We meet every Thursday at 7:15am at the Beach Grove Golf Club (5946 12 Avenue, Tsawwassen).
For more information or to enquire about Membership, email us at info@rotarytsawwassen.org.
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Dec 15, 2016
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Dec 22, 2016
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What a success! This years Gift of Light celebration was a perfect way to celebrate the Holidays. Their was a wonderful turnout from our community who came out to listen to the Delta Community Choir, decorate ginger bread cookies, roast marsh mellows by the fire, take a ride in the Carriage pulled by 2 beautiful Perch Ron horses, enjoy Hot Chocolate, Popcorn, Face Painting, and let Santa know what they would like for Christmas. For more pictures of the event, please follow the link to our Facebook page. 
RESIDENTS OF TSAWWASSEN WE NEED YOUR HELP. Every year our Club teams up with Operation Red Nose to keep our streets safe during the holiday season, but we still need more volunteers. If you have an evening free, and are willing to dedicate your time, please click here to find out more information on how to register. 
The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen invites you to join us as we celebrate peace in our families, our workplace, our schools and our community.
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. We have every right to be proud of Delta as a peaceful community and we believe this is worth celebrating.
Rotary and Community leaders are planning to celebrate living in this, our Peaceful Community. On Wednesday, September 21st. at 4.30 p.m. at the Peace Pole in Rotary Square at the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall, members of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen,  Tsawwassen First Nations and the Delta Community will come together for a short time to celebrate peace as we know it and share our hopes for a peaceful world.
Please let us know by September 10th, if you can join us for this Rotary Community Peace Day celebration. There will be light refreshments and an opportunity to meet together to share ways we can make the world a better place.
Yours in Peace, 
Vickii Paramanathan
Rotarian Chair for Peace Day
Rotary Club of Tsawwassen.
Tsawwassen Starlight Spectacular, and outdoor Movie Night at Diefenbaker Park on Saturday, August 13th

Attention all families and friends, join The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen on Saturday, August 13th from 3pm till late for this years Annual Starlight Spectacular at Diefenbaker Park in Tsawwassen. This year their will be such attractions as:
- Walk on water with Vancouver Party Works Interactive
- Euro Bungee
- Safari experience
- Extreme Slide
- Sno Cone Machine
- Carnival games such as Bottle ring bushel basket Toss, tic tac toe, tipsy 12 pin knock down, face painting and balloon popping

And most importantly a late night movie that the whole family will enjoy. ...

This is the perfect afternoon and evening event for families their kids.

If you have any questions in regard to the event, please do not hesitate to contact pr@rotarytsawwassen.org.

See you there!!!!
The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen is once again sponsoring the annual Rotary Parade at the Tsawwassen Sun Festival on Monday August 1, 2016. The Rotary Parade typically attracts over 12,000 excited spectators from across the Lower Mainland and Point Roberts. The theme for the 2016 Rotary Parade and the Tsawwassen Sun Festival is all about the  "CLOWNS". 
The Rotary Parade is a fun family parade that starts at the corner of 16th Ave and 56th Street in Tsawwassen at 11:00 am. The Rotary Parade runs south along 56Th Street to Winskill Park. The viewing of the parade is on the west side of 56th Street only as the east side is open to local traffic.    
