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Posted by Mike Reddington on Sep 07, 2017
 

Children’s Playground: Surrey Memorial Hospital

Paul Deol, from McElhanney Engineering, Surrey office, spoke about the intersection of events – his son’s stay at Children’s Hospital and follow-up at Surrey Memorial and McElhanney’s 50th Anniversary in Surrey – as the catalyst for the Children’s Playground at Surrey Memorial. An existing courtyard playground had been deemed unsafe for children and needed to be replaced. As McElhanney’s Surrey office was looking for a 50th Anniversary celebration project in the community, the playground was adopted and the Hospital was approached and agreed to work with McElhanney to create a new space for children.
 
The Playground will be a functional space for play and rehabilitation for kids with physiotherapists. Innovative design features will include a Ball Wall and Blocks and Stocks for children to build their own structures.
 
A budget of $250,000 was formulated and fund-raising began, resulting in our Rotary Club donating $4,000 and many businesses donating staff time and materials.
 
Established in 1910, McElhanney’s family of companies, wholly owned and managed by their senior employees, including McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd and McElhanney Land Surveys Ltd, provide integrated surveying, engineering, mapping and specialty professional services to clients responsible for the development of resource industries, communities, and infrastructure across western Canada and beyond.
Children's Playground Mike Reddington 2017-09-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Reddington on Aug 31, 2017
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On tour, District 5050 Governor Lindagene Coyle brings her inimitable style and a nautical pop-up banner to each of the 57 clubs in her District. What sets her apart from past District Governors is that her presentation clearly tells Rotarians what her, and the District’s, expectations are for each member and each Club.
 
“Tell people that you are making a difference” she said, “every club is doing so much, so the best way to interest people in joining Rotary is to simply tell them what you are doing”.
 
DG Coyle then outlined the 4 Priorities for her year:
 
First, every Club should achieve a Presidential Citation. It is not easy to do so, but that gives it value. It is also important to count the number of volunteer hours a club puts in, a statistic that RI collects annually and has used effectively with major sponsors and benefactors, but is equally important at the club-community level to generate awareness.
 
Second, every Rotarian should visit the Council on Legislation section on My Rotary because it represents the momentous changes Rotary is going through today to re-energize the organization.
 
Third, the District 5050 Vision is:
  • District 5050 Rotary clubs are recognized by people as the service club of choice in their community
  • The District’s role is to enhance success and growth of clubs through communications, training and leadership
  • Clubs work collaboratively on local and international projects that address all Rotary Avenues of Service
Fourth, the District’s priorities this year are:
  1. Membership
  2. Rotary Foundation – EREY!
  3. Leadership and Training
  4. Youth Programs
  5. Public Image and Communication
Finally, DG Coyle (but Lindagene to all of us!) invited us all to consider registering for the District Conference, May 8-12, 2018 aboard the MS Eurodam sailing out of Seattle, with stops in Victoria and Vancouver, and then ending in Seattle. Rooms are going fast and the conference rate is good only until January 7th, 2018 or is sold out. See the District 5050 web site for registration details.
 
District Governor Lindagene Coyle Mike Reddington 2017-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Baedak on Aug 25, 2017
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Why Rotary? Several years ago I had an unshakable desire to give back.  I was looking for an organization to volunteer with - many community, non profit and political organizations I looked into were inspiring and doing meaningful  work.   I happened to be chatting with a neighbour of my father’s about this and that when he mentioned that he was a member of the Semiahmoo Rotary Club.  I was intrigued by the range of local, regional and international projects he was able to participate in.  At the end of the conversation, he invited me to a breakfast meeting. That was 19 years ago! Wow, how time flies.
 
The longer I have been a part of this incredible organization the more I realize deep in my heart that I have joined an amazing group of passionate people who make a real difference every day. 
 
There are more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. We are Rotarians and together we are a global network of 1.2 million business and professional leaders volunteering our time and talents to serve our communities and the world.  People from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, develop friendships and professional connections, raise money “give back.”  And did I mention fun?  Comradery?  Opportunites to travel?    
 
In South-Surrey/White Rock alone, we have five Rotary clubs, each with a unique character, and different meeting times each week. There truly is something for everyone.   In our community Rotary clubs are active contributors  to the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, Peace Arch Hospice Society (formerly White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society), Sources Food Bank, Star Fish backpack food supplement program, Women’s shelters, Camp Alexandra,  the five club pancake breakfast, the Polar Bear Swim and many, many more projects and programs too numerous to mention here.
 
In reflection, I am eternally grateful to Rob Gawthrop for introducing me such an impactful organization those many years ago. Little did I know that when I joined Rotary, I would not only find a tangible way to “give back”, but that I would get so much back in return.  Sure it sounds like a cliché, but being a Rotarian has made me a better person.  It has enriched me beyond measure.
 
If you are looking for a way to give back and make some extraordinary new friends, I am personally inviting you to come to a meeting to see what our five clubs are about.  Whatever your passion, whatever your schedule, there is a local Rotary club that is perfect for you.  September is a great time to join a new organization, and Rotary is one of the best!!! 
 
White Rock Rotary club was the first Rotary club on the Peninsula in 1955. They have continued with a long and distinguished reputation for doing good in our community.  Perhaps best known for their annual book sales, most recently this past weekend at the Peace Arch Curling Centre. The White Rock Rotary Club meets for lunch on Tuesdays 12:00 PM at Ricky's Country Restaurant
 
Peace Arch Rotary club meets for lunch on  Mondays 12:00 PM at Hazelmere Golf & Country Club.  “We are all MAD* here,"  says Peace Arch member Dacy Koltai., based on Rotary International’s theme for this year of ; *Making A Difference.
 
Semiahmoo Rotary club is a very active club with a passion for the Peace Arch Hospital, Peace Arch Hospice, Sources Food Bank as well as International programs in Haiti and Uganda.  Semiahmoo Rotary Club meets for breakfast Thursdays 7:00 AM at the Rotary Field House (South Surrey Athletic Fields)
 
South Surrey Rotary club is a small but very active and vibrant club – making a difference in the local community, Cambodia, and Thailand. The South Surrey Rotary Club meets for breakfast on Wednesdays 7:00 AM  at the Pacific Inn (Pink Palace)
White Rock Peninsula Rotary club is an evening club and meets Tuesdays 6:30 PM  at the Pacific Inn (Pink Palace)  The Peninsula club has the distinction  of having one of its members, Lindagene Coyle, serve as District Governor for 2017-2018 www.wrpeninsula.com
 
 
as published in the Peace Arch News, Aug 25, 2017
Rotary Roundup Aug 2017
'Being a Rotarian has Made Me Better' Allan Baedak 2017-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aaron Hinks, Peace Arch News on Jun 27, 2017

Aaron Hinks photo Sources’ South Surrey food bank volunteer Norm Chess unloads food donations at the food bank Tuesday morning. A food-card program has raised more than $64,000 for the organization.
 

 

In memory of his late father Henry Block, John Block and his family are going to continue with their food-card program, which raised more than $64,000 for the South Surrey Sources Food Bank in its first year of operation.

“We look at this as a continuing tribute to my dad who was a big-time supporter of the food bank. That was an important part of his life because he was a child during the Depression. He understood homelessness and hunger,” John Block told Peace Arch News last week.

The program was initiated last June by the five Rotary clubs in the Semiahmoo Peninsula (Semiahmoo Rotary, Peace Arch Rotary, South Surrey Rotary, White Rock Peninsula Rotary and White Rock Rotary). To begin the initiative, the clubs approached Save-On-Foods and asked if the company would sell them food gift cards for an eight per cent discount. The clubs would then resell those cards and forward the eight per cent to the food bank. To double that contribution, the Block family pledged to match the eight per cent.

The clubs, with the help of retailers, the White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society and Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary, were able to sell more than $400,000 worth of food cards from June 2016 to June 2017.

“This is a significant amount for the food bank,” Block said. “The problem is the cost of quality foods is rising because of our weakened Canadian dollar. So a lot of the food donations they get are not quality food, particularly for children because there are over 500 kids registered with the local food bank.”

The program is not possible without the help of Save-On-Foods, Block added.

“An eight per cent discount on a food card is a big discount because the grocery business, as you might know, is a three per cent business. It’s tight. It was very generous of them to do that. They agreed to do it year-round, which was wonderful.”

To honour Save-On-Foods for participating in the program, the Rotary clubs will recognize president and South Surrey resident Darrell Jones as a Paul Harris Fellow on July 27.

Block said the award recognizes people who make “exceptional contributions to the community.” Recipients are not required to be Rotary members.

Jones is currently in England and was unavailable for interview by PAN press time Tuesday morning.

