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Dec 12, 2019
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Jan 30, 2020 8:00 AM
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Feb 27, 2020 8:00 AM
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Mar 05, 2020
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A Message From Gail McEwan President of The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen
 
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It's that time of the year again! The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen's annual A GIFT OF LIGHT at Diefenbaker park.
We have over 25,000 lights on more than 40 trees to light up the park with a spectacular display.

Bring your friends, bring your kids, bring your pets and the whole family it is rain or shine!

There will be:
- Entertainment on the Main Stage
- Cookie Decorating
- A special mail box for all Children to send letters to SANTA
- Face Painters
- Balloon Artist
- Roasting Marshmallows
- Rides around the Park in a Horse drawn carriage
- SANTA will be arriving in a Fire Truck
- Walk down Candy Cane Lane to Santa`s Palace and have your picture taken
- A spectacular finish with an incredible Christmas light display in the Park

We welcome dry goods donations for the South Delta Food Bank, who support our friends and neighbours all year around.
On the eleventh month, on the eleventh day, at the eleventh hour - one minute of remembrance
Every year the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen and the Rotary Interact Club at SDSS participate in the act of remembering. Interact members install crosses in front of the Longhouse on 56th Street.  Those crosses bear the names of the fallen and are a visible reminder of the loss of life that war brings.  On November 11th the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen is represented at Memorial Park Cenotaph in Ladner and lays a wreath of remembrance.   By remembering the devastation of war and sacrifices that were made and continue to be made today, we hopefully can move forward to creating a space for peace. 
Peace is an important concept for Rotary and Rotarians. Rotary International projects give hope and help as well as build bridges across worlds.  Rotary Peace Scholars learn how to promote and facilitate peace in areas of conflicts. Our  local Peace Day celebrations show us how peace serves our own community.
May we all remember and reflect on this day in our own way, and appreciate how the sacrifice of others has shaped the community in which we all live today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
It is with sadness we announce the passing of our dear fellow Rotarian, Vickie Sangster, who passed away October 24, 2019.  
Vickie joined the RCOT in 2008 and was the driving force behind many Rotary initiatives.  The Waterpark at Diefenbaker park, was just one of Vickie’s many Rotary legacies. Vickie was recognized with many awards including Rotarian of the Year, and made an honorary member of the Club. Vickie was also recognized as Citizen of the Year for Delta for her many works in the larger community of Delta.
Vickie was  hilarious, with an incredible sense of humour and would keep all in stitches with her ziggy one liners, and editorial comments.   Vickie’s spirit of living and giving was inspirational creating a spark in others to give back and make a difference to community at home and around the world. We thank and miss her.  
South Delta Secondary Interact led the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup of 2019 along Boundary Bay at Beach Grove and were joined by some dedicated members of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen.  Their leadership by example in taking care of the environment is inspiring!
              
When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative more than three decades ago, polio paralyzed 1,000 children every day. We’ve made great progress against the disease since then. Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain committed to the end. 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen held its annual Terry Fox Run at the South Delta Recreation  Centre in Tsawwassen.  
There were over 250 participants running on the day.
Thank you to all that came out to run and donate to the Terry Fox Foundation
and all the volunteers and sponsors!                                         
The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen is again organizing the Terry Fox on September 15, 2019!  
 
The Terry Fox Run is just a week away, and communities of South Delta are gearing up to raise money for cancer research and help keep Terry Fox’s dream alive.
One of our members, Judy M,  visited the very moving memorial site in Newfoundland  where Terry began his run - dipping his toe into the Atlantic. 
Below are some of the images from that visit.  
Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope might have ended in 1980 but the spark he lit in the hearts and minds of Canadians ignited into a campaign of hope that has lasted more than three decades. Once again this September hundreds of thousands of Terry Fox supporters will participate in their favourite Canadian fall tradition at one of more than 700 Terry Fox Runs from coast to coast to coast to ensure that cancer research continues to forge ahead. 
Terry Fox had a single dream: a world without cancer. Come and join us as we work together in pursuit of this dream. REGISTRATION OPENS AT 9:00 - LOCAL DIGNITARIES WILL BE SPEAKING, MUSIC WILL BE PLAYING, - A FUN TIME WITH THE RUN STARTING AT 10:00 A.M.    There is both a 5 km route and a 10km route.  Hope to see you there.   
 
