Spaghetti Western sar 2019-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
Spaghetti Western is Coming Soon Mike Dedels 2019-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our Community Project Fund recipients, Mcqueen Lake Education Center and A way Home for homeless youth!
Congratulations! Sarah Krausert 2019-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
Lisa Fuller from the SPCA came and updated the club about the new facility and all the SPCA does for our community.
SPCA Update Sarah Krausert 2019-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Western Canada Theatre Sarah Krausert 2019-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Community Project awards of $30,000 to McQueen Lake Education Center and $10,000 for A Way Home for Homeless Youth have now been presented. We look forward to working with those groups for this year. Thanks to all of the applicants. 2019-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Student of the Month Sarah Krausert 2019-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Thanks to all the volunteers that served a meal to those in need at the PIT stop!
PIT Stop Sarah Krausert 2019-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
Exchange Student Presentation Sarah Krausert 2019-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
Student of the Month: Bobby-Raye Farrow 2018-12-22 08:00:00Z 0
Jim Anderson from Venture Kamloops presents to then club! 2018-12-22 08:00:00Z 0
Classification Talk: Peter Olsen Sarah Krausert 2018-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Next Years Executive 2018-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Dragons Den Junior! 2018-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Student of the month, Graham Koppes presented to the club.  Month after month, we are amazed at all these youth accomplish!
Student of the Month Sarah Krausert 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Rick Wanless from the Kamloops Mounted Patrol came and shared about all they (and their horses) do for our community!
Kamloops Mounted Patrol Sarah Krausert 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Accessible Playground Potential Sarah Krausert 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Proportional Representation Sarah Krausert 2018-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Mastermind Studio Vocational Tour Sarah Krausert 2018-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Kamloops Food Policy Sarah Krausert 2018-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Fellow Kamloopsian and District Governor, Sherry Chamberlain visited our club and shared about her Rotary journey as well as her vision for the future.  
District Governor Visit 2018-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome via Video Call! Sarah Krausert 2018-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome to New Members Sar 2018-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
Karin Sykes receives Paul Harris (x3) Sarah Krausert 2018-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
Week of Classification Talks! Sarah Krausert 2018-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Mike Forbes Receives Paul Harris (x2!) Sarah Krausert 2018-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Classification Talk: Bruce Hall Sarah Krausert 2018-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Reg Lucas Receives Paul Harris (x3!) Sarah Krausert 2018-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Arjun Singh attends Aurora meeting to present Mike Dedels with a Paul Harris to thank him for serving as Assistant District Governor for the past three years.
Mike Dedels Completes Term as ADG 2018-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
One Hundred Years ago this month, our country was still  fighting in the Great War and Rotary was celebrating its 13th anniversary.  If you are interested in seeing how Rotary has evolved in the last 100 years, check out the February 1918 edition of The Rotarian  by clicking on the photo below.
The Rotarian February 1918 Edition 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
At last week's meeting, four new members were inducted into the Club.  We welcome Tracey Greer, Manjeet Gupta, Bruce Hall and Heather McCarley.

Thanks to sponsor members  Nandi Spolia, Jasmine Kooner and Mike Forbes.

Welcome to Our Four Newest Members 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Donna Gibson shared a Foundation Moment at last week's meeting.  Her topic was WASRAG (Water & Sanitation Rotary Action Group).
For more information on WASRAG, click on the photo below
Foundation Moment 2018-01-28 08:00:00Z 0
Student of the Month - January 2018-01-21 08:00:00Z 0
Aurora Donates 20 Gift-filled Shoeboxes to Kamloops ShoeBox Project for Shelters 2017-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
A huge welcome to our newest members.   We are pleased to have Ab Ashok (sponsored by Nandi Spolia) and David Lang (sponsored by Kristen Hamilton) join our Club.
Induction of New Members 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Nov 21st meeting     Guest Speaker Judy Nolan, Inclusion Kamloops
Nov 25th AM            Santa Claus Parade
Nov 25th evening     Club Social
Dec 2nd 10 AM         BC Wildlife Park - Wildlights decorating
Dec 5th                   AGM 
Dec 24th                 PIT Stop
Upcoming Events 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Nolan Belbin from Brocklehurst was our student of the month.  Nolan, who was joined by his parents and teachers, shared details on his education and school interests including composting and food preparation/preserving.
Student of the Month 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Join us for an all clubs happy hour social in recognition of World Polio Day. 
October 24th  4-6pm at Nandi's Flavours of India
Nandi will donate $3 for every pint from 4pm until closing to Polio eradication. 
This is a great opportunity to invite friends into the fellowship of Rotary!
Pints for Polio - Social 2017-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Why Aurora Rotary? Mike Dedels 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
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
Road Clean-up Mike Dedels 2016-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
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.
April 24, 2016 Aurora Update Mike Dedels 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
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
April 18, 2016 Mike Dedels 2016-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
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! 
November 17th meeting 2015-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
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!
Aurora this week - November 10 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now lunch 2015-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Aug 03, 2014

District Governor Bruce Falkins came in to talk to our club about this year's goals.  We had a good Executive meeting Monday night with Bruce and Donna.  Focus was on Membership recruitment and retention and on Rotary Foundation.







Bruce and Donna also attended our Tuesday Meeting and discussed the Membership, Public Relations and Foundation themes.  They also heard updates on our Fundraising activities.  Good mid-summer turnout for our club and another one of Nandi's great breakfasts.  Put June 18-21 on your Calendar for this year's District Conference just a couple of hours away in Kelowna.


Aurora July 29 Mike Dedels 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Jul 25, 2014

Last week we had a good discussion about committee roles for the club.  We need your help to meet our club's goal's for this year.  Pass on your interests to Karin or other Exec members.

Stephen K. also offered to chair MegaHockeyPool for the fall.  We will give it a go with the focus on increasing promotion Province wide.

We also had our outgoing student stop by as she gets ready to head out to Sweden in early August

Aurora July 22 Mike Dedels 2014-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Jul 05, 2014

After a couple of weeks away from morning meetings don't forget that we are back to our Meeting Room this week for the start of a new Aurora Rotary Year.  Kristen Hamilton, our newest member, will be giving her classification talk.  Let's have a good showing to hear from Kristen.

Thanks to those who came out on Canada Day for our fundraising effort.  it was a busy day with Rotaract.  Thanks to all, but especially Nandi for organiizing and Sherry and Marilyn for giving up their whole day.

We have our next Pit Stop coming up this Sunday the 13th.  If you can give a couple of hours and bring along friends or family it would really help.  Send a  note to Sherry to confirm.  

Aurora July 6 Mike Dedels 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Ratuski on Sep 15, 2013

Over $30,000 has gone back to the community through Aurora's MegaHockeyPool, as well as $60,000 in prizes.  

Check it out at  $7150 in prizes.   Watch for us in the Playoffs


MegaHockeyPool Ed Ratuski 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Ratuski on Jun 23, 2013

Leann Kopytko of the Phoenix Centre's Out of the Ashes program will be in to detail this local bursary programmed designed to help those at risk or dealing with addiction.  

Thanks to all who donated and volunteered at the Rotary Golf Tournament.  

Please be prepared to let Nandi know if you're planning on attending the installation event on July 2nd. 

Jim Bogardis is on the desk with Kim Cooper as back up.

Aurora This Week Ed Ratuski 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on May 05, 2013

 Aurora put collection boxes in more then 15 locations in Kamloops to drop off shoes.   Thanks to McDonalds, Starbucks, Capri Insurance, Mr Lube, Kamloops Insurance and Runners Sole, for helping us collect carloads of shoes 

Shoes for Souls Mike Dedels 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Apr 27, 2013
Another successful Food Drive for the Food Bank with all Rotary Clubs was held on April 13th. A little cooler than usual, but we still gathered over 56,000 pounds for the Food Bank
Another great Food Drive Mike Dedels 2013-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Maligaspe on Oct 27, 2012

Street demonstration/ burma-shave: World Polio Day


Despite the chill, a good representation from our club hit the streets to raise awareness on Oct 24th. Members noted to be absent this year, have been duly assigned to join us as chorus line accompaniments in 2013!! For the good of all, lets eradicate this disease!!


World Polio Day Sherry Maligaspe 2012-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Jul 28, 2012
The new Rotary Community Garden at Wilson House on Tranquille was a joint project with a few Kamloops Rotary Clubs and Rotaract.  Thanks to our members who helped out over the last year.  Here Reg Lucas, and Aaron and Cam with Rotaract are shown at the Grand Opening on July 24th, 2012.
Rotary Community Garden now open Mike Dedels 2012-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Jul 11, 2012
A beautiful Night for Executive Installation for Aurora and Fusion Rotaract on July 11th.
Sherry welcomes Aurora to another year of Rider Pride!
Congratulations to the new Exec as we look forward to a year of Fellowship and Service.