If you are interested in entering your group or float, you can register for the Rotary Parade at the following link. The Rotary Parade Registration is on-line only.   http://sunfestparade.ca/registrationForm.php   The registration deadline is July 22nd
If you have any questions as to the Rotary Parade, please email to the Rotary Parade Committee at;  rotaryparade@rotarytsawwassen.org
This past Saturday, soap box derby enthusiasts, builders, and drivers congregated along 6th avenue in Tsawwassen to take part part in the Inaugural Soap Box Derby hosted by the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen in partnership with the Corporation of Delta. Over five hundred people watched forty-three racers ages nine to twelve zoom down the 600+ foot track to compete against one another and find out who would be crowned this year’s soap box derby champion. First place was claimed by two local speedsters; Noah Boisvert racing for Scott Walker and Associates and Riley Smithurst representing Hillmar Industries Ltd. Teagan Douglas, driver for Randy's Tire Craft took home second place, and Sophia Schallig driving MK Delta Land Group’s cart clinched third. All riders were presented with a medal for participation, but went home with more than a medallion around their neck. They were also part of a great event that raised over $15,000 for the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen’s Community projects. Currently Rotary is teaming up with Delta Parks and Rec to build a water fountain and stair counter at Fred Gingell Park onEnglish Bluff Road. Trophies were also given to the top three best-designed carts, which were decided by the spectators. First place was won by Scott Reid Plumbing and Heating, second place went to the Delta Optimist, and third place was won by Randy’s Tire Craft. Race Director, Rob Watts was “very pleased with turn out, and amazed how many local businesses and Tsawwassen patrons supported the event”. He also mentioned “next year we want to add more drivers, and make sure we’re able to provide a more exciting, and safe event for everyone involved.” A huge thanks must go out to all sponsors, volunteers, and Corporation of Delta. I am sure I speak for everyone when I say we cannot wait to see what’s in store for next year.
As reported by our club's "footie" enthusiast Keith Dinwoodie
While some of the younger members of our community were hurtling down 6th Avenue in Tsawwassen on Saturday, a large group of high school girls from across the region were battling it out on the soccer fields of South Delta Secondary. Sixteen teams began the Girls Triple-A Provincial Soccer (Football to some) Championships on Thursday, June 2nd including the South Delta Sun Devils and our own DOLL (Daughter On Long-term Loan), Mette.
Last week I sat down with Soap Box Derby Chair Wayne Connorton to ask him about the upcoming Inaugural Soap Box Derby, what they had planned and to tell me more about the event. 
Dan: Hi Wayne, first thing question I have for you is why did you and your team decide to host a Soap Box Derby here in Tsawwassen?
Wayne: Our Rotary Club is always looking for opportunities to give back to Tsawwassen. A small group in the club were trying to think up new or at least interesting/exciting ideas that have not been done here for a long time. Eureka! – Why not a soapbox derby?! Presented by Rotary and Delta. Sponsored by local companies and raced by young kids. We presented the idea to Delta, and they were ready to back us 100%.
Dan: What’s your Clubs experience hosting such an event?
Wayne: Our Rotary Club has not been involved in the past, but a couple of local people are helping us who have played an important role when this event was on 4th Ave in Vancouver. Additionally, we contacted a couple of other Rotary Clubs in distant locations to get their advice. We’re confident this event will be one of the best yet.
Dan: Why do you think an event like this will be successful here in Tsawwassen?
Wayne: We know it will be a great success because of the local support we’re receiving. It’s been overwhelming to see how many sponsors and drivers can’t wait to get involved. Also, when we went out to advise those living on 6th Ave, their response was all positive and seemed to be looking forward to it.
Dan: Who are your ideal racers?
Wayne: This race is for the kids of Delta. They get to build something, and race it legally. We can cheer for our children, our grandchildren, and our neighbours ‘children. The ideal participant will be boys and girls aged 9 to 12 years old wanting to build a cart, race it, and have a sponsor willing to help purchase and build it with them.
Dan: What should people expect to see when they come out to the Derby?
Wayne: Look out for 6th Ave in Tsawwassen being used for our kids to compete. Lots of coloured carts fashioned by kids, Kelly Latrimoille of 104.3 FM announcing competitors and winners, Delta Police, Delta Fire and the Corporation of Delta going head to head. Families will compete against families and companies against companies. It’s going to be a great day!
Dan: How many racers are taking part, and how many spectators are you and your team expecting?
Wayne: This is the inaugural event, and we will have close to 40 carts racing. The number of spectators at this point would only be a guess, but we’re expecting close to 500.
Dan: If you could describe this event in one word, what would it be?

Wayne: Not one word, but “A Fun Kick in the Pants” for everyone.
