Wed April 7th - Zoom at Noon - 25th Asian Heritage Month Celebration with Jasper Sloan Yip

Photos — Jasper Sloan Yip

The Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society is a registered secular non-profit organization with year-round programming in the arts and culture scene. Since 1996, VAHMS has worked closely with local Asian-Canadian communities and organizations that support their vision of becoming the main hub for celebrating Asian-Canadian arts and culture in the Metro-Vancouver area.

Their signature project is explorASIAN, a Metro-Vancouver festival showcasing pan-Asian Canadian arts and culture during Asian Heritage Month in May. This year (2021) is the 25th anniversary of both VAHMS and explorASIAN.

Jasper Sloan Yip is a musician and radio producer from Vancouver, BC. After studying History and English at UBC, Jasper spent a year traveling throughout Europe. While abroad, he committed himself to start a career in music  which began in 2007 when he played his first show on a stage he built in his own back yard. From there, he went on to put together a seven-piece band behind him with whom he has released three albums, toured Canada, Europe, and the United States. Their most recent release, 2017’s Post Meridiem, landed Jasper a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for “Pop Artist of the Year” and an invitation to lecture at UBC’s creative writing department. Jasper and the band are currently preparing to release their fourth album in the fall of 2021.

When he is not on stage or in the studio, Jasper serves as the Programming Director at CiTR 101.9 FM and Discorder Magazine. He also hosts and produces three podcasts: a performance and interview show called Noise Complaint, a curated music program called Listening Party, and a guest-curated playlist show called Phone Bill. 

Zoom online Meeting 12 noon to 1:30pm (Members and friends, looking forward to see you)   

You will be missed
DG Dave was a dedicated Rotarian for over 30 years, I first met him in 2005 at a joint club BBQ, he was our club's AG at the time. Some of our members had the opportunity to meet him during the RLI training a few years ago. Unfortunately, our new members only met him through zoom.
DG Dave’s involvement in Rotary is a way of living up to one of his favourite quotes from Martin Luther King, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”  We are so sad that the Rotary Family has lost such a true humanitarian, fighter, leader and friend. Our condolence to Tanya and Dave’s family.
In honour of DG Dave Hamilton's legacy, the Dave Hamilton Service Above Self Bursary has been created to make it possible for secondary students to reach for the stars and pursue their dreams after high school. More details here….
March 31st Meeting Recap
At Wednesday's meeting, we reviewed some important reminders for upcoming events:
Meeting location: At some point in the near future, Richmond Rotary will be back to meeting in person. The club used to meet at the Hilton Hotel. If you have suggestions for a new affordable meeting location that can accommodate our group, please contact Suna at 
District 5040 Conference (June 4-5): Initially, we indicated that Richmond Rotary would be reimbursing the first 12 registrants from our club. We have now decided we will be reimbursing all Richmond Rotary registrants! Click here to learn more and register today: 
Richmond Rotary Wednesday Meeting (May 19th): Peace conversation meeting with Gloria Staudt to train Rotarians how to have a peaceful conversation. This will take the whole hour - it will be a great meeting! 
District Informational Sessions: These sessions can be attended by all Rotarians who would like to know more about the District and Rotary in general. Please see the following sessions below and click on the links to register in advance: 
  1. April 10th (10 am -12 pm) - The Rotary Foundation (Grants management).
  2. April 22nd (07:00) - Membership (Membership support and strategies to attract new Rotarians). 
  3. April 24th (10:00 am) - Membership (Membership support and strategies to attract new Rotarians). 
  4. April 29th (7:00 pm) - Public Image/Public Relations
  5. May 5th (7:00 pm) - Youth Programs and Rotaract 
Every Life truly does Matter
Polio, and the lifelong paralysis it can cause especially in young children, became preventable when Dr. Jonas Salk introduced the polio vaccine in 1955. Since Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative took on the fight against polio, they have developed systems to facilitate both immunizations and eradication.
Since 1988, we've seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. We have had only two cases globally of the wild polio virus since 1 January. One is in Pakistan and one in Afghanistan.
Our work is not done, help us to eradicate Polio once and for all. Your donation helps Rotary and its partners reach every child with the polio vaccine. Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, your contribution will be tripled, getting us even closer to a polio-free world.
Rotary District 5040 Conference
Don't forget to register for the 5040 District Conference from June 4th to June 5th! The Richmond Rotary Club will be reimbursing all registrants from our club, so make sure to register today!

A Live Virtual Event!
Celebrate Rotary Family, Community and Connection!

Friday June 4th  7:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday June 5th - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Join us as Conference 2021 explores the power of connection between Rotary Family and Service Above Self – providing new skills to contribute to your community and to your family

Only $79

This year – no travel, no hotel – just great value


Upcoming Events
Wed Zoom - 25th Asian Heritage Month celebration
Zoom Meeting
Apr 07, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Wed Zoom
Zoom Meeting
Apr 14, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Wed Zoom - Fortis LNG project
Zoom Meeting
Apr 21, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Wed Zoom
Zoom Meeting
Apr 28, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Wed Zoom
Zoom Meeting
May 05, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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$15.5 million gift will fund new Rotary Peace Center in Middle East or North Africa

      Walter Foundation awards $15.5 million to Rotary for peace center
Otto and Fran Walter started their foundation to address hunger prevention and peace.
The Otto and Fran Walter Foundation has pledged $15.5 million to The Rotary Foundation to start a Rotary Peace Center in the Middle East or North Africa. The new center will offer a professional development certificate program focused on peacebuilding and development issues in the region. This generous gift from the Walter Foundation, which is based in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA, will fund the center’s startup costs and operating expenses, as well as an endowment that will provide peace fellowships in perpetuity for up to 40 students to study there each year. Click here to learn more. 
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