 
 
Building on the very successful 2018 Inaugural Bathtub Race and Festival, the 2019 version was a great success.

This was the second year for the FREE annual event that enhances the Bathtub Race Circuit and showcases our wonderful Boundary Bay waterfront.

We had 20 boats competing for the main trophy which was rededicated in the memory of Chris Glenn, one of the joint winners of last year's event and who sadly passed away shortly after that event.
 
Here is the trophy and this year's winner

 
 
As well as the races, there were activities for the whole family such as:
- Pirate Pack Bathtub Race
- Taekwondo Demonstration
- Face Painting
- Food Trucks
- A Bass Pro Sponsored area with prizes for competing in Spike Ball and Bean Bag Toss
 
 
 


Safety for the 2ndannual Tsawwassen Bathtub Race was provided by the Canadian Lifeboat Institution’s “ Delta Lifeboat”.  The RMCSar unit from Point Roberts also stood by to assist if needed.
During the 3 races three bathtubs had to be assisted by the lifeboats rescue boats  - one lost an engine, one almost lost an engine and one had mechanical failure. All were assisted back to shore.  Apart from these there were no other problems and no injuries even though the racing was conducted in fairly choppy conditions.
 
 

Rotary Sun Festival Parade Registration Deadline July 24th

 

The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen is once again sponsoring the annual Rotary Parade at the Tsawwassen Sun Festival on Monday August 5, 2019. The Rotary Parade typically attracts over 12000 excited spectators from across the Lower Mainland and Washington State. The theme for the 2019 Rotary Parade is “Celebrate BC Day”.

 

Monday August 5th, 2019 - Start time 11:00 am 

  • The Rotary Parade Route is from 16th Avenue southbound on 56th to Winskill Park. 

  • Registration Desk open at 8:00 am, judging to commence at 9:30 am.

 

Please remember Your float must have some entertainment value.

 

To register online please follow the instructions and complete your registration at https://sunfestparade.ca/registrationForm.php you will receive a confirmation email once submitted. Once registered you will receive any updates as to the parade. The parade instructions, parade requirements and a map showing the parade route from the staging area will be sent out to all registered entrants after the deadline. The parade registration deadline is Wednesday July 24th.

 

If you have any questions about the parade I can be contacted by email at; rotaryparade@rotarytsawwassen.org

 

Thank you and we look forward to your participation in the 2019 Rotary Parade at the Tsawwassen Sun Festival.

 

From sponsoring water parks for children and their families, developing an outdoor fitness course, providing food for children of low income families, to running a bathtub race, cleaning up a street, opening First Nations learning centres, shipping medical equipment to communities in other countries or supplying clean water in Southeast Asia where there is need, the 50 Rotary clubs in Greater Vancouver up the coast to Prince Rupert generated more than 68,500 volunteer hours of service among their 1,500 members in the past year.
 
According to calculations in a special Value of Rotary Volunteering report by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Civil Society Studies, the monetary value of that time devoted to local, regional and international projects is $1,514,250 in 2017-18 (based on a conservative rate of US$18 per hour). The total time for the 50 clubs over the past five years has been 160,200 hours for an estimated value of $3,604,500.
 
An annual soapbox derby is just one of many community service projects sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen
 
Ladner Rotary Splash Park opened in July 2018
Rotarians load a container with needed medical
and dental equipment for a community in Cuba
Rotary has been working with First Nations in BC to open local learning centres in the Write to Read program
Starfish Packs with food for school children from low income families are provided by Rotary in Williams Lake
 
 
The report prepared for Rotary International estimates the value of the approximately 47 million hours of volunteer service time contributed by its 1.2 million members is US$850 million a year, or CDN $1.06 billion.
 