Dan: How will the winner of the Inaugural Soap Box Derby be determined?
Wayne: The winner will be determined by runoffs of carts three at a time with each cart getting at least three runs. There will be finals at the end in the case of Ties. Also imagination of the drivers/builders and Sponsors will have the opportunity to be chosen as a “Crowd Favourite” through decorating or modifying the upper appearance of the carts.
Dan: Any last remarks?
Wayne: Please join us June 4th on 6th Ave in Tsawwassen for Race Day. The first race will be at 10 AM sharp. Please walk or bicycle to the event will help lessen congestion.
Dan: Thanks Wayne, I can’t wait to see what you and your team have in store for Saturday, June 4th.
Wayne: All the best.
Come one, come all to Rotary Club of Tsawwassen's Soap Box Derby put on with our partner The Corporation of Delta Saturday, June the 4th. Riders ages 9 to 12 will race down 6th Avenue three times to find out who's the fastest, and be crowned the 2016 Soap Box Champion. Sponsors are responsible for building the carts, but the mechanisms and plywood are provided. For more information, or on how to get involved, please feel free to contact us at soapbox@rotarytsawwassen.org. This event is now SOLD OUT, and we are not accepting any more entries.

Sponsors include: Acorn Heating, Barnes Harley-Davidson, Centerline Developments, Century Group, Coast Tsawwassen Inn, Corporation of Delta, Delf Wines, Delta Fire, Delta Optimist, Delta Police, Greg Sharpe, GCT Canada, Hilmar Industries, Double R Rentals, Ideal Door, Tsawwassen Optometry, Scott Walker Personal Real Estate Corp., Mario's, McDonalds, MK Lands, Delta Law Office, Neil McDonough, Petra's, Randy's Tires, Raymond James - Tsawassen, Pryke Lambert Law, RONA, Santevia, Scott Reid Plumbing, Sungod Physiotherapy, Tsawwassen Collision, Tsawwassen Pharmacy, Unifiller Systems Inc., Unitech, Vermeulen Group, Werner’s Auto Klinik, Your $ Store with More, and Lentel Construction.
On Saturday, May 28th Rotary Tsawwassen will be hosting a Trail Run on Eden Crescent between 9am - 12pm. Bring your carts, have them inspected by our sponsors Tsawwassen Collision and Werner’s Auto Klinik, given the "sticker of approval", meet the other drivers, and race down the hill. 
Feel free to sit or stand along 6th avenue between MIlsom Wynd and 52nd avenue to watch Delta's fastest Soap Box Derby Participants. 
Once entry fee is paid, you'll be given a ticket to provide to the Tsawwassen Rona. In return, Rona will give you the mechanisms and plywood necessary to build your cart. Directions and patterns are included in the kit.
Racers will speed down 6th Avenue between Milsom Wynd and 52nd Avenue to see who will be crowned the 2016 Soap Box Derby Champion. Each racer will be given 3 runs down the track. The best 2 times will be recorded, and the top 3 carts will have a final run down to crown 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
Each participant will receive a Medal for entering the race. Trophies will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and to the top three spectators choice for the best decorated carts. 
See you on the 4th of June, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us for more information at soapbox@rotarytsawwassen.org
The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen hosted an Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast Saturday, March 26 at Diefenbaker Park. In addition to the hunt and breakfast, the festivities included a petting zoo, cookie decorating, bouncy castle and other activities.   Photograph By Gord Goble - See more at: http://www.delta-optimist.com/news/photos-easter-celebrations-in-tsawwassen-1.2218265#sthash.zEoGAxOk.dpuf
The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen hosted an Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast Saturday, March 26 at Diefenbaker Park. In addition to the hunt and breakfast, the festivities included a petting zoo, cookie decorating, bouncy castle and other activities.   Photograph By Gord Goble - See more at: http://www.delta-optimist.com/news/photos-easter-celebrations-in-tsawwassen-1.2218265#sthash.zEoGAxOk.dpuf
As reported by The Delta Optimist. The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen hosted an Easter Egg Hunt and
Pancake Breakfast Saturday, March 26 at Diefenbaker Park. In addition to the hunt and breakfast,
the festivities included a petting zoo, cookie decorating, bouncy castle and other activities.
