The Tri-Cities Rotaract was officially installed as a member of the Rotary family at a ceremony in Port Moody’s Newport Village on March 16, 2013. In addition to our sponsoring Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Port Moody, members of the three other Rotary Clubs in the Tri-Cities area were in attendance, in addition to family members of our very own Rotaractors. Among the very special guests in attendance at our ceremony were Denis Boyd (Governor Elect of Rotary District 5050), Nick Stebbing (Rotaract Chair for District 5050), Al Stjernegaard (President of the Port Moody Rotary Club), and Patty Klassen (RYLA Chair for District 5050).
In addition to a light meal being served and plenty of social and networking time between Rotaractors and Rotarians, our officers were given their official pins and our president, Kimberley Chong, received our club’s Certificate of Organization signed by Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka as well as her presidential gavel. All of our members received their official Rotaract pins as well.
The entire Tri-Cities Rotaract Club would like to thank the Rotary Club of Port Moody from the bottom of our hearts for making this night possible. It has been a tremendously long process getting our club chartered, but our sponsoring Rotary Club has been there with us every step of the way and we cannot thank them enough for their continuous support!
On February 16, 2013, the Tri-Cities Rotaract Club had its first experience working towards an international cause. The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen asked for our help with loading a shipment of medical equipment bound for Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and together with the Port Moody Rotary, and friends who wanted to help the cause, we sorted, loaded, stacked, and packed a container full of 417 boxes and pieces of medical equipment. It was heavy work, but it was definitely worth it!
Valentine’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!
We have just recently started a weekly reading buddies program with a grade 1 and 2 class at Bramblewood Elementary School in Coquitlam. Helping the kids with their reading skills is extremely rewarding, and they seem to be enjoying it too!
Since November 2012 we have been regularly hosting a free dinner for the less fortunate in the Tri-Cities every month. Previous menu items have included perogies, chilli, and rice krispie squares made by our very own members! In addition to cooking up the food we also host and serve everything ourselves. We look forward to hosting many more of these in the future!
This Christmas season we were able to help the Port Moody Rotary Club host a Christmas party for Eagle Ridge Manor, a long-term residential care facility in Port Moody. Several weeks prior to the event we visited the manor to decorate trees, hang garland and put up Christmas lights. Then on December 16, we spent the afternoon serving food and drinks, singing Christmas carols, and socializing with the residents. It was a lot of fun and everyone appreciated us being there and helping out!
On December 10, 2012, we joined the Port Moody Rotary Club to help pack, sort and stack Christmas hampers for SHARE, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping vulnerable families in the Tri-Cities area. The hampers contained food items and toys for families in need.
For Halloween this year, we went door to door to collect non-perishable food items for the SHARE Society. It was cold and rainy, but definitely worth it when we found out we had collected 512.5 pounds of food for the food bank! Thank you to everyone who contributed!
On July 7, 2012 we put together a team for the BC Cancer Foundation’s “Underwear Affair” which raises money for cancers “below-the-waist”. We worked at the first water station, which included set-up and take down, and handing out water and Gatorade to the participants as they passed by.