Block said Save-On-Foods has made significant contributions to the South Surrey and White Rock community over the years, and it’s not often the Rotary clubs are able to invite the president of such a major company to one of its gatherings.

“Darrell Jones is a community man all the way and he’s very approachable and he was kind enough to accept our invitation as busy as he is,” Block said.

Block said Save-On-Foods has agreed to continue with the program this year. The structure of the program will remain the same, however, Block said they were able to find nine South Surrey/White Rock organizations – including Rotary – to each contribute one per cent of the total sales.

This year, the initiative will be able to donate 17 per cent of all food card sales to the food bank. The Block family will stay in the initiative by contributing one per cent.

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Food-card program raises $64,000 for South Surrey food bank Aaron Hinks, Peace Arch News 2017-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Brunet on May 16, 2017
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2017 SASSY Award Recipients (L-R) Sukhpreet (Sam) Devgun, Overcoming Adversity; Premvir Singh Samra, Community Service; Shawna Narayan, Youth Leadership; Gurmehak Bhourji, Arts & Culture Leadership; Devansh Babla, Environmental Leadership; Pallvi Sehijpaul, International Leadership;
Missing – Yousof Al-Autman, Sports Leadership.
 
SURREY YOUTH AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
ACHIEVEMENTS, SERVICE & ACTIVISM CELEBRATED
 
 
The 7th Annual (Surrey) The Semiahmoo Rotary Club and the City of Surrey presented the 7th Annual SASSY Awards this past Friday, May 12,   2017 at the Surrey Arts Centre Theatre. The Awards brought together more than 50 community organizations and honoured 63 youth from Surrey and White Rock in seven categories. 
 
A short video of the three finalists from each category was presented at the event, and each of the successful recipients received a $1,000 bursary as well as $500 to donate to a Canadian charity of their choice.
 
  • Sports Leadership:Yousof Al-Autman
  • Environmental Leadership: Devansh Babla
  • Arts & Culture Leadership: Gurmehak Bhourji
  • Overcoming Adversity: Sukhpreet (Sam) Devgun
  • Community Service: Premvir Singh Samra
  • Youth Leadership Award: Shawna Narayan
  •  International Leadership: Pallvi Sehijpaul
This years awards also featured performances by Ben Dunnill - Piano/Vocal, Madelin Haugen from Circus Lab - Arial Routine, Maya Rae - Vocalist, Eleven09 - Band and Jazz Minds, a Panorama Ridge Secondary Jazz Ensemble
 
The SASSY Awards showcases the achievements, volunteerism and activism in shaping the social, cultural, and economic future in Surrey and White Rock.  “I find it not only inspiring, but astounding to learn more about the successes our local youth rise to, as well as the significant challenges they meet and take on at a personal level and in the world around them,” says the event producer, Allan Baedak.  “They are truly impacting not only our present, but our futures, and in a big way.”
For more information:
www.sassyawards.ca
Surrey Youth Award Recipients Announced Mary Brunet 2017-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brenda Gibson on May 07, 2017
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“Forest bathing”: a newly-discovered moniker for a beloved past time. There’s nothing that sets me right faster than getting outdoors and being surrounded by nature. The arrival of springtime may be on an alternate schedule but Rotarians on the peninsula – and beyond – have been taking advantage of vestiges of spring wherever they can.
 
Namely, the Semiahmoo Rotary club’s Wine and Dine fundraising evening was blessed with clear skies and warmth, adding to the success of the annual event. The club wishes to thank their restaurant partners and guests for making the event on April 11th a smash. The three-course progressive dinner event in South Surrey/White Rock saw 439 participants out to support 12 local restaurants – raising $20,000 for local community and global projects in the process.
 
Moving between venues on foot or by event trolleys, each group sampled the culinary delights of three different restaurants throughout the evening. Each restaurant partnered even further with the club by providing a $100 gift certificate with winners selected the same evening in the final restaurants.
 
Another wonderful opportunity to commune with nature – involving significantly more trees – was the creek clean-up and fish release at Quibble Creek (96th Ave & 138th St.) on Earth Day, April 22nd. Clubs from the peninsula and elsewhere in Surrey joined forces for the fifth year in a row to complete the project. The Rotary club of Surrey, in co-operation with Tynehead Hatchery, provided approximately 7,000 salmon fry for release. The Central City Rotary Club helped load the salmon for delivery and release, while Rotarians from Surrey Guildford and Semiahmoo Rotary clubs provided a wrap-up BBQ. The event was well attended by almost 40 people including a number of employees of McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. in celebration of their 50 years in Surrey. Children and adults alike were eager to move the fry from the hatchery’s mobile tank to the creek, carrying the precious cargo by bucket to the water’s edge before gently releasing them into their new world. Patty Burt, Semiahmoo Rotarian and Environmental Division Manager for McElhanney Surrey, was on-hand to coach releasers on location and technique. This fun and interactive event wrapped up just before the rain started.
 
The following weekend, despite threat of rain, Maureen Lowery, Kathy Thornton, Ray Paquet and Doug Blender of the Semiahmoo club joined forces to street clean along 148 St and the 32nd Ave Diversion. Well fueled by coffee and good spirits, the group collected and hauled away seven bags of garbage – including one pristine Toyota hubcap.
 
If you missed the opportunity to participate in these past events, never fear – there are more to come! Coming soon to a Safeway parking lot near you…do you have sensitive paperwork you need to dispose of? The Rotary club of South Surrey will be hosting another “Get it Shredded” event on Saturday, June 3rd in the Ocean Park Safeway parking lot at 16th Ave and 128th St, from 10am to 2pm. Safe and secure on-site document shredding will be provided by donation, with all proceeds going to support the Pacific Assistance Dog Society (PADS) and Rotary's sponsorship of an Accredited Facility Dog Team. For further information, please call 604-803-0773 or 604-536-4466.
 
Also coming in June is the Semiahmoo club’s largest fundraiser – the annual golf tournament at Morgan Creek golf course. It’s not too late to reserve your spot! Register and/or donate now at www.semirotarygolf.com.
 
Come join us – indoors or out. We’d love to welcome you at any upcoming event, including our weekly meetings.
 
Brenda Gibson writes on behalf of the Semiahmoo Peninsula’s five Rotary Clubs. For information she can be reached at brenda_gibson@shaw.ca.
Forest Bathing Brenda Gibson 2017-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlotte Morton on Apr 24, 2017
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The SASSY Awards stand for ‘Service Above Self Surrey Youth’ Awards and it is Rotary’s way to celebrate and honour the fantastic youth in our community.  We award seven $1,000.00 bursaries along with seven $500.00 donations the recpients present to registered Canadian charities of their choice at the SASSY Awards Show which takes place this year on the evening of Friday May 12th at the Surrey Arts Centre.
 
We had 63 nominees this year and they will be celebrated on May 12th at the Surrey Arts Centre on 88th Avenue in Surrey.
 
The Awards evening also features exceptional local youth performers, Panorama Ridge Jazz Ensemble, performers from Circus Lab, singer, songwriter and pianist extraordinaire Ben Dunnill, and singing sensation Maya Rae.
 
There are two ways that you can be involved with our 2017 SASSY Awards.  You could purchase tickets and attend the event which we would really appreciate, you could become a ‘Friend of SASSY’ supporter by donating $50.00 to $2,000.00, or you could do both.
 
 All donations are tax deductible. We really require the help from the community to make this work and whatever you can do is greatly appreciated. It is very important to us to have people in the seats so we do ask that if you purchase tickets you make sure they are used.
 
Our website
have more information and inspiring video clips from previous events, something that you really must watch.  They really show what we are about.
 
Rotary has other youth programs that this event helps with. We send youth to leadership training camps, adventures in citizenship, exchange opportunities and sponsor the Panorama Interact Club which is a Rotary club for young people that encourages the concept of Service above Self. We also award scholarships to students at Elgin Park Secondary and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
 
In 2015 my Rotary club took 3 incredible local youth to Mexico to help deliver over 300 wheelchairs to people who were handicapped but had no way to get a wheelchair. These three young people came back with one thing in common, this experience changed their lives. This is an example of the type of thing that Rotary does for our local youth.
 
Let’s celebrate the fantastic youth in our community.  If you feel you can help please contact me or if you wish please consider making a donation to Friends of SASSY online: Donate Now
 
Thank You very much!
 
Sincerely
 
Charlotte
 
Charlotte Morton,  Chair
Friends of SASSY fund
139-1959 -152 Street, Surrey, BC V4A 9E3
 

The Rotary Club of Semiahmoo (White Rock)
SASSY AWARDS TEAM
Friends of SASSY Charlotte Morton 2017-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brenda Gibson on Apr 21, 2017
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While attending a Rotary club board meeting the other day, I was struck by the number of projects in the works. “And that’s just my club!”, I realized with disbelief. There are FIVE active clubs on the Semiahmoo Peninsula alone, each deploying an army of people united by truth, fairness goodwill and better friendships. With so much going on, it’s easy to lose track and miss out. Many noteworthy club initiatives happen behind the scenes or simply slip past unnoticed.
 