Installation Night 2012 Mike Dedels 2012-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Forbes on Jun 18, 2012
Tasha Baziuk at the brass pole of Kamloops newest Firehall. Much ado and anticipated excitement by PE Sherry to go and see firemen. A good turn-out by the Club on what was a very select tour. The Firehall does not generally allow tours but Chief Neil told us that Sukh's unrelenting pestering resulted in the Club being able to do this.  


It is a measure of how much we respect Tasha that no jokes of doubtful taste have been posted re: pole dancing etc.

Aurora Tours the new Firehall Michael Forbes 2012-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Jun 02, 2012
June is Rotary Fellowship Month.  We started off the month with Mike and Sherry joining over 350 Rotarians, Rotaractors and Youth Exchange students in Penticton for the 2012 Convention.  A good time was had by all, with a focus on New Generations.  There were presentations by 3 amazing young women with deep Rotary roots who are doing great things in the world today.  Mike got to enjoy a fun group at home hosting in Summerland, including an exchange student from Sweden named Aurora!

June is a great month to enjoy the fellowship of our club, as we have another classification talk, our first off-site tour in a while, then wrapping up with our Installation night.  Take advantage of Rotary fellowship by visiting clubs in other towns while you travel this summer, and make sure to put the 2013 District Convention next May on your calendar. 
Fellowship Month Mike Dedels 2012-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller on May 05, 2012
Aurora Rotary and Fusion Rotaract hosted the 3rd annual Murder mystery party on May 5th.  This year's theme was Cinco de Mayo Mexican cruise ship. 
A fantastic team effort, great support from our sponsors and some local actors made for a very successful event.. Pictures to come - no speedo shots please!
Murder Mystery - May 5th Dorys Crespin-Mueller 2012-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on May 04, 2012
For those lucky enough to be off to Thailand for the RI International Convention the second week of May we hope you enjoy a great week of fellowship and Rotary information.
Our District Convention is coming up in Penticton at the end of the month.  Come out and learn more about your organization.  You can register at

May is Rotary Convention Month Mike Dedels 2012-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on May 04, 2012
Jim Dahl, Rotarian from Ketchikan, dropped in on May 1 on his motorcycle tour of the interior.  Jim is promoting the Future Vison for Rotary Foundation with focus on six areas of Service.  Here he is , swapping banners with Murray.
Guest from Alaska Mike Dedels 2012-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on May 04, 2012
We welcomed Jason Wallace to the club on May 1.  Jason works with Brandt Tractor in Kamloops and we look forward to hearing from him at an upcoming classification talk.
Another new member Mike Dedels 2012-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on May 04, 2012
Aurora participated in our biannual Cleanup of Highway 5A on April 28th.  Thanks to all Rotarians, spouses and kids for making fast work of the spring clean-up.
Adopt a Road 2011 Mike Dedels 2012-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Apr 07, 2012

April is Magazine Month, a time to celebrate the global network of Rotary’s official magazines, which provide valuable information to 1.2 million Rotarians.  The Rotary World Magazine Press consists of 32 magazines from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe that inform, inspire, and entertain in 23 languages.

Thanks to Kim for organizing our "Magazine Table" , a great way to spread Rotary info to prospective members and guests, Rotaractors and Interactors.  Take a look through the Rotarian.  It's always a great read, and it doesn't take long. 

April is Magazine Month Mike Dedels 2012-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Mar 03, 2012
March is Rotary's Literacy Month.  In 1985 Rotary declared basic literacy to be a pre-condition to the development of peace. It is a major focus of Rotary International.
Aurora's efforts to improve literacy have included:
- Sorting thousands of used schoolbooks to send where they were needed.
- Purchasing smartboards for two schools
- Involvement with Kamloops Raise a Reader day
- Support for Canadian Rotary Centennial school project in Afghanistan.

For more on Rotary and Literacy check out: 

March is Literacy Month Mike Dedels 2012-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Feb 25, 2012
Aurora joined Rotaract and Interact at our first Pit Stop Dinner for the homeless on Feb 26.
Great to see so many new and old members come out to help.  We look forward to our next dinner. You can check out more pictures by logging in and checking the Photo Albums
Pit Stop Dinner Mike Dedels 2012-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Feb 11, 2012
Lets help spread the word on Rotary.  Bring in your Rotarian magazines, once you've read them of course, so we can give them out to visiting speakers and guests, as well as Rotaract and Interact. You will always find some good reading in the Rotarian. 
The Rotarian Mike Dedels 2012-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Jan 29, 2012

During World Understanding Month check out the many ways that Rotary helps by encouraging youth and vocational exchanges, as well as service projects. 

Aurora is looking forward to hosting a student from Brazil next year.  In the past we have hosted students from Denmark, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland and France and sent outgoing students around the world

We have also sponsored a number of Rotaractors who have taken part in Group Study Exchanges, and last year hosted a GSE team from Bangladesh to our Club.  Reg Lucas has worked to host many successful GSE tours through our Zone that allow teams to pair up with people in their professions. 

Natasha has started her Ambassadorial Year in Durban, SA.  You can follow her blog at

Sherry Maligaspe is in Bangladesh to help with a Rotoplast Mission.  You can check Sherries blogs and see great photo's of the work being done by the team.

These are just a few of the ways that Rotary supports World Understanding.  Check out more at

February is World Understanding Month Mike Dedels 2012-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Jan 06, 2012
Murray Redman presented our first TRU bursary this fall.  The award went to Megan Perkins, who says the bursary will help her proceed with her Masters in environmental research.  We'll hope to hear from Megan on her studies in the future.
Aurora TRU Scholarship Mike Dedels 2012-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Dec 03, 2011

December is Family Month. To many Rotarians, the family of Rotary means spouses, brothers, sisters, parents, and children. Their work for Rotary is very much appreciated.  Thanks for getting your family and friends involved.

The family of Rotary also consists of all Rotary International districts, clubs, Rotarians, programs, and The Rotary Foundation. Take some time this month to check into your extended family of Rotary.

Family Month Mike Dedels 2011-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Nov 19, 2011

November is Foundation Month.  For Foundation info check out, or take a look at the latest copy of the Rotarian (always a good read)


Remember to sign up for regular contributions or make a one time gift this month and get entered in a dinner draw, sponsored by Donna Gibson, our Foundation Chair  


Rotary Foundation Month Mike Dedels 2011-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Nov 10, 2011
Aurora held a very successful "Night of Hypnosis" at Flavours of India on November 12th.  Thanks to United Floors, Kamloops Insurance, and Underhill and Underhill Surveyors for sponsoring this event.  Tickets SOLD OUT.  Thanks members, Radio NL and Kamloops Daily News for promotion.
Night of Hypnosis Mike Dedels 2011-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Oct 08, 2011
MegaHockeyPool is an ongoing fundraiser for Aurora Rotary. Over $7000 in prizes.  Go to for details and standings.  Thanks for playing!
MegaHockeyPool Mike Dedels 2011-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Sep 28, 2011
President Murray presented a cheque to Terri Axani, Executive Director of The Big Brothers and Sisters of Kamloops for their Thanksgiving Dinner for single parents at our Sept 27th mtg. 
Aurora Support for Big Brothers Dinner Mike Dedels 2011-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Apr 30, 2011

Aurora  collected and sorted a large batch of surplus books from School Districts for distribution to third world countries.  They are now on their way to the Phillipines and other locations to help students in Math English and Science.  Many thanks to the City of Kamloops, Kamloops Firefighters, Noran Printers and Williams Moving and Storage.  Here is Reg thanking Dave Sakaki and Len Hrycun for all of their help.

Aurora Book Project Mike Dedels 2011-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Apr 08, 2011
Another successful Food Drive on April 21st.  Thanks Kamloops and all the Rotarians who collected food around town.  A record 60,000 lbs. of food this spring for the Food Bank.
Aurora at the Food Drive Mike Dedels 2011-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Feb 04, 2011
Sherry welcomed our newest members, Gabrielle Hadden and Tasha Baziuk,  to Aurora on February 1
Two new members inducted! Mike Dedels 2011-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Jan 16, 2011

President Mike, along with District Governor Wayne Rimple, presented a cheque for $2500 to Christopher Seguin of TRU at our July 14th meeting. Aurora Rotary is building our Endowment Fund.  You can target your TRU Foundation donation to the Aurora Rotary Endowment and help build our Fund.  Go to for details on how to donate OR PICK UP DONATION CARD AT ONE OF OUR MEETINGS.  

