Rotary Club of Abbotsford Sumas

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Abbotsford-Sumas

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Phoenix Lounge
33780 King Road
Abbotsford, BC  V2S 7P2
Canada
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Mentor a young leader, and discover yet another reason to love Rotary.

 

By Programs for Young Leaders staff

You’re up at 5:30 a.m. for your sunrise meeting. You stay long after the sun goes down to clean up after your club’s event. And, last spring, you raced daylight across twelve time zones to join other Rotarians at a national immunization day. Rotary moments? You’ve got 20. You love everything, from polo shirts to Paul Harris Society pins, except for this mentoring stuff.

For you, youth service has the awkwardness of a school cafeteria, the uncertainty of a drama club trust fall, and the terror of a university quiz on German declension. It’s small wonder you’re first on the list for the highway cleanup, with its predictable neon vests, and last to host an exchange student, advise an Interact club, or mentor Rotaractors.

 
 
The Rotary Club of Cayman Island's project team to Guatemala.

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman’s project team to Guatemala.

 

By Gina McBryan, a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 

We all have our stories of how we were introduced to Rotary, and for the most part, those stories are positive. I could have been a Rotary member much sooner, had someone approached me.

I’m sure every club encourages their members to bring along guests and sponsor new members. For the past five years I have been a Rotary member, I’ve heard the same words of encouragement from my club leaders. And worldwide, our membership totals have remained stable. This makes me think of that line about the definition of insanity, “doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting different results.”

 
 
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Evan Burrell, left, discusses membership with Rotarians in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Monika Lozinska/Rotary International
 

By Evan Burrell, a member of the Rotary Club of Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia

As a former member of Rotaract and now a young Rotarian, I get asked quite a lot, “where do we find more young members like you?”

It may seem like young members are as elusive to catch as Pokémon, but with the right strategy and awareness, it’s not that difficult at all. The truth is, they are really all around us. They may be in your work place, they may be in your neighborhood, or they may be in those other social gatherings you belong to. Others may be active in our youth programs like Rotaract and RYLA, readying themselves for the challenges that lie ahead.

 
 
 
 
 

Avenues of Service

The Avenues of Service are part of the guiding principles of Rotary and the foundation of club activity.

 

 
Find partners on Rotary Ideas
Joyce Dove, with the Rotary Club of Tallahassee Northside, Florida, USA, found inspiration in the 2015-16 Presidential Citation goal of contributing to a project on Rotary Ideas. On  Rotary’s crowdsourcing site, she connected with a club in the Philippines requesting materials to open a library.
“These are the sort of projects, especially the international ones, that make Rotary special,” she says. “These types of relationships, built over time, are more meaningful. Rotary Ideas is great because you feel more connected with clubs and people around the world, outside of getting just ordinary emails.” Read her full story.
 
Share your ideas with fellow Rotarians
Rotary discussion groups offer a place for Rotarians, Rotaractors, Rotary Peace Fellows, and program alumni to share their experiences and ideas to members of the Rotary family. We invited experts from The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers to moderate discussion groups on Rotary’s areas of focus until 30 September.
The cadre consists of volunteer Rotarians who offer technical expertise and advice to Rotarians on their Rotary projects. Whether you are looking to assess a community, make your project sustainable, or pursue a global grant, our experts are here to answer your questions and guide discussions on the most pertinent topics. Join the conversation!
 

 
 
 
Calendar
 
Speakers
Aug 31, 2016
Dave Mackintosh
Centennial Legacy Project - Lions Club
Sep 07, 2016
District Governor Scott Dudley
Official District Governor club visit
Sep 14, 2016
Business Meeting
Update from the Board
Sep 21, 2016
Balbir Gill
Public Library - Not just books
Sep 28, 2016
Sara Lawson & Stacey Irwin
Seol, South Korea and the RI Convention
Oct 05, 2016
Oct 12, 2016
Business Meeting
Report from the Board
Oct 19, 2016
Laura Schneider
The Reach Gallery & Museum
Oct 26, 2016
Josh Bach
Japan & Fort McMurray - travel adventures
Nov 02, 2016
Kelly Nix
Vocational Talk
Nov 09, 2016
Business Meeting
Update from the Board
Nov 17, 2016
Interclub Meeting
Don Funk Rotarian of the Year
Nov 23, 2016
Brenda Monk
Vocational Talk
 
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