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1821 Sumas Way
Abbotsford, BC V2S 4L5
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Weekly Club Meeting

 

Speaker of the Week will be Jason Olsen, Managing Director - Fraser Valley Current    

 

If you have any suggestions for a speaker, please send them to Marion Keys at mmkeys@shaw.ca or call at 604-308-0406.

 
Venue for the Meeting for Jan 25, 2022 is Hybrid; it can be attended in person at 
 
Crossroads Restaurant 
1821 Sumas Way,
Abbotsford, BC V2S 4L5 
 
OR 
 
Below is the link to the Zoom meeting that can be used to login to the meeting. As per usual, over the last year and a half, the meeting will open up at 11:45.
 
Thanks everyone and stay safe.
 
 
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 841 3927 2366
Password: 852360
 
Dial In: 778 907 2071 (same meeting ID and Password as above)
 
Sunshine Report

 

January 2022 Sunshine Report

 

Happy Birthday!

 
Alan Hougen - Jan 05
George Ho - Jan 15
Garry Dickinson - Jan 18
Bruce Beck - Jan 27
 

Happy Anniversary!

 
No anniversaries     
 
Happy Rotary Anniversary!
 
John McFaul - Jan 18 2005
Blaine Bailey - Jan 24 2017
Chris Oliver - Jan 27 2015


            
 
 
Rotary Clothing Order 
Rotary Club apparel and clothing
In case if you were not able to make it to last meeting, you still will have an opportunity to order by visiting UNITEX Sales Ltd. in Abbotsford. All the orders will be finalized by the evening of Nov 2nd, 2021. 

Presidential Message Jan 2022

Presidential Message - Shekhar Gupta 
 
 
Shekhar Mehta, President 2021-22
 
 
January 2022
One of Rotary’s founding principles was to use your vocation — whether as a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or another profession — to do good in the world.  As we attempt to overcome and recover from the pandemic, this principle is vital in retraining people who have lost their jobs. In response, the Rotary E-Club of Tamar Hong Kong organized seminars for young people, with the aim of preparing them for the changing world of work.
 
This type of training must happen on a large scale. According to the United Nations, global unemployment is expected to exceed 200 million people in 2022. Women and youths are likely to be disproportionately affected.
 
This is why I’ve placed such a strong emphasis this year on projects that empower girls, and I’ve been delighted to see some of these projects in action. Of course, access to education and the path to employment can be blocked by a lack of water and sanitation infrastructure.
 
A project in Pune, India, focuses on providing girls and women with an affordable, reusable sanitary pad. The project provides employment for production and distribution of the pads, and it will reduce the pollution caused by the disposal of 12.3 billion sanitary napkins in the country annually, many of which end up in India’s landfills. Others have used vocational service to advance the empowerment of women. The Rotary Club of Poona, India, conducted workshops to teach martial arts to young women, for self-defense against the threat of abuse or human trafficking. 
 
I’ve also been fortunate to use my vocation to do good through Rotary. The Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 devastated the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which are part of my district. Thousands of homes were destroyed, and many areas lost electricity and running water. On my visit to Little Andaman Island, the builder in me immediately wanted to build homes for the homeless islanders there. We decided to construct 500 homes on Little Andaman.
 
On the last of my seven trips to the island, I could see something glimmering below as my helicopter was about to land. I realized that what I was seeing were the roofs of new homes. I was overjoyed by the sight, and soon a realization dawned upon me. As a builder I had built many beautiful buildings. In comparison, these 500 homes were the most ordinary buildings I had ever built, and they were in a place I likely will never visit again, for people I will never meet again. And yet the satisfaction I had in handing over these houses was greater than from anything I had previously built. Probably because for once I was using my vocation to Serve to Change Lives.
 
You, too, may have had opportunities to use your vocation to Serve to Change Lives. I welcome your stories of performing vocational service through Rotary. Also, I want to close by congratulating every club that has engaged with the Each One, Bring One initiative, which asks every member to introduce one person to Rotary. Increasing our membership gives people from all walks of life the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills in transformational service.
 
 

Return-It-Express

An easy way to help our club raise funds during challenging times.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
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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: www.facebook.com/rotary5050/

 

The link for our Club's Facebook is: http://www.facebook.com/RotaryClub.Abbotsford 

 

The link for our Club's Twitter is: https://twitter.com/AbbyRotaryClub  

 

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!