Here’s a few you may have missed:

The Rotary Club of South Surrey has been busy in the community with two ‘Shredathon’ events and a wonderful Beatles Tribute night. Together these events raised funding for a Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) Canine Assisted Intervention Team specifically for children dealing with the trauma of abuse. “We are very proud of this undertaking as we know it will materially and positively help kids who really need some help!” said Patrick Hahn, President of the South Surrey Rotary Club.

The club was also busy working with the Semiahmoo club and Shine the Light Foundation to present the very popular Sip and Savour event held last October. Proceeds from this event enabled Rotary to provide $12,000 to the White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society. Mark your calendars for the next one – October 21st.
Many times, funds raised by club initiatives deploy back into the community silently. A few ways the Peace Arch club has applied their funds are:
$6000 presented to LA Matheson Secondary, Guildford Park Secondary, and Queen Elizabeth Secondary ($2,000 per school) for the new “CASTLE” program; Character, Awareness, Strength, Tenacity, Leadership and Empowerment. Donated funds will help each site implement this program developed in response to at-risk male students currently going down scary paths of gang affiliation, drugs, and other illegal activities. The weekly after-school sessions include positive male role model mentorship, interactive pro-social activities, discussions, guest speakers and practical skills for becoming young men who are positive citizens in their schools, communities, and circles of influence.

Additional donations have been made to the Riverdale Elementary PAC for Expressive Arts Therapy support. The $4000 donation will be used to support new refugee students to help them deal with the trauma they have experienced as a result of their situation prior to entering Canada.
$2000 donation to H.T. Thrift Elementary, $3,000 donation to Semiahmoo Secondary and $2,000 to Holly Elementary PACs. In December, the club also donated $2,000 to Tamanawis Secondary PAC for their Feed the Needy Dinner, which is put on every year for families in need in their community.
Since 2008, the White Rock club has given $3000 annually to the Semiahmoo Shopping Centre's Kid-Lit Reading Club program. This program is designed to encourage literacy and the love of reading to the children in our community. The program runs monthly, with 30 minute story time reading sessions, at the shopping centre. At each story time, children receive a reading card with 20 squares that parents initial after the children have read or been read to for 20 minutes. Once the card is complete, the child can turn it in at the next Kid-Lit Reading Club, and receive a special gift from Semiahmoo Shopping Centre and the Rotary Club of White Rock.

Not all giving back has a price-tag attached. Some events are focused simply on building friendships in our community. Take for example the Peace Arch club’s sponsorship of monthly bingo nights alternating between Hazelmere Lodge in South Surrey and Beuna Vista Lodge in White Rock. Club members facilitate the games by calling the numbers, assisting residents as needed, and providing prizes. These bingo nights were established many years ago by past club member, Andrew Watkins with the tradition being continued by current facilitator, John Makepeace. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the care home residents and staff. As an added bonus, past club members Helmut Buhrke and Dorothy Taylor (along with her husband, Bill) still help out.
All this is just a sampling of what’s going on in our five clubs! We’d love to have you join in our work; here’s how:
Become a member of a local club and help plan and host fund-raising activities before deciding how and where funds will be deployed; partner with us by sponsoring events; attend / donate to our events. Whichever way(s) you chose to participate, we’d love to have you!
 
Upcoming:
April 22 – 29 – White Rock Rotary’s Spring Book Sale. Thousands of books for sale, $2 each, at the Peace Arch Curling Rink 10 am to 4 pm each day. Free parking available for book buyers.

Friday, May 12th – 7th Annual SASSY Awards at the Surrey Arts Centre. Tickets and more information on-line at the SASSY website or tickets.surrey.ca.
Saturday, May 13th – Five Club Breakfast fundraiser. Held at the First United Church on Semiahmoo Ave from 8:30 am – 11 am, tickets are $15 and all proceeds go to the Sources Food Bank. Ticket at the door and the Food Bank.

June 22 – 28th Annual Semiahmoo Annual Golf Tournament at Morgan Creek golf course. Funds raised will support the pediatric treatment rooms to be constructed in the Peace Arch Hospital’s new emergency department. Register and/or donate now at www.semirotarygolf.com.

Brenda Gibson writes on behalf of the Semiahmoo Peninsula’s five Rotary Clubs. For information she can be reached at brenda_gibson@shaw.ca.
Five Active Clubs Brenda Gibson 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kirk Mitchell on Apr 21, 2017
Thank you to our restaurant partners & guests!
 
Semiahmoo Rotary Club was pleased to have 439 participants out to support our 12 local restaurants for Wine & Dine on April 11, 2017.  Our guests enjoyed a 3 course progressive dinner with each group of guests moving on foot or via event trolleys to 3 different restaurants during the evening. The sun was shining! Spring was in the air! Our 2017 Wine and Dine event was successful in raising $20,000 for local community and global projects.
 
 
Block  A 
Block B
A1-Giraffe
15053 Marine Dr,
White Rock, BC V4B 1C3
(604) 538-6878
B1-Washington Ave Grill
15782 Marine Dr
White Rock, BC V4B 1E6
(604) 541-4244
A2-Ronnie G’s
15223 Pacific Ave,
White Rock, BC V4B 1P8
(604) 531-0718
B2-Uli’s
15021 Marine Dr, White Rock, BC V4B 1C3
(604) 538-9373
A3-Jan’s on the Beach
14989 Marine Dr,
White Rock, BC V4B 1C3
(604) 531-5444
B3-Sandbar Bistro
15057 Marine Drive
White Rock, BC V4B 1E2
(604) 245-3080
           Block C
Block D
C1-Five
15047 Marine Dr,
White Rock, BC V4B 1C5
(604) 538-8153
D1-Tap
15350 34 Ave,
South Surrey, BC V3S 0T7
(604) 536-1954
C2-Onyx
1225 Johnston Rd,
White Rock, BC V4B 3Y8
(604) 542-0334
D2-Sheila’s Bistro
2181 160 St,
Surrey, BC V3S 9N6
(778) 294-6600
C3-Boathouse
14935 Marine Dr,
White Rock, BC V4B 1C3
(604) 536-7320
D3-KIN Thai Kitchen
2443 161a St #50,
Surrey, BC V3S 0M6
(604) 385-3223
 
 
 
Our 12 wonderful participating restaurants partnered with us in providing $100 Gift certificates. The winners of our event gifts certificates were selected on April 11 in the final restaurants:
  • D1 guests at Kin Thai – winner was Stephanie Beck
  • D2 guests at Tap – winner was Sid Snelling
  • D3 guests at Sheila’s Bistro – winner was Brad Duhake
 
  • C1 guests at Boathouse – winner was Marc Mandle
  • C2 guests at Five– winner was Jeanie Marie
  • C3 guests atOnyx – winner was Vasi Nadoo
 
  • B1 guests at Sandbar ( replacing Cosmo’s)– winner was Marilyn Fraser
  • B2 guests at Washington Avenue Grill – winner was Bryan Williams
  • DB guests at Uli’s – winner was Lori Veuvce
 
  • A1 guests at Jan’s on the Beach – winner was Esther Kosick
  • A2 guests at Giraffe – winner was Brad Baker
  • A3 guests at Ronnie G’s – winner was Michael Barwell
 
 Thank you to everyone for your support in making Wine and Dine 2017 successful and in helping our Club to raise funds for Rotary projects locally and globally.   Amazing! Bon Appétit!
 
Janet Segat & Kirk Mitchell
Wine & Dine 2017 Co -Chairs
 
 
THANKYOU!!! - WINE and Dine 2017 Kirk Mitchell 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
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We are very thankful to Sandbar Bistro coming on board with our Wine & Dine 2017. A brand new Restaurant on Marine drive.
 
Here is what Alex D. said on yelp:
 
Decided to check out the new kids on the block down while I was down in White Rock. I'd heard about Sandbar Bistro from some friends who went there during Taste White Rock and said that the food was great and boy they weren't kidding.

Started the meal with the venison carpaccio and was blown away with how good it was. It didn't have the same gamey taste that I usually associate with venison and was melt in your mouth tender.

Next I went with the rack of lamb and it was perfectly cooked. It had a great herb and mustard crust that had me picking crumbs off my plate to get one last taste.

Finished off with the chocolate mint brûlée that had that perfect crack when I broke through the top into the super creamy custard.

As for the service, I have no complaints. The waiter was attentive and was super knowledgeable about the dishes.

I liked the decor. I had been here years ago when it was an Irish pub and the update looked modern and quite nice.
 
