21st Caledonia Night 2018-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
October 24 Pub Night 2018-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
Hawaiian Dance Performance & Luau 2018-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Relay For Life 2018-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
May is Youth Services Month 2018-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sports Dinner Fundraiser 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
January is Vocational Service Month 2018-01-04 08:00:00Z 0
20th Caledonia Night - Whisky Tasting Fundraiser 2018-01-04 08:00:00Z 0
Dawes Hill Park Tree Planting 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day - October 24th, 2017 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 09, 2017
The Rotary Club of Coquitlam, which was established in March 1967, meets Wednesdays at 11:45 A.M. at the Vancouver Golf Club (771 Austin Avenue). It is the first and the oldest Rotary Club in the Tri-Cities area. We are part of a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers, in over 200 countries, who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.
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On Sunday August 27th at 4 pm, our Club will be hosting a fundraiser at the John B Neighbourhood Pub. Tickets are $20 and include a burger, fries and a beverage.
Thanks to all that have purchased tickets... we will see you this afternoon.
John B Pub Fundraiser - This Afternoon David Munro 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Munro
Thank you to all those that contributed to our Sports Gala being a success last night. The event was attended by about 200 people.
The Rotary Club of Coquitlam is hosting our inaugural Sports Gala on Thursday, March 2nd at the Hard Rock Casino. Tickets ($125) and 50/50 tickets (3 for $25) are now on sale. Event tickets and 50/50 are moving fast so get yours before its too late! 
We are excited to announce the following:
* Steve Darling will be our Keynote Speaker
* Canucks Alumni Kirk McLean and Jyrki Lumme will be our Special Guests
* Lui Passaglia, BC Lion's Legend, will be a Special Guest
* Angus Reid, former BC Lion, will be our Emcee
* Robert Gagno, World Pinball Champion will be demonstrating his skills
* Marco Iannuzzi, current BC Lion, will be our Auctioneer
* David Jones, former NHLer and Coquitlam Express Alumni, will be a guest
* Travis Cornwall & Logan Schuss of the Vancouver Stealth will be guests too!
* Stay Tuned... more announcements to come
Our Club would also like to thank the 50+ Event Sponsors and Silent and Live Auction Contributors. Without your support, the Gala would not be possible. For further information review the graphic and article below or visit ( www.facebook.com/events/462211434166572 ).
Inaugural Sports Gala Dinner David Munro 2017-01-04 08:00:00Z 0
Tri-Cities Rotary & Relay For Life David Munro 2016-05-30 07:00:00Z 0
Coquitlam Rotary Club Members Return From Peru 2016-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Munro
Congratulations to Noella, Bruce and Fran on becoming members of the Rotary Club of Coquitlam. A special thanks to District Governor Bill Robson and Assistant District Governor Clive Evans for overseeing the ceremony.
April 6 - Induction of Three New Members David Munro 2016-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Three local Rotary Clubs (Coquitlam, Coquitlam Sunrise and Port Moody) have joined together to support ACCESS Youth Services ( http://accessyouth.org/ ).
Represented by their Presidents, each Club contributed $1,000 for a total donation of $3,000. The funds will support the organization's Outreach Worker program which serves local at-risk teenagers in the TriCities...through a mobile bus program. Coquitlam Sunrise President Preet Pall coordinated the gift and spoke on behalf of the three Clubs, "Rotary is very committed to supporting youth in our local communities. With this donation, we are recognizing that the work done by ACCESS Youth is well respected and a valued part of the service network for young people in the TriCities."
Three Tri-Cities Clubs Support ACCESS Youth Services David Munro 2016-02-17 08:00:00Z 0
When Coquitlam Public Library’s Book Bus was destroyed in a fire in May 2014, residents of the Cottonwood and Northeast neighborhoods of Coquitlam were devastated by the loss and staged a campaign for the library to get a replacement vehicle.  Now, after a fundraising drive supported by the local community and businesses, Library Link—the library’s new mobile branch—is bringing a revamped service to these neighborhoods, with plans for expansion in 2016. Library Link is continuing the much-needed service of bringing books, DVDs and other materials to people with transportation difficulties and other barriers to visiting the library.
With donations from Wesbild, Industrial Alliance, Rotary Club of Coquitlam, Friends of Coquitlam Public Library Society, as well as many individual community members, the library was able to purchase a replacement vehicle and named it Library Link. The new mobile branch has been completely refurbished with room inside for almost 2000 books and other items, and is equipped with a checkout computer, a sound system, wheelchair lift, WIFI and a large awning for outdoor story times and other activities. The collection includes children’s books, bestsellers, DVDs, ESL materials and more—all brand new. As well, the staff on board is able to issue library cards, help residents download library eBooks to their personal devices, recommend titles for them and their children, and help newcomers with information about the library and other community services.
Coquitlam Rotary Club Donates $15,000.00 to Library's New Mobile Bus 2015-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
The Amanda Todd Legacy Award 2015-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
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Posted on Jul 20, 2015

