Category Archives: Projects

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.)
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Luau Fundraiser for Tanzanian School

Led by Chantal from the International Service Committee, we organized a Hawaiian luau-themed fundraiser for St. Dymphna’s Special Needs School in Arusha, Tanzania on September 7, 2013. Currently, the school does not have a bus to transport many of their students to school. As a result, many children who are most in need of an education are missing out on a chance to learn, socialize and receive meals from St. Dymphna’s. We were able to raise over $700 through the luau and all proceeds will be donated directly to the school. Thanks to everyone who came out for the night; we hope you all had a great time!

Members of the Tri-Cities Rotaract at the luau-themed fundraiser.
Members of the Tri-Cities Rotaract at the luau-themed fundraiser.

Days for Girls (August)

Kim, Ellie, Amber, Emi, and Nicole with a poster promoting the Days for Girls project.
Kim, Ellie, Amber, Emi, and Nicole with a poster promoting the Days for Girls project.

Once again, a group of girls from the Tri-Cities Rotaract helped out one of our sponsoring Rotarians, Vida, with “Days for Girls” this month on August 1. We’re excited to have the opportunity to participate in this cause on a regular basis!

Read more about Days for Girls on our original post or on their official website.

See more pictures on our Facebook page.

Burger & Beverage Pub Night

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Our first-ever pub night event at Port Coquitlam’s Cat and Fiddle Pub on Friday, July 5 was a fantastic success, with the event being a complete sell-out! For $15, our friends and guests enjoyed their choice of burger and beverage. We also held a 50/50 raffle and a toonie toss to raise additional money. A grand total of $1554 was raised from the event. Thank you to everyone who supported us that evening – your donations will make a difference both in our community and around the world!

Canada Day Booth

Sarah and Rasmeet showing off their Canadian pride at our booth.
Sarah and Rasmeet showing off their Canadian pride at our booth.

The Tri-Cities Rotaract Club spent the afternoon of Canada Day 2013 at Castle Park in Port Coquitlam running an activity booth for the kids. Games, tattoos and other fun giveaways were part of the attraction. We had a great time spending the day with residents of the Tri-Cities and celebrating our country’s 146th birthday!

View more photos from the day on our Facebook page.

Reading Buddies Update

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Thank you cards we received from Mrs. Blanchet’s grade 1 and 2 class for volunteering as Reading Buddies this year.

Our last day of Reading Buddies for the year with Mrs. Blanchet’s grade 1 and 2 class at Bramblewood Elementary in Coquitlam was on June 20, 2013. We had a great time getting to know all the students and helping them with their reading skills! Thank you to Mrs. Blanchet’s class for being such wonderful students, and for the beautiful handmade cards they gave us on our last day.

Also, a huge thank you to our Secretary, Janelle, for organizing this program for us, and to all the volunteers from our club who helped out throughout the year: Eric, Emi, Danielle, Sarah A, Chris M, Eli, Jordan, Jordyn, Christy, and Kim.

Riane's card for our members.
Riane’s card for our members.

Burger & Beverage Pub Night [Ad]

The Tri-Cities Rotaract Club is pleased to be hosting our first pub night fundraiser on Friday, July 5. For $15, enjoy your choice of a delicious beef, chicken or veggie burger, and a sleeve of beer, highball or wine at the Cat & Fiddle Pub in Port Coquitlam (1979 Brown St). All proceeds support our club’s local and international service projects!

We will also be hosting a 50/50 raffle as well as a toonie toss!

For tickets, ask any member of the Rotaract club or email us at tri.rotaract@gmail.com. We look forward to having a great time with you on July 5! Doors open at 6:30pm.

Click here for the Facebook event.

Click to view hi-res event poster.
Click to view hi-res event poster.

Days for Girls

Port Moody Rotarian Vida Peterson graciously invited the girls of the Tri-Cities Rotaract to her home on June 11 to pack supplies for “Days for Girls”, an initiative to send feminine hygiene products to girls in developing countries so that they are able to attend school and live normal lives. It was a wonderful experience and we hope to stay involved with this project in the future!

View the full set of photos on our Facebook page.

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Castle Park Elementary Wheelchair Accessible Playground Fundraiser

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On Friday May 10th, the Tri-Cities Rotaract Club, in association with the Castle Park Parent Advisory Council and Playground Committee, hosted a bingo night fundraiser to raise money for a wheelchair accessible playground at Castle Park Elementary School in Port Coquitlam. With over 20 students with special needs and three in wheelchairs, Castle Park Elementary is in need of playground equipment that all of its students are able to enjoy together. The school was previously a semi-finalist in the 2012 Aviva Community Fund contest and was featured by major news outlets including CTV News. With many of our members having graduated from Castle Park Elementary and/or living in the surrounding neighborhoods, this was a cause near to many of our hearts that we knew we wanted to get involved with.

As this was our first self-organized fundraiser, needless to say our club was quite nervous about how the night would turn out. Thankfully, due to the hard work of our members and support from the staff and parents of Castle Park Elementary, the event was a great success! Over 450 people were in attendance – so many that we were constantly bringing in additional tables and seating during the evening – and in total, we raised $3,000 for new playground equipment at the school.

In addition to games of bingo, we also offered a concession, 50/50 raffle, and over $2,500 of prizes including a signed Ryan Kesler jersey, Vancouver Whitecaps tickets, and gift baskets donated generously by local businesses and Rotary clubs. The Tri-Cities Rotaract Club would like to thank all of our sponsors, the PAC and Playground Committee of Castle Park Elementary, and Port Coquitlam mayor Greg Moore for his attendance at our event. Most importantly, a huge thank you to all the parents, neighbors, family members, friends, and students of Castle Park Elementary who came out and supported our first fundraiser! Your generous contributions will go towards a playground that is enjoyable by all students for many years to come.

View additional photos from the event on our Facebook page.

For more information on this project, please visit the Universally Accessible Playground for Castle Park Elementary’s official Facebook page.

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Random Acts of Kindness

randomacts_01Valentine’s Day marks the start of our new initiative to do random, small acts of kindness for people in our local communities. We’re starting it off by anonymously delivering small bags of chocolates for Valentine’s Day to local businesses and city departments. Each bag of chocolates also contains a card asking the recipient to do a simple, kind deed for someone else. We hope to see these cards circulating in the community and for some Random Acts of Kindness to be taking place in the Tri-Cities!

If you received one of our cards and bags of chocolate, please pay it forward, then visit our Random Acts of Kindness Wall and let us know!

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