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We are currently meeting for lunch at the Rotary Field House in the South Surrey Athletic Park on Tuesdays at 12:00pm, we are also broadcasting on Zoom. Please contact us for the Zoom link, or if you would like to attend the in person lunch meeting.
 
Meeting Location when not on Zoom:
 
Book Sale News
Easter book sale announced
 
White Rock Rotary's next book sale will be held at Centennial Arena's curling rink Friday, April 14th, through Tuesday, April 18th. Hours and pricing will be announced in late February or early March. Mark your calendars and stay tuned!
 
Donations are always welcome ...
 
Regular Book Donations at the Rotary Fieldhouse in the South Surrey Athletic Park
 
Donations of books in good condition are welcome. We cannot accept magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias, manuals, or damaged books. Thank you for your understanding.
 
 
Books can be donated 24/7 at the Blue Bin on the North side of the Rotary Fieldhouse, located at 2197 148 St, Surrey, south of the Surrey Eagles Hockey Arena.  Large donations can be dropped off Monday or Thursday mornings 9-11.  We can help you unload directly into the book warehouse and not fill up the bin.  If you need help picking up a large donation of books, we can help.  Contact us at rotaryclub.booksale@gmail.com for assistance.
 
 
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Club News
This was our special Chinese New Year’s program arranged and hosted by Bo Long, who did a fantastic job. Bo greeted us with Gong He Fa Cho – Happy New year. Bo wished us lots of luck for the year of the rabbit. With the room nicely decorated with Chinese symbols – including rabbits, of course Bo introduced a number of dancers wearing traditional Chinese costumes. Their dance numbers included the Love of Nan Shu lake, a sailor dance recalling the memory of a generation, leading back to the time we were young. Others included the Tibetan dance and an Ancient dance. The performance ended with a chorus of Happy New Year. Performers were given a standing ovation.
 

Join us on February 25, 2023!

The Coldest Night of the Year is a winterrific family-friendly walk to raise money for local charities serving people experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness. Team up, fundraise, walk, and gather for good... because it’s cold out there. Join the Rotary Club of White Rock team and help fundraise for the Sources. Click Here to Join the Team

Our guest speaker for Jan 24th was Matthew Witt.  He is a retired firefighter with the City of Surrey.  He talked to us about his experience as part of a Rotary Project to assist rural communities in the Pisac area of the Peruvian Andes.  In the past year, Matthew was in Pisac to continue working with DESEA on a variety of projects. Matthew received a thank you certificate from club member Michele Partridge. 

 
Members of the Rotary Club of White Rock have been ringing the bells at Semiahmoo Mall in support of the Salvation Army. Club member Gary is pictured here doing his shift. Other helpers were Fred, Carla, Joan, Sasha, Ted and Rene. Merry Christmas!
White Rock Rotary received a last-minute request for assistance from a Syrian refugee family in our area. Their ask was simply for a modest grant to fund a speech pathologist for one of their children, but our club's giving spirit didn't stop there. It quickly grew into a project to ensure all the children had proper school supplies at home and in the classroom. Thanks to everyone for their help!
White Rock Rotary members (l to r) Irene, Monique, Mo, Kristina and Joan (taking photo) delivered 39 gifts to Women’s Trauma Center.  Thanks to the club for its support.
Our weekly meeting hits the road next Tuesday, September 27th. Learn about REC for Kids, started by Rotarians to provide bicycles to disadvantaged youth in our community. We'll meet at the usual time, 12:00-1:30, at the REC for Kids office, 13379 68 Avenue, Surrey. Lunch will be provided, $20. Please let Fred, Don or Joan know if you will be attending no later than Monday. Carpooling is recommended! Meet at the Fieldhouse no later than 11:30 next Tuesday. 
 
Come along as our club takes a field trip for its August 16th meeting!  We'll be travelling to Kindred Community Farm Sanctuary where we'll learn how bonds between animals and humans help each other overcome trauma.  From the group's website:
 

"At Kindred Farm, we believe in the transformative powers of the human-animal bond. A bond so powerful it has the potential to heal physical and emotional pain. We know that when humans and animals have the opportunity to be together in a safe place, sharing love and kindness, the healing powers of that special bond occur.

Many studies have been done on the impact of this bond, but that’s not the only reason we believe it. We believe it because we see it for ourselves every day. We watch as children, adults, and animals overcome their trauma, rebuild trust, make friendships, connect with nature and learn how to love themselves, and others, again.

And through this healing, we see the happiness that results. Happiness that spreads well beyond our farm—and out to the world. That’s our impact."
 
https://www.kindredfarm.ca/
 
Our meeting time remains 12:00.  More information, including address, will follow shortly.
Imagine White Rock – July 10, 2022
 
Imagine White Rock on a perfect day!
 
That would Sunday, July 10th as White Rock turned on its charm to welcome the first woman to become president of Rotary International.
She is Jennifer Jones, a Canadian from Windsor, Ontario who was winding up a tour of Canada from Newfoundland to Victoria, including a visit to the North.
 
Dozens of smiling Rotarians from the United States and Canada were joined by members of the public, mingling in the sunshine at Memorial Park where Rotarians had set up a stage with banners, the famous Rotary wheel and white chairs for the audience.
 
