Past president of Rotary International speaking in Surrey

Richard D. King visits Eaglequest Golf Course on Thursday.

Richard King

The past president of one of the world’s largest not-for-profit service organizations, Richard D. King of Rotary International, will be speaking to residents of Surrey and Rotarians from across the Lower Mainland this Thursday at Eaglequest Golf Course, with over 200 people expected to be in attendance.

The event is aimed at educating residents about what kind of positive impacts local Rotary members have had on  communities, and to encourage others to get involved and take on a “service-above-self” mantra in life. These clubs are made up of local professionals who volunteer their time, energy and money to help  communities thrive and grow – which is where the term “service-above-self” comes from.

Over the last several years, Rotary has taken on the goal of eradicating polio along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and contributed over $1 billion to cause. Polio is nearly non-existent in the world with few countries reporting any cases.

In Surrey and surrounding communities, Rotary Clubs have contributed millions of dollars to local projects aimed to make the lives of residents better, engage youth in leadership, and help those who need help the most. Rotary clubs in the region have built facilities such as the Rotary Field House in South Surrey, contributed to helping build  hospitals, and have sponsored thousands of youth to partake in programs like the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Service Above Self Surrey Youth Awards. There are hundreds more projects that Rotary clubs take part in each year.

The event will take place on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Surrey’s Eaqlequest Golf Course, at 7778 152 St. Tickets are nearly sold out, but limited numbers are still available. To purchase  tickets email

Tickets are $30. For more information about Rotary, visit or

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