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Welcome lcome to the Rotary Club of Abbotsford as we celebrate our 60th anniversary in this community. Our founding members would be extremely proud of the accomplishments this club has achieved in the past six decades. With the help of corporate sponsors and the generosity of the local residents, we have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for initiatives such as the children’s ward of the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, retired the Abbotsford Hospice mortgage, and helped build Rotary Stadium plus numerous other smaller but equally needed community projects. Since we are fortunate to live in such a peaceful, prosperous part of the world, we also turned our attention to areas beyond our borders to help those less fortunate. In 2007, we not only raised

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funds to support a medical mission to the Philippines to correct cleft palates for underprivileged children, but many of our club members volunteered their time and money to assist the medical team firsthand. When the earthquake struck Haiti in early 2010, our club members immediately opened their hearts and wallets. By partnering with Canadian Food for the Hungry we raised $30,000 and followed through to make sure it went to assist those in need in Haiti. In July 2010, Ray Klinginsmith will become Rotary International President and he has chosen this year’s theme to be “Building Communities – Bridging Continents”. It is a theme that fulfills two objectives: to explain Rotary to non-Rotarians and to validate our work for Rotarians. Reaching out to youth and young

adults will be a major focus in the coming year as well continuing our partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio from the world. In the words of Frank Devlyn, a former Rotary International President who wrote: “For those who want to feel connected Rotary helps give us a sense of community. For those wishing they could expand their business contacts, Rotary offers unbeatable networking opportunities. For those who are lonely, it is a wellspring of friendship and support. For those on the fast track, it provides tools and opportunities to help you become a better leader. For those who love to travel it’s like pulling into a strange town almost anywhere on earth and finding the welcome light illuminated on the front porch”.

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ROTARY IS SERVICE ABOVE SELF! •• A heartwarming thank you to the many businesses and individuals that have enabled the Rotary Club of Abbotsford achieve its many goals and objectives over the last 60 years.

ROTARY CLUB OF ABBOTSFORD Meets every tuesday @ 12 noon Cascade Community Church 35190 Delair Road, Abbotsford.

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Devlyn also said “Rotary is one of the greatest honors that a person can be offered, and through that membership, Rotarians can make a real difference in their own lives, their communities and the lives of others”. Now you know why I am humbled to have been asked to be President of this prestigious club in its 60th year and be part of this prestigious organization. If you have a heart to serve, and want to work alongside others to use and share your time, talent and resources to make a difference, then please join us. Our club meets every Tuesday at noon to 1:30 pm at Cascade Community Church at 35190 Delair Rd. Please join us for lunch to see what we do and consider becoming a Rotarian and a friend.

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Turning the big six-oh While turning 60 may mean taking one step closer to retirement for some, that is deďŹ nitely not the case for the Rotary Club of Abbotsford. The longest-running and biggest of the three local Rotary clubs, the RCA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2010. The club began meeting in 1950 with Bergie Thorteinsson serving as the ďŹ rst president. Elaine Howardson, a Rotarian for 18 years, including the past decade with the RCA, serves as the club's president this past year. Lenora McQueen will take over that title. And it has grown to its current size, with 66 members, all working together under the motto Service above Self. "Part of why Rotary is so exciting and rewarding to me is that we are able to do more through Rotary than we could do alone, and we can do more as a club than we could as an individual," Howardson said. The RCA meets weekly on Tuesdays at Cascade Community Church for lunch. Over the past six decades, the club has accomplished several major feats, both locally and internationally.

One of the biggest goals reached by the Rotary Club of Abbotsford was helping the Abbotsford Hospice Society pay off its mortgage in 2003. Members celebrated by holding a mortgage-burning ceremony. One of the biggest goals occurred in 2003 when they helped the Abbotsford Hospice Society pay off its mortgage, providing $200,000 to assist in retiring the mortgage. And internationally, they continue to work towards one of Rotary International's major goals, eradicating polio world-wide. In 1985, Rotary International created PolioPlus, a pro-

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Founder envisioned camaraderie, fellowship Out for a post-dinner stroll with a fellow lawyer, Paul Harris was impressed with how his colleague had made friends with many of the neighbourhood shopkeepers, stopping to talk with them along their walk. Fairly new to the Chicago area, Harris had not encountered this kind of camaraderie. He left wondering if there was a way to

promote this type of fellowship, which reminded him of the small Vermont town he grew up in. Harris was convinced there must be many other young men from small farms and villages with similar stories who found their way to Chicago to establish themselves. Bringing them all together would be a perfect solution.