 
 
 
 
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WINE and DINE 2017 tickets are going fast! 2017-03-28 07:00:00Z 0
WINE & DINE Tickets Going Fast 2017-03-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 27, 2017
WINE & DINE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE FINANCIAL FORUM [MARCH 29 AT THE ROTARY FIELDHOUSE] AND AT THE SEMIAHMOO ROTARY WEEKLY MEETING APRIL 6TH [NO MEETING MARCH 30TH].
WINE & DINE TICKETS 2017-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kirk Mitchell
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Gus Rachid & Faith Hitaf Kady are Canadians with Lebanese roots who collaborated on numerous ambitious ventures in and outside of Canada. Their great skills and valuable experiences in the service industry, along with their immense passion for food and international flavors, made it possible for them to launch a variety of small businesses with great results.  After spending decades in Alberta, both owners decided to settle in Beautiful British Columbia and made FIVE their fifth shared venture.

This gorgeous restaurant with the famous breathtaking ocean view owes much of its success to the FIVE family that is comprised of dedicated owners and a great team of highly skilled chefs with diverse talents, and expert front staff. Our creative kitchen crew is tirelessly working on new features that appeal to every palate. Our front of house team is a delight to be around, we pride ourselves on our professional service that is always welcoming and accommodating to every local and tourist alike.  

 

For more information visit: www.fivewhiterock.com

FIVE KITCHEN & RAW OYSTER BAR Kirk Mitchell 2017-03-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kirk Mitchell
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Using only locally sourced produce and the freshest ingredients available, Sheila's offers a variety of sustainable dishes through their amazing restaurants: Sheila's Bistro & Lounge, and Sheila's Catering.

 

South Surrey's local husband and wife duo, Sheila and Batty Cox, opened Sheila's Catering in 2009 to great success. In the first year, Sheila's was nominated as the Best New Business award by the Chamber of Commerce. Sheila's Bistro & Lounge opened in 2013 and continues to offer locally-sourced meals, including gluten-free and vegetarian options.
 
For more information visit: www.sheilasbistro.ca
 
SHEILA'S BISTRO & LOUNGE Kirk Mitchell 2017-03-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kirk Mitchell
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Located on White Rock's splendid oceanfront promenade, The Boathouse Restaurant offers incredible beachfront views alongside a distinctively Westcoast menu of wild and sustainable seafood, CAB-certified aged steaks and BC VQA wines. Situated on two levels, the stylish dining room with its large, open windows is perfect for a romantic evening, while the seasonal rooftop patio is the ideal place to meet for cocktails during happy hour or watch the sunset. The streetside patio is just as impressive, offering a fantastic place to enjoy freshly-shucked oysters with friends.

 

The Boathouse Restaurant has specialized in fresh seafood since 1981. It proudly selects Oceanwise fish and features only the finest ingredients from Pacific Northwest farmers, fishermen and other local producers. The Boathouse at White Rock is open for lunch and dinner daily and for Sunday brunch.

For more information visit: boathouserestaurants.ca
 
THE BOATHOUSE RESTAURANT Kirk Mitchell 2017-03-23 07:00:00Z 0
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Giraffe Restaurant is an intimate waterfront restaurant situated in the heart of White Rock’s Marine Drive district.
Giraffe's west coast fusion menu has been charming the palates of local diners and nourishing regular guests from West Vancouver down to Seattle and beyond since 1989!

Chef Andrew Jones’ innovative and intrepid creations showcase local and fresh ingredients (including Ocean Wise seafood choices) in ways that elate the tongue and elevate all of your happy neurochemicals.
 
for more information visit: thegiraffe.com
 
GIRAFFE RESTAURANT Kirk Mitchell 2017-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 15, 2017
WE CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO ATTEND THIS FREE COMMUNITY EVENT
2017 Financial Forum:
"What's in Store for 2017"
Learn from Fidelity Investments' Regional Vice President, Bruce McAdie as he outlines the opportunities & concerns for global markets in 2017.
 
Wednesday, March 29th
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Rotary Field House
2197 148th Street (14600 Rotary Way) Surrey, BC.
HOSTED BY
Semiahmoo Rotary Club
NOTE: WINE & DINE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE FORUM.
Please RSVP to:
Or by phone at: 778-549-7047
 
*This is a free seminar, however a cash donation to the Food Bank will be greatly appreciated.*
*Refreshments will be provided*
 
 
 
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Tap restaurant has been delighting diners in the south Surrey area for 11 years. Tucked away in the Rosemary Heights neighbourhood, tap achieves a balance of comfort and elegance that reminds its guests that you don’t need to travel into Vancouver to have memorable experience.
 
The open kitchen and dining room, coupled with the more private wine room bring two distinct environments to the restaurant. The team at tap is constantly pushing themselves to reach new heights of hospitality excellence, led for the last 10 years by Chef Alistair Veen.
 
As a certified chef and a certified sommelier, Alistair has a unique ability to weave locally sourced food and incredible wines into an entertaining guest experience. Trends may come and go, but tap restaurant has stuck to a style of service that has seen them pile up numerous industry awards and accolades, including a mention in Canada’s top 100 fit-for-foodies restaurants and seven consecutive years of diner’s choice awards.
 
Tap is open tuesday through saturday for lunch and dinner, and is available for private bookings on sundays and mondays. 604-536-1954
 
For more information visit: www.taprestaurant.ca 
 
TAP RESTAURANT Kirk Mitchell 2017-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
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Welcome to the newly opened KIN Thai Kitchen and Bar in Grandview Corners areas of South Surrey - a fresh, new, exciting Thai food restaurant in South Surrey! 
 
The restaurant has been open since December 2016. The owner Adi brings many years of prior culinary experience to the Semiahmoo Restaurant. KIN Thai has a very modern decor with cool lighting, natural light and a sleek modern vibe. Great sound ambiance for conversation.
 
A recent guest at the restaurant described KIN Thai Kitchen and Bar in their own words:

"...This place is awesome, the customer service here is unbelievable and the food is to die for. I have tried four or five different Thai meals now and every single one of them has been delicious. The red curry is one of the best I've ever had and I've had a lot of Thai food… "
"Finding a spot like this with excellent food and exceptional customer service is like finding a gold mine! You must come and try it! Highly recommended".
 
This new restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday. Lunch is served 11:30 – 3:00pm and Dinner is served  4:30 – 9:30pm.
KIN THAI KITCHEN Kirk Mitchell 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
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On March 3, 2017, Jan’s on the Beach celebrated 5 years open of business in White Rock, BC after opening in 2012. Jan’s at the Beach is described a “Seafood and more” with a great selection of dishes, all made in house from scratch.
 
Jane and Gord Wait, the owners  of this delightful restaurant across from the White Rock Museum, describes the restaurant  opening as the scariest and best thing they ever done – kind of like jumping out of an airplane! The owners extend a thank-you to all of our amazing staff and employees that have made this crazy journey with them!  And they thank all of their restaurant and catering customers that have kept Jan’s in business! Here’s to the next 5 years!
 
The Breakfast Menu includes classic favorites’ like Eggs Benedict, Omelettes with all the extras and more. Breakfast is served from 9 am till 12 pm
 
 The Lunch menu includes our own Pulled Pork sandwich, smoked in house, Panini sandwiches, or our own house made Clam Chowder that’s becoming a local favorite.  Lunch menu from 12 pm to 5 pm
 
The Dinner entrees include seafood, chicken, pork, lamb and comfort foods. Dinner is served from 5 pm till close.
 
 
 
 
         
 
 
 
 
 
For more information visit: jansonthebeach.ca
JAN's ON THE BEACH Kirk Mitchell 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
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I was born in Europe and returned to my parents’ homeland of South Africa where I grew up until the age of 10. We then moved to Toronto and I lived with them until high school. I enrolled in a boarding school in Upstate New York in January of 1997, where I both completed my high school diploma and began my journey as a cook in the large dining kitchen on campus. Shortly after beginning my tenure there, I was assigned the position of Kitchen Leader. I guided the daily operations of meal prep, dining room set-up, meal service and became the assistant to the Chef.
 
Once I graduated, I road-tripped out West and planted roots in greater Vancouver. I attempted other careers throughout my early to mid-twenties at the same time as attending university, all whilst still dabbling in restaurant work on and off.
 
After having my daughter at age 27, I returned to the kitchen full-time and decided to pursue my Red Seal in Professional Cooking. I began seeking greater opportunities to become more proficient in my chosen career as a Professional Cook, and am very privileged to have worked for several well-respected restaurants over the last 8 years here in the Lower Mainland.
 
