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It has been a productive and start to the 2016/2017 Rotary year.  The year begins in July after the conclusion of a very eventful spring.  My deepest appreciation to all of you for continuing to pitch in for a variety of great community events and programs.  Sam Steele Days concession and parade float; the Sweetheart Pageant and Grad Parking are just some of the ways we participate as a team.

The Rotary Youth Exchange program is thriving and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to share in the dreams of youth from our community.  While at the same time welcoming young people from around the world into our lives and our homes.  It is through the eyes of young people that you get to see how special this opportunity is.  The RYLA program brings young adults together through leadership in a way that is truly unique; in a setting where friendships are formed for life. 


Our second Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary member profile features Arlene Schroh, owner of Ciao Tours located in Cranbrook with offices in Calgary and Siena, Italy. Her company specializes in tours to Italy.
Arlene plays a major role in participating in the Sunrise Rotary float preparation each year for the Sam Steele parade. Also, Arlene is active in volunteering at many other Rotary events throughout the year. The youth programs are definitely her biggest interest in Rotary Arlene is the chairwoman of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)program aimed to enhance the lives of young adults between the ages of 18-25 years.
Following is a series of questions and answers that pertain to Arlene’s involvement in Rotary on both a local and international level. 


The final event of the evening was Past District Governor and Foundation Chairperson Allan Davis swearing in the 2016-2017 executive/directors. In the photo are President Riley Wilcox, President Elect Dewayne Penner, Secretary Tarralin Hanson, Club Treasurer Hardy Neilsen, Directors: Vocational Service Linda Hastings, Community Service Dewayne Penner, Youth Service Maggie Lindsay-Tadey,
Club Service Helen Boon, Foundation Chair Allan Davis, Public Relations Dan Schellenberg, and Membership Chair Mark Pinnell. Missing from the photo is Director of International Service Kevin Weaver.
Thank you for the privilege of being your club president for the 2016/2017 Rotary year.  I would like to start by congratulating our award recipients tonight.  The “Get a Life” awards honours those with perfect attendance.  All joking aside our club thrives because of your dedicated service.
Congratulations to the Paul Harris Fellows.  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your contributions; through your gift you bring change to the world.  I would also like to congratulate Allan Davis for receiving Rotarian of the Year Award.  Allan’s contributions to Rotary are many and we as a club benefit from his time and knowledge.  And a special thank you to Dorial Davis for her support of Al’s work.
I received a phone call this afternoon from Dewayne checking in to see how I was doing.  I told him I was nervous.  Not because of public speaking, I do that all the time through work.  I was nervous about being president because of the importance of the membership and how very special all of you are to me.  He reminded me that I was speaking to a room full of friends and he was right!
Everything we do as a club comes down to the dedication of our individual members.  It is the strength and commitment to our community from the membership that makes our club thrive!  It is in everything we do from decorating floats to running the Sam Steele concession.  It is Angel Tree and Book Sale. It is building awareness for Shelter Box and brining that message to students.  It is film festivals and Gran Fondo’s.  It is a vibrant student exchange that allows young people to explore this amazing world through Rotary.  My husband had participated in student exchange and now 25 years later his family is still in contact and good friends with the student from Japan.  That speaks to the lasting endurance of work all of you do for Rotary and the impact it has on young lives.
I ask in the coming year that we offer support to the membership chair by forming a small committee dedicated to assisting this portfolio, not just in the development of new members, but to ensure we support our current membership well.
Lastly I would like to thank Trent Taylor for his thoughtful term as President.  Over the last year we’ve had many conversations and I had tons of questions for Trent.  He was always quick to respond as I am sure he was with all of you.  Thank you Trent!  You have given me an excellent foundation to begin my year as President.  I look forward to serving the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise.
In a city of 10 million, and a country still at war after more than half a century, we were amazed at so many things that we saw and learned that we would be glad to return. Along with over 43,000 others, we thoroughly enjoyed our 11th International Convention. The venue – the KINTEX center was a pair of immense buildings that were well suited to both the numbers and the event. Both Plenaries and breakouts were worthwhile and covered a large range of topics. Organized into 5 broad themes, there was something for everyone – whether a first time attendee or a seasoned Rotarian. What was typical of Seoul was the ‘wired-ness’ of the convention – RI produced a new app for tablets and phones that provided the ability to review the entire program electronically, select breakouts and other sessions and construct your personal schedule and view references for maps, transportation and other amenities. What was particularly handy was the ability to download (using Slideshare) the resources and slides from the breakouts.
We didn’t stay as long as we usually do but managed to get in a pre-convention day tour to the DMZ. Near the end of our time there, former exchange student Mai Yuki from Japan flew over to end 24 hours with us and take in some of the convention.  We managed to register her as an exchange student, even thought it was 0 years since she was with us on exchange. (She said she is going to return to Cranbrook again when she's 30 - in year years!!).  Of course the convention wasn't all speeches and breakout sessions - there was plenty of entertainment and it was wonderful to see and hear it all.
For a city of 10 million and a surrounding territory of over 26 million, you’d expect noise, mess and traffic. We never heard a single siren, the city was amazingly clean and traffic, though heavy was never horrid and moved better than In many areas we’ve been with lower populations. I hope to provide you with a program on Conventions including some items and slides from Seoul as well as the other venues we’ve been privileged to visit. I look forward to that morning in September.
From May 6th to 8th, District 5080's newest group of outbound students and their parents met at Camp Lutherhaven on the banks of Lake Coeur d'Alene.  With this beautiful backdrop, the students and the parents were given workshops regarding the outbound experience for 2016 - 2017 from District Youth Exchange committee members.  Andrea Byford will be Cranbrook Sunrise's outbound student for the year, and she attended the camp with her mother, Jackie.  Both of them have been attending our club's meetings regularly since January as Andrea prepares for her exchange year to Italy.  
As well as the outbound students attending the camp, the current inbound students were there to begin their final district tour together which involved the US part of our district. Cranbrook Sunrise's student, Jade Wright was there and Manon Metzger was joining the group on the Monday after completing her commitment to the play Mary Poppins.
District Youth Exchange officer Darryl Bishop addresses the students.
Outbound students pose for a photo. Andrea Byford who has been sponsored by Sunrise Rotary is in the front row, near centre.
Inbound students pose in the chapel at Lutherhaven before setting out on the District tour. Jade can be seen in back, centre.

