Greeters This Week and Next Two Sandy Freeman 2019-02-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana McAllister-Hoem on Feb 02, 2019
 

Current total membership - 35

Attending total - 26

Members attending total - 23

Welcome to our guests: Darryl Frick, Shannon Mayhew, Leo

 

 

 

Attendance January 30, 2019 Alana McAllister-Hoem 2019-02-02 08:00:00Z 0
Minutes At The Mic - January 16, 2019 Aman Grewal 2019-01-16 08:00:00Z 0
Heart of the Matter Sponsorship-Advertising-Auction Forms Kathryn MacKerricher 2019-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Unloved and Unwanted up for Auction 2019-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Nick, Rotarian of the Month 2018-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
Foundation Dinner Quinn Waddington 2018-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Hockey Pool Fundraiser Now Open! 2018-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Habitat for Humanity Work Day Booked Rick Janssen 2018-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Presents Bursary for SFU Student 2018-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
Challenges with Stuttering 2018-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
 
Rick M (August's Rotarian of the Month) presents Alana with her Rotarian of the Month (September) pin.
 
 
Rotarian of the Month! 2018-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Freeman on Sep 03, 2018

 

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The Good Host program is how YOU can get involved - you are invited to help out by meeting, greeting and sharing cultural experiences with our Youth Exchange student. Leo Wolff (Germany) is here and deserve to see and experience Canada to the fullest. 

Any one of us can be Good Hosts by simply sharing some time with Leo. A phone call, lunch, dinner with family, sporting event, cultural outing, almost anything goes. However - all who host our youth exchange student unsupervised - even for a day event - must have submitted their Criminal Checks online prior to hosting. Submit the report to Rick Molstad.

Please remember to include our youth exchange students in any activities you and your family participate in. Please speak to Leo directly or contact him at:

  • Email: lwolff.hannover@gmail.com
  • Cell: 778-893-2532
 
 
Good Host Program Sandy Freeman 2018-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Animal Shelters in Guatemala 2018-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Roots of Empathy Speakers 2018-05-30 07:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Roy and his wife Sarah for taking the Rotary van out into the Hyack Parade on May 27th.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hyack Parade Roy Prevost 2018-05-28 07:00:00Z 0
2018 Installation Dinner Monica Woldring 2018-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
Invitation to Interact Awards Gala 2018-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Darcey on Feb 25, 2018
 

On behalf of the You Wear it Well Executive Committee, I would like to extend an invitation for you to attend our Preview Event on Sunday, March 4, from 9:30 - 10:00 AM. We like to invite our sponsors to attend a preview of our Boutique Day event, before the students arrive, so that you can see what we do and how your generous support helps to make our event a success. If you are interested and have some time to spare that morning, we'd love to see you there!

With sincere thanks for your support,

Darcey

You Wear it Well...Just for Grads

Executive Committee

www.youwearitwell.org

www.facebook.com/pg/You-Wear-It-Well-169371206459233

 

 

 

2018 You Wear It Well Invitation Darcey 2018-02-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Whiting, Lt. (Ret) on Feb 19, 2018
To all Rotarians,
 
This email was sent by Ben Whiting, looking for some information. If you can provide some information, please let Sandy Freeman know so that a response can be arranged.
 
Hello. I am working on a history project on the small corvettes of the Second World War, particularly those named after British Columbia places. Often service clubs in towns and cities tried to support the crews of ships, to make their life on board more bearable as they fought in the frigid waters of the Battle of the Atlantic. One such flower class corvette was "H.M.C.S. New Westminster".  Is it possible that the Royal City Rotary may have helped out with blankets, warm clothes, etc?  Is there an archives, or history for the Royal City Rotary which may have some information on this ship and her officers and crew? As an example in other research, I have come across many references to the service clubs of Chilliwack assisting the men of the corvette "H.M.C.S. Chilliwack" as they adopted their namesake. Any suggestions you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.............. Ben

Ben Whiting, Lt. (Ret)
 
 
 
History and Archives of Rotary in New Westminster (a request for assistance) Ben Whiting, Lt. (Ret) 2018-02-19 08:00:00Z 0
CHES Student Shares Her Experience 2018-02-19 08:00:00Z 0
New Westminster "Noon" Rotary Club Celebrates 90th Year 2018-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 31, 2018
Kelly thanks Roy for speaking about his latest cruise to Australia and New Zealand.
 
 
Public Speaking and Cruising 2018-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Thank you Gloria 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
2018 Horoscopes Kathryn MacKerricher 2018-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 16, 2017
 
 
Rotarians annual commitment to helping the Salvation Army.
 
 
Rotarians Hard At Work 2017-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy MacKerricher on Dec 13, 2017
 
Eli Leland Berrow was born December 6, 2017 weighing 7 lbs 11 oz, proud parents
are Wendy MacKerricher and Shane Berrow. Eli was born in Santa Clara, CA
and is expected to arrive home to Vancouver with his parents Friday, December
15, 2017. Baby and Mom are both doing well. Proud Grandparents are Bob and
Kathy MacKerricher.

 

 
New Baby in the MacKerricher Family Kathy MacKerricher 2017-12-13 08:00:00Z 0
Exchange Student Wish List 2017-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 06, 2017
Roy thanks Colin Duncan for his update on the anticipated rebuild for New Westminster Secondary School.
 
 
New Westminster School District 2017-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
Rotarian visits Wellington, New Zealand Roy Prevost 2017-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 29, 2017
Rick thanks Victor for his presentation about Brazil and his family.
 
President Aman accepts a flag exchange from Victor's club in Brazil.
 
 
Inbound Exchange Student Presentation 2017-11-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Lodermeier on Nov 22, 2017
Each year, we at Royal City Rotary, put together a gift package for each member residing at Stevenson House, a shelter for homeless men. To learn how you can help, please read on.
Stevenson House Christmas Gift Packages David Lodermeier 2017-11-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 22, 2017
Katherine, Mara and Aurora update the club members about activities undertaken by our local New Westminster Secondary School Interactors.
 
 
Visit from our local Interactors! 2017-11-22 08:00:00Z 0
Movie Night: The Art of Flight Haze Hartwig 2017-11-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 22, 2017
Gloria Staudt thanks Margaret Wills who spoke about the "You Wear It Well" program for graduating students
 
 
You Wear It Well 2017-11-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Monica Woldring on Nov 18, 2017
 
A couple pictures of our members at the annual Foundation Dinner. We won an award for our participation in the polio initiative.
 
 
Annual Foundation Dinner Monica Woldring 2017-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana McAllister-Hoem on Nov 18, 2017
 
The club wishes all the best to Palmer Hoem on his birthday.
 
 
Happy Birthday Palmer! Alana McAllister-Hoem 2017-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 15, 2017
 
Roy Prevost thanks Roger Killen for his engaging discussion about TEDtalks.
 
 
 
TED Talks 2017-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roy Prevost on Nov 14, 2017

This past weekend Roy went to visit Doug.  Doug is holding up despite all his challenges and Roy has send along a few images of his visit.

Roy's recent visit to Doug Fynn's Roy Prevost 2017-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aman Grewal on Nov 14, 2017
New Westminster City Hall Cenotaph following the wreath laying on Remembrance Day
 
President Aman, Rick and Gloria attended the Remembrance Day ceremonies at City Hall and laid a wreath at the cenotaph.
 
 
New Westminster Remembrance Day Aman Grewal 2017-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana McAllister-Hoem on Oct 23, 2017
 

Current total membership - 34

Attending total - 25

Members attending total - 21

Welcome to our guests: Jill Toews, Jacquesline Goodman, Tess Whiddifield, Victor Xavier

 

Attendance October 12, 2017 Alana McAllister-Hoem 2017-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

Please see details for the New Westminster Hospice Walk on October 4, leaving from the tine soldier at 6:30pm.  A Poster can be downloaded from at the bottom of this bulletin.

 

 

New West Hospice Society Lantern Walk 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Esslinger on Oct 02, 2017

Please see the bottom of this bulletin to download the Minutes for the September 12th Rotary World Help meeting as well as the agenda for the next meeting on October 10th.

 
 
Rotary World Help Meetings Paul Esslinger 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Tulbagh Community Project Wendy Scott 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 17, 2017
Current member, Ron O'Genski, win's a gold metal in the Pickleball Doubles tournament at the BC Senior Games in Vernon this past week in the 3.5 division
 
 
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Gold Metal at the BC Senior Games 2017-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Major Contributors 2017-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 13, 2017
 
Aroura shares her experiences in Brazil last year as an outbound exchange student.
 
 
Welcome Home Aroura! 2017-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gloria Staudt on Sep 12, 2017

District 5040 has committed to be a Peace Builder District donating $25,000 for Rotary Peace Centers to educate Peace Fellows through Rotary Peace Fellowship programs.  A presentation officially will be at the Presidential Conference on February 9 to 11, 2018.

 

It is the District Peace Committee's vision to have all D5040 clubs become Peace Builder clubs.  One of the criteria to be a Peace builder club is for the club to have a designated Peace Champion to represent the club at District Peace meetings and to share peace related information with club members.

 

Currently in D5040, there are 9 clubs who have a designated Peace Champion. Lizz Kelly has volunteered to be Royal City's Peace Champion. If any other member is interested, contact Gloria Staudt. For further information about the criteria for being a Peace Builder club or to designate a Peace Champion, please see Gloria Staudt.

 

 

 

 

Peace Champion and Peace Builder Clubs and District Gloria Staudt 2017-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 11, 2017
Over $32,000 raised at the 2017 Pot of Gold Golf tournament.
 
 
Royal City Rotary and Cassady & Co. presents proceeds from the 2017 Pot of Gold Golf Tournament fundraiser to the New Westminster Rotary Club (Noon Club).
 
 
 
Royal City Rotary and Cassady & Co. presents proceeds from the 2017 Pot of Gold Golf Tournament fundraiser to the Purpose Society.
 
 
 
 
Another Successful Year for the 2017 Pot of Gold Fundraiser 2017-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 09, 2017
Some pictures from Hansi and Tom's going away party on Saturday. A great time was had by all! There was laughter and tears. Hansi and Tom, you both will be greatly missed by the entire club.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hansi and Tom, You will be missed! 2017-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Jonathan Cote updates the club about what's happening in New Westminster 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 30, 2017
 
Paige presents a Paul Harris Fellow award to Sandy. Congratulations Sandy!
 
 
Paul Harris Fellow Award 2017-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 30, 2017
 
Lorna thanks Chris Cordova for informing us on the World Conference on Drowning Prevention.
 
 
Life Saving Society 2017-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
Thank you Hansi for your presentation Susan Stefanyshyn 2017-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Holy Trinity Outreach Programming Statistics Kathryn MacKerricher 2017-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
A Tom Harris For Susan Stefanyshyn Wendy Scott 2017-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Hello dear Monica and Rotary!
First of all, I'm sorry to hear about Mabel. I met her a few times, and will remember her as such a kind person, with a good heart.

I'm thinking of all of you every day, and sending my best thoughts to Alana and Palmer. I hope he will get well soon.

I've been meaning to write to you for a while, and have been trying to reach Hansi and Tom as well through email, but I'm not sure they recieved it :)
Anyway, thought it was time for me to give all of you wonderful people an update of what is going on in my life.

I got accepted into a music institute in Berlin, called BIMM institute (British and Irish Modern Music Institute), and I'm moving this summer, to stay there for at least three years.
I'm so excited about it and about getting to focus more on music and singing! I have a sister in Berlin, whose family I don't get to see that often, so that's another plus by moving down there!

In the meantime, I'm finishing school next week, with my last final. Then we have a tradition in Denmark, where the new graduates, get a smart hat, kinda thing, and we get to flaunt it around town, and show everyone that we're new graduates! Can't wait to wear mine!

My mom got diagnosed with cancer in the end of november, last year. It was a bit of a surprise, and hit me quite hard. Luckily they found it in time, and very early on it the stages, so she is now almost cancer free, just waiting a few more months before it's certain. But things are looking up :)

I strictly told myself not to fall in love, nor to engage in any kind of relationship with anyone for the next 5 years, to be able to focus completely on music... but as everybody knows: you can't plan you future completely, and fate wanted me to meet the man of my dreams in march. So I am no longer single, and hope to never be single again. He's the kindest soul I've ever met, and I'm hoping to bring him to Vancouver in a couple of years, or maybe next summer!

So quite a lot has happened, I am the happiest I've been for quite some time, (not that I wasn't happy before, I certainly was) :)
I hope that all of you are doing great! Know that I miss you guys so much, and love you! I am still both grateful and so incredibly happy that I got to spend my year with you guys, and that for all that you've done for me!
Hope to hear from you soon!

All my love
your danish Julie

 

 

 

A greeting from danish Julie Rob McCullough 2017-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
Sad News - Honourary Member Mabel Panton Passed Away March 19, 2017 Kathryn MacKerricher 2017-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation 100th Anniversary - Rotary Century Ride Gloria Staudt & Gord Hobbis 2017-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
Chamber Golf Tournament Roy Prevost 2017-05-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wendy Scott on May 10, 2017
President Roy Prevost, Rick Molstad and Nick Jordan welcome our new member Marilyn Cook. Welcome from all of us at the Royal City Rotary club.
 
 
Induction of New Member Wendy Scott 2017-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roy Prevost on May 03, 2017

The Royal City GoGos put the fun into fundraising.  Please download event flyer below for details.

The Fine Art of Wine Roy Prevost 2017-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana McAllister-Hoem on May 03, 2017

The Paul Harris Committee is looking for two nominations from within the Club and one from the Community.  Please download criteria below.

Paul Harris Nominations Alana McAllister-Hoem 2017-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
New west Rotaract club open house 2017 Gloria Staudt 2017-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
Spring Fling is Almost Here Ron O'Genski 2017-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
Rotaract Club Needs Our Help Gloria Staudt 2017-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
Heart of the Matter Raffle Ticket Results Kathryn MacKerricher 2017-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
Heart of the Matter 2017 Rick Molstad 2017-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Heart of the Matter Raffle Tickets Due Quinn Waddington 2017-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Date Night with Rick Molstad Kathryn MacKerricher 2017-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Anti-bullying Day 2017 Rick Molstad 2017-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
BC Refugees JobConnect Paul Esslinger 2017-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Downsizing Tips and Tricks Quinn Waddington 2017-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Heart of the Matter Event Tickets and Raffle Tickets David Lodermeier and Quinn Waddington 2017-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Hyack Ambassadors Sponsor Speeches 2017-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Anti-Racism & Anti-Hate Initiatives Paul Esslinger 2017-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
New Hope Community Services Society Volunteer Appreciation Banquet Sponsorship Kathryn MacKerricher 2017-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Update on Dennis and Chris Magrega Kathryn MacKerricher 2017-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary World Help Container Loading Paul Esslinger 2017-01-14 08:00:00Z 0
Dennis and Chris Magrega Update Kathy Mackerricher 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Unloved/Unwanted Auction Alana McAllister-Hoem & Kathy Mackerricher 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
January 26th Joint Meeting With Noon Club Roy Prevost 2016-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 06, 2016
    
Photo Credit: Wendy Scott
 
Royal City Rotary raises $1,683 in charity auction.
 
 
Charity Auction 2016-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Funds Raised for Salvation Army 2016-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gloria Staudt on Dec 04, 2016
Royal City Rotary celebrates The Rotary Foundation's (TRF) 100 years of doing good in the world with an aim of each member doing 100 random kind actions between December 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.
 
 
Celebrating The Rotary Foundation's Centennial Gloria Staudt 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gloria Staudt on Dec 02, 2016

           

 

                                            

Thank you to Monica Woldring and Kelly Lum for keeping the Royal City Rotary club visible in our community with our annual participation in the New Westminster Santa Parade on Saturday December 3, 2016.  Fortunately it did not rain and so we decorated on route in our assigned spot.  Thank you to Andrew Lockhead for the backup use of your OK Tire store to decorate indoors in case it rained. 

 

The crowd was great, waving enthusiastically and attentively and taking pictures of our club banner. The announcer even noted our club website stated on the banner and Monica noted that the crowd was the largest she had seen in years.  Rick Molstad was also in the parade. Club members Sandy, Paige and Olivia Freeman, as well as Rob and family were spotted among the crowd.  Next year, we would love to see more members and our exchange students participate for our clubs presence in the New Westminster community.

 

Stay warm and dry.

 

 
 
Santa Claus Came to Town Gloria Staudt 2016-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Celebrating 100% Participation by our Club 2016-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Fraserworks and New Westminster Chamber of Commerce 2016-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Hello from Panama! Tyler James 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 22, 2016
  
Photo Credit: Wendy Scott
 
 
Photo Credit: Wendy Scott
 
Roy Prevost thanks District Governor Lyn Stroshin as we celebrate 100 years.
 
 
Celebrating 100 Years! 2016-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Beneficiaries for To The Heart of the Matter 2017 2016-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
Save the Date To the Heart of the Matter 2017! 2016-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 15, 2016
Photo Credit: Wendy Scott
 
Quinn Waddington thanks all our guest speakers, (Kay, Wendy, Brock and Vivian) from the New Westminster Hospice Society.
 
 
New Westminster Hospice Society 2016-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Lodermeier on Nov 10, 2016
Photo Credit: David Lodermeier
 
David Lodermeier and Andrew Lochhead attend the Remembrance Day ceremony. Andrew Lochhead is placing the wreath.
 
 
Remembrance Day Wreath Placement David Lodermeier 2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Lodermeier on Nov 08, 2016
Photo Credit: David Lodermeier
 
Hansi Natzke thanks Brian Hunjan for his information about the various programs available at Fraser Works Co-Op.
 
 
Fraser Works Co-Op David Lodermeier 2016-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2016
Photo Credit: Wendy Scott
 
Kelly Lum thanks Tom Smith for his discussion on Rotary Membership.
 
 
Rotary Membership Matters 2016-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gloria Staudt on Oct 31, 2016
Photo Credit: Gloria Staudt
 
 

Robert Whitelaw and Gloria Staudt attended the District's Foundation seminar at the Wosk Center downtown on Saturday October 22, 2016.  They met the 2017 Rotary International President Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet from Australia. Robert and Gloria shared the following FYIs and will share more in the coming weeks:

  • The Rotary Foundation(TRF) in 2017 will be 100 years old.
  • The first contribution was $26.50 and has since given over $3 billion all over the world.
  • Two examples of how clubs are celebrating include making bottles of wine and selling them for $26.50/bottle and performing 100 kind deeds.
  • Generally clubs need to do a better job of marketing the impact of the funds we raise for programs, both locally and internationally.
  • Charity Navigator evaluated charity organizations in the US and rated The Rotary Foundation in the top three with a score of 100. They examined performance in two broad areas, financial health and accountability & transparency.
  • 50% of our donations to the Annual Fund Share of The Rotary Foundation comes back to our district, available to us through club grants for our programs. Last year that was $87,000. The other 50% goes to the World Fund. 

