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Kamloops Aurora 100

Youth, Education & Environment

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Flavours of India Restaurant
550 West Columbia Street
Kamloops, BC  V2C 1K6
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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




hello Rotarians! Wishing you all a great BC Day long weekend!  At our next meeting on August 4th we have Carolyn Black giving us her classification talk.  Come and learn more about one of our enthusiastic members.  Breakfast will be from Tim Hortons instead of our usual breakfast. 

Ribfest is fast approaching.  We are scheduled to assist in Friday 3-7 or any part of that shift that you can. Please let Karin know if you can help.  It's fun and who knows we may stick around for some delicious ribs and entertainment after the shift. 




It's been a busy month, starting with our club's Canada Day booth at Riverside Park. Thank you to all who part in that fundraiser. RCMP  Inspector Sunny Parmar was our guest speaker last week and gave us a very informative talk about the RCMP and technology and online crimes.

This week, our very own president Nandi Spolia will give us his classification talk. We will also have an update on Spaghetti Western. It is not too early to start selling tables for this great event on November 7th. 

See you in the morning!




The Installation of the 2015/16 Rotary executive board of our club will take place Monday, June 22nd at 6pm.  The meeting will take place at the pool area behind Flavours of India.  Anyone wanting to swim before the meeting is welcomed after 3pm.  Dinner will consist of  prime rib burgers and veggie burgers, french fries, spring mix salad and watermelon.  Dinner will be $12pp.  The Fusion Rotaract and Hybrid Interact clubs will also be having their installation with us.

***Please  note this meeting will replace this week's Tuesday morning meeting****

Below are incoming presidents Nandi Spolia (Aurora) and Keith Leung (Fusion Rotaract) at the District 5060 Conference in Kelowna.




At last week's meeting, our June student of the month JP Ouimet, from Juniper elementary spoke to the club about her leadership activities at school.  



Our exchange Student Janis also gave her farewell speech. Thanks you to all the members who've made Janis stay in Kamloops memorable. He is currently on a bus trip throughout our Rotary District. He will go home to Switzerland on July 3rd. 








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!



Last week,  we had our Student of the Month presentation, this time the honoured student was Alex Underhill from Barriere Elementary. Alex told us about her school and sport activities and gave us a demonstration is cup stacking,



Sally Wanless was also recognized for sponsoring a new member, her husband Steve Wanless.



This week we have a club assembly. 



Hope you all had a great long weekend!  

This week our guest speaker is Fiona Clare from Kamloops Literacy. Fiona will be making a case for plain language.

Congratulations to the Rotarians who participated in this year's Adult Spelling Bee last week in support of literacy in Kamloops. Our team came in a respectable fourth place!

This week we will also be getting an update of the plans for this year's Spaghetti Western.  

Please remember to bring any unwanted but still wearable shoes in for the shoe drive. You can bring them to the meeting.




May 5th meeting

We had Victoria Weller, the film commissioner for the Thompson Nicola Region, visit our club as our guest speaker. She told us about the different productions that have come to our region, both big and small, the appeal that our beautiful landscape has for film producers and the economic impact of the industry in our local economy.

We also had that pleasure of formally welcoming Aaron Krausert to our club,a s our newest member. Inductions are always special as it not only welcomes new members but also remind us all of the principles of Rotary. We were excited to have Aaron's wife Sarah in attendance as well for the induction. The Krauserts also made the exciting announcement that their family will be expanding in the Fall. Congratulations Sarah and Aaron!


May 12th meeting 

Athena Smith will be our guest speaker. Athena will speak about "Restorative Justice." 

Thank you to all the Rotarians who joined Interact and Kamloops West in a service project at the YMCA Women's shelter.  Interactors were also helping at the SPCA that day.

The Kamloops Literacy, Adult Spelling Bee is this Thursday morning ( May 14th) at Hotel 540.

The Interact club is hosting a potluck dinner fundraiser on Monday, May 25th at 6pm.  The fundraiser will benefit victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.  Bring a dish and a $10 donation and join these young Rotarians. 



April has been loaded with service opportunities for our club.  We've had our road clean-up on April 11th, the Rotary Food Drive on Saturday April 25th (Rotarians at Work Day!) and PIT Stop dinner on Sunday April 26th. Great job Aurora!  The road clean up was done in record time, the food drive collected 63,500 lbs of food, and we fed 119 meals (and sent home 35 more!) at Pit Stop.  Thank you!

Our next service project is the shoe collection, more info to come at this week's meeting. At this week's meeting we will have our April Student of the Month: Dylan Barrett, a grade 7 student from Arthur Stevenson Elementary.







Last week's meeting was a vocational tour to CheckMate Fire Prevention Inc. Thank you to Sally and Steve Wanless for showing us their business.  Vocational tours are an important part of Rotary's avenues of service.

Adopt a Road: Thank you to all the volunteers that came out last Saturday to clean  up the road. 