Aurora Rotary TRU Endowment Mike Dedels 2011-01-16 11:06:46Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Dec 18, 2010
Chloe continued our Christmas tradition by giving her Exchange presentation at our Christmas Party.  Chloe is from a beautiful area northwest of Paris and loves to spend time in the city with her Grandma.  She also loves Kamloops and is looking forward to a winter of skiing. .  
Chloe talks France Mike Dedels 2010-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Dec 18, 2010
Our Christmas Party on December 13th saw three Paul Harris Fellowships handed out .  The first multiple presentation for Aurora!  Sukh Gill, Sherry Maligaspe and Mike Dedels proudly received their awards from Foundation Chair Donna Gibson
Three Paul Harris Awards! Mike Dedels 2010-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Dedels on Nov 27, 2010
Chloe, our Exchange Student from France, is caught rapping the knuckles of Charter Member/Past President/Aurora legend Reg Lucas' at the recent Woodworker's Guild show.  Aurora supports High School entries at the show every year.
Your MegaHockeyPool $ hard at work!

Exchange Student Attacks Senior Member Mike Dedels 2010-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Aurora welcomes its newest member Mike Dedels 2010-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Forbes on Oct 26, 2010
Your Executive thought it might be a good idea to have a generic email account that we could use to record things. The email is created and if you want something stored, then please use it in the Cc or Bcc section when sending. This account is   Mike Forbes and Reg Lucas have the password and can access the account should it be needed. This of course can be passed on and changed. 
Club Repository email created Mike Forbes 2010-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

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


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Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

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. 


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Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

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!


July 21 meeting Dorys Crespin-Mueller 0
Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

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. 






June 22 meeting - Monday night Installation Dorys Crespin-Mueller 0
Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

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!

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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. 

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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.


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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. 

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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.





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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.

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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.

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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!


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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. 



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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


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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.

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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.


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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.

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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. 

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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!


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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.



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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.


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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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This week we Bernadette Siracky from the Kamloops Food Bank as our speaker.  As you know, the Rotray Food Drive benefiting the Kamloops Food Bank has become a main service opportunity for all the Rotary clubs in Kamloops.

Last week's meeting 

Operation Red Nose

Last week 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, Ed Ratuski, Carolyn Black, Maryanne Bower.  Please remember you do need o fil out a volunteer form and take it in to the RCMP for a criminal record check. 


Student of the Month

We also had  our student of the month presentation. Sally Zaryd, principal at Aberdeen Elementary introduced Tatiana Mueller, an Aberdeen grade 7 student. Some of you may have met Tatiana before as she is Dorys' daughter. Tatiana spoke about her involvement at school and community sports.



Mike Bowden, our Student of the Month program coordinator presents Tatiana with her certificate.


Pit Stop

Another great Pit Stop dinner was served Sunday, November 23rd by our volunteers.  Thank you all who came to help, about 180 meals were served. Thank you Aurora! Thank you Sherry for your leadership in this project!

Santa Claus Parade

Santa Claus parade is on November 29th. If you are able to volunteer please let Nandi know. 


Club AGM

If you are interested in getting involved in the administration of our club, please let Dorys or Mike Dedels know, elections for the 15/16 Rotary year are coming up at our AGM on December 2nd



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This week's meeting program

Katie Klassen and  Cst George Buttles will be our guest speakers this week. They are coming to talk to us about Operation Red Nose. They will provide us with information about the program and will have volunteer forms.  We will also have our Student of the Month from Aberdeen Elementary.

Rotary Event

The West Club is hosting a Fashion Show on Thursday, November 20th at the Double Tree Hotel at 7pm. Tickets are $25 and available at Genesis or Kim Cooper.  Let's support this event!

Pit Stop - Sunday November 23rd

 We are still looking for a few more volunteers for the late shift (3-5 ish?)  at Pit Stop next Sunday, November 23rd.  Sherry M and Nandi S are leading this Pit Stop.   So far we have the following members volunteering:

Early shift: Donna Gibson, Kristen Hamilton (+1), Reg and Barb Lucas, Katelyn and Kristen Zubak, Sally and Steve Wanless(+1) and Nandi Spolia.

Late Shift: Janis, Sam and Rav Dhaliwal, Dorys Crespin-Mueller (+3),  Ed and Inge Ratuski, Carolyn Black.

This is a great opportunity to invite friends to join you in service to our community. 

Jim Bogardis

Jim Bogardis is recuperating well from his recent surgery and sends his regards and appreciation to the club for the Get Well card we sent him.  Jim hopes to be back to the weekly meetings soon. 

Kathleen Kurpuk

Congratulations to Kathleen in being re-elected as School Board Trustee in this weekend's election.

Club AGM & Next Year Executive Board

December 2nd will be a club assembly meeting. This will be our annual AGM.  The executive for next Rotary year (July 2015-June 2016) is elected at the AGM.  If you are interested in getting involved in club administration as part of next year's executive, please contact Mike Dedels. 


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This Week's Speaker

This week, Rotary Club of Kamloops past president Christopher Seguin will be our speaker. Christopher will talk to us about the Family dinners that hsi club has been holding at Norkam Secondary. Our club did one of them last year as part of our community service. 

Last week's speaker

Last week (October 28th) we had John Atherton, Volunteer Coordinator for Special Olympics BC as our speaker.  The Games will take place in Kamloops  February 19-22, 2015 and there is a need for many volunteers. there will be about 600 athletes competing in seven sports. More than 1,000 volunteers will be needed for this event. 

Spaghetti Western

What an amazing event! Thank you to all  for the support of our largest fundraiser! While the numbers aren't in yet, we know it was a successful and fun evening with over 300 guests in attendance. A huge thank you to all the generous sponsors and donors whose generosity allowed us to put on a great event and raise funds for our community. Aurora members showed yet again what a great little club we have and the great things we can accomplish together.

November is  Foundation Month 

From : 

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into , such as  and . Foundation  empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong , a stellar , and a unique  mean that we make the very most of your contribution.  and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!



District 5060 Development Weekend

The district development weekend was held in Osooyos this past weekend. Mike Dedels, Karin Sykes and Dorys Crespin-Mueller attended. They attended sessions on Public Relations, Membership and Foundation.  Mike Dedels also attended  Assistant District Governor training in preparation for his terms as AG for Area 1 of our district. 





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At last week's meeting our club heard from David Trawin, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Kamloops. Hes poke about the city's budget process. 

Last Saturday, we had our Fall  Adopt a Road. Thank you to all members that came out to help and to Sherry M for organizing. 



This week we have a club assembly to put together the final details of Spaghetti Western. Please bring in any tickets you may still have.  Thank you to all members for your hard work on this event. This is the final push for our major fundraiser. Just a few more sleeps! 

There will be a basket wrapping work party and decoration work party this week. Details at tomorrow's meeting.


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October is Vocational Service in the #Rotary calendar. Vocational Service focuses on adhering to and promoting the highest ethical standards in all occupations, recognizing the value of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians and contributing one’s vocational talents to meeting the needs of the community.



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Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone! Hope that everyone had a great weekend surrounded by family and friends. 

David Trawin, Chief Administrative Officer  from the City of Kamloops will be our speaker this week.  

Spaghetti Western is less than two weeks away, it's time for that final push for ticket sales! Please bring in any ticket money and/or basket donations to the meeting. If you need additional tickets, John Zubak will get them to you. If you are able to help promote our event by going to other Rotary meetings this week, please let John know.

Last week, Dr. Stan Fike with Rotary Kamloops West was our speaker. He came to present on a water project in Uganda.  Kamloops West is putting together a district grant application for this project. The Chase club has agreed to participate, and our Club will be discussing it for possible participation. Water and sanitation is one of Rotary's six areas of focus.


The Chase club is running a concession truck at the Salmon Run October 2nd -26th. This is their largest fundraiser. They are in need of a couple of volunteers next Sunday October 19th and Monday October 20th.  If you have a few hours that you can lend a hand, please contact Jacquie Everett  at 



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Dr. Stan Fike, a local Physician and a long-time Rotarian with Kamloops West will be our speaker this week. Stan will be speaking about a water project in Uganda that Kamloops West is participating in and have invited our club to join in. 

At last week's meeting, Doug Gibson shared his classification talk. A Rotarian for almost 30 years, with Kamloops Daybreak,  Doug spent his career in Kamloops as the Executive director of Big Brothers and Sisters until retirement. Doug is an avid fisherman, he is married to Donna and between them they have two daughters and a son. Thank you Doug for sharing with us.

Please remember to bring in any donations for the Kamloops Homelessness initiative to our meeting again this week. Also, bring in your count of Spaghetti Western tickets and any donations you may have collected for the baskets for our event.  We are only a few weeks away from our largest fundraiser! We need help from all members!

