Wed July 12 - Club Business - Rattan Furniture Sale

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Members, please attend this hands on project. We will devote this meeting in making and finalizing a plan how to sell a substantial amount of donated Rattan furniture and raising funds for our club.
Hilton Vancouver Airport 
12:15 to 1:30 pm
5911 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, BC (map)
55th President Dinner
PDG Lyn Stroshin presided over the ceremonies tonight as President James Hsieh was heralded for leading the club through this past year and continuing on for a second term for 2017-2018.  Lyn was most grateful in acknowledging the list of club accomplishments. Not only did our membership grow, we also held many events, namely, Goodwill Misson, Moon Festival, Christmas Fund, Chinese New Year and Rotary Rocks Richmond.  
Lyn also presided over the presentations of prestigious Rotary awards, Paul Harris Fellows to Maryam Bawa, Daphne Wu and Dean Hsieh.  Maryam was sponsored by Barbara Duggan who extolled the many accomplishments and great talents of our Rotaract President.  Then, James Hsieh spoke very highly of the work of both Daphne and Dean on their respective major fundraising events, the Goodwill Mission for an orphanage in Africa and The Rotary Foundation.  Lyn was kept busy all night, she then presented a Paul Harris Fellow to President James as the club acknowledged and thanked him for his year of service to the club.
President James spoke of the six areas of focus, as he explained about not only his goals, also the goals for out club and the work we have ahead of us to Make A Difference, which is the theme of 2017-2018.  Rotary, he explained, is not 34,000 clubs, it is more than 1.2 million individuals worldwide, each with something they want to contribute.  Individually they cannot do much, but with the backing of their club colleagues and members from other clubs, Rotary has shown to be a strong force for change.  Someone once mentioned the phrase "The Power of One", which captures the very heart of Rotary, that through the drive of an individual member, enormous good materializes.  This is what President James might have meant.
Many thanks to Barbara, Becky and Henry for pitching in to help with set up and reception desk.  Also to Barbara for arranging the two magicians from UBC who had us wondering "how did you do that"? And to Chris for arranging the jazz combo from McNair, who provided background music during cocktail hour and throughout dinner.  Our emcee Antonio orchestrated us through a complex programme with humour and finesse.  Our heartfelt National Anthem was led by a very sincere Gilles Bouchard and our Invocation was an optimistic Rotarian message by Mahase.  Finally, thanks to members and guests who attended to make this evening even more meaningful for President James and the incoming Board of Directors.
Rotary Peace Fellowship
Gloria Staudt is our District Chair for Peace Scholar.  She outlined for us, how the programme works and the immense benefit for those fortunate enough to receive the graduates into their part of the world.  Our District has already sponsored six such Peace Scholars, out of the 100 that have graduated since the inception of the Scholarships.  Candidates are screened based on work experience and their ambitions to promote peace through their diverse career backgrounds and personal strengths.  She encouraged all of us to consider potential candidates and to champion Peace Scholars as one of our club goals.  Thank You Gloria for bringing us this message of Peace and the opportunity to serve the world by sponsoring a Peace Scholar. Find out more about Rotary Peace Fellowship
Our visitor today was Johnathon Flieder from Rotary Club of Southpoint, Jacksonville, Florida, It is nice to see Johnathon again since his last visit in June 2016. Another repeat visitor was Alvin Leung, Associate Vice-President of CIBC.
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Zones 24 and 25 will host the Presidential Conference, one of six international peacebuilding conferences planned for the 2017-2018 Rotary year.  RI President Ian Riseley has made environmental sustainability a major focus for his year and we are honored that he has chosen Vancouver to hold the first Presidential Conference on this key area.  Event detail and registration....
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