My food philosophy is this: Quality, simplicity and as much as can be procured directly from the farm, field or ocean. Starting with high caliber ingredients, and keeping recipes elemental and fresh, the resulting dishes and flavours speak for themselves. As the Chef, I enjoy the fast-paced intensity of kitchen work as well as the business and organizational side of restaurant management, and love to meet new and interesting people as I go.
 
At Ronnie G’s, I make it my focus to connect food and people in a way that links their own memories of the past with new gastronomic experiences. We emphasize personal and attentive service, customer satisfaction and strive to offer the Community of White Rock a comfortable, classy and affordable place to bring friends and loved ones for any occasion!
 
Skye Van Schetsen
Executive Chef
 
For more information visit: ronniegs.com
RONNIE G's BAR + GRILL Skye Van Schetsen, Executive Chef 2017-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
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Washington Avenue Grill is one of White Rock's favourite restaurants.
 
Our eclectic eatery features Pacific North West cuisine, live music, a stunning view of Semiahmoo Bay in a cozy yet vibrant atmosphere.  Guests can dine in the pristine glass atrium, the warm and inviting main dining room or out on the patio.  Both our cuisine and wine lists have earned awards.
 
The historic building in which Washington Avenue Grill resides was built in 1913 as a lumber mill (the lumber was used to build Russian trenches during WWI) and it has also been a church, a school and a home for migrant railway workers since that time.  There is speculation that the building is haunted by a former caretaker who cared for the building for a decade in the 1930, then suddenly disappeared!  Dining in an historic building truly adds a unique and fun aspect to a satisfying culinary experience.
 
History aside, our attention to detail, smooth service, award-winning menu and breathtaking views will capture the attention of your heart, mind and palate.  You’ll be well received and satisfied with your dining experience at Washington Avenue Grill.
 
For more information visit: washingtonavenuegrill.com
WASHINGTON AVENUE GRILL Kirk Mitchell 2017-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
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Uli’s restaurant has been a culinary staple on the White Rock beach strip for over 30 years! 
 
As one of the oldest and most successful restaurant on the waterfront, this iconic eatery offers BC’s finest wines and an award-winning menu in a cozy and upbeat atmosphere.
 
Opened in 1986 by Ulrich Blume, who used his experiences traveling the world to launch the restaurant’s vision, Uli’s has become a White Rock institution.  It was one of White Rock’s original waterfront restaurants and quickly because local favourite for its eclectic Euro-inspired food and beverage menu.   Those same values thread through the ever evolving and more seasonal inspired menus.  Uli’s takes pride in farm-to-table values and guests can be assured that they’re enjoying only the best and freshest BC ingredients.
 
In 2008, Uli’s son Tyson took over operation of the restaurant and seamlessly picked up where his father left off.  Uli’s continues to provide White Rock diners with stunning waterfront views, fun and relaxed service, and refreshingly simple food with an extensive international beer menu and a diverse wine selection.  Chef Jennie Silk is heightening Uli’s status as one of White Rock’s premier food destinations. Visit Uli’s through Wine & Dine 2017 and you’ll be sure to come back! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For more information visit: ulisrestaurant.com
ULI'S RESTAURANT Kirk Mitchell 2017-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
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WINE & DINE 2017 RESTAURANT BLOCKS & TICKET INFO
 
 
WINE & DINE 2017 is a 3 course progressive dinner fundraising event to be held on APRIL 11, 2017 organized by Semiahmoo Rotary Club. Each guest attending Wine & Dine will experience a grouping of  3 of our 12 participating restaurants.
 
DATE: April 11, 2017
TICKET COST: $60.00 per person for one block of three restaurants
 
Online Ticket sales is now closed
 
Tickets may still be purchased at White Rock Travel:
1472 Johnston Rd.
White Rock BC V4B 3Z5
 
(604) 531-2901
 
Hours are 9-5 mon-fri, and 9-1 Saturdays.

 
 
All guests are asked to park at Restaurant #3 listed on their ticket and walk or trolley to staring Restaurant.
In addition to trolleys, some walking to restaurant locations will occur in Blocks A, B and C.

There will be only trolley transport between restaurant locations in Block D.
 
Pre- Event trolleys will operate 6:30-7pm.
Trolleys will operate between 7:45 -8:10pm and 8:45-9:15 pm to transport guests.
 
 
Block  A  uses Trolley1
Block B uses Trolley 2
A1-Giraffe
15053 Marine Dr,
White Rock, BC V4B 1C3
(604) 538-6878
B1-Washington Ave Grill
15782 Marine Dr
White Rock, BC V4B 1E6
(604) 541-4244
A2-Ronnie G’s
15223 Pacific Ave,
White Rock, BC V4B 1P8
(604) 531-0718
B2-Uli’s
15021 Marine Dr, White Rock, BC V4B 1C3
(604) 538-9373
A3-Jan’s on the Beach
14989 Marine Dr,
White Rock, BC V4B 1C3
(604) 531-5444
B3-Cosmo’s
14871 Marine Dr, White Rock, BC V4B 1C2
(604) 531-3511
           Block C uses Trolley 3
Block D uses Trolley 4 or 5
C1-Five
15047 Marine Dr,
White Rock, BC V4B 1C5
(604) 538-8153
D1-Tap
15350 34 Ave,
South Surrey, BC V3S 0T7
(604) 536-1954
C2-Onyx
1225 Johnston Rd,
White Rock, BC V4B 3Y8
(604) 542-0334
D2-Sheila’s Bistro
2181 160 St,
Surrey, BC V3S 9N6
(778) 294-6600
C3-Boathouse
14935 Marine Dr,
White Rock, BC V4B 1C3
(604) 536-7320
D3-KIN Thai Kitchen
2443 161a St #50,
Surrey, BC V3S 0M6
(604) 385-3223
 
 
 
 
RESTAURANT BLOCKS and Ticket Info Kirk Mitchell 2017-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
WINE & DINE INFO Kirk Mitchell 2017-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brenda Gibson on Mar 07, 2017
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Last March’s article opened with a reference to spring bursting forth in bright green growth and fresh blossoms. Today as I write it’s hailing - with more snow in the forecast. What is going on?! After an unprecedented winter of snowfall and associated chaos, it’s comforting to have a number of much-loved annual traditions on the horizon to get us through.
 
Wine & Dine
If you – like me – are going a bit stir-crazy and find yourself eager to enjoy a night out on the town sampling the delights of local cuisine, Semiahmoo Rotary’s 16th annual Wine and Dine on April 11th is the perfect event for you! This popular dining extravaganza features a three-course progressive dinner aimed at raising funds for Rotary projects and supporting local restaurateurs. Tickets are $60 per person for a block of three restaurants and includes dedicated trolley service between each venue, an entry into a draw for a $100 gift certificate, and a $10-off loyalty coupon good for any of the 12 participating restaurants until December 31st, 2017.
 
Each restaurant graciously donates all food and service costs – thus, without their support this event would not be possible. THANK YOU to the participating restaurants: Giraffe, Ronny G’s, Jan’s on the Beach, Washington Avenue Grill, Uli’s, Cosmo’s, 5 Doors, Onyx, Boathouse, Tap, Sheila’s, and Kin Thai Kitchen.
 
Public ticket sales begin March 13th and can be purchased at White Rock Travel Service (1472 Johnston Road, White Rock) by cash or cheque only. Sponsorship opportunities are available – visit semiahmoorotary.org or follow Semiahmoo Rotary on Facebook for more information. Dietary needs will be accommodated where possible.
 
Calling all golfers!
Looking even further ahead to the glory and warmth of summertime (oh please, let it be a good one!) Semiahmoo Rotary is delighted to unveil plans for their 28th annual golf tournament being held at the spectacular Morgan Creek golf course on Thursday, June 22nd.
 
As the club’s largest annual fundraiser, to date this tournament has raised almost $1.3 million, with $900,000 donated to the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. This year’s supported cause is the pediatric treatment rooms to be constructed in the hospital’s new emergency department. This specific sponsorship is near and dear to the hearts of Rotarians internationally as it directly aligns with one of Rotary’s six areas of focus – Maternal and Child Health. These rooms are a vital upgrade as currently nearly 7,000 children per year are being treated in a single room, inappropriately situated beside the mental health treatment room. In an effort to ease what for many children is one of their most difficult and painful experiences, each of the six treatment rooms will contain specialty equipment in a welcoming environment designed to decrease anxiety, alleviate stress and soothe the facility’s youngest patients.
 
With a change of golf course, this year’s Texas Scramble tournament will also feature a new format – corporate and friendly foursomes welcome, on-course contests and activities, prizes, meals and entertainment. Many high-profile sponsorship opportunities are available, including matching sponsorships.
 
Come join in the fun as you meet and mix with the movers and shakers in South Surrey and White Rock! Register and/or donate now at www.semirotarygolf.com. Reach out to co-chairs Larry Whitehead (ldw@venturesnorth.com) and Jim Purcell (jdpurcellbiz@gmail.com)with any further questions.
 
