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Semiahmoo (White Rock)

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Rotary Field House (No Meeting Dec 24, 31/2015)
2197 - 148 Street
South Surrey Athletic Park
Surrey, BC  V4A 9P5
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Vice President
President Elect
Past President
Foundation Chair
Membership Committee Chair
Vocational Services Co-Chair
Vocational Services Co-Chair
Public Relations Co-Chair
Public Relations Chair
Youth Services Co-Chair
Youth Services Co-Chair
Community Services Co-Chair
Community Services Co-Chair
International Chair
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When you start with Rotary, GOOD things happen. Make new friends and be a part of your community.
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million people 
Members of Rotary provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Semiahmoo Rotary was chartered in 1989 and currently has 60+ members, both men and women over 30 years of age, from many different professional backgrounds.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million people 
Members of Rotary provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Semiahmoo Rotary was chartered in 1989 and currently has 60+ members, both men and women over 30 years of age, from many different professional backgrounds. Our members are interested in giving back to both our local community and the global community. Each member contributes according to their abilities. We donate money to various causes and we have hands-on work projects, so everyone can be involved.
Five Avenues of Service:
Community Service
Club Service
Semiahmoo Rotary has three Major Annual Events:

Wine and Dine in April raises more than $23,000 annually. Participating restaurants in White Rock donate all the food for this successful event. Have fun with your friends and enjoy great food from our local eateries.

Our Annual Golf Tournament is held in early June, raising over $1.2 million in total since 1989 with 50% donated to the Peace Arch Hospital and the remainder used for various projects locally.

The SASSY (Service Above Self Surrey Youth) Awards are held in the spring and honour youth aged 15 to 21 from Surrey and White Rock who are making a difference in our community by demonstrating the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self.
Rotary is Helping to End Polio in the WORLD
With the help of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the WHO and various worldwide governments including our own, Rotary is close to eradicating polio. Watch the video below:

Rotary Fights to End Polio Now (EN) from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Why not join us for breakfast any Thursday at the South Surrey Rotary Fieldhouse at 7 am? See what we are up to. Contact our membership chair for more information at:

When you start with Rotary, GOOD things happen. Make new friends and be a part of your community. - See more at:
Home Page Stories

ROTARY ROUNDUP: Making a Good Rotarian                    

PEACE ARCH NEWS, Sep 8, 2016.

by Brenda Gibson

The heart of Rotary is its local clubs.


Scott Dudley "Donates" Again!

The evil twin Nurse Ratched's (Judy and Kathy), with the help of a member of the fake Palm Springs Police Department (they were filming a movie outside the building) "arrest" District Governor Scott Dudley and vow not to release him until he makes another organ donation. "Any organ will do" said Nurse Ratched #1. Upon agreeing to donate an unnamed organ (with the exception of his one remaining kidney - see story below) Scott was released from custody and received a hug from the policeman. Another example of both how we treat District Governors - he was expecting something as our reputation is well known - and our commitment to making Rotary fun.


District Governor Scott Dudley

District Governor Scott Dudley spoke about his "awakening" as an engaged Rotarian on a Wheelchair distribution trip to Mexico years ago. He believes that this led directly to his visiting the Haney Rotary Club in Maple Ridge 3 years ago now and hearing a young member talk about her husband's need for a life-saving kidney transplant. Scott was very knowledgeable about kidney disease as he lost his grandfather to the disease and one aunt receiving a kidney transplant from her sister and his uncle receiving a transplant from a deceased person. At the end of the meeting he offered his kidney to the astounded woman. A year later after a long process of blood and tissue matching, Scott gave up one of his kidneys to save a life. In photos of Scott being prepped for the surgery it was revealed that he had a very large tattoo of the Rotary wheel on his chest. Guess where it was located?


Paul Harris Fellow Honoured

2016-2017 District 5050 District Governor Scott Dudley presents John Block with his Paul Harris Fellow certificate and pin in recognition of his contributions to our Club and to the Rotary Foundation.

Natalie Angell-Besseling presented an intriguing story of how she and her husband started USHANTI, a Birthing Centre in rural Uganda to help women with pre-natal and post-natal care and a safe place to give birth. After seven years the centre has a 100% safety record. The secret is creating a supportive, community-based care team and modern facility with training for all.