See you all on Tuesday!




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This week we have a Classification Talk by  Doug Gibson. Doug has been a Rotarian for  a few decades. We look forward to hearing fro Doug.  Classification Talks are aimed at getting to know our fellow Rotarians better. 

At last week's meeting Jennifer Jones from the city's Homelessness Action Week initiative was our speaker.  As Jen mentioned there is a collection drive for clothing, especially  winter clothing and toiletries and hygiene products.  Clean out your closets and bring any items you would like to donate to our meeting this week, Tuesday September 30th as Jen will becoming by to pick up any donations from our group. 

Spaghetti Western 

We are four weeks away from  our largest fundraiser of the year!  The committees are working very hard to put on another outstanding event.  We need all members to bring in any donations for the baskets as well to report back on your ticket sales.  We need all hands on deck for this fundraiser.  Two popular auction items  are the mini fridge and beer and the 6 Rotarians for 6 hours package.  Please bring your beer donations for the fridge and let Dorys or Sally know if you can commit to the 6 Rotarians for 6 hours.  Specifics get worked out with the buyer, so at this point we are looking for general commitment.

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Raise a Reader

Aurora supported  the Raise a Reader Campaign campaign on Tuesday September 23rd. This campaign raises awareness and  funds to support literacy projects in our community.   Janis, Doug, Sherry and Dorys represented Aurora at this event.




World Rivers Day

Mike Dedels led the efforts  for our club to help clean up the Thompson River with the Save the Planet Earth Committee on Sunday, September 28th. Thanks Mike Dedels, Mike Forbes and Angela for your efforts there.



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September 16 th meeting

Last week, we had a very busy and exciting meeting.  Alan Hobler and our own Kristen Hamilton were our guest speakers presenting about Kamloops Search & Rescue. KSR does amazing work when you need it most. It is a volunteer community-based society. In addition to their search and rescue work, they also present educational programs. For more information check out their website at

President Karin also made a very special presentation to Donna Gibson. Donna received a membership pin from Rotary International to recognize her sponsoring of a new member to our club, her husband Doug Gibson.  Doug we are so fortunate to have you at Aurora! Thank you Donna!

One of our guests, Sherry Chamberlain, a Rotarian with Kamloops West also made a special presentation.  Sherry presented  Nandi Spolia with his first Paul Harris in recognition of all the work Nandi has done for our community.  Congratulations Nandi and  thank you Sherry!  For more information on Paul Harris Fellows  check out


Will George from Rotaract was also our guest last week. He talked to us about an initiative he is involved with, the Vote 50 Campaign. A non-partisan organization created to increase voter turn out from 29% to 50% in the upcoming Kamloops municipal election. Check out their facebook page for more information.  

Finally, Rotaract Connor Sheldon, invited us to their Bocce, Burgers and Beer Tournament on October 4th at 1:30 pm at Albert McGowan park. Teams of 2, $40 per team. Check out the details at


Rotary Food Drive

The Rotary Food Drive was last Saturday, and what a beautiful day it was! Thank you to all the Aurora members and friends and family who came to help. We had an awesome turn out and the unofficial count is 56,000 lbs of food for the Kamloops Food Bank collected by Rotarians in our great city. 


September 23rd meeting

Jenn Jones will be our speaker this week. She is the project coordinator for the city's  "Homelessness Action Week" and the clothing drive she is spearheading. 


Raise a Reader Campaign

We  will be supporting literacy in Kamloops once again by volunteering at the Raise a Reader campaign on Tuesday, September 23rd at the Starbucks at Cityview Plaza.  Janis, Sherry, Doug and Dorys will be there, come by after the weekly meeting and say hi.



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100 Women who Care

Last week we had a presentation on this initiative by Maryanne Bower, Bobbi Harrison and Shannon Wallis. For more information check out their website at


Kamloops Search & Rescue

This week we will have Kamloops Search and Rescue as our speakers.  

Upcoming events:

Rotary Food Drive: next Saturday September 20th,  Chris has sent out the teams for Saturday via email. Thank you all!

Raise a Reader: September 23rd .Doug G, Dorys C-M,  Sherry M and Janis will be representing our club.

River Clean up: September 28th: We need a four more members to join  in for this event.  Starts at 9am

Spaghetti Western: October 25th. Our biggest fundraiser, everyone's help need to make it another successful event.


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Our own Maryanne Bower will be our speaker this week. She will be presenting on the 100 Women Who Care initiative. 

We will also be finalizing the volunteer lists for the Food Drive on Saturday, September 20th (morning) and the raise a Reader Campaign on September 23rd. (7-9am)



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After the long weekend, it was time for a Club Assembly.  Last week's assembly centered around this year's Spaghetti Western, our largest fundraising of the year.   The vent is set for October 25th at Kamloops Convention Centre. Tickets are $60 per person.  Everyone's help is needed to make this event a success again this year.  Our club was able to contribute over $30,000 to the betterment of our  community lasts Rotary year, greatly as a result of this successful fundraiser.  If you are not yet involved, now is the time to join one of the committees. 



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This Week's meeting

At this week's meeting we had James Gordon from the TRU Office of Environment & Sustainability talking to us about the environmental initiatives going on at our local university. And as a treat, he brought the blender bike to make smoothies to go with our breakfast. See past president Mike Dedels working for our smoothies



Also this week, our incoming exchange student Janis presented our club with the banner of his sponsoring club, the Rotary Club Freiamt in Switzerland.


Food Drive - September 20th

A signed up sheet for the Food Drive on Saturday September 20th was circulated.  Chris D. is coordinating our club’s efforts for this all-club service event.  Let Chris know if you can help. This is a great opportunity to involve your family and friends in Rotary work. There is an all clubs fellowship breakfast being organized before the food drive at the Food Drive building.



Next Meeting

Our next meeting is a Club Assembly, we will be discussing Spaghetti Western, bring your ideas to the committee

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Speaker this week

At our next meeting, our guest speaker will be James Gordon from the Office of Environment and sustainability at TRU.  James will be speaking to us about environmental initiatives at TRU, including the zero waste project. Rumor has it he may bring the blender bike with him, smoothie anyone?

  Fall Food Drive

Chris is organizing the Aurora teams for this Fall’s food drive. The date is Saturday, September 20th.  This is a great opportunity to invite family and friends to join you in service.  Please check your calendars and let Chris know if you can help.  



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“Ashes to Dust 2014 Mountain Bike Camp”

Last week our guest speakers were Marcia Dick and Sian Lewis from the Phoenix Centre. They talked to us about the second annual mountain bike camp put on by the Phoenix Centre for male youth between the ages of 15 and 25.  This camp is intended as an opportunity to create a community of support and mentorship for at-risk youth.

The camp takes place September 10-11 at Juniper Bike Ranch under the tutelage of five professional riders and instructors.  The camp introduces participants to the sport of mountain biking and provides mentorship as the youth learn new skills, connect with people, and learn about themselves.  The camp also provides a bike and the necessary gear to each participant so they can continue with the sport beyond the camp.  The Phoenix Centre has developed a sponsorship model to fund the camp. If you would like to support this initiative or learn more, visit

Exchange Student Arrival

We welcomed our new exchange student Janis.  After a very long and delayed trip from Switzerland he is looking forward to experiencing Canada over the next year. Amongst the things he would like to do are learning to play the guitar (he already plays the clarinet), improving his hockey skills and skiing.  Introduce yourself to Janis, if you haven’t already, and please keep him in mind and include him in your family plans when possible.  His first host family is Sherry and Nihal Maligaspe

If you have not yet completed your criminal record check, please complete that soon, it only takes a couple of minutes.  When processed you will be called to pick it up, you can then give it to Sherry, our Youth Exchange Officer for sending to the District.


Paul Harris Fellow

President Karin had the honor of presenting a Paul Harris plus 1 award to Donna Gibson.



Contribution to the Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs around the world.   Congratulations Donna! Your contribution is making a difference round the world.

A Paul Harris fellowship is awarded when you give $1,000 or more t the Annual Fund, Polio Plus, or an approved Foundation grant.  You are recognized as a Multiple Paul Harris fellow with each additional gift of $1,000.  To learn more about the Rotary Foundation  and Foundation contribution recognition visit


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This week our guest speakers are Marcia Dick and Sian Lewis from the Phoenix Centre who will come and talk to us about the Mountain Bike Camp program at the Phoenix Centre. 

We will also be meeting our new  exchange student. If you have not yet completed your criminal record check, please do so soon. It only takes a few minutes. Once processed they will call you to come pick it up. You can then give it to Sherry M for sending to the District.

