Rotary Club of Abbotsford Sumas

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We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
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33780 King Road
Abbotsford, BC  V2S 7P2
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The Irish Dinner Dance was a great success!  We raised over $22,000 for Club Programs and Services through our sponsorship, ticket sales and silent auction.
Thanks to all of the Club members who contributed to our success that evening - we are so grateful for your support.
Wendy and Karina
Event Co-Chairs
Check out the Peace Arch Journal for stories across the District.  Thanks to Mike Adkins for sharing the work of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford Sumas.
The Rotaract Club of Abbotsford always welcomes Rotary members to support their meetings or help with projects.  To learn more click here.

Empowering women in India through education

Women in the second chance literacy program.

Women in the second chance literacy program.

By Manish Shroff, past president of the Rotary Club of Ankleshwar, India

Our Rotary club is surrounded by rural and tribal villages in the Bharuch District of Gujarat State, India. The literacy rate in these villages is low and dropout rates of students in primary schools are high, most particularly among girls. We wanted to do something about that.

We conducted a survey with the help of Pratham, an NGO working in the rural literacy field across India, to gauge the condition of education in several of these villages. The study found that many girls leave school after the primary level mainly because of the lack of secondary education nearby. Students have to travel further, and for various socio-economic reasons, this makes it more likely that girls will drop out after the primary level and not go on to grades 7 or 8.

Vary is 50 years old and a resident from the Battambang province. She has five children, two of whom are still dependents as they are in school. To support herself, she farms rice, corn, and sesame. She has had this business for several years. This is the first micro loan for Vary with the Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Sumas (Kiva’s partner). She was seeking 4,000,000 KHR ($1,000 USD) in order to buy seed and insecticide, and to pay for labor costs for her cash-crop. She is now earning a good income from her business that has improved her family lifestyle. Moreover, she now has enough food to feed her three children and send them to school. The future is looking bright to be able to keep her children in school until they graduate.
The Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Sumas embarked on an ambitious International Program in 2013, to Creating Small Business, to assist and grow those businesses in developing countries through a partnership with KIVA, located in 79 countries around the world.
Using the Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Sumas members visionary plan that focuses on children and women within the local and international communities, the club chose the agriculture/farming sector with an initial investment of $2,000.00
The micro loan repayments by the women we supported over the past 3.5 years, has been reinvested wisely by the Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Sumas Kiva Committee President Thomas McMillan and Past President Michael Adkins.
As of December 30, 2016 just over $7,775.00 has been lent out to women with children within the farming/agriculture community in twenty-three separate countries including China, Azerbaijan, Tajikstan, India, El Salvador, Cambodia, Honduras, Armenia, Kenya, just to name a few.
By reinvesting the funds repaid, 79 individual loans to date have been made by Rotary Abbotsford-Sumas with a success rate has been 97.8% with only one repayment not completed.
To be a part of creating small businesses in developing countries, especially watching those mothers succeed for themselves and for their children is truly a remarkable experience that drives us to do more.
Their success stories are remarkable and inspiring. It reminds us of a Rotary International theme phrase that says it all:
“Teach a Women, Change the World”
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Michael (Mike) Adkins
Past President 2015-2016
Assistant Governor 2016-2019
Chair: Public Relations 2016-2017
The Fraser Valley Rotaract Club's Community Program for December included: 
The making of 100 Christmas Cards to be distributed to Seniors throughout the Fraser Valley, the donation of 448 pairs of socks in Abbotsford. Mission and Maple Ridge, the collection of 115 ibs of food along with a cheque for $192.75 (purchase power of $578.25) that was presented to the Abbotsfood Food Bank.
The Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Sumas is a Charter Sponsor, we are so proud of the Rotaract Club members and for us having the opportunity to be a part of this dynamic, energetic, goal oriented, community minded club. Thank you for all you do for the Fraser Valley Communities by seeing the need and responding to that need throughout the year.
Congratulations to you all, well done!
Dale Taylor
May 31, 2017
Abbotsford Ravine Park Salomid Enhancement Society
Janet Chalmers
Jun 07, 2017
Rotary Club of Mission - Write to Read project - Interclub meeting with the Mission AM Rotary Club
Business Meeting
Jun 14, 2017
Report from the Board
Installation night - no morning meeting
Jun 21, 2017
Install 2017-18 Board - Best Western Hotel Conference Center
Alan Cavin
Jun 28, 2017
Matthew's House Programs
Victoria Bowes
Jul 05, 2017
Bird Flu: Why chickens shouldn't be the only ones to worry
Business Meeting
Jul 12, 2017
Report from the Board
Tyler Carr
Jul 19, 2017
Kinghaven Treatment Centre - Empowered Living project
Ashley Gray
Jul 26, 2017
Vocational Talk
Business Meeting
Aug 09, 2017
Report from the Board
Shari Storm
Aug 16, 2017
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