Welcome to the Rotary Club of Burnaby Metrotown

Burnaby Metrotown

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Burnaby Neighborhood House
3rd Fl, 4460 Beresford St.
Rotary Room
Burnaby, BC  V5H 3E8
Canada
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Simone Brandl, Club President
 
 
President
President Elect
Club Secretary
Treasurer
International Service Chair
Local Community Service Chair
Youth Chair
Past President and Membership Chair
 
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City of Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan declared October 8-14th "Homeless Action Week".   Over the month of October, the Rotary Club of Burnaby Metrotown is collecting toiletries to fill 50 backpacks for homeless citizens in Burnaby.   We are filling the backpacks on October 31st at our luncheon meeting - 12:15-1:15 and will be handing them over to Wanda Mullholland of the 
Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby.  
 
If you would like to help fill the bags by donating supplies please contact us at stbrandl@telus.net.   We are looking for the following;
  • Comb, brush
  • Disposable razor, shaving cream
  • Floss, mouthwash, lipbalm
  • Deodorant
  • Soap, shampoo, towelettes/toilet paper
  • Feminine Products
  • Water bottle
  • Paper/pen
 
If you can make the Oct. 31st luncheon, please come ready to roll up your sleeves and help our Burnaby citizens!
 
Each year the Burnaby Metrotown Rotary Club purchases new coats and collects used coats for children and youth in Burnaby.  Last year we delivered 1700 new coats to local Burnaby schools for children in need as well as over 2000 used coats to various non-profit organizations for individuals in their programs.  Our kickoff event was be held on September 9th at the Metrotown Public Library Square.  
 
If you would like to help children and youth in Burnaby you can do so by either donating "new and gently used" waterproof coats with hoods or donating cash or cheques.  $20 will buy a new coat and a tax receipt will be given for donations over $15.00.  Donation boxes will be accepted at;
 
  • Any Burnaby Public Libraries - donations accepted until October 31st
  • Burnaby Neighborhood House - 4550 Beresford St or 4908 Hastings Avenue in Burnaby.  Donations accepted until December 31st
  • The UPS Store - Edmonds location - 105, 7655 Edmonds Street in Burnaby.  Donations accepted until December 31st.
  • Staples - 5831 Marine Way, Burnaby.  Donations accepted until November 25th. 
  • Gateway Casinos/Grand Villa - 4331 Dominion St, Burnaby  (October 1 - November 25th)
  • Janet Routledge, MLA - 1833 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby (October 1 - November 25th)
  • Katrina Chen, MLA Unit #3-8699 10th Ave, Burnaby
  • Raj Chouhan, MLA 5234 Rumble St, Burnaby
  • Kennedy Stewart, MP 4940 Kingsway, Burnaby
  • Terry Beech, 3906 E Hastings St, Burnaby 
 
If you would like any more information, please contact our club.  We would be happy to assist you!
 
 
 
Each year the Burnaby Metrotown Rotary Club purchases new coats and collects used coats for children and youth in Burnaby.  Last year we delivered 1700 new coats to local Burnaby schools for children in need as well as over 2000 used coats to various non-profit organizations for individuals in their programs.  Our kickoff event was be held on September 9th at the Metrotown Public Library Square.  
 
If you would like to help children and youth in Burnaby you can do so by either donating "new and gently used" waterproof coats with hoods or donating cash or cheques.  $20 will buy a new coat and a tax receipt will be given for donations over $15.00.  Donation boxes will be accepted at;
 
  • Any Burnaby Public Libraries - donations accepted until October 31st
  • Burnaby Neighborhood House - 4550 Beresford St or 4908 Hastings Avenue in Burnaby.  Donations accepted until December 31st
  • The UPS Store - Edmonds location - 105, 7655 Edmonds Street in Burnaby.  Donations accepted until December 31st.
  • Staples - 5831 Marine Way, Burnaby.  Donations accepted until November 25th. 
  • Gateway Casinos/Grand Villa - 4331 Dominion St, Burnaby  (October 1 - November 25th)
  • Janet Routledge, MLA - 1833 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby (October 1 - November 25th)
  • Katrina Chen, MLA Unit #3-8699 10th Ave, Burnaby
  • Raj Chouhan, MLA 5234 Rumble St, Burnaby
  • Kennedy Stewart, MP 4940 Kingsway, Burnaby
  • Terry Beech, 3906 E Hastings St, Burnaby 
 
If you would like any more information, please contact our club.  We would be happy to assist you!
 
 
 

Congratulations to our Prize Winners!

