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.
This year, Jordyn from our club took the time to organize a group of volunteers to help out with the BC Special Olympics 10-pin bowling event at Zone Bowling in Coquitlam. The event took place on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13. Our volunteers (Jordyn, Alex, Janelle, John, Chantal and Jordan) helped with monitoring lanes and entering data. It was an inspiration to all of us to see how amazing some of these bowlers were and an affirmation of never making assumptions about another person’s abilities. We don’t think we could ever come close to bowling half as good as some of these guys! Thank you to the organizers and event managers of the Special Olympics, as well as all of the athletes and their families, for allowing us to be part of their weekend.
We were extremely honoured to have the opportunity to participate with dozens of other well-known organizations from the Tri-Cities in the Port Moody Centennial Parade on June 22, 2013. Over 100 years of Port Moody’s past, present, and future were represented in the event, which ran from the Port Moody Civic Centre down Murray Street to Rocky Point Park.
The past few weeks have been busy ones for the Rotary Clubs in the Tri-Cities area, with all four clubs hosting their Installation nights for their incoming Presidents. First up on July 4, our official sponsor club, the Rotary Club of Port Moody, bid farewell to outgoing president Al Stjernegaard. Al has played a tremendous part in the creation of the Tri-Cities Rotaract. His support and guidance over the past few months is very much appreciated, and we now have a group of over 30 vibrant, enthusiastic members. We cannot thank him enough for all the hard work he has done for us, but we wish him all the best and look forward to working with the new president of the Port Moody Rotary Club, Jon Dominy!
We would also like to congratulate Jim Fitzpatrick, incoming President of the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise, Harry Tubbs, incoming President of the Rotary Club of Coquitlam, and Angela Anderson, incoming President of the Rotary Club of Port Coquitlam Centennial, on their Installations! A special thank you to the Port Coquitlam Centennial club, who graciously donated a $300 cheque to the Tri-Cities Rotaract Club during their ceremony. It is wonderful to know that we have the support of not just one, but four Rotary clubs in the area!
Members of the Tri-Cities Rotaract joined our president, Kimberley, at the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes around the Stanley Park Seawall on June 9. The annual event raises awareness and money towards juvenile diabetes research. In addition to enjoying the beautiful weather, our small group alone raised over $5,000 to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation this year. We would like to thank everyone who donated for supporting this wonderful cause!
On June 1st we participated in the annual Relay for Life at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam. The event, which ran all day from 10am to 10pm, consisted of a full day of walking, running, dancing, and game playing! Our group raised a total of $530, and contributed to the $428,814.39 raised in total by residents of Coquitlam for the Canadian Cancer Society. We look forward to participating again next year!