About Our Club

Around 1981, Bernie Pregler and Mike McKone - then members of the Rotary Club of Coquitlam - got the idea that Coquitlam was ready for a second Rotary club, specifically a breakfast club.

They asked Ed Nadort to get involved, and he was 'crowned' the Sergeant-at-Arms.  The new Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise began meeting with the required minimum of 25 members at the IHOP in Coquitlam.  However, the venue wasn't very suitable, so the meetings moved to Beetle Bailey's restaurant (which is now Pasta Polo) on Barnet Highway.  Eventually, meetings moved to Perry's restaurant, on St John's in Port Moody. Though this wasn't a breakfast place, they opened early especially for our meetings and brought in staff - which didn't work for them in the long term, nor for the pub up the street.  Eventually, our now 'honorary member' Norm Cook (then city manager for Coquitlam), lined up our current location, the Coquitlam Aquatic Centre.  As of September 2016 the Club began meeting in the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex located at 633 Poirier Street in Coquitlam. 

Along the way, our club has been involved in service activities as diverse as helping pack bags at the local food bank, co-hosting a golf tournament, filling containers with supplies for Africa, developing a local Amazing Race, refurbishing a women's shelter, and gardening at Eagle Ridge Hospital.

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