Harris formed an organization for local professionals to gather weekly for fellowship and collaboration. Joined by Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey, they held their first meeting on Feb. 23, 1905. It took place at Loehr’s office and the club’s name came from the fact they rotated the weekly meetings among the members’

offices. With the diligent efforts of Harris and a few others, the Rotary Club expanded to several major U.S. cities in 1910. Two years later, the first official club outside the United States was chartered in Winnipeg. More than 33,000 clubs exist with 1.2 million members worldwide.

Together, the volunteers work locally, regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self. More than $2.1 billion (US) in grants have been administered through the Rotary Foundation.

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Rotary Club gets its hands dirty Wanting to do more hands-on projects, the Rotary Club of Abbotsford definitely did that in their latest endeavor. On Saturday afternoon, a dozen or so RCA members rolled up their sleeves, put on their work boots and got down to

business. The group was at Mission's Zajac Ranch, a camp for children with lifethreatening illnesses or chronic disabilities who usually would never get to experience the thrill of attending camp.

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Hundreds of children attend the camp each summer. The Rotarians did painting, landscaping and other general maintenance work to spruce things up for the upcoming summer camp season.

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OF ROTARY IN ABBOTSFORD Club offers something for everybody Having been a Rotary Club member for 18 years, including the last decade with the Rotary Club of Abbotsford, Elaine Howardson has always been amazed at the generosity of its members. “Giving back to not only the community of Abbotsford, but every community,” she explained. “Rotary touches every part of the world.” Howardson is wrapping up her one-year term as the RCA’s president. “It really is everything from painting the women’s transition house to leading professionals in another country,” she added. “The club is so amazing because you can do a little part to something much larger; there is something in there for everybody.” A medical mission to the Philippines stands out above everything else as it helped Howardson gain a deeper appreciation for what life is like in Abbotsford and in Canada. She recalled seeing three street kids, none of them older than nine, every day on the street on her way to the hospital. “You knew their life expectancy and they probably wouldn’t hit 30,” Howardson said. Many Rotary members have kids that age, so to think they wouldn’t make it past that was a real eye-opener. “You come home, thinking ‘Holy cow.’ She called that trip both heart wrenching and heart warming, and a great illustration of why Rotary members do what they do.

Long-time member still going strong Of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford’s 60-year existence, Cors de Lint has been involved for half that time. The 74-year-old settled on this particular Rotary branch in 1980, shortly after arriving in Canada from The Netherlands. De Lint was familiar with the work of Rotary clubs, having originally joined the organization in 1965. So when he settled in Abbotsford

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30 years ago, he quickly set out to see which of the local Rotary clubs best suited him. Living on the west side of town between Langley and Abbotsford, de Lint explored the various different organizations. “It was a very good way to familiarize myself with the Canadian lifestyle and culture,” he explained. “That was an additional reason for me to join.”

The RCA appealed to de Lint on several fronts: it was very active both in the community and internationally; he enjoyed the programs during their lunch meetings; and the fellowship, or social aspect of the club. His work has not been limited to the RCA either, as de Lint has served with Rotary International, the worldwide umbrella organization all of the clubs fall under.

Turning stepping stones into BUILDING BLOCKS Because of the Rotary clubs of Abbotsford AHS is in a position to partner in the new Campus of Care – an unparalleled opportunity for our community. 2001—2003 The Abbotsford Rotary Club contributed more than $200,000.00 to retiring the (AHS) Mortgage at 33134 Marshall Road. Over the years the three Rotary Clubs of Abbotsford have provided ongoing support to us as a local grassroots organization. For over 24 years we have been helping people who are dying and providing support for their families. Abbotsford does not have a hospice residence for those over 19 and the Abbotsford Hospice Society will build a family oriented facility where a care team will meet all the needs of patients and families on an around the clock basis.