With these two fun events to look forward to as well as the book sale (April 22-29th), Shredathon (TBA), Earth Day (April 22nd) and SASSY Awards (May 12th) just around the corner, we might just have the fortitude to make it through another snowfall. Maybe.
 
Brenda Gibson writes on behalf of the Semiahmoo Peninsula’s five Rotary Clubs. For information she can be reached at brenda_gibson@shaw.ca.
Much Loved Annual Traditions Brenda Gibson 2017-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
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Cosmos was founded in White Rock 44 years ago by Loula and John Manos. It was one of the first three original Greek restaurants in the lower mainland  and the only Greek cuisine featuring live entertainment every Friday and Saturday. Loula was in charge of the kitchen perfecting her Greek recipes while John, whose working career was spent as an auto mechanic, took over as host, welcoming guests with his warm Greek hospitality.

The Manos couple heard through the Greek community about chef Demetre Theodosakis, formerly of Kozmas Greek Restaurant, very famous in Vancouver. At the time, Demetre was also a partner in a Penticton Greek Restaurant called Theos. In 1978 he became a co-owner and partner with the Manos' and brought his expertise and fresh ideas to Cosmos, where he’s now been for 39 years.
 
Demetre was born on the famous island of Crete and has incorporated some of his island’s cooking secrets in his cuisine and strongly believes that there is no substitution for quality.
 
Together with Loula and John, Demetre's creations were exquisite and brought in people from all over the lower mainland and the U.S. The success continued making Cosmos a favourite for all food lovers. In 1980, the opportunity was there for expansion at the restaurant and brought in a successful new era in Cosmos history.

In 1991, Loula and John left Cosmos to pursue different interests and sold their shares to Loula's sister Christina and brother-in-law George Zambus, who became co-owners and partners with Demetre. The restaurant's legacy and success has continued with Christina and George.
 
COSMOS GREEK RESTAURANT | White Rock Allan Baedak 2017-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
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Semiahmoo Rotary is pleased to announce that long time Wine & Dine partner ONYX Steak & Seafood bar in White Rock is once again on the Wine & Dine Tour on April 11th, 2017.
 
Here is a little about ONYX:
 
With our wide-ranging menu and our casual, contemporary interior, ONYX offers a fresh take on the traditional steakhouse. At our White Rock restaurant you'll find one of British Columbia’s best steak dinners! We proudly serve the finest 40-day-aged Angus Signature Reserve beef at our two Lower Mainland locations. Yet we’re much more than just a steakhouse - we’ve got a wide variety of mains, appetizers and drinks.
 
ONYX is a great place to bring the family or have drinks with your friends. It’s also an excellent venue for birthday parties and corporate events. Check out the availability of our PRIVATE ROOMS or book the whole place!
 
Let us show you a good time at our steak and seafood restaurants! We’re open 4 p.m. until late, 7 days a week 
 
 
 
INCREDIBLE STEAKS IN B.C. 
 
Freshly cooked, perfectly seasoned and a quality cut of meat-- it's the perfect steak. Our chefs use the highest quality of meat available and grill them to perfection, making sure you and your tastebuds are satisfied.
 
We age a minimum of 40 days compared to the usual 28 days. Our steaks never frozen, so they are always fresh. Next time you're craving a mouthwatering steak, you know where to find one.
 
For more information visit: onyxsteakhouse.ca
ONYX | STEAK | SEAFOOD | BAR IN WHITE ROCK Allan Baedak 2017-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
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District 5050 -Youth Adventures in Leadership 2017
Youth Adventures in Leadership (YAIL) had another successful weekend at Camp Alexandra in Crescent Beach on January 20 – 22, 2017.
 
52 participants, in the 10th and 11th grades (ages 15 - 17) arrived on the Friday wondering why they were there and on Sunday 52 young leaders left with a new perspective on life. As the wise Sal Abbot said this weekend, "it's okay not to be perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be a leader. You just have to act. Leadership is an action. Not a title."
 
Connor said "Coming into it, I had no idea what to expect. I figured it would be a same old leadership conference and was not extremely excited. The first hour I was there, I was proved wrong. The lessons and concepts I learned at YAIL were clearer to me than they have ever been and it only took two days for it to happen. I learned and understood more in this short period of time than I have learned in multiple previous week long conferences I have attended."
 
Another participant said "I wont sugar coat it - I came into YAIL as a quiet, troubled, simple girl in my bubble and this weekend took me out of my bubble, gave me many new friends and new skills to interact. Being able to connect with people like me and people totally opposite to me.. and changed me in a positive way!" 
 
The weekend curriculum is managed by a team of outstanding facilitators who are past attendees of both YAIL and RYLA.  Kudos to the District 5050 YAIL organizing committee which just happens to include Semiahmoo Rotary's very own Ray PAQUET and Jeff HARRISON.
 
Another stupendous Rotary Youth Program!
 
Youth Adventures in Leadership (YAIL) 2017 a massive success! Jeff Harrison 2017-01-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Reddington on Dec 01, 2016
 
A cheque for $40,000 from the Semiahmoo Rotary Club was presented to David Young, Executive Director of SOURCES (Centre of photo) on behalf of the White Rock South Surrey Food Bank run by SOURCES Community Resource Centres.
 
The funds were derived from commissions on selling some $250,000 in gift cards through the Club, mainly through SAVE On FOODS. 
FOOD BANK SUCCESS! Mike Reddington 2016-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
Although the future of the Peace Arch News is uncertain, given the radically changing world of digital media, Dwayne Wiedendorf, Publisher of PAN, part of Black Press, is buoyed by the fact that 90% of Semiahmoo Peninsula residents read the PAN on a weekly basis.
FUTURE OF PEACE ARCH NEWS Mike Reddington 2016-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Reddington & Victoria Biggs on Oct 20, 2016
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Sip & Savour Partner: Starlight Foundation Mike Reddington & Victoria Biggs 2016-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brenda Gibson on Oct 20, 2016
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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 raisingfundsforfood@gmail.com
 
• 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 – brenda_gibson@shaw.ca
A New Cost-Free Fundraiser Brenda Gibson 2016-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Reddington on Sep 15, 2016
 
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?
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Posted by Mike Reddington on Sep 15, 2016
The evil twin Nurse Ratchet'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.
Scott Dudley "Donates" Again! Mike Reddington 2016-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
 

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.
Paul Harris Fellow Honoured Mike Reddington 2016-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Making a Good Rotarian Brenda Gibson 2016-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MIke Reddington on Aug 25, 2016
 
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.
 
 
 

 
Uganda Maternal Health Clinic MIke Reddington 2016-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Victoria Biggs on Aug 14, 2016
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.
The Pursuit of Service Victoria Biggs 2016-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Victoria Biggs on Aug 14, 2016
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. 
Au Revoir, Maddie Victoria Biggs 2016-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Reddington on Jun 30, 2016
 
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 ...
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
FOOD BANK GIFT CARD PROGRAM Mike Reddington 2016-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2016
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.
District Governor Awards PHF 2016-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Yolanta Patterson & Allan Baedak on Jun 09, 2016

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!
 
2016 Semiahmoo Rotary Golf Tournament Yolanta Patterson & Allan Baedak 2016-06-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Yolanta Patterson & Mike Reddington on Jun 03, 2016
Annual visit to Peace Arch Hospital hosted by the PAH Foundation. Semiahmoo Rotary has been a supporter of the Hospital Foundation since 1989.
 

 
Peace Arch Hospital Visit May 16 Yolanta Patterson & Mike Reddington 2016-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Yolanta Patterson & Mike Reddington on Jun 03, 2016
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.
Rotary Foundation Auction Yolanta Patterson & Mike Reddington 2016-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Reddington on Apr 28, 2016

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.
CURRENT ISSUES: Truck Park Mike Reddington 2016-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Yolanta Patterson & Mike Reddington on Apr 23, 2016

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.
EARTH DAY Yolanta Patterson & Mike Reddington 2016-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2016

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.
 
CODE BLUE Mike Reddington 2016-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Reddington on Apr 02, 2016

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.
FRONT LINES: 2004 Earthquake & Tsunami in Indonesia Mike Reddington 2016-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Reddington on Apr 02, 2016

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.
New Member: Next Generation Mike Reddington 2016-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Reddington on Mar 03, 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.
 
 
 
First United Church & Homeless Mike Reddington 2016-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Rotary International Membership Mike Reddington 2016-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Reddington on Feb 18, 2016

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
Golf Tournament Partnership Mike Reddington 2016-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 11, 2016
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 ...
Rotary Exchange Program Success Mike Reddington 2016-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
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. 
Semiahmoo Rotary Donates to Peace Arch Hospital Mike Reddington 2016-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
YAIL 2016 2016-01-28 08:00:00Z 0
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.
Hermosillo, Mexico Rotary Wheelchair Project 2015-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 03, 2015
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.
 
