronto next year.
 
Announcements were read by Jerry
Youth Protection policy which was picked up by Roberta at last weekend’s training was passed around.  It was explained in a confusing way at the training session but seems to apply only if you have youth staying in your home.
Golf Fun was announced but the day and place were not clear.
LindaJean’s (District Governor) visit originally scheduled for September is being negotiated.
 
SERGEANT
Scott arrived late and fined himself for that and a planned cruise and a wife away.  Dierdre was happy for sunshine at a ski resort though she did not ski.  Rick paid for planning to leave early to go to Toronto and a wife away.  Don was happy to be here.  Peter paid for having an assist at hockey.  Roberta was sad because Jerry was to be home and Jerry was sad because his term was ending.
 
We will have a social on April 19 but the place will only be announced next week.  Rick will confirm by next week. Your scribe is betting on The Wooden Spoon.
 
SPEAKER
Beth Kish was introduced by Stuart.  She is Executive Director of the South Surrey White Rock Hospice Society.  She handed out 2 brochures and gave a slide show.  The society will be in 2 buildings.  The old house was torn down in 2016 and the new facilities will be built by the end of 2017.  One building will be offices and multi-purpose rooms, while the other is for hospice beds.  Of planned costs of $1.2 million all has been raised except for $300K.  Some generous donations have been pledged for floors and lighting.  Hike for Hospice is May 9.  There will be a Journey Wall which was the cause of several questions.  Only about 280 tiles are being sold and one will win a trip on WestJet.
 
50/50 Draw – Renee’s ticket was drawn but she failed to pull the joker.
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April 12 Meeting
Scribe April 12, 2017
We had one guest and one honorary member as well as a good turnout.  (Welcome back Joanne).
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
May 4 is the District Conference in Seattle.  There is still space.
Member survey results were mailed out.  There were 1304 responses.
A Future Visioning session is coming.
Shred it is coming.
An e mail re Cambodia was read by Brian. 
There is an article and picture of Brian in the Peace Arch News of April 12.
 
THERE IS NO REGULAR MEETING next week. 
An executive meeting will be held at 8 am and a SOCIAL at about 6 pm (Place to be sent by e mail)
 
Peter has posters and a few tickets for 5 club breakfast.  Event is May 13.
 
SERGEANT was Al Benson.
 
SPEAKER
Brian O’Ruaric gave a slide show and talk on the orphanage in Cambodia.  It is amazing what can be done with a few dollars but it is also surprising how little attention is paid to safety.  Motorcycles are the main motorized vehicles.  There are few trees except scrub.
 
50/50  Dierdre’s ticket was drawn but she did not pull the joker.
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March 29 Meeting
Scribe March 29, 2017
 
Rotary Minute
Geoff talked about traditions in Rotary that seem to be less important and read the Objects of Rotary.
 
Guest Emery Dosdall reminded members to do the membership survey and attend training.  Pat Hahn also reminded members of the leadership training at Kwantlen.
Peter and Emery talked about the 5 club breakfast.
 
Shred-a-thon
Renee confirmed this is on June 3 at the Safeway parking lot in Ocean Park.  Combing with Ocean Park Days was suggested.
 
Public Relations
Pat reported that Brenda Gibson of PAN was at the club presidents’ meeting and was very effusive about input from our club.  Congratulations to Joanne Taylor, our P.R. person.
 
Speaker
Iwona Mandera was introduced by Dierdre. Iwona is manager of Ocean Park and Semiahmoo Libraries.  Iwona came to Canada at age 25 from Poland and liked it so she stayed.  At the time she spoke no English.  Iwona gave a very interesting talk.  She talked about a Library being built in Clayton and told us how each library caters to the area it is in.  She pointed out that each library is different and she talked about all the different programs that libraries run.  She said that Library cards are free but worth about $610/year.  Programs include: seed library, crafts, book clubs, poetry, authors, financial literacy, wellness, computer training and she talked about loans of ebooks, emagazines,  and international newspapers.
She answered questions about limits of borrowing, renewals and talked about copy writes and waiting lists.
Newer programs include Opera, school choirs, festivals of trees, Lego, and offices away from home.  Libraries are no longer quit places just for reading.
 