Every three years, Rotarians meet at the Council on Legislation to review and vote on proposed legislation. The Council gives us a voice in how our organization is governed.


The 2016 Council on Legislation met in Chicago 10-15 April. With the Council adjourned, an official report of action will be compiled, sent to clubs, and posted online within two months. Clubs have an opportunity to record opposition to any action during the following two months. If at least 5 percent of the votes entitled to be cast by the clubs oppose an action, the legislation is suspended and the general secretary conducts a ballot-by-mail. A majority vote would cause the proposal to be rejected. All Council actions otherwise go into effect 1 July.


Kootenay Kids Fondo is happening again this year!! Sunday, May 29, 2016. We were so amazed by the enthusiasm and sportsmanship displayed by last year's participants. Kids Fondo committee member Jason announced that the Kids Fondo will not be held the same weekend as the Gran Fondo.  The Kids Fondo will be taking place on May 29th, at the same location as last year.  However, they are including a choice of a longer ride, as last year the riders on the 8 Km finished very quickly.
Rotarians have amazing stories. The Rotarian magazine is kicking off 2016 with several first-person accounts of our members’ life-changing experiences, some harrowing and all profoundly felt. One story relates how the love of travel inspired by a Rotary Youth Exchange to Argentina led Amanda Bond to make a daring move — to Bali. When she decided to turn her experience as her Rotary club’s public relations committee chair into a full-time career specializing in online and event marketing, she decided to focus on building her professional skills and network while enjoying a much-needed tropical getaway. Now back home with a new job and a newfound sense of freedom, Amanda is excitedly anticipating where the future will take her.
A summer day changed everything A summer day changed everything
When Andrea Shirey was asked one summer day to host a Rotary Youth Exchange student, she couldn’t have imagined how a simple “yes” would lead to a remarkable experience for her family. Apprehension about being a first-time host family soon faded away over nights of dinner conversation, TV watching, and laughter. Read more about how opening their home — and their hearts — opened the door to a lifetime of experiences for Shirey’s family.
Past President Mark Pinnell introduced Bonnie Spence-Vinge and Gerry Warner Co-Chairs of the Cranbrook Hub for Refugees (CHR). In order to sponsor a Syrian refugee family, the group needs to raise $15,000.00.They have raised $6,000.00 so far.
The group is working with UNHCR (UN High Commission on Refugees) and Immigration Canada. Locally the Anglican, United and Catholic churches are considering sponsoring Syrian refugee families. Bonnie advises that the group is not solely focused on Syrian refugees. Sponsored refugees can be from any country in the world.
The next meeting of CHR is on January 6, 2016. Anyone is welcome to attend. The group should have the initial $15,000.00, if fundraising continues as it has, by the spring. Anyone wanting to donate now can write a cheque to Christ Church Anglican indicating it goes to the CHR account and drop it off at the church office at 46 - 13th Ave S., near downtown. The office is open from 9AM until noon Monday to Friday except Wednesday.
Sponsoring a family is a one year financial commitment.
Here is the link to almost 400 photos and the video we did for this event. 
The 2015 Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo was a great success with beautiful sunny weather to highlight the spectacular East Kootenay scenery, 360+ riders taking on the 3 routes, and 125+volunteers doing their best to make sure the riders enjoyed the day. Our congratulations and thanks to the Sunrisers who organized the event, the sponsors who supported us, and the volunteers who helped to make it all possible. Below are a few photos to represent the day's activities.
Cyclists along the North Star Rails to Trails.
Volunteers from the Traffic & Safety committee sweep the shoulder of the highway to ensure a safer ride and fewer flat tires.
Kids line-up before the start of the Kids' Fondo on Sunday morning.

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