Photograph by Gord Goble.
To see more great photos click this link > The Delta Optimist
Leslie Abramson - acting, vice and former Tsawwassen club president chaired the meeting.
Two presentations today!
                Kathleen Beaton
Introduces the 2016 Environmental Month!
                Curtis Dunsdon
Introduces himself as a
new member!
Environmental Committee Presentation
    Kathleen Beaton   Laureen McCleery   Steve Totzke
Now preparing for the upcoming Earth Month Challenge to encourage learning about the environment.
Why participate?
 -to become a leader in the community
 -to have fun and compete
 -to go for the prizes including the coveted green jacket
Week 1
Spring cleanup: consider recycling rather than discarding to the landfill. Many discarded items can be sent to recycling depots such as "Return It" or to "Re-Store" There are special spots for all types of items such as electronics and even clothes hangers
Week 2
Devoted to cleaning up litter around your property, block and neighborhood. As well as beautifying the area it will help in the protection of animals, keep taxes down, and create an exercise programme as we bend to pick up things
Week 3
Identification of trees in the area. Hemlock,Western Fir, Arbutus, Cedar and Blue Spruce photos can be sent directly to members of the committee
Week 4 
Eating three local foods per day with 2 meatless days each week. Meat takes a great deal of land area and produces methane gas contributing to global warming
Everyone is encouraged to participate for fun and to feed their competitive urges. More info to come later.
John Charbonneau recognizes Paul Harris recipients. 
John, with the help of his assistant SIRI,  provided information on numbers and abbreviations
  • #87     - the % of the money collected being spent directly on projects
  • 5*        - the charity rating for the Foundation
  • 80/86    - the number of members who have donated to the Foundation
  • MBNA     - the affiliation Rotary Foundation has with master Card
What are the effects of giving to the Foundation?
Happiness, joy, cheerfulness, good spirits, enjoyment, rapture, bliss and the prevention of erectile dysfunction
Presented with Paul Harris recognition
Aart Shuurman Hess
Roger Pryke - his fifth

Edwin Lee - also his fifth

Vickie Lum (wife of Edwin)
Vickie Lum and Edwin Lee
Thank you everyone!
Marlene Findlay with her well behaved canine guest Bruce, a guide dog in training.
President Shane shows Rotary Leadership by preparing a Family Thank You
Thank you cards were provided to members to take home with them to give out to family
members who in their way support us in the work we do. Also flowers and honey spoons
completed the appreciation package.
President Shane also expressed our appreciation to Leslie for her contribution and also for Marianne Osborne of Delta Printers coming through yet again for us!
Mystery Rotarian. Do you know who.....
- is in the picture
- was born in Moncton NB
- lived in Soest, Germany in the 50's
- was a bank manger by the age 22
- drove an ex-yellow cab to Costa Rica at age 25
- sued the federal government for his first million
- bought and sold 30 motorcycles and cars
- daughter born when he was 50
- he then raised her by himself
- married a redhead -twice
- has unusual power of persuasion on a diverse group of influential adults
ANS  The Sarge himself  Dave Anderson
LNG in Delta
David Bennett
Director of Communications
Fortis BC
To read a summary of David Bennett's presentation click...
President Shane welcomes our newest Rotarian, Madeline when Sara Kirby brings her daughter to our breakfast meeting.
Patty Burr and Brian Spivey outlined some of the Delta School District programmes that give students experience in the world of work
< Diane Forward in her President
Shane Approved
Leslie Abramson > gathers thoughts about the fit of
the Tom Smith awarded self-defining chapeau!
