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Abbotsford, BC  V2S 7P2
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On October 28th District 5050 Governor Bill Robson paid a visit to our club.  A good time was had by all and the following members were recognized for their dedication to the club.
Sabreena Grewal - Recognized by the Club as a Paul Harris Fellow
Josh Bach - Presented with a PH plus One
Mike Adkins - Presented with a PH plus Three
Thomas McMillan - Presented with a PH plus Six
ADD A PERSONAL TOUCH Martin Limbird, a member of the 2016 Convention Promotion Committee, has no qualms about traveling. But he understands that’s not the case for everyone. “My wife and I have invited people to travel with us to the convention to reduce the anxiety of going abroad,” he says. “It’s always better to go with a friend.”
USE OUR RESOURCES We’ve assembled a convention promotion kit that includes a sample letter for district governors and club presidents to send to their members inviting that Rotarians will have the chance to meet local Rotarians. This is a tour program you cannot do on your own just because you have money and time,” Yun says. And Ian H.S. Riseley, co-chair of the 2016 Seoul Convention Committee, points out the advantages of the convention venue, the Kintex Center. “Everything is on the one site, including the House of Friendship and excellent facilities for an almost unlimited number of breakout sessions in a number of languages,” he says.
SHARE TESTIMONIALS Help members understand that the convention is for all Rotarians — not just Rotary leaders. It provides an outstanding opportunity to network and make lasting friendships. Many convention attendees rank the experience as one of the highlights of their Rotary membership. Read some of their testimonials and share them with your members. Help us promote this year’s convention in Seoul, 28 May- 1 June, by inviting your members to Connect With Korea — Touch the World. Your influence as a Rotary leader goes a long way toward encouraging members to attend. Here are some ideas, as well as some resources, that will help you explain why a Rotary convention is a one-of-a-kind opportunity.
PROMOTE THE DESTINATION Seoul, a world-class city, is modern and traditional, bustling and serene. Travelers find the city clean, safe, and easy to navigate, with endless options for shopping, eating, playing, and relaxing. Sangkoo Yun, chair of the Host Organization Committee, notes that convention tour packages offer Rotarians a chance to see Korea in a way they couldn’t otherwise. “The special thing for these tours is them to Connect With Korea. Add a link to the convention website from your club or district website. LEAD BY EXAMPLE Encourage fellow members to attend by registering yourself. Register by 15 December to take advantage of early registration savings. Have your district consider sponsoring Rotaractors, Rotary alumni, and other young leaders so they can attend the convention and be inspired to Be a Gift to the World. 

President Mike Adkins and Co-Director Club Projects Steve Gill delivered the "Little Free Library Box" (along with 172 children's books) to the Sumas First Nations Administration Offices on Friday Oct. 09, 2015
President Mike stated "Our Rotary Club Members are honoured and proud to have The Little Busy Bear Preschool "Heads Start Program" and the Sumas First Nations as our Corporate Partners".
Dr. Ray Silver (Sumas First Nation) his great great grandson Reid Silver along with Gia Castronuovo and the staff from the Little Bear Preschool helped with loading up of the books into the library box.
Rotary Abbotsford-Sumas has once again added new Corporate Partners into their Literacy Program T"he Little Free Library". The Rotary Club has supplied another two Library boxes (plus supplying books) in the atrium of Apollo Sports Centre where Abbotsford Community Services offices are located plus in the Old Court House off Montrose in downtown Abbotsford.The Abbotsford Community Services employees will be filling the books at the two locations.
Without these Partners, The Rotary Club of Chilliwack, The Bookman and Hemmingway's, the program would not be sustainable. They are supplying us with children's, youth and adult books for distribution throughout the Abbotsford Community. 
The art work was done by one of our Corporate Partners CM Signs and the City of Abbotsford has been and continues to be an important partner with our club right from the launch date of March 2014.

Breaking stereotypes in the Neelum Valley, Pakistan

Students in Pakistan’s Neelum Valley display the backpacks they received from members of the Rotaract Club of Jhang Saddar.

Students in Pakistan’s Neelum Valley display the backpacks they received from members of the Rotaract Club of Jhang Saddar.

