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!
The iRotary District Conference this year marked the 25th anniversary of Rotary District 5050. A four day event held at the Four Seasons Hotel in the heart of downtown Vancouver, one of the conference’s themes this year was focusing on the “iGeneration” – the younger members of Rotary. To go along with this, a team of past participants and Facilitators from previous RYLAs (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) and YAILs (Youth Adventures in Leadership – the district’s “junior” version of RYLA for high school students) were invited to co-facilitate the district’s first-ever “RYLA for Rotarians” on Saturday, June 1. The purpose of this was to give Rotarians a better understanding of what RYLA and YAIL entail, and to encourage them to continue sponsoring outstanding young men and women from their local communities to attend these life-changing programs. Among the mini-Facilitators were Jordan and Michelle, members of our club and a Facilitator and participant, respectively, at RYLA 2013.
Following the RYLA for Rotarians session, a flashmob on the stairs of the Vancouver Art Gallery took place to raise awareness about Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” campaign. With only a handful of cases of polio left around the globe thanks in part to the vaccination efforts of Rotarians, we truly are as close to ending polio as the video states! Check out the video below, or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.
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.
This year, the Rotary Clubs in the Tri-Cities graciously sponsored eight of our members (Eli, Danielle, Eric, Rasmeet, Tirath, Sarah A, Camilla, and Raj) to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards held at a beautiful campsite at the foot of Mt. Baker in Washington. 53 young leaders aged 18-30 from throughout Rotary District 5050 (encompassing most of the Fraser Valley and Washington north of Seattle) participated in four days of activities and presentations revolving around leadership, service, ethics, and personal growth. A team of Facilitators, past participants who were invited back to RYLA to lead activities and group debriefs, included another of our members, Jordan, who was a RYLA participant in 2011.
Without spoiling the surprise for future participants, in the words of our members who attended, RYLA was “absolutely life changing”, “fun and full of great people”, and “not at all what [they] expected”. While the take-home message was different for everyone, the best description we were able to come up with together was that RYLA is “a place to figure out what barriers you have that would prevent you from success and to help you break down those barriers”. Not to mention the food all weekend was absolutely fantastic!
One of our favorite parts of RYLA, however, were all the new friends we made including the five new members of the Tri-Cities Rotaract club whom we brought back with us! Please join us in giving a very warm welcome to Chantal, Lauren, Parm, Chris, and Michelle – we are excited to have you on board and can’t wait to see what you each bring to the table!
Thank you again to the Rotary Clubs of the Tri-Cities for graciously sending so many of us to RYLA this year. Visit our Facebook page for more photos from this year’s RYLA. For more information about RYLA, please visit www.ryla5050.org or get in touch with your local Rotary club – who knows, maybe you could end up participating next year!
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!