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Top left: Rotary Club of Abbotsford member Ken Funk was the mission director of the most recent trip to Tacna, Peru, where Rotoplast members helped children and adults born with cleft lips and palettes.

Just how fast does a Rotoplast mission work? Consider this, over a two-week period in late April and early May, 81 surgeries were performed. This was Ken Funk’s sixth time serving as mission director as he headed a group of Rotary International volunteers in Tacna, Peru. “Humanity has been well served by Rotoplast and this team,â€? said the long-time member of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford. A Rotoplast mission travels to countries around the world and works with hospitals, surgeons, local governments, NGO’s and other groups to bring needed care, medical equipment and supplies. Rotoplast, which was formed in 1992, has a longstanding partnership with Rotary Clubs around the world, and working with them at mission sites, Rotoplast helps support medical teams on-site. It was created to help facilitate a surgical program to treat children with the cleft lip and palate anomaly who would otherwise not receive surgical intervention. During the Tacna mission, 113 children and adults were screened, the majority of whom needed lip and palate revisions. About a third of those patients were also burn victims. In 2009 alone, 1,168 patients were treated for 1,671 procedures. Since their ďŹ rst mission in 1993, Rotoplast has served 12,936 patients.

Service above self The clubs aim to improve communities through a range of humanitarian, intercultural and educational activities. Some of the organization's focuses include polio eradication, promoting peace, international education, humanitarian projects, literacy and water management. Another major focus is education. Q Approximately 1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to university students around the world to study in another country for anywhere from three months to two years. These students serve as ambassadors of goodwill. Since 1947, the Rotary Foundation has sponsored more than 39,000 scholars from over 115 countries. Q Group Study Exchange enables groups of young professionals (25 to 40) to participate in four-to-six week exchanges between two countries. The focus is on vocational, educational, and cultural development. Since 1965, 65,000 individuals from 106

countries have participated. Q Eight thousand teenage students from around the world have gone abroad to study another country, learning about its history, language and culture. Q Grants are awarded annually to about 30 university faculty members who teach for up to 10 months at an academic institution in a developing country. Since 1985, 486 teachers have participated in the program. Q The Rotary World Peace Fellowships trains future diplomats and international leaders in the art of peace building and conict resolution. Up to 110 are selected each year to study at one of eight universities for International Studies in peace and conict resolution. They are offered the chance to gain a Master's degree in peace studies, conict resolution, international relations or a professional development certiďŹ cate in peace and conict studies. Since 2002, 339 people from 75 countries have participated.

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Other accomplishments for the Abbotsford Rotary Club $200,000 donation to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre to purchase equipment and furnishings for the children's wing and pavilion.

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$80,000 for a mission to Cebu (Phillipines) in to provide free reconstructive operations and treatment of children born with cleft lips or palates. A grant to the Spa Park Primary School in Warmbaths, South Africa to provide the school with sports equipment and educational aids. The project was co-funded by the Rotary Club of Warmbaths. A grant to the Nhan Hoa School for the Handicapped in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In Vietnam, discrimination against the handicapped is rampant and the money provided computer and vocational

training equipment so that the students can become self-sufficient to help support their families and community. Since 2003, an average of 35 students complete this training every semester.

$11,000 to Community Services to purchase a new tin can compactor.

Rotary Stadium, a $3 million sports facility.

Providing more than 50 containers of hospital equipment and book to other countries.

Capital funding for Rotary House, a learning facility for mentally and physically challenged pre-school children. The Coin-Spiracy Project provided $20,000 to engage schools and youth groups in creating positive global change. $50,000 in financial support for the Abbotsford/ Matsqui Impact Society, a peer counselling substance abuse program. Rotary Bursary Fund of $230,000 for local secondary schools.

Participation every year in Operation Eyesight, a program for cataract operations in India.

