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We've partnered with the Tortola Rotary Club in the British Virgin Islands and their affiliates in White Rock/South Surrey to ensure that the funds raised will go DIRECTLY to the causes we want to assist, with no handling fees. We have earmarked the school in Cane Garden Bay as the recipients of the benefit. It is a very important facility for the community and their rebuilding will greatly aid the regeneration for young & old alike.
 
"The following is a first hand account from a member of the Rotary Club of Tortola, BVI:
  • The British Virgin Islands (BVI) received a devastating, direct hit from Irma on Sept. 6th.  A category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 185-190 mph and gusts over 220 churned thru the islands for 5 long hours, tornadoes embedded inside, blowing apart almost everything in her path.  90% of the buildings on the island were destroyed beyond repair or severely damaged, the entire island was left without water or power (it is estimated power will not be fully restored for 4 more months) and the communication infrastructure was almost completely wiped out. Most of the trees were uprooted or broken and the main island roads were impassable for a week, and longer in the outlying areas. Thousands have been left homeless with literally only the clothes on their backs, businesses are destroyed, and jobs are scarce.  It's not a pretty picture.  I've been on the island after several category 3 & 4 hurricanes but nothing comes close to this - the scenes that l've witnessed are reminiscent of war-torn, bombed-out Syria.  It's heartbreaking."
    
British Virgin Islands - Cane Garden Bay School project Darryl Swallow 2017-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

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Posted on Jul 29, 2017
The Social Committee hosted the annual BBQ at the home and back patio of Mauricio and Simone on July 22, 2017.  Appetizers, drinks and an excellent Brazilian BBQ dinner were enjoyed by about 50 club members, spouses, and family members.  Many thanks to Mauricio and Louis for their excellent BBQ skills.
Summer Social BBQ Darryl Swallow 2017-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2017
Darrell Jones of SaveOn Foods attended the Semiahmoo Rotary Club to present a cheque and talk about the Rotary-Sources Food Bank food card program.  The program was sponsored by SaveOn Foods as well as the Block Family during the 2016-2017 Rotary year resulting in a 16% donation.  Total sales of food gift cards was $424,800 resulting in a total donation to Sources Food Bank of $67,900.  Those funds are further leveraged by the Food Bank to achieve a significantly larger benefit.
 
For the 2017-2018 Rotary club year, all five of the White Rock & South Surrey areas have agreed to co-sponsor the program with SaveOn Foods.  Based on sponsorship currently secured, a donation of 17% of every food card purchased through the program will be made to Sources Food Bank.
SaveOn Foods - Sources Food Bank cheque presentation Darryl Swallow 2017-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
Peace Arch News article - Food card program Darryl Swallow 2017-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Public Image 2016-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
The District 5050 golf tournament was held this Friday Aug. 12th with all funds raised going to the Rotary Foundation for doing good in this world. It was held at Hazelmere golf course in South Surrey and we had 8 members of our club ( sorry 6 and 2 spouses ) that were players and our member Ted Church won a blender. Great fun was had by all!
District 5050 Golf Tournament 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Denis Boyd, our past District Governor, spoke about a new initiative to return (to some degree at least) to the roots of Rotary. We have seen a shift from a very strong emphasis on business networking (in the early days of Rotary), to a shift away from business networking- to the point where some clubs have fined members for talking business at a meeting! The new theme is “Rotary is open for business”.
To help members who want to identify and connect with businesses that are run by Rotarians, a new web site – www.rotarynetworkingplus.com – has been established, with seed funding from District 5050. The underlying theme is that doing business with Rotarians should mean doing business with business people who are ethical and can be trusted. Denis gave a demonstration of the web site, which is up and running now. There is no charge for registering a business on the website. There are now 152 listings – target is 400-500. While District 5050 has provided funding so far (about $6000 to date), the long term plan is for the website to  be self – financing.
Denis’ presentation was well received – those present expressed generally positive reactions to the initiative.
Rotary Networking Plus 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Har Prashad, a very accomplished man currently consulting for Tribology.  Voss is doss?  Tribology is the study of science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion. His topic for us was life, love, health and happiness.  He broke each word down and provided us insight into how these very personal words impact our daily lives.
 
Dr. Har Prashad, consulting for Tribology 2016-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Megan Mohan, Semiahmoo High graduate with our $2,000 Community scholarship.  Megan will be studying to become a teacher at the University of Victoria.  On graduation she plans to work with children competing in the special Olympics.  In a brief talk she listed some of her many volunteer accomplishments while in school.
Community Scholarship bru 2016-07-14 00:00:00Z 0

Peace Arch Hospital is closer to having new medical equipment after the Rotary Club of White Rock donated more than $30,000.

The club presented the cheque to the Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation last month, in the amount of $32,100, which was raised through the group's popular book sale.

The funds will go towards purchasing three vital-signs monitors for elder acute care and a bladder scanner for the mental health and substance abuse zone.

Since launching the book sale in 1987, the Rotary Club of White Rock has raised $322,000 for the hospital.

 
Peace Arch Hospital Bruce MacKenzie 2016-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
The YMCA is offering to assist isolated and vulnerable adults, or those living with or at risk for chronic conditions. The Community Health team with the YMCA of Greater Vancouver are offering a program called the Choose to Move program. This program is a free choice-based physical activity support program informed by the best practice. It will enhance and identify physical activity opportunities for adults 65+ who are currently inactive and living with chronic conditions. 
This program is completely FREE for those who qualify.
Tong Louie Family YMCA (Surrey)
T. 604.320.5813
E. choosetomove@gv.ymca.ca
W: gv.ymca.ca
Choose to Move! 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0