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2017/2018 Recap!

We’ve been keeping busy these past few years with so many exciting fundraisers and events! Here is a quick recap on what we’ve been up to recently:

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RYIA’s Facilitator team

A few of our rotaractors got the be apart of the first ever RYIA (Rotary Youth In Action Summit) held at Loon Lake Lodge and retreat centre in March 2017 put on by the Port Moody Rotary Club. It was a leadership summit for youth ages 14-17 where they got to listen to speakers and participate in activities to strengthen their leadership skills and potential.

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Rotaractor Mike at the first interact meeting!

RYIA was a such a great success, so much so that the first interact club was created in the Tri-Cities consisting of youth that attended RYIA!

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Jaymee, Kendra, Rad and Mike road tripping for RYLA
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Kelly, Darpan, Jaymee, Kendra and Mike out front of RYLA

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In May of 2017 four of our Rotaractors (Jaymee, Kendra, Darpan and Mike) got to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) in Mount Baker, Washington. Very similar to RYIA but for an age group of 18-30 where they got to further develop their leadership skills!

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In July we had our first ever Installation night shared between the rotaract clubs in district 5050, it was a wonderful evening where district Governor Lindagene came and inducted the new executive for each of the clubs! Definitely a night to remember!

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Facilitator training for RMYIS

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In November Jaymee and Mike got the chance to facilitate at RMYIS (Ridge Meadows Youth Impact Summit) at Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre. They had a wonderful time connecting and working with some really passionate young people!

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In December we collected food donations and non-perisables in Port Coquitlam and delivered them to the CP Holiday Train for The Share Society it was a great success in one neighbourhood we were able to fill a mid-sized SUV with the amount of donations collected!

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Ian, John, Jaymee, Kendra, Michelle, Jessica and Mike getting ready to hand out candy canes
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Selfie with Santa!

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We kept busy as elves in December as we also volunteered at Port Coquitlam’s Winter in the City event at Leigh Square where we got the chance to be Santa’s helpers and promote rotaract all at the same time!

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YAIL 2018

Jaymee and Carter got the chance to facilitate at YAIL (Youth Adventures in Leadership) in February another youth leadership retreat for youth from both sides of the border within district 5050!

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Raf, Ian, Jaymee & Kendra ready to sell some hot dogs!

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In the Spring we got the chance to promote rotaract and sell some hot dogs at the SPCA’s Paws for a Cause walk at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam, it was a great success we raised lots of money for animals in need in the Tri-Cities!

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RYLA 2018 was one for the books, Jessica, Jaymee and Carter got to facilitate at RYLA and had a wonderful time growing immensely as individuals and as a team of facilitators while being able to lead an exceptional group of young adults through one of the most life-changing weekends of their lives.

The 2017/2018 rotaract year was wonderful, we were able to make a difference in our community by getting involved as much as possible, we had socials throughout the year to continue connecting as a group, and some of our rotaractors even got to facilitate at multiple youth leadership retreats allowing them to make a lasting impact on the youth around us! we welcomed the new rotaract year with open arms!

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District 5050 Rotaract Installation BBQ in the Park 2018
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Jaymee & Jessica representing Tri-cities Rotaract

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Jaymee accepting an award on behalf of fellow rotaractor Sarah for her continued dedication the the club!

We are so grateful for the continued success of our club and can’t wait to see where this next rotaract year takes us, we have big plans ahead of us to celebrate our 5th year since chartering so keep updated with us as we continue to make lasting impacts on our community locally and globally!

Follow us on Instagram @tri_rotaract on twitter @Tri_Rotaract and on Facebook as @tricitiesrotaract to keep up with us!

 

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Benefit Concert 2016

 

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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!

Our performers:

  • Chibi Taiko
  • Hudson Station
  • Chase Powersmith & Olivia D’amici – Encore Dance Academy
  • The Echos
  • Elizabeth Boey
  • OTW (Ones to Watch) Crew
  • Jesse Kazemir
  • Where They From – choreographed by Katie Chartrand and Marcel Tremel
  • Dance Express

Our sponsors, donors, and photographer:

 

View more photos from the event on our Facebook Page 

Secret Garden High Tea

Click to view full-size poster.
Click to view full-size poster.

