Posted on Oct 03, 2023
Achievements and activities of some of our clubs in Rotary District 5040 in September.
Some recent achievements and activities in District 5040 clubs as reported by Assistant Governors
for end of September 2023. There is much more planning and other activity in clubs,
but these are current results, projects completed.
Network with other clubs for ideas and stay tuned for future reports.
also visit the expanding list of projects in our new District 5040 Showcase
100 Mile House
• A Yard Sale raised over $4,000.  Initial thoughts are to use this fund for PHFs. 
• They also have a “Mobile Stage” the club rents out to earn funds. 
Bowen Island
• Speakers on zoom included Matthew Harrison on his trip to Lesotho, updates to Peka and meeting the Maloti-aseru Rotary club and President and at a club meeting Brian Finley on Polio.
• Club members had a tour of the Grafton Commons Greenhouse project for which District Grant funding has been approved and ground has been broken in preparation for the installation of the Greenhouse.
• Jasper Sky presented proposal for a Rotary sponsored process for developing an Ecosystem User Levy starting with exploratory workshop on Bowen Island.
• Club members package food for the Refood Food Rescue Foundation.
• Three new members, already working on committees, have joined the club and they will be inducted on November 3rd and three potential members have been identified.
• The Club approved an international project working to empower Urban Refugee women and girls in Uganda by producing sanitary pads and a literacy program.
• The Club has been working on completing Criminal Record Checks.
• The Club is moving to meeting twice a month with other Fridays as community service days and working meeting days, as required.
• The homeless group is preparing for the winter season plus ongoing food request for their guests and is looking for a range of items, such as food, personal care and hygiene supplies, diapers and warm clothing.
• Club members are providing assistance at the Homeless Action Week on October 12th.
• The club is working to restart the Burnaby Rotaract club.
Burnaby Deer Lake
• The club’s monthly social will be held on September 28th at Brentwood Mall Food Court.
• Burnaby City Councillor spoke at their October 19th meeting.
• Boots for Kids is their key community project - started booking appointments with schools to measure kids' shoe sizes before purchasing boots.  Funding is very limited for The Boots for Kids community project and a continued challenge for the club.
• Another key project is the Festival of Lights, now awaiting venue confirmation.
• A Santa's breakfast is planned for one of the local elementary schools.
Burnaby Metrotown
• Booths were set up at two malls to raise funds for the signature Coats for Kids Program; one at Metrotown mall, which matched donations, for a total of $5,000; the other at Brentwood Mall which also matched funds for a total of $6,000.
• Ardath Mann Paxton attended provided DEI Training in September to the Club.
Burns Lake
• At her annual visit DG Shirley-Pat presented on behalf of the club a Paul Harris Award to one of the village councillors who spoke about how much the involvement of Rotary has affected the community over the years.
• The club recently volunteered at, and funded, a local High School and PAC event where they welcomed in the new students, parents and faculty to the new school year with a lunch for over 100 people.
• One of their long-term members is moving to Whiterock and the Rotary Club members helped a long-term member moving to White Rock with a garage sale and he donated 60% of the proceeds to the cub.
• The club is planning for the Cash Calendar and Auction in November and December.
• On Sep 22nd, Dragon Club presented a cheque for $3000 to Multicultural Drum Festival Society from funds raised by club members from the July Drum Festival event at Brentwood Mall Burnaby.
• Club members are actively working on inviting guests and preparing Dragon Club President Installation Dinner for Oct 13, with funds raised from event to the Rotary Dragon Interact Club.
• Working with Burnaby Metrotown Club on celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year as a fundraising event.
• The Club worked on completing Criminal Record Checks of members.
• The August 26th golf tournament raised $27,000, mainly for scholarships in 2024.
• A letter of support was provided to the Connect the Coast Society for construction of a multi-use active transportation path connecting Sunshine Coast Communities.
• Bob Cotter (charter member of the Tsawwassen club and past member of the Gibsons club) re-joined our club in July and gave a very interesting classification talk at this meeting.
• We started the September 14 meeting with a Rotary moment to reflect on how lucky we are to be living on the Sunshine Coast.
• The club voted to send shelter boxes to Morocco and Libya.
• For the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, an ad will be placed in the Coast Reporter.
• Canvassing for the on-line auction, with the Rotary Club of Sechelt, has begun with 25 members actively involved including all new members. The auction goes on-line on November 10th and bidding is closed on November 25th.
• Our featured speaker Norm Wright (one of our new members and past member of a club in Vancouver) gave a great talk on introduction and thanking of guest speakers.
• A club social was held on September 28 at the Blackfish Pub.
• 40 students attended the first Interact meeting at Elphinstone High School, attracting some potential Interact members.