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March 22nd Meeting
Scribe March 22, 2017
 
After two weeks of not meeting for breakfast at the Pacific Inn we are back and so was our waitress who had been away when we last met there.
We had a good turnout of members with only the guest speaker as a guest.  Every seat was taken.
 
SHRED-A-THON 
Renee announced that this is planned for June 3rd with Urban Impact.  Renee will be arranging with Safeway today.  Urban Impact has not yet given its donation to the dog suppliers.  If they do not donate we will. 
 
FUND RAISER 
We need another fund raiser.  A Legion event is likely.  We have about $2K for International right now. 
 
SOCIAL MEDIA 
Dierdre wants us to like our Facebook page.  She says it is easy but some members would like a speaker to explain social media.  Our guest speaker also mentioned dome features of Facebook.
 
SIP & SAVOUR 
Scott is our representative on the committe for the coming event.
 
SOPHIE’s PLACE GALA 
This fund raiser is on May 5 at the Langley Trotting Track.  VIP tickets are $150 with a $100 tax receipt.
 
DISTRICT 5050 TRAINING 
Is on April 1 at Kwantlen University.  We pay for 5.  District executive, Stuart Wilson will attend but is a district member for attendance.
 
SPEAKER
Darin Alexander is co chair of volunteers for the White Rock/South Surrey Safety (formerly Police) Organization.  He passed out copies of a hand out about their fund raiser on October 27 at 8pm at Hazelmere Golf Course.  The organization is looking for a secretary right now.  South Surrey RCMP are part of Surrey RCMP so there is some problem allocating funds to South Surrey alone.  So far the organization is holding the funds.  This year firefighters and marine rescue have joined the group which used to be only police.  Gaiming funds may be easier to get if the word “police” is not in the organization’s name.  Support in the form of sponsors, funds or just word of mouth is sought.  There was much discussion of Surrey versus South Surrey and the conflict has caused some loss of volunteers in Surrey.
 
5 CLUB BREAKFAST 
Peter has been appointed our representative on the committee but the position is open if anyone wants it.  The breakfast will be on May 13 at the White Rock United Church from 8 am to 11 am.  Our club will be responsible for some ticket sales and cleanup.  The 5 club breakfast has a very good reputation for clean up so we have a chance to shine.  Tickets will be $15 each and will be available after April 5.
 
SERGEANT 
Scott picked up funds for late arrivals and Canuck win over Chicago among others.
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March 15th Social - St Patrick's Day Party
 
  
 
We had a very enjoyable social and meal at the Hahn's. 
Thanks very much to Pat and Karilyn for their hospitality.
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March 8 Visit to Sophie's Place
No breakfast meeting on March 8.
Pat, Deirdre, Stuart, Renee, Alan, Roberta and Jerry visited Sophie's Place which is an RCMP supported organization that supports abused children and their caregivers.
 
Our guide for the morning provided an enlightening and detailed tour of the facility. As well, we gained real insight into the valuable service provided by Sophie's Place.
An invitation was extended to them to attend one of our breakfast meetings as a guest speaker.  They would be pleased to attend.
 
The support that our club has given in support of a PADS dog is much appreciated by Sophie's Place. They eagerly look forward to completing the process that will place a support dog into their program.
 
Next meeting on March 15th will celebrate St Patricks Day at Pat Hanh's place.
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March 1 Meeting
Scribe Mar. 1, 2017
 
THERE ARE NO REGULAR MEETINGS FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. 
Next week we visit Sophie’s Place, 9460 140th Ave.  Car pools will go from the Pacific Inn parking lot at 7:15 am. 
The following week is March 15 and there will be a St. Patrick’s dinner at Pat Hahn’s new home, 1282 Duprez St, White Rock at 6 p.m. 
This will be our March social.
 