Club Executive meeting: this Tuesday, April 14th at 5pm at Flavours of India. All members are welcomed

Rotary Food Drive: An all club service project, the Spring food drive will take place on Saturday, April 25th. Please let Chris know if you can help. 

PIT Stop dinner:  Sunday April 26th, volunteers needed  for two shifts 12-3:00 to cook and prep and 3:00 to 5:00 to serve and clean up. Sherry is the lead for this project, let her know if you can help. It's a great opportunity to bring family and friends too.

Kamloops Literacy Spelling Bee:  It's time for the adult spelling bee! if you would like to be in the Aurora team, please let Karin know. The spelling bee benefits Kamloops literacy programs and will take place on May 14th  at 7:30 AM

Rotary Golf Tournament: June 12th at Rivershore, Mark your calendars, to play or volunteer at this event!  Nandi is the club rep in this year's organizing committee. If you would like to assist, please let him know.



Hope you all had a great Easter! This week, we do not have a morning meeting, we will meet at 6pm instead for a vocational tour at CheckMate Fire Prevention Inc. Their address is 1172 Battle Street.

Last week we had our Student of the Month recognition and the honor went to Zoe McCuaig, a grade 7 student at Stuart Wood Elementary.  Congratulations Zoe!

Upcoming activities:

Adopt a Road: We are cleaning up the road again! Saturday, April 11th at 9am, meeting at Rexall parking lot.  Please let Sherry know if you can help.

Rotary Food Drive: An all club service project, the Spring food drive will take place on Saturday, April 25th. Please let Chris know if you are coming. 

PIT Stop dinner:  Sunday April 26th, volunteers needed  for two shifts 12-3:00 to cook and prep and 3:00 to 5:00 to serve and clean up. Sherry is the lead for this project, let her know if you can help. It's a great opportunity to bring family and friends too.

Kamloops Literacy Spelling Bee:  It's time for the adult spelling bee! if you would like to be in the Aurora team, please let Karin know. The spelling bee benefits Kamloops literacy programs and will take place on May 14th  at 7:30 AM

Rotary Golf Tournament: June 12th at Rivershore, Mark yor calendars, to play or volunteer at this event!  Nandi is the club rep in this year's organizing committee. If you would like to assist, please let him know.



This week, we have our student of the month recognition. This time  the award goes to Elizabeth Avery, a grade 12 student from Norkam Secondary. Join us to hear more about Elizabeth!

wh-4p-gd  Thank you to all the volunteers who helped serving breakfast Sunday morning (yes 6am!) for the BC Winter Special Olympics.  Thanks Kristen for organizing and  great  work Aurora!

This Wednesday our club is hosting the Rotary Family dinner at Norkam Secondary.  Come out and help if you can!




Dave Clutton was our Guest Speaker last week. He told us about a new program for youth at risk in our community that promotes healthy living through participation in squash.  



We  got to catch up with Rotaract last Tuesday as well, President Sheldon came by and received a cheque on behalf of his club for their portion of the Canada Day's fundraiser 


President Sykes also got to recognize one of our own, Sukh Gill was recognized  with a new pin for sponsoring a new member (Carolyn Black).  We had three new members proposed week. 




We also had Dennis Staguinnus from MacGowen Elementary visit our club to receive a $1200 donation to go towards the purchase of new non-fiction books for their library. 





Wishing you all a happy Family day!

At our meeting this week, we will have Bill Adams as our guest speaker. Bill will tell us about a program in Nepal helping women out of bonded labour.  As you may remember, our club assisted this project by donating funds towards a solar panel at the community centre they have built.   

We will also have Maryanne Bower give us an update on the 100 Women who Care Kamloops chapter.

The clu's executive meeting is also this week, Tuesday at 5pm at Investors Group.  All member are welcomed to attend.

Upcoming club service activities:

-  Special Olympics breakfast - February 22

-Family Dinner at Norkam - February 25th

​-Pit Stop dinner - April 26th




We will be having a joint meeting with Interact on Monday, February 2nd at 6pm at Flavours of India Restaurant (upstairs).  This meeting will replace or morning meeting this week.   This is Interact's Chili Cook Off, come and judge  the chili's on hand. Dinner is by donation.



Our speaker was David Sakaki, local firefighter  and humanitarian. He told us about  their projects in Nicaragua and helping out in India and the Philippines. Locally, the firefighters get together weekly  to sort through donations and get the containers of supplies for the next shipment to Nicaragua.  Medical equipment is always needed.

Christopher Seguin, past president of the Rotary Club of  Kamloops came by to  talk to us about the Rotary Family Dinners. This is a great initiative that allows families in our community a night out. Dinners are held at Norkam Secondary. Our club will host the dinner on February 25th.  If you can come out to help, let Dorys  know.   We will need  a couple of helpers at 4, with the rest of teh helpers needed 4:30-6:30.




Madi Adams from  Brock Middle School is our January Student of the Month.