 

 

 

District's Foundation Seminar Gloria Staudt 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 25, 2016
Photo Credit: Susan Stefanyshyn
 
Clémence Samani, visiting past inbound exchange student, leaves for home, France, today. Olivia Freeman is ready for trick-or-treating in her Panda costume.
 
 
 
We say goodbye to Clémence 2016-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 25, 2016
Photo Credit: Susan Stefanyshyn
 
Monica Woldring thanks David Lodermeier for his classification talk.
 
 
Getting to know David 2016-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 22, 2016
Photo Provided by: Rick Molstad
 
Photo left to right: Rick Molstad (member); Juan Herrera (inbound exchange student); Lavinia Capriccoli (inbound exchange student); Nick Jordan (member)
 
Royal City Rotary supports the eradication of Polio by attending Giants' game.
 
 
Great Giants' Game 2016-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 11, 2016
Photo Credit: Wendy Scott
 
Dawn Embree updates the Royal City Rotary club on Purpose Society's events.
 
 
Purpose Society Update 2016-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aman Grewal on Oct 04, 2016
Photo Credit: Wendy Scott
 
Sandy Freeman thanks Dominic Rubino for his discussion about promoting and encouraging Student Entrepreneurship.
 
 
Keeping Student Entrepreneurship Alive Aman Grewal 2016-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 04, 2016
   
Photo Credit: Roy Prevost
 
Bob MacKerricher and Roy Prevost having a cup of coffee with good friend and club member Doug Fynn.
 
 
Visit with Doug Fynn 2016-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 27, 2016
Photo Credit: Wendy Scott
 
Gordon Hobbis takes our "contestants" through the Greeter Game (think of the old TV show The Dating Game). Great laughs were had by all.
 
 
The Greeter Game 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 20, 2016
Photo Credit: Wendy Scott
 
Nick Jordan and Roy Prevost thank Hans Jacob Petersen (guest speaker) for his outlook on the Political Situation in Europe. They also managed to squeeze in a flag exchange.
 
 
European Current Political Situation and Flag Exchange Sandy Freeman 2016-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roy Prevost on Sep 20, 2016
 
Paul Esslinger (club member) and Roy Prevost (club president) with our representative Grace Flaman in the Hyack Ambassador program September 22, 2016.
 
 
Hyack Ambassador Program Roy Prevost 2016-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 19, 2016
Photo Credit: Susan Stefanyshyn
 
Rob McCullough gives his Classification Talk.
 
 
Classification Talk Aman Grewal 2016-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 12, 2016
Photo Credit: Wendy Scott
 
Hansi thanks Constable Tim Callaghan, our guest speaker, for his discussion about his primary responsibilities as unit officers in our New Westminster high schools.
 
 
Working with Youths Sandy Freeman 2016-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 12, 2016
Photo Credit: Wendy Scott
 
Meet our new inbound exchange students: Juan Herrera from Mexico and Lavinia Capricciolio from Italy.
 
 
Meet our new Inbound Exchange Students! Sandy Freeman 2016-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aman Grewal on Sep 01, 2016
Photo Credit: Wendy Scott
 
Bob McKerricher thanks Gloria Staudt for presenting information about the Rotary Literacy Program.
 
 
Rotary Literacy Program Aman Grewal 2016-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy MacKerricher on Aug 28, 2016
Photo Credit: Kathy MacKerricher
 
Big thanks to Kathy and Bob MacKerricher for taking donations and purchasing this huge pile of school supplies on behalf of the Royal City Rotary club for delivery to the Salvation Army this coming Wednesday.
 
 
 
 
Successful Shopping Trip for Salvation Army Kathy MacKerricher 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2016
Photo Credit: Wendy Scott
 
Harvey Knotts presents Lizz Kelly with her classification talk certificate.
 
Lizz Kelly Classification Talk 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2016
Photo Credit: Susan Stefanyshyn
 
Rick Molstad accepts a thank-you gift from Kathy MacKerricker on behalf of the Royal City Rotary club for all his contributions to the Pot of Gold Golf Tournament.
 
 
Thank-You Rick Molstad! 2016-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Salvation Army Receives Funds from Pot of Gold Golf Tournament 2016-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Monica Wolding on Aug 21, 2016
Photo Credit: Susan Stefanyshyn
 
Dale Darychuk discusses his experiences in buying all of his goods and services within New Westminster.
 
I Buy New West Monica Wolding 2016-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 15, 2016
Photo: Roy Prevost
 
Guest Speakers Cindy Wenzek, Daniel Wenzek, and Nancy Stagg receive their certificate.
 
 
 
Royal City Curling Club 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 07, 2016
Photo Credit: Kathy MacKerricher
 
There's more to Tony than meets the eye! Olivia has found a new friend in Tony Scott. Had to re-publish this as the bulletin wasn't working at the time that this picture was taken.
 
 
 
Tony and Olivia 2016-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 07, 2016
 
Photo Credit: Susan Stfanyshyn
 
Diego Bastianutti (Guest Speaker) was a professor at Queens University and is Angie's stepfather.  He was born in Italy before World War 2.  By the time the war ended, Diego and his family had no house to live in because their city was carpet bombed.  He then emigrated, with his family, to the United States.  Being Italian, he was seen as an inferior race.  He lost his sense of culture.  He now works in the downtown east side with homeless people who have lost their identity.  He writes poetry telling the stories of these people.  His poetry is accompanied with pictures of the people photographed by colleague Guido Jon Bertelli.  Together, they have an exhibit called, "Breaking the Fourth Wall" that showcases their works.  The exhibit will be on display at the Italian Cultural Centre from Sept. 10th to Oct. 5th.  The exhibit will then be at the Roundhouse Centre downtown next year in March and April.  Diego then read some of his poetry.  Sandy presented the certificate. 
Breaking the Fourth Wall Aman Grewal 2016-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
No Pictures Available 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Freeman on Jul 11, 2016
Photo credit Susan Stefanyshyn
 
Congratulations to Hansi for her Paul Harris award!
 
 
Hansi received Paul Harris Award Sandy Freeman 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Freeman on Jul 10, 2016
 
Photo credit: Susan Stefanyshyn
 
Rick Downy and Carol Madsen spoke about their society called the Parent Support Services Society of BC.  They help families raise their kids all over the province, specifically grandparents who have to raise their grandchildren. 
 
The society's vision is they believe in a world where children and families are safe.  The society's mission is to prevent child abuse before it starts.  The society has a support line for the grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.  The society organizes picnics for the grandfamilies.  They have a small budget and nine staff, one of which works full time for the society.  They have 250 volunteers and growing. 
 
On September 11, 2016 (international grandparents day) the society is hosting an event on the River Market with a stroll along the boardwalk.   
 
 
 
Rick Downy and Carol Madsen: Parent Support Services Society of BC Sandy Freeman 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aman Grewal on Jul 03, 2016
 
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 
John McInnes spoke about the Volunteer Cancer Drivers. 
 
John was a volunteer driver with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) for 9 years in the lower mainland. 
 
The CCS terminated their volunteer driver program late last year.  John took it upon himself to form a society called the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society. 
 
Their website is www.volunteercancerdrivers.ca
 
John was able to get in contact with previous volunteer drivers from the now defunct CCS volunteer driver program.  The society now has 7 volunteers and 40 drivers.  They are actively looking for new drivers and fundraising. 
 
George Garrett was a driver as well.  George is an honorary constable from the New West police.  He came to support John with John's new society.  George shared a story from when he was a volunteer driver for the CCS.  George and his wife Joan used to drive a little girl to and from her cancer treatments.  Joan used to read to her on the way to the treatment while George drove the vehicle.  The girl didn't survive, but she did send George and Joan a thank you card. 
 
Gordon also shared a personal story of his from when he had cancer treatments and Nina wasn't able to drive Gordon to his treatments.  George was Gordon's driver. 
 
 
 
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Posted by Aman Grewal on Jul 03, 2016
 
Gloria presented a thank you card to Gordon for his service as President.
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Aman Grewal on Jun 27, 2016
 
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John Ley is an herbalist and a detox specialist. 
 
He spoke about how acidic states in our body promote disease and alkaline states prevent disease.
 
He briefly spoke of one of his patients who had a pain rating of 8 on a 1-10 scale, and with John's help, it reduced to a 3. 
 
When our body is in a more alkaline state, we are able to eliminate more waste from our body.
 
To learn more go to link below:
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Roy Prevost on Jun 21, 2016
 
 
Photo Credit:  Roy Prevost
 
 
 
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Posted by Aman Grewal on Jun 21, 2016
 
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Posted by Aman Grewal on Jun 21, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 
Our guest speakers name is Gem Munro of the Amarok Society. 
 
He moved to Bangladesh with his family with the goal of fixing the country's broken school system. 
 
Their way of bringing education to the millions of children in the slums was to teach mothers, and have the mothers then teach the children. 
 
Gem spoke about one of his pupils, a woman named Shuley who was completely illiterate and had no formal education.  Shuley went to one of Gem's schools to learn and to teach.  Shuley is now a teacher at one of the schools.  Shuley and a few of the other teachers made a song that went viral throughout the Amarok Society's various schools in Asia.  
 
 
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Posted by Susan Stefanyshyn on Jun 21, 2016
 
New M/C Aman Grewal who did a great job
 
 
Rotarian of the year-  Hansi Natzke-for her many years of work with Youth Exchange
 
 
Paul Harris Fellowships given to Paige Freeman, Laurie Molstad and Nina Hobbis
 
 
Major Donor status for Rotary Foundation given to Palmer and Alana
 
 
Installation of Board done by Past District Governor Bob Black (who was a member & President of our Club)
 
 
 
Sunshine Moments from Gordon in the form of a Royal City Rotary song
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo Credits:  Susan Stefanyshyn
 

 

 

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Nick joined Rotary in 1998 after Bob asked him to go to a meeting.  Nick soon realized that he was surrounded by like minded individuals. 
 
Nick considers his fellow Rotarians amongst his best friends.  He acknowledges that the Royal City Rotary Club is one of the better clubs. 
 
One of Nick's favourite programs is the exchange program where we get to witness the transformation of a foreign exchange student throughout their year in Canada. 
 
Ron mentioned a story about himself and Nick during their trip to Mexico together that shows the generous character of Nick.  While the two were walking on the beach, there was a stand on the beach where a few locals were selling some items.  The items cost 40 pesos each, and Nick offered the merchant 100 pesos for two! 
 
Nick produces a lot of the Rotary merchandise from shirts to pins.  Nick also produces a lot of merchandise for many other organizations such as the VPD and the RCMP.  He provides great quality at prices from his family run business.  Nick has 16 employees, and 3 of his 5 children still work there.  Nick also has a retail store downtown that is doing well.  
 
 
 
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Posted by Aman Grewal on Jun 06, 2016
 
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Posted by Aman Grewal on Jun 06, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 
Maria and Olga did an impromptu presentation about the Interact Club at New Westminster Secondary. 
 
The Interact Club organizes fundraisers in the community.  Their local charity is called the Lookout Society that helps to provide support and housing for the homeless in New Westminster.  Their international charity is Rotary Polio Plus, and they worked with Rotary to organize the Polio Walk a few weeks back. 
 
Currently there are 10-15 members in the Interact Club. 
 
 
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Posted by Gordon Hobbis on May 29, 2016
 
Come Join The Fun!!!
 
The Annual Sapperton Street Festival has snuck up on us again. This year it is on June 12th, a Sunday.
 
We need you, please, if you can spare a couple of hours to help out at this years Bike Skills Course. Please sign up.
 
Send an email to rotarygord@gmail.com
 
Suggested shifts are 11-2 and 1-4, or just let me know when you can make it.
 
This is a no-cost Rotary event for you to connect with the community and show people the good that Rotary does. Our club made (well helped) the CrossTown Greenway happen so lets keep up the work and show kids how to ride their bikes.
 
Volunteer opportunities are:
                Registration Table
                Helmet Fitting
                Bike Selection
                Course Helper
                Prize Giver
 
Check out the good times at the Sapperton Bike Rodeo last year:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo Credits:  Gordon Hobbis
 
 
 
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Posted by Susan Stefanyshyn on May 29, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 
Nicole Kafka a volunteer for the Tulbagh Community in South Africa gave us an update on various activities that our Rotary in part is helping make changes in their lives:
 
Tulbagh, South Africa is a small farming village 90 minutes outside of Cape Town. The community is faced with problems such as poverty, addiction, abuse, early drop-out rates, early-pregnancy and a lack of support services. Tulbagh Community Projects works in Tulbagh to help address this issues and assist residents to reach their goals and lead healthy lives. Tulbagh Community Projects believes that the residents of Tulbagh have the passion and expertise to solve their own problems and helps connect them to the resources needed to do so.
 
Rotary City Rotary club has partnered with Tulbagh Community Projects since 2008. It has been a life-changing adventure for all of those involved in our community. The projects have become part of the fabric of the community and have had visible results. Below is an overview of our current projects and their role in the community.
 
Single-Parent Run Soup Kitchens:
Three women run soup kitchens out of their homes and receive a stipend each week to support their own families as well. The purpose of this project is to assist the women in providing for their own families and in turn uplifting them to serve and support the neighbourhoods they live in. We started with 3 women in dire circumstances and now through the program these women have not only build up their own families, but built up the lives of their neighbours as well: feeding, encouraging and supporting people as the project feeds, encourages and supports them.
Now: These three women continue to serve bowls of soup and bread to 250 children each week.
 
Educational support:
When we began, children were dropping out of school for the sole reason of not having the required uniforms and school supplies for class. Over the years, we have made sure that the most needy students have access to education without this resource barrier. We have even seen some of these students continue on in school, graduate and go on to post-secondary education.
Now: We continue to support children with access to uniforms and school suppliesin cases where their families are unable to provide these items. This allows all children to start school with pride, knowing they have the resources to succeed.
 
Sports Equipment Centres:
Over the years, children have been able to sign sports equipment in and out from various locations in the community. This has not only allowed the youth the ability to access healthy free-time activities and stay away from the negative choices of drugs and alcohol, but it has also been able to foster relationships between the youth and the coordinator, making neighbourhoods stronger.
Now: Although we have had difficulty lately finding locations for these sport centers, we would like to restart this program. With an increase in the drug and alcohol addiction rate in Tulbagh and the country at large, it is now more crucial than ever to offer healthy choices and guidance to our youth.
 
Emergency Assistance:
As in any community, building relationships of trust is the foundation of any project development. In areas with social-economic challenges, part of building these relationships means being able to be of assistance emotionally and financially in times of need. Tulbagh Community Projects believes in assisting community members meet their basic needs in times of trouble. This may be help with food, electricity, medical help, or counseling.
We would like to thank all of those involved in supporting Tulbagh through the last 8 years. The encouragement and assistance with resources has had an dramatic effect on the lives of all of those in the community.
 
 
 
Nicole Kafka - Tulbagh Community Update Susan Stefanyshyn 2016-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Stefanyshyn on May 29, 2016
 
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Posted by Sandy Freeman on May 22, 2016
 
Some of the jokes are that bad, right Olivia!!!
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 
Come celebrate our youngest Rotarian's 1st Birthday!!!
 
 
 
 
Olivia's First Birthday Celebration!!! Sandy Freeman 2016-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aman Grewal on May 22, 2016
 
 
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 
Aman grew up in Surrey, BC.  He was raised by his single mother until the age of 9 when his mother passed away. 
 
He was then raised by his 3 uncles, 1 aunt, grandmother and grandfather. 
 
Aman excelled in school especially in sciences.  His favorite sport is basketball. 
 
After high school, Aman went to UBC where he got a Bachelor's of Science in General Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. 
 
After his bachelor's degree, Aman realized that a Bachelor's of Science in General Sciences wouldn't get him a job to help pay off his student debt, so he applied and got into the UBC School of Pharmacy knowing that a pharmacy degree would at least net him a paying job. 
 
Aman attained his Pharmacy degree in 2011. 
 
He met his wife, Raj, in pharmacy school.  They are happily married and live in an apartment in Guildford. 
 
 
 
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Posted by Aman Grewal on May 22, 2016
 
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Posted by Gloria Staudt on May 15, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 
Guest Speaker - Dawn McKenna, Executive Director of Down Syndrome Research Foundation(DSRF).  16 years ago Dawn left her corporate job to do more fulfilling work dedicated to helping individuals with Down Syndrome reach their full potential at the Down Syndrome Foundation headquartered on Sperling Avenue in Burnaby -  from working in a  trailer to a 12,000 square foot building in 2002.  Dawn, sponsored into Rotary by Gloria, was a hardworking dedicated Rotary board member as treasurer for several years until she left due to job priorities.
 
The Non Profit Organization
DSRF is an independent world leader in research and education in Down syndrome, and has become a catalyst for leading researchers, educators and clinicians focused on Down syndrome. They celebrated their 20th anniversary last year.  They empower individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential throughout life by pioneering and providing educational programs and services, grounded in foundational research. Working with researchers, professionals and families, we are a bridge between research and practice. They offer individualized programs and services, conferences and workshops.  Their programs are continually evolving as they gain new understanding through their ongoing research. They offer a wide variety of educational opportunities to children and young adults with Down syndrome, including ground-breaking reading and communications programs, speech therapy, music in motion, summer school and transitions programs which prepare students to live full and fulfilling lives.

About Down Syndrome - what it is
Down Syndrome is a genetic condition where individuals are born with an extra chromosome.  This causes cellular changes that lead to health problems, developmental delays and learning disabilities.  They have a wide range of abilities, different physical and cognitive development.  Reporting to a National or

Their information processing is slower.  We receive, sort, store some then  act on information fairly quickly. They receive new information which does not get through quickly from what all that is stored and not yet processed. The can do things but it takes a lot longer.  At DSRF, they help them to streamline the information they receive through their educational programs teaching them better strategies to achieve being the best they can be.

A few examples of individuals they helped:
Mel - A volunteer at fund raising dinner and other corporate events had experienced being bullied and so was not communicating when she began her DSRF program.  Three months later, with greater confidence, she initiated greetings with Dawn and others.  She now works 4 days a week at a Health Company and takes the bus on her own.