The Rotary Club of Coquitlam is searching for volunteers interested in helping our team at this year's Canadian Pacific Women's Open ( http://www.vancouvergolfclub.com/2015-canadian-pacific-wom…/ ), which will be held at the Vancouver Golf Club, Aug 17 - 23. It's a great opportunity to watch some of the worlds best golfers!

We need about 30 volunteers to work 5 - 6 hours on each day of the tournament. If you are interested, please email - Terry Colton at ( tiantisailing@gmail.com ).

For more information on the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, please visit ( http://www.cpwomensopen.com/ ).

Volunteering Opportunities at Canadian Pacific Women's Open - August 17-23 2015-07-20 07:00:00Z 0
Relay For Life David Munro 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Munro on Apr 15, 2015

Our fundraising efforts are going South of the Border! Join us at our" Cinco de Mayo Fiesta."

Mexican Food, Mariachi Band, Folklore Dancers, tequila, cerveza and much more!

For tickets, please speak to a Rotary Club of Coquitlam member or email rotaryclubofcoquitlam@gmail.com

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta David Munro 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 26, 2015
The Rotary Club of Coquitlam has honoured 2 of its charter members; Gary Crews and Ken Webber with Honourary Lifetime Memberships. District Governor Elect, Bill Robson and Mayor Richard Stewart presented the Honourary Memberships to Gary and Ken.  Gary served as club president in 1969/70 and 1983/1984; Ken served in 1970/1971. They are both Paul Harris Fellows.  The Club also presenting a Life Time Honourary Membership to Sandra Sellens for her twenty years of dedicated service to Rotary both at the district and club levels was District Governor Elect Bill Robson.
Rotary Club of Coquitlam Honours 3 Members as it Celebrates its 48 Year Anniversary 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Munro
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an exciting opportunity for young adults (18-30), to participate in a 4 day leadership camp - at no cost to you! RYLA 2015 will be held April 23rd to 26th, 2015 at a retreat acreage in Washington State. If you are interested or know someone that is, please email our club at ( rotaryclubofcoquitlam@gmail.com ).
For more information, please visit ( http://ryla5050.org/ ).
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) David Munro 2015-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Munro
The Rotary Club of Coquitlam is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Gao from Gleneagle Secondary will be going to Ottawa as part of the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship program. Congratulations Jeffrey!!
He will be one of 220 outstanding senior high school students from across Canada who will spend four days in the National Capital.
Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program David Munro 2015-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
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LobsterFest Fundraiser - Nov 8h, 2014 Patricia Thorleifson 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 05, 2014
Congratulations to Gary and Ken on becoming honourary members of our Club. Gary and Ken are founding (charter) members of our Club. Thank you very much for all your contributions to Rotary and our community!!
New Honourary Members 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Youth Service Programs - District 5050 David Munro 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Coquitlam Facebook Page David Munro 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 13, 2014
The Rotary Club of Coquitlam was very pleased to be part of the 2014 Coquitlam Terry Fox Run. We will see you again in 2015!
2014 Coquitlam Terry Fox Run David Munro 2014-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Leung on Jul 12, 2014

Go to our Home page and check out our "photo albums" site for photos from our past events .