According to the report, Rotary members volunteered a total of 5.8 million hours within a four-week survey period. Extrapolating those results over an entire year, the report gave a conservative estimate of nearly 47 million hours of volunteer effort generated by Rotary members in a typical year.
 
The report then analyzed the economic impact of all those hours and estimated the value conservatively at $850 million a year, if communities had to pay for the services that Rotary volunteers provide.
 
Rotary, with the help of Johns Hopkins University, is the first global service organization to conduct an empirical analysis of its volunteers’ impact using an internationally sanctioned definition of volunteer work. The authors of the report noted in their conclusion that at each stop, the analysis had chosen the most conservative estimates.
 
“This makes the results reported here all the more remarkable,” the authors noted. “Translated into economic terms, Rotary is annually generating a scale of social and economic problem-solving effort that is worth nearly nine times more than it costs the organization to produce.”
 
Rotary General Secretary John Hewko said the figure doesn't even include the in-kind contributions and the money that Rotary clubs and the Rotary Foundation raise every year. In addition, the figure doesn’t include the volunteer work of the many relatives and friends of Rotary that members often involve in a project, or that of members of Rotaract, Interact, or the Community Corps, that would easily double the estimate of Rotary’s economic impact.
The 4th annual Soap Box Derby by the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen this past Saturday was a big success. With 45 karts entered it was an enjoyable day for all. Thanks to the City of Delta, Delta Police Foundation, all our sponsors, kart drivers and attendees for making it a memorable day as the racers went down 6th avenue in Tsawwassen.
 
Our winners were:

1st Place Kart #32: Southwest Mortgage driven by Max Yang

2nd place Kart #45: Your Dollar Store driven by Morgan McDonough

3rd Place Kart #22: McDonalds driven by Callum Chow

 

Directors Award on Friday for Best Designed Kart: the Yellow Submarine from Delview High School

Spectator award for Best Kart: Fire Engine - Delta Fire Department

Spectator award for Best Dressed Driver: Ava Lock driving the Quesava Kart

 
2019 Karts and Drivers:

1: Catherine McDonough - Rotary Kart sponsored by Absolute Plumbing

2: Rowan Balcarras - Mimi and Papa 

3: Roxie Bilesky - Blackwater Environmental

5: Brooklyn Card - Century Group Land Corp /Barbicon Property Management

6: Findlay Mitchner - City of Delta

7: Jamie Dick - Delta Fire and Emergency

9: Niko Bocolas - The Optimist Newspaper

10: Finley Kyle - Delview Secondary School

11: Miles Kong - Delview Secondary School

12: Aikum Sandhu - Delview Secondary School

13: Nathan Stadnek - Delview Secondary School

14: Alaniya Johal - Envision Financial

15: Jaiden England - Gateway Casinos/Cascade Casino Delta

16: Greyson Gough - GCT Terminals

17: Andrew Van Gaalen - Gerry Van Gaalen

18: Enzo Bernabe - Ideal Door Ltd

19: Sofia Reid - Jackson & Lowe Real Estate Team

20: Kiarra Baiza - Lental Construction

21: Ryan Murphy - Mario's Kitchen

22: Callum Chow - McDonald's

23: London McDonough - Newman's Fine Foods

24: Ava Lock - Quesava

26: Moses O'Brien - Rona

27: Levi Campbell - Santavia Water Systems

28: Brayden Lee - Save-On Foods

31: Kai Kobayashi - Soni Enclosures Ltd

32: Max Yang - Southwest Mortgage

33: Tor Read-Friedman- Standerwick Dental

34: Asher Kovacs - Swim Blue

36: Declan Arnold-Peddlesden - Tsawwassen Collision

37: Leigh Ann Ives - Tsawwassen Optometry

38: Bas ter-Keurs - Unitech

39: Riley Ferrier - Unitech

41: Lukas Wagner - Wagner's European Fabricare

42: Hudson Robinson - Werner's Auto Klinik

44: Jaylen Shannon - Windsor Woods Dental

45: Morgan McDonough - Your Dollor Store/Erigun Construction