Rotary Club of Abbotsford Sumas

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Abbotsford-Sumas

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We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Phoenix Lounge
33780 King Road
Abbotsford, BC  V2S 7P2
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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

 

 
 
 
On November 12, 2016, Past President Michael Adkins, President Thomas McMillan and Past Assistant Governor Wendy Neufeld with her husband Terry went to Mt. Vernon Washington to celebrate the great success by the clubs in providing funds to District 5050’s Foundation for 2015-2016 to continue on with financial assistance in community and global projects.
 
Past President Michael Adkins was very honoured and proud to be called up to accept on behalf of the Rotary Abbotsford-Sumas club members the following three awards:
 
  • One of only 1,564 clubs out of 35,399 Rotary Clubs worldwide, to achieve Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving honours in their district.
  • One of only 2,253 clubs worldwide to attain status as an 100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club (Every Rotarian, Every Year/Sustaining Club)
  • One of only 4,609 clubs worldwide to become 100% Foundation Giving Club.
From the Rotary Foundation: “Our sincere gratitude to every member of your club for their generous gifts to our Rotary Foundation. Your support enables Rotarians to tackle the world’s toughest challenges, in your community and across the globe.”
 

 

Photo Credit: Rotary International/Alyce Henson

The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”

The announcement came on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP’s annual conference in San Francisco.

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Paul Netzel is set to accept the award on Rotary’s behalf, and Eric Schmelling, director of fund development at Rotary, will speak at the conference. The event is expected to draw more than 3,400 senior-level fundraising professionals from 33 countries.

“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much of an impact Rotary and The Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe,” says Jason Lee, AFP president and CEO. “On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation.”

AFP’s committee of judges cited Rotary’s comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection. They also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical, purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to educating the next generation of peace professionals.

 
 
Calendar
 
Speakers
Jason Epp
Jan 18, 2017
Vocational Talk
Karina Chow - Canuck Place site visit
Jan 25, 2017
Library tour
Andy Bird
Feb 01, 2017
The Bird's Nest
Jim Reith
Feb 08, 2017
Abbosford Airshow Volunteer Opportunity
Business Meeting
Feb 15, 2017
Update from the Board
Brenna Hay
Feb 22, 2017
Rotaractor Abroad - Croatia experience 2016
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
 
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