Rotary Club Langley Sunrise is proud to be involved and support the Starfish Program in North Langley.  Its a program that sends food home on weekends to elementary students for those are in need.  We have been supporting schools in North Langley since 2017 with 12 back packs at 3 schools that year.  Each year the program has been growing and the need is becoming greater. $620 offers one child food on the weekends, so they can come to school ready to learn.  If you would like to donate you can by clicking this link.
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201-20999 - 88 Avenue
Langley, British Columbia
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Meeting Info
Location:  Walnut Grove Community Center
8889 Walnut Grove Drive
Langley, BC
7:00 am on the first & third Wednesday of each month.  Please contact us for further details as we would be happy to have you join us!
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Have you ever wondered what Rotary is all about?
We would love to have you at one of our meetings.
Come be our guest and see how we can work with you to achieve your goals of making Langley a better place to live and work!
Are you an established professional wanting to make positive changes in your community and around the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and fellowship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back.

The Rotary Club Langley Sunrise is looking for youth in our community who would be interested in attending YAIL;  a leadership camp held at Camp Alexandra on February 7-9, 2020 for those youth aged 15-17.
THE YAIL MISSION is to give participants opportunities to: utilize their new (undiscovered) leadership skills; create interpersonal bonds; embrace challenges; and learn the value of teamwork.
For more information on the program please visit  And if you are interested please contact more information on sponsorship from our Club.
We are happy to announce that our Club raised over $5000 at our Taste of Fort Langley Event held on Tuesday, October 8.
The evening had groups of diners walk about Fort Langley and enjoy a progressive dinner at the neighbourhood's finest.  
Thank you to the four restaurants who participated Fortitude, Saba, Trading Post Eatery and Rail & River, and also to the wine supplier that evening KIS Marketing.   They all really went the extra mile in impressing our guests.  And of course a thank you to our guests for purchasing tickets and making it a great social night out in the Fort.
Proceeds from the evening go to support community programs like Starfish.   This is a program that offers to kids who need it food for the weekend.  Backpacks are filled with food each weekend of the school year for them to take home.  We specifically focus our efforts in North Langley.
If you are interested in supporting this community effort please click the link here.
Tickets are now available for the annual beer and summer beverage tasting event.  The event's venue is Cascades Casino in Langley and is being held on Friday June 14.  It will be a great evening with beverage and food sampling along with live entertainment. A great evening out for a group of friends.  All proceeds from the event go to your local Rotary Clubs who then spend on charitable projects locally and globally. Click here to buy tickets.
Come out and participate in the Terry Fox Run on Sunday, September 16 at 9am. Registration will be set up in the parking lot of the Walnut Grove Community Centre.  A great community event in support of the Terry Fox Foundation. 
For millions of people worldwide Terry Fox is the face of hope for cancer research. In 1980 his Marathon of Hope inspired a country and launched the annual The Terry Fox Run in his honour. Now in its fourth decade, these events continue to motivate people here in Canada and around the world. The Terry Fox Foundation continues to be a leading national investor in cancer research.
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On August 17th, 18th, and 19th, Langley will host the summer party of the year at McLeod Athletic Park!

Join us at McLeod Park, for Live Music, Cold Beverages and Delicious Southern Style BBQ Ribs, Pork, Beef and Chicken, Fresh local Corn and a full offering of entertainment for the family including the Kids Fun Zone. Oh, and did we mention FREE ADMISSION? Free Admission!

This is all manged by the four Rotary Clubs of Langley. We are super proud to be putting on this event and hope to raise some big funds for the community.

We are also looking for volunteers, if you are interested in volunteering, please visit the website and follow the links.




Come join us for a great evening of Beer tasting (also some wines, coolers, and ciders) and fantastic food by:
Dublin Crossing Pub
Browns Social House
Original Joe’s
Me’n Eds Pizza
Townhall Pub
Gateway Catering
Langley Tip’n Taste is coming Friday July 7 at Langley’s Coast Hotel and Convention Centre.
Proceeds to the Gateway of Hope – Cook Training Program, and other local Rotary service projects.
Thanks for your support!
For a second year, our SASSY Awards Langley committee successfully pulled off an incredible event! Not only did we recognize 20 oustanding youth in our community but we facilitated the giveback of over $10,000 to worthy charities both locally and internationally. We are so honored to be able to provide such a great program to Langley and look forward to making next year's event even better! If you'd like to join us on our endeavor, please reach out!