Provision of laproscopic equipment to MSA Hospital. Provision of a boat for Fraser Valley Search and Rescue. Donation of $12,000 to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) for a recycling truck. The publication of the Black Book, a resource book to help youth in the community.

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Silver anniversary for Abbotsford-Matsqui The Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Matsqui celebrated their silver anniversary back in April. The club was founded in 1985 and originally had about 20 or so members. Over the years, it has grown as high as 35 or 40, and currently has 29 members. Neil Allert was one of the original charter members, and is still an active club member. Allert was immediately impressed by

the work of the Rotarians. “It was businessmen in the community who would carry out or initiate projects in the community,” he said about the appeal of joining. “And as I went on in years with the club, I learned it was not just our community, but world-wide.” The friendship and camaraderie of the Rotarian membership was crucial in the ability of the organization getting projects

The Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Matsqui funded and constructed the George Tough Memorial Greenhouse at the Abbotsford Recycling Centre in 2007.

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done. And over the years, the scope of the projects also expanded. Each year, the Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Matsqui hosts two major fundraisers. The first is their annual wine tasting and silent auction, held in late May. This year’s proceeds went to the Canuck Place ‘Extending Our Reach’ campaign in support of their planned Abbotsford children’s hospice facility, and Cyrus Centre, an

Ted Bowman of The Fort Wine Company pours at the AbbotsfordMatsqui Wine Tasting Festival at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre. About 350 people attended the fundraiser for Canuck Place and Abbotsford Hospice.

inner city mission that provides a safe environment for youth. The club’s other major fundraiser, The Holly and The Ivy Christmas house tour, enabled a combined $25,000 in donations in 2008 and 2009 for the Abbotsford Food Bank and Christmas Bureau. The Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Matsqui meets every Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the abc Country Restaurant, 32080 Marshall Rd.

Donated to the new Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre to purchase equipment and furnishings for the children’s wing and pavilion.

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The Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Matsqui was founded in 1985 and currently has 29 members. Although a relatively small club by Rotary standards, the members of the Abbotsford-Matsqui Club have big hearts and enjoy tremendous camaraderie which is readily apparent at our weekly meetings.

initiatives. Our Wine Tasting and Silent Auction has raised funds for Canuck Place in support of their children’s hospice facility in Abbotsford; for Cyrus Centre, providing youth hospice and outreach programs, and for the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre.

and 2009 for the Abbotsford Food Bank and Christmas Bureau.

Our club is responsible for numerous fundraisers, and donates proceeds to a variety of local

The Holly and The Ivy Christmas house tour, has riased donations of $10,000 and $15,000 in 2008

Wine Tasting & Silent Auction

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Rotarians in Mexico

Our club held its 16th annual Wind Tasting and Silent Auction on May 29th .

Donated $200,000 to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre for the children’s wing and pavillion.

Partnering with the Rotary Club of Zapopan, Mexico to purchase and deliver 147 wheelchairs to disabled residents of Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Matsqui meets for dinner every Thursday evening from 6pm to 8pm at the ABC Country Restaurant, 32080 Marshall Road in Abbotsford. New members are welcome to join in the fun and rewarding experience of “Service Above Self”.


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‘Little club that could’ keeps going The Abbotsford-Sumas Rotary Club (ASRC) began with two men shaking hands across the Canada/U.S. border that joins Abbotsford and Sumas. Moe Gill and Don Funk formed one of the world’s few cross-border Rotary clubs back in March of 1996. The club had members from both sides of the border and alternated meetings between Abbotsford and Sumas. But that all changed following the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. From that day forward, crossing the border became a complicated process and took its toll, with the ASRC losing most of its U.S. membership, which made up 10 to 15 per cent of the group. Currently, all 22 members are from Abbotsford. They meet every Wednesday morning for

breakfast at the Cascade Community Centre. “We call ourselves the little club that could,” laughed current president Allan Asaph. Asaph has been a Rotarian for 22 years and was one of the charter members of the ASRC when it formed 14 years ago. “It was an opportunity to give back to the community,” he explained about why he joined the organization. He opted for the breakfast club. “It is a great way to start the day, especially on a Wednesday morning,” he said. “It gives you a real lift in the middle of the week.” The ASRC uses their annual Strawberry Sale to fund the majority of the projects. “For every successful organization, the backbone is to have a good fundraising source,” Asaph said. “That allows us to fund our programs.”

