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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
Canada
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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:
Vocational
Youth
Community Service
International
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: 
lchalmers.is@gmail.com


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EARTH DAY 2016

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.
 
 
 

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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.
 

 
 

CODE BLUE

 
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.
 
 
 

NEXT GENERATION ROTARIAN

 
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.
 
 
 
The Semiahmoo Rotary Club 2015 Paul Harris Fellow Awards dinner and presentations were held at the Rotary Fieldhouse in the South Surrey Athletic Park on December 2nd.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Black touts 'safer' oil-by-rail plan for B.C. refinery

Victoria businessman David Black spoke to Rotarians in South Surrey Nov. 18 about his proposal for an oil refinery in northwestern B.C. - Tracy Holmes / Black Press
Victoria businessman David Black spoke to Rotarians in South Surrey Nov. 18 about his proposal for
an oil refinery in northwestern B.C.
— image credit: Tracy Holmes / Black Press
On Wednesday evening, November 18, David Black gave a presentation on "Why an Oil Refinery in Kitimat would be good for B C and Canada" to 85 members and friends of the five Rotary clubs in South Surrey/White Rock. The event was organized by two of David Black's UBC 1969 Civil Engineering classmates, John Ritchie from the Rotary Club of White Rock and Sandy Wightman from the Semiahmoo Rotary Club.
 
David Black received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1969 and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. In 1974 he accepted an analyst's position with the Toronto Star. His first newspaper acquisition was his father's Williams Lake B C Tribune followed some time later by the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal. He is now Canada's largest private publisher with over 120 publications in B.C., Alberta, Washington State, Hawaii, San Francisco, and Akron Ohio. David is a past president of the Williams Lake Rotary Club.
 
Since 2012 David Black has been doing environmental , engineering, and financial feasibility studies as well as holding discussions with Federal, Provincial, and Municipal politicians  , First Nations , industry, and communities . His family supports his goal of enabling this refinery provided it is the greenest in the world. He has considered various technologies and has decided on a modern version of the Fischer and Tropsch technology to form the basis of his design. This is the same, although modernized, technology that Germany during WW2 and South Africa during apartheid used to make petrochemical fuels from coal.
 
Alberta oil sands contain an excess amount of carbon which in conventional heavy crude oil refineries is left over as a coking byproduct . It is "dirty" and cannot be burned as coking in North America for steel making because  of its excessive carbon footprint. By injecting hydrogen into the Fischer and Tropsch refining process the excess carbon can be combined with hydrogen and made into diesel fuel leaving no carbon byproduct. There is no waste water  in the process discharging into waterways. Virtually no new oil refineries have been built world wide in the past 30 years and this one would be able to use the newest refining and environmental technologies. The fuels from this proposed Kitimat refinery will leave the refinery with an aggregate, including the oil sands extraction process, carbon footprint some 20% less than refineries of "cleaner" crude oils. The refinery will be slightly exothermic enabling some electrical energy to be introduced into the electrical. The cost of building the refinery is estimated at $22 billion including $5,billion to be green , but worth every penny!
 
Although David Black's initial thoughts were to use the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline to get the diluted oil sands bitumen (dibit) to the refinery he has radically changed his mind to rail for a combination of reasons . The railway exists and need no approval process. He shared the environmental concerns of northern communities about a potential pipeline spill even though modern technology makes that remote. Spilled distillate and bitumen would be an environmental disaster on water surfaces and subsurfaces and wildlife and fauna therein. He will use a technology that loads preheated 60 degree Celsius bitumen, with no distillate, directly into specialized rail tanker cars equipped with interior heating coils. In a relatively short time the bitumen cools and changes from a fluid to a cheddar cheese type consistency. The bitumen is unloaded at the refinery by simply injecting steam into the coils until a 60C temperature is reached and it flows out of the rail cars. The "cheese" consistency bitumen has a very high flash point making it difficult to ignite. It bears no resemblance to the flamable Baken crude in the Lac-Megantic Quebec disaster. In the unlikely event of a derailment incident the bitumen "cheese" would remain in  derailed car containers with minimal environmental risks even if the derailed cars we in water.
 
The refinery would generate about 2500 full time well paying jobs jobs -more employment that all the proposed LNG plants combined. Additional a refinery typically attracts other petrochemical byproduct industries which creat a similar number of jobs. Only refined and not crude products will be shipped by tankers offshore. The refinery is economically feasible, will generate a major source of tax revenue for provincial and federal governments, and Canada and Alberta will gain a much needed green gateway to world markets for our petroleum industries.  Furthermore, it would eliminate the environmentally risky shipment of dilbit by tanker, while adding economic value to Canada .
 
