Rotary Club of Kamloops Aurora Centennial

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Kamloops Aurora 100

Youth, Education & Environment

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Flavours of India Restaurant
610 West Columbia Street
Kamloops, BC  V2C 1L1
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At last week's meeting, Krishna Lakkineni wowed the Club with his classification talk.  Krishna shared details of his formative years in India, his family, his education and his influencers.  Next time you see Krishna, ask him about the book he's writing or the "I'm that Kid" project.

At our Tuesday meeting, Jamine Kooner showed us how industrious she is in her classification talk.  In addition to practicing law, she has a business degree and is on the executive of Canadian Bar Association's Women's Law Forum and the TRU Alumni and Friends Association Board.  

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the Fall Rotary Food Drive on Saturday.  

Irene arrived on Friday night.  A contingent from the club met her at the airport with signs and smiles.
Welcome Irene.

Youth Exchange Student Adrian Leslie will be leaving for South America on the 17th.  At last week's meeting Adrian shared some of his experiences from this trip to Ottawa for "Adventures in Citizenship" including visits to Parliament Hill and a local farm.

At last week's meeting, Assistant Governor Mike Dedels shared his 2016/17 Rotary 101 Presentation to the club.  Did you know that world-wide there are 35,000 Clubs in more than 200 countries with 1.2 Million members? 

Yesterday was another successful PIT stop event.  We served 112 plates of yummy mac & cheese with sausage and salad.  30 people had second helpings and 41 take-outs were also prepared.  Thanks to everyone - including members, family and volunteers - for helping out.  You all did a wonderful job.

Last Tuesday morning, new member Peter Lishman presented his Classification Talk.  Peter is a registered forester who retired last year after 37 years of service including work on the Coast and in Kamloops.  Peter has been married to his wife Karen for 34 years and has two sons, Chad & David.   Peter's volunteer experience includes an African orphanage and Syrian refugees.    
This week Sairung Senger will share her Classification Talk with the club. 

Last Tuesday morning, Kathy Humphrey provided an overview of the City of Kamloops and its functions.  The City of Kamloops Director of Finance shared general statistics including property values and staffing as well as noting that there were 111 events hosted last year proving the city is called the Tournament Capital for a reason.  

Classification Talk
This week Peter Lishman will give the club his Classification talk. 

Rotary Group Study Exchange - Agriculture Vocational Tour
At this week's meeting, the Agricultural Vocational Group from Australia joined us for breakfast before heading out for a tour.  Their visit included a visit to  Sun Peaks and the Monte Creek Winery. 
The Exchange Group included Jim Mitchell (sheep grazier), Jess Crettenden (research scientist-mixed farming systems), Claire Webber (Bluefin Tuna Industry Association), Alice Fargher (sheep station manager) and Ben Mitchell (Taylors Wines).

Wade Billey presented photos and commentary on his DWC trip to Sri Lanka.  The project included installation of water lines and a solar pump to allow for sustainable irrigation to approximately 100 acres of land so that local families are able to develop market gardens.

The vocational training team from Australia will be arriving in Kamloops to tour the area on June 7th.  The agricultural tour will start at 7:00 AM for breakfast at Nandi’s Flavours of India.  The group will leave for Sun Peaks after breakfast,  explore the area and have lunch.  Then it will be off for a wine tour in the afternoon. Breakfast will be $15. Please contact let Mike Dedels to let him know if you would like to join the tour.

Last Week’s Guest Speakers – TRU Eureka Camps
Amy Watters, director and Kathryn Haegedorn, Assistant director Eureka science program shared details on the TRU Eureka science camps and programs held each summer for kids between the ages of 7 and 13 (there are even girls only camps!).  The programs include interactive weeks of demonstrations, hands-on activities, group activities, building projects, university tours, outdoor activities, and games. Areas of science covered include: biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and technology.  Bursaries are available.  For more information on registration or bursuries, email
This Week's Guest Speaker - May 31st
This week’s guest speaker will be Wade Billey from the Kamloops Daybreak Club.  Wade will be sharing his latest experience in International service.

On May 10th we inducted 3 new members into the Aurora.  Krishna and Malakai of ROI Mediaworks, as well as Peter Lishman, all joined the Club. We welcome your talents and commitment to Service.
Why join Aurora.? As a smaller club it is easier to get to know us.  A diverse group of local leaders in business and various professions meet weekly for a great breakfast in the restaurant with the best view in Kamloops.  Meetings are done in about an hour, giving you lots of time to get on with your day.
In our community we help feed the poor through the Food Drive, Pit Stop and Family Dinners, keep Hwy 5 clean and support numerous local charities.
Internationally we have supported numerous projects around the world, including supplying schools in Africa, and gathering water with Fogquest in Chile and Guatemala.  We also join in the fight to eradicate Polio and support disaster relief through Shelterbox.
With youth we sponsor the Rotaract and Interact Clubs, host Youth Exchange , support exchanges to Ottawa and have a Student of the Month.
Want to make friends and get involved with Service locally and around the world? - send a note to our President or Secretary, or drop by on a Tuesday morning.