Edison - At 2 1/2 yrs old after heart surgery and not speaking, a speech pathologist  told his parents that he may never talk.  Frustrated they took him to DSRF.  After 6 months working with their head speech pathologist, he had become a chatterbox.  He is now a thriving non stop chatterbox.

Andrew.  After high school, he was reserved and had no self confidence.  Through DRSF, he expressed an amazing sense of humor.  He will be starting a job as a dishwasher.

Matthew, Gloria’s nephew is kind and lovable as is characteristic of those with Down Syndrome also graduated from DSRF.  Among what he learned about public transit and handling money.  He travels on the bus to and from his volunteer program and other classes and sometimes stops for Starbucks and meals at restaurants on his way home.

Focus:
Their Strategic Plan’s overarching goals are to Increase in 1. Scale ( increasing the number of lives touched by DSRF) and 2. Scope ( to  expand their programs) through various objectives.  Progress is monitored by the DSRF’s board quarterly.

Funding:
Because they are considered in the category of Education and not Community Service, they do not receive much government funding.  10% is from a gaming grant. 24% from program fees and much is needed through fund raising events and requests made to various organizations and individuals.

Support is welcomed as a volunteer, member, sponsor of events or programs and donations.  


www.dsrf.org

Q&A
Lifespan -
In 1929, lifespan was 7 years and today lifespan is 56years.

Employment Opportunities -
Rotarian Ajay Caleb presented a workshop “Rotary at Work: It’s Good For Business” helping individuals with disabilities find meaningful work

Different Kinds -
There are three different types of Down syndrome: Standard Trisomy 21, Translocation, and Mosaicism. Standard Trisomy 21 is when the extra chromosome 21 comes from either the egg or sperm cell.

 
 
 
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Posted by Gloria Staudt on May 15, 2016
 
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Posted by Patrick Gunville on May 10, 2016
 
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Posted by Patrick Gunville on May 10, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Patrick Gunville
 

God's Hope­ was founded in partnership between Haitian Elisee Augustin and Canadian Greg Brady. They first met in March 2009 and began discussing the possibility of starting a school in January 2010, shortly before the devastating earthquake. Despite the tragedy, the plans for the school went forward, and the grand opening was held under tarps in a vacant lot that September with approximately 70 students in attendance.


Mid-way through the first year a local church offered use of their space to the school, rent-free, in exchange for assistance in improving and expanding the building. We have been working with them ever since.

 

Here is what they have to say:

Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, and the fourth poorest in the entire world and has had a slow recovery since the 2010 earthquake. The Worldbank states that over half of the country’s population is living in poverty and over 26% live in extreme poverty. World Vision cites that 80% live below the poverty line. Sources vary, but usually cite the average daily income as less than $2.00 US/ day. Statistics usually indicate a 50% literacy rate. Compare that with greater than 95% for developed countries. 

 
Regardless of the source of information, the situation is clear. By teaching some of the poorest people in the world to read and write we cannot guarantee them an increase in lifestyle and security, but we can increase their chances. In non-agrarian environments, being illiterate severely limits opportunities outside of crime, the sex trade and truly menial labour. By giving them a basic education, we give them a chance and some hope for a better life.

 

We do not charge tuition unlike most other schools in the country. The families simply cannot afford it and many children would not be in school otherwise. Most of our students did not attend school prior to the opening of God’s Hope. Our school comprises 3 levels of kindergarten through grade 6, which is the highest grade in the Haitian system of elementary school.


We provide government created textbooks, and supplies as we are able. We have received generous donations of school supplies for both students and teachers, but are limited to either taking them personally, or sending money to have them purchased there, as shipment of goods to the country is unpredictable and expensive. Often the simple supplies such as paper and pens can be more expensive in Haiti due to the fact that most items are imported.

 

Each year the students are provided with one golf-style tee shirt and are responsible for having their own blue skirt or pair of pants. Many times their skirts or pants are ill-fitting or somewhat ragged. Their shoes are whatever they can manage.

 

Medical Aid

We also provide funds for the students to receive medical treatment when necessary. Health care is often unaffordable for families in the Juvenat area and many times the children go untreated. God’s Hope School has a medical fund that allows the Director to take students needing medical care to the local clinics and purchase medicines as needed. We keep the fund topped up so the Director can take children as needed. Through this fund we have treated many children over the last few years with a great range of illnesses including dehydration, malnutrition, typhoid, malaria, and infectious scalp conditions. 

Lunches

At this time we provide lunch for the students three times each week. As it becomes financially possible we hope to increase the number of meals a week and nutritional quality of those meals. 

Job Creation

 

We employ 6 teachers, one Director (or Principal) and one Administrator (Secretary). Their salaries are very small by western standards and we have increased them as we can afford to and provide annual Christmas bonuses. These staff members are very dedicated to the children and pleased to have gainful employment.

 

 

 

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2016 Whistler District 5040 Conference Gala Susan Stefanyshyn 2016-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on May 02, 2016
 
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Posted by Marie Jang on May 02, 2016
 
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott

Graham Brewster

Managing Director

Graham brings a unique combination of real estate experience and social entrepreneurship to World Housing.

Having lived and travelled through Southern Africa and the Middle East, combined with his experience working with Muhammed Yunus and the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, Graham has a passion and drive to bring meaningful social change to both the developed and developing worlds through World Housing.

About World Housing

 

World Housing provides homes to families living in slums in the developing world, fostering communities where families can thrive with safety, security, and access to the resources that change lives.

 

Why We're Here

World Housing believes that homes are the key turning point where the momentum of community begins to have effects that radiate beyond individuals and into entire families, villages, and countries.

World Housing homes allow people to live safe, stable lives. Children who grow up in safe, stable homes have greater freedom to pursue education, and raise the standard of living for themselves, their families, and future generations to come.

World Housing homes cause a ripple effect. And those ripples change lives.

 

 

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Posted by Gloria Staudt on Apr 25, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Gloria Staudt
 
Gloria bids our Rotary Scholar from Germany farewell.
 
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Farewell to Katharina Gloria Staudt 2016-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Apr 24, 2016
 
 

Garry Shearer presented on foundation and grants.  

Where does all the foundation money go?  It goes into three buckets.

First is the fund for End Polio and goes straight into programs and efforts worldwide.  

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation partnered with Rotary and gave half a billion so far to the program thanks to partnership with Rotary International. However, this bucket is continually emptied and needs to be constantly refilled.  The reason we need to keep giving is we need to keep immunizing in order to ensure Polio stays suppressed.

Bucket two is the Endowment Fund. This fund is our savings account in Rotary. This money stays in the fund and the interest is used for Rotary programs.  Currently we have assets today of over a billion dollars. $350 million in cash generates about $15 million per year to go to the world fund to fund grants that clubs apply for. $650M is promised by way of assets pledged in the wills of active Rotarians.

The third bucket is our chequing account in Rotary called the Annual Fund. This bucket essentially funds all the grants that clubs apply for in the world. This bucket accumulates $120 million per year USD.

Rotary collects this money but doesn't spend it right away. They invest it for three years. Those returns are used to administer the foundation. Since Rotary is a volunteer organization 92 cents of every dollar given goes directly to programs. Compare this to some charities that may spend up to 75 cents on the dollar in order to administer themselves.

The $120 milliom invested for 3 years is then available for grants. It comes out split in two. $60 million goes back to the 538 districts worldwide for grants. The other 60 million goes to the World Fund. The World Fund is available for global grants. The amount available for districts isn't divided by 538 equally. It returns back to each district based on how much we gave as a district.

This year close to $140K in grants are coming back to our district for next year.

To the Annual Fund 3 years ago, $280K was given by our district. Now it comes back 3 years later and $140K comes to our district and  $140K goes to World Fund.

Now our district teams look at the $140K and splits that into $70k for district grants and 70k for global grants. To apply for an international grant there has to be a national border. District grants have to be used for local projects. However they can also be used for international.

Only Rotarians can apply for funds.

Often some Rotarians apply for District grants to fund global projects, the reason is global takes longer is because of international partnerships with the district is a complicated and timely process.

Our district policy is we will match 50 cents on dollar for local projects with all the money the club provides.

With global grants the district will fund out of the global fund 100 cents on the dollar.

There is greater leverage with global grants.  A $10, 000 investment will yield a match of $10K from the global grants portion of our district.

The World Fund will the match $10,000 again. And an additional 50 percent on the original $10k.

With a $30K club investment, global grants gives up to $20k and world fund gives up to $20k. Plus 50% on the original $30k (which would be an additional $15k).

Check out the Global grants website at http://www.matchinggrants.org/global/. These are all active global grants looking for funding in order to complete. It is recommended clubs apply together and pool resources, rather than tackle projects alone.

District cap for grant matching is $10k.

Only 27% clubs apply for grants each year. and money is actually sent back to foundation because of grant money left not applied for.

The moral of the story is there is tons of money available for clubs looking to sponsor projects in the community!

 

 

Garry Shearer - Foundation and Grants Patrick Gunville 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Apr 17, 2016
 
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Posted by Patrick Gunville on Apr 17, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 

Hansi Natzke spoke on Youth Programs

Hansi gave an update to our club on the Youth Programs offered by Rotary.

RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 14–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants. The format of the event vary from district to district, but commonly take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event's curriculum.

RYLA aims to:

·         Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth;

·         Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;

·         Encourage leadership of youth by youth;

·         Recognise publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.

Every RYLA program covers the following core topics:

·         Fundamentals of leadership

·         Ethics of positive leadership

·         Importance of communication skills in effective leadership

·         Problem-solving and conflict management

·         Rotary's purpose and service to the community

·         Building self-confidence and self-esteem

·         Elements of community and global citizenship

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.

Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.

Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of

·         Developing leadership skills and personal integrity

·         Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others

·         Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work

·         Advancing international understanding and goodwill

As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 340,000 young people are involved in Interact.

Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) is a Rotary International student exchange program for students in secondary school. Since 1929, Rotary International has sent young people around the globe to experience new cultures. Currently, about 9,000 students are sponsored by Rotary clubs every year. Typically, students are sent to another country for a year-long stay, generally living with multiple host families during the year and being expected to perform daily tasks within the household as well as attend school in the host country.  Short term exchange programs are also quite common. These typically involve direct student exchanges between two families arranged through Rotary to coincide with major school holiday periods.

The Rotarians that participate in the program are volunteers. Many Rotarians are involved in various aspects of the youth exchange program including student selection, compliance with immigration and Rotary regulations, hosting, and supporting students. Each student is sponsored by a Rotary Club and Rotary District in their home country and is hosted by a Rotary Club and Rotary District in their host country. Most districts have a chair for the Rotary Youth Exchange program and some also have committees. Each Rotary Club that hosts a student SHOULD provide a Rotarian counselor for the student who is the student's contact person within the club and provides support to the student when needed (this does not always happen). Some districts are very active and host and send many students, other districts are less active and host fewer students. Some clubs do not even invite host students to attend weekly meeting while other clubs will actively encourage the students to attend.

The parent Rotary organization, Rotary International, has instituted a Certification Program which assesses individual RYE programs with a primary focus on quality control and student safety. Rotary groups are not permitted to participate in RYE programs without first obtaining RI Certification.

Events for students vary from country to country and district to district, but exchange students may often be able to visit other parts of their host country and sometimes other countries while on exchange with their host families, schools, or Rotary. Many districts organize tours for the students they host, which may include weekend trips to nearby cities, tours of the host country that may last several weeks, and many students in Europe have the opportunity to take part in Eurotours which visit many countries and last two to four weeks. However, like most exchange programs, the primary purpose of Rotary Youth Exchange is to provide a cultural and academic exchange and significant independent travel by students is therefore not allowed.

Today, many Rotary Exchange students can be recognized by their Rotary Youth Exchange blazer. While most countries recommend navy blue, the blazer may also be dark green, red, black, or maroon. The colour of the blazer usually depends on which country or region the exchange student is from. One Rotary tradition is that students cover their blazers in pins and patches they have traded with other students or bought in places they have visited as evidence of their exchange.

Before students are sent abroad they attend orientation at Quest University in Squamish. Students get drilled what to do and not to do. Parents are taught how to deal with problems and new situations and both parents and students are subjected to 3 days of training.

Rebounds are students who have spent a year abroad on the Rotary Youth Exchange program and return home for their "rebound year." This is a year of transition for them, as they reflect on the changes they have undergone in their host country as they focus on reintegrating into their home culture, school, friendship circles and social networks. While the Rebounds are excited to share their experiences from their year abroad, this time may be a confusing one for them. Many find they are now a part of two cultures: their host culture and home culture.

Our commitment to the Rebound students is to provide a support network as they go through this transitional year. In the fall, after their exchange year, Rebounds are invited to an orientation where they can share their experiences with fellow Rebounds who understand their joys and challenges. We provide a facilitator to work with the Rebounds, in exercises where they explore ways they've changed, and discuss ways to translate their exchange experience into their lives back at home and future goals. When possible, a social worker is available for kids who have had particular challenges on their exchange year.

It is our hope that the Rebounds will transition from students who are served and helped by RYE, to a group who is serving and helping us and others. We ask Rebounds to work with their sponsoring clubs to recruit and train prospective Outbound students, help provide orientation for Inbound students in their community, and participate in their sponsoring Rotary club's service projects. They are asked to share their experiences from abroad with their club and community, and to continue to be outstanding representatives of the program. Students who excel in these areas are invited to the Winter Orientation, to serve as trainers and role models for Inbounds and Outbounds. At the same time, many Rebounds enjoy the chance to strengthen friendships in their Rebound class, and expand their Rotary connections and network.

All Rotarians are encouraged to get their criminal record check complete, in order to better facilitate the program.

Get your criminal record check completed online here:

https://justice.gov.bc.ca/eCRC/home.htm


 

Hansi Natzke - Youth Programs Patrick Gunville 2016-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wendy Scott on Apr 17, 2016
 

Desperate for volunteers for Alzheimer's Walk at 9:15AM on Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at Burnaby Lake Pavilion, 6871 Roberts Street, Burnaby, B.C.

 
 
 
 
 
Volunteers Needed for Alzheimer's Walk Wendy Scott 2016-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roy Prevost on Apr 17, 2016
 
 
Photo Credit:  Roy Prevost
This photo is of the people who attended the Ukrainian Dinner for Friend's on Sunday night.
 
 
 
Ukrainian Dinner For Friends Roy Prevost 2016-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob MacKerricher on Apr 17, 2016
 
 
Paul Harris Fellowship Nominations Criteria
 
  1. Club Members currently not Paul Harris Fellows, who have contributed greatly to our club for several years. The criteria for first time recognition will satisfy a majority of the following:
  • A member in good standing for minimum of 2 years.
  • Has served as an active board member or active committee chair for a minimum of one full year, during which time they have shown commitment to their responsibilities.
  • Active participation in and supportive of the club’s service and fellowship activities.
  • A record of regular attendance (a minimum target of 60%) although personal circumstances  that preclude regular attendance may be taken into consideration
  • Supportive of The Rotary Foundation through annual personal  donations
 
  1. Club members who are already Paul Harris Fellows, who are worthy of additional recognition for their outstanding and ongoing contributions to Rotary within the club and at the district level, or who have made significant contributions in the community outside of Rotary. This would take second place to those being considered for first time PHFs and only when other awards such as Four Avenues of Service, DG Awards, etc. were not an option.
 
  1. Non- Rotarians who have made significant contributions to Rotary or to the community where these contributions have been outstanding and supportive of the ideals of Rotary International. Such an award would promote a greater awareness of Rotary or Service within the community.
 
Paul Harris Fellowship Nominations Bob MacKerricher 2016-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Apr 11, 2016
 
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Spring Fling, Walk For Polio, Victims Assistance Van, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - April 6, 2016 Patrick Gunville 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Apr 11, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Susan Stefanyshyn
 
 

David Greer spoke to our Club on the power of conscious intention.  Sometimes we need to Slow Down to Speed Up. Sometimes we need to take the time to slow down re-strategize and re-work our plan to ensure we are performing the right actions to propel us towards our desired destination.

While still attending the University of British Columbia, David joined Robelle Solutions Technology as the first employee after the founders. After joining Robelle, he got permission from his 4th year professors to take a week off so he could fly to an international conference to give his first ever technical presentation. During David’s tenure as co-owner and President of Robelle, he traveled the world giving a new presentation every year, creating multi-million-dollar product lines while building Robelle into one of the world’s leading provider of HP 3000 solutions.

Since successfully exiting Robelle, David has been an angel investor, director, and senior executive, always working 1-on-1 with entrepreneurs to define strategy, increase the value of the company in their markets, and defining formalized processes to drive outcomes. David now works directly with entrepreneurs to coach them to their next level of success or with entrepreneurs and their senior management teams to create high growth strategic results.

In his spare time, David enjoys the beauty, water, and mountains of the Vancouver area, while taking occasional adventure breaks with his wife, Karalee. David and Karalee are committed to their three children, spending time supporting them in the many and varied activities they are involved with, including skiing together as a family in Whistler, BC.

When not writing books, coaching, or speaking, you might find David hiking the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal or sailing across oceans.

David Greer - Slow Down to Speed Up Patrick Gunville 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aman Grewal on Apr 04, 2016
 
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Spring Fling, Walk For Polio, Walk For Alzheimer, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - March 30, 2016 Aman Grewal 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Molstad on Apr 04, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Alan Wardle
 
From: Debbie Wardle
Date: April 3, 2016 at 2:29:33 PM PDT

Subject: Thank you and Congratulations!!

 
On behalf of the entire New Westminster Hyack Ambassador Program, we would like to THANK YOU for your incredible support and sponsorship of our program and especially the newly-installed 2016 Hyack Ambassador Leadership Team!
Last night was the culmination of six months of training BUT just the beginning of the next year of incredible growth, adventures and opportunity for these young women as they represent you, their families and our great City of New Westminster.
 
Congratulations again to the Top Talent and Miss New Westminster 2016 - EMMA CIPRIAN - representing KEY WEST FORD
 
Top Speaker Award, Knowledge Award and Hyack Princess 2016 - SHANE WARD - representing WESTLAND INSURANCE
 
Miss Friendship 2016 - GABRIELLA SALI - representing SAVE-ON-FOODS NEW WEST
 
Bernie Legge Recipient and Hyack Ambassador 2016 - GRACE SUAZO - representing ROYAL CITY ROTARY 
 
People’s Choice Award, Alumni Award and Hyack Ambassador 2016 - RAVNEET RATTAN - representing ROYAL TREATMENT THERAPEUTICS
 
Essay Award and Hyack Ambassador 2016 - NICOLE PEREIRA - representing QUEEN BEE SPA
 
 
 
This will be a spectacular year as we… 
 
DREAM of our exciting Future
LIVE our successful Present
and CELEBRATE our historic Past
 
in Hyack’s 45th Sapphire Anniversary Year!
 
