Rotary Club of Burnaby Metrotown
We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
The Burnaby Fire Fighter's Club
6515 Bonsor StreetBurnaby, BC V5H 3E8Canada
Feb 23 is proclaimed Rotary Day as the beginning of public celebrations of 108th anniversary of Rotary in the world and 100th anniversary of Rotary in BC .
Our Wine and Music Festival has been our main fundraiser for the past eleven years. It has been called Burnaby’s premier wine tasting event. Fifteen to twenty wineries and wine merchants offer samples and a number of restaurants provide a variety of foods. The SFU Chamber Orchestra provides entertainment and the silent auction attracts a lot of interest. This year's raffle offers four great prizes:
1) An EPIK electric bike
2) Chef Tasting dinner for 6 at Joeys Burnaby
3) Golf for four at Burnaby Mountain or Riverway Golf Course
4) A $ 100 gift certificate for the Lougheed Town Centre Mall.
Attendees and sponsors have shared with us how much have enjoyed the fun atmosphere at the event. $40/ticket buys you wine, food, music and fun.
After a number of years of enjoying the hospitality of the Holiday Inn Express at Metrotown, we have to relocate because of renovation to Station Square, so as of March 6th 2013 we will be moving to the Firefighters Club, Main floor meeting room.
On February 18th the three Burnaby Rotary Clubs will be attending the City of Burnaby Council meeting to ask the Mayor to declare February 23rd Rotary Day in Burnaby.
Our Club will be interviewing and sending out students to RYLA South, interviewing and sending a student to Ottawa to participate in Adventure’s in Citizenship and interviewing a candidate for the Peace Scholarship.
On April 20th is our 12th Annual Wine Festival, Burnaby’s Premier Wine Tasting Event, at the Lougheed Town Center Mall, this is our big fund raiser of the year. At this event we will have an evening of wine tasting, culinary delights and musical entertainment. Funds from this event will go to local BC Rotary Literacy Programs, Down Syndrome Research Foundation, Polio Eradication and other local Burnaby and International Charities.
Through the summer we had a number of Rotary Rollers paint outs, were we work with the City of Burnaby to paint out Graffiti. We hosted the Rotaractors, (PACE) visiting Rotaractors from around the world to a luncheon, after which they helped with a graffiti paint out. In August we joined the South Burnaby Neighbourhood Street Party for one of our meetings. In October many members of our club attended the Vancouver Giants Hockey Team which featured, Rotary and Polio on Ice. The district along with our club raised funds to help eradicate polio. Our District Governor visited our club in November and we had the pleasure of showing her firsthand how our Rotary Coats for Kids program works. At the Foundation Dinner in November many of our club members enjoyed the Food, Music and fellowship of other clubs in our District. December was a very busy month, our club had a joint meeting with the Richmond noon club to celebrate 12.12.12 it was enjoyed by all and we all agreed to do something similar again. The Burnaby Rotaractor Club and the Rotary Club of Burnaby Deer Lake joined us for our Christmas Party which was held at Chu’s party room a good time was had by all. Just before Christmas in a snow storm four members of our Club flew to Port Hardy and met with the members of the Port McNeil Rotary Club to discuss and plan a joint Government House Literacy project on a First Nation Community near Port Hardy. Through all of September thru December our Club was very busy, Collecting, buying, sorting and delivering coats for our 9th annual Rotary Coats for Kids campaign, over 1300 coats in all. The Rotary Coats for Kids campaign enlists the help of many Burnaby Organizations, Companies and Individuals.
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We are in full swing of another year of Rotary Youth Exchange program. For the 2011-12 school year, we have sponsored an outbound student Jorgina Thompson to Germany and we are hosting an inbound student from France, Laureline Aubry, who has already stayed at my house for a couple of months. She will also be home hosted this year with President Darlene and Mary. As many of you know Laureline is practicing ice skating every day after school. Thank to many of you for taking turn helping Laureline GETTING THERE!
Jorgina Thompson (2nd from right) being welcomed to Germany upon her arrival.
Just wanted to say thankyou to our awesome Rotary Rollers...We now have more young RotaryRollers. Thank you Ahmet and Antonia for bringing your daughters andfriend to participate. What great experiences and lessons learned at anearly age! Interesting what possibilities of how this will impact them inthe future.
One of the buildingowners also insisted on gifting ice cream treats.
Thank you also to Sonia,Vivian and Peter for coming out to help. ( Yes, Peter did one more paintoutjust before driving off to Calgary...plus getting these photos to me..thank youPeter)
This time we painted 2building walls and 2 fences. Enjoy a few of photos attached. More will beplaced on our ClubRunner website when I figure how to do that, unless one ofyou can help do so. Let me know. Thank you.