President Jennifer Jones mingled with just about everyone, posing for photos and warmly greeting all. On stage, where she was welcomed by White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker, President Jennifer spoke of her “Image” for Rotary, partly based on the John Lennon song - “Imagine.”
 
Jennifer said her tour included discussion of reconciliation and open dialogue. “The power of that is so important,” she said “because it speaks to who we are as an organization.” She added, “We represent the best – the best of our world. We have the ability to break down barriers. Even though Rotary is in some 200 countries and geographical areas, we are one together. If something happens to someone in another part of the world or another country, as part of our Rotary family it touches all of us.”
 
Jennifer is the first woman elected International President in Rotary’s  117 years, ironic because women we were not welcome in the early years. They fought to become Rotarians and have since played leadership roles in many Clubs and Districts. Rotary’s 1.2 million members are part of 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.
 
President Jennifer was due to end her tour July 11th in Victoria.
 
Rotaractor Lexie Wynn installed Carla Hanson as the 2022-2023 Club President. Carla then installed the board of officers and directors.
The Rotary Club of White Rock has presented a beautiful hand-made portable library to the Dr. Al Hogg Pavillian, a long term care facility adjacent to Peace Arch Hospital. Pictured are President Gordy Sangha, Director Ted Church, Assistant District Governor Joan Apel and Imaan Toor, Manager of the Pavillian.
 
 
Story by George Garrett
 
When firefighters approach a potential fire they follow a rule – “Try before you Pry.” They do not want to cause damage unless their entrance to a possible fire is blocked by a locked door.
 
Now, thanks to the Rotary Club of White Rock members of White Rock Fire Rescue have a training device called “Forced Entry Prop” located behind the fire hall. On Wednesday (April 27th) fire fighters staged a demonstration to illustrate how they can use devices quickly to open a door in case of fire in an apartment, house or commercial building. It’s when time matters.
A life can be saved with quick entry and rescue of a person trapped in a room.
 
Finding a fire victim, perhaps on a floor is also part of the training. Thanks to the Rotary Club of White Rock, the fire rescue service now has a 185-pound dummy, a stuffed mannequin named “Rescue Randy.” Fire fighters regularly practice how to find ‘Rescue Randy” and either lift or drag him to safety, just as they would with a person caught in a smoke-filled room.
 
The demonstration was performed for Mayor Daryl Walker, Councillor Anthony Manning and officials of the Rotary Club of White Rock, including Director Ted Church and President Gordy Sangha.
 
Mayor Walker said a $14,800 donation from the Rotary Club of White Rock was a good example of how Rotary and the City came together to provide the tools needed by White Rock Fire Rescue to do the job and make us all feel safe.
 
Club President Sangha said White Rock fire fighters do a tremendous job, making us feel safe in our homes, adding “We can go to sleep in peace and wake up in peace because of what you do for our
community.”
Book Sale – another success!
 
Book Sale manager Keith Becker says the April Book Sale exceeded expectations, raising nearly $52,000. Becker said “I’m very happy to have heard so many compliments from book buyers who appreciate the sale.”
 
Becker thanked “a great staff” including dozens of volunteers, both from Rotary and the community at large, and coordinated by Anthony Manning. Kristina Eng again did a great job on promotion.
 
Customers can look forward to another Rotary Book Sale in the curling rink in late August.
Once again volunteers will be welcomed. We couldn’t do it without them.
Join the City of White Rock, the Rotary Club of White Rock, the Peninsula Arts and Culture Alliance, and Sources Community Resources Centre for a Peace Walk for Ukraine. 
 
The walk will take place on April 2nd between 10am and 12pm, starting at Memorial Park and walking along Marine Drive and the Promenade. 
 
There will be featured speakers, a celebration of Ukrainian culture, and traditional Ukrainian foods-as well as opportunities to donate to support humanitarian efforts.
 
 
Join our team - Rotary Club of White Rock,  walk on your own, do a virtual walk, or join us on a team walk (times to be determined).  You can also donate to the team through the link below. The official day for CNOY is Feb 26 however due to COVID the main event has been canceled.
 
The Coldest Night of the Year is a walk that raises money for folks in our community who need our help. Some of them hungry, more than a few hurting and regrettably, some who are homeless too. Adults, moms and kids, seniors and youth as well.
 
CNOY is a lot of fun and so valuable. Just click our team page link below to begin to join the team or donate.
 
 
Thank you all who contributed to "The Giving Tree" this holiday season. Over 40 gift bags were delivered to Sources Women's Place for clients dealing with challenges over the holidays. The gift bags were donated by the White Rock, South Surrey, and Peace Arch Peninsula Rotary Clubs. Pictured about is Denise Darrell, director of Women's Place, who is receiving the gift bags from Rotary ADG Joan Apel. Denise was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Rotary Clubs, and would like to thank everyone for the continued support of Women's Place.
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The Rotary Club of White Rock will again be meeting in person starting on Nov 2, 2021 at the Rotary Field House in the South Surrey Athletic Park at 12:00 noon. The meeting will also be available through a Zoom link. Contact us for more information. All attendees must show verification of full vaccination, masks are also required. 
Rotary Club members collected school supplies and sports equipment to be sent to Belize by Rotary World Help. The school supplies will be added to a container that will be filled with medical supplies.
 
The long awaited 6 day book sale was a great success. Thank you to all who came out. Happy reading!
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