Today’s meeting
Stuart Wilson started O’Canada and Roberta Zdril gave the invocation.
Guests were Sandy Whiteman and John Block from Semiahmoo Rotary Club.  John spoke of the Gift Card Program.  He has spoken to Daryl of Save-On Foods.  The program Rotary has is a very special one and is not to be made available to the general public.  The Block Family matching ends in June and other sponsors are being sought.
 
There is an RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) this Saturday, March 4, at the Sunrise Conference Center, registration at 8 am and program at 8:30.  Pat said anyone who has not been to one should attend.  There are big changes coming in Rotary and there are very good speakers.
 
A Bird House was auctioned with Deirdre winning the house and over $260 raised for Polio Plus.
 
Speaker, Sandy Whiteman, talked about Wheelchairs given to Mexico.  Sandy has been to 5 distributions in Mexico in the last 10 years.  He told many stories.  At the first distribution he was at chairs were given to residents of a senior’s home with appalling conditions.  A woman was very appreciative as she was put in her new chair and said to him in Spanish which he later had translated, “Now I know what God’s eyes look like.”  In his most recent trip he inquired why so many young people needed wheel chairs and was told that many had Cerebral Palsy.  He said that there are matching grants available which make a gift of $10 into $65.  He said that he hopes to have a large container ready this year with 4 or 5 clubs taking part.  He also said that Mexican Rotary Clubs work very hard and told a story of one club obtaining an ambulance and their problems getting it over the border from the U.S.A.  These clubs select recipients of chairs and even have changed adult diapers.  In spite of preparations the computer projector did not work and Sandy passed his I Pad around.  I pads are very expensive in Mexico so they were brought in from the U.S.A.  One boy who was crippled and non verbal was able to communicate with an I pad.
Deirdre thanked the speaker.
 
Our executive will consider a wheel chair project.
 
Save-on cards can be bought using Visa at certain businesses in South Surrey and White Rock.  A full list was promised but in the meantime some are Courtesy Cleaners and Shill Insurance Brokers.
 
 
 
 
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February 22 Meeting
Scribe Feb. 22, 2017
 
Rotary Minute - Alan Benson talked about Rotary in Russia from an article written some time ago.  There was a 40 to 50 year period when not much was happening because no NGOs were allowed in Russia.  Now there are Rotary clubs that work hard.  One partnered with Aeroflot to fly 40 people to Alaska.
 
Sergeant - Pat was fined for forgetting to introduce guests so belatedly Don introduced Iola.  Deirdre paid the usual dollar that Brian pays and was fined for not rigging last week’s raffle in favor of the sergeant.  Renee paid just because.  She also reported on the Pacific Guide dog puppies and on our dog for Sophie’s  place which is still in training (the dog that is).  Iola was happy for the dogs.  Roberta paid because Jerry said to!  Don Jerry and Jeff paid for not wearing pink on anti bullying day.  (Lots of others should have paid.)  Jeff also paid for “looking like a banker”.
 
Alan read most of a letter from our YAIL person who also said she would speak to us if asked.  She enjoyed the experience.  It was reported that at the executive meeting Emery said we can send an over age person to Adventures in Citizenship.
Deirdre reported on the membership meeting last Saturday.  It was a packed half day with good input from the floor.  Key items are: We need to listen, membership will be part of District Training, Visioning and Fireside Chats are part of the program.
 
Dean Rohrs will be speaking Sat. Mar 4 at Newlands.  She was said to be a very interesting speaker.  Cost is $45 per person.
Dierdre reported from Brian.  He is back in Bangkok.  Work is done in Batambang to their standard which is less than our standard.
Jeff wants sergeant and draws to be regular because it raises money for club activities.
It was reported that the White Rock Club Meetings are moving out of the Field House but where to was not known.
 
Speaker - Rick Singh spoke and showed pictures from his recent trip to India.  He started by speaking of moves from India to Guiana, Toronto and the west coast of Canada.  They landed in India at the very modern airport at 1 am and had a45 minute ride to their hotel.  The same ride can take 3 hours at rush hour.  There is much pollution.  Playing fields are in use early and may have several games on a field for one in this crowded country.  A crack down on corruption caused line ups at banks and electronic tellers and a black market in currency exchange.  Traffic is crazy but there are few accidents.  There are many monuments and towers.  A rickshaw ride is highly recommended and amazing in the congestion.  Markets are very organized.  Women work very hard.  Cows are everywhere.  Country is very different from cities.  Everyone is after money.  There are fruit stands and gypsies at the side of the road.  The government has a 2030 plan for modern apartment buildings.  Trains are cheap but crowded.
 