Spaghetti Western planning is coming along. If you are not yet part of a committee, please sign up. We need everyone's help on this.  Tickets will be available soon. The sponsorship committee is  still looking for a further 10 to 12 companies for table sponsors. If you have any leads please speak to Marilyn, Sukh or Nandi


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Our speaker last week was Hanna, the Rotaractor (and Interact Club past president) whom we sponsored to go to RYLA  this year.  Hanna told us about her experience at this leadership development weekend in Neremata. She also shared pictures from some of the weekend activities.

                        What is RYLA?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals. RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Community and global citizenship



Exchange student  Arrival

Our inbound exchange student Janis Birrer from Switzerland arriving last Wednesday, August 13th at the Kamloops airport. His flights were delayed and he arrived very late and unfortunately did not get the Aurora reception at the airport we had planned.  We look forward to meeting  Janis at this week's meeting.



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Also remember to sign up for Ribfest Volunteering if you haven't done so.  There will be a group of Aurora Rotarians Rib-running on the early Friday shift, but they can use you anytime on the weekend.  This is Kamloops biggest Rotary event, and lots of fun to boot.

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We had a good crowd for our meeting last Tuesday at Cora's. Joanne conducted the meeting with the main topic being Spaghetti Western.  The date for this year's event is Saturday, October 25th, the venue will be Kamloops Convention Centre. Tickets are $60 per person.

 This is our club's largest fundraising event and we need everyone to lend a hand. Under the leadership of event chair, Joanne R, a number of committees have been set up for this event:

* Tickets (John Z lead)

* Sponsorship ( Nandi S, Sukh G, Marilyn P leads)

* Horse Races, Entertainment & Decoration (Ed R lead)

*Baskets & Auction (Sally W lead)

* Promotion & advertisement ( Mike F, Mike B, Nandi S, John Z leads)

Donna G will be taking care of the gaming licenses and Chris D has offered to act as treasurer for this event.

Thank you all for stepping up for these roles!   There is a role to play for every member regarding this event, if you are nota ready helping with one of these committees, please approach the leads to volunteer.



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The district will be holding two training seminars for Rotarians interested in becoming facilitators for phase 2 of the visioning process “Business Planning for Rotary Clubs”. This four hour seminar will teach participants how to facilitate the process of assisting club members in converting the strategic initiatives developed in the club visioning session to SMART goals and the projects to achieve those goals.

Interested Rotarians should go to the district website , login, elect register for event from the menu; from the list of events click on either Club Visioning 2014-08-23 for the Moses Lake site or 2014-09-06 for the Vernon site. Be sure and check YES at the bottom of the registration to signify your attendance.


August 23, 2014 – Moses Lake

Pillar Rock Grill at the Moses Lake Golf Club

Time: 10:00 – 3:00

Cost: $20


September 6, 2014 – Vernon

Village Green Hotel

Time: 10:00 – 3:00

Cost: $25



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We have received a  request from Fiona Clare, Kamloops Literacy Outreach Coordinator to volunteer  for this year's Raise a Reader campaign on Tuesday, September 23rd from 7-9 am.  We participated last year when the campaign raised $95,815.16 (their best ever!)

The goal on Raise-a-Reader day is to raise public awareness about the importance of literacy and lifelong learning and to raise funds. 100% of the money raised and the government matching funding goes directly to support literacy programs in Kamloops.  

This would entail trading a newspaper (Kamloops this Week) for a donation towards literacy, our location would be the Starbucks at CityView shopping centre (same as last year) and we would need three to four volunteers.  This is during Tuesday morning though over our regular club meeting time.

If you are interested in volunteering, please let Dorys know

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This week we will have a Classification talk from Kathleen Karpuk.  Kathleen has been extremely busy raising three kids, doing coursework and working on the School Board since last with Aurora. Come on out to here from Kathleen.

Thanks to those who came out and helped out with Pit Stop on July 13.  Nandi's Butter Ckicken, Korma and Rice got great reviews!  Next Pit Stop will be in early 2015.

We have an upcoming Service/Social opportunity at Kamloops Ribfest.  You can sign up online at  Sign on for one of the evening Rib Running shifts on Friday August 8th and lets make it an Aurora Night!

The following week Janis , our incoming Exchange Student, will be arriving.  Put 7 pm , Aug 13th on your calendar to give him a great Aurora welcome at the Airport.

Last week Kristen Hamilton gave her Classification talk.  Kristen hails from Perth, Ontario, but is loving life working at TRU as a a Data Analyst, and living in Kamloops.  Besides Rotary she is very involved with Kamloops Search and Rescue and is running her own business, "Purely Yours Handicrafts", producing quality health and beauty products and marketing at the Kamloops Farmers Market.  Welcome Kristen, our newest Youth member!

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Last Week's meeting

Annual Report

Last week's meeting was a club assembly in which we reviewed our club's activities from the past year. We set out goals at te beginning of the Rotary year and reviewed our progress on those goals. We have  alot to be proud of!  Some of the highlights include: Over $31, 000 donated to different initiatives and organizations over the last year that fit our mandate of Youth, Environment and education; two food drives, two pit stop dinners, one family dinner, supported international projects and teh Rotary Foundation.  The power point of the presentation was circulated by email last week.


Rotary Family Dinner

Aurora put on the Rotary Family Dinner on Tuesday May 27th at Norkam secondary. Thank you to all who helped! a great time was had by all.

Canada Day Concession

We will be doing a concession at the Canada Day celebrations in conjunction with Rotaract and Interact.  We will be selling lemonade, cotton candy, pop corn and slushies.  We will need many volunteers. Please let Nandi know if you are avialble for part of the day. Shift will start with set up at 8:30 am. Plesae let Marilyn Poncelet or Nnadi Spolia know if you can help.

This week's meeting

This week's speaker

This week our speaker is  Kaitlin Boyd. Many of you will remember Kaitlin who was an active member with our club until last Fall when she moved to the lower mainland to attend grad school.  Since moving to Burnaby, Kaitlin has joined a Rotaract club. She will be talking to us about a Rotaract trip to Turkey she recently  participated in.


Interact has been busy helping the Y's women shelter.  They will be doing some painting there next Saturday, June 14th.  If you are able to come and help them or come by say hello or bring them some drinks or a snack while they work, they would appreciate it.  Please contact Angela for more details.

Interact will also be having their installation on Tuesday, June 10th. It will be a pool party behind Flavours of India. All are welcome to attend and support Interact.


Club installation

une 24 is the date for the joint Installation of new officers for the Club. We will join the Rotaract Club at MacDonald Park on the North Shore at 5:30pm and we will have our very own Food Truck! Come on down for the authentic taste of Southern Barbeque as Cat and Joe's Pig Rig will be catering the event. I tested them out yesterday with 4 others and it was awesome! We will have your choice of BBQ Chicken or Pulled Pork as well as corn bread, baked beans, cider slaw and soft beverages for $23 a person. There will also be cake and fun things to do after the formal part of the evening.   We will thank our currrent Executive and welcome our incoming group. I would love to see you all out. We have a sign up sheet circulating at meetings or you can simply reply to Karin sykes with how many will be in your group and if you would like chicken or pulled pork.







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With the help of MegaHockeyPool funding Aurora Rotary supported local families with Juvenile Diabetes with a $2000 donation in 2014.
ImagePictured are Nandi, Mike and Shianne Carswell with JDRF

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Club Assembly

Tuesday May 27th, we will having Nicole Awad in to talk about a Project in India. There are a few folks away right now so we would love to see you on Tuesday

Executive Meeting
Wednesday May 28 at 6:30 in our Meeting Room.  All members always welcome.  Agenda to follow.

Rotary Family Dinner

Aurora is putting on the Rotary Family Dinner on Tuesday May 27th at Norkam secondary. We will need 8-10 volunteers, 3 or 4 will be needed at 3:30 and the dinner is usually done by 7pm. Please let Dorys know if you can help.

Canada Day Concession

We will be doing a concession at the Canada Day celebrations in conjunction with Rotaract and Interact.  We will be selling lemonade, cotton candy, pop corn and slushies.  We will need many volunteers. Please let Nandi know if you are avialble for part of the day. Shift will start with set up at 8:30 am.




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Alex May gave an excellent report on his recent trip to Ottawa to take part in an exciting educational opportunity sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Ottawa.  Looks like a program worth supporting



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This week we have Lindsey Norris making a presentation on the use of social media for non-profits.  We will have an update on our new exchange students (yes we now know who it is!) See you all on Tuesday!
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Last week was a busy Rotary week! We cancelled our morning meeting in order to do our Spring Adopt a Road clean up. We had our April executive meeting Wednesday night and the Spring Food Drive on Saturday.  Great job Aurora coming out to help and helping our community.
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Adopt a Road - Tuesday at 5:30

This week, we our morning meeting is cancelled and we will be meeting at 5:30pm instead for our Spring Adopt a Road.  We will be meeting at the Rexall parking lot. See you there!