Photos Bill Leung 2014-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Coquitlam Bill Leung 2013-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Leung on Apr 20, 2013


Honourary member Howard Roche celebrates his birthday on April 24th.


None this week.

Membership anniversaries:

Maureen became a member on April 27th, 2005

Barb became a member on April 25, 2007





Birthdays and anniversaries Bill Leung 2013-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Leung on Apr 13, 2013

Important dates to note on your calendar:

May 2 - 5th: Rotary Youth Leadership camp

May 15th: NO MEETING

May 18th: we will be going to the Vancouver Whitecaps home game. Please contact Terry about tickets ($30) We will have a presentation from Bob Lenarduzzi, President of the Whitecaps.

May 25th and 26th: Share Food Drive, at Thrifty's Foods Austin Station.

June 14th: our club's installation dinner. Held at the Vancouver Golf and Country Club. Tickets are $50 and are now available for purchase.

July 20th: installation of our District Governor Denis and his team of 12 Asst DG's. Tickets are $45 . This event will be held at the Star of the Sea Parish Hall, 

15262 Pacific Avenue, White Rock. Let's have a great turnout from our club.

Important Dates Bill Leung 2013-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
The Easter Bunny won the 5050 on March27th Bill Leung 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Leung on Apr 08, 2013

Last week, our speaker was our newest member, David Munro, who gave his classification talk.

Classification talks generally turn out to be the most entertaining and lively presentations at our meetings, and David's did not disappoint.

We enjoyed seeing pictures of his family and learning some of his family history and younger years. He even had prizes for those who answered his quizzes. (John ended up with all of the chocolate bars.)

David grew up near Bridal Falls with a close up view of Mt Cheam. His mother is from Nicaragua, and was one of 13 siblings. His father worked for the UN and moved around a lot, but came back to the Fraser Valley to settle and raise his family.

As a child, David had a hands on education on the farm, raising ducks to sell, and working with the cattle on the farm. He told us that every bull the farmed owned

at various times was named Fred.....but did not offer any reason why that was the only name they ever used.

David worked at a number of jobs including his family wood products company where he was paid by the number of bundles of shakes he could muster each day.

He said he spent some of his earlier years as a Firefighter.

His work experience enabled him to pay for his education, which included obtaining his MBA in Agribusinss at the University of Guelph, in Ontario.


He has travelled extensively in Asia, and parts of the Caribbean as well as Mexico and the Eastern US. 

His current employer is the City of Coquitlam, where he is the Manager of Economic Development. 

David is married. He and his wife live with their cat, and two small dogs in Port Moody. 



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Posted by Bill Leung on Feb 03, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, we heard a brief talk about a project in Mexico that is being spearheaded by three local  Rotary Clubs. Both Paty and Neil have been also been involved with this project...here is their summary:

The Nepopualco Sheep project is designed  to improve the economic situation of 450 indigenous Mexican women and their dependents engaged in livestock production in the Atlataucan, Totolapan, Hueyan communities. Shepherd women support approximately 600 children,400 youth and 600 seniors in about 350 households. Higher quality flocks mean more reliable income, supporting expanded health care, improved nutrition and better educational opportunities for the women caregivers and their dependents.

Sponsored jointly by three Canadian Rotary Clubs (Coquitlam ,Burnaby and Vancouver Sunrise)and the Mexican host club Cuernavaca Tabachines Mexico,with a possible RI grant,the $15,000 project aims at improving livestock quality and value through managed breeding, feeding and marketing of sheep herds managed by aboriginal women. The project is scalable; each unit comprises 20 ewes and 2 breeding rams, 325-45lb sacks of ground grain and a quantity of raw corn-sorgum; and two “units” are proposed for the initial project. The local shepherds will implement the project, leading to faster weight gain and healthier animals in the flocks.

Existing labour input and marketing will be enhanced more valuable animals reach market. There are already cooperative arrangements for processing feed and transporting animals to market, good evidence of the strength and resiliency of the beneficiaries. However, lack of investment in improved quality of the animals is a restraint.