Draw - Pat’s ticket was drawn and he pulled the joker.  He donated funds to the club. 
 
 
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February 15 Social
Scribe Feb. 15.
 
Our social this month was a dinner at the Roadhouse Grille with a speaker, White Rock Mayor Baldwin.  He brought his wife, Jane. 
There was a good turnout with several guests and great food.  
Rick Singh introduced the Mayor.  
 
The mayor talked of many things going on in White Rock and took questions.  There is a plan to improve Johnson Road which generated one question.  He did not talk about Park adoptions but there was one question on that to which he answered that White Rock had not pushed it and our club was the only one that had adopted a Park and there was a sign at the park saying we have adopted it.  He professed belief that the railway will move and said the current talk of a rapid rail connection between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver enhances the idea.  Trains move very slowly in White Rock and Crescent Beach and slowing down is related to uncoupling which the RR expects very few of but has had too many near Crescent Beach. 
 
President, Pat, tried several different glasses and a fork to get attention but said he preferred the bell.
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February 8 Meeting
Scribe Feb. 8 2017
A good turnout today with no visitors.  There was considerable discussion with no speaker and no Rotary minute.
Geoff Richards was the 13th person and arrived late as usual.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Feb 18 at the Field House is a seminar called Membership Matters.  At least 3 people from each club is desired.  Jerry, Roberta and Deirdre will go at 8:30 am.
Mar. 4 there is a Rotary Institute.  You can sign up on line at the district 5050 web site.
Mar. 11 there is a boot camp at the Silver Reef Casino in Ferndale from 8:30 to 2:30.
May 4 is the District Conference in Seattle.
June 14 is the start of the National Convention in Atlanta.
February 15 is our Social night with Speaker, Mayor Baldwin, at the Road House Grill.  At least 16 people are expected.
Feb 22 is the new date for the tour of Sophie’s Place.  We will meet at the Pacific Inn and car pool for an 8 am start (to be confirmed).
 
MEETING AT SEMIAHMOO CLUB
3 of our members attended.  We got a cheque for over $2000 from Sip and Savour.  The South Surrey/White Rock Hospice got $25,000. 
 
It is proposed to name a room in the new Hospice building the Rotary Room at a cost of $50,000.  The executive will decide if we are to take part.  Some members feel a written motion with more details is required. 
It was also proposed that minutes of previous executive meetings and an agenda should go to members of the executive before meetings. 
There was discussion of Local vs. International projects, Hands on vs. Program projects.
Don Boyce questioned 0ur clubs part in Bryant Park which is scheduled for major change to the east of the tree line.  Work Party turn out has not been great.  The Kiwanis Park and Hogg Park were mentioned as examples of the failure of White Rock’s adoption agenda.
 
There was discussion of Honorary memberships.  Bob Gray wants one.  Criteria and practices are required.  Are honorary memberships limited in time?  McIntosh was compared to St Germain and Ferguson.  A problem with membership numbers has been discovered. 
There is a discrepancy between our records and those of Rotary International.
 
ADVENTURES IN CITIZENSHIP is for people 16 to 18 years old.  The Learning Centre has proposed a 19 year old.  Ottawa has said it is ok if in grade 12 and accepts rules but Bob Gray wants a legal opinion and is concerned about our Club’s liability.  YAIL refused an over age person.  Also travel is not at the lowest cost.  We have until Mar 3 to decide.
 