Executive meeting

Our next executive meeting is Wednesday, April 23rd at 6:30pm at Flavours of India.

2014 Rotary Spring Food Drive- This Saturday April 26th

We will meet at 9:30 at Tim Horton’s (by SuperStore) and set out on our routes at 10 am. Collection usually takes a couple of hours.

Below are the teams as they stand.  We need a few spare runners. Please let me know if you can help. If we’ve missed anyone or any changes are needed, please let me know.


Lower Sahali Map 1- Mike D ( Steve R's truck), Julie and Paul Archer

Lower Sahali Map 2 – Doug Gibson, (using Mike F truck) , Donna Gibson and Maryanne Bower

Upper Sahali Map 1 - Nandi + Angela and Patrick

Upper Sahali Map 2 - Sukh , Karin and Joanne

Upper Sahali  Map 3 - Steve K and Family

Upper Sahali Map 4 - Ed and Family

Upper Sahali Map 5 - Steve W, Sally and Max

Upper Sahali Map 6 -   Mike Bowden and family

Spare Runners: Kristen,  Bill

Sorting helpers at the Vault- interact


Soles for Shoes collection- about once a week for the next 2 weeks (as needed)

 Shoe collection  continues and boxes need to be emptied regularly for the rest of April.  Boxes are located at McDonald’s and starbuck’s locations around town.  Please email Sherry if you can help. So far we have Sherry, Kristen, Ed, Joanne, Dorys,  and Maryanne doing pick ups.


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Last week we had Michelle Walker and Jacquie Brand from the Kamloops Y Women Shelter as our guest speakers. The shelter is part of the Y's violence against women intervention and support services.   They told us about the array of programs that they offer and  their impact in our community. You can check out heir website at

The shelter also needs some work done that we may be able to help with. This will be discussed soon.

A number of us also attended a performance of the WCT production "A Brimful of Asha", sponsored by our own Nandi Spolia playing at Pavillion Theatre. It was a lot of fun and a very enjoyable evening. 

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Last  week we had a vocational tour of the  TRU Law School.  The Law school moved into its new space on the third floor of the Old Main Building  in January 2014, Interim Dean Anne Pappas hosted the tour. We were shown the library, reading room, moot court and the rest of their new space and many questions answered about the law school. Thank you to Dean Pappas for a great tour!

We also had the early bird draw for the Mega Hockey Pool Playoff edition.

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This week our guest speakers are Michelle Walker and Jacquie Brand from the Kamloops Y Women Shelter. The shelter is part of the Y's violence against women intervention and support services.  The description below is from their website @

Violence Against Women Intervention and Support Services

Changing lives by supporting women and children affected by violence  

Violence against women is not just a family issue but a community issue. The Kamloops Community YMCA-YWCA provides safe refuge through the Y Women's Emergency Shelter, ongoing supports for women in the community through our Outreach Services, as well as supports for children and their caregiver through our Children Who Witness Abuse Program.

2013-2014 Theme 


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Mega Hockey Playoff Pool

Tickets are ready! See Mike Dedels for yours. Tickets are $20. A few more details:

2014 PLAYOFF POOL ENTRY – Tickets now available!

To register for Aurora Rotary’s 2014 Playoff MegaHockeyPool you must:

1. Purchase a ticket, either at the sponsor locations listed below OR click on the link on the home page to take you to an online order form OR click to download your  MegaHockeyPool ticket (Using Adobe Reader to view the PDF) and mail, scan, email or Fax (entry form page only) to the Aurora Rotary address/number below.

2. Pick your team between April 14 and 18 at 9:00 pm by either:

a. Online, the easy way, and see your stats right away!

Press the Standings button and follow the directions in the announcements or

b. filling in the Picklist (available April 14) at one of the sponsors or from Kamloops this Week or

c. printing off the Picklist (available April 14) and faxing it to 888-594-9123 or

d. printing off the Picklist (available April 14) and scanning and emailing it to

Click here for a picklist! (available April 14)



•Make sure to include your name and Team Name on the Picklist so we can attach it to your ticket.

•Payment must be included with your Ticket for it to be deemed valid.


Golf Tournament- June 18th

 Stephen K is chairing this year's golf tournament committee, there has been three meetings so far, the next meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 7am. If you have some ideas/contacts or would like to assist with this please contact Stephen.

Also, please save the date, this year's tournament will be on Wednesday, June 18th. Volunteers will be needed for that day. More info to come.

District Conference- May 1st - 4th

This year's conference in Yakima, WA has the theme "The Magic of Rotary" and promises to be a great opportunity for Rotary learning and fellowship. Check out the program and register at

If you are interested in riding the Rotary Bus to Yakima (approx cost $100pp) it will leave Kamloops early Thursday, May 1st and returning Sunday evening. Please let Dorys CM know if you are interested.




Upcoming Service Projects- Save the date

Spring Road Clean Up- Tuesday April 22 5pm.  *** This will replace our morning meeting****

Please let Sherry M if you can help.

Spring Food Drive - Saturday, April 26th

Please let Chris DeHaan  or Dorys CM know if you can help. About seven teams will be needed.

Soles for Souls shoe collection.- All of April

It goes on all of April, locations include Mcdonalds, Starbucks, Kamloops Insurance, Flavours of India.  Let Sherry M know if you can help collect from the different locations.

 Family Dinner - May 27th

 At Norkam Secondary, six volunteers will be needed from 4:00 to 7:30pm. Dorys CM will lead, Please let her know if you can help

All of these service activities are also open to non-members, so please feel free to invite others.


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Join us on September 21st as we head out into the community to once again collect food items for the Kamloops Food Bank.  In the spring we collected over 56,000 lbs of food!

Jim Bogardis is our lead for this project. Please let  him know if you can help. I encourage you opportunity to ask your friends to join us for the Food Drive and check out what we do as a club.

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Tuesday July 2, 2013

6pm @ Flavours of India/Hospitality Inn  (grassy area by the pool!)

 BBQ $10 per person

Families are invited and the pool will be open

Bring  your own chairs, please

This is a joint instalaltion with Rotaract and Interact is invited

Nandi needs to know numbers by  this Friday, June 28th.  So please let us know if you can come.  I hope to see everyone there! 

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Aurora participated in the Second Annual Kamloops Daily News Spelling Bee to support literacy programs in Kamloops, and helped raise $10,000 for the cause.   Congrats to Kamloops North for finishing second - we should make sure that we get all of the other Kamloops Rotary Clubs out next year.  Way to go Eric, Dorys, Marilyn, Kaitlin, Karin, Joanne, Tasha and Mike.

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One more meeting before the Murder Mystery event! Please remember to bring a bottle of wine or liquor  next Tuesday for the  wine basket at the auction. If it is more convenient for you, bring cash and we will purchase it for you. Thanks for all your support of this event.

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Thank you all for all the suggestions for new locations for this fundraiser. Keep them coming! Tasha B is the lead in this initiative. 

We will update the list as RMS gets the displays to the new proposed locations.

The current locations are:

  1. Rona- Aberdeen
  2. Rona - Halston
  3. Hampston Inns and Suites
  4. Rick's Grill  at Four Points Sheraton
  5. Safeway - Sahali
  6. Boston Pizza - Sahali
  7. Boston Pizza - Downtown
  8. Kamloops Insurance
  9. Specialty Liquor Store
  10. Player's Bench
  11. Battery Direct
  12. The Brick
  13. Holiday Inn- North Shore
  14. CIBC- North Shore
  15. CIBC- Sahali
  16. Kamloops Airport




