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Dec 08, 2020
City of Abbotsford's new Waste Management System
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Rotary Club of Abbotsford Installs New Board of Directors for 2019-2020.
1st Annual Abbotsford Rotary Club - Berry Blitz Event raises $5,000 for local charities!
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Rotary Opens Opportunities
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The Salvation Army - Cascade Community Church
35190 DeLair Road
Abbotsford, BC V3G 2E2
Our in-person meetings are currently suspended due to COVID-19; we meet weekly via Zoom. Contact us if you would like to attend a Zoom meeting!
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Rotary District 5050 Celebration of Awards
District 5050 Celebration
To Rotary District 5050 Club Presidents of 2019 – 2020:
At the District 5050 Celebration of Awards to Clubs and Rotarians, a very important announcement was made and I wanted to ensure all 2019-2020 Club Presidents knew about it.  And I wanted to personally thank each of you for these achievements.
At the Zone Conference last month, it was announced that District 5050 was second in the whole Zone for contributing the most funds to the Annual Fund ($356,418 USD) of The Rotary Foundation and District 5050 was also second in the Zone in raising the most funds for PolioPlus ($182,869 USD).  The Zone consists of all the Rotary Districts across Canada with the exception of a few cross border districts that are located in another zone.
The main reason District 5050 achieved these levels is because of the tremendous and inspirational leadership you gave to your club as President; and because of you and your leadership, your club and its members generously contributed to The Rotary Foundation.   As you know, half of the Annual Fund contributions comes back to the district for clubs to use on local and international projects.
With gratitude and admiration,
Brad Whittaker
Immediate Past District Governor
District 5050  Rotary International
Story of the Week
Back to learning, back to laughing, back to singing and dancing, and most importantly,
back to believing in themselves.  
On March 20, in response to increasing numbers of Covid 19 cases in Malawi, APU, along with every other school in the country, was forced to closed our doors and send our students home.

During the five long months that we were closed, the news headlines were filled with devastating reports of skyrocketing numbers of child marriages and teenage pregnancies, as many girls were forced to withstand great pressure from their families and communities to give up their dreams of completing their secondary education, in favour of marriage.

Despite this pressure, APU girls mobilized themselves into peer tutoring groups, their teachers went online to support those that had access to computers, and prepared extensive paper learning packets to deliver into the hands of girls living without electricity in the villages. 

On September 7th, when schools were allowed to reopen to Form Four students, APU directors Memory and Henry Mdyetseni, their teachers, along with Board Trustees and Directors in both Malawi and Canada, held their collective breath to see how many of our girls would return. 

Every one of our 101 Form Four students came back.  And now, this remarkable group of young women are only one week away from writing their national exams.  

Out of a total school population of 489 students, only ONE student withdrew.  
Story of the Week
Weekly Club Meeting
This week Kim Hissink, of the Salvation Army, Abbotsford, will speak about the Salvation Army's Christmas Kettles program.
If you have any suggestions for a speaker, please send them to Marion Keys at or call at 604-308-0406.
To join the Zoom meeting: 
1) If you have not already done so, you must download zoom to your computer or mobile device before logging in to the meeting
download here:
2) When you log into the meeting anytime after 11:30 Tuesday your microphone will be muted until the moderator accepts you as a member.
3) The meeting is password-protected to stop unwanted interference (Zoom Bombing)
4) The first 30 minutes will be open to all for conversation, the meeting will begin at 12:00 noon.
5) Look for the “Chat” button on your screen to converse with the group or select individual members for your comments. Remember that your comments may be made public after the meeting has concluded, even those between individual members.
6) If you do not have computer capability you may dial in for audio only: see the number below.
Time: October 6, 2020 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 841 3927 2366
Password: 852360
Dial In: 778 907 2071 (same meeting ID and Password as above)
Previous Meetings
Missed a meeting? You can catch up by watching the recording from the previous few weeks.
November 24 - Dylan Kular, Fraser Valley Bandits
November 17 - Ron Kelly, Rotary Foundation Month
November 10 - Rod Thomson: Remembrance Day Service
October 27 - Vineetha Nakka of the Center for Epilepsy in BC:  Epilepsy and Seizures
  - her presentation - to provide feedback on her presentation
October 20 - Susan Federspiel; City of Abbotsford Cultural Plan
October 13 - Patrick Coleman, Foundation work in Zambia and how TRF supports projects there.
October 6 - Rotary Youth Exchange
September 29 - Adam Hill & Alex Carmichael, Fraser Valley Rotaracts
September 15 - Kate Stebbings from Trans Mountain - 
All past recordings can be viewed by going to Vimeo and searching Abbotsford Rotary -
Sunshine Report


November Sunshine Report


Happy Birthday!