Needless to say the meeting attendees were extremely interested in what David had to say. He spoke without notes for an hour followed by a 45 minute question period. To learn more simply google him .
John Ritchie, White Rock Rotary
Sandy Wightman, Semiahmoo Rotary 
 

 
 
Presentation by: Sandy Wightman
September 3, 2015
 
Is Hedley a Band or a Town??
The Band chose their name when they heard the town was for sale for $346,000!
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The Thursday Aug 26, 1915 Hedley Gazette headline read:
 
“Hedley Again Scores a Record
Sends 17 to Vernon to train for active service
.... Penticton Taken by surprise!”
This is the story of one of them.
                                
Alec W Jack was born in Inverness Scotland Nov 1, 1891. As a young man he trained as a banker in Scotland and served 4 years with the Cameron Highlanders Territorial’s (Reserves). He was hoping to go to India with a bank but also applied for Canada. In February 1913 he was hired by the Bank of British North America to go to British Columbia. In those days you were essentially indentured to your bank employer and they very much controlled your life.
- See more at: http://semiahmoorotary.org/Stories/hedley-bc-1915#sthash.ARRu4s4T.dpuf
Is Hedley a Band or a Town??
The Band chose their name when they heard the town was for sale for $346,000!
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The Thursday Aug 26, 1915 Hedley Gazette headline read:
 
“Hedley Again Scores a Record
Sends 17 to Vernon to train for active service
.... Penticton Taken by surprise!”
This is the story of one of them.
                                
Alec W Jack was born in Inverness Scotland Nov 1, 1891. As a young man he trained as a banker in Scotland and served 4 years with the Cameron Highlanders Territorial’s (Reserves). He was hoping to go to India with a bank but also applied for Canada. In February 1913 he was hired by the Bank of British North America to go to British Columbia. In those days you were essentially indentured to your bank employer and they very much controlled your life.
 
 
Mary started the meeting
Many guests - too numerous to mention
Ozzy - Rotary moment - top five requests of the dying:
1. I wish had lived a life more true to myself
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard
3. I wish I had the courage to express my feelings to others
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
5. I wish I let myself be happier
blog by Bronnie Ware
Sargeant Larry Happy Bucks - happy happy - shortest word in the english language is "I am" and the longest is "I do". I don't get it.
Hope Crawford has passed away - sad moment
50/50 won by Nita won second draw - a lot of confusion for a simple draw
Queen of Hearts - get a coffee card now - no wine - Cliff won and was appropriately disappointed
 
Guest Speaker: Sherry Sandhu - Adventures in Citzenship Grade 12 student at Frankhurt - aspires to be a Dr.
Talked about her fabulous time back in Ottawa - lots of pics - lots of info - lots of friendships and big Thanks to Rotary!!
meeting adjourned by 8:29
 

 
 

Over 150 wheelchairs were recently distributed by several Rotarians from our club as well as Interact members in conjunction with the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation.

Below: Arriving in Mexico

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Below: Sandy Wightman with young wheelchair recipient.

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Below: Allan Baedak helps deliver wheelchairs. He was also on hand to video the distribution.

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Below: Steve Frishling, Semiahmoo Rotary President-Elect makes memories for young recipient.

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Discovering spirit of giving
Surrey Now December 4, 2012
ImageNaomi Gantug (Grade 10 student at Elgin Park Secondary in South Surrey, BC)
I've heard many times before that to whom much is given, much is expected. Being one of today's typical carefree 15-year-old girls, and oftentimes admittedly a bit engulfed by my own sense of entitlement, I've never fully understood the meaning of this idea - not until now.
Just recently, four youth including myself were given the wonderful opportunity of accompanying the Semiahmoo Rotary Club to Hermosillo, Mexico for the delivery of 115 wheelchairs to children with disabilities. As cliché as it sounds, the four-day venture truly opened my eyes to the harsh reality that does exist outside the borders of home here in Surrey, having witnessed it first-hand. I've come to recognize our guilty tendency as kids to have blind spots in our view of life while being blessed to grow up in a developed country like Canada. We are stuck behind these impediments until we encounter something that can free us.
 
 
 

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After more than 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are now very close to eradicating polio, to making history and to changing the world. We are so close to ending polio—
all we need is you.

 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Semiahmoo has partnered with the Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation to sponsor one of the eight Birthing Rooms at the Peace Arch Hospital.

This $150,000 commitment spans several years so we can leave a legacy for Rotary and have a significantly improved birthing experience for the Doctors, Moms and Dads of the 800 babies that are delivered in the hospital annually.

The existing ward which is being replaced was built in the 1960s. Shown here is the manager of maternity services in the new birthing room.
 
 
 

The Semiahmoo Rotary Club has partnered with the City of Surrey to create the Recreational Picnic Shelter adjacent to the Rotary Field House in South Surrey Athletic Park. The Picnic Shelter was built to commemorate the 20th Anniversary (1989-2009) of the Semiahmoo Rotary Club.

 
 
 
 
 
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