• The Barnside Harvest Festival of live music September 15 to 17, 2023, at Paterson Park in Ladner, featuring a variety of bands, parade and activities with dogs, a harvest of locally grown food, was possible in part because of 275 Ladner Rotary volunteer hours in managing the vehicle access and parking. There were more than 20,000 spectators over the weekend, which helped with public image for Rotary and generated $7,000 for the club’s service projects.
• Rotarian Steve Rutledge, from Whitby, Ontario, gave an update on September 12 about Adopt a Village.Ladner Rotary has been a long-time supporter and participant in the program.
10 volunteers from the club cleaned up a two-kilometer stretch of Arthur Drive in Ladner as part of its periodic Adopt A Street commitment on September 23rd.
• Club member Dr. Avis Glaze was one of the 7 Over 70 Awards recipients at a gala dinner sponsored by Kin Village for her significant contribution to the education of children across Canada and in other countries.
• The club is finalizing plans with the City of Delta for the planting of 65 trees to celebrate the Rotary Club of Ladner’s 65th Anniversary, with support of a District Grant and sponsorship of Global Containers Terminals which operates at Deltaport.
• Construction of the Westham Square plaza in the centre of Ladner is almost complete in a partnership project with the Rotary Club of Ladner and the City of Delta converting the plaza to a local gathering spot with Rotary-sponsored benches and two e-bike charging stations for $25,000, partly funded by a District Grant.
• The club is working on one new initiative: a senior lunch and learn program and are preparing a grant application for this project.
• This club has been meeting in hybrid mode, but is shifting to more in person gatherings and are reducing the use of technology.
New Westminster
• Recruitment strategy underway with new member fireside planned for October.
• Bevy and Bites planning is underway.
• Joint NHL Hockey Pool working with Royal City Club.
• Looking for a better venue for the club; however, that is a challenge.
New Westminster Rotaract
• New West Rotaract has scheduled a trivia night for October 19th with proceeds going to Lookout Society Housing & Health programs.
• Applied for the District 5040 Membership Grant jointly with the two Whistler Rotary clubs
• The club invested significant volunteer hours to host, with the Pemberton Lions Club, the sold out Pemberton Barn Dance on September 16th which featured three great bands
• The club held a social event on September 27th at Sunstone Golf course.
Pender Harbour
• Brad McCannell of the Rick Hansen Foundation re: Disability Awareness was the guest speaker on September 8th.  His props included a very special wheelchair and his service dog, Sam.
• On September 23rd the grand opening of the Storybook Walk in Tyner Park was held -  a three year project finally completed!  Pizza lunch celebration after. Very appropriate to open in the Rotary month of Basic Education and Literacy.
• A meeting was held with Susann Richter, Chief Operating Officer, of the Pender Harbour Health Centre re: Adventures in Healthcare – Sunshine Coast
Powell River
• Back to the Future Potluck and Decadent Dessert Derby at the Carlson Club was held on September 6th. 40 Rotarians and guests enjoyed a wonderful evening of fellowship and food.
• At the club meeting on September 13th members were taught how to use the new technology for selling our Great Grocery Raffle tickets and 50/50 draw. 
• Adopt a Highway clean up was held on September 20th.
• President Jan made presentation to the 100 Women who care on September 21st and was successful in getting funding for plans to renovate the old Scout Hall to make it into the Rotary Hall.
• At the community’s Fall Fair Rotarians manned both gates and welcomed the public and hosted a booth – selling tickets and had a draw for a gift basket.  Even with the downpour on Saturday there was a good turnout and lots of happy faces.
• Mayor Ron Woznow presented to the club on September 27th
Prince George Downtown
• The club welcomed the new exchange student Lyn from Germany.
• The Annual Soda Creek Corn sale was canelled this year because of a shortage of corn due to the drought and Okanagan fire situation.
• The Rotary Mega Park plan has been cancelled as the city was not willing to take on the maintenance of the project. The funds that have been raised so far are being held with their partner The Community Foundation.  The two boards will get together or to decide where to disburse the funds.
• The club is funding six school breakfast programs in Prince George along with a corporate sponsor.
• It plans to take part in the Meals on Wheels program for Thanksgiving.
Prince George Nechako
• The club is in the process of finding a new venue for their meetings.
• The club runs Operation Red Nose program in Prince George for New Year’s Eve and is planning and recruiting the needed volunteers and sponsors in December.
Prince George Rotaract
• The club was recently presented with a Foundation Award for their contributions. They were also awarded the Rotaract Project of the Year for their Local Charms for Change where they raised $2,400 for the local Elizabeth Fry Society.  They are planning of doing the project again this year.
• They recently purchased ClubRunner so they could communicate better with their members and keep track of the club. They will also use it in their social media membership drives.  They recently added 3 members and have 4 more coming in. 