 
Thank you all, photos coming soon and looking forward to continue working with you.
 
Best regards,
Deb Wardle
First Lady 2016
 
 
 
Hyack Ambassadors - Thank You and Congratulations!!! Richard Molstad 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn MacKerricher on Apr 04, 2016
 
"Eric Vijfhuizen a travel agent of "A Weekend in Seattle and Hawaii
Getaways" gave a personalized tour including the ferry to Bainbridge Island,
lunch at the Clearwater Casino, walking tour of downtown Seattle including
Pike Street Market and Gum Wall, followed by a quick shop at Ross.  We
departed South Surrey at 7:30 am and Fran was back home in NW by 9:30 pm".
 
 
Photo Credit:  Kathy MacKerricher
 
 
 
 
Fran's Trip To Seattle Kathryn MacKerricher 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aman Grewal on Apr 04, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 
Our exchange student Fran did a presentation about the country where she is from, Brazil.
 
The following are a few notes from Fran's presentation. Fran's Mother and sister are nurses, and her father is a lawyer.
 
Fran is from the city Santo Angelo. Fran also noted that Brazil makes the best BBQ.
 
For recreation in Brazil, they do sandboarding not snowboarding like we do in Canada.
 
The presentation was finished with a reverse Q and A where Fran asked us questions about Brazil.
 
Any wrong answer resulted in the person with the wrong answer having to try out Brazilian tea next week.
 
 
 
Franciele Henk - Brazil Presentation Aman Grewal 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Jang on Mar 29, 2016
 
 
 
 
All club members are invited to join the Walk For Polio team led by our fearless leader Gordon Hobbis.
 
Date:                                Saturday, May 14, 2016
Venue:                             River Market (810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC)
For Walk Details Visit:   Rotary's Walk to End Polio Now
 
Please go to link below to register on the team or donate:
 
 
 
 
 
Walk For Polio - Royal City Rotary Club Team Marie Jang 2016-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Mar 28, 2016
 
 
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 
New Westminster Hyack Ambassadors presented on their sponsors. 
 
Emma Ciprian sponsored by Key West Ford
Grace Suazo sponsored by Royal City Rotary
Ravneet Rattan sponsored by Royal Treatment Therapeutics
Shane Ward sponsored by Westland Insurance
Gabriella Sali sponsored by Save-On-Foods New West
Nicole Pereira sponsored by Queen Bee Spa
 
 
For more info on the Hyack Ambassador program, please visit: http://hyack.bc.ca/wordpress/?page_id=81
 
 
 
 
2016 Hyack Ambassadors Patrick Gunville 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Mar 28, 2016
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Brazilian Pot Luck, Walk For Polio, Pot Of Gold, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - March 23, 2016 Patrick Gunville 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z 0

We're thinking of you Angie...
 
 

From: Angiola De Stefanis & Paul Bean 
Sent: March-17-16 8:31 PM
Subject: Sad news about my father

 

My friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to share with you the news that my father, Furio, passed away in Tuesday night. He went very quickly and peacefully, which is a true blessing. My father, as you may know, was not well for a number of years, his decline
having started in 2006 when he got lung cancer and had to have a lung removed. He still managed to live independently until Tuesday afternoon when he collapsed in his apartment struggling to breathe. A quick ultrasound at VGH emerg showed his remaining lung
was failing and had many dark spots that were either a serious chronic infection or, more likely, a recurrence of his cancer. Within hours we realized that this was the end. We switched to comfort care and within the hour he took a brief, raspy last breath
and was gone. After many years of tenuous health, made worse by his constant refusal to take better care of himself and break his wretched smoking habit, he suffered relatively little in his last few hours, thankfully. At a rather venerable 80 years of age,
he truly defied the odds until the very end. A difficult man, but one whose presence could never go unnoticed, and who had a genius legal mind.

All my love,

Angiola

 

Angiola De Stefanis

Rotary Club of New Westminster-Royal City

Past President 2011-2012

 

Sad News From Angie Monica Woldring 2016-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aman Grewal on Mar 21, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Lynn Radbourne
 
Photo Credit:  Roy Prevost
 
 
Lynn and Mariane presented on the New West Youth Ambassador's program. 
 
It is a program to give local teens the opportunity to volunteer.  The age range of the volunteers is 15-18 years old. 
 
The program lasts for a year, and in that year, the volunteers get 90 hours of volunteer work and a continuing education grant.  The volunteers are sponsored by local businesses.  Whenever the volunteers are out doing volunteer work, they are also promoting their local sponsor. 
 
You can see the volunteers around New West, their uniform consists of a white golf shirt with the sponsor's name on the shirt , black pants, and a name tag. 
 
Their website is www.nwyas.org and their contact email is nwyas@shaw.ca.
 
 
 
Lynn Radbourne - New Westminster Youth Ambassador's Program Aman Grewal 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aman Grewal on Mar 21, 2016
 
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Brazilian Pot Luck, Walk For Polio, Hockey Pool, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - March 16, 2016 Aman Grewal 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Mar 14, 2016
 
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Installation Dinner, District Assembly, Grant Management Seminars, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - March 9, 2016 Patrick Gunville 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Mar 14, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Susan Stefanyshyn
 
 
 

Kathy, Peggy and Laurie of the Bases Thrift Shop in Burnaby.

Non-Profit Thrift Shop with registered charity status.  Started with goal of assisting low-income families in the Edmonds area.

 

 

ABOUT

Vision:

A community where all children and families are able to develop strong foundations for an independent, positive future.

Mission Statement:

We assist at-risk children and families in southeast Burnaby to experience success by fund-raising to provide a variety of opportunities leading towards independence.

Some of the future program opportunities will aim to develop the academic, physical and personal potential of children and families through breakfast programs, homework clubs, sports, cultural programs (arts, crafts, fine arts) and community kitchens.

Our Mission at the BASES Family Thrift Store:

·         To raise money for BASES Programs

·         To offer respect, courtesy and friendship to our customers and each other

·         To offer professional service to our customers by following the thrift store manual

·         To promote environmental responsibility and help recycle where possible


BASES Family thrift store is committed to creating a team focus and appreciates your help and ideas.

http://basesburnaby.ca/

 

 

 
Bases Thrift Store - Laurie Molstad Patrick Gunville 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn MacKerricher on Mar 14, 2016
 
 

Congratulations to the following “To the Heart of the Matter” raffle ticket winners:

 

1st prize $2000 – Jerry Law (sold by Andrew Lochhead, RCRC)

 

2nd prize $1000 – Terry Hamilton (sold by NWVA)

 

3rd prize $500 – Daryl O’Genski (sold by Ron O’Genski, RCRC)

 

4th prize $250 – Kelsey Snow (possibly sold night of by Rotaractors)

 

5th prize $100 – B.A. Price (sold by Burnaby RC)

 

And a big thank you for Tony and Alana for organizing the raffle tickets and an even bigger THANK YOU to MOTT ELECTRIC for sponsoring the raffle!

 

 

Heart Of The Matter Raffle Ticket Winners Kathryn MacKerricher 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Mar 07, 2016
 
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the PETS, Hyack Ambassador Volunteer, Raffle Tickets, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - March 2, 2016 Patrick Gunville 2016-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Hobbis on Mar 07, 2016
 

Photo Credit:  Tanya Hall

 

Hello Fellow Rotarians,

RYLA Registration is complete. Thank you to all of the clubs who sponsored students, they are in for a fantastic weekend of leadership training!

If you are interested in visiting RYLA South this year, we are having our second Rotarian/Rotaracter Visit Day on Saturday March 26th, 2016 at Camp Elphinstone on Gibsons. If you are coming from the mainland, you will be coming over on the 9:20am ferry from Horseshoe Bay and departing on the 4:30pm ferry. 

Our Rotarian visit coordinator, Erin, will be in contact with you one week prior to camp with the schedule, camp information, and other important notes for your RYLA visit. The cost is $30 for Rotarians and will include lunch, a RYLA T-shirt, and a coveted RYLA pin. There is no cost for Rotaracters.

Register by March 19th at: http://goo.gl/forms/g5GRlt07c3

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Yours in Youth Programs,
Gina Neumann and James Fox
RYLA South Camp Directors
604 812-1790 cell (Gina)
south@ryla5040.org

 

Tanya Hall
RYLA ​District Chair
778 233-0441  cell

 

 

Rotarian Visit To RYLA Gordon Hobbis 2016-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Mar 07, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 

George is a United Nations speaker. His background is he came to Canada 40 years ago working for CBC and was there for 14 or 15 years.  He had a secret wish as journalist to change the world and educate people to think different. However, he admits he was naive and actually no management of any organization will let you change the world, and limits what you can say and talk about.

He then moved towards humanitarian work.  Worked for CEDA and CARE in Ottawa before he was sent abroad to Zimbabwe and Angola working for CARE where he was picked up by the UN where he met his wife.  He was thrust in the middle of a demobilization camp after only being in the UN for a couple weeks.  His responsibility was to demobilize child and teen soldiers who have been fighting the Angola civil year. There were 10 camps and the UN was responsible to take weapons off young men and providing their families with the basics to get lives back in order.

If you been in the bush for half your life need a lot of socialization to be done in order to get your life back in order

He continued to work for the UN until he retired.

George learned that ordinary people are generally pretty fantastic and supporting and welcoming of foreigners coming in to assist.  Even Sadam Hussein said anybody who touches a hair on the head of the foreign aid workers will have to answer to himself personally. 

They could go anywhere in Iraq and receive amazing treatment.  Bureaucrats, often senior ranking somewhat less hospitable. 

Every time there is a peacekeeping mission there is a Status of Forces Agreement, which defines exactly what the civilians are allowed to do. 

In Sudan they had an agreement of setting up a 24 hour radio.  Government of Sudan agreed yet the government kept dragging its feet. It apparently wasn’t the minister but was someone behind the scenes, a faceless bureaucrat who dictated they could set up in the south but not in Sudan, as was agreed..

He learned of the banality of evil.  These folks were simply uneducated,   regular people who were told by a radio station constantly broadcasting hate messages.

UN is an international humanitarian organization whose budget is only about 1.5 times that of the NY police department.

If the UN doesn’t do their job of keeping the peace, the cost of war is way higher than that of maintaining the UN.  The UN currently has 16 peace keeping operations around the world.

 

 

George Somerwill - United Nations Speaker Patrick Gunville 2016-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Feb 28, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 
 

Danison:  refood.ca

Danison is an entrepreneur. His story is explained on CBC Vancouver TV, New Westminster Record, CBC radio, philippinecanadiannews.com, Epochtimes.com, cbc.com, and other publications.

Since entering the restaurant industry eight years ago, Buan has seen a lot of perfectly good food go to landfills. Fruit and vegetables discarded by grocery stores because they were bruised or misshapen and didn't make a pleasing display in the produce section. Other products pitched because they were nudging up against their Best Before date.

In the industry, that's called "excess food." To Buan, that's a waste.

So the owner of the Golphi's restaurant on 12th Street recently applied for, and was awarded, one of three ONE prizes offered by Donald's Market and the River Market to fund worthy community-building projects.

Buan will use the $2,000 prize money to launch Refood to steer excess food away from the disposal bins to local groups serving seniors and families in need, or inner city schools, via his own restaurant's commercial kitchen.

That's where Buan will collaborate with other local chefs to concoct simple recipes to turn bruised or ripening produce into safe, delicious fare like smoothies that can be frozen and easily stored.

High school students will be enlisted to help collect the raw ingredients from participating grocery stores and markets, and then distribute the resulting dishes to social service agencies.

Buan said recent changes to municipal bylaws to divert organic waste from landfills into composting programs is causing many grocery stores and markets to rethink how they deal with excess food.

"Grocery stores' compost bills are rising because of new laws," said Buan. "By reducing the amount of food that is collected for compost, it reduces their cost."

It also makes them more socially responsible.

"The food is going to a good use," said Buan.

 

 

Danison Buan - Refood Patrick Gunville 2016-02-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Jang on Feb 28, 2016
 
 
Photo Credit:  Roy Prevost
 
Good morning to you all.  Just a quick hi from me to tell you how much I enjoy the videos from Roy with your big hellos.   Warms my heart when I see that text note coming from him.
 
And the visits from Roy and Bob, and occasionally Patrick.   Kath says I seem to have a better day after their visit.   Please know that you are all welcome to drop by for a quick visit.  We are doing some renovations at the moment to move my hospital bed out of the living room and into the bedroom. All are welcome  (just not all at once) once were done.
 
Many blessings on you all. 
 
Doug
 
 
Big Hello From Doug Fynn Marie Jang 2016-02-29 00:00:00Z 0
Escort Need For New Westminster Ambassador Richard Molstad 2016-02-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Feb 28, 2016
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Pot Of Gold, Raffle Draw, Walk For Alzheimer's, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - February 24, 2016 Patrick Gunville 2016-02-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Feb 22, 2016
 
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 

In 2007 the light went on for Kirby, when Keith and he were discussing the benefits of play for children in conflict zones. Soon after he became a board member and passionate participant in the pursuit of bringing play to as many war-afflicted children as possible.  Having traveled to Central Asia and the Middle East on two ocassions, he has seen first hand the incredible before and after effects that playgrounds have on children’s physical and emotional health. Kirby  consults in the field of social enterprises and has been an executive in the Tourism and Hospitality field for over a decade.

The need for happy children with safe places to play in conflict areas became evident to Keith Reynolds, the founder of Playground Builders, long before the Foundation came to be in 2007. For over 20 years, Keith’s extensive travels often took him to impoverished and war torn regions where he witnessed war’s most innocent and ultimate victims: the children. Determined to help, in 2006 Keith and a number of like-minded individuals began facilitating the construction of safe playgrounds. They continue to work with help from recognized and experienced local partners, who ensure the playgrounds remain safe, supervised and maintained.

An innovative model for providing such playgrounds has been established. The model involves the use of a generic playground design and local construction, based on a competitive value bid system. This simplified process ensures many playgrounds throughout conflict areas can be built effectively and efficiently. These special places provide safe spaces for laughter, hope and interaction for war-entrapped children in unstable and poverty-stricken areas such as Iraq, Afghanistan and the Palestinian Territories. The photos on this website illustrate the hopes and smiles created by both the early work of the group and later by our official charitable organization, now known as ‘Playground Builders’.

With the great dedication of our volunteers and the work of our ‘Helpers in Action’, Playground Builders now has numerous projects completed or underway.  Except for some minimal operating costs, donations go directly toward building playgrounds. Our partners in the local areas cover their own administrative fees. The majority of our operating expenses are covered by private individuals.

The benefits of the Playground Builders program are multi-fold and provide tangible, long term advantages for the children and their communities. Children have somewhere safe to play, laugh and simply be ‘kids’. Parents witness the joy of their children simply being children. Our playgrounds are built, installed and maintained by local people. By providing much-needed jobs we help societies in crisis, injecting money into the local economy which helps to restore pride, ownership and enterprise capacity in these unstable communities.

Playground Builders is a registered Canadian charity: #852810019RR0001.

 

http://www.playgroundbuilders.org/about-playground-builders

 

 

Kirby Brown -- Playground Builders Patrick Gunville 2016-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Feb 22, 2016
 
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Rotary Peace Fellowship, Heart of the Matter, District Conference, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - February 17, 2016 Patrick Gunville 2016-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Hobbis on Feb 21, 2016
 
 
Photo Credit:  Alan Wardle
 
From: Debbie Wardle
Date: February 16, 2016 at 11:03:27 PM PST
To: Debbie Wardle
Subject: Miss Manner's Dinner - Feb 25 @ 6 pm

 
Hello Hyack Friends, Family, Sponsors and Supporters!
 
The Hyack Ambassador Committee and our 2016 Hyack Ambassador Candidates would like to invite you all to attend the “Miss Manner’s Dinner” being held at La Spaghetteria on Thursday, Feb 25 at 6 pm.
 
While the 2016 Candidates are enjoying a lovely dinner upstairs, sponsored by Salvatore, Hyack family & friends are gathering downstairs on the outdoor patio to enjoy a social evening of dinner and drinks at our own expense - this is not a ticketed event. 
 
Please do join us for another Hyack social evening, thank Salvatore for his long-standing support of the Hyack Ambassador Program, meet/chat with our current 2015 Hyack Leadership Team and the new 2016 Candidates and attending sponsors!!
 
Call Salvatore to let the staff know you will be joining us next Thursday, Feb 25, so they have an idea of how many fun people to be prepared for!!
 
Thank you and look forward to seeing you then.
 
Regards,
Deb Wardle
First Lady 2016
New Westminster Hyack Ambassadors
 
 
 
Invite To Miss Manner's Dinner Gordon Hobbis 2016-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roy Prevost on Feb 21, 2016
 
 
Photo Credit:  Roy Prevost
 
 
Hello From Doug Roy Prevost 2016-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Feb 14, 2016
 
 

Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott

 

Rotary International no longer has the Ambassador Program.  

In Germany,​ seven clubs in ​District 1842 modeled the program under a​ Scholarship Program​ to send Katharina out to us.  

​Remember not to refer to her as an​ Ambassador Scholar, as now for all intents and purposes ​she is technically a R​otary S​cholar from Germany as part of the Global Gr​ant System.

Katharina is from Munich, Germany. Interesting point about there is no building is permitted​ to be built taller than certain height. So won't find the same skyscrapers like we do here. She has done a lot of traveling to different countries.

She is now in Vancouver and studies Architecture at UBC as part of the Rotary Global Grants System.

​Welcome Katharina, and thanks for your presentation!​

 

 

Katharina Wagner - Rotary Scholar Patrick Gunville 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Inn At The Quay Welcomes Ron McLean Hometown Hockey Kathryn MacKerricher 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Thank You 2016 Heart of the Matter Volunteers Marie Jang 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Jang on Feb 14, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pictures Above Photo Credit:  Marie Jang
Pictures Below Photo Credit:  Roy Prevost
 
 
 
 
Heart of the Matter 2016 Marie Jang 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Jang on Feb 14, 2016
 
Congratulations Alana McAllister-Hoem awarded the Paul Harris Fellow x5 and Monica Woldring awarded the Paul Harris Fellow x8.  Well deserved!!!
 
