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
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Vary is 50 years old and a resident from the Battambang province. She has five children, two of whom are still dependents as they are in school. To support herself, she farms rice, corn, and sesame. She has had this business for several years. This is the first micro loan for Vary with the Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Sumas (Kiva’s partner). She was seeking 4,000,000 KHR ($1,000 USD) in order to buy seed and insecticide, and to pay for labor costs for her cash-crop. She is now earning a good income from her business that has improved her family lifestyle. Moreover, she now has enough food to feed her three children and send them to school. The future is looking bright to be able to keep her children in school until they graduate.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Sumas embarked on an ambitious International Program in 2013, to Creating Small Business, to assist and grow those businesses in developing countries through a partnership with KIVA, located in 79 countries around the world.
 
Using the Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Sumas members visionary plan that focuses on children and women within the local and international communities, the club chose the agriculture/farming sector with an initial investment of $2,000.00
 
The micro loan repayments by the women we supported over the past 3.5 years, has been reinvested wisely by the Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Sumas Kiva Committee President Thomas McMillan and Past President Michael Adkins.
 
As of December 30, 2016 just over $7,775.00 has been lent out to women with children within the farming/agriculture community in twenty-three separate countries including China, Azerbaijan, Tajikstan, India, El Salvador, Cambodia, Honduras, Armenia, Kenya, just to name a few.
 
By reinvesting the funds repaid, 79 individual loans to date have been made by Rotary Abbotsford-Sumas with a success rate has been 97.8% with only one repayment not completed.
 
To be a part of creating small businesses in developing countries, especially watching those mothers succeed for themselves and for their children is truly a remarkable experience that drives us to do more.
 
Their success stories are remarkable and inspiring. It reminds us of a Rotary International theme phrase that says it all:
 
“Teach a Women, Change the World”
 
For more information: www.kiva.org
 
Michael (Mike) Adkins
Past President 2015-2016
Assistant Governor 2016-2019
Chair: Public Relations 2016-2017
 
The Fraser Valley Rotaract Club's Community Program for December included: 
The making of 100 Christmas Cards to be distributed to Seniors throughout the Fraser Valley, the donation of 448 pairs of socks in Abbotsford. Mission and Maple Ridge, the collection of 115 ibs of food along with a cheque for $192.75 (purchase power of $578.25) that was presented to the Abbotsfood Food Bank.
The Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Sumas is a Charter Sponsor, we are so proud of the Rotaract Club members and for us having the opportunity to be a part of this dynamic, energetic, goal oriented, community minded club. Thank you for all you do for the Fraser Valley Communities by seeing the need and responding to that need throughout the year.
Congratulations to you all, well done!

Water is life, Rotary is good

 
The team visits with community leaders in Kolifianu village.

The team visits with community leaders in Kolifianu village.

By Justice Lionel Eshun, Rotary Club of Tema, Ghana

Life is usually made up of special moments which make it worth living. I least expected that my Rotary special moment was going to fall on 30 August, 2016.

I joined Rotary barely three years ago, and by dint of my dedication and commitment to service and other Rotary activities, I got elected director of club service projects for the 2016-17 Rotary year. What exactly motivated me to join Rotary?

Rotary Clubs present Don Funk Memorial Award

November 27, 2016 · Updated 11:35 AM 
 
 
 
 

Pictured are (from left) Thomas McMillan, Ralph Payne, Raj Patara, Mike Welte, Ron Kelly, and Sara Lawson. / SUBMITTED PHOTO

The three local Rotary Clubs have presented to three individuals the annual Don Funk Memorial Award, given to members who have demonstrated exceptional “service above self.”

The award was presented to Ron Kelly of the Abbotsford Rotary Club, Ralph Payne of the Abbotsford-Sumas club, and Raj Patara of Abbotsford-Matsqui.

A member since 1992, Kelly has been president, consistently supports club activities and programs, is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow recipient, and serves as the long-standing Rotary Foundation chair.

“Ron Kelly is one of the steadiest, quietest and most conscientious leaders of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford,” said president Sara Lawson.

Payne is a past president charter member of the Abbotsford-Sumas Rotary Club, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow recipient, and has helped the club to be a top achiever in donating to the Rotary Foundation.

“Ralph was always the go-to person when our club had a difficult decision to make, either financially or projects-based, and is definitely a committed Rotarian,” said president Thomas McMillan.

Patara is the current director of guest speakers and field trip planning for the Abbotsford-Matsqui club. “Raj continues to show a contagious enthusiasm for Rotary and goes out of her way to continually share the spirit of Rotary,” said president Mike Welte.

The award is named in memory of Don Funk, who was a member for many years of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford.

He was recognized for his dedication to the community and to overseas projects for Rotary International with the Service Above Self Award, the highest honour given to a Rotarian.

Funk was also instrumental in chartering the other two local Rotary Clubs.

The award to the three individuals was presented by Abbotsford Rotarian Ken Funk – brother of Don – and assistant governor Brad Whittaker of the Chilliwack Rotary Club.

Visit to new ShelterBox HQ in Truro

 
Operations Coordinator Sam Hewett briefs Newton

Operations Coordinator Sam Hewett (left) briefs MP Sarah Newton on preparations to help people fleeing Mosul. Photo © Thom Axon

 

 
 
Calendar
 
Speakers
Jason Beck
Mar 01, 2017
The Miracle Mile - BC Sports Hall of Fame
Pat Tonn
Mar 08, 2017
Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation
Business Meeting
Mar 15, 2017
Report from the Board
David Rader
Mar 22, 2017
Theodore Roosevelt: American President/Global Leader
Dr. Ron Lewis
Mar 29, 2017
Guatemala Wheelchair Delivery 2017
Paul Linza
Apr 05, 2017
Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation
Business Meeting
Apr 12, 2017
Report from the Board
Dr. Michael Yatscoff
Apr 19, 2017
Simulation Program/Lab at Abbotsford Regional Hospital
David Bayne
Apr 26, 2017
Early Psychosis Intervention Program
Corrine Allan, General Manager
May 03, 2017
Fraserglen Golf Course and Training Centre
Business Meeting
May 10, 2017
Report from the Board
Cory Cassels
May 17, 2017
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