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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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Ridge Meadows Youth Impact Summit

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Participants, committee members and Facilitators at the first-ever Ridge Meadows Youth Impact Summit (RMYIS).

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.

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Tri-Cities Rotaract members and RMYIS Head Facilitators Jordan and Chantal.

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.

 

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.)

BC Special Olympics

Alex, Janelle and Jordyn at Zone Bowling.
Alex, Janelle and Jordyn at Zone Bowling.

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.

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.

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.

Search for the Perfect Pint

Members of the Tri-Cities Rotaract Club enjoying delicious food and brews at this year's Search for the Perfect Pint.
Members of the Tri-Cities Rotaract Club enjoying delicious food and brews at this year’s Search for the Perfect Pint.

Our sponsoring club, the Rotary Club of Port Moody, held its annual Search for the Perfect Pint fundraiser at the Port Moody City Hall on the evening of May 9, and graciously invited our club to attend. Guests were able to sample a huge variety of fine brews from Howe Sound Brewing, Central City Brewing Company, Vancouver Island Brewery, Steamworks and many more. There was also plenty of delicious food provided throughout the evening including sliders, beer ice cream, and tempura bacon. We all had a fantastic time supporting Rotary and would like to thank our sponsor club, as well as the other Rotary clubs in the Tri-Cities, for the wonderful partnership that we have been able to establish.