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1st Annual Abbotsford Rotary Club - Berry Blitz Event raises $5,000 for local charities!
An Abbotsford Rotary 1ST is a win for many – Raising over $30,000 for 3 local charities – with International impact!
Rotary Club of Abbotsford Presents $9,000 in Scholarships to Abbotsford Grads
Rotary Club of Abbotsford Installs a New President for 2018-2019
Rotary Club of Abbotsford Awards $11,000 of Community Service Grants to Local Charities
Prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Awarded to Tim Philips and Chris Dominato
Club Information
Rotary Connects The World
We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The Salvation Army - Cascade Community Church
35190 DeLair Road
Abbotsford, BC  V3G 2E2
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Abbotsford Airshow Volunteers Needed-Volunteer Chalet
We are participating with a few of the other clubs to assist with the serving the food and refreshments to the 600+ volunteers who will work the Abbotsford Airshow over the course of the weekend in August. We as a club are showing the volunteers that we care and appreciate their volunteering efforts.
Most of the food is precooked but some of it may have to be cooked but the menu has not been confirmed yet.
Between our club and any other of our sponsoring clubs in the area we will have to provide 15+ volunteers to staff the food tent each day (see schedule)
The schedule volunteering schedule is as follows:
Thu, Aug 8, 2019 - 6:30 PM to 8 PM (Orientation)
Fri, Aug 9, 2019 - 10 AM to 2 PM (5 people needed)
Fri, Aug 9, 2019 - 1 PM to 9 PM (15 people needed)
Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 7 AM to 4 PM (5 people needed)
Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 9:30 AM to 4 PM (15 people needed)
Sun, Aug 11, 2019 - 7 AM to 4 PM (5 people needed)
Sun, Aug 11, 2019 - 9:30 AM to 6 PM (15 people needed)
Thursday is completely voluntary but it would be great to get solid core of people out to get a good grasp on how things look and how they will run so they in turn can act as leaders while the event is going on.
Parking at the event is 100% free and once volunteering is done for the days we have been invited by the Airshow hosts to enjoy the show and roam around freely afterwards.
Directions to parking and key areas in the show grounds at a later date once we have an idea how many people.
Everyone who is volunteering must use the link below to register for shifts, see the following page:
Please take a look at your schedules and Amy know before the end of this week what shifts you can volunteer for.
Halloween Bash Update
2019 Sponsors update:
Gold Sponsor :  Can Western Bank
and anonymous donor
Silver :  Berryhill
Bronze:  Baker Newby ; Abby Duty Free & Vedder transport, Dignity Memorial, Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service
Table sponsors:  Triple C; Dr. Venier & Aldergrove Credit Union
Costume sponsor:  Amy Badesha DJ sponsor:  Ken Funk
Cash donation: Les Squire
2019 Sponsorship $ 24,000 to date
2018. Sponsorship $ 24375
2019  Sponsorship Goal $ 28750
There’s still plenty of work to be done to reach the 2019 target.  I am asking every Rotarian if you have not done so to reach out to your business contacts and ask for sponsorship.
The cut off for the Gold Silver & Bronze sponsorship is the third week of June so there are only thirty days left.
Thanks for your support
George Ho
John Friesen
Fund Raising Chairs
My Rotary Story – William W. Bramwell
It was 42 years ago when Rotary first became a part of my life and I joined the Rotary Club of Ladner. I found Rotary through an old time Ladner resident and have never looked back since. I had always wanted to be involved in the community where I could make a difference both locally and, in the world, and It is through Rotary that I was able to achieve both of these goals. As I moved around the Province in my career, I was a member of the Rotary Club of Saanich in Victoria, the Rotary Club of Burns Lake and the Rotary Club of Kamloops. When we moved back to Tsawwassen I again became a member of the Ladner Club of which I am a Past President.
It was 12 years ago when we moved to Abbotsford and the club here welcomed me as a member where I am currently the Club President. Again, I found a club that is working hard locally, regionally and Internationally. This is an active and dynamic club and I found this to be the case with the other clubs of which I was a member. One of the aspects of Rotary that has made it such a success is its family nature. Since inclusion is so important in Rotary, I have always found it easy to find a place where I could serve. As always it is the memories of the past experiences in Rotary along with the service opportunities that has added depth to my life.
 One of the many things that I have enjoyed about my involvement in Rotary is the way in which we work together in things such as Polio Plus, Wheelchairs for Guatemala and the Starfish program to name just a few. Rotary is a part of my family and is like home to me.  The theme of Rotary International President Barry Rassin for the year is - “Be the inspiration” and for me this has always been my goal.
Bill Bramwell
Rotarian 1977 – Present
Change in Dues

At the April 2, 2019 Club Assembly, the membership in attendance unanimously approved a change in annual club dues.  Please note that dues have not increased in price in over ten years.


Effective July 1, 2019, the new annual due schedule will be:


Members Age 40 and under:  $240

Members Over Age 41: $340

Corporate Members First member $340, additional members $275


If the new dues provide a financial hardship for any individual club member, please contact a member of the board.  A small amount of financial relief has been set aside to assist active club members.


Invoices will be provided to club members in June.

Abbotsford Fire Fighters Association Harvest Festival
On behalf of the the Abbotsford Fire Fighters Association. 
September 20, 2019  we are planning a Harvest Festival Dinner and Dance to raise money for our Abbotsford Fire Fighters Association Charitable Society. 
This year our primary beneficiary is the Starfish Pack Program in Abbotsford. 
The plan is for a fun social evening, a little less formal than the two other gala's in Abbotsford.
- Dinner by "Culinary Touch Catering"
- Live Music by the Tanner Olson Band
- MC & Standup Comedy by Sunee Dahliwal
- Octoberfest Entertainment including Hammerschlagen and Axe Throwing
- Silent Auction
Take advantage of the opportunity to support our local heroes AND the Starfish Pack Program we helped create
Sunshine Report


December Sunshine Report


Happy Birthday!

 Dec 4 - Ken Funk
Dec 13 - Hugh Ellis
Dec 20 - Rod Thomson
Dec 24 - Doris Woodman-McMillan 


Happy Anniversary!

None to celebrate this month
Happy Rotary Anniversary!
Dec 1 - Cors Delint - 41 years
Dec 3 - Dave Loewen - 6 years
Dec 12 - Mina Fahim - 2 years
Dec 12 - Deanna McIntyre - 2 years
Dec 13 - George Ho - 3 years
Dec 30 - Leslie McConnell - 11 years
Dec 31 - Mark Dana - 17 years
Will you be on the bus?
Members from our club, partnering with other Abbotsford Rotary clubs, the Chilliwack club, and other clubs in a wheelchair project to Guatemala for 2019 and 2020. The project resources a local manufacturer in Antigua, Guatemala to manufacture chairs and provide ongoing maintenance for chairs already distributed. The project’s ultimate goal is to build sustainability into the manufacturing of wheelchairs for a local Guatemala company. An integral part of this two-year project is active participation by members of our club by flying to Guatemala in 2020, as a way of marking our club’s 70th anniversary.
Start planning your vacation time now for February 2020. Watch for an update next week from trip organizer, Dave Loewen.
Rotary Global Rewards App
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Join Us on Facebook and Twitter!
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 the NEW District 5050 Facebook is:


The link for our Club's Facebook is: 


The link for our Club's 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.