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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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Club Executives & Directors
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
Sergeant at Arms
Speakers Program
Speakers Program
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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:
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Sip & Savour Partner: Shine the Light Foundation

Jeff Wong – proprietor of Swirl Wine Stores – one of his initiatives is the Shine the Light Foundation and where 50% of the proceeds go from Sip & Savour. He is a chair for Sip & Savour and one of the Directors of the Shine the Light Foundation. Shine the Light Foundation was started by Jeff's brother, a dentist in Winnipeg, who has been conducting dental clinics as well as bring doctors and nurses for medical clinics to the poor of the Dominican Republic for over 15 years.  
They have some excellent training programs that they are running, from teaching English to motorbike mechanics. They also partner with local families to build homes so they are building home with them and not for them. Makes a big difference in accountability and ownership. They decided to start their own foundation when they became disillusioned with the way some of other organizations operated and felt they could better manage, control and provide more efficiency and better results with their own initiative.

ROTARY ROUNDUP: A new cost-free charity
Oct 18, 2016 
by Brenda Gibson
Have you ever heard of a fundraiser that raises funds without asking people for money?
If you were able to make a meaningful financial impact in your community without it costing you a cent, would you do it?
The five Semiahmoo Peninsula Rotary clubs have joined forces with Save-On Foods to make this a simple, yet effective reality.
Here’s how it works: You purchase a Save-On gift card from the Rotary club and then use it to do your grocery shopping at Save-On Foods.
That’s it!
It works because Save-On Foods has sold the cards to the club at an eight per cent discount, and the difference is donated to Sources Food Bank in South Surrey.
Even better… the Block family is matching all monies raised for one year, resulting in 16 per cent of the value of every food card sold going to the food bank.
This is an incredible opportunity for you to help, and it won’t cost you a thing!
But hang on – why would the Block family do this?
In John Block’s own words:
My father had been an avid supporter of the food bank for many years.
His family came to B.C. in 1936, when he was 10. His parents had been homesteaders in the Prairies.
They came to B.C. looking for a better life for their six children. These were difficult times, as it was for many families in the 30s. At the age of 13, Dad had to leave home to find work to help support the family. He understood homelessness, hunger and loneliness.
As long as I can remember, Dad had a sensitive spirit for those in need; he always supported the local food bank.
Dad passed away in October of last year. I had a very special relationship with Dad – he was my mentor and my best friend.
As a tribute to Dad, our family made the decision to match monies raised for the food bank for one year beginning June 30, 2016.
As a result, 16 per cent of the value of every food card sold until June 30, 2017 will go to the food bank. All funds will be used to purchase food for people in need.
To date, the clubs have sold $120,000 worth of cards, meaning $19,200 for the food bank.
The clubs and the Block family hope to sell at least $500,000 worth, resulting in $80,000 to the food bank.
Please support this cause.
This fundraiser will have a major impact on the lives of many people that are struggling in the community.
Cards are available in denominations of $25, $50, $100 and $200 and make wonderful gifts. To purchase, contact John Block or Ozzy Crompton at
• Across the Peninsula is another delicious way to raise funds for another worthy local cause.
Members of Peace Arch Rotary Club are hosting their fifth annual fundraising dinner, Rotary Noël, at Washington Avenue Grill on Nov. 17 in support of White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society and other local projects.
The Hospice Society provides a caring environment for those in hospice, as well as counseling and resource services for loved ones. All of their services are provided free of charge by dedicated staff and volunteers.
Rotary Noël dinners have raised $100,000 over the last four years in support of hospice. This year, may they count on you?
Sponsorships and donations for the silent and live auctions (either monetary or in-kind) would be sincerely appreciated.
You are also invited to purchase tickets to join in a wonderful evening of Rotary Noël festivities.
So many of us are so abundantly blessed! Please consider sharing your blessings with those in our community who are less fortunate. Rest assured, you’ll feel deliciously generous!
Brenda Gibson writes monthly on behalf of the Semiahmoo Peninsula’s five Rotary Clubs –


Semiahmoo Rotary Re-Union

The first ever Semiahmoo Rotary Club Member Re-Union was held at the Rotary Fieldhouse on Rotary Way in the South Surrey Athletic Park on Thursday evening attended by 51 current and past members. As President Mary Brunet said: "We wanted to extend a hand out to our past members who may have left for family or business reasons, to let them know that we still think about them, miss them and wish that they were with us again." "In fact", Mary said, "we would love to have you come back!"
What took us so long to hold a re-union of past members? "Although we have been 27 years as a Rotary Club we are just so busy", said Janine MacLean, Membership Committee Co-Chair, "it even took us a year to pull this evening together."
Left to Right: Lindagene Coyle, Sandy Wightman, Mary Brunet, Eric O'Dell and Steve Simpson.
Below: Pierre DesLaurier and Ken Betts trade stories about being founding members of the Semiahmoo Rotary Club way back in 1989.


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.

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 ...
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.
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 

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