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The push is on to end Polio.  Take a look at this and many other videos on You Tube for more information.
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 Sherry inducted Corey Darling into our club on Sept 4th.  Corey has been keeping very busy with the CIBC opening and their sponsorship of "Run for the Cure".  Welcome Corey!
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Check out our new digs in the "Rotary Room" at Flavours of India Restaurant one Tuesday morning.  Rotaract and Interact Clubs are also using the room which is set up with a 50" flat screen, great for holding Rotary Firesides or Exec Meetings.  Pictured are Nandi and Sumita Spolia, along with Reg Lucas, who speerheaded room setup.  Also thanks to Neill at United Carpets for supplying flooring, and Brenda with Sneakers Computers for supplying us a computer.
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Aurora Rotary Executive Meeting Minutes June 21, 2010 I. Call to order Mike Dedels Called to order the regular meeting of the Executive at 6:30pm on June 21, 2010 in Mike Dedels Home. II. Roll call Mike Forbes notes; the following persons were present: Mike Dedels, Chris DeHaan, Reg Lucas, Donna Gibson, Jim Bogardis, Jim Harker, Murray Redman, Brenda Johnson, Mike Forbes, Martha Belicka, Nandi Spolia, Stephen Karpuk and Steve Rollheiser. III. Approval of minutes from last meeting Mike Dedels Read the minutes, as circulated in email from the last meeting. The minutes were approved as read. IV. Open issues a) Installation Night â€" Mike D. reviewed our awards received by District. Membership etc. b) Camp Focus - Reg L. 10 kids Fusion picked up balance of costs; they are looking to expand this to District wide. c) Correspondence 1. President Klingsmith in Vancouver September 29th at River Rock. Mike Dedels has information on tickets. 2. CN Tower Lit up in Toronto in recognition of 100 years of Rotary in Canada. Postage stamp coming on too. d) Treasurers Report â€" Martha needs statements from banks. - no report. 1. Financial 2. Signing Authority â€" Who is it? Mike D, Darren, Martha and Donna. Should be changed to Jim, - Donna Gibson and Darren Wilkinson will be replaced by Mike F. as he is on the Executive for the coming year. Thanks to Darren and Donna for serving hitherto. e) Funding Requests 1. BC Rifle Air Team â€" Reg: 10 -14 members looking for uniforms at $250 each. Doesn't think this would fly in our mandate. Some discussion. Went nowhere. No official request. 2. BBBS Reg has a request for $500 he will bring it back to the club, after gathering some more information. f) Funding committee Review of members Who is on it. Reg, Martha, Sukh, Darren. g) Executive Meeting Format for coming year â€" Will remain at Duffy's for now and sometimes have special meeting at Harker's. Some concern about summertime as it is hot in the upstairs at Duffy's. We want to support them as they support us in MegaHockeypool h) Sergeant at Arms appointment â€" Will be appointed by the new Exec. i) Immediate Meeting Schedule â€" Meeting location. Donna moved we move our meeting to Nandi's. Chris 2nd. Discussion â€" Pricing at $12? Reg discussion dues are most expensive in town. |Kid and teacher only picked up for breakfast. We are to keep this to ourselves until we are ready to move. All in favour, no opposed. Nandi abstained. 1. Price at Nandi's Reg moved 2nd by \Jim price remain at $10. Amendment for 15 minimum at $10. Discussion Nandi says he can live with this. Motion defeated. 2. Chris motioned to make it $12. Donna 2nd, knock down to 11 on meal card. Old cards grandfathered. Minimum $150 to Nandi $10 for each breakfast. Passed, Reg opposed. Mike F abstained. j) Meeting locations and times. June 22 Flavours â€" June 29 tru - July 6 Flavours. k) Program â€" up to new exec to take over; dedels has it up and into july. l) Service Committee 1. Book Project Kenya- Stephen K. sd73 purging books. Instead of recycling these as they do now, suggestion that there are parts of the world looking for textbooks. Specifically Kenya/Nairobi. Cost is about $800 in Africa. We pay about $150 in school here. Kathleen K, has gone to the trustee newsletter. Many schools are willing to give up all these books. Thousands of books that could be distributed over there. Stephen to discuss this somewhat with Wayne McRann at dwc. Stephen read an excerpt from website. Do we want to take on this as an international project. Stephen has checked some shipping but more investigation needs to be conducted. Ideas coming forward about storage; big steel box or something. Bogardis; do books we have become acceptable over there? Rotary clubs over there would be sought. Steve R, motioned we check this. Brenda 2nd. Stephen, Chris, Martha all willing to sit on committee. - motion passed unanimously. 2. Shelterbox changes and tandem tour â€" dedels â€" advised tandem tour from england that are promoting tour to come by. Information only. m) Membership Committee 1. Membership update dedels has dues notices â€" foundation payments are individual. 2. Dues notices â€" letter to non-renewal? Calne has sent in formal resignation letter. Others not returning; dawn m paid last year but didn't come to any meetings. Lee k may return. Steven k. steve r motioned that we send letters, 2nd nandi. Mike f to draft letter with martha. 1. Shirt discussion as they are on the invoice above; new executive to look into this. Some members have contacts. 3. Questionnaire from District â€" dedels. How we are to deal with this- tabled. n) Public Relations 1. Fundraiser for next year â€" director roles. Stephen k, ideas for fundraiser; golf tournament should net about $7k this year. Online auction ideas 100 items at high value and promote this. 100 items at $1,000 â€" gave sheet about fundraiser ideas. Other idea 2nd Celebrity golf as we have no celeb tournament in the town right now. Golf with them, the celebrities. Tobiano may participate. Celebrities mentioned â€" jim pattison. Could be a huge fund raising potential to be done. Stephen to be fundraising chair for coming years? Everyone present seems to support as he's done all this work. 2. Small dinners â€" we could do these throughout the year. Christmas tree live selling and recycling. City of kamloops on board but we'd have to find storage. Steve R. 3. MegaHockeyPool â€" committee for next year â€" dedels willing to do it. Needs someone to take this over. Steve r getting update on hospital; board of directors to decide. o) Rotary Foundation 1. Polio and Foundation update â€" ADG note â€" dedels we are just behind a bit. We may still be able to get it in for this year. Go online to do this. 2. Kamloops Wide Fundraiser in fall â€" dedels ed haines trying to spearhead this. Some members are still awaiting answers. Ed to use the date that we have recorded rocktoberfest but it is not changed officially yet. Rumour is that they will build on our format. Dedels to find out more. 3. Ambassadorial application â€" committee â€" dedels â€" reg. We have an application coming in from someone that came from ashcroft, could be two applications coming forward. 4. Note about R|YLA presentation. Dedels says we are having presentation on june 29th. I. New business a) [New business/summary of discussion] b) [New business/summary of discussion] c) Next meeting at Harkers July 12, 2010 with DG - BBQ I. Adjournment [Name of Meeting Facilitator] Adjourned the meeting at 7:57pm. Minutes submitted by: Mike Forbes Minutes approved by: [Name]
Executive Meeting Minutes June 21 2010 Mike Forbes 0
Posted by Mike Dedels
Shelterbox #2821 from Aurora was in one of the first shipments to Haiti.  See for details on the Shelterbox program
Helping Haiti Mike Dedels 0
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On December 8th we had our annual Christmas Party with a great turnout to hear our exchange student Carine give her presentation on her home country, Switzerland.  It looks like a wonderful place to live, especially if you like twisty roads! We also met our outbound student for next year.  Casey will learn shortly  where she will be spending next year.
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Mike Forbes received his Paul Harris Award from Steve Rollheiser for his contributions to Rotary over the years at our Christmas Party Dec 8th.  Mike was the First President of Aurora a few years back and continues to contribute to the club in many ways. 
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Welcome to Neill Steed, our newest member.  Aurora has set an ambitious goal of 35 members for this year and there's no better time to get started than now.  New members and guests are always welcome and we look forward to the Meeting room filling up as we get closer to a busy September.  Contact Mike F. or Dorys for Membership forms and info.
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Aurora continues its support for developing leaders at all levels!   Craig Dedels gave his RYLA presentation last week, along with Nicola Mitchell, the Daybreak RYLA representative.  They enjoyed 3 educational and fun days in Naramata with over 30 other 19-25 year olds from District 5060, learning various Leadership skills and how to work with different personality types. See Craig with "Team Love" preparing to launch the SSSupportive duct tape and cardboard boat.
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See the photo journal "Leticia"  on the home page for a few pictures of Lele's busy last week in Kamloops.  Started with wild paddle and motor raft rides down the Thompson River to Lytton on Saturday, a hike to Tod Lake and the top of Tod Mountain on Sunday and a shopping trip to Kelowna on Monday to help fill 150 pounds of luggage to take home Friday morning.  Then a great BBQ at Riverside on Tuesday.  Thanks to all the Exchange hosts and to Karin for making it work.
Pictures of Lele (not the song by The Who) Mike Dedels 0
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One of the great things about being in Rotary is that you are part of an organization with Clubs everywhere.  If you're going through the Kootenays stop in at Rotary meetings at the Hume Hotel in Nelson, or the Leland in Nakusp, both hotels over 100 years old.  Checking out a breakfast meeting doesn't break up a holiday much and you get to see what other clubs are up to and meet some involved local folks.
If you've always planned to go across Canada why not time it with the Rotary convention in Montreal next June.  I hope to see you there!
On the Road with Rotary Mike Dedels 0
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Lele gave us a presentation on her year in Kamloops and showed pictures of her travels.
June 23rd meeting Dorys Crespin-Mueller 0
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Sunday Afternoon, June 14th we had our Installation night at Hoodoos.  Thanks to last year's Exec (in photo) and welcome to the new crew. 
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GUESTS: Doug Gibson, Bob Cowden



Bob Cowden presents on the 2010 WORLD MASTERS INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS to be held in Kamloops March 1 - 6, 2010. 
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Aurora Rotary was a sponsor of the BCSEA Energy Fair at MacArthur Island on Saturday, May 23rd.  We used the booth to highlight our involvement with Environmental Education. Kristen Hamilton's presentation on Using plastic bags for sleeping mats was a hit. To see the Energy Fair info go to 
Aurora at the Energy Fair Dawn MacKenzie 0
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With a great effort from all of the Rotary Clubs we covered the whole city yesterday to gather food for the food bank on our Spring Rotary Food Drive.  Thanks to all.

