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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Mission (AM)!

Mission Morning

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Cedarbrooke Chateau
Suite MN-32331 Seventh Ave, Mission, BC V2V 6T7
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Mission (Mail: Box 3093, Mission), BC  V2V 4J3
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Sadly we lost an amazing Rotarian and citizen of Mission this past week.
Tok Herar passed this past Monday and his funeral is being held tomorrow,
Sunday, November 26th at Fraser River Funeral Home, 2061 Riverside Rd., Abbotsford at 3:00 pm.
For those of us from Mission who will be attending, it is suggested that we meet at the Prospera parking lot at the intersection of Hwy 11 and |Hwy 7 Sunday at 2:00 pm to arrange car pooling. 
The property at Cannor Nursery is closed off so parking will be at a premium.
The Three Presidents - Mission Sunrise, Abbotsford, and Abbotsford Matsqui at the Rotary Foundation Dinner! A fine evening with lots of inspiring stories, awards, and recognition of great things done in the world.
Canadian E-clubs are marching across Canada at 7 pm to create awareness of and raise money for the End Polio Campaign.

Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Just 37 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2016, which is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day.

We are "this close" to solving the polio problem in the world. Children can walk, too. We are advertising it as 10,000 Steps, but people are encouraged to: Walk, Run, Bike, or Roll. Come out to do your part to END POLIO NOW! On October 28th from 9am to 12pm come out and join us.
Rotary Club of Mission (AM) and some other great volunteers spent Saturday morning cleaning up YOUR Mission in the Adopt-A-Block fundraiser. The money raised will go to add another backpack to the growing number of Starfish Backpacks already making a difference. The team below (minus a few photophobes) picked up many bags of garbage in exchange for backpacks of food.
Today is Rotary's 112th anniversary! Together we have taught young people to read, improved access to clean water and fought disease. Thank you for everything you do.
The Rotary Club of Mission (AM) is proud to support the Rotaract Club of the Fraser Valley in these good works supporting others. They have been busy little elves collecting and distributing socks to locations in the Valley and making cards to distribute to seniors all the while collecting food and almost $200 for the Abbotsford Food Bank. Great work Rotaractors!
Come one, come all!  It's time for the Rotary Carol Festival!  Tuesday, December 6 at 7 pm. This is a tradition in our town which had been going on for decades!  Get in the Christmas spirit and join us. Admission is free with a donation to the Christmas Bureau. 
There's magic in the air and you can be part of it!  On Saturday, October 15th, the Rotary Club of Mission will host Canadian Magician of the Year, Murray Hatfield and Theresa who will perform not one, but two magic shows at the Clarke Theatre.  Shows are at 4 pm and at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are available now at Eventbrite.ca or From World Odyssey Travel in Mission - Adults - $35, Kids - $25 or a Family Pack of 2 adults and 2 kids for $100.  Proceeds of the Fundraiser will go to the Starfish Pack Program, a food security initiative which sends a backpack of food home for the weekend for kids who are not getting enough to eat.  You can be a part of the solution just by buying tickets to this wonderful evening of entertainment!  It's a win/win for all!
A tradition for many decades in this community is the annual Rotary Carol Festival.  This year the event will be held at the Clarke Theatre on Tuesday, November 24th beginning at 7 pm.  The event features carol singing by several local school choirs and this year will also include a performance by the Mission Ukulele Circle and the Joy Vox Community Choir who will lead the audience in a massive carol singing to round off the program.  So get into the spirit of the season by taking in this event.  Admission is by donation of  non-perishable food items, new unwrapped toys or cash.  Hope to see you there!  
Remember!  The Rotary Club of Mission (Sunrise) meeting is cancelled on Wednesday, November 11th in honour of Remembrance Day.  We encourage you to attend the ceremonies in your community to honour those who fight for us and promote peace in the world.  In Mission, the ceremonies begin at the Clarke Theatre at 11 am, followed by the laying of the wreaths at the Cenotaph at the Legion on Veteran's Way.  "At the rising of the sun and at its going down, we remember them."
The Strawberries are Coming!
Image result for strawberriesImage result for strawberriesFresh, clean, cut and sliced…ready for jam-making, pies, smoothies or just on their own, the Rotary Strawberries will be ready for pick-up June 6th at Mission Secondary School on 7th Avenue. Order your strawberries online at www.abbotsfordsumasrotary.org or in person (cash and cheque only) at Earthtacular Rock and Gem, 1st Avenue, Mission. Remember, the last day to order is May 31st…don’t miss it.
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Rotarians know how to throw a party and Saturday's StarGazer Fundraiser for the Rotary Observatory and SCience Space Centre was no exception.Guests feasted on Irish and Indian curry stews, dug deep in their pockets for amazing desserts and danced to the great music of Retro Fire. As one guest wrote afterwards "Mission's Sunrise Rotary Club deserves all of our Mission District's Citizens support and thanks for your vision and energy in ensuring resources are available to support enduring local enhancements!"
Damien James
Damien James- Ventiloquist at The Stage May 21st
Internationally  renowned ventriloquist, magician and special effects artist Damien James takes to “The Stage” in Mission on Saturday, May 31st.
Guaranteed to entertain and keep you laughing for months, James creates a wide array of puppets from celebrities, to his own "friends, to members of the expected audience.Tickets are $25 in advance,($35 at the door) and can be purchased at Earthtacular Rock and Gem on 1st Ave., from any member of the Rotary Club if Mission (AM) or by calling 778-347-7625. For a sneak preview of Damien and his work, check him out on Utube.
Rotarians joined members of Stave Valley Salmon and families from the community to plant trees at Silverdale Creek Wetlands on Saturday.  The weather, in spite of a gloomy forecast of everlasting rain, surprised us with a lovely spring day of mixed sun and clouds.  Families came down and planted trees and explored the area, finding frogs, birds and a swimming garter snake, much to the delight of certain young boys!  There was a Rubber Duck Race to raise money for the Mission Food Centre, and along with refreshments and home-made cookies, the day was a huge success!  Thanks to Jim Taylor (for organizing) and other members of the Rotary Club of Mission for helping.  Image

And they change the life, not only of the child who receives the vaccine, but the person who helps to make it happen.  Rotarians are working in some of the most difficult and stress-ridden areas of the world to make sure that children will grow up strong and healthy.  Read about one Rotarian's efforts to make a difference by travelling to Nigeria to vaccinate children against polio.  http://blog.rotary.org/2014/04/18/al_bonney/Image


Tomorrow is the big day for Mission - our 29th Annual Candlelight Parade!  Come out to cheer us on - we will be there with our traditional float.  The parade should be bigger and better than ever before!  Don't forget your donation to the Christmas Bureau.  It all starts at 7 am.  And the weather forecast is improving!  Image
A group of enthusiastic Rotarians met on Saturday to wrap trees at the Silverdale Creek Wetlands with wire mesh to protect them against Canada's National Animal.  Those pesky beavers were cutting down the trees that WE planted!  It was decided that simply would not do, so we took action in typical Rotarian style!  And what lovely weather we had!  Image
Bill Tyler speaks at our club to remind us about the importance of supporting Camp Jubilee.  $250 sends a child to camp.  Camp changes lives and supports our youth.  This is one way we can make a difference in Mission.  Let us know if you can help in this initiative! 
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