Madi is a grade 7 student at Brock. She was inspired to make a difference in the community after attending Me to We. Last year, she set out to see what difference she could make with only $20. She bought cookies, bananas, and water and distributed to homeless people in our community. She hopes to inspire others to make a difference in our community.

Check out the video  of her initiative at



President Sykes presents Madi Adams with her Student of the Month award.



After a few weeks away,  our club is resuming our weekly meetings  this Tuesday, January 13th.  Our speakers this week are Marg Rodgers and Tara Hildebrand from the Alzheimer Society. They will speak to us about the society's activities and the upcoming  Investors Group Walk for Memories  on January 25th. 

Our exchange student Janis will give us his report on what he has been doing for the past few weeks. Remember to try to include Janis in your family activities whenever possible. 

The Rotary club of Kamloops Funspiel is also coming up. This fun event open to all Rotarians will be at the curling club. Teams of 4, $25 individual entry fee includes lunch. More details to come. 



Our last meeting of 2014 was on Tuesday, December 16th at the Doubletree hotel. Our guest speaker was our student of the Month Alex Glenshorek from Norkam Secondary. Congratulations Alex!


President Karin presenting Alex with a certificate, Aurora tshirt and gift certificate recognizing him as our student of the month.

We also had our club Christmas Social last week. We enjoyed a delicious meal at Quila's restaurant and had awesome fellowship.


Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at Flavours of India.


Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!




New Member

Welcome to Carolyn Black, our newest member! We had the pleasure of inducting Carolyn at our meeting last week, she was sponsored by Sukh Gill. Carolyn has already been involved in Spaghetti Western, Pit Stop, the Santa Claus parade and Operation Red Nose, all before induction! Great job Carolyn, welcome to Aurora!


President Karin, congratulates our newest member Carolyn Black. 


Inbound Student Presentation

Our inbound student Janis, made a presentation about his home land Switzerland . He is very excited to be spending his exchange year with us.  Janis is a musician,  and has been playing with the Thompson Valley Orchestra. Attending SaHali Secondary and being part of Interact, Janis is keeping busy and is looking forward to as many Canadian experiences as possible. 



Christmas Social

Our Christmas social is on Monday, December 15th at 6pm at Quila's Restaurnat.  Please let Dorys know if you can attend.  We will also be having a wine raffle, bring a bottle, get a ticket for a chance to win them all!

Next Week's Meeting

Our meeting on December 16th will be at the Doubletree Hotel downtown (the old Cost Canadian location) at our normal time 7am.  The breakfast cost will be  $15.64 ($12.95  plus tax and gratuity). We will have our student of the month Alex Glenshorek from  Norkam Secondary as our guest speaker.  This will be our last meeting before Christmas. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 6th back at Flavours of India.





This week, our inbound student Janis will be making a presentation about his native Switzwerland, and telling us a bit more about himself and his family. Janis arrived in August and was first hosted by Sherry Malagaspie  and now is living with Ed Ratuski.

Last week, we had our AGM and held elections  for next year's executive.  Nandi Spolia was elected President for the 2015/16 Rotary Year,  Sherry Malagaspie will be club secretary, Donna Gibson will continue on the role of club Treasurer. Reg Lucas, Maryanne Bower, Mike Bowden and Sally Wanless were elected Directors. Thank you all for your willingness to serve the club!

Maryanne Bower and Carolyn Black  volunteered for Operaton Red Nose last Friday, December 5th on behalf of our club.  Thank you!

Our club Christmas social will be on Monday, December 15th at Quila's Restaurant. Dinner is $20 and spouses are welcomed! Please let Dorys or Sherry know if you are coming.




Last week, Bernadette Siracky from the food Bank was our speaker. Our club joins all the other Rotary clubs in Kamloops, Rotaract and Interact  in the Rotary Food Drive twice a year, collecting about 50,000 lbs of food for the food bank each time.

This week we have our AGM meeting. There will be reports from our president and club executive as well as officer elections for the 15/16 Rotary year. 

Thank you to all the volunteers who braved the cold weather on Saturday, November 29th to volunteer directing traffic at the Santa Claus parade. Thank you Nandi for coordinating.

Operation Red Nose

A few weeks ago we had Katie Klassen and Constable  George Buttles speaking about Operation Red Nose. They handed out volunteer forms for this season of Operation Red Nose.  As usual, our club as risen to the occasion and we have a few volunteers going as a group on Friday December 5th.  So far we have: Sukh Gill,Carolyn Black, Maryanne Bower.  Please remember you do need to fill out a volunteer form and take it in to the RCMP for a criminal record check. 


Club Christmas Social

it's time for some Christmas fellowship! Mark your calendars for Monday, December 15th, 6pm at Quila's restaurant (330 Victoria Street).  Our menu will consist of:  Brushetta,  grilled lemon grass chicken served with mashed potatoes and vegetables and sorbet for dessert  $20 per person. Remember, spouses are more than welcome to attend as well.  Please let Dorys know if you can come. 





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