Check out an article written about our event by Langley Advance here.

Langley Sunrise Rotary has provided over 22,000 dictionaries to Langley’s grade four students.  Rotary member, Grant Gilmour, brought this literacy opportunity to the club with the plan to hand out 1600 dictionaries each year.  Fourteen years later the electronic age has taken its toll and teachers find paper dictionaries aren’t as useful as they once were.  Continuing to support the Langley School Foundation, the club has opted to help fund the Summer Reading Program. Surveys have found that students’ reading skills drop during their absence from school. This funding gives deserving grade four students their choice of 10 books to keep and enjoy during their summer break.  Coordinators for this program tell of students who pick out books to share with their siblings.  One recipient exclaimed “this is the first book I’ve ever owned”.

Thanks to Scott Johnston for visiting our club yesterday morning to share insight into the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce as he is currently serving as the President.

Our club recently joined up with the Chamber and have been actively participating for the last few months. We look forward to getting even more involved and building relationships with the business community in Langley.

Thank you to Ava who came to visit our Club this morning from LEPS. They organize the Langley Community Harvest Program which picks fruit from a registry of backyard trees and shares it between local food banks, volunteers, and the tree owner.
If you have fruit trees in your yard and don't have a use for all the fruit or simply not enough time to harvest it yourself, contact them at 604-546-0337 or
They will HAPPILY help you harvest and donate to those in need.
Our newest member, Doug, was inducted a couple weeks ago!
He is a B.C. boy, born and raised in North Vancouver.  He took a degree in Political Science at UBC before the legal profession drew his interest.  Doug completed his law degree in Alberta, quickly deciding he didn't want to live there so now resides here in Langley with his wife, 2 stepdaughters and a son.  At age 46, he decreases the average age of the Club while increasing the average height.
Doug belongs to a firm with 15 lawyers and 50 staff  and they deal with all aspects of the legal profession in a collaborative way, while he specializes in family law.  He has special interests in kids with disabilities and is excited to be part of a club that focuses heavily on the youth in our community.

Welcome to the Club Doug! We're happy to have you!

This morning we handed over $1300 to BLT (Basic Life skills Training) program from the proceeds of our Dodgeball Tournament in April.

These guys (James on the left and Kerry on the right) run an amazing program working with at-risk youth and youth with mental health issues here in Langley.

Thank you for the great work you do and thank you for working with us to host a fun event benefitting your kids!

For more information on this program, visit:

Mike Morgan manages the aboriginal education programs in School District # 35, Langley.  The goal of the program is equitable education for aboriginal students.  Fifteen years ago female aboriginal student graduation rates were 33 %.  Today it is at 78 %, which is at equity with the rest of the student population.
In 1996 a Royal Commission declared the need for an equitable outcome for aboriginal people.  The Indian Act is Canada is 140 years old and still exists as the determining legislation on how the government deals with native people in Canada.  The " gradual civilization act " resulted in Indian  residential  schools that native children were required by law to attend.  Local  youth were removed from home and taken to stay at the schools where every effort was made to eradicate their culture and language.
A class action lawsuit was started by native people after the passing of the 1996 Royal Commission relating to the abuse experienced at residential schools.  The government responded with an apology, a cash settlement and the  Truth and Reconciliation Commission that spent four and a half years crossing the country talking to RCMP, educators from the schools and attendees
A group formed to examine Child Youth Mental Health in Langley.  The original plans changed once the group actually met with the youth needing the services.  It was clear the various agencies providing services to youth in the mental health field in Langley did not share information with each other, and it was sometimes difficult for the youth in need to access information.
A website was developed with information on how to access the various services available for youth mental health.  In addition, a wallet card was created since many of the youth having issues were not able to access the internet.  Doctors and school councilors were contacted to educate them as to where to refer youth to.
The Langley School District has five councilors to help students with mental health issues, which occur as early as  kindergarten.  The councilors are overwhelmed and look to 
outside agencies for assistance.  It takes an average of six months for a your diagnosed with mild to moderate mental health issues to get looked at.  
Posters have been created to place around the community to help educate the public and hopefully catch the eye of kids.
Scott Johnson spoke to the Club about the Starfish program at Wix-Brown School.  Wix-Brown is an elementary school located in the rural southeast area of Langley.  The school has a large catchment area with a wide range of socio-economic households.  The school has 170 students.
Starfish is a program to help hungry kids have food to carry them through the weekend.  Students may have programs through the school to give them breakfast or lunch on school days, but they have no access to this during weekends, so they come to school hungry on Mondays.  Starfish gives each needy student a backpack of food to take home with them on Fridays so they have meals through the weekend.  The backpacks are returned on Monday to be refilled for the following weekend.
The backpacks of food reduce the stress on the families, since they know at least the basic need of food for their child will be met.  The program also has the benefit of helping some families who are isolated from the community to have the chance to socialize with the school staff.
The Starfish program is supported by the food bank, United Churches of Langley, Save On Foods, The School District Foundation and our Rotary Club.  Brookswood Secondary students pack the backpacks with food.
The Latin Runners is a running club that Lluvia Meneses started as a way to get Canadian women with a Latino heritage out of isolation in their own homes and out into the community by learning together how to run for leisure and pleasure.  Lluvia was at home with her crying baby, feeling trapped in her own house, when she noticed all the people regularly running past her house in the rain.  She went to the local community center and took a 13 week course to prepare her for the Sun Run. From this, she went on to start the Latin Runners.
Lluvia started with a group of nine women, teaching them the basics of running and encouraging them to get together regularly to socialize as they ran.  From here the word spread through metro Vancouver and she was asked by other Latino communities to help them organize a group in their area.
The expanded reach of the idea came with its costs.  Lluvia checked Google and found a grant application from B.C. Athletics.  With the $1.000 grant as a start, her organization has continued to grow and she has had over 300 women pass the finish line in 5k and 10k events.  The fact they can complete the race gives them confidence they can do other things inn their lives, and the group is very supportive and encouraging to each other.  Lluvia plans to expand to include women from other ethnic groups
The Focus Foundation was established in 1975 as a nonprofit charitable organization to work with vulnerable at risk adolescents and their families.  The Foundation seeks to inspire, motivate, engage, enrich and equip vulnerable at risk kids and young adults whose life would otherwise languish.
The Focus Foundation uses education as a natural platform for cultivating children's growth and change.  100 % of kids in the program are special needs.  42 % have first nations background.  Referrals occur through school councilors, mental health therapists, social workers, parents, probation officers and self referral.
Youth who go through the Focus Foundation school program achieve 95 % graduation and 89 % attendance.  Their school is accredited by the Province of B.C. as an education program equivalent to the public education system as far as scholastic curriculum.
Optimism and positive thinking are important for everyone.  Take 6 minutes to lay on your back, a hand on your diaphragm and breath in for 6 seconds, out for 4 seconds, 10 breaths a minute for 6 minutes..  Spend 5 minutes a day thinking of something you are grateful for. 
 Ted Schaffer has been in local politics for over 22 years and is serving his first term as Mayor of Langley City.  Projects underway currently include work on 200th Street for upgrade of a sewer line and  the construction of the new Timms recreation centre that will be a completely new building that includes a track running around the inside perimeter of the building so people can walk indoors during inclement weather.  Linwood Park has a new dog off leash area and 26 community garden plots.
Homeless people are an issue in Langley City as in most other areas.  A Homeless Task Force has been looking into the problem and has just merged with the Crime Prevention Task Force under the new heading of the Public Safety Task Force.
Upcoming projects include a clock to be erected a 204 Street and Fraser Highway in memory of Reg Easingwood, to be funded by Rotary.