 
 Photo Credit:  Marie Jang
 
 
Paul Harris Awards Marie Jang 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Hobbis on Feb 14, 2016
 
 

From: D'Arcy Warner [mailto:warner@hrnetwork.com]
Sent: February-11-16 2:35 PM
To: Rotary World Help Distribution List
Subject: Rotary World Help Container Loading, Saturday, February 20, 2016

 

Hi:

 

This email is to let you know that there will be a container loading Saturday, February 20, 9:00am, at Riverview.   We could really use your help.

 

This shipment is going to Nicaragua and is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Vancouver.

Help Load Container for Rotary World Gordon Hobbis 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Feb 14, 2016
 
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the District Conference, Heart of the Matter, and more, click Read More:
 
Minutes At The Mic - February 10, 2016 Patrick Gunville 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Adventures In Tourism & Adventures in Citizenship Susan Stefanyshyn 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Toque Tuesday - Raising The Roof Marie Jang 2016-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Dorine Adhiambo - Update and Thank You Kelly Lum 2016-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Feb 07, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
Lizz introduced our speaker, Neely Hazell who works for Fraser Works Co-Op, the New Westminster WorkBC Employment Centre, which is conveniently located between the Union Jack Public House and private Liquor Store on 7th Street between the Royal City Centre Mall and Belmont Street. 
Neely is the Community Relations Coordinator at Fraser Works Co-Op.
Fraser Works Co-op is New Westminster’s one and only WorkBC Employment Services Centre. WorkBC Employment Services Centres are funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia to deliver the Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC). If you live outside of the New Westminster catchment area, you can find your local WorkBC Employment Services Centre by visiting www.WorkBCCentres.ca. If you are a Burnaby resident, check out Fraser Works Co-op in Burnaby.

The EPBC, delivered by Fraser Works Co-op, offers no cost employment services, programs, information, and supports to all New Westminster residents seeking employment. The purpose of delivering the EPBC is to aid job seekers in obtaining employment as fast as possible. At Fraser Works Co-op, we aim to get job seekers connected to the labour market, ensure clients receive appropriate employment services in alignment with current labour market information, and make certain that labour market services are in accordance with the needs and opportunities presented by New Westminster and local employers. Fraser Works Co-op annually composes a Community and Employer Partnerships Plan in order to best address the needs of New Westminster, offer exceptional programs and services, and connect job seekers to the labour market. If it is training,financial supports, job development, apprenticeship training, self employment, or job search support you are seeking, Fraser Works Co-op may be your solution!

Neely Hazell - Fraser Works Co-op Patrick Gunville 2016-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Feb 07, 2016
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Foundation Dinner, Paul Harris Awards, Heart of the Matter, and more, click Read More:
 
Minutes At The Mic - February 3, 2016 Patrick Gunville 2016-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Molstad on Jan 31, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Gordon Hobbis
 
From: Debbie Wardle
Date: January 26, 2016 at 8:27:42 AM PST
To: "Rick Molstad
Subject: Hyack President Tea THANK YOU

 
Good Morning,
   
   Just a quick thank you to all of our candidate sponsors for attending (or not able to attend but still supporting) your Ambassador candidate at our President’s Tea on the weekend.
The guests, our committee, the candidate’s families and friends were ALL impressed with how very well the girls represented themselves and you as their sponsors!  It will be a very good year with these young women as our City representatives.
Special note of thanks to Michael Huhn  and Save-On-Foods Sapperton for the generosity of supplying the sandwiches, cake and fruit salad for the lunch, it was ALL delicious and most appreciated, thank you Save-On-Foods Sapperton!

   The next event you are all invited too is an informal family dinner at La Spaghetteria on Thursday, Feb. 25.  The candidates will be enjoying dinner with the Judging panel upstairs while Hyack, families and community get together for dinner downstairs.
If you are interested in joining us, please do call Salvatore to reserve a table, we look forward to seeing you but this is NOT a sponsor requirement, just a fun evening to get together over some good old-fashioned Italian food!

   Awards Gala week will be:
March 29 - Rehearsal on Tuesday at 7 pm at Douglas College (approx an hour), will ask for you or your designated “sponsor-escort” to attend
April 1 - Speech & Personal Presentations at 7 pm at the Justice Institute
April 2 - Awards Gala at 7 pm at Douglas College, sponsor-escort needs to be there for 6:30 pm, program starts at 7 pm

   Any questions, PLEASE call us and again thank you for your support in and for the New Westminster Hyack Ambassador Leadership Program!

Best regards,
Deb Wardle
First Lady 2016
New Westminster
Hyack Ambassadors
 
 
 
Hyack President Tea Thank You Richard Molstad 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Uncle Harvey and Baby Olivia Kathryn MacKerricher 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Molstad on Jan 31, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Marie Jang
 
 
From: Julie Musaeus Dahl 
Date: January 25, 2016 at 11:04:28 PM PST
To: Rick Molstad
Subject: Re: Happy birthday!

 
Thank you :) and i look forward to seeing you as Well :)

Hugs
Julie

 
Den 25/01/2016 kl. 00.17 skrev Rick Molstad 
Always wonderful to hear from Julie from Belgium. I will pass on the good news about your visit. Look forward to seeing you.
Rick
 
On Jan 24, 2016, at 1:49 PM, Julie Musaeus Dahl  wrote:
 
Thank you so Much Rick! That really put a smile on my face!
How are you doing?
I'm keeping busy as usual, doing music and traveling, going to London on my own in a couple of weeks ;)
Would you do me a favor and say hi to everyone at the club? I really miss you all, and my parents and I coming at the end of June! :)
I'm so excited to come back!
Sending good thought and warm hugs back to you and your family :)
Hugs
Julie :)
 
Den 24/01/2016 kl. 18.17 skrev Rick Molstad >:
Happy birthday, young lady. I am humming "happy birthday to you" right now.  But I am tone deaf so you might not recognize it. So sing a verse to yourself, from me. Hope to hear you sing again in Canada soon.
Rick
 
 
Julie Is Coming For A Visit!!! Richard Molstad 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Jang on Jan 31, 2016
 
From: Louise Perry <mailservice@clubrunner.ca>
To: Richard Prill
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 9:09 AM
Subject: Hands on Project- please read and respond
 
Here are  details regarding a community opportunity that Marivic, our chair of Active Projects suggests we should be involved in .It is TOQUE TUESDAY.
Please reply to this email with a YES and what time slots would be best for you or if you can't participate a No.
Thank you- Louise and Marivic
 
Toque Tuesday brings into light the plight of the homeless and does so in a kind and respectful way.

On Tuesday February 02 people across Canada from all walks of life will give a few hours of their time and approach fellow citizens asking them to purchase a toque for ten dollars. This is done at set venues, bus stations, coffee shops, houses of learning, shopping malls and a multitude of other venues. The monies go into programs that help homeless people and those st risk of becoming homeless or living in sub standard housing find their way to a better life.
Tuesday is upon us once again. 
 
The plan with Toque Tuesday is to hit the sky train stations at the peak hours with 2 or 3 people together at each station . The message is simple "buy a toque for ten dollars (minimum)and help the homeless". The majority of the monies raised will be going to Lookout and a Youth organization Pacific Coast Resource Centre to help with the continuation of programs which help those in need.   It also brings into the light the plight of the homeless. 
 
I could use the help of 15 or 20 people (if possible) throughout the day to go to  Sky train stations and sit at tables. 
 
SKY TRAIN STATIONS
 
6 am to 8 am. 6 to 8people
 
11 to 1:00. 6 to 8 people
 
3 to 5:00.  4 to 6 people. 
 
When I know how many folks can make themselves available I can then book  them into a time that will work for them. 
 
The process is simple. Folks who are doing the sky train piece just come by 606 Clarkson street at the agreed upon time and pick up some toques, a small home made sandwich  board (hangs around the neck so the volunteer stands out) a few brochures with some info about homelessness and Raising the Roof, a volunteer badge and then hit the street outside of the Skytrain stations. 
 
TABLES IN COMMUNITY
 
I also need some folks to do some shifts at city hall and outside of library from 09:00 to 4:00 (volunteer times set up ahead of time) I believe at the library I still have the 9:30 to 12 shift open and need one volunteer from 12 to 3 and that's it. The sites where we have tables already in place have what is needed so all the volunteer will need to do is go to the site they are booked into and use their wonderful personalities and engage with folks. 
 
Here is a link about the campaign
 
My cel number is 778.384-8897. This number can be given to anyone.  Dave Brown.
 
 
 
Toque Day Volunteers Needed February 2, 2016 Marie Jang 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Stefanyshyn on Jan 31, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 
Craig Longstaff, General Manager at the Honour House Society showed us of how the Honour House has helped many veterans and their families.  
 
The Honour House is a home away from home and a place of recovery for our Canadian Forces, Emergency Services Personnel, Veterans and their families.

Beginnings, Allan De Genova, former Vancouver Park Board Commissioner watched a documentary called A Wounded Hero. 
 
Captain Greene attended a meeting with elders in the village of Shinkay.  Honouring local custom, Captain Greene removed is helmet and shortly a man struck him from behind wit an axe, which signaled the start fo an ambush.  They evacuated the critically wounded Capatin Green via helicopter to Kandhar, where he was stabilized, then flown to an intensive care in Germany, then on to care facilities in both Alberta and BC.  His wife and daughter stayed by his side as he travelled on his long road to recovery.  They struggled to find and pay for accommodations.  Hence the idea of the Honour House was born by Allan and his wife.
 
After Al and his committee were unable to find a suitable home, Wayne Wright encouraged Al and his committee to come to the Royal City as he found a suitable place, 509 St. George Street.  They agreed.   
 
Over 60 companies and hundreds of individuals contributed materials and labour to renovate the 1937 year old house into a home fit for heroes. 
 
In 1937, Charles Pineoo, who owned a shoe store, won the Irish Sweepstakes and with these winnings built the house on St. George Street. 
 
Fundraiser events include superstar supporters, Jim Cuddy, Michael Buble and Sarah McLachlan.  You too can become a member for only $20. 
 
One of the most treasured visitors was the PTS Lab, who helped many stressed and up happy people.
 
 
 
Craig Longstaff - Honour House Susan Stefanyshyn 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Stefanyshyn on Jan 31, 2016
 
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Hyack Ambassador, Hockey Pool, Heart of the Matter, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - January 27, 2016 Susan Stefanyshyn 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Hobbis on Jan 31, 2016
 
Photo Credit :  Roy Prevost
 
Photo Credit:  Hansi Natzke
 
From: "Tom Smith" 
Date: January 31, 2016 at 11:07:10 AM PST
To: "Gordon Hobbis"
Subject: Bollywood Nights Was a Huge Success

 
Dear Gordon Hobbis,
 
We had 235 Rotarians, Rotaractors and guests attend our Bollywood Nights Foundation Dinner.  To say is was a success was an understatement.  With the Bill and Melinda Gates 2 for 1 matching and the Government 2 for 1 matching as well it appears as though we will be well over $100,000.  You are all amazing.  Please thank your members for the gift baskets, the bottles of wine and their support last night.
 
 
Bollywood Nights Was a Huge Success Gordon Hobbis 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Hobbis on Jan 31, 2016
 
From: "Tom Smith" 
Date: January 31, 2016 at 11:26:04 AM PST
To: "Gordon Hobbis"
Subject: Bollywood Nights Prize Winners

 
Dear Gordon Hobbis,
 
Please let your club members know that everyone's support was greatly appreciated.
 
It was almost a clean sweep for the Tsawwassen Club.  The $10,000 Duncanby Lodge fishing trip was won by Henk Veldhuis from, you guessed it, the Tsawwassen Club.  Second prize, the 40 bottles of wine was won by AG Sam Simpson from the Gibson Club.  And third prize, the 2 night stay at the Therapy Vineyards Guesthouse was won by none other than our District Governor John Anderson, from the Tsawwassen Club.  The key draw for the beautiful gold and diamond ring and a stand of pearls was won by my sister who is visiting from Kenora, ON.  Was she ever excited.
 
Thank you to all of you who bought the $100 balloon draw tickets and the $20 keys.
 
You have invested your money wisely.  The Rotary Foundation is really the big winner here.
 
Regards,
 
Tom and Leslie - Co-chairs
Rotary Foundation Bollywood Nights Prize Winners Gordon Hobbis 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Jan 24, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 

Brady Fox was the founder of Rotaract in Nanaimo 2007/08 with their main project sponsoring refugees from South Sudan.

Brady is a student at UBC obtaining his Masters in Public Policy, specializing in International Aid and Investment.

He is currently working with The Mount Pleasant Kep Health Initiative volunteering in Cambodia.

More information about his organization:

The Mount Pleasant Kep Health Initiative was started in February, 2014 with the goals of improving health infrastructure capacity in rural Cambodia while facilitating service learning opportunities for young Canadians. We accomplish this through funding health infrastructure projects in the province of Kep, Cambodia and providing short-term training and volunteer placements for Canadian students as part of those projects. The projects that we fund in Cambodia are locally driven and locally-managed in order to ensure that they are desired, effective and sustainable.

Our projects take the form of 4 to 6 week placements for students as part of a group of 11 other peers in the province of Kep, Cambodia, where they partake in a holistic mix of volunteer work, individual study, and knowledge transfer with local partner organizations. Our participants stay directly in the village where we work.  As such, we put a strong emphasis on providing training for our volunteers before their placement in order to both optimize the experiential learning process and to ensure that our impact on the host community is positive and respectful. Training is facilitated through seminars that take place in Canada prior to travel, as well as in the field with our partner stakeholders. Our partners include Equitable Cambodia, the Cambodian National Institute for Public Health and the Kep Provincial Health department.

MKHI recruits, vets and trains the volunteers that take part in our projects. We organize all the logistics for the projects, including food, accommodation, and transportation. We decide upon the health infrastructure projects we fund in coordination with our local partner, Equitable Cambodia. The content of our coursework has been developed internally, drawing on a mix of contemporary discourse on global health and development, service learning models, and the unique experience of operating in Cambodia, specifically. Our course themes are: an introduction to global health studies, with Cambodia as a case study; contextualizing modern Cambodia both historically and politically; engaging with problems and challenges in global volunteerism and international aid, and self-reflection within the context of international power dynamics.

 

http://www.mkhi.org/

Brady Fox - Mount Pleasant Kep Health Initiative Patrick Gunville 2016-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
New Westminster Ambassador President's Tea Gordon Hobbis 2016-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Monica Woldring on Jan 24, 2016
 
Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With You
 

From: Angiola De Stefanis & Paul Bean [mailto:thebeans@shaw.ca]
Sent: January-21-16 3:04 PM
To: Monica Woldring | A-Win Insurance; 'Alana McAllister-Hoem'; 'Hansi Natzke'
Subject: My next surgery

 

My friends, I have just been told that my next surgery date has been moved up from March 4th to this Tuesday, January 26th. Yikes! Please let the Club know for me, if you don’t mind. Paul or I will send news as soon as we can. Hopefully all will go well this time, no complications J.

 

Big hugs,

Angiola

 

Angiola De Stefanis

Rotary Club of New Westminster-Royal City

Past President 2011-2012

Latest Update From Angi Monica Woldring 2016-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Jan 24, 2016
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Hyack Ambassador, Hockey Pool, Heart of the Matter, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - January 20, 2016 Patrick Gunville 2016-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Monica Woldring on Jan 17, 2016
 
 

From: Richard Molstad
Sent: January-14-16 9:03 PM
To: Monica Woldring | A-Win Insurance
Subject: Hyack Ambassador Program

An invitation has been extended to the Club to have two reps attend the Hyack President's Tea on Sunday, January 24th from 1PM to 4PM at the Sapperton Pensioners Hall on Keary Street.  2 tickets are complimentary.  No duties other than to be seen and photographed with our candidate I believe.  I will go if my trial for January 25 settles, if not I will be busy.  Can you email the membership for volunteers?  

Thanks.

Rick

Hyack Ambassador President's Tea Monica Woldring 2016-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Jan 17, 2016
 
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Rotary Peace Scholarship, Pot of Gold, Heart of the Matter, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - January 13, 2016 Patrick Gunville 2016-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Jan 17, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 

Angela Wright, Lead Nutritionist at Inspire Health gave a presentation.  Here is a bit about what they do:

Our goal is simple – to provide the best care possible for people living with a diagnosis of cancer, and we will work together with you, your family doctor and oncologist.  We are a not-for-profit and no referral is required. 

Our Clinical Services are provided by a team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, clinical counsellors and exercise therapists. We have experience providing guidance on healthful diet changes, stress reduction and emotional counseling, decision making, exercise, and personal coaching.

We offer our services for free. Our members can select from an extensive selection of programs and services. Our signature two-day LIFE Program or theonline LIFE Program modules provide the foundation.  Consultations with our health professionals support your health, answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to make decisions about your health.  Our classesprovide ongoing support and knowledge, and consultations with our health professionals. See what InspireHealth has to offer! 

 

The Benefits of Supportive Cancer Care

We offer options for better health and a better recovery. Growing scientific evidence confirms that stress reduction, eating a healthy diet, exercise and a positive support network can substantially improve health and well-being for people living with cancer and their supports.

We can provide you with the knowledge, tools and services to support your overall health during and after cancer treatment. Our doctors value standard cancer treatments, and will work with you, your family doctor and oncologist to provide the best cancer care possible.

How Our Care Approach Is Different
 

Cancer-Based Model – From the perspective of the cancer-based model, the patient plays no active role in their treatment or recovery. Since the focus is on the cancer, little effort is expended to support patients in exploring the benefits of healthful diet, exercise, spirituality and emotional support or other methods to enhance the patient’s well-being. Focusing solely on the cancer can leave patients feeling disempowered and unsure about how to contribute to their own health and well-being.

 

Person-Based Model – In this model, the person plays a fundamental role in their own health and well-being. Although surgery, radiation and chemotherapy can play a very important role in treating the cancer, it is the person and their health - mind, body and spirit – that is the focus of care.

“InspireHealth was somewhere to go, somewhere to call – it gave me what was missing when I was going through treatment. I was won over by their quality of care – I was blown away.”

 
 
 
Angela Wright - Inspire Health Patrick Gunville 2016-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roy Prevost on Jan 17, 2016
 
Photo Credit:  Roy Prevost
 
Congratulations Paige, Sandy and Olivia!!!
 
Little Olivia got baptized on Sunday January 17, 2016.
 