Raffle Prizes:
1. eProdigy electric Bike.  Value $2500 – Maria Carusi of Burnaby
2. Deluxe Weekend at Hilton Vancouver Metrotown.  Value $600 – Rock Lamont of Williams Lake
3. Chef’s interactive dining experience for 6 at Earls Kingsway Value $500 – Angela La of Burnaby
4. Golf Passes for 4 at one of 2 Burnaby Golf Courses Value $260 – Phoebe Petrie of Vancouver
Thank you for supporting our fundraiser for charitable causes.
Wine fest tickets on sale now. Purchase online or call Minuteman Press Burnaby 604.451.9185
Investors Group 604.431.0117
 
Hurry, and get Early Bird Pricing before April 1!
 
As usual, the efforts of Rotary club members and it's valued sponsors, bring together a successful Rotary Coats for Kids campaign, delivering hundreds of coats to our Burnaby families. 
 
Our club's  first Rotary Day event, Rotary Free Public Skate on Saturday January 24th was a huge success.  Presented with the Burnaby Rotaract Club and in partnership with Canlan Icesports - Burnaby 8 Rinks, it was a “sold out” event with each of the 2 skate times maxed with 175 skaters.

Together with the Port McNeil Rotary Club, we have adopted the Kwakiuti Community to support their library needs.Through the government House - Rotary Community Building Literacy Project with Britco and other sponsors, their library Learning Centre is scheduled to be open in summer 2014

Thank you all for your support to make this a reality.

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Participate in our Raffle with these great prizes:

1/ Electronic bicycle from eProdigy Bikes - Value $200

2/ Exclusive Chef's Table Dinner Experience at Burnaby Earl Restaurant for 6 guests. - Value $500

3/ 4 Golf passes for a round of golf at Burnaby Mountain/Riverway Golf Course - Value 260

4/ A West Coast cedar paddle carved & designed by Steven Hunt, Kwakiutl artist - Value $175

5/ Gift card to shop at Lougheed Town Centre Mall - Value $100

All prizes will be drawn at our Wine Food and Music Festival on April 26th, 2014
No need to be in attendance to win any of these prizes

For tickets  call  Jeff Stark 604-290-7890

Buy Wine Food and Music Festival Tickets

All tickets $40 Group discounts available 

For any problems with purchasing from this page, call 604-290-7890

Your tickets will be available at the door. Just bring your PayPal receipt

 

 

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Our Wine and Music Festival has been our main fundraiser for the past eleven years. It has been called Burnaby’s premier wine tasting event.  Fifteen to twenty wineries and wine merchants offer samples and a number of restaurants provide a variety of foods. The SFU Chamber Orchestra provides entertainment and the silent auction attracts a lot of interest.  This year's raffle offers four great prizes:

1)    An EPIK electric bike

2)    Chef Tasting dinner for 6 at Joeys Burnaby 

3)    Golf for four at Burnaby Mountain or Riverway Golf Course

4)    A $ 100 gift certificate for the Lougheed Town Centre Mall.

Attendees and sponsors have shared with us how much have enjoyed the fun atmosphere at the event.  $40/ticket buys you wine, food, music and fun.

After a number of years of enjoying the hospitality of the Holiday Inn Express at Metrotown, we have to relocate because of renovation to Station Square, so as of March 6th 2013 we will be moving to the Firefighters Club, Main floor meeting room.

On February 18th  the three Burnaby Rotary Clubs will be attending the City of Burnaby Council meeting to ask the Mayor to declare February 23rd  Rotary Day in Burnaby.

Our Club will be interviewing and sending out students to RYLA South, interviewing and sending a student to Ottawa to participate in Adventure’s in Citizenship and interviewing a candidate for the Peace Scholarship.

On April 20th is our 12th Annual Wine Festival, Burnaby’s Premier Wine Tasting Event, at the Lougheed Town Center Mall, this is our big fund raiser of the year.  At this event we will have an evening of wine tasting, culinary delights and musical entertainment. Funds from this event will go to local BC Rotary Literacy Programs, Down Syndrome Research Foundation, Polio Eradication and other local Burnaby and International Charities.