 
 
Paul Harris Fellow Award Dinner 2015-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ritchie & Sandy Wightman on Nov 19, 2015

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 
Rotary Speaker Event: David Black John Ritchie & Sandy Wightman 2015-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Dave Stark, Langley-Sunrise Rotary Club
ROTARY AT WORK BC - "to facilitate employment for people with disabilities."
 
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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
Rotary Notes Aug 20 2015-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Victoria Biggs on Aug 17, 2015
Steve opened meeting at 7:12 amid a lot of noise
Rotary club central city golf tournament - Aug 28 Guildford golf course
National Seniors Day Oct 1 - do we want to participate - no too many people's nap time
Guests
Induction: Patty Burke and Randy Taylor
Breakfast
Bill got a special pin for bringing in a new member
Different Larry new Sergeant at arms - talked about a club (weapon) called a shillelagh (?) – he would like one
Many people didn't sign up for their committees so were fined accordingly
Birthdays - No one born this week
Anniversaries – much wedded bliss was shared
Happy dollars - Last ditch fishing/boating effort to rid club of current president
Brenda gave kudos to Ray for stepping up and helping her out
Darren talked about Youth Services - does anyone want to billet out a teen for three months at a time - contact Darren
Amazing Race - Youth amazing race in Vancouver - looking for leaders - if interested in participating contact Darren
50/50 - set up for Scott to win - disputed and overruled
Greg (lawyer) had lawyer friend (Sean) choose his ticket for queen of hearts but the deck of cards is missing so again, a bit of a set up - disputed and overruled - wine was offered in its stead
Rotary thought was thoughtful
Marius doing the introduction of Barry Midler - My Life
Grew up on the right side of the tracks but hung out with the kids from the wrong side in Whalley
Cleaned up his act when he met his future wife Audrey
2 children - Josh and Natasha - and wife Audrey who works at Aldergrove Duty Free Store
 
Cliff - This is my Life
Dad from Saskatchewan and his mom was a war bride
Graduated 1965 and joined airforce
Volunteers with big brother and cadets for 47 years
Married 45 years to best friend - two children
Joined Rotary in 1984
Joined this Rotary in 1994
Cliff ended with a great story that went in part like this:
There was a black woman with a broken down vehicle standing in the pouring rain down in the southern states that was trying to flag down a ride. Eventually a young man stopped, picked up the bedraggled woman, took her where she needed to go and she thanked him and got his address. A week later a large console TV came to the young man's place with a note attached.
 
"Thank you so much for helping me out. Because of you I was able to make my husband’s bedside as he died." signed Mrs. Nat King Cole –
 
International Committee meeting is Wednesday Aug 26 at 7:15 am at the Roadhouse Grill
Meeting adjourned on time
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26th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Valerie Giles 2015-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Junior Golf Tournament Valerie Giles 2015-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
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From the moment I woke up that morning, I felt an incredible energy that continued to build to near overwhelming levels. I felt it wash over me like a tidal wave as I stood in the middle of the road as graduates marched, danced and sang all around me as we made our way to a church in Gorjet for the ceremony. With over 2,000 people in attendance, there wasn’t an inch of space in or around that building as friends, family, and graduates gathered to celebrate.
 
The literacy program is combined with training in agriculture best practices, conflict resolution and other programs to help individuals and community from the ground up. The program is delivered by www.fida-pch.org, who have been building capacity in Haitian communities since 1984. Working closely with the Haitian community, the program leverages local expertise to help the community work independently and together in business. Literacy was not the original goal but became one of the foundations of the program. 
 
The way individuals feel about themselves and how they relate to one another has given this community a sense of hope and a glimpse of a far more empowered future.
 
for more info: www.fida-pch.org
 
Literacy in Haiti Allan Baedak 2014-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Valerie Giles on Jul 08, 2013

The 24th Annual Charity Golf Tournament was held at Hazelmere Golf Course on June 12th. The competition was enjoyable and the day perfect. A great way to raise money for the community. All money raised at this event stay in our local community and is split 50/50 between the Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation and other local charities.

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We started out with a burger buffet, and from the top photo above, you can tell it was delicious. After the game the golfers were treated to a steak barbeque buffet, along with countless prizes which were donated by local businesses and Rotarians alike. Thanks to our many sponsors and supporters for making this event so successful each year. Thanks also to the golfers who year after year open their wallets for a great cause. We couldn't do it without you.

In 2014 we will be holding our 25th Anniversary Charity Golf Tournament. Plans are already underway to make it a big event with lots of extras. Stay tuned for that and be sure not to miss it.

24th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Raises over $47,000 for the Peninsula Valerie Giles 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
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Surrey BC, October 17, 2011 – Seven local youth were honoured Friday evening at the 1st Annual SASSY -Service Above Self Surrey Youth-Awards hosted by the Semiahmoo Rotary Club held at the Bell Centre for Performing Arts.

Each award recipients received a $500 bursary, $500 donation to the charity of their choice, a signed copy of Craig Kielburger‟s book "Me to WE‟ and a stylized glass "S" SASSY Award.

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Our club was honoured to have Mayor Diane Watts as guest speaker on March 17, 2011. Mayor Watts spoke "unplugged" about the City of Surrey and its various and unique neighbourhoods. The discussion was lead by Rotarian Nancy Shewfelt and focused on Community Service, which is one of the five avenues of service in Rotary and a large part of the work done by Semiahmoo Rotary.


Mayor Diane Watts "Unplugged" Valerie Giles 2011-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric O'Dell on Sep 23, 2010
Stewart Peddemors and Beth Nielsen were honoured with Pins of Passion on September 23rd, 2010 for the work they have done this year for our club.

Stewart P. is working very hard on an ongoing basis to deliver excellent financial reports. This is his 2nd year at the job and he has everything under control.

Beth received her recognition for the work she did with the Chili Cook-off. She helped with the chili preparation and organized the costumes.
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Posted by Allan Baedak on May 29, 2009
The Semiahmoo Rotary Club supports a dental misson to Central Vietnam by Semiahmoo Dental Outreach from Vancouver Canada in partnership with the NGO East Meets West. based in Da Nang.
Vietnam Dental Outreach 2009 Allan Baedak 2009-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Valerie Giles

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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This year's Sassy Awards had a change of venue and moved to the Surrey Arts Centre.

The awards were hosted by June Liu and Nesan Furtado to an almost sold out crowd.

Seven SASSY Awards were presented in the categories of:
• Community Service: recipient
Karan Grover  
• Environmental Leadership: recipient
Soohyun Kim  
• International Service:
recipient  Manvir (Monie) Singh Tutt
• Overcoming Adversity: recipient  Jordynn Denness
• Performing and Visual Arts: recipient  Alexandra (Lexi) Calbery
• Sportsmanship: recipient  Colby Peters
• Youth Leadership: recipient Jaskirat Sahni 

Each Award recipient received a $1000 bursary, a keepsake SASSY Award and $500 to donate to the registered charity of their choice.

It was an inspiring and entertaining evening with the highlight being award winning video presentations and entertainment performances by youth in the community.

The SASSY Awards are hosted annually by the Semiahmoo Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Surrey, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey School District, and support from Peninsula Community Foundation and the White Rock and Central City Rotary Clubs.

The SASSY Awards Committee would like to congratulate all the Award nominees and Award recipients, thank the evening’s sponsors, all participants.

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Rotary Member Engagement Survey - District 5050 Results
Presenter: Mike Reddington

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A report on the 2014 Rotary District 5050 Member Engagement Survey was released recently and it shows that Rotarians from Hope, BC, to Everett, Washington are very engaged in their service work in the 62 respective Rotary Clubs across the District.  Some 1310 individual Rotarians took part in the survey, a participation rate of just under 50%.

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Calling all Golfers Valerie Giles 0
Patrick Dooley Junior Golf Tournament - Register your team now! Valerie Giles 0
Emergency Preparedness Seminar May 6, 2014 Valerie Giles 0
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Once again we will be selling Safeway Gift Cards from October to December. Denominations are: $50/ $100/ $200/ $500. These are a great idea for Christmas gifts for friends, family, hair stylists etc. The cards have no expiry date and can be used at any Safeway store in Canada and USA. This is perfect for snowbirds who travel south over the winter. Safeway gives 8% cash back to our club for every dollar spent. Each year we use this money for Christmas hampers for a local women's shelter as well as donating the money to the Food Bank which can purchase triple the amount of food for their clients. This is a win-win for everyone. If you would like to purchase these cards, you can contact any member of Semiahmoo Rotary or Ozzie Crompton at astridcrompton@gmail.com 
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The SASSY Awards honoured our local youth aged 16 to 21 who make a difference in our community by demonstrating the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self. The City of Surrey, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey School District and Peninsula Community Foundation are supporting this inspiring awards program and event along with several corporate sponsors including the Peace Arch News.

