Monday, June 11, 2012

Community News

Path of Least Resistance

Chilliwack Rotarians promote Trail Day around the city 

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Yellow-shirted volunteers talk about the Rotary Vedder River Trail with users on Saturday.


t’s flat and meanders for 15.5 km adjacent to the gentle Vedder River, making it one of the city’s premier bicycle and running routes.


If you ventured out for a stroll or jog on the Rotary Vedder River Trail Saturday, you would have seen Rotarians from three local club chapters with bottled water and healthy handouts of trail mix, as well as treats for the dog.


This is the first year for Rotary Trail Day and the purpose is to raise awareness about what the Chilliwack Rotary Club does locally, and internationally as well.


The concept for Trail Day came about after one of the club’s presidents floated the idea and it went over well with members.


“We’ve got 75 volunteers out here today. We’ve got four stations on this trail and we go all the way to the Great Blue Heron Reserve,’ Rotarian Robin Klassen told the Voice. “And we’ve got another station on the north part of Chilliwack at the Rotary Trail there.”


The popular Rotary Vedder River Trail was originally a joint project by the City of Chilliwack, the Canadian Forces Base and the Chilliwack Rotary Club. It’s a multi-use network that runs for 15.5 km on the trail for walkers, runners, cyclists and horseback riders and is a part of the Trans Canada Trail system.


Free parking is available at the Vedder River, Peach Rd., Lickman Rd. and Sumas Prairie Rd access points, and there are picnic tables and benches available along the trail.


About the Rotary Club

Rotary’s main objective is service in the community, in the workplace and around the globe. The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world, share a dedication to the ideal of “Service Above Self”.


Locally they hold book sales, provide Meals on Wheels and are involved in many other projects in Chilliwack.


The Chilliwack Rotary Club meets at noon on Friday at the Best Western Rainbow Country Inn. Chilliwack Fraser Rotary Club meets at noon on Wednesday at the Best Western and the Chilliwack Mt. Cheam Rotary Club meets at 7 A.M. at the Coast Hotel on Thursday.


For more information about the clubs, go here.


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