Shepherding is one of the oldest Human occupations, beginning some 6,000 years ago in Asia Minor.  Shepherds developed a specialized tool, a pole with a hook, for the recovery of fallen animals by ensnaring a neck or leg. Since then, the crook has been used as a religious symbol of care (particularly in difficult circumstances), a badge of office for a Mithraic Pater and for a Christian bishop, the Crosier. . The term "Pastor", originally the Latin word for "shepherd", is now used to denote clergy.


Special thanks to Paty Thorleifson for “shepherding” the  Nepopualco project along; and aided by Tita Odiardi, she is determined to see the project succeed..by hook or by crook. If you  want to add an extra sheep to the flock, write a cheque for $138 to the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Foundation. You can even pick a name for the gift animal..it’s up to ewe.


For background information on Rotary activities in the Nepopualco community, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUpa149xNEE


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Team Rosters and Duties for 2011 - 2012 Harry Tubbs 2012-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Leung

Ron W introduced our guest speakers, Mark Pettie and Fred Fox. Mark is the community chair for the Terry Fox Run in Coquitlam; and Fred Fox is brother of Terry.

Mark has been involved with the community at many levels. He was voted 2013 Chamber of Commerce member of the year. He played a major role in bringing the 2010 Olympic Torch Run through Coquitlam. 

Mark gave us some background to the development of the Terry Fox Run in Coquitlam. He says he was never a participant in the run but was asked to look into getting a run started in Coquitlam when he stepped down as a board member of the Chamber of Commerce. They had their first run in 2012; there were about 120 participants and they raised about $2,300. Not bad for the first run event in Coquitlam. It was after the first run, that Terry's sister, Judy, told Mark about other runs which started small and grew to become very large (she cited runs held in United Arab Emirates, and Cuba as examples). He was inspired by Judy's description of these big Runs, and the vision of Terry running a Marathon, 26 miles for 143 days, on one leg. He is committed to taking the run to a higher level. In 2013, 500 people took part, raising over $15,000. This is a good sign that Coquitlam supports the event. He says the Run needs more teams and encouraged us to form a Rotary Team, We don't need to run if we so choose. Just show up and honour the legacy. Also help spread the word about the Coquitlam run.

Fred Fox spoke to us about the Terry Fox Foundation and what it has done to support Cancer research. He said: while the inspiration came from Terry, and it is supported by the Fox family, the key to the foundation's success has been the average citizen who contributes and participates to keep the dream alive. The foundation has 10 offices across the country but only 33 full time employees. He recognized that volunteers sustain the foundation's endeavours.

He told us a bit of Terry's history within the Tricities' Community. Terry was a highly skilled student athlete who participated in many school and junior events in and around Port Moody, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. While his home town is Port Coquitlam, he felt a connection to the entire Tricities area. Fred hopes that everyone will embrace the Coquitlam Run and support it as much as the more established Run held in Port Coquitlam. Fred showed us a copy of a page from Terry's journal dated exactly 34 years ago on August 27th, 1980. It was 4 days before he had to declare a stop to his running. Fred read a passage from the page, which recorded Terry's reflections about his support team and the closeness he felt towards them at that particular moment.  

The Terry Fox Foundation has raised over $650 million since its inception in 1980. The research that has been funded by the Foundation has helped create greater outcomes for all victims of all types of cancer. Terry Fox's goal was to raise $1 from every Canadian to help find a cure. On September 1, 1980, the return of his cancer forced him to stop his Marathon of Hope in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He died ten months later, but by then his dream had been realized: over $24 million had been collected in his name. We can all help to keep the dream alive by participating in some way. Ron is organizing a team from the club to walk, run, or just help at the event. Contact him to provide your support.


Mark Pettie, Fred Fox, and Ron.

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DG Lyall was introduced by ADG Clive as a person who has always given back to his community. He has been involved in United Way and a Rotarian (Everett Club) for over 27 years. He has been chair of several Club Committees, an exchange student host, and worked at different levels in the District. Lyall is a banker with an Everett-based bank.

DG Lyall opened by thanking PDG Denis and Maureen for their help and advice along the path to becoming a DG. He enjoys being able to spend time meeting Rotarians in both Canada and the US throughout his travels in the District. 

