Roll Out the Barrels for El Salvador
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre - Ray Whittick Lounge (downstairs)
1100 Chestnut Street
Vancouver, BC  V6J 3J9

Come and join us for wine, snacks, great speakers, 

super entertainment and a fabulous silent auction!


    Pamela Bendall     Sailor and Ocean Activist

    Jim Hoggan            David Suzuki Foundation, Secretary, Past Chair                                                   


    Gabriel Debreuil    Fiddler Extraordinaire!

Event Tickets:

     $50 Donation – space is limited so please register early

Donations Always Welcomed!

     PayPal link below

     Cheques mail to Rotary Arbutus at 2001 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 4A1

     Cash please email or call us

RSVP Information & Questions - rotaryarbutus@gmail.com or

      call/text Joy (604) 290-2992  or Lana (778) 882-9664

All proceeds eligible for Tax Donation Receipts!
Please include donor name.
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Calling all Volunteers!  On Sept. 17th we will help pick up garbage on Kitsilano Beach with Surfriders.  This is part of the Canadian Shoreline Clean Up - and all items of litter need to be recorded.  The data is compared year over year to see if we are improving on litter or not.  Gloves and garbage bags will be provided!
The purpose of this project was to remove plastic and garbage from a very toxic beach in El Salvador, provide a community awareness program and ensure regular garbage collection services.  Rotary Vancouver Arbutus raised money and has worked with Rotario San Salvador Noroestre to a very positive conclusion. An amazing collaborative organization took place. Garbage barrels were donated by a large food company and taken to the elementary school in El Zonte. Children were given a lesson on the purpose and impact of keeping the beach and ocean clean. The children then decorated the barrels with amazing art work and slogans. The mayor of El Zonte committed to once a week garbage pick up and the Congress woman of that province lent her support by being present and helping in the beach clean up. Joy Johnston travelled to El Salvador to be part of the clean up and installation of the barrels. The community gathered to also take part in the ceremony and clean up. Plastic and garbage were raked up and trucks hired to remove it. The garbage cans were installed and reports from El Zonte are that regular emptying  of the barrels is happening.  
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards has been a program for youth that Rotary has provided Internationally since 1971.  This week Ursula and I attended a day at RYLA 5040 which is held in Gibsons at YMCA Camp Elphinstone.  The buildings in this camp were substantially rebuilt in 1963 by the Rotary Club of Vancouver.  This year 97 youth in grades 10 to 12 attended for 4 days.  They learn all kinds of leadership skills like team building, communication, motivation, and conflict resolution.  But most importantly they have fun learning and meet other youth with similar ideals.  Our club sponsored 4 youth this year and they will come to a future meeting to tell us their RYLA experience!
We have decorated a Rotary Christmas tree for Christmas at Hycroft.  Besides the regular lights and ornaments it has plastic business cards that say "Please Take Me" that have information on our club in case people are interested in knowing more about us.  Thanks to Lana we have a Rotary wheel at top and a banner that reads "Help Us Spend $100 Million"- a quote from Hans.
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