Posted on May 25 2009
Lt. Governor Steven Point presented the District 5040 Rotary Club of the Year Award at Government house as part of the annual district conference,

Lt. Governor Steven Point and DG Bob Blacker presented President Marilyn Rafter and the members of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen with the District 5040 club of the year award. RI President's representative PDG Mark Wong from Indonesia added his congratulations to the club for their outstanding performance.

The nominating committee selected the RC of Tsawwassen for their exceptional service projects locally and international.  The club also had significant membership growth and support for The Rotary Foundation.  The club has the privilege of displaying the club of the year banner at their meeting for one year.

Projects completed since July 01 2008:

  • Healing Garden at the Delta Hospital
  • South Delta Library Fireplace
  • South Delta Rams Football - Annual Rotary Bowl
  • Causeway Cleanup along the causeway to the BC Ferries
  • Peace Pole erection at Rotary Square in downtown Tsawwassen
  • Kirkland House - cash for shed
  • Sun Fest Parade - August long weekend
  • South Delta Rams - Green & Gold Tournament
  • Cheques for local schools - $200 for each school to be used at the principal's discretion for students who would not otherwise be able to afford field trips and outings
  • Working with local businesses (Business Improvement Assoc.) at Rotary Square to put on Winterfest

Club Membership grew from 73 to 79

International Projects:

  • Liberia Tractor Project - Rotary Foundation Matching Grant Application was approved by RI but was held up because there are two outstanding reports on projects due from the Monrovia Rotary Club.  A new grant application will have to be submitted for July 1.  A new Rotary club is being formed in Monrovia;
  • Rotary World Help Network - The club continues to be members and attends loading on a regular basis.
  • Shelter-box Program - Three members are in the process of training for the response team.
  • Uganda Rural Fund

Youth Committee
The club has had a great year with an active Interact club.  Most recently the club has coordinated a fund raising project for the Uganda Rural Fund- a charity started by a former student whose focus is on the creation of educational and sustainable development opportunities for orphans, impoverished youth and women in the rural communities.  They have successfully raised $476.00 and are organizing further projects to help families in Uganda.

The club sponsored students to attend the Adventures in Film in Powell River, RYLA and Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa. 

The club's newest and most exciting venture is the Rotary Youth Awards night honoring youth in Delta that are giving "Service Above Self".  The awards night was held on April 25th.  This project was in partnership with the RC of Ladner and the RC of Delta North (D5050).

Lt. Governor Steven Point Presents award


PDG Chris Offer "offers" appropriate recognition
 to President Marilyn Rafter

Special thanks to Chris Offer for posting this story on the District website from where I "stole" it.