We celebrated Random Acts of Kindess Week from February 17th-23rd within our community, and what a great week it was.
We started our week off with a trip to the City of Port Coquitlam Firehall #1 where we delivered Tim Hortons coffee and donuts to the fireman on duty early Sunday morning. They were very grateful for the gesture of kindness afterwards, we headed to Starbucks and spent the rest of the morning preparing cards for another RAK!
On Monday we paid a visit to some of the residents staying at the Eagle Ridge Manor in Port Moody where we delivered kindness cards and got to talk to a few of the residents. It was super nice for us to be able to interact with and visit them.
On Tuesday one of our rotaractors delivered flower arrangments to a few of the schools in our community to show appreciation for the teachers and all the hard work they put into educating children and youth. Thank you teachers of SD43, we appreciate you!
On Wednesday we got together and delivered treats to all 4 firehalls in Coquitlam! we interrupted dinner at a few of the halls but the firemen were kind enough to let us snag a picture in front of one of the trucks! Thank you Coquitlam Firemen!
The remainder of our week was spent doing smaller acts of kindness to our coworkers at work and even in our local starbucks while grabbing coffee. Overall it was a wonderful week of kindness and we look forward to spreading kindness all year round!
Three of our rotaractors Jaymee, Eric & Carter got the opportunity to be facilitators at this years YAIL this past weekend at Alexandra Neighbourhood House in Crescent Beach, Surrey. It was a three day leadership camp for youth ages 15-18 from Canada and the USA within district 5050.
They were apart of such an amazing group of leaders from all over the district. Many of whom have participated and facilitated at RYLA.
Eric & Jaymee also were given the opportunity to present to all 60 students on different aspects of rotary, topics including: Rotaract, Interact, Rotary, YES program, Youth Exchange, RYLA and the SASSY awards. What a phenomenal weekend to change lives!
President Jaymee attended the Area D Christmas Breakfast December 5th at the Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam and got the opportunity to speak on behalf of the club and tell all the rotarians what we’ve been up to!
What a great morning filled with yummy food and great conversation, so many of the rotarians were happy to have a rotaractor attend!
To end off the month right before Christmas, President Jaymee & Vice President Kendra got the opportunity to deliver the food and gifts on behalf of the club. Each year we try to sponsor a family through Share Food Bank, this year we were fortunate enough to take on two families and we were beyond excited to be able to give back to these families in our communities! Big thanks to Eric, Kimberley, Sarah, Carter & Evan for contributing to this years hampers! Way to go Rotaractors!
In November our Club held our fifth pub night at Townhall Coquitlam to raise funds for the Polio Foundation, the whole event was a great success.
We ended up raising $905.50 which when matched by rotary international and The Bill and Melinda gates Foundation it ends up making out to be $2716! What an amazing achievement for our club! Thank you to everyone who came out and to all the rotaractors the donated their time to make the event a success!
We had our first ever Pumpkin Carving Social on October 25th at the Port Moody Recreation Centre. We voted for the “best” pumpkin at the end of carving, whomever carved the “best” pumpkin got awarded with a donation in their name to the SHARE food banks for our version of Halloween for Hunger this year!
Austin Taylor, President from the Whidbey Island Rotaract Club won our Pumpkin Carving Social!
We had an amazing turnout with rotaractors from all over the district coming out to have some halloween fun with us!
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!
Once again this year, our club endeavored to help out a local family in need this Christmas season by putting together a hamper filled with groceries and gifts. We’d like to thank Safeway at Sunwood Square in Coquitlam, and Thrifty Foods at Suter Brook in Port Moody, for their donations as well as the many parents within our club who contributed too.
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.