Ken Funk - Dec 04
Hugh Ellis - Dec 13
Rod Thomson - Dec 20
Doris Woodman-McMillan - Dec 24

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Rotary Anniversary!
Dave Loewen - 6 years 11 months; Dec 03 2013
Christine Pauls - 0 years 11 months; Dec 10 2019
Deanna McIntyre - 2 years 11 months; Dec 12 2017
George Ho - 3 years 11 months; Dec 13 2016
Mark Dana - 17 years 11 months; Dec 31 2002
District Governor Nominee Designate
David Lukov from the Rotary Club of Mount Vernon has been selected as the District Governor Nominee Designate and will serve as District Governor in 2023-24.
Greetings Fellow Rotarians of District 5050,
I am honoured to announce that David Lukov from the Rotary Club of Mount Vernon has been selected as the District Governor Nominee Designate and will serve as District Governor in 2023-24.
David first joined Rotary in 1998 and served as Club President of the Mount Vernon club in 2017-18.  He serves as a member of the District Visioning Team, a facilitator with the Rotary Learning Institute (RLI), and a training leader with the Pacific Northwest President Elect Training Seminars (PETS).  You will find out more about David on the D5050 website (which will be posted shortly).        
I thank the D5050 Nominating Committee and its Chair PDG Lindagene Coyle for their important work in ensuring a bright future for our District!
Stay well everyone – and Happy Thanksgiving to the Canadians receiving this!
Carol M. Tichelman
Rotary District 5050
District Governor 2020-21
Cell: 604-819-0363
Economic & Community Development Month
Economic & Community Development Month
Over 795 million people (or 1 in 9 people in the world) do not have enough to eat; 60% of the world’s hungry are women and girls; 70% of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood.
The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to invest in people by creating sustainable, measurable and long term economic improvements in their communities and lives.
In the last year our District approved four global grants to address this Area of Focus.  The Rotary Club of Langley Central has a food security program developing a plantain farm in Liberia; the Everett Club has a greenhouse project in the Dominican Republic; led by the Abbotsford-Sumas Club seven clubs collaborated and are expanding a wheelchair factory in Guatemala; and the Fidalgo Island Club has an extensive economic development program in six Mayan villages in Honduras. 
Rotarians are People of Action – and the Rotarians in District 5050 are very active in improving lives around the world. Thank you!
Stay well!
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District Foundation Committee Events
NOVEMBER Rotary Foundation Month
Your hosts:
DG Carol Tichelman & DRFC Malcolm Kennedy
Wednesday, 25 November “Coffee Chat” 10 am
To be announced soon
Details to follow
In separate mail out
Bonus Paul Harris Points for November Foundation Month
For additional donations to the Annual Fund or PolioPlus 
First time donors of $50 or more could win a Paul Harris
Donors making an additional donation of $100 or more could win a Paul Harris
Donors making an additional donation of $250 or more could win a Paul Harris
PLUS matching PH Points
Details on Bonus Points and Registration will be sent to every member in mid October
Upcoming Rotary Events and News
District 5050 forming a working group to address DEI
The District is committed to assisting clubs to increase membership, better reflect their communities, and ensure there is understanding of  what is meant by Rotary's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Towards this end, the District is forming a DEI Working Group. If you are interested in working on these issues please contact Lindagene Coyle at
April 17, 2021
Training Assembly
May 14-16, 2021
District Conference 2021
Chilliwack, BC
Further details to come
Rotary Networking Plus - Doing Business with Rotarians -
Join Us on Social Media!
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:  


Look for our Club on Instagram at “AbbyRotary”


Spread the message and good works of Rotary with your network by connecting with the Club and posting your contributions and sharing our posts. Your efforts could reach a potential new member, a new sponsor or partner. Don't keep Rotary a secret - talk it up!

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