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Fortius Sport & Health
3713 Kensington Ave.
Burnaby, BC V5B 0A7
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With growing global concerns around the evolving COVID-19 (“coronavirus”), we wanted to let you know that the health, safety and well-being of our club members and guests is our club's top priority. We are following the lead of Canadian public health authorities at this time by taking all appropriate measures to ensure our members safe. It's been decided that we will cancel the following  physical meetings from March 20 - April 10th 2020. We will tentatively resume our meetings as of April 17th. This announcement is effective immediately. We've moved our meetings online - so please click on our schedule to log online to attend!
Stay safe and well everyone
Club Stories

Our thanks to Dr. Eugene Choi for his June 19th presentation to Rotary Burnaby members and guests on leveraging neuroscience to overcome fear, create positive lasting change in the world, and activate the part of your brain that permits these changes. A summary of the talk is below, adapted from notes of our Club's stalwart secretary Peter Beynon:

"There are two main states in the functioning of the brain: the survival state and the executive state.The Survival State is associated with stress, anxiety, anger, impatience, jealous, and selfishness. This state is associated with the amygdala and the ``fight, flight, or freeze'' response that is also impairs your body's ability to fight infection. The Executive state relates to Hope, Joy, Gratitude, compassion, a growth mindset, selflessness, taking ownership, and is associated with activity in the prefrontal cortex. Dr Choi discussed how to transfer your state from survival to executive via exercises, meditations, and deep breathing that activates the parasympathetic nervous system and gets you back to the executive state. He also discussed the benefits of tracking brain state with devices and being mindful of what state you and others are in."

Thanks to all attendees, especially visitors from other clubs in the district, including incoming District Governor Dave Hamilton. We appreciate your interest and support!

For more info on Dr. Choi:
His Business: Destiny Hacks at
His Medium Profile, including an article on COVID-19 and Fear:

We ask Rotary members to continue the fight to end polio and support PolioPlus. Please help by donating at


We recognize the COVID-19 emergency will affect some aspects of polio eradication program. While addressing the new challenges of today, we ask Rotary members to continue the fight to end polio and sustain our commitment. Learn why:

Akhilesh Jalakanta was inducted as a new member, classification is Pilot. He was a member of a Rotary Club in Mumbai, India. Akhilesh is a mechanical engineer and is currently taking a pilot instructors course at Abbotsford. A very warm welcome to Akhilesh!
Vanessa Wideski Executive Director of Low Entropy had a unsettled childhood, poverty, abuse, drugs, homelessness. To find herself she travelled the world, stayed a monestaries, walked pilgramage trails, 40 day fast (water only) in Panama. 
Vanessa returned to Vancouver area, met her husband and they started a business, and had 2 children. Five years ago they split and she started group conscious connections where people coould provide help/support/compassion for each other. This has grown into 8 groups and became a registered charity 3 years ago - Low Entropy.There are womens groups, a mens group and relationships group - conscious coupling.
Low Entropy works on the basis that you can not change people, they must want to change themselves. Provides a safe space for personal growth. Sessions are run by volunteers. 
Low Entropy has also started corporate training - compassional conversations.
Recently youth groups have been formed YEY, Youth Empowering Youth. The demand for this group is growing rapidly.
Low Entropy is having their second fundraiser May 2nd at 6 PM at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam. There will be a 60 minute Polynesian Lu'au and dinner for $85, ($100 after March 31) visit:
Peter, substitute, substitute chair introduced Peter the speaker. Peter the scribe does not have to write much since Doug (thank you Doug and all the other tech people that helped at the meeting) sent out a pdf of my talk.
I would like to add that my introduction to omega oils was at a Rotary meeting back in the mid 1990's when Udo Erasmus gave a talk at one of our meeting. There is a video that I highly recommend you watch " which explains many of the research projects Udo and others have done that illustrate the benefits of omega oils. Please be clear that he is talking about plane based omega oils, not fish oil. |Also Udo's book, "Fats that Heal Fats that Kill is very worth reading. It has a lot of technicl stuff in it but also is a great reference.
Save the Date – February 7th 2020
To the Heart of the Matter’s 22nd  Annual Fund Raiser and Valentines Community Event will be held Friday, February 7th, 2020 at the Inn At the Quay. The event includes a champagne reception, buffet dinner provided by the Boathouse, silent and live auctions, as well as a raffle. Last year the evening netted $45,000, which benefits the Royal City Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Burnaby and Monarch Place – a safe house in the New Westminster/Burnaby area for women and children fleeing violence. Both Rotary Clubs sponsor local and international projects while the money raised for Monarch Place remains here in our New Westminster/Burnaby communities.
The anticipated revenue from the raffle ticket sales will be shared among the three beneficiaries. The Royal City Rotary Club plans to use their funds to sponsor a hot lunch program for students in need at New Westminster Secondary School. The Rotary Club of Burnaby will use their funds to support the Progressive Housing Society, a non-profit organization in Burnaby who provides support and services to adults living with mental illness and other issues relating to homelessness as well as the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC. Monarch Place receives a portion of their funding from BC Housing, with the balance of their budget to be raised through sponsorship of events such as To the Heart of the Matter.
 Past District Governor Darcy Long presented Past President Sammy Li with a Gold Citation award. Well done to Sammy and his team of the Rotary Club of Burnaby Rotarians!
Rotary Club of Burnaby presents a cheque to the Burnaby Hospital Foundation for $ 12,000.00. Kristy James and Selina Lai accept on behalf of the foundation. 
Mayor of Burnaby Mike Hurley speaking at Fair Haven Seniors' Housing in Burnaby. Rotary Club of Burnaby raised $30,000.00 for a fitness and garden complex.

Seniors in need of affordable rental housing in Burnaby now have access to 145 new homes to live in."Too many seniors, especially those on fixed incomes, are being squeezed out of a tight rental market," said Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds, in a news release. "I am thrilled for the seniors who have a new place they can afford. Our government is working hard to create the partnerships needed to build even more projects like this to help people find a place to call home in their community."        

Be A Gift To The World was the Rotary International Theme for the 2015-16 Rotary Year.   The Rotary Club of Burnaby has proven to be just that by making a difference in our local as well as international community.  The club achieved a number of accomplishments during this year, which include:
  • Rotary International Presidential Citation - Gold Standard
  • District Governor Citation
  • Public Image & Communications Award
  • Nominated Outstanding Club of the Year
  • Chartering of the 1st Rotary Community Corps in our District, BC and Western Canada
  • 100% Foundation Giving Club
  • Nominated as Non-Profit of the Year by the Burnaby Board of Trade
Rotarians in Action! Once a month members from the Rotary Club of Burnaby prepare eighty lunches for clients of The Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby. This is half of the amount prepared with another eighty lunches prepared by volunteers at Southside Community Church. The lunches are then distributed at Southside Community Church the following day.
Rotaract brings together young people ages 18-30 in universities and communities worldwide to organize service activities, develop their leadership and professional skills, and have fun. Rotary clubs sponsor them, but Rotaract club members manage and fund their clubs independently.
The Rotary Club of Burnaby is a proud sponsor of the Rotaract Club of Burnaby.
Rotary World Help is a non profit organization aimed at collecting and distributing medical equipment & supplies, dental, optical, education & sports equipment and disaster relief supplies to international recipients in need.
They are a non-religious, non-political charity run by Rotary Clubs from British Columbia, Canada. It all started in 1992 when District 5040 sent a delegation of Rotarians to the former Soviet Union to assist with establishing the first Rotary Club in Kiev ... The rest as they say is history.  

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