ROTARY ROUNDUP: Highly motivated South Surrey/White Rock youth pick up Rotary baton

Semiahmoo sixth club works hard as charter nears

Meghan Jones photo Semiahmoo Peninsula Rotaractors deliver 2,600 pairs of socks to Options Community Services.

Our community has been blessed to have five Rotary clubs all working tirelessly to make our community and the world at large a better place for everyone.

And a “sixth Rotary club” on the Semiahmoo Peninsula will be officially chartered very soon.

There is an incredible group of highly motivated and energized youth who have come together to form the provisional Semiahmoo Peninsula Rotaract club.

October and November saw this powerhouse group collect more than 2,600 pairs of socks for the Options Community centre in Newton.

On Nov. 14, the Rotaractors also hosted a successful pub night at the Town Hall Pub, raising $725 towards a smokeless stove initiative for rural Guatemalan families. Stay tuned for more on this one.

The youth have been working hard throughout the Lower Mainland and have been involved in many Rotary events such as the Port Moody and Langley RibFests, the Peninsula Rotary Bread Run and the White Rock Rotary Summer Concert Beer Gardens.

“Semiahmoo Peninsula Rotaract is a group of young adults aged 18-30 that honour the values of volunteering and giving back to our community,” says president Meghan Jones.

“Working side by side locally and internationally, we have fun while developing leadership and professional skills. As key members of the Rotary family, we promote youth involvement and better relations between all people.”

Sponsored by five local Rotary clubs – Semiahmoo, White Rock, Peace Arch, South Surrey and White Rock Peninsula – all are very supportive of the new provisional club and are excited by the momentum they have generated already.

“I am so inspired by what these young adults are accomplishing, both in our local community and with their international service plans,” says Sharon Crowson, past youth services chair of the Semiahmoo Rotary Club.

“They have embraced the spirit of giving through Rotary from day one, and it is motivating to see their leadership, commitment and passion make a difference in the world.”

If you are between the age of 18 and 30 and you are looking to have fun, give back, travel, gain lifelong friendships and meet some pretty amazing people, consider joining the Rotaract Club of the Semiahmoo Peninsula.

Semiahmoo Peninsula Rotaract club meets on the second Wednesday of every month, at 7 p.m. at the Rotary Field House, 14600 Rotary Way.

For more information, contact

• White Rock Rotary Club meets for lunch at noon on Tuesdays at the Rotary Field House, 14600 Rotary Way (

• Peace Arch Rotary Club meets for lunch at noon on Mondays at Hazelmere Golf & Country Club (

• Semiahmoo Rotary Club meets for breakfast at 7 a.m. Thursdays at the Rotary Field House, 14600 Rotary Way (

• South Surrey Rotary Club meets for breakfast at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays at Ricky’s Restaurant, 2160 King George Blvd. (

• White Rock Peninsula Rotary club meets at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Ricky’s Restaurant, 2160 King George Blvd. (

Allan Baedak writes monthly on behalf of the Semiahmoo Peninsula’s five six Rotary clubs –

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