What a precious beautiful little one...
 
Olivia's Baptism Roy Prevost 2016-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Bollywood Nights - Foundation Dinner Gordon Hobbis 2016-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Monica Woldring on Jan 10, 2016
 

Monica received an email from Angi and she was trying to make it out to the meeting Dec 23, 2015.  Unfortunately she did not make it.  Her health continues to be a major problem in her life – she is being referred to ever more doctors and being prescribed more and different medications.  She is trying her best to keep her and the family’s spirit up.  They are taking next week off and Angi will be back at work January 4, 2015.  As Angi said in an email to Monica: ”Despite all that I have gone through I am so grateful to still be alive.” 

Please keep Angi and her family, Doug and his family and anyone else who is struggling with illness in your hearts and prayers. 

 

Thanks,

Monica Woldring CIP, CAIB, CCIB(BC)

Update From Angi - We Are All Sending Prayers and Healing Thoughts Monica Woldring 2016-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Jan 10, 2016
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Spring Fling, Pot of Gold, Heart of the Matter, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - January 6, 2016 Patrick Gunville 2016-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Jan 10, 2016
 
This week was our annual "Unloved and Unwanted" charity gift auction.
 
Auctioning off our "unloved" or "unwanted" gifts, with proceeds to support community projects!
 
Alana reports that the “Unloved/Unwanted” Auction raised $244.00 this year up from 2015 when we raised $185.00.
 
Good job everybody.  It was great fun finding out what the mystery purchases were.
 
Photo Credits:  Marie Jang
 
 
Unloved and Unwanted Auction Patrick Gunville 2016-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob MacKerricher on Jan 10, 2016
 

 

ThaNK YOU!

Thank you for your recent gift to The Rotary Foundation.  When you give to our Foundation, you help fund community development projects around the world.
 

https://vimeo.com/101556358


We hope you enjoy this video, which illustrates how your giving empowers Rotarians to make make a meaningful difference in the lives of people in need.

 

Sincerely,

 

John T. Osterlund

General Manager
The Rotary Foundation


 

P.S. - Does your employer match your contributions to the Rotary Foundation? Visit www.rotary.org/matchinggifts and double the good you do!

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EVANSTON, ILLINOIS 60201-3698 USA

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Thank You From Rotary Foundation Bob MacKerricher 2016-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Stevenson House Donations Rob McCullough 2016-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Dec 30, 2015
 
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Rotary Foundation Forms, Hockey Pool Cheque Presentation, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - December 23, 2015 Patrick Gunville 2015-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year!!! Marie Jang 2015-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Dec 30, 2015
 
Photo Credit:  Susan Stefanyshyn
Photo Credit:  Roy Prevost
 
 
“The Langley Ukulele Association is a team of young musicians, ambassadors, and volunteers, who have established a reputation for providing opportunities to demonstrate excellence, inspire, build hope, model leadership and enrich all through entertaining musical presentations which touch lives.”
 

The Early Days of Langley Ukulele

The ukulele program got its start in the Langley School District during the 1970’s when then Music Supervisor, Rae Fetherstonhaugh consulted with J. Chalmers Doane and decided to incorporate ukulele as part of the music offerings in the Langley School District. The program was very popular and teachers were trained to teach uke in virtually every elementary school. To help motivate students, and to offer further opportunity to them “Honour Groups” were established. The best student performers auditioned to join the “Honour ‘A’ Group.” Though the program was very popular, as cuts began to occur to school budgets through the 1980’s and 1990’s teachers were no longer able to receive the training necessary from the school district. Through all of this the ukulele program has persisted in continues to be offered to hundreds of students in the Langley School District.

A New Era of Ukulele

 

In 1980 current director, Peter Luongo joined the group as an assistant director and assumed the lead role shortly thereafter. He has been the group’s director for all, or part of every year since. His efforts and infectious personality contributed greatly to the ongoing popularity of the instrument in schools and to the recognition of the community of Langley as the “Ukulele Capital of Canada.”

The Langley Ukulele Ensemble’s composition changed quite dramatically over the next 33 years. In the early 1980’s it was a group of about 15 children aged 12 to 15 years. During the mid 1990’s it grew to 30 members with members ranging in age between 13 and 25 years. Between 2000 and the present the group limited its membership to between 20 and 25 members.

The ensemble’s evolution has seen constant improvement in the members’ level of accomplishment with the ukulele as well as with their vocal skills. There is no doubt that the group’s improvement is directly connected to the talents and dedication of a number of individuals. Alumni of the ensemble have been recognized as being among the finest ukulele performers in the world. Current musical director Elizabeth Zielke has been a featured soloists nationally and the Senior Ensemble Director, Paul Luongo has been a featured performer in Japan, Hawaii, and throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Of course our most famous ukulele alumnus is James Hill. James spent over 10 years as a member of the ensemble and is now considered among the finest ukulele performers in the world. He has literally travelled the world performing and has several recordings to his credit (find more at http://jameshillmusic.com/).

Every group has to start somewhere: The Langley Ukulele Ensemble began with performances in our community for seniors, school groups, and clubs. As their repertoire expanded and the skill level developed they received invitations to perform at music educators’ conferences and in communities through out Western Canada.

The ensemble’s first big break came in 1984/85 when the BC Television News reported on the story that the Langley
Ensemble was off to Hawaii to share their ukulele skills with the Hawaiians. This was followed with stories in both
major newspapers as well as numerous radio interviews.

In subsequent years radio personality, Rafe Mair invited members of the group to appear with him annually. We also received national and international television, newspaper, and radio exposure. The increased attention paid to the group outside of our community led to greater coverage in Langley where both local newspapers have regularly covered the achievements of the ensemble; and there have been many accomplishments.

The Langley Ukulele Ensemble’s regular visits to Hawaii are well documented: The group is well known in the Islands and attract large audiences during their annual performance tours to The Sheraton Waikiki Resort and at the Hawaii International Ukulele Festival (since 1994). The Ensemble’s  travels have included performance tours nationally and internationally. They have toured across Canada to the Maritimes on 4 separate occasions and have been featured performers at the Stratford Summer Music Festival on 3 separate occasions.  The group have also had many trips to the United States. They regularly visit Washington State, Oregon, and California. In addition, they have performed for Rotarians in Florida, San Antonio, and New Orleans, and at the New York Ukulele Festival in 2012. In 2004 the ensemble performed in Japan and future plans include tours to Australia and Europe.

A milestone in the L.U.A. history occurred in September 2013 when Peter Luongo retired and turned over the directing responsibility to former ensemble member, his son Paul. Paul has successfully transitioned into his role and has continued the tradition of touring to Hawaii for the past two years. Under his direction the group also performed at the Stratford Summer Music Festival, at the Canadian National Exhibition, The Whistler Arts Council Festival, and a number of private and public performances throughout the community and region.

The Ensemble has been well supported by a number of organizations. The Province of British Columbia, the City and Township of Langley and the School District have been very gracious and have included the students in many local events. The Langley Times Newspaper has generously promoted the Ensemble and local Rotary Clubs, as well as Rotary International and Rotary clubs in Hawaii have been important, generous, and loyal partners for two decades. Empire Music and of course The Sheraton Waikiki Resort.

Developing the Next Generation

In recent years the Langley Ukulele Association has sponsored an annual Ukulele Camp each August. This program is intended as an entry-level into an ensemble. Current ensemble teachers and members of the senior ensemble provide the instruction and as many as 80 children aged 8 to 12 years participate with the hope of one day becoming members of the Langley Ukulele Ensemble.

The Langley Ukulele Association Patrick Gunville 2015-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation - Silent Auction Winners Alana McAllister-Hoem 2015-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Dec 21, 2015
 
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Purpose Christmas Hampers, Salvation Army Kettle Drive, Stevenson House, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At the Mic - December 16, 2015 Patrick Gunville 2015-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Dec 21, 2015
 
Photo Credits:  Wendy Scott
 
Mari Kato is the Chief Instructor at Vector Academy in Vancouver, which specializes in teaching hard working Japanese individuals travelling to Canada on working VISAs how to speak English and integrate them into Canadian Society.
 
There was a delightful and humorous presentation from her student's demonstrating their proficiency in English, and showcasing Japanese culture and its development in recent years.
 
The presenters:
 
Mari Kato
 
Tsubasa Ida
 
Tomoya Tsuyama
 
Megumi Hidaka
 
Ryohei Masuda
 
Takahito Ikki
 
Takeshi Misaka
 
Midori Suto
 
Tatsuya Uezu
 
Haruna Fujita
 
Yota Katsurada
 
For More Pictures go to link "Read More"
Vector Academy - Chief Instructor and Students Patrick Gunville 2015-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Dec 21, 2015
 
Photo Credits:  Wendy Scott
 
Gordon presented two cheques of $500 each to both, Carlos on behalf of the Salvation Army, and Paige, on behalf of the Youth Purpose Society.
Presentation of Cheques Patrick Gunville 2015-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Hobbis on Dec 14, 2015
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Purpose Christmas Hampers, Heart Of The Matter, Stevenson House, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - December 9, 2015 Gordon Hobbis 2015-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Hobbis on Dec 14, 2015
 
From: "Gloria Staudt" <gloria@peaksuccesscoaching.com>
Date: December 10, 2015 at 9:11:14 AM PST
To: "Gordon Hobbis" <rotarygord@gmail.com>
Subject: Christmas video from Your Conference Committee - Please share with your club

 
Good Morning Club Conference Champion and President Gordon:
 
Great meeting raising funds for charity!   I trust you are having a great week and kindly remember to weekly promote the 2016 District Conference to our club members.
 
Kindly enjoy and share with our club members the Christmas video. It can be found on:
 
 
 
As well, ask for it to be posted on our club's website. 
 
Thank you very much for sharing this from your conference committee's good wishes to all Rotarians and their families!
 
In Rotary Service,
Gloria
cell:604 518 3650
 
D5040 2016 Conference Marketing Chair
​Conference Committee Christmas Video Gordon Hobbis 2015-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Hobbis on Dec 14, 2015
 
A Great Time Was Had By All...
 
Photo Credits:  Gordon Hobbis
 
Christmas Fundraiser Auction Gordon Hobbis 2015-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Dec 07, 2015
 
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Burger and Beer, Heart Of The Matter, Santa Parade, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - December 2, 2015 Patrick Gunville 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn MacKerricher on Dec 07, 2015
 

 

 

December 2015

Your past support has played a vital role in creating sustainable projects that benefit children, families, and entire communities around the world. When you give to Rotary, you help fund locally driven projects that:                     

  • Open the door to education by providing school uniforms  
  • Create healthy communities by developing clean water systems
  • Empower entrepreneurs by giving them access to microloans and training 


 

People like you make these life-changing projects a reality.  

As you think about the organizations that are closest to your heart this year, I invite you to give the gift of Rotary. Gifts of any size play a vital role in creating successful, sustainable projects in your own community and in communities around the world. Take a look and see the good your gift can do.

Thank you for your commitment to creating positive, lasting change with a gift to The Rotary Foundation.

Your gift can make a world of difference.

Sincerely,

 

John T. Osterlund

General Manager

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

 

P.S. — Your gift of $100 helps teach entrepreneurs the skills they need to launch a successful business. 



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Discover The Gift Of Rotary Kathryn MacKerricher 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Dec 07, 2015
 
Photo Credit:  Roy Prevost
 
John McCormack from Restor International.
 

RESTOR International (formerly Rotaplast Canada) is a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides free reconstructive surgery to disadvantaged children and adults in developing countries. With the support of Canadian medical and non-medical volunteers, we work to build local health care in the countries where we work. 

RESTOR International’s roots date back to 2004. Founded as Rotaplast Canada—an organization affiliated with Rotaplast International—we were established as a charitable organization to provide information, guidance, coordination, and support for Canadian Rotarians and non-Rotarians, including medical professionals, interested in participating in medical missions.

We have evolved from providing strictly cleft palate surgeries and burn contracture repairs, to now responding directly to local health care needs including other disfiguring and disabling conditions. Our missions include full surgical teams who are able to address these needs, as well as provide medical training on the ground in the countries where we work.

Through the generous support of Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, and individual donors, we have provided financial and volunteer support or facilitation for missions to Chile, China, Ethiopia, India, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

John McCormack - Restor International Patrick Gunville 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Jordan on Nov 30, 2015
 
 
On Nov 26, 2015, at 10:39 PM, Courtney Balaz-Munn <cbalazmunn@gmail.com> wrote:
 
Hi Laurie and Nick, 

I hope you are doing well!
I'm writing today to request your help promoting our club's upcoming event.

The New West Rotaract club is holding a Burger and Beer fundraiser on Sunday, December 13 at the Heritage Grill, and we would love to invite you and any interested Rotarians to join us! All funds raised will be donated to the Union Gospel Mission's homeless outreach programs in New West.

 
I don't believe any of our members are able to attend a Rotary meeting to extend the invite in person, but I was hoping that as our liaisons you might be able to share the event with your fellow Rotarians, (or anyone else you think might be interested!)
 
The details of the event can be found on our Facebook event page (you don't need a Facebook account to view the event): https://www.facebook.com/events/528580497308622/
 
If anyone has any questions they can please feel free to contact me personally, or our general Rotaract email noted on the event page.
 
Thank you in advance! Enjoy the rest of your week!
 
Best,
 
Courtney Balaz-Munn
Vice-President
New Westminster Rotaract Club
Rotaract - Burger and Beer Fundraiser Nicholas Jordan 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hansi Natzke on Nov 30, 2015
 
We're thinking of you Louis.  Stay Safe.
 
 

Hey Hansi,

 

So far so good as they say. But, it has been a hell of a weekend! But what media in Canada maybe did not say is that it all started last wednesday. As you know, I am now studying full time in Brussels and my University is bang in the historic center... So we were the first concerned (classes are canceled today and I stayed at home).

 

But last thursday, I was out with friends at a party and they evacuated the neigborhood. They shut down the club I was in with metal fences so we were stuck in and could only go out through a back door surrounded by security officers.

The city of Brussels is crazy, there are military all over the places, metros are shut down, some train station as well, some stores, malls,... it really feels like we're at war.

 

BUT far from the idea of being imprudent, we keep on living, greeting refugees from Syria with open arms (now that we tasted a glimpse of they're going through),... Someone said over the radio that "DAESH fears our unity more than our bombs" and I believe this is true and that is the word that need to be spread. Also, never call them ISIS anymore: there are not a state and even less Islamic representant.

 

The whole night there have been operations in Brussels, 19 persons got arrested (yet the main suspect Salah Abdeslam is no where to be found). It was quite funny though because police asked people and medias not to realte anything that was going on (not on facebook, twitter,...) to keep as much as possible the secret of the operations being conducted.

This is how Belgium reacted on social medias:

 

 

I have to say that I feel proud to see how courageous are Belgians in those situations and more than that, give the best counter-attack you can on DAESH - not give a sh-t.

 

So here is the situation. I am waiting on an email from my University to know if classes are canceled tomorrow. Hopefully not, and I ll go back up in Brussels either tonight or tomorrow morning. Terror level should not be going down any time soon but nothing is for sure!

 

Thank you so much for checking on me!

 

Cheers and love,

 

Louis Hauseux

Louis Hauseux - Update From Belgium Hansi Natzke 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Esslinger on Nov 30, 2015
 
Syrian Refugee Crisis – How can you make a difference?
 
The Syrian Civil War has generated the largest refugee crisis in decades. Since 2011, when the conflict began, over four million people have fled Syria. An additional eight million people have been displaced within the country. Based on the most recently communicated information, 25,000 Syrian refugees will be admitted to Canada by February 28, 2016, with 10,000 arriving prior to December 31, 2015. Of the latter refugees, about 8,000 will be Privately Sponsored Refugees and about 2,000 will be Government Assisted Refugees.
 
Businesses, organizations and residents are inquiring as to how they can welcome the refugees to the community and assist them in their settlement and integration. The Welcoming and Inclusive New Westminster (WINS) Local Immigration Partnership Council, which comprises business, community, faith, settlement and social service organizations, recently held a meeting related to Syrian refugee resettlement. Based on this meeting, WINS is providing the following information to assist those who want to make a difference.
 
Inquiries related to Accommodation and Volunteering
 
The Immigrant Services Society of BC has established a registry where those wanting to make a contribution can sign-up to provide accommodation and employment or volunteer their time. Please see the below link.
 
 
Inquiries related to Private Refugee Sponsorships
 
Citizenship and Immigration Canada provides information related to sponsoring refugees. As a sponsor, you would provide financial and emotional support for the refugees for the duration of the sponsorship, which is typically one year. This includes housing, clothing and food. Please see the below link:
 
 
MOSAIC is playing a key role with regard to facilitating Private Refugee Sponsorships. To access information about being a sponsor or to attend an information session, please see the below link:
 
 
Inquiries related to Making a Donation
 
The Welcoming and Inclusive New Westminster (WINS) Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Council has established an account to hold cash donations to help support the settlement of Syrian refugees in New Westminster. The Lower Mainland Purpose Society, as host agency for the LIP initiative, is designated to hold the funds. Use and distribution of the funds will be overseen by a sub-committee of the LIP Council.
 
To make a donation and to receive a tax receipt, the following methods are available.
 
By Cheque: Payable to the ‘Lower Mainland Purpose Society,’ plus indicate ‘LIP Refugee Fund.’ Cheques can be dropped off at:
Lower Mainland Purpose Society, 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster, BC, V3M, 3L9.
 
By Credit Card:
Telephone the Lower Mainland Purpose Society at 604-526-2522.
 
In Person:
                Drop by the Lower Mainland Purpose Society, 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster.
 
Don’t forget your return address for a tax receipt and indicate that your donation is for the ‘Lip Refugee Fund.’
 
Inquiries related to Donating Products and Services at No or Low Cost
 
MLA Judy Darcy’s Constituency Office has established a registry where businesses and organizations can offer products and services to assist in Syrian refugee resettlement in New Westminster – e.g., dental services, grocery gift cards, etc. Please see below contact information:
 
Community Office, 737 Sixth Street, New Westminster, V3L 3C6, 604-775-2101, Judy.Darcy.MLA@leg.bc.ca
 
Inquiries related to Donating Clothing and Household Items
 
Discussions are underway with the New Westminster Inter-Ministerial Association and Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar (Sikh Temple) with regard to establishing reception sites for the donation of new or good condition clothing and households items. These reception sites will not be operational until there is a better idea as to refugee numbers, age, gender and family composition. In this way, donations can be targeted to the needs of refugees. This information will be available on the City’s website and WINS member websites.
 