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Tree of Hope in Sevenoaks Mall Christmas 2009. Raising money for Abby’s world class project “Campus of Care.”

The Abbotsford-Sumas Rotary Club was chartered in 1996 and is the newest of three Rotary Clubs in Abbotsford. Known as the Strawberry Club because of its annual strawberry sale, this small but energetic Club is very involved in community projects such as the construction of playgrounds in various city parks. This year Club members worked on new playgrounds at Dormick Park Elementary School and at Amblewood Park. Other school related activities include cosponsoring the Historica Fair. The club supports the Women’s Transition House and various literacy programs including a bookgive-away on Sports Day. They made a donation to Matthew’s House, and they sponsor an after-school program at Godson Elementary.

Abbotsford-Sumas Rotarians recently enhanced their sign located on Sumas Way near the border with a new 12-foot Rotary wheel. International projects include construction of washroom at a school in the Philippines, drinking wells in Turkey, roofing for Guatemalan homes, delivering wheelchairs to Mexico and cosponsoring a Rotoplast surgical mission to repair clefts lips/palates in the Philippines. The Club issued a successful challenge to the Abbotsford business community to match its contribution of Rotary Shelterboxes to help deal with the devastation in Haiti. Additionally, the Abbotsford Sumas Rotary Club actively supports PolioPlus; a $1.2 Billion (US) campaign by Rotary International to eradicate Polio worldwide.

The Abbotsford-Sumas Rotary Club meets for breakfast on Wednesday mornings at 7:00am Cascades Community Church, 35190 Delair Road, Abbotsford • www.abbotsfordsumasrotary.org • 604.807.0088

Dormick Park, one of six new and refurbished Abbotsford playgrounds.

500 wheelchairs were provided to Mexico including many red and blue ones for children.

The Abbotsford Sumas Rotary Club, aka “The Strawberry Club” The club would like to recognize the many community partners that support their work, such as the city and school district. Berry producers, suppliers, processors and the thousands of berry purchasers also support the club’s playground replacement and upgrade work.

For more details on the Abbotsford-Sumas Strawberry Fundraiser and some greatrecipe suggestions, please visit www.abbotsfordsumasrotary.org


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Copper River Chinook we are lucky a few of these gems will trickle into the seafood markets here in Greater Vancouver, but more likely you’ll need someone in the business to secure this product for you.

Here they come! Wild and fresh, the Chinook have started their exhausting trek up the rivers of the Pacific Northwest. In the past week I have had the pleasure of sampling the first fish out of the Columbia River – firm, bright orange, and bursting with flavour…and the best is yet to come!! The true connoisseur may know what it is I am eluding to – the infamous Copper River salmon. Perhaps the most sought after fish on the planet, these salmon are extremely hard to get a hold of. The Copper River season starts in late May and fresh product is available sporadically through to the end of June depending on the size of the run. During which, a craze comes over the markets in Seattle, where the first fish land. They usually fetch a price two to three times that of salmon from neighbouring rivers. If

The Copper River in Alaska has a strong, frigid current that demands much of the fish that run its course. The salmon must be strong to overcome the current, and loaded with Omega 3 fats to insulate against the cold. This means the flesh is very firm, yet incredibly moist and flavourful with a deep crimson colour. Once you taste it, you will realize that there is no other salmon like it in the world. Whether you get Copper River or Fraser River salmon, it is still a reason to rejoice in the bounty of BC. Salmon is one of the things we are known for the world over so take advantage of this

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TRIVIA! Chinook salmon grow to sizes of 10 – 50 lbs. The biggest one on record weighed a startling 102.5 lbs! If one is caught bigger than 30 lbs, it is deemed a “Tyee Salmon” and the angler gains entry to the Tyee Salmon Club. Neat!

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