Rotary Clubs make Chilliwack kids happy with parade plans

Rotary clubs are stepping forward to take over hosting the downtown Chilliwack Christmas Parade for 2013

Three Rotary Clubs in Chilliwack have made parade-loving kids and families of Chilliwack extremely happy.

That was the reaction in council chambers when Rotary officials announced they were stepping forward to take over the hosting duties of the downtown Christmas Parade for 2013.

They asked for and were granted $9,000, from the city under the Community Development

Initiatives funding policy.

“That was our hope, that somebody would step up to the plate in this way,” said Coun. Ken Huttema.

“You represent a lot of people, and you really have made a lot of children and families happy in this community,” said Mayor Sharon Gaetz.

“A lot of people were incredibly disappointed when it was cancelled.”

It’s a very well-attended annual event, and seen as a kickoff of the Christmas season in Chilliwack.

“A huge thank you to Rotary for saying you are willing and able,” said Gaetz. “Every demographic in our community has been touched by Rotary. Service above self is so evident.”

Chilliwack is matching the grant with another $9,000 for the Rotary Christmas Parade.

“I believe the public will say it’s money very well spent,” said Gaetz.

Kevin Wood, of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack, Bruce Hanks,

President of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack/Fraser, and Kristen Mundstock,

President of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack Mt. Cheam, were in attendance to

provide council with an overview of the contributions the Rotary Clubs have

made to the community.

“We’re looking forward to working with the city to bring happiness to Chilliwack in the form of the parade,” added Hanks.