Angela Mkwananzi is the winner of the 2016 SASSY Youth Leadership Award and graduated from Ecole Panorama Secondary this past June. She is involved in Unified for Change, Angels for Relief Initiative and various other youth organizations, and was a speaker for Ted X. Her first name is actually Velaphi – which means “where did you come from”. 

Inspiring and motivational, Velaphi shared with us her journey from Zimbabwe, growing up with her grandparents as her father died when she was two and her mother moved to Canada. She lived with her grandparents and was well acquainted with poverty, hunger and no access to education.
Sharon Crowson introduced our outgoing Exchange Student, Maddie, who spoke about her upcoming trip to France for 2016-17. She is excited about the challenge and opportunities and will be staying in a community about 2 hours west of Lyon, in the middle of France. 

Member Ozzie Crompton has been leading our Food Bank Gift Card Program for 4 years now, working with Safeway to encourage members and their friends and families to purchase Safeway Gift Cards through Semiahmoo Rotary so that we can collect the 8% commission and forward that on to the SOURCES Food Bank in South Surrey.
New member John Block says that one of the main reasons he joined our Club this year is that he thought this program was a brilliant way to help our neighbours, and, his father had been a long-time ardent supporter of the Food Bank and he wanted to carry on that tradition of support after his father passed away. 
Together, Ozzie and John have researched the need for Food Bank support and spent time at the Food Bank learning how things operate (John learned how to sort the many varieties of beans!). They then went to Save On Foods and convinced them of the need to match their Gift Card program so as to allow us to cover a wider geographic service area and preferences for shopping. Read on for more information ...
District 5050 Governor Bill Robson presents Mike Reddington with a Paul Harris Fellow pin (plus 5) for service to the District in leading and conducting the Membership Survey in 2014 and 2015.

Annual "Unloved, Unwanted" auction in support of the Rotary Foundation on May 26, 2016 raised almost $2,300. Here the Assistant Chief Auctioneer, Larry "the Hammer" Odegard wields the auction gavel and announces the traditional cry of "SOLD to the sucker, I mean, sincerely supportive individual in the front row".
The Chief Auctioneers, Judy "who doesn't love a sailor?" McLeod and Rod "you bid how much?" Thompson flog another item in the fierce bidding that took place.


Semiahmoo Rotary /Innovative Fitness Golf Tournament

June 8th, 2016, Hazelmere Golf & Country Club  
Partnership Raised funds for Peace Arch Hospital Foundation and formed friendships....
Just a Few of Many Semiahmoo Rotary Volunteers Warming Up During the Golf Tournament at Hazelmere Golf & Country Club.
Tournament volunteers (Eric,Greg,Stewart,Jim) heading out for a late night paddle (before giving the kayaks back to the winning team).
Everyone's A Winner ...
especially those in need of Birdies!

Annual visit to Peace Arch Hospital hosted by the PAH Foundation. Semiahmoo Rotary has been a supporter of the Hospital Foundation since 1989.



The Serpentine Enhancement Society Tynehead Hatchery are again involved in another salmon send off or release of 25,000 fish on 
May 7th, 2016 (11 am - 3 pm) in Tynehead Park, 16585 96th Ave.
For comparison at Quibble Creek we released approximately 5,000 fish.This promises to be an equally rewarding event and a feel good event and we should all make an effort to drop by and offer a hand.
If you need any further information contact: Carol Wright (Director of Fish Culture) at 604 581 2858.
Semiahmoo Rotarian Yolanta Patterson on Earth day, April 23, 2016, part of a group of 4 Rotary Clubs, Rotaract and YAIL leaders, and their families releasing 5,000 salmon fry in Quibble Creek and planting trees in North Surrey.

Community Issues: Campbell River Truck Park

Bob Donnelly, President of the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club, spoke about the situation with the proposed 1300 vehicle Truck Park located just north of 16th Avenue and 192nd Street abutting the Little Campbell River. Bob spoke about his Club's efforts to oppose the project, citing many safety and environmental issues. Emphasizing the facts the Club has uncovered, Bob encouraged Rotarians to voice their opinion about this proposal.