His speech was comprised of three areas to which he wished to draw attention: 1) Membership!.....2) Membership!....and 3)Membership!

Membership is on the decline worldwide, with the exception of Asia. For the first time in many years, membership is below 1.2 million. Our goal is to increase membership by 3% worldwide. This would mean we would have to attract 85,000 new members to Rotary in order to net the 3% in growth. For our District 5050 goal, we need to have a net increase of 85. 

During his tenure as Club Membership chair, he has gathered several "best practices" that he wanted to pass on to all clubs. These will help attract and retain members:

-take care of members we already have. Engage members: give them a visible job and recognize their efforts. This will bring emotional buy-in.

-give new members a mentor to explain Rotary.

-all members must be responsible for recruiting new members.

-we must tell others what Rotary is, and what we do in the community and around the world.

-we need to define membership growth; i.e. focus on specifics: decrease our average age/ create diversity

-be open to business to business networking. It was one of the aspects upon which Rotary was founded.

Other thoughts:

we need to be proud of what we do, and spread the word. 

we need to do what is necessary to dispel the idea that Rotary is expensive and out of reach for younger prospects.

we need to be sure we let others know what we can do for them in their businesses and personal lives.

Rotary can be a proving ground for young business people who will find outstanding mentorship amongst Rotarians in general. 

Lastly, DG Lyall invited everyone to attend the District Conference on April 30 to May 3rd, 2015. It will be held at the Tulalip Resort Casino near Everett. There will be plenty of activities that members and significant others can take in. The committee has lined up many exciting events, including: lessons in games of chance; a field trip to the Boeing factory which is the largest employer in the Pacific North West. There will be great speakers and great food (the resort is renowned for their food).

Taking from this year's theme "Light up Rotary", he  wants us to Share the Light of Rotary with all.





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President Jim took the podium to convey what he would like to accomplish in the coming year. He asked that we make a renewed individual commitment to contribute to the club's ongoing success and to reach for new achievements to make the club great. He would like to hear ideas for new club projects that we will commit to, and sustain,. He encouraged us to take part in club events,  and promote opportunities for deepening fellowship among our members and with other clubs in our area. He emphasized that the direction and success of the club lies not just on the shoulders of a few, but requires all of us to work collectively .. We need to take advantage of social media to get our story out in the community and engage other like minded citizens to consider becoming Rotarians



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Posted by Bill Leung

Last Friday we held our 17th annual Caledonia night, and judging by all comments, it was the best ever. Our presenter, Tim Ellison, was hugely entertaining and informative. He displayed a vast knowledge of Scotch whiskeys and kept everything energized and lively. He even stayed afterwards and helped with all the clean up.

Thanks to Roy, Paul and the rest of the event committee, all guests were treated to an evening of enjoyment, food and a great selection of premium single malts. The Crescent Beach Pipe and Drum band played rousing tunes including a memorable rendition of Amazing Grace.

As always after these events, there will be an auction at an upcoming meeting to give members a chance to take home the remaining few ounces from each selection.

There are a number of pictures in our Photo Album on our home page.



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District Governor Denis's visit/presentation to his home club. Bill Leung 0
Lobsterfest 2013 Bill Leung 0
Posted by Bill Leung

Our annual installation gala is just around the corner, on Friday, June 14th.

This important social evening is a celebration of our past year's accomplishments, and a chance to recognize a few members whose individual contributions have made a difference. The gala is also a "changing of the guard" when we install our new President Harry and his board of directors.

There is always great music and entertainment, and of course a sumptuous buffet. 

Tickets are available from your bulletin editor (Me!) and are $50.00 each.....that's a fantastic bargain for our biggest non-fundraising event.

Please contact me by email or phone to advise me how many tickets you wish to reserve. thanks to those that already have done so.

For planning purposes, it's very important for us to get a handle on the number of attendees as early as possible.

Installation Gala June 14th Bill Leung 0
Posted by Bill Leung

The door prize was won by our guest, Mark Simmons.

The 5050 was won by Ken, who pulled the King of Diamonds.


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