EXECUTIVE MEETING was set for Wednesday Feb 15 at 8 am at the Pacific Inn.  No date suited everyone.  Renee has a problem with this time.
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February 2 Meeting
No notes from the February 2 Meeting.
There were only 3 members of our club at the  Semiahmoo Club on Thursday, Pat, Geoff and Peter
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January 25 Meeting
The guest speaker at the meeting was Paul Linza.  He presented information on a program sponsored by ACT which trains high school students to recognize a heart attack victim.  They are then trained in basic resuscitation technique in providing chest compressions.  The students also are trained in the use of AED (Automatic Electrical Defibrillators). Members in attendance were very appreciative of Paul providing this information.
 
The following items were discussed at the January 25th Meeting.
Scribe Jan. 25 and 26
Your scribe misread Pat’s e mail and attended Semiahmoo’s meeting one week early.  I was one of only two guests and was introduced as being from the White Rock Club.  Following is a report on that meeting.
Rod, who introduced me, also led the National Anthem which was sung very well.  A Rotary minute was given by a gentleman who talked about Service Clubs and why he joined. 
A lady talked about Sources event called The Coldest Night of the Year which is scheduled for Feb 25.  Another lady member talked about getting lost going to Mt. Vernon.
The student named Nicholas, talked about his experience being sent to YAIL.  He said there were very good speakers and told of one who said there were 4 types of personalities.  There was also a letter read from a female participant who found the weekend very worthwhile. 
Another talk was given by Stan Carter.  This was called a “This is my Life” talk.  He was born in Vancouver General Hospital in 1942.  Among other things he attended Vancouver College, was a drummer in a senior band and was a golf Caddy for some famous professionals.  He had a number of careers and in 2016 spoke at a Paramedics convention.  He was married to his second wife for 42 years and had a daughter and 3 granddaughters.
Two people were given Paul Harris recognitions, one a plus 3.
A video on the foundation was shown and a summary of the clubs donations was handed out and explained.
An invitation was extended to attend the Uptown Community Christmas Banquet and sample drinks were handed out
The presentation next Thursday was announced and the expected visit from our club was mentioned.
 
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January 18 Meeting
There was a social held at the Roadhouse Grill - 1781 King George Blvd.  A great meal was had by all that attended.
 
NOTE That there is no morning meeting on Feb 1st. 
We will be joining the Semiahmoo Club Thursday Feb 2nd at 7:00 AM
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January 11 Meeting
 Scribe Jan. 11, 2017
Today is a business and executive meeting.
Chair, Pat Hahn, introduced assistant D.G. Emery Dosdall, who was visiting.
There is a Grant Seminar this Saturday, Jan. 14 at the field house.  Pat  and Deirdre will attend.
 
Emery told us of the million dollar dinner last weekend.  Over 3.3 million dollars were raised to be spent on Rotary’s 6 areas of concern.  Emery also spoke of Polio plus.  He said that John Germ told those present that polio is now endemic in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan and there is $1 billion being spent per year.  The current rate is 36 cases of polio per year.  It was difficult to immunize particularly in Nigeria because of a belief that the immunization was an American plot but when a Nigerian chief brought his child for immunization the resistance was reduced.
 
Feb 3 there is a fundraising event at the Casino at the Cloverdale trotting track.
 
Feb 2 we are invited to the Semiahmoo breakfast meeting where there will be a cheque presentation for money raised by Sip and Savour to the hospice foundation.   Mary Bruno is President of the Semiahmoo Club and Pat is to ensure that publicity re funds raised recognizes that this was a 5 club event – not just Semiahmoo Club.  The meeting is at the Rotary Field House.  It was proposed to make this our meeting for the week but low attendance plans caused the defeat of this idea so we will meet on February 1 as regularly planned.  A formal accounting of the Sip and Savour fund raising is still hoped for.
Deirdre attended a talk about I Empowerment.  The speaker would be available for a 5 club meeting
 
SERGEANT – Lost his fines cup.
JoAnne paid for being late, Brian paid to make the sergeant go away, Alan paid for being late and for Obama’s speech last night, Emery was happy to be here, Deirdre was fined for talking over the chair, Pat was happy to have taken his eldest son to the airport, Rick was sad to be going to Toronto for a funeral but happy that his dad is ok and will be here in spring, Scott was sad that his brother, who has cancer and lives in Cache Creek had several trips to Vancouver for treatment that was cancelled, Don was happy to have slept in which is very rare, Pat was happy for Don, Rick was happy that the story was not accompanied by the Viagra song
 
Alan told us that student, Ethan, is too old for YAIL but may go to RYLA.  We voted to get YAIL money back.
Brian reported on Thailand.  Funding needs are still being investigated.  Receipts for funds given are in the mail.  Chip and Brian are going there on Feb 17.
Rick reported that Nikki, from Make A Wish, is looking for volunteers.  He will forward her e mail.
 