Prince George Yellowhead
• With help of time and expertise from three other clubs, the Yellowhead club has been focusing on its main project, Rotary Community Garden. Most of the beds are in place and the gravel paths are completed. The rest of the building should be completed by the end of October with the central gazebo to be built next summer. The planting will be done in the spring when the beds should be available for the community to plant their produce. 
• The club will be hosting a “Guess who’s coming to dinner” night on October14th open to other clubs. Members sign up to either cook at their home or sign up to be a guest. The day of the event you find out where you are going for dinner and the host find out who is coming to their house.
• Planning has begun for the annual Masquerade Ball next spring.
• The club is working on the BC Winter Games.
• The local Terry Fox run earned the club over $ 18,000 with 70 participants.
• At a Pizza Night the club recognized special athletes
• Involved with the Elders Truth and Reconciliation center.
• The Moon Festival fellowship and fundraising dinner was held on September 30th for Christmas hampers for the children and youth at SOS Children’s Village BC.
• The club is considering two international service projects: Adopt A Village Laos and a “Care facility for Area the Indigent Elderly” for Bucerias, Mexico.
• Speakers of the month included Steve Rutledge of Adopt A Village Laos and Cally Wesson from BC Women’s Health Foundation on Mature Women’s Health Campaign.
• The club is organizing a Christmas dinner on December 9th at Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond and is inviting other clubs in the Richmond and Delta area.
Richmond Sunrise
• The club welcomed back Tyler Choy, an exchange student who has been in Japan since August 2022.
Richmond Sunset
• The club continues to work on the club's 22nd annual fundraiser, Winter Wonderland, when the club decorates Richmond City Hall, including multiple, decorated Christmas trees and sponsors.
Rotaract Club Hope 604
• This Rotaract Club has finally reorganized and restarted with 18 registered members and president Christine de Castro and Board of Officers. Installation and induction will be on October 21st.
• To celebrate the $10,000 fundaising success of the LPGA tournament clean up project in August -- Golf Canada, Ecology Project, Canadian Women’s Open Golf Championship -- and thank volunteers the club held an event with appetizers and drinks on September 28 at the Steveston Legion.
• The club displayed with its tent and volunteers at two Farmer’s Market event in Steveston. At these summer markets the club erects its tent, promotes the club and Rotary, and collects donations for designated projects, this year for portable generators for Ukraine sourced through Disaster Aid Canada. To date the club has raised close to $400 and generated inquiries from people about the club and possibly joining.
• A Shred Event is scheduled for October 21st.
• The club is planning to fundraise for BC Wildfire Relief and is starting to plan for Winter Hamper food program.
• An end of summer BBQ with live music kicked off September for Rotary.
• The first ever 7 over 70 Gala by Seniors Centre, Kin Village, honoured 7 people over 70 years of age that are key contributors to the community. The club sponsored the event for $20,000. The event earned $200,000 towards an adult day centre in the new Kin Village building currently under construction.
• A team of Rotarians “flip burgers” for the kick off of the local South Delta Rams Football club for Delta youth.
• Members of the South Delta Secondary School Interact club, which kicked off its school year, were interviewed by the Delta Optimist newspaper their fundraising efforts for the Rotary WASH program in Uganda.
• The club raised over $2,000 to help people affected by the wildfires in BC via the Rotary Wildfire Relief Fund.
• A team of Rotary Tsawwassen volunteers finished the 3rd session of gardening at Kin Village.
• On International Peace Day, September 21st, the club hosted its annual Peace Awards at the Rotary Square in the centre of Tsawwassen, presenting Rotary Peace Builder Awards to a police constable and Kin Village president Paul Madden.
• The book club had a lively dinner discussing the latest book.
• On Truth and Reconciliation Day, September 30th, a team of Rotarians attended the Tsawwassen First Nations Walk for Reconciliation, bringing together hundreds of Tsawwassen and Tsawwassen First Nation community members to listen, learn and join together over lunch.
• Speakers at club meetings included Delta LifeBoat Institute, Tsawwassen Elder College, Peace Builder Winner from 2022 Nathan Wilson (TFN), Fire Chief Guy McKintuck.
• The club finished running the Snack Bar in Hackett Park on Sept 9th.
• The club provided a BBQ at Wood Expo on September 16th and another is planned for Octoberfest.
• A third Strategic Planning session assessed the priorities of club members, plus volunteer’s time, vs numerous requests for our BBQ set up at NGO and municipal events
• Planning is underway for the annual Rotary Auction, with the Gibsons club, plus planning for the 2024 cash calendar with all four Clubs on lower Sunshine Coast.
