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The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
Jun 13, 2017
Current Mission Update
Jun 20, 2017
Year in Review
Jun 27, 2017
Installation of the New Board and a New Rotary Year
Jul 04, 2017
Jul 11, 2017
Jul 18, 2017
Goals for 2017-2018
Jul 25, 2017
History of a Successful Family Business in Abbotsford
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33780 King Road
Abbotsford, BC  V2S 7P2
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Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation - Fall Mats
Our club this year donated, as a result of a community service grants application from the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation, $4,200 for the purchase of fall mats for residents at the Cottage, Worthington Pavillions (Seniors Residential Care) at high risk of falls. 
We are in need of a group of Rotarians that are available on March 2nd at 2:00PM to meet at the Cottage for a photo op with the Fall Mats and the Executive Director of Fraser Health Care Foundation. 
Cottage – Worthington Pavilion
                33457 Cottage Lane,
                Abbotsford, BC
Different Shoes/New Views
Abbotsford Youth Council has used a portion of the grant money we gave them this year to host the Different Shoes/New Views event that will be held on Pink Shirt day, February 22, 2017 at Abbotsford Recreation Centre from 3:30 to 5:30PM.  As a thankyou our club has been invited to attend the festivities. 
You are invited to the following event:
Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (PST)
Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC)
2499 McMillan Road
Abbotsford, BC V2S 7S5

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You are invited to:
“Different Shoes / New Views” - a one day event that will be offered on Pink Shirt Day – February 22, 2017 from 3:30pm – 5:30pm at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre.
This event is completely planned and hosted by the Youth Leadership Team from the Abbotsford Youth Commission. The Youth Leadership Team is made up of youth from all across our city who are eager to make a positive impact.
Come on out and support youth in your community who are working to make Abbotsford the best that it can be and have a great time in the process! The event is drop-in style and people of all ages are welcome.
Free Pizza, Candy, T-shirts and Fun!
* This event is made possible through a grant from the Abbotsford Rotary Club
If you have any questions, please send us an email at

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We hope you can make it!

Abbotsford Youth Commission - Youth Leadership Team
Board of Directors 2017-2018

The board will change on July 1, 2017 as follows:

Past President – Sara Lawson

President – Stacey Irwin

President Elect – Bill Bramwell

President Nominee – Bruce Beck

Secretary – Karen McLean

Co-Treasurer – Andrea Lingren

Community Service  - Bev Hasenpflug

International Service – Dave Loewen

Public relations/communications – Joanne Field

Membership – Yvonne Douma

Club Administration – Milt Walker


We are calling for nominations for the following three positions:


Fundraising – President’s Night

Fundraising – Million $ Hole in One


Anyone interested please contact Leslie McConnell or Stacey Irwin.

Sunshine Report


Happy Birthday!

none to report this week


Happy Anniversary!

Sara & Tom Lawson - June 10
Gail & Barry Champion - June 11
Rotary Global Rewards
Rotary Global Rewards

Since the launch of Rotary Global Rewards on 1 July 2015, over 100,000 members have visited the site! We would like to thank you for supporting the program by spreading awareness of it among your district and clubs.  

If you have not visited Rotary Global Rewards recently, we now have over 1,500 offers worldwide. We recommend using the member benefits program both locally and when you travel. 

If you’d like to give discounts to other Rotarians, add your own company’s special offers to the growing portfolio of Rotary Global Rewards. To date, over 350 offers have been posted by Rotarians.

We have also added two new and exciting global travel offers, a hotel discount center and an airline discount center, which provide great discounts and give up to 10 percent of your purchase back to Rotary.

See for details. Spend less, give more.

Best regards,

Rotary Global Rewards program team

District News

While you’re looking at the wintery wonderland and dreaming about summer, here are some other things for you to think about.

Details on all of these are on the District website: 

Remember that many Rotary clubs cover the cost of members attending seminars - ask about your club’s policy.

Make It Happen! Rotary Train and District Conference - join us aboard the train from Vancouver to Seattle on May 4, take a Duck Tour, watch the Mariners play ball from a box suite, visit the Gates Foundation and hear from powerful speakers. Registration is filling quickly and the rooms are going even faster so act now!

Rotary Passport Club - we are starting a new kind of Rotary club with greater meeting flexibility and lower costs that physically meets only 4 times per year and encourages members to engage in humanitarian service. The club is designed for former Rotary members, youth, alumni and others who find a traditional club doesn’t fit their life. If you know a former Rotarian or someone who should be a Rotarian, refer them to the details on the District website.

Rotary International Convention in Atlanta - there’s still time to register and celebrate 100 years of The Rotary Foundation. Governor-Elect Lindagene Coyle has also arranged a Get Together Dinner for District 5050 Rotarians on Wednesday, June 14. Plus there’s a larger gathering of our Zone Rotarians (from BC to Newfoundland and Washington to New York) at the Beyond Borders Dinner. Details on the District website.

Rotary Foundation Wine - enjoy a red or a white bottle specially labeled for The Rotary Foundation Centennial and now available in both Washington and BC!

All this and much more at


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Rotary International continues to work on branding and communication of our organization throughout the world. They are pushing for greater exposure within the press, radio, television and social media.

To this end, we would like to encourage all members to participate, with contribution, on our social media sites. 


The link for Facebook is: 


The link for twitter is:  


We look forward to those members of Rotary that currently publish a social media page to link to one or both of the sites listed above. Thank you.