Inquiries related to Food and Meal Programs
 
Discussions will soon commence with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, which operates a food bank in New Westminster, and the Muslim Food Bank. These discussions will help ensure that Syrian refugees who are in need of food security programs can access culturally appropriate food. In the meantime, those wanting to make a contribution can purchase a food bank voucher at their local grocery store, in which the proceeds will be used in New Westminster, or make a donation of food or money to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and the Muslim Food Bank. This will not only benefit Syrian refugees but residents with low-incomes or living in poverty. Please see the below links:
 
 
 
 
 
Syrian Refugee Crisis - Ways To Make A Difference Paul Esslinger 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roy Prevost on Nov 30, 2015
Happy 85th Birthday Tom!!!
And Many Happy Returns.
 
Photo Credit:  Roy Prevost
Tom's 85th Birthday Bash Roy Prevost 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Stefanyshyn on Nov 30, 2015
 
Photo Credit:  Roy Prevost
 
DR NJENGA FOUNDATION UPDATE
Our Rotary Club currently donates money to this foundation, so Jennifer Kube (in Peter Njenga’s absence due to sickness) gave us an update on the Foundation’s projects.   As a reminder this foundation helps relieve poverty by providing basic amenities, such as food clothing, shelter, education and medicines to orphaned children, homeless people and people living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya and Canada. 
Recently, volunteers from the Njenga Foundation distributed 260 food hampers containing food, assorted warm clothing, and blankets to  homeless people in various parts of Metro Vancouver, mainly  Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey. 
Kenya update, pending donations, plans to build a large two story extension to house 40 more orphan girls.   Ongoing projects are, moving the kitchen, renovate and repair the original orphanage, as well as building a new septic field and installing a new septic tank.  The funds in part are from Royal City Rotary were used for this auspicious project
 
Unbeknownst to Jennifer or Peter, the RCR presented a cheque for $3,100 for the current and future projects, which  Jennifer gratefully accepted .
 
For more information visit www.drnjengafoundation.org or visit facebook Dr Njenga 
Dr Njenga Foundation Cheque Presentation Susan Stefanyshyn 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Stefanyshyn on Nov 30, 2015
 
Photo Credit:  Roy Prevost
 
MOHAMMED MURAD, PAST INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT-OF TOASTMASTERS, CURRENT VOLUNTEER AS AN OFFICER ON THE TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  HE WORKS WITH THE BOARD TO DEVELOP, SUPPORT AND MODIFY THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES THAT GUIDE TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL. 
 
TOASTMASTERS ARE A NONPROFIT EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION THAT TEACHES PUBLIC SPEAKING AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS THROUGH A WORLDWIDE NETWORK OF MEETING LOCATIONS.  HEADQUARTERED IN RANDCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CALIFORNIA, THE ORGANIZATION’S MEMBRSHIP EXCEEDS 292,000 IN MORE THAN 14,350 CLUBS IN 122 COURTRIES.  SINCE 1924, TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL HAS HELPED PEOPLE OF ALL BACKGROUNDS BECOME MORE CONFIDENT IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE. 
Some of Mohammed’s ideas are to collaborate with other charitable organizations, like the Rotary. For instance, Toastmasters would learn more on being leaders & volunteers; conversely Rotarians may benefit by improving their public speaking skills.  He is also looking for ideas to entice young people to join their organization. 
Toastmasters want to rebrand their message to; helping people become better communicators which in turn helps create better leaders. 
 
For more information visit www.toastmasters.org  or follow @toastmasters on Twitter.  
 

Immediate Past International President

Mohammed Murad

Mohammed Murad, DTM of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), is an entrepreneur and Managing Director of three companies. He holds an MBA and a Master of Quality Management degree from the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. He is also a graduate of the City of Dubai’s Leadership Development Program, and has received training at Harvard, London Business School and the Singapore School of Government. Along with extensive experience in global marketing and branding, Murad has more than 28 years of experience at the director and chief executive officer levels in emergency medical services management, human resource development and strategic planning for organizations.

A dedicated Toastmaster since 1996, Murad has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within the organization, and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

Murad says Toastmasters will always be important in his life. “I am excited by the opportunity to give back to the organization that has given me so much.”

As an officer on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Murad is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

News Release 

Mohammed Murad - Toastmasters International Susan Stefanyshyn 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Hobbis on Nov 30, 2015
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Purpose Society, Heart Of The Matter, Syrian Refugees, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - November 25, 2015 Gordon Hobbis 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Nov 23, 2015
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Rotary Day of Dialogue, Heart Of The Matter, Stevenson House, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - November 18, 2015 Patrick Gunville 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Nov 22, 2015
 

Dan’s Legacy’s Current Programming

Before youth who have been affected by abuse and addiction can realize their educational and housing goals they need to deal with personal issues such as depression, anxiety, eating and sleeping disorders as well as addiction.Working through existing agencies that provide our target youth with safe housing or education we provide them with therapy and life skills, empowering them to succeed

At Focus Foundation’s Whytecliff Alternative High School in Langley, we provide four month modules of one to one counselling and lifeskills to their students, approximately twenty five young people per semester.  Going into our second year of working with Focus Foundation they are finding students much more likely to do better at school and to graduate. It is amazing that in just four short months most of these clients have resolved the some of their most pressing of their issues. Some will need more support and we are there to continue with them if needed.

Aunt Leah’s Society operates in Metro Vancouver helping youth and young Moms transition to independent living. Complimenting their services we provide one to one counseling sessions and life skills workshops which help them stabilize within their supported housing programs.

We plan to work with between seventy five and one hundred young people over the next year. It costs us about $1000 to provide a young person with a counselling bursary that can change their life.  Your financial support is critical for us to continue to provide vital therapy and life skills for these youth.

Why get involved?

As a volunteer or donor you can make a difference for at risk youth in your community by working with us. We are a new tightly focused non profit society that is reaching out to young people and their families who have been affected by abuse issues and/or addiction. We understand the need and are prepared to address it but must have your support to make a lasting difference.

Lately there have been a rash of overdose deaths in the media from in and around the Vancouver area but the real news is that this has been going on silently for years and will continue unabated until we provide targeted programs for these young people when they need them.

Board of Directors and Volunteers

Bursary and Counselling

Our bursary and counselling programs are there to give these young people hope for the future, while at the same time helping them deal with their inner pain and chaos. We know from experience that they will continue to self-medicate, even after traditional recovery/rehab programs, if their inner issues have not been dealt with. The possibility of relapse is a very dangerous time for them, especially when they have done their best at recovery, have learned about what triggers their addictions but have not dealt with their core issues. We must do more than help them identify triggers; we must empower them to unload their gun.

Vision

Our vision for the future of Dan’s Legacy is to operate a Recovery Centre that would holistically meet our client’s needs for housing, recovery and therapy, while partaking in life and work skills training. This facility would give them a safe place to heal and recover but also equip them to move into a future that they have not only chosen but have planned out in detail.

 
 
 
 
Tom Littlewood - Dan's Legacy Patrick Gunville 2015-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Stefanyshyn on Nov 13, 2015
 
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Rotary Day of Dialogue, Heart Of The Matter, Stevenson House, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - November 4, 2015 Susan Stefanyshyn 2015-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Stefanyshyn on Nov 13, 2015
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 
 
Garry Shearer, from the District Grants, presented a cheque for $3,100 which matches our contribution, payable to the Njenga Orphanage Foundation
Garry Shearer Cheque Presentation Susan Stefanyshyn 2015-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Stefanyshyn on Nov 13, 2015
 
Photo Credit:  Wendy Scott
 
Our key note speaker Ivan Michael Scott who is author of the book Survive or Die.
 
The book is a business educating tool using the animals of Africa to illustrate the basic business concepts you need every day to survive the corporate jungle. 
 
He read the third chapter of his book “Cheetah”
Ivan Michael Scott - Survive or Die Susan Stefanyshyn 2015-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Remembrance Day - Laying the Wreath Roy Prevost 2015-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Nov 03, 2015
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Rotary Day of Dialogue, Heart Of The Matter, New Generation Youth Initiative, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - October 28, 2015 Patrick Gunville 2015-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Nov 03, 2015
 


Photo Credit:  Roy Prevost

Our guest speaker, Blythe Dixon, spoke about her experience in the Rotary Youth Exchange program on her recent trip to Brazil. 

YOUTH EXCHANGES

Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing your own culture and embracing a new one, you help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about yourself and your home country in the process.

WHAT IS A ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE?

Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs.

IS AN EXCHANGE RIGHT FOR ME?

Exchanges are for people ages 15–19 who:
  • Have demonstrated leadership in their school and community
  • Are flexible and willing to try new things
  • Are open to cultural differences
  • Can serve as an ambassador for their own country

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Costs vary from country to country. Local Rotary clubs generously host students and provide room and board with a host family and a small monthly stipend. Participants are generally responsible for:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Insurance
  • Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
  • Spending money, additional travel, and tour fees
  •  
Blythe Dixon - Rotary Youth Exchange Program Patrick Gunville 2015-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn MacKerricher on Nov 02, 2015
 
 
1)   How many years have you been a member of RCRC?
 
            Since March 17, 2004
 
2)  Prior to RCRC, were you with another Rotary Club, if so where and for how long?  If not, have you been involved with other service clubs or professional organizations?
 
I first joined Rotary on January 17, 1997, with the Rotary Club of Burnaby.
 
3)  Why do you belong to a Rotary club?
 
After I survived my first bout of cancer in 1994, at 26 years of age, I felt a strong desire to find a way to be of service and make a difference in this world, but I didn’t know how one person could begin to have an impact. One day I asked my then boss, Milt Wylie, founding partner of the oldest law firm in Burnaby, where he would go every Friday at lunch and why he was always so cheerful and full of funny stories when he would come back to the office. So, rather than tell me what he did, he showed me. He brought me to a Rotary meeting as his guest. I was hooked from that very first meeting. I found my purpose and my passion. I found a way for one person to leverage their desire to contribute and actually make a difference.
 
I have joyfully dedicated 18 years of my life to Rotary, and counting. But what I never expected when I joined Rotary was how much Rotary would give back to me. It gave me the large, loving, accepting family I yearned for my entire life and never had until I joined Rotary.
 
4)  What makes our club special to you?
 
The members of this Club. I love the genuine caring we have for one another. I love the joyful, irreverent banter. I love our commitment to the values of Rotary.
 
My current ill-health has often prevented me from being here this year, and that has been the biggest loss for me during this difficult time. I miss my Rotary family so much.
 
5)  Tell us a little about your current business.
 
I have been a lawyer for 23 years (yes, I started when I was very young – I was 23 when I graduated from Law School). For the first 10 years of my practice, I worked at my father’s firm, then in 2002 his firm disbanded, so I went out on my own. In 2007, I formed my own firm, Alliance Lex. Our main office is in downtown Vancouver, and we have a satellite office in Richmond, but because we operate the firm entirely in the cloud and are substantially paperless, I am able to work mostly from my home office in Burnaby.
 
After nearly 20 years of general practice, a few years ago, I refocused my practice exclusively on family law and Wills & Estates. In my family law practice, I only do Collaborative, which is an entirely out-of-court, negotiated process for separating and divorcing couples.
 
I also dedicate a significant amount of time doing presentations around Metro Vancouver educating the general public on Collaborative practice, and I have been on the Board of our professional organization, the Collaborative Divorce Vancouver Association, for over 6 years, 4 of those as Chair of the Board.
 
6)  What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
 
Besides Rotary, I enjoy spending time with my family, visiting with friends, travelling, reading, knitting and crocheting.
 
7)  Refresh our memory on your family.
 
I am married to my incredible husband, Paul. We have been together for 25 years as of June 3rd. As many of you know, although he is not officially a Rotarian, he is a true Rotarian at heart. One year, our Club generously gave him a Paul Harris award. In his thank you speech, he cracked us all up by saying “Who would have thought that this is what would come out of not knowing how to say no to my wife”.
 
We have two beautiful daughters whom many of you have known virtually since the day they were born. Natalia is 16 years old and is in Grade 11 at St. Thomas More Collegiate. Sabrina just turned 13 and started Grade 8 at STMC this year. She is so happy to be back at the same school as her big sister. Two girls who, thanks to Rotary, truly understand and live “service above self”. They each have nearly 300 hours of volunteer work under their belts this year alone.
Rotarian of the Month - Angiola De Stefanis Kathryn MacKerricher 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Programs 2015 - 2016 Susan Stefanyshyn 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Hobbis on Nov 02, 2015
 
Photo Credit:  Alan Wardle
From: Debbie Wardle
Date: November 1, 2015 at 3:03:23 PM PST
To: Debbie Wardle
Subject: "Meet & Greet" Thank you

 
Thank you all for a very nice evening at the Library where we met the 2016 New Westminster Hyack Ambassador candidates, their families and our generous and supportive sponsors for the 2016 Hyack Ambassador Leadership Program.
 
Emma Ciprian sponsored by Key West Ford, represented by Mary Lalji and Tyler Birdsell
Grace Suazo sponsored by Royal City Rotary, represented by President Gord Hobbis and member Rick Molstad
Ravneet Rattan sponsored by Royal Treatment Therapeutics, represented by Rebecca Yu
Shane Ward sponsored by Westland Insurance, represented by Kim Schneider
Gabriella Sali sponsored by Save-On-Foods New West, represented by Kyle Ram on behalf of Michael Huhn
Nicole Pereira sponsored by Queen Bee Spa, represented by Felix Lee on behalf of Emily Lee
 
At this time the candidates will be meeting with their respective sponsors to interview them to prepare the sponsor speech that will be presented at numerous occasions prior to and at the Awards Gala next April 2016.
We have asked the candidates to have their preliminary draft speech done and “signed off by their sponsors” by end of November, please.  If you have any questions on this, please don’t hesitate to contact Committee.
 
Some photos of the evening can be seen at www.hyackphoto.smugmug.com if you wish to use anything, please remember to give the photo credit as Alan Wardle, thank you.
 
Regards,
Deb Wardle
New Westminster
Hyack Ambassadors
2016 New Westminster Hyack Ambassadors - Meet and Greet Gordon Hobbis 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Hobbis on Oct 27, 2015
 
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Hockey Pool, Heart Of The Matter, District Conference 2015, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At the Mic - October 21, 2015 Gordon Hobbis 2015-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Jang on Oct 26, 2015
 
Photo Credits:  Wendy Scott
 
Patrick Gunville is a licensed real estate agent with a steadfast interest in real estate investment. 
 
Having grown up in a small rural community on Vancouver Island, his vision for the future brought him to the city. 
 
A growing interest in business, marketing, and real estate pushed him to develop his online marketing skills, and drove him to create a web design business in addition to his brokerage business.
 
 
Patrick has always been fascinated by the divine capability of humans to set a goal in the distant future, and achieve that goal through constant application of time and effort. 
 
He is attracted to like-minded individuals and, having learned about the organized efforts and good work Rotary does around the world, he was led to join.  
Patrick Gunville - Classification Talk Marie Jang 2015-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Ken Brewster Receives The Paul Harris Award Marie Jang 2015-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Gloria Staudt and Carlos Galvez Inducted!!! Patrick Gunville 2015-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Oct 17, 2015
 
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Hockey Pool, Heart Of The Matter, Volunteers Needed, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - October 14, 2015 Patrick Gunville 2015-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Oct 17, 2015
 
 
Our speaker, District Governor John Anderson, presented to us on the vision and goals of Rotary, and in particular, this year’s theme, “Be a Gift to the World.”
 
John has been a Rotarian for 20 years, was President of the Tsawwassen Club in 2011/2012, was a member of West Van Club from 1990 to 2002.  He has served on many District Committees.  Originally from Melbourne, Australia.  Has a Doctorate in Education.  Was District Superintendant of Schools.  Now works as an Education Consultant.  He has a wife named Claire, four children, and four grandchildren.  He said working in the education field, he mostly knew only other teachers, and joined Rotary mainly to meet people in different fields.
John Anderson - District Governor Patrick Gunville 2015-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Molstad on Oct 16, 2015
 
 
From: Debbie Wardle
Date: Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 6:41 PM
Subject: "Meet & Greet" with 2016 New Westminster Hyack Ambassador Candidates & Sponsors
To: Debbie Wardle



 
Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
On behalf of the 2016 New Westminster Hyack Ambassador Program Committee, I would like to welcome and thank you for your support of the longest running youth leadership program in our Royal City - the New Westminster Hyack Ambassador Program.  Our candidate selection process is almost complete and, to date, we have interviewed six very impressive applicants so it will be an exciting year ahead!
 
At this time, I would like to invite you, and/or a representative of your business/organization, to attend the first event of the program, the “Meet and Greet” evening where candidates will be paired up with one of the sponsoring organizations through a random draw process.  This “Meet and Greet” event will be Thursday, Oct. 29 at the New Westminster Public Library (downstairs) beginning at 7 pm, if you could arrive a few minutes before hand so we can check you in, that would be appreciated.  The event will consist of introductions, the “sponsorship draw”, photos for the media and light refreshments, we expect it to be about an hour to an hour and half in length.
 
If you could kindly respond by e-mail with the name of your representative and their position, again that would be appreciated, thank you.  Also, we do need, as soon as possible, the exact wording of how you would like your sponsor sash to read as your candidate will be representing you by wearing that throughout the program.   Lastly, we will give you your sponsorship package of information and dates so you may plan ahead accordingly for all the events your candidate will be attending and of course the big event of the New Westminster Ambassador Pageant and Awards Gala weekend of April 1 and April 2, 2016!
 
Again, on behalf of the Hyack Festival Association and the New Westminster Hyack Ambassador Leadership Program, we thank you for believing in our community’s youth by supporting them in this program where they will be given the opportunity to “develop their best S.E.L.F. through Service, Eduction, Leadership and Fun!”
 
With best regards,
Deb Wardle
New Westminster
Hyack Ambassadors
Invitation to Meet and Greet - New Westminster Hyack Ambassadors Richard Molstad 2015-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Dorine Adhiambo Patrick Gunville 2015-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Oct 12, 2015
 
 

Our speaker, Pat Montani, reports on his NGO, iEmpowerment:

 
iEmpowerment is in the business of empowering people in rural Africa with a technology platform for data collection, skills/education development and local employment.
 
Local people deploy the front end technology and collect the data that integrates their community into the broader world thereby creating local, sustainable skilled jobs while improving their lives.
 
iEmpowerment's platform can accommodate additional applications and technology to service the needs of the local people and those serving them.
 
iEmpowerment packages thousands of hours of educational and skills training content with the platform.
 