Seven Awards were presented in six categories of: Youth Leadership, Community Service, Humanitarian, Against-the-Odds, Athletic/Sportsmanship, Performing and Visual Arts. Recipients shown in photo above left to right were Amelia Misak for Performing & Visual Arts, Geena Dhaliwal for Against-the-Odds, Felicia Rafael for Community Service and Jake Hanna for Athletic/Sportsmanship. Missing were recipients Ann Choi, Henry Szwaba and June Liu.

Recipients received a $1000 bursary, as well as $500 to donate to a registered charity of their choice and a stylized SASSY Award trophy.

The Show featured international award winning hip hop crew FRESHH, the YouthFest 'Battle of the Bands' winner The ViDOS and other young local performers whose performances were outstanding. Following the show a VIP reception was held with catering from The Boathouse.


Thanks to our youth and all the volunteers who helped make this a memorable event.

 

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Posted by Gerry Gainford
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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Each year, Semiahmoo Rotary honours both club members and non-Rotarian individuals in the community for their voluntary contributions with Paul Harris Fellows. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary in 1905 in Chicago USA.  A Paul Harris Fellow is considered the highest recognition that a club honours to an individual.

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This year's 24th Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be held for the 2nd year at Hazelmere Golf Course. The real winners each year are the Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation along with the club's other local charities. Organisers are expecting to raise $50,000 from this annual event. We are currently soliciting sponsorships and prizing for the golfers. Each year prizing tops $80,000 total and this year will be the same. This year, the registration gift will be a round of golf for two persons with a cart at any of the 3 West Coast Golf Group courses: Hazelmere, Swan-e-set or Belmont.

If you golf or have friends who do, it is a terrific event to network and support the community at the same time. You can register online here.  All levels of golfers are needed to balance the teams, which will be chosen a few days prior to the tournament. The format will be a Texas Scramble as in past years.

Questions regarding this event and registration can be directed to the Golf Tournament Committee through Stewart Peddimors: stewartp@remax.net

Tournament Day

 

Registration: 10 am - 12:30 pm
Driving Range available: 10 am - 1 pm
Lunch: 11 am - 1 pm
Shot Gun Start: 1 pm
Putting & Chipping Contests: 10 am - 6 pm
Dinner & Awards: following the tournament

24th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Wednesday June 12, 2013 (Team Night June 11) Valerie Giles 0
Pat Dooley Youth Golf Tournament Wednesday June 12, 2013 Valerie Giles 0
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The Semiahmoo Rotary Club, in association with the White Rock Rotary Club and the New Generations Rotary Club of Surrey, is pleased to announce the second annual Service Above Self Surrey Youth Awards.

The SASSY Awards honour youth aged 16 to 21 who are living in Surrey or White Rock, and are making a difference in our community by demonstrating the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self.

Six Awards will be presented this year in the categories of:

Youth Leadership
Community Service
Humanitarian
Against-the-Odds
Athletic/Sportsmanship
Performing and Visual Arts
 

SASSY (Service Above Self Surrey Youth) Awards Oct. 19 2012 Valerie Giles 0
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The 2013 tournament had great support from the secondary schools in Surrey with 8 teams taking part. The top team was from Earl Marriot with a team score of 65. They were awarded the Pat Dooley Memorial Cup (shown in photo above).
Top individual players were:
Kevin Richardson with a low net of 60.
Edward Metcalf with a low gross of 68.

Top coaches were:
Kevin DeBoice, Panorama Ridge Secondary principal, with a low net of 71
Murray McLeod, Semiahmoo Secondary vice-principal with a low gross of 81.

Patrick Dooley, a young man in our local community, died tragically of complications of the flu on Feb 5th, 2008.  He was an aspiring golfer, athlete and top academic student at Elgin Park Secondary who would have graduated from Grade 12 in June 2009. The Semiahmoo Rotary Club, along with his family and friends, honour Pat and his impact on others in our community each year.

Eight Teams Participate in the 2013 Pat Dooley Annual Memorial Youth Golf Tournament Valerie Giles 0
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What is Rotary? from Rotary International.

After you have watched the video, you can contact our Membership Chair, Linda Whitehead (see left side bar) to make arrangements to attend a Thursday morning breakfast meeting. Welcome.

What is Rotary? Valerie Giles 0
SASSY Awards recognize 'Service Above Self' by Surrey Youth 2011 Allan Baedak 0
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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.

Rotary's Polio Plus Valerie Giles 0
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Barry Hodgson, centre in photo, represented Semiahmoo Rotary Club at the launch of the Intergenerational Therapeutic Community Garden and recognition of Rotary’s funding support of the “Sharing Circle” in the garden. During the summer, seniors will share stories with children and youth in this beautiful space near the South Surrey Recreation Centre.

Semiahmoo Rotary Funds the Sharing Circle Valerie Giles 0
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Theme for the year
 
Reach Within and Embrace Humanity.
 
Knowing that we can accomplish great things together using our expertise, our connections, our time and the money we raise as a club.
Strategic Plan 2011-12 Valerie Giles 0
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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.
Semiahmoo Rotary Funds new Birthing Room at PAH Valerie Giles 0
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October 2009 marked the start up date for Semiahmoo Rotary Club's Dental Outreach Program in the Weatherby Pavilion at Peace Arch Hospital.
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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.

20th Anniversary Picnic Shelter Kirk Mitchell 0
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This year's SOLD OUT Wine and Dine was a great success and a lot of fun!. Close to $25,000 was raised for various local and international projects. Sixteen restaurants participated with 640 participants. Pictured here is one of the 2 Vancouver Trolley buses at the Five Corners. The Trollies run between East beach and the 5 corners each year.

For additional photos and full story, continue on the next page.

Wine and Dine April 10, 2013 Valerie Giles 0
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Robert Harris, member of Semiahmoo Rotary and Help for Haiti Consortium, spent several weeks in August and September in Haiti working on the store front project. Following is his recent report.
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The Following 9 Rotarians -Syl Olsen, Sandy Whiteman,Doug Waymark, Richard Walter, Lynn Morfitt, Brian Gray, Janet Peron, Beth Barlow and our newest inductee.... Mario, cleaned up 32nd Avenue and 148th street in record time - 45 minutes and enjoyed some fellowship time at  Starbuck's as well.  Thanks to all club members who volunteered for this Community Service Program and especially to Syl Olsen, who organizes all the gear and keeps us precisely on schedule. For newer members, we tackle this about 4 times a year, always on a Saturday morning. (Photo shows Brian Gray, the Bag Lady herself, Syl Olsen and Mario Romero.)
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Each fall season, Semiahmoo Rotarians scour their homes and closets for surplus used warm clothing. These items are then delivered to the Night Shift Ministry in Surrey to keep less fortunate persons warmer in the cold months ahead. This year we have collected approximately 20 bags of clothing.
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(Photo and write up taken from Peach Arch News)

Doug Waymark, long time Rotary Club of Semiahmoo member and recent Paul Harris Fellow recipient, went to Mexico in the summer of 2008 on his first mission trip with his church. He and others helped donate thread to Mexican prisoners, who make and sell hammocks to support their families. Semiahmoo Rotary paid for the $500 of thread used in the construction of the hammocks, which was purchased in Mexico.

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Barry Middler presented the final cheque from the Semiahmoo Rotary Club's Centennial Project at the Semiahmoo Library on Friday afternoon . You'll see the Think Tank sign in the background. There was also a display of some of the many books that have already been purchased with the funds - all have a bookplate in them with the club's name on it. $75,000 is the Library's largest donation to date and we want to say thank you!!
Surrey Public Library - Our Centennial Project Beth Barlow 0
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"It was extremely enjoyable but not necessarily a happy trip as we saw many sad situations that we have literally no control over. However we came back better for it."
Rotarians Deliver Wheelchairs in Mexico Barry Middler 0
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Semiahmoo Rotary Club and Elgin Park Secondary in Surrey, B.C. agreed to team up to raise funds for a disaster recovery project in South Asia. Through Semiahmoo Rotary contacts with Rotarians in Thailand, the students at Elgin Park (EPS) received information that Rotary District 3350 who had decided, in consultation with the officials in the Kingdom of Thailand, to concentrate their efforts on re-building schools and houses in the recovery phase after the disaster.
Semiahmoo Rotary Club Partners to Rebuild School Destroyed by Tsunami Michael Reddington 0