Exchange student Mette, temporarily sidelined by a skiing mishap, continues
in her usual good spirits planning to return to soccer later in the season
Mette's new mountain ride was acquired in Whistler following a tumble during a weekend with the Beatons and the Jamiesons.
An injured calf muscle means crutches and six weeks in an air cast with physiotherapy to follow. Like always, our wonderful Mette is making the best of it with her sunny personality.
After fulfilling his greeter duties, Guenter delivered this week's invocation.
Garry Shearer announces that members of the Tsawwassen Rotary Club have been granted affiliate membership in the Beach Grove Golf Club!
This extends Clubhouse privileges, including access to gourmet dining, to Tsawwassen Rotarians. Please make reservations to use these services.
For a reservation call Heather at 604 943-1145. Log in to discover the up-coming specials - the next one being Pasta night Mar 10.
Kit Grauer and Peter Scurr presented their shared joy of North American train travel.
Local train enthusiasts, Kit Grauer and Peter Scurr, were introduced by Laureen McCleery who heard their presentation as part of the local elder college offerings. Both of them have retired from the field of education; Kit from UBC and Peter from teaching art at South Delta Secondary. They managed to combine their love of rail travel with imaginative photos that artistically captured their enjoyment and passion.
Our Mystery Rotarian
Born in a small prairie town
Spoke French before learning English
Made the Boston Bruins negotiation list
Hitchhiked across Canada
First car a "55 Chevy
Worked in Europe for two years
Has degrees from three different universities
Ski patrolled for a few years
loves fishing but prone to seasickness
Met John Diefenbaker opening Diefenbaker Park
Answer: Paul Arcand
Please share the good news! We are proud to host the 14th Annual Wine Gala. Explore the details here: http://rotarywinegala.com/
 Be sure to order your tickets early!
Sales are limited and sell out every year!
Preparation is well underway!
Dave Anderson reports that a committee has been formed and calls for more members to join.
Hands up racers and fans to join in developing the newest fun extravaganza for Tsawwassen!
From our great community newspaper, The Delta Optimist! South Delta Secondary was a colourful place Wednesday as the Tsawwassen high school marked Anti-Bullying Day. Principal Terry Ainge (far right) and school liaison officer Mike Atkinson flank students Teigan McDougall, Mette Lund and Megan Massel. Photograph by Gord Goble
Mette Reports
More Great news: She has made the soccer team and as well as enjoying the sunshine, she visited Manning Park!
South Delta Secondary was a colourful place Wednesday as the Tsawwassen high school marked Anti-Bullying Day. Allanah Berry (above) hands out pink cotton candy, while principal Terry Ainge (far right) and school liaison officer Mike Atkinson flank students Teigan McDougall, Mette Lund and Megan Massel. - See more at: http://www.delta-optimist.com/news/everything-turns-up-pink-at-sdss-1.2185276#sthash.6WXeCeCg.dpuf
South Delta Secondary was a colourful place Wednesday as the Tsawwassen high school marked Anti-Bullying Day. Allanah Berry (above) hands out pink cotton candy, while principal Terry Ainge (far right) and school liaison officer Mike Atkinson flank students Teigan McDougall, Mette Lund and Megan Massel. - See more at: http://www.delta-optimist.com/news/everything-turns-up-pink-at-sdss-1.2185276#sthash.6WXeCeCg.dpuf
South Delta Secondary was a colourful place Wednesday as the Tsawwassen high school marked Anti-Bullying Day. Allanah Berry (above) hands out pink cotton candy, while principal Terry Ainge (far right) and school liaison officer Mike Atkinson flank students Teigan McDougall, Mette Lund and Megan Massel. - See more at: http://www.delta-optimist.com/news/everything-turns-up-pink-at-sdss-1.2185276#sthash.6WXeCeCg.dpuf
Member Leisa Schaefer serves as Greeter this week and provided the invocation.
Fernand Beaulac was welcomed as the latest member of the Rotary family in being inducted by District Governor John Anderson
Edwin Lee introduced new member Fernand Beaulac who was inducted by past District Governor John Anderson. Fernand is a chemical engineer who is now a managing consultant who now wants to give time to Rotary. He will be mentored into the club by Wayne Connorton. Welcome aboard Fernand!