By Talha Mushtaq

Many nonprofits are working hard to increase social welfare programs. Being unified in their approach, some may focus on one issue, such as improving the literacy rate, while others concentrate on employment. Our Rotaract Club of Jhang Saddar has made a name for itself in our community by being multifaceted.

One of over 8,000 Rotaract clubs around the world supported by Rotary, we are committed to not only supporting education but to other efforts, including the fight to
eradicate polio. These efforts havewon the hearts of community members and improved the positive image of Rotary.

Recently, 13 members of our club traveled 800 kilometers from Jhang to Kashmir to provide services to the poor. The Rotaractors made their way into the mountains of Kashmir carrying suitcases full of books and backpacks to give to more than 300 students. Five new libraries were inaugurated, and we delivered essential supplies like stationery, books, and snack items to five schools. The project would have been impossible without the leadership and motivation of our club trainer, M. Talha Mushtaq; Haseeb Sarfraz; and our club president, Zeeshan Haider.

The club also organized a massive End Polio Now campaign in the Neelum Valley to educate the kids and their families about the importance of immunization to stop the spread of polio. We cannot stop immunization efforts until all children are vaccinated against the crippling disease. To get more youth involved with the campaign, we held a friendly cricket match for children.

The most important thing we discovered through this project is how critical it is to build connections with the community. Rather than just donating supplies, books, and food, we saw that having conversations with the village members can mean so much more. When we share our stories, we break stereotypes about education, especially for girls. When we provide training and resources, we dispel myths about vaccinations to protect children and future generations.

And as our club continues our journey, we draw inspiration from our national heroes in Pakistan, like female-education advocate Malala Yousafzai. Together, we are making positive changes in Pakistan and building a successful and sustainable future for everyone in our community.

150925_mushtaq_profileAbout the author: Talha Mushtaq is a member of the Rotaract Club of Jhang Saddar, Punjab, Pakistan, and serves as the Rotaract Conference Chairman for Rotary District 3272. The Rotaract Club of Jhang Saddar was established in 1989 and has sponsored nine service projects already this year.



By Meg Spencer Vicki Rankin used funding from the Rotary Club of Florence, Oregon, USA, to introduce small-group workstations in her classroom at Siuslaw Elementary School.

Many young professionals in Florence, Oregon, end up leaving when their children reach school age, seeking greener educational pastures for their kids. Our club began to think about how we could help our schools keep those bright young families around.

We came up with the idea of a Continuing Professional Education Fellowship program, modeled after a national teacher grant program we had seen, to help teachers pursue professional development.


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Abigail Guenette
Rotary Youth Exchange to Japan
Dec 09, 2015
Business Meeting
Update from the Board
Dec 16, 2015
Christmas Social Meeting
Merry Christmas!
Dec 23, 2015
Dec 30, 2015
Jan 06, 2016
Gwen Settle
In the Navy
Jan 13, 2016
Business Meeting
Update from the Board
Jan 20, 2016
Steve Carlton & Stan Petersen
2016 BC Summer Games
Jan 27, 2016
Ken Herar
Cycling for Diversity/100 Year Journey
Feb 03, 2016
David Rader
Theodore Roosevelt: American President/Global Leader
Feb 10, 2016
Business Meeting
Update from the Board
Feb 17, 2016
Stu McIntosh
Cascade Aerospace
Feb 24, 2016
Beverly Harrington
YES - Rotary youth program
New Rotary flag and banner materials available in Brand Center
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Rotary honors six women for leadership and humanitarian service
Rotary President K.R. Ravindran has named six Rotary Global Women of Action for 2015. The honorees were chosen for their dedication and service, which has improved the lives of thousands around the world. “Every day at Rotary I see firsthand how our members work to change lives and make a significant impact,” said Ravindran. “Rotary’s Global Women of Action embody Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self.” The women will be honored at Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York City on 7 November. They will address attendees and lead discussions on various topics related to their work. The six...
Showcase your project at the Seoul convention
Apply to host a booth in the House of Friendship at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, 28 May-1 June. This is an opportunity to showcase your club or district project, recruit members for your Rotary Fellowship, share information about your Rotarian Action Group, or market Rotary merchandise if you are a licensed RI vendor. The application deadline is 30 September. Booth allocations will be awarded by 1 November. Apply
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Meet our polio partners
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Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year
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