Through the summer we had a number of Rotary Rollers paint outs, were we work with the City of Burnaby to paint out Graffiti.  We hosted the Rotaractors, (PACE) visiting Rotaractors from around the world  to a luncheon, after which they helped with a graffiti  paint out.  In August we  joined the South Burnaby Neighbourhood Street Party for one of our meetings.  In October many members of our club attended the Vancouver Giants Hockey Team which featured, Rotary and Polio on Ice. The district along with our club raised funds to help eradicate polio. Our District Governor visited our club in November and we had the pleasure of showing her firsthand how our Rotary Coats for Kids program works. At the Foundation Dinner in November many of our club members enjoyed the Food, Music and fellowship of other clubs in our District. December was a very busy month, our club had a joint meeting with the Richmond noon club to celebrate 12.12.12 it was enjoyed by all and we all agreed to do something similar again.  The Burnaby Rotaractor Club and the Rotary Club of Burnaby Deer Lake joined us for our Christmas Party which was held at Chu’s party room a good time was had by all. Just before Christmas in a snow storm four members of our Club flew to Port Hardy and met with the members of the Port McNeil Rotary Club to discuss and plan a joint Government House Literacy project on a First Nation Community near Port Hardy.  Through all of September thru December our Club was very busy, Collecting, buying, sorting and delivering coats for our 9th annual Rotary Coats for Kids campaign, over 1300 coats in all.  The Rotary Coats for Kids campaign enlists the help of many Burnaby Organizations, Companies and Individuals.

The Rotary Coats for Kids campaign needs your help!


Here is how:
1. Donate new or gently used hooded  warm winter coats - all sizes, baby to XL teens.  There are several drop off collections boxes. Refer to the poster on the Download section of this site - left hand column - for locations and schedules.
 
2. Donate cash to purchase new coats( $12 can purchase a coat).  Refer to poster for details to drop off cash or mail in cheques

  For more informative via email contact: rotarycoatsforkids@gmail.com

 
Last year we collected 1700 coats and this year our goal is to collect 2,000.
 
Thank you for supporting the Rotary Coats for Kids  program to help to keep Burnaby Kids and youths warm through the winter.



To be more responsive and relevant to busy lives, we have committed to end our meetings by 1:15pm.  Last week, with the impromptu Club Day chaired by Past President Antonia,  we ended our meeting at 1:15pm precisely!  Chu shared that Club Days are scheduled monthly by most of the other Clubs in both Burnaby and New Westminster.  Past President Bala suggested that we schedule monthly Club Days for our club.  The idea of adopting one day a month for a Club Day was enthusiastically accepted by members present. 

We hope that having a Club Day every month will allow newer members to have more voice in creating the kind of Rotary club that will be more relevant to all members.  The Club Day will aim to promote fellowship and dialogues among our members, especially seeking ideas and input from newbies.  As we become more successful in engaging and retaining our newer members, our leadership rotation issues will decrease.  More importantly, newer members will be able to take more significant leadership roles in building our club. 

In order for our meeting to finish by 1:15pm, several adjustments are needed.  President Darlene has already said she will not have as much time to eat before striking the bell.  Members are encouraged to arrive promptly at 12:00noon to start O'Canada and lunch.  Additional fellowship and subcommittee work can be scheduled before noon or after 1:15pm.  All Committee Chairs are encouraged to post event details and volunteer requirements on our ClubRunner website, so less time is spent on repeating event announcements and answering same questions every week.  Members will then be able to sign up online for the events at their leisure.

If project details and volunteer schedules are posted online, members who miss meetings will more likely be able to participate.  All members can preview volunteer opportunities and sign up during non-meeting time.  The meeting time should be used as quick reminders and waste valuable minutes away explaining and answering details about the events.  Ultimately, the burden of being Committee Chairs and Event Organizers will be lighten as more members learn to use ClubRunner "sign-up board" to communicate and collaborate.

Most importantly, Featured Speaker will need to start his/her presentation by 12:40pm, so that he/she will have 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for Q & A, allowing for more meaningful and dynamic programs.  President Darlene will then have about 5 minutes for meeting wrap-up finishing at 1:15pm!

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During our Club Day of August 11, a significant amount of energy and time were focused on discussing about New Generations in Rotary.  Vivian Geyer has attended many meetings of the Rotaract Club of Burnaby and felt that we have much to learn from them in meeting management and volunteering for maximum impact. 
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Rotaractors of Burnaby at New Generations in Action Conference in April 2012 - Stephanie McEwan, Dekker Fraser, Dalton Ho, Joyce Fan, Katie Dittrich, Mike Peabody and Michelle Leong
 
On July 4, Dave’s classification speech focused mainly on his recent experience where he spent a year in Afghanistan to train their police officers.  Dave thought it was a natural extension to his calling of serving as a citizen of his community, his country and the world.  Previously, Dave spent a significant amount of his career both in Alberta and Ottawa.  Dave has experience working in rural communities. Dave has also worked on some very significant security projects at a very high level, including the G20 Summit in Canada.  Going to Afghanistan was a way for him to further broaden his horizon.