Mystery Rotarian: Do you know?
  • whose father was a Rotarian
  • grew up with exchange students in the house
  • served as a YMCA ski instructor
  • did not always pay for her ski ticket
  • drove an exploding Pinto across Canada (twice)
  • hates ice fishing
  • is OK with salmon fishing
  • almost went to jail at a club Med party in Mexico 
Ans Jill Moore
Member Garry Shearer and his wife Colleen celebrated their 40th anniversary by attending  a Rotary breakfast with friends.
Photo Bombed by President Shane!
International Update Edwin Lee
As part of Rotary World Health
we are preparing a container of
medical equipment destined for
Uganda. Three major recipients:
Tekera, Jaaja Barb House of Angels
Orphanage and the Kiyunga Health
Centre are all in desperate need of
medical supplies.
As well as medical equipment and supplies there is a need for all types of hand tools that will be included in the shipment. Good time to clean out your garage and bring along extra tools you can spare. Collection date is March 17 - Think green and Think tools.
Click Read more... below Edwin's slide presentation for details.
Dr. Joan Hansen and Sherrie Jamieson hurry along spring!
Garry Shearer presented a $5000 Rotary Foundation contribution for the Rotary Fountain project to Community Projects Committee member Dan Patching.
Tom Bearss former Canadian diplomat and now president of the Delta Naturalist Society presented an outline of the Bird Strategy Plan for Delta
Interested in birds in Delta? Check out Delta Nature Casual Birders and Delta Naturalists Society at www.dncb.wordpress.com for more information.
See slides from Tom's presentation and text below!
Youth is served. Interacters Morgan Tucker, Emily Johnson and Sarah Steward join exchange student Mette for breakfast
Need a bus? John Lusted, Peter Dandyk, Matt Wood with President Shane present a cheque for $1500 towards the purchase of a 16 person community bus.
The Dutch contingent (L to R) Gerry VanGaalen, Johann Steinmann, Jeroen Vermeulen, Andy Schellekens, Henk Veldhuis and wannabe Dutchman John Charbonneau
Food Bank potato inventory has been replenished by the efforts of Brian Coe, Vickie Sangster and the Rotary gleening crew. Brian and Vickie were joined by Joan Hansen, David Smith, Sherrie Jamison and new Rotarian, Ginny Lowood. Approximately 500 lbs of red and white nugget potato seconds were packed and delivered to the Ladner Food Bank in record time. Many thanks to local farmer, Pete Guichon, who donated the potatoes. This supply should last the Food Bank for 3-4 weeks. Then we will do it again! Anyone keen to gleen can join in by contacting Vickie Sangster.
Project Committee members Dan Patching and Ian Bourhill introduced our club's latest undertaking; a unique water fountain slated for Fred Gingell Park. With the assistance of the artist sketch we were presented with some of the design details of the project.
  • Four outlets on three levels accommodate adults, children, dogs and water bottle filling
  • Dimensions are  80" high  50" wide  8" deep
  • Cost of $47,000 will be shared 50-50 with the municipality
  • Work in kind donations also play a part ie plumbing
  • High quality chlorinated and sediment free municipal water supply
  • Push button control keeps hands away from water flow
  • Run off water flows to drained basins
  • Park water fountain use grows as plastic bottle use declines
  • Beach stair climbers will appreciate the water station
  • Stair climbing exercisers will also have a counter station
  • Granite construction expected to minimize graffiti
  • Completion planned for April
Dan Patching (left) and Ian Bourhill (above) of the projects committee introduced our club's latest undertaking; a unique water fountain slated for Fred Gingell park. See artist's concept sketches above! Description and photos coming soon!