Constable Troy Derrick, RCMP First Nations liaison officer, presenting CODE BLUE, a physical fitness and education program designed initially for First Nations youth and then opened to all students as Earl Marriott Secondary. The program has now expanded to 4 other schools in Surrey and recently introduced in the Chilcotin.   A passionate and inspirational speaker, Constable Derrick is a member of the Gitxsan Nation in the Skeena Valley of BC.


Frontline Disaster Experience

On December 26, 2004 a magnitude 9.0 subduction earthquake occurred off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Within minutes a tsunami - actually a series of waves - roared across the Indian Ocean to reek havoc up to 2500 kilometers away.  Within hours some 240,000 people would die from the tsunami.
The town of Banda Aceh was located on the alluvial plain at the northern tip of the Island of Sumatra. Within 20 minutes of the quake the first wave struck the town with an estimated height of 80 feet, followed by many more waves. Ninety percent of the town was swept away. 
Within days, Russ Froese was on a plane headed for Banda Aceh, contracted by the Canadian Red Cross to act as the Communications Director for the organization for their relief and recovery efforts. Russ spent 4 months working in the chaotic aftermath of the disaster before returning home to South Surrey.


New Semiahmoo Rotary member Alex Betts is flanked by his proud parents, Peggy and Ken Betts at Alex's induction ceremony on March 31. 2016. Ken and Peggy were founding members of the Semiahmoo Rotary Club in 1989, and Ken was elected the first ever President of the Club. Alex is hoping to carry on that family tradition, having moved back to the South Surrey area from Alberta to join a new Chiropractic practice. 
Alex Betts holds his New Member red badge alongside his sponsor & mentor, Greg Vanstone and Club President, Steve Frishling following the induction ceremony for Alex on March 31, 2016.

Membership in Rotary International increases, says 2015-16 RI President R.K. Ravindran to the delegates at the Rotary International Assembly held in San Diego, California, January 17, 2016.


Helping the Homeless

Natalie Anne Lanoville, Manager of Resource Development for First United Church, speaking to our Club on the efforts and programs of the Church to serve the homeless. In addition, as a former professional singer, Natalie co-led the Club in a rousing rendition of Oh Canada with our very own baritone, Rod Thompson.



Golf Tournament Partnership

Semiahmoo Rotary Announces new partnership with Innovative Fitness as the major sponsor of the 27th annual Semiahmoo Rotary Golf Tournament to benefit the Peace Arch Hospital and Community Foundation and other community projects.
Curtis Christopherson, Principal, Innovative Fitness White Rock
Rotary Exchange Student Costanza Testino Returns
In 1999, a 17-year old girl from Rome, Italy arrived in South Surrey as our inbound Rotary Exchange Student. Seventeen years later ...
Left to Right: Golf Tournament Chairs Stewart Peddemore and Jim Purcell; Jim Bindon, PAHCF with Steve Frishling, Club President and Stephanie Beck, Executive Director, Peace Arch Hospital and Community Foundation.
For the 26th year in a row, Semiahmoo Rotary has donated a significant amount of the proceeds from the Club's annual golf tournament to the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation to benefit the South Surrey community. To date, Semiahmoo Rotary has donated almost $1m to the Foundation to fund improvements to the facilities and equipment, from birthing rooms to MRI machines, to help keep our hospital up to date in providing medical services. 

Youth Adventures in Leadership - YAIL - 2016
L to R: Christiana Flessner, Exec Dir, Canadian Wheelchair Foundation, Dr. Maria Sotelo-Mundo, PhD, Dr. Rogerio Sotelo-Mundo, PhD, from the Rotary Club of DesiertoHermosilloSonoro, Mexico, Sandy Wightman, Semiahmoo Rotary, Anna Sotelo-Mundo.
September 2016
Sep 29, 2016
Club Assembly
Quarterly Business Meeting
Oct 06, 2016
Kirk and Janet
Wine and Dine Wrap-up and 2017 Plans
Oct 13, 2016
Michael Stewart and David Young
The Many Facets of Sources
Oct 20, 2016
Jeff Wong
Sip and Sovour/Shine the Light
Oct 27, 2016
Dwayne Weidendorf
Future of the Peace Arch News
Nov 03, 2016
Sandy Wrightman
2016 Wheel Chair Trip
Nov 10, 2016
Nov 17, 2016
Paul Harris Fellow Dinner
Evening Meeting
Nov 24, 2016
Kristen Brazier
Girls Fly 2
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