Beautiful morning for Hwy 5 clean up on May 7.  Thanks for coming out members and family  Not as much garbage this year, but Mike D. found another $20

Last week Jim Anderson told us all about Venture Kamloops.  They not only search out new opportunities for Kamloops, but provide data and information to help existing businesses thrive.
This week we will install some of our newer members and have updates from the Executive.  A group are also getting ready to head down to Yakima for the District Conference.

Last week we enjoyed a tour and social at Red Collar Brewery. 
Thanks to all who came out for a fun, tasty evening, and for the crew at Red Collar for showing us around this growing local business.
This Tuesday we have Joshua coming to tell us about Developing World Connections. 
DWC was started in Kamloops and now sends many groups to different parts of the globe for service projects every year.
Don't forget about the Food Drive coming up on Saturday.  Thanks to Kristen for helping to organize our teams.

It's been a Busy April 2016.
Take a break this Tuesday morning _NO MORNING MEETING.  Join us instead at Red Collar Brewery on Landsdowne at 5:30 Tuesday for a Tour and Social evening
Great talk last week from Kirsten Wourms - City of Kamloops on the Dufferin Wetlands projectWe hope to able to partner with the City on some part of this environmental/educational project over the coming years.
Not to late to sign up for a one day Rotary educational session in Osoyoos on April 23 and of course District Conference in Yakima in May.  Ask Mike D. if you want more info.
Finally don't forget to put April 30th in your calendar for Food Drive.  We also need to fit a road clean-up in there too

This week's meeting will be at Nandi's new place : the old chapters viewpoint on Columbia St.  
A million thanks to all of you who helped this weekend at the concert at the Rex! 
This week will have our student of the month this week, a grade 7 student from Aberdeen elementary.   We will also have a presentation from Operation Red Nose. 
Thank you to Carolyn and Sukh for hosting us at the TNRD last week.  We had 2 presentations: one from Developing World Connections about their Mount Kilimanjaro hike and ine from the Shoe Box Project. 
As a follow to the shoe box project presentation, if you have any items you would like to donate, please bring them to the meetings. A few of us ( and everyone is invited) will get together at my place the evening of November 26th to put the boxes together. 
Also, please bring something this week for the basket we are donating to the McQueen Lk fundraiser.  The theme is Chocolate! Think chocolate bars, chocolate cookies, chocolate wafers, chocolate wine ( yes wine!) chocolate covered nuts, chocolate covered fruit, books on chocolate, hot chocolate mix .... The options are endless!   Kristen is arranging the basket and needs to be ready by our nov 24th meeting. If you rather donate some money towards this, we will do the shopping for you.  
Service opportunity coming up: pit stop dinner Sunday November 29th. 
See you all Tuesday! 

Congratulations Aurora for another successful Spaghetti Western fundraiser! It was a very fun night enjoyed by all. Thank you all for all the work in this fundraiser.  
This week's meeting is moved to the TNRD office downtown. We have Shellie Franklin from Developing World Connection  and Monique Bastemeijer to talk to us about the shoebox project.  
Below is information about this initiative from Monique: 
The Shoebox Project aims to make the Holiday Season extra special for our local women in need.
Our goal is to give back to our women in need in Kamloops - 300 personalized gift filled shoeboxes.
It is not just about giving out the gifts! The gifts are made with love, and act as a powerful message to a 
woman in need that says, ‘someone in your community believes that you’re special, that you’re important and 
that you deserve to be happy’.
This week in the news:
Enjoy this video, please feel free to share with friends, family, co-workers, club members etc.
This is our 1st Kamloops Shoebox Drive during 2015 Holiday Season, will you help us reach our goal?
Let’s make it happen together!

Don't miss this all-clubs Rotary lunch! 


Last week we had the District Governor  Greg Luring visit our club, along with Mike Dedels in his new role of Assistant DG. Greg spoke of the reasons people around the world join Rotary and why they stay: friendship and making a  difference in ones community.  He invited us all to attend teh district conference in Yakima in May 2016. 

New Rotary Logo -

This week we have Lynette DuJohn, BC Lotteries VP of Technology and CIO as our speaker. Invite a friend to the meeting! 

Some of our upcoming activities include:  

Service: Fall food drive, Road clean up, Pit Stop dinner

Fundraising: Spaghetti Western

Fellowship: Progressive dinner, winery tour and  all clubs social

August is membership month: a great time to introduce someone to Rotary. Bring a friend or colleague to the meeting




Last week we had Tatiana Pelaez,  the student we sponsored to go to RYLA this year present to our club.Tatiana spoke to us about learning how to "fail forward" - how to try  again but try differently.  She also spoke about leadership.  Tatiana plans to pursue graduate studies in social entrepreneurship.


This week, we have our last  Student of the Month for the Rotary Year.  PJ Ouimet is a grade 7 student from Juniper Elementary.

See you at the meeting!


Nov 08, 2016
Stephen Karpuk- Classification talk
Mike Dedels - RI Foundation
Nov 15, 2016
Nov 22, 2016
Mike Bowden
Literacy app
Dec 06, 2016
Club Assembly and AGM
Election and Reports
Dec 13, 2016
Jan 03, 2017
Jan 17, 2017
Jan 24, 2017
Joshua Molsberry- DWC
Guatemala Eco Stoves Project
Feb 07, 2017
Feb 14, 2017
Mar 07, 2017
Apr 18, 2017
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