There was considerable discussion of Pacific Guide Dogs and Sophie’s Place.  Our social in February, Feb. 15, may be breakfast at Sophie’s.  Deirdre to contact Sophie’s to see if Feb 15 is o.k.  We have seen $14350 given to PADS (2 times 5000 from our club 2 times 500 privately and a donation from Urban Impact).  We originally said we would try to give $5000 per year for 3 years.  Our intent is to get a dog for Sophie’s Place.  Deirdre is to pursue a receipt.  A practice of voting on all significant cheques was suggested.
 
January 18 social will be dinner at the Roadhouse Grill.  Rick to arrange. At least 8 people will attend.
Sean Hagen has been discussing a Passport Club as a way to get back some Rotarians.  A Passport club meets only 4 times per year.  It is suggested that Sean be a speaker at a future meeting.
Absence of Renee was noted and a call to her suggested.
Emery thanked those who worked on the Polar Bear Swim and hopes to see all presidents swim soon.  It was suggested that District Governors should also swim.
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January 4 Bulletin
Scribe Jan 4 2017
 
This is our first meeting of the new calendar year so HAPPY NEW YEAR!  If you missed this meeting you missed a good one.
Allan Benson reported on the Polar Bear Swim.
There is a picture taken by a drone on the front page of today’s Peace Arch News.  Alan estimated 2500 people.  Chip said there were 2447 in the picture in the water by his count, which was very quick.  Our tent was set up and Alan mentioned Brian, Chip and Deirdre as workers.  Parking took up all spaces.  There were 3 Polar Bears.  Brian was seen in the water as usual.  This was a 5 club event with people recognized from our club, Peninsula, Semiahmoo and White Rock.
SERGEANT 
Scott fined himself and Peter for talking while the president was talking, Jeff for being late, Jerry and Roberta for moving to Ladysmith.  Pat was happy to have a daughter going to Thailand for a year.  He was also jealous. Alan was fined for being late.  Scott was happy to have seen the New Year’s show at the River Rock Casino and for having come out even!  Brian paid for the sergeant to stop talking but was told he would have to pay much more to make that happen.  Geoff cleaned out his office and offered a number of books for free but Rick paid for some.  Peter was happy with a new washer and dryer given by his children who last year gave a gas BBQ.  He was told he has good children.
Our screen has been found but it was too easy for Rick, in the closet in our meeting room.
 
SPEAKER 
Jennifer Petersen, the director of the B.C. & Yukon chapter of The Children’s Wish Foundation, brought Nikki Kost as her computer operator and gave a wonderful talk with a video.  The Foundation serves people from 3 to 17 years old.  It has been in Canada for 34 years and is completely separate from the similar U.S.A. organization.  Jennifer stated that the term “Terminal” is not used and wishes are not always end of life situations.  She referred to referrals and asked if any of us had family of friends that should be referred to them.  Rick said he would kill his kids if they did not do well in school but did not refer them.  The Canadian foundation has granted 23000 wishes and is completely supported by donations.  It gets no government grants.  Small Provinces donate more per capita than large ones.  No qualified wish is turned down.  A single wish granted can affect 100 people.  Jenifer gave an example of a teacher being affected.  The average wish costs about $10k.  Jennifer gave us several amazing stories with pictures of some of the recipients.  The B.C. budget for operations is $1.5 million.  Jennifer said Canada Post collects from clients and makes donations including The Children’s Wish Foundation.
Alan thanked Jennifer and promised a certificate would follow.
Jennifer is always looking for opportunities to speak and we will tell other Rotary Clubs on the Peninsula about her.
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