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Each year the Burnaby Metrotown Rotary Club purchases new coats and collects used coats for children and youth in Burnaby.  Last year we delivered 1700 new coats to local Burnaby schools for children in need as well as over 2000 used coats to various non-profit organizations for individuals in their programs.  Our kickoff event was be held on September 9th at the Metrotown Public Library Square.  
 
If you would like to help children and youth in Burnaby you can do so by either donating "new and gently used" waterproof coats with hoods or donating cash or cheques.  $20 will buy a new coat and a tax receipt will be given for donations over $15.00.  Donation boxes will be accepted at;
 
  • Any Burnaby Public Libraries - donations accepted until October 31st
  • Burnaby Neighborhood House - 4550 Beresford St or 4908 Hastings Avenue in Burnaby.  Donations accepted until December 31st
  • The UPS Store - Edmonds location - 105, 7655 Edmonds Street in Burnaby.  Donations accepted until December 31st.
  • Staples - 5831 Marine Way, Burnaby.  Donations accepted until November 25th. 
  • Gateway Casinos/Grand Villa - 4331 Dominion St, Burnaby  (October 1 - November 25th)
  • Janet Routledge, MLA - 1833 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby (October 1 - November 25th)
  • Katrina Chen, MLA Unit #3-8699 10th Ave, Burnaby
  • Raj Chouhan, MLA 5234 Rumble St, Burnaby
  • Kennedy Stewart, MP 4940 Kingsway, Burnaby
  • Terry Beech, 3906 E Hastings St, Burnaby 
 
If you would like any more information, please contact our club.  We would be happy to assist you!
 
 
"I am not exaggerating when I say that the biggest and perceived roughest of our students act like a five year old, giggling with excitement, after receiving their new jacket ...and I am forever thankful for the Rotary's kindness!!! As the Community School Coordinator at Byrne Creek and someone who dearly cherishes our students, I do not have the words to express my deepest gratitude for all that the Coats for Kids volunteers have done for our students over the past four years. Thank you!!!"

Together with the Port McNeil Rotary Club, we have adopted the Kwakiuti Community to support their library needs.Through the government House - Rotary Community Building Literacy Project with Britco and other sponsors, their library Learning Centre is scheduled to be open in summer 2014

Thank you all for your support to make this a reality.

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Welcome Angela Szabo!
​​​​​​Drop by our club meeting on Tuesday September 5th to welcome Angela as our newest member!   
 
 
August 8th Food Authenticity Speaker
Great talk by Walt Brandl of Merrieux Nutrisciences.  He educated our club members on what is really in our food! Please join us for one of our luncheon meetings, hear some great speakers and meet our well connected members!
 
 
July 18th - Chester Santos is speaking to our Rotary Club!
 
Our Amazing Local Project!
FRASER FORESHORE FITNESS CIRCUIT
 
In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, Burnaby Metrotown Club, Deer Lake Club and the Burnaby Club partnered with The City of Burnaby to bring citizens an outdoor fitness circuit at Fraser Foreshore Park.    We raised $150,000 for Canada’s 150 – amazing work Rotarians!  
 
The circuit opening is set for late September 2017 - everyone is welcome to try out this great addition to the Foreshore park located at Fraser River Park Drive and Bryne Road.  
 
 
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS!
PARKS COMMISSION READING OF “FRASER FORESHORE FITNESS CIRCUIT" 
JUNE 21, 2017
 
During the Parks Board meeting, Darlene Broadhead and Simone Brandl were on hand to hear the Parks Board congratulate our three Burnaby Rotary Clubs – Burnaby Metrotown Club, The Burnaby Club and Deer Lake Club on partnering with the City of Burnaby and raising $150,000 to bring this amazing circuit to the park.  
Look for the grand opening in late September 2017!
 
 
2017 Rotary International Hats off Day Float
Burnaby Hat's Off Day 
 
Wonderful float entered into the 2017 Hat's off Day parade in Burnaby on Saturday, June 3rd - Rotary had a BIG presence!   Well done!
 
Polio Walk 2017
2017 POLIO WALK
Each year our District holds a walk to raise funds and awareness to combat Polio in developing countries around the world.   
One of our club members - Lana Shparberg helped to organize this years walk that was held on Sunday, May 28th at the New Westminster Quay.   
With the help of the participants we helped raise well over our goal of $5,000!
 
Great walk, great people and great job!
 
 
You are Invited to Join us!
 
Buy Your Tickets Today!
Wine & Food Tickets ON SALE NOW. Buy early and save. Purchase your ticket before April 14th 2017 for $40. Group tickets available. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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