• The club is about to start online sales of the Sunshine Coast jigsaw puzzle to help fund the Mothers School project in Bangladesh.
• Chat Interactors held a meeting at start of new school year, possibly attracting new members.
• The club supported the Brackendale Fall Fair by running the youth programs on September 9th.
• Members delivered fliers and then collected food on September 23rd for the Thanksgiving Food Drive / Squamish Food Bank.
• Speakers included Steve Rutledge on Adopt A Village, Laos, a representative of local business, Quantum Technologies, on hydrogen and helium capture and separation as part of the Green Energy solution, and District DEI Chair Ardath Paxton-Mann and Peter Roaf on DEI 101.
• Club members toured the new Squamish Oceanfront Development, including the playground the club is supporting with the help of a District Grant
• Planning for the club’s Gala Dinner October 14th at Squamish Golf and Country Club is underway.
Sunshine Coast Sechelt
• Sechelt Club President Mike Price presented as part of classification week.
• Sept 13th meeting was our speaker week and both Past Chief Garry Feschuk and his son Steven spoke to us about the upcoming Indigenous events happening at the end of the month and Steven spoke about the name places and history of the areas of the coast.
• The club participated on September 16th in a very successful event at Lehigh- Heidelberg Materials, which served 800 lunches.
• September 17th was the annual COPS for Cancer Salmon Dinner with 80 in attendance.
• On September 23rd President Darcy and Doug helped out at the Davis Bay Fall Fair using the Rotary trailer and BBQ. Three prospective members approach us.  We have a new member in the process of joining as well.
• The club’s Whisky Tasting event will be held on October 13th at the  Sechelt Activity Center @ 5:30 PM.
Vancouver Arbutus
• A representative of North Shore Search and Rescue spoke to club.
• Club members helped load a shipping container with medical supplies for Ukraine.
• A fellowship social event was held at a pub, with new members.
• Club members joined those of Ladner Rotary for the three-day vehicle parking project  at the Barnside Harvest Festival and will be planning to help with the Salvation Army Harbour Light Thanksgiving Meal Preparation on October 8th
Vancouver Cambie
• Members of the club attended the World Help container loading for Guatemala on September 23rd as part of their efforts to increase service in their club.
• They are reviewing and updating their club by-laws.
Vancouver Fraserview
• The club had a BBQ social event at a club member’s home.
• A guest speaker spoke about the BC Assessment and Vancouver Market Update.

• The club hosted a fireside chat with City of Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim on September 19th. 
Vancouver Yaletown
• Steve Rutledge, of Adopt A Village Laos was a guest speaker.
• Rotarian Nancy Tan was awarded her Paul Harris Fellow +3 Award.
• The club is holding a Shred-A-Thon on October 14th and a Halloween Bowling Event on October 29th.
Vancouver Waterfront
• The club celebrated its official launch at its Charter Party attended by more than 50 people.
West Vancouver
• The club held a fundraiser on September 9th for youth programs.
• The club’s regular service project that involves making sandwiches for people facing homelessness in Vancouver continued throughout the summer and in September the club made and distributed 300 sandwiches.
West Vancouver Sunrise
• The club plans to induct 3 to 4 new members in the next few weeks. 
• The local mayor held an event to benefit the club and donated to youth programs.
• The club and Interact received recognition from Shelter Box for their work over the past year.
• A CRA Charitable Society Compliance and Grant Policy is going to the next Board meeting for approval.
• The concept of a new scholarship for forestry students was approved in principle.
• The club is planning to present Paul Harris Fellow awards for deserving members of the public and businesses/suppliers that support the community and the club.
• Members adopted updated Constitution and Bylaws.
• Guest speakers were Steve Rutledge, of Adopt a Village, on supplying water filters for individuals and water purification projects for villages in Laos and Maureen Douglas on the activities of Arts Whistler.
• The club supported the Whistler GranFondo on September 9th.
• Planning continues for Cornucopia in November 2023.
Whistler Millennium
• Speakers included a talk about Tourism Whistler and another about RBC Gran Fondo
• Brandywine Boogie was held on September 23rd, with over 120 participants and raising $6,000 for an elementary school in Tanzania, through the MEF, Maasai Education Foundation.
• The club donated $1,500 to the Author in School program and $1,000 to the Zero Ceiling program.
Williams Lake
• A Short-Term Exchange went very well. 
• A new member joined. 
Williams Lake Daybreak
• The Barrel Race event is well in place, with funds going to “Saving the Mothers and Children”. 
• Sunday is the official opening of the Boulder Climbing Wall. 
• The club’s Octoberfest on October 21st will raise funds for the Accessibility project of the Historic House Building which needs access ramp, which could be supported as well with a District Grant
• A book sale is planned for October 21 -22 and 28 – 29.