 
 
 
iEmpowerment - Pat Montani Patrick Gunville 2015-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Oct 12, 2015
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Hockey Pool, Japanese Students, District 5040 Conference, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - October 7, 2015 Patrick Gunville 2015-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn MacKerricher on Oct 05, 2015
 
Congratulations Bob!!!
 
154 yards with a 7 iron, Bob steps up and flushes a baby draw. Ball mark was 4 feet prior and then we saw the ball...
 
Bob MacKerricher's Very First Hole-In-One Kathryn MacKerricher 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana McAllister-Hoem on Oct 05, 2015

 

 

From: James Bradley 
Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 7:35 AM
To: 'Alana McAllister-Hoem'
Subject: Handicap Foundation - update and photos

 

Hi Alana,

 

I trust you and all the great people at Royal City Rotary are doing well.

We are doing terrific down here in the tropics.

Business is great and getting busier every day.

We are all complete at the Handicap Foundation and the office is putting all the paperwork together and we’ll have the reconciliation to you in the next couple of days.

Attached are before and after pictures showing the dramatic impact this has had on the Foundation and their ability to better serve the participants at the centre.

I’ll get you the rest of the paperwork very soon.

 

Gracias,

 

James Bradley

 

Handicap Foundation Update, Before and After Photos, and Thank You Letter Alana McAllister-Hoem 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Molstad on Oct 05, 2015
 
 
Miss New Westminster, Taylor Atherly, presents a Certificate of Appreciation with a photograph of the 2015 Hyack Ambassadors to the Royal City Rotary Club expressing gratitude for years of support and sponsorship of a candidate in the program.  
Taylor Atherly - 2015 Hyack Ambassador Richard Molstad 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana McAllister-Hoem on Oct 05, 2015

 

To Royal City Rotary and the Heart of the Matter Committee,

 

        First of all, we would like to thank you for the amazing donation that Tulbagh Community Projects received through the 2015 Heart of the Matter Fundraiser. The hard work and dedication of those who are a part of this fundraiser continues to fill my heart with awe and gratitude. When I share it with other members of our projects, the awe and gratitude is visible on their faces! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

        Rotary City Rotary club has partnered with the community of Tulbagh since 2008. It has been a life-changing adventure for all of those involved in our community. The projects have become part of the fabric of the community and have had visible results. Below is an overview of our current projects and their role in the community.

 

Single-Parent Run Soup Kitchens:

        Three women run soup kitchens out of their homes and receive a stipend each week to support their own families as well. The purpose of this project is to assist the women in providing for their own families and in turn uplifting them to serve and support the neighbourhoods they live in. We started with 3 women in dire circumstances and now through the program these women have not only build up their own families, but built up the lives of their neighbours as well: feeding, encouraging and supporting people as the project feeds, encourages and supports them.

Now: These three women continue to serve bowls of soup and bread to 250 children each week.

 

Educational support:

        When we began, children were dropping out of school for the sole reason of not having the required uniforms and school supplies for class. Over the years, we have made sure that the most needy students have access to education without this resource barrier. We have even seen some of these students continue on in school, graduate and go on to post-secondary education.

 

Now: We continue to support children with access to uniforms and school supplies in cases where their families are unable to provide these items. This allows all children to start school with pride, knowing they have the resources to succeed.

 

Sports Equipment Centres:

        Over the years, children have been able to sign sports equipment in and out from various locations in the community. This has not only allowed the youth the ability to access healthy free-time activities and stay away from the negative choices of drugs and alcohol, but it has also been able to foster relationships between the youth and the coordinator, making neighbourhoods stronger.

 

Now: Although we have had difficulty lately finding locations for these sport centers, we would like to restart this program. With an increase in the drug and alcohol addiction rate in Tulbagh and the country at large, it is now more crucial than ever to offer healthy choices and guidance to our youth.

 

Emergency Assistance:

        As in any community, building relationships of trust is the foundation of any project development. In areas with social-economic challenges, part of building these relationships means being able to be of assistance emotionally and financially in times of need. Tulbagh Community Projects believes in assisting community members meet their basic needs in times of trouble. This may be help with food, electricity, medical help, or counseling.

 

Now: We continue to not only run programs in the community, but be of continued support to those in need of assistance.

 

        We thank Royal City Rotary Club for walking with the Tulbagh Community over the years. Your support and friendship have made all the difference in bringing hope and help to the community. We look back and see the changes it has made in Tulbagh and we would love the opportunity to continue walking this road with you in 2016.

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

 

Sincerely,

Nicole Kafka and the Tulbagh Community Projects team

 

Letter From Nicole Kafka - Tulbagh Community Projects Alana McAllister-Hoem 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Stefanyshyn on Oct 04, 2015
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Hockey Pool, Rotary Day of Dialogue, District 5040 Conference, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - September 30, 2015 Susan Stefanyshyn 2015-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Stefanyshyn on Oct 04, 2015
 
Nathen Aswell our keynote speaker, Inspired us through his song called “Jump Right In” and played on his “Stick” that in order to live a Big Life, we need to take 4 small but important steps.  
 
1) The first small step is to start from where we are.  In Buddhism, this is called “Beginner’s Mind” an attitude of openness, eagerness and a lack of preconceptions.
 
2) Step 2 is Ask for help;
 
3) Be Persistent;
 
4) And finally be Grateful.  Nathen also had the club participate with a song called “Yes”.   Thanks to Nathen we had a very enlightening meeting.
Nathen Aswell - Small Steps Big Life Susan Stefanyshyn 2015-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Hobbis on Sep 28, 2015
 
Each year in District 5040, as required by RI Policy, we choose a Rotarian to serve as District Governor approx. 2.5 years from now. The President of any Club in the District can submit the name of one of its members for consideration by the District Nominating Committee.
 
The Nominating Committee in District 5040 is made up of the District Governor Elect, the District Governor Nominee, the two immediate Past District Governors and one Assistant Governor who is a member of a club in District 5040.
 
This year the chair of the District Nominating Committee is immediate Past District Governor Ken Wilson. Nominations can be filed through October 2015. Nominations close November 8th  2015. Interviews will be held in November in Vancouver, likely November 22nd, and the candidate announced by December 1st. A candidate for District Governor-nominee may be challenged. Such a challenge shall be made pursuant to the Manual of Procedure of Rotary no later than December 15th2015.
 
District 5040 Policy States for the Nominations and Election of District Governor Nominee:
 
4.1. The Manual of Procedure of Rotary International provides that a District Governor is nominated by the clubs in a district and elected by the Rotary International convention.
4.2. On or before October 1 of the second year prior to the year in which it is anticipated a District Governor shall assume office, the President of a club wishing to place the name of one of its members in nomination shall file with the chair of the nominating committee and the District Governor a resolution of the club, adopted at a regular meeting of the club naming such candidate and certifying that the candidate meets the qualifications for District Governor as provided by the Manual of Procedure for Rotary International.
4.3. The club resolution shall be accompanied by a current photograph of the candidate and a resume setting out both Rotary service and their personal background.
 
Serving as District Governor is an honour and a privilege. We look forward to receiving nominations for DG 2018 - 2019.
 
You will find both a description of the District Governor role as well as the required DG Nomination Form attached.
 
Please send nominations to:
PDG Ken Wilson
Phone: 604-240-1251
 
 
 
Request For Nominations For District Governor 5040 Gordon Hobbis 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Hockey Pool 2015 - 2016 Bob MacKerricher 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Sep 28, 2015
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Minutes At The Mic - September 23, 2015 Patrick Gunville 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Jang on Sep 28, 2015
A great big thank you to 6 year old Payton MacKerricher, her dad Ian, and all the other volunteers for coming to help out.
 
 
Photo Credit:  Kathy MacKerricher
Photo Credit:  Marie Jang
Photo Credit:  Marie Jang
Photo Credit:  Marie Jang
 
Riverfest 2015 Marie Jang 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Pot Of Gold Cheque Presentation Patrick Gunville 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Sep 21, 2015
 
 
You Wear It Well … Just for Grads is a New West based non-profit organization that helps local students find grad outfits – at no cost – that make them look and feel their best for grad. 
 
All graduates should celebrate this milestone in life, regardless of their financial status.
 
For more information, check out attached slides. 
 
If you have any items to donate to help make grad special for young women and men, or are interested in volunteering, call Kathy at 778-231-7184 or email youwearitwell@yahoo.ca
 
Kathy Smith - You Wear It Well Patrick Gunville 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Minutes At The Mic - September 16, 2015 Patrick Gunville 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary On Ice - October 16, 2015 Marie Jang 2015-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Sep 13, 2015
 
 
This year the 65th Rotary Adventure in Citizenship program was held May 3rd to May 6th in Ottawa, Ontario.
 
201 young Canadians across the nation were sponsored by Canadian Rotary Clubs.
 
High school students between the ages of 16 and 18 years had the opportunity to appreciate Canada's diversity and explore the Canadian identity.
 
The participants are phenomenal and appreciative of the experience. 
Tracy Hu - Adventure in Citizenship Patrick Gunville 2015-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Minutes At The Mic - September 9, 2015 Patrick Gunville 2015-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Sep 07, 2015
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Salvation Army Backpack Program, Queen Elizabeth II Celebration, Franciele's First Meeting, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - September 2, 2015 Patrick Gunville 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Gunville on Sep 07, 2015
 
 
Our Speaker, Bala Naidoo, introduced himself on behalf of the new president of Rotary International, Ravi Ravindran, and his theme for the world, Be a Gift to the World.
 
K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran is CEO and founder of Printcare PLC, a publicly listed printing, packaging, and digital media solutions company. It is arguably the world’s largest supplier of tea bag packaging, catering to nearly every major tea brand, with manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka and India. Printcare is the winner of national and international awards of excellence. Ravindran has been a featured speaker at several international print and packaging forums. Ravindran also serves on the board of several other companies in Sri Lanka and India and charitable trusts, including the MJF (Dilmah) Charitable Foundation. He is the founding president of the Rotary-sponsored Sri Lanka Anti Narcotics Association, the largest such agency in Sri Lanka.  During the country’s civil war, Ravindran was involved in the business community efforts to find peaceful solutions to the conflict and was a featured speaker at the United Nations-sponsored peace conference in New York for the Sri Lankan diaspora in 2002.
A third generation Rotarian and a member himself since the age of 21, Ravindran has served on the Rotary International Board of Directors and The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees and as RI treasurer.
 
As his country’s national PolioPlus chair, Ravindran headed a joint task force of the Sri Lankan government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to successfully negotiate a cease fire with the northern militants during National Immunization Days. Aided by Rotary’s efforts, Sri Lanka reported its last case of polio in 1994.
He also chaired the Schools Reawakening project, in which Rotary District 3220 raised more than $12 million to rebuild over 20 tsunami-devastated schools to benefit 14,000 children. He continues to play a role in his club’s project to build a cancer prevention and early detection center in Sri Lanka. Once completed, it will be the only dedicated national facility to offer comprehensive screening and early detection services. Ravindran is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service Award, and Service Award for a Polio-Free World.  He and Vanathy have been married since 1975, and they have two children and a recently born grandchild.
Bala Naidoo - Assistant District Governor Patrick Gunville 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roy Prevost on Sep 07, 2015
 
Hi Folks.

I visited Doug yesterday and he is in remarkable spirits and he invites everyone to visit him (not all together).

Cheers,

Roy
 
Hello From Doug Roy Prevost 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Invitation From Mayor Cote Gordon Hobbis 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aman Grewal on Aug 30, 2015
 
 
            Jennifer works for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).  Currently, there are 22,000 registered clients in BC, 423 of which, are registered in New Westminster.  Clients of the CNIB go through three main types of training based on their level of sight: white caning, independent living skills, and low vision. 
 
            The white caning involves using different types of canes for different purposes.  The ID cane is a thin white cane that is used to identify to the public that a person is blind and can be approached to ask if they need assistance.  The mobility cane is a more stable cane with a golf ball sized tip at the end that is considered an extension of the hand and is used for feeling around the environment. 
Finally, the stability cane (which is a typical shepherd's hook) is used for walking.  Once a client has received white caning training, he or she can then be considered for a seeing eye dog.
 
            Independent living skills involves someone coming to the client's home and helping the client manoeuvre around their house.  This training allows the client to live independently.  An example of an assited technology that is used for independent living skills, is talking clothing labels.
 
            Low vision skills is reserved for clients with limited vision (ie: clients with macular degeneration) where the client will be trained on how to use their limited vision to the best of their ability.
 
            Finally, Jennifer spoke about the amount of funding that the CNIB gets from the government.  In BC, government funding covers 4 of the 28 services provided.  This is the lowest in Canada.  The CNIB in Quebec gets 100% funding.  It is also noted that the Fraser Health Authority has not funded the CNIB at all for the past two years.



 
Jennifer Yankanna - Canadian National Institute for the Blind Aman Grewal 2015-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Back To School Backpack Program - Salvation Army Sandy Freeman 2015-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Hobbis on Aug 30, 2015
 
From: "John Anderson" <mailservice@clubrunner.ca>
Date: August 27, 2015 at 8:34:09 AM PDT
To: "Gordon Hobbis" <rotarygord@gmail.com>
Subject: Rotary Day of Dialogue
Reply-To: "John Anderson" <johnlanderson@telus.net>

 
 
I am resending this email as a reminder to all Presidents that you are invited to attend the Rotary Day of Dialogue on November 21st. If you have already registered, thank you. If not I want to warn you that space is limited and seats are filling up fast. 
We have secured a block of rooms at the Vancouver Delta Suites Hotel for a rate of $129. The hotel is next door to the Wosk Centre for Dialogue on Hastings St. You should mention the Rotary Day of Dialogue when booking in order to get the special rate. Plan to stay over Saturday night and join us at the Foundation Dinner! It will be a blast and we will be arranging transportation from the hotel.
I urge you to ensure you have reserved your desk at the dialogue before we open registration in a week's time.
I look forward to seeing you or your club representatives at this important District event. Make sure your voice is heard!
Cheers,
John
 
 
                                                                                       
 
 
Dear Presidents,
 
On Saturday November 21st 2015 District 5040 is holding a Rotary Day of Dialogue at the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 Hastings St., in Vancouver.
 
As president of your club, you are invited to participate in this important dialogue and asked to register yourself and either your president-elect or past president to represent your club. Space is limited and early registration is by invitation only. We encourage you to register on the attached link before September 8th when open registration begins.
 
 
The Morris J Wosk Centre has been selected as the venue of choice for this dialogue on the future of Rotary in District 5040 because of its interactive circular hall and technology equipped to handle advanced communications. It is furnished with five concentric rings of comfortable seating that provides an open environment where individuals can engage in group-discussion about what they regard as important for Rotary today and in the years to come.
 
I have attached information on the dialogue process and a draft agenda for the day. Rotary International, Zone and District presenters will lead the dialogue on each topic and we will record the outcome of our deliberations for future direction. This event provides a unique opportunity for our district leaders to engage in meaningful dialogue of what we want Rotary to look like in our District.  We value your opinions and want your input.
 
The Rotary Day of Dialogue is a first for Rotary and a highlight of this year in 5040. Ensure there are at least two participants from your club. Register now to secure your microphone and let your voice be heard.
 
John
 
John Anderson
District Governor
Rotary District 5040
             
Invitation - Rotary Day of Dialogue Gordon Hobbis 2015-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aman Grewal on Aug 30, 2015
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the New Generation Meeting, Meet New Student "Franciela" Barbeque, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - August 26, 2015 Aman Grewal 2015-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aman Grewal on Aug 24, 2015
There is a lot of exciting things going on. To find out more about the Lawn Bowling, Liz's Housewarming, Hockey Pool, and more, click Read More:
Minutes At The Mic - August 19, 2015 Aman Grewal 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aman Grewal on Aug 24, 2015

 

Michael is a business consultant.  He specializes in helping businesses grow.  His consulting firm is called, Kaizen Consulting.  He is more interested in getting people what they want in life using business as a tool. 

He spoke specifically about one client in the UK that he helped, Louise Pasterfield.  Louise had an e-commerce business that, back in 2010, had an annual revenue of 400,000 british pounds.  With Michael’s help, Louise was able to grow her business to an annual revenue of 2,000,000 british pounds in 2014.

Michael reminds us that taking time off allows us to grow by making us sharper and allowing for better decision making.  He also reminds us that as a business grows, the owner needs to think more and do less, think more about how to grow the business and do less day to day work in the business. 

He ended his presentation by giving out a free copy of his book for everyone titled, “Thinking Big is Not Enough”.

Michael Walsh - "Thinking Big is Not Enough" Aman Grewal 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Monica Woldring on Aug 24, 2015

 

Rotary Makeups 

If you want to keep your attendance up for a 100% attendance award, you have several options:

1/ You can attend other clubs meetings and report your attendance at those meetings at the door when you come back to our club or to the Secretary by sending her an email with the date and club you attended.

2/ You can attend a Rotary eClub meeting by using the rotaryeclubone.org website.  This club will automatically advise Sandy of your attendance.

3/ You can work on a project or attend a committee meeting that lasts at least 30 minutes.  You will need to report this activity directly to the Secretary by email.

 

One thing to remember is that Rotary usually wants the make-up done within2 weeks of the date of the meeting you missed.  WE are usually a little more generous allowing 3 to 4 weeks, if you let the Secretary know in a timely manner.  The secretary this years is Sandy Freeman and her email is sandypfreeman@gmail.com

 

As many Rotarians travel throughout the region the Burnaby Rotary Club wants to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to our members that you are welcome to come and visit the Rotary Club of Burnaby, as a place to do your make-ups.  

 

Venue: Riverway Golf Course

Day:     Friday

Time:   12noon to 1:15pm (but do check our website for any changes and updates)

 

So if someone wanted to catch a round or just shoot some balls before or after the session, this would be a great venue. The website is www.RotaryBurnaby.org.

Thanks,

 

Monica Woldring CIP, CAIB, CCIB(BC)

Rotary Makeups Monica Woldring 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aman Grewal on Aug 17, 2015
 
 
Patrick Grant fell into auctioneering when he agreed to be the auctioneer at one of his friend's fundraiser.  After a successful night, Patrick found that he had a natural talent in auctioneering but he needed some refining. 
 
Patrick did some research, and he found an auctioneering school in Montana.  There, Patrick learned how to auction.  He then found work in Bellingham as an estate auctioneer.  He worked there for a year,