Our Mystery Rotarian
    - Can you identify the Rotarian who:
  • Playing with matches starting a house fire
  • Was active in judo and kick-boxing
  • Still keeps his mouth guard...just in case
  • Saved three children from drowning
  • Chased pins in a bowling alley
  • Had visions of being a body guard
  • Married his childhood sweetheart
  • Tackled someone to avoid a tractor run over
  • Is colour blind
Ans: Warren Hughes
President Shane recognizes our long-time, faithful server Rose by presenting her with an early Valentine's day gift!
Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord, Community Relations Officer  Leisa Schaefer welcomed by Leslie Abramson. Constable and speaker, Jordan Pelland with member Warren Hughes
New Members Inducted by Membership Chair, Garry Shearer. Our club keeps on growing with the induction of five new members:
Pam Sarkissian a former flight attendant joins us having been introduced to Rotary's good works in Nicaragua. Sponsor Tom Smith - Mentor Laura Dixon 
Curtis Dunsdon is married with two boys one of whom attended his dad's induction. His son Chase gave the meeting a demonstration of his recent invention (see photo) Sponsor Benno Bucher - Mentor John Lusted
Ginny Lowood has recently retired from the police department. Formerly a resident of Ladner she has moved here and is interested in getting involved in fund raising. Sponsor Holly Doolan - Mentor Joan Hansen
Eric Murphy:spent 20 years in the IT field but switched into the food industry and purchased Petra's 7 months ago. He is married with one child and is currently coaching a ringette team.Sponsor Garry Shearer - Mentor Rick Lewall
Scott Harper married with two kids, he has already been involved in some of our projects. Sponsor President Shane - Mentor Matt Wood
Welcome all!

Do you know who:
  • joined Rotary Club six months after charter
  • has a 45 acre conservation area in Richmond
  • immigrated to Canada in 1972
  • lived in Ontario and Ft St John
  • opened a business 34 years ago which is still going
  • KinVillage Community Centre Board Member
  • Board Member of a top rated BC company
  • chaired the BC Children's Hospital first fund raiser

Answer: Edwin Lee
Chase added some flash to our meeting by supporting his dad becoming our community connected new Rotarian Curtis. Chase cranked up the power to demonstrate the value of making good connections!
Special Presentation
    District Grants Chairperson, Garry Shearer was pleased to present a District Grant of $2,400 for our Tekera project in Uganda. Our club's International Chair, Edwin Lee accepted the welcome contribution that will improve lives by supporting the education of many students. Our Rotary Club has supported this international project for many years and remains deeply committed to this development.
Full details of this extensive program for development and growth through education are available here: http://icefcanada.org/
Information on the development of the Tekera model community can be found here:http://www.tekera.org/
Combating Gang Violence was our presentation topic. Warren Hughes introduced a great program and presentation by Jordan Pelland. Constable Pelland is a member of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC, the task force dedicated to the policing of the area's gang related activities. His presentation focused on the myths and realities of gang life. Continue reading for details!
Neil Dubord, the Delta Chief of police, followed up Jordan Pelland's presentation with commentary on the gang scene in Delta. Chief Dubord reported that Delta Police, the School Board and community support keeps gang activity at a minimum. The key way Delta keeps control of gang activity is through very active school liaison activity targeting high-risk kids. That and a tougher police stand taken in the higher risk North Delta area, tends to keep the gang problem at a minimum in Delta.
January was Vocational Service month for Rotary but, what is Vocational Service? This excerpt taken from the monthly letter from club member and Rotary District 5040 Governor, John I. Anderson explains this part of Rotary.
Vocational Service is one of Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service.Vocational Service calls on all Rotarians to aspire to high ethical standards in their occupation and to contribute their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society. To new members we emphasize this with words like: ‘your fellow members believe you to be a worthy representative of your calling and also to possess qualities that will permit you to exemplify the true sprit of Rotary in your public, business and private life.’
We are urged to highlight vocation in club activities through mentorship and business networking and to emphasize the connections between the Four Way Test and the Rotary Code of Conduct. Promoting integrity through ethical behavior is an essential part of what it means to be a Rotarian.