ROTARY ROUNDUP: SASSY Award recipients honoured

Local students recognized for community work at annual award ceremony

The third annual SASSY (Service Above Self Surrey Youth) Awards, was held Friday at the Bell Performing Arts Centre.

The awards – hosted by the Semiahmoo Rotary Club, in partnership with the City of Surrey, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Surrey School District – celebrate the achievements of youth aged 16 to 21 who make a difference in our community by demonstrating the Rotary ideal of ‘Service Above Self.’

There were seven deserving recipients in six categories including: athletics/sportsmanship, environmental leadership, performing/visual arts, against-the-odds, youth leadership and community service. Recipients received a $1,000 bursary, a keepsake SASSY Award and $500 to donate to the registered charity of their choice.

Nominees represented 20 secondary schools and two universities.

The evening included award-winning video presentations on anti-bullying, students making a difference and reflections by three students on a wheelchair distribution trip in Mexico.

Entertainment was provided by youth whose singing, dancing and talent was enjoyed by all.

In October, members of the South Surrey Rotary Club were getting down and dirty at Bryant Park, weeding and watering the greenery they had planted in July.

The club adopted Bryant Park in 2011, after helping with its development in 2003 as part of the Rotary Centennial Project. The club gets together five times a year to get the park into tip-top shape – with help from the City of White Rock – by planting, weeding and watering.

Stop by 15150 Russell Ave. and see the efforts.

White Rock Rotary is calling all readers for their Fall Book Sale this weekend!

Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you will find a huge variety of topics and bestsellers at the Rotary Fieldhouse.

Books are $2 each, or three for $5.

The Rotary Club of White Rock recently purchased a memorial bench outside the Rotary Fieldhouse to honour all Rotarians who have served their club over the past 60 years.

Most recently remembered are Jack Hood, past-president Derek Lucas, past-president Wayne Arnold and Bill Hall.

In October, the White Rock club visited the home of Rotary’s Rec for Kids, a charitable organization whose mission it is to provide reconditioned sports and recreational equipment to local children in need.

Visit www.recforkids.com

The Peace Arch Rotary Club  will be hosting a fundraising dinner and silent/live auction at Washington Avenue Grill on Nov. 21, with proceeds going to the White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society .Please help support Hospice by purchasing tickets or donating to the auction. Contact Gord Querin for tickets gord@bigkahuna.ca

Valerie Giles writes monthly on behalf of the Semiahmoo Peninsula’s five Rotary Clubs –valeriegiles@shaw.ca