Our International Service Committee organized a high tea event on Sunday, June 14 complete with live entertainment and tasty treats. In total, we raised $2,000 for a medical clinic in Ndola, Zambia! Thank you to everyone who supported us – especially the Rotary Clubs of Port Coquitlam Centennial, Central City, Port Moody, and our friends from the District 5050 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. 

Pictures from our photobooth are available on our Facebook page.

KidSport Dodgeball Tournament

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!

Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.

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Click to view full poster.

Christmas Hamper 2014

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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.

Merry Christmas!

A Night with the Stars Benefit Concert

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Vancouver-based band Pigeon Park were among the performers at our benefit concert to raise money for an orphanage in Uganda.

March 20, 2014 marked one of the largest events our club has held thus far! Our “A Night with the Stars” 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 B.C. native Barb Giraud, protects orphans living with HIV/AIDS in acute poverty.

The night featured plenty of local talent including acoustic singers, bands, and dance crews, and featured plenty of free food and prizes. In the end, we were able to raise $4,025.41 for Jaaja Barb’s Home of Angels! Thank you to all of our guests and sponsors who made the event our most successful one yet.

Click here to view our night program. 

View more photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Our performers:

  • Suite 301
  • Etienne Siew
  • Dkay Castillo
  • Acrobat Duo
  • Ones to Watch
  • W.I.T. (Whatever It Takes)
  • Benephit
  • Kellan Barnes
  • Prevailing Westerlies
  • Pigeon Park

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • The Rotary Clubs of Port Moody, Coquitlam Sunrise, Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam Centennial
  • Cobs Bread
  • Calabria Bakery
  • Minoo Bakery
  • Joey Coquitlam
  • Pegasus Pizza
  • Soko Tea House
  • Cake Ya
  • Renaissance Coffee
  • Creekside Coffee Factory
  • 2nd Look Day Spa
  • Casa del Pane

SFU Hot Chocolate Giveaway

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Kevin, Chris M., Janelle & Amber giving out free hot chocolate at the SFU Burnaby campus.

Doing good in the community doesn’t always have to take hours of planning and effort. In line with our Random Acts of Kindness, on February 18 our members took to the Simon Fraser University Burnaby campus to give out free hot chocolate in the Academic Quadrangle. We hope that we were able to warm up some students on a cold and blistery day!

Great Gatsby Fundraiser

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Our first major event of 2014 was a Great Gatsby themed fundraiser held at Old Mill Boathouse in Port Moody on January 11. Featuring a live DJ, cash bar, tons of food, and a photobooth, our guests enjoyed a fantastic night in a beautiful venue (and looked great themselves in their 1920’s-inspired costumes). In total, we raised over $750 to be donated to our current international service project: a bus for St. Dymphna’s Special Needs School in Tanzania.

Thank you to all of our friends and supporters who made our first fundraiser of 2014 a night to remember!

Check out pictures from our photobooth on our Facebook page.

You may also be interested in learning about our previous fundraiser for St. Dymphna’s: a Hawaiian-inspired luau in 2013.

Random Acts Scavenger Hunt

One of the scavenger hunt tasks involved purchasing a hot beverage to warm up a Salvation Army volunteer.
One of the scavenger hunt tasks involved purchasing a hot beverage to warm up a Salvation Army volunteer.

Members of our group spent the afternoon running around the Tri-Cities area to perform random acts of kindness for both strangers and people who serve our local communities. Among the tasks that we performed were:

  • Delivering flowers to workers at Eagle Ridge Hospital
  • Bringing Timbits to police officers
  • Giving balloons to young children
  • Purchasing a hot drink for a Salvation Army volunteer
  • Serenading a group of strangers
  • Picking up litter

Thank you to Brianne and Rasmeet for organizing the event, and to Kevin, Anabelle, Eric, Raj, Chantal, Adam, Janelle and Jordan for participating!

See more photos from the scavenger hunt on our Facebook page.

Thanksgiving Lunch

Stuffing candy bags at our meeting to give to the guests.
Stuffing candy bags at our meeting to give to the guests.

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.

Emi and Ryan working on the mashed potatoes.
Emi and Ryan working on the mashed potatoes.

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!

Janelle, Kimberley, Adam, Emi, Jordan, Ryan, Eric and Chris H. getting ready to serve lunch!
Janelle, Kimberley, Adam, Emi, Jordan, Ryan, Eric and Chris H. getting ready to serve lunch! (Missing from photo: Chris A.)