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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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Eagle Ridge Manor Christmas Tea

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We spent our Sunday afternoon this past weekend helping out our sponsor club, the  Rotary Club of Port Moody, with their annual Christmas Tea service at Eagle Ridge Manor. This is always a fun service opportunity to kick off the Christmas season and spread holiday cheer to the wonderful residents at the manor.

Check out more photos from this event on Facebook.

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.

 

Rotary RIPS (Removes Invasive Plant Species)

Invasive species, or those that are not native to the local area, cause widespread ecological damage due to their rapid growth and ability to displace the endemic wildlife. So on October 5, 2013, we joined the Rotary Club of Port Moody in their Rotary RIPS (Removes Invasive Plant Species) program. We spent the day working with Rotarians, the Port Moody Ecological Society, and children from Camp Jubilee on clearing invasive species from the Noons Creek Hatchery area.

Thank you to all of our members who supported the event: Janelle, Eric, Chantal, Ryan, Adam, Michelle, and John.

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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.

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Riane’s card for our members.