On March 3, 2016 our club held our largest and most successful event to date! Our “West Coast Story” benefit concert, held at Inlet Theatre in Port Moody, was a fundraiser for Jaaja Barb’s Home of Angels Orphanage in Mpumudde, Uganda. The orphanage, started by Abbotsford native Barb Giraud, gives a home to orphans living with HIV/AIDS in acute poverty.
The night featured plenty of local talent including acoustic singers, Taiko drumming, and dance crews, and featured plenty of free food and prizes as well! In the end, we were able to raise $5188 for Barb and her Angels! Thank you to all of the performers, sponsors, and guests, you all helped make the night truly extraordinary!
Chase Powersmith & Olivia D’amici – Encore Dance Academy
OTW (Ones to Watch) Crew
Where They From – choreographed by Katie Chartrand and Marcel Tremel
Who doesn’t love a good game of dodgeball – especially when it’s to support a fantastic local cause? Our Community Service committee hosted a Dodgeball Tournament at Pitt River Middle School on Friday, May 8 to help raise money for Tri-Cities KidSport, so that all children in the Tri-Cities can enjoy the fun and benefits of organized sports.
Overall, nearly 100 participants came together to raise a grand total of $1,168.36 for the cause! Thank you to all of our players for coming out and supporting us #SoAllKidsCanPlay!
We spent our Sunday afternoon this past weekend helping out our sponsor club, the Rotary Club of Port Moody, with their annual Christmas Tea service at Eagle Ridge Manor. This is always a fun service opportunity to kick off the Christmas season and spread holiday cheer to the wonderful residents at the manor.
Check out more photos from this event on Facebook.
A few of our members had the opportunity to serve as Facilitators at the first-ever Ridge Meadows Youth Impact Summit from November 28-30, 2014. This 3-day program, based off a model of other Rotary Youth Leadership programs in our district including RYLA and YAIL, aimed to inspire students in grades 10-12 in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows to make an impact in the community and the world around them. From professional speakers to challenging leadership activities and conquering fears, the weekend concluded with the students delivering a short “Legacy Presentation” about changes they’d like to see in the community to city councilors and school board trustees.
This was an incredible event that we were very honored to be able to take part of. It was wonderful to see the leadership potential grow in so many youth, and we can’t wait for RMYIS 2015! Special thanks to the RMYIS committee for making this weekend happen.
FRIDAY JULY 25, doors open at 6:30pm
CAT & FIDDLE PUB (1979 Brown Street, Port Coquitlam) TICKETS: $15.00 (includes burger and beverage)
Back by popular demand is our second annual pub night fundraiser at the Cat and Fiddle Pub in Port Coquitlam. Once again, for $15 you can enjoy your choice of burger (beef, chicken, or veggie) and beverage (highball, beer, or wine). Proceeds will support our club’s service initiatives for the upcoming year, both in the local community and abroad.
There will also be hosting a 50/50 draw with proceeds supporting Kidsport BC! We are looking forward to spending an evening with everyone!
Members of our club spent the afternoon of Saturday, March 22 visiting with seniors at Hawthorne Centre in Port Coquitlam. In addition to serving tea and snacks, we also made them cards to ring in the spring season, and our very own Jessica entertained them by playing the violin. Thank you to Chris M., Kevin, Brianne and Rasmeet for also volunteering their time!
In the spirit of the Holiday season, the Tri-Cities Rotaract is selling tickets for “Unwrapped! A Charitable Night of Shopping” at Coquitlam Centre Mall on Tuesday, November 26 from 7-10:30PM. With over $16,000 in prizes to be won and lots of special deals and offers, it’s a night you do not want to miss!
Tickets are available for $10 from any Rotaract member or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds from our ticket sales will go towards two of our upcoming projects: creating a Christmas hamper for a family in need, and a gift to the seniors at Hawthorne Manor.
After the success of the event last year, on Halloween this year we once again collected nonperishable food items from neighborhoods in Port Moody to support local food banks. Just an hour and a half of collection with our group of volunteers led to over 400 items of food being collected for SHARE Family & Community Services. Thank you to our team of volunteers: Ryan, Danielle, John, Adam, Kim, Chantal, Jordan, Janelle, Emi, Kevin, Nicole, and Chris!
Update: We’re happy to finally report the total from this year’s We Scare Hunger can drive in the Tri-Cities: 537 lbs! This improvement over last year’s amount of 512.5 lbs would not have been possible without all of our awesome volunteers and the generous donations of Tri-Cities residents.
Check out more photos from this year’s event on our Facebook page.
Often we have so much to be thankful for during the Thanksgiving season that we forget about others in our community who may be less fortunate. This year, our members were determined to spend the long weekend doing something valuable for the community, and we were very fortunate invited by the Rotary Club of Port Coquitlam Centennial to help out with a Thanksgiving lunch held in Port Coquitlam in partnership with St. Catherine’s Anglican Church.
Preparations began the week before at our October 10 meeting, when we stuffed bags of candy to give out to guests. Then on Thanksgiving Monday, we were up bright and early to help the Rotarians and members of the church prepare a menu of roast turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, salad, and pie. We also had the honor of serving the meal to the guests.
We were so happy to be able to spend part of Thanksgiving giving back to the community – thank you to the Port Coquitlam Rotary and to St. Catherine’s Church for allowing us to help out!
Invasive species, or those that are not native to the local area, cause widespread ecological damage due to their rapid growth and ability to displace the endemic wildlife. So on October 5, 2013, we joined the Rotary Club of Port Moody in their Rotary RIPS (Removes Invasive Plant Species) program. We spent the day working with Rotarians, the Port Moody Ecological Society, and children from Camp Jubilee on clearing invasive species from the Noons Creek Hatchery area.
Thank you to all of our members who supported the event: Janelle, Eric, Chantal, Ryan, Adam, Michelle, and John.