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Arthur Hatton Elementary hosted Aurora on May 26th to give thanks for the "Smartboard", a great educational tool that uses custom software and a large interactive screen to make education exciting for kids and teachers too.
Smartboard for school Mike Dedels 0
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CLUB MINUTES:  March 24th, 2009



Michelle (student of the month), Buddy (mother), Sally (principal), and Kathy (presenter) 

Club Minutes - March 24, 2009 Dawn MacKenzie 0
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This evening meeting was to set the course for 2009-2010 year.  Mike Dedels, incoming president, facilitated a lively discussion focusing on membership initiatives and service projects.
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Completion of the Kenna Cartwright Viewing Platform is imminent. Watch this space as dates firm up for work parties. Everyone involved and we'll get this done! 
JOB                           WHEN                  WHO
Staining Planks             Starting Apr 6            Everyone
Pillar Prep                    Starting Apr 6            Committee
Wood up to site            Mid April                   City
Frame Construction        Mid-April                  Committee
Build Platform                Late April                 Everyone
Completion                   Early May                 Everyone

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EXECUTIVE MEETING - November 17, 2008

Attended :   Donna Gibson, Mike Dedels, Dawn MacKenzie, Jim Harker, Randy Patch, Mike Forbes, Steve Rollheiser, Dorys Crespin-Mueller

Regrets :  Kathy Humphrey

Recorded: Dawn MacKenzie

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The largest group in a long time gathered at this meeting.  Was it the presenter or have we really stepped up the guest invitations?  Either way, Kathleen Scherf, President of TRU entertained us all.

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The New Year is here and we have lots on the go!

- We are replacing the Jan 13th meeting with an evening Fireside/Social on Jan 12th. 
- Oktoberfest and MegaHockeypool Planning will be underway in January. Get involved in Aurora Fellowship and Service.
- Program Committee is working on the winter/spring program.  Pass along your ideas.

Cheers to a great 2009!

2009 Kick-Off Dawn MacKenzie 0
Posted by Mike Dedels

One of the great things about being in Rotary is that you are part of a worldwide Club.  You can go to just about any country and meet local community leaders who are active in community service.  Welcoming guests is part of Rotary.

Club Rotario Cabo San Lucas is a lot like Aurora.  They have 28 members and are involved with local charities and scholarships.  Unlike Aurora they meet in a Palapa on the beach and you can watch Dolphins jumping in the background.  Take the opportunity to take in a meeting on your travels in BC or abroad.  Go to the RI website to find meeting locations.

Posted by Dawn MacKenzie



GUESTS:   Lele, Alex Mueller, Mary Ann Bower, Danika Wilkinson, Sabrina Gutsche, Emilie Anderson, Zeru Asress, Kdst Asress, Binyam Asress, Rob Schoen, Erin Miller, Makenzie Walsh; welcome to all! 

December 16, 2008 - Club Minutes Dawn MacKenzie 0
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GUESTS:   Eric Haffenden, Doug Gibson, Heather McArthur (presenter).  Welcome to all!

Dec 9 Meeting Minutes Dawn MacKenzie 0
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 Heather McArthur gave a great talk about RYLA 2008 on Tuesday.  We even learned how to make a Tank float. Check out the District Website for more RYLA info. 


RYLA stands for "Rotary Youth Leadership Awards". Throughout the Rotary world, most Districts run RYLA programs. In our District, "RYLA" means three days of intensive leadership training and development for selected young adults. Clubs carefully choose a young person (or persons) who show(s) leadership potential and who will benefit from attendance at RYLA.


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GUESTS:   AnneMarie Pankratz and Jim Piderman.  Also Eric, David Thompson, and Doug Whittal, our presenters.  Welcome to all!

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Executive Meeting Minutes: October 20, 2008 Dawn MacKenzie 0
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GUESTS:   Dick Lewis, Doug Gibson, Nandi - welcome!

Meeting was held at Tournament Capital Center - see below for full details

Next meeting is Tuesday, October 21 - TRU Activity Center - EXECUTIVE BOARD ROOM (upstairs) - join us to try out this new location and hear the updates on other options for a change of our meeting location.

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GUESTS:   Gerard Hayes (Daybreak), Bob Ryan (speaker), Lele.  Welcome all!



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By Dorys Crespin-Mueller

Aurora Rotary Club

Executive Meeting August 18, 2008

Kamloops Airport


In attendance:  Mike Dedels, Randy Patch, Jim Harker, Dorys Crespin-Mueller, Karyn Sykes


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GUESTS:   Gerard Hayes, Emilie Anderson, Sabrina Gutsche, Dylan Taylor, Douglas Barill, Lele.  Welcome all!

NEW MEMBER INDUCTED:  Jim Bogardis, IBM Service Manager (rtd) - WELCOME JIM!

PRESENTATIONS TODAY: Interact & Polio Plus

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Kent Wong is visiting with us tomorrow.  Bring a guest and enjoy his Digital Photography 101 presentation! 

Minutes from August 26th are unavailable.  

September 2, 2008 Meeting Dawn MacKenzie 0
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GUESTS:   Dick Lewis, Harry Passek, Katie, Lele,

NEW MEMBER:  Jim Bogardis, IBM Service Manager (rtd)

PRESENTATION:  Katie talked about her amazing year in Austria!  2 host families and balls galore; friends and laughter:  she had a great year!  Her DVD of the highlights will be posted on the website within the next couple of weeks.  Welcome home, Katie.  Have another wonderful year at SFU . . . and visit us when you come home.

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GUESTS: Cheryl Christianson, today's presenter; Cassandra Wilkinson, Jim Bogardis

LATECOMER: Randy - apparently a crow stole his clothes (???? Hmmmm)

PRESENTATION: Cheryl, personal trainer now and Rotary Exchange student in the past, presented Healthy Eating using foods with low glycemic indices.


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Today's meeting was held at the ABC Family Restaurant.  Sukh gave a classification talk and we reviewed Oktoberfest progress.

Meeting Minutes: August 5, 2008 Dawn MacKenzie 0
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Guests:  Roger and Judith Perry, District Governor; Sherry Chamberlain, ADG; Mike O'Reilly, Rotaract; Carly Gordon, Rotaract; Matt Muzzillo, Rotaract; Brian Barron, Daybreak; and CHANTELLE WILKINSON, our outgoing Student, leaving August 17th for Liege, Belgium.  Have a wonderful time, Chantelle!

Presentations and Congratulations!

Leadership Development Graduates: Reg Lucas and Randy Patch. 

The Pride of Rotary:  Roger presented Carly, Rotaract President; Mike, Rotaract PP; and Matt, also of Rotaract with Rotary pins representing a lion: Rotaract is the pride of Rotary!

Busy Bee Awards: Ted Kowalski and Marilyn Poncelet, working hard in the background.

NEXT WEEK'S MEETING: ABC Restaurant (Aberdeen) at 7am for the AUGUST 5th meeting

Meeting Minutes - July 29, 2008 Dawn MacKenzie 0
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Kathy is looking for interest from Club members to attend Project X Theatre's  production of the "Compleat Works of William Shakespeare".  See her e-mail of July 25 and respond ASAP.
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Posted by Dawn MacKenzie

Souvenir Mugs

posted July 31, 2008

Oktoberfest beer mugs (1-litre-Steins, Maßkrug in German) are made from heavy glass and typically have a decorative brewery logo on the side, thus making them very popular souvenirs among visitors. Although it is strictly forbidden to steal the mugs, they can be purchased in the tents at a reasonable price. Buyers are strongly advised to keep the receipts because police are known to search them for stolen mugs even away from the fest area. When police catch someone stealing a mug, the thieves may be fined up to ?50. In 2006, 220,000 mugs were retrieved by security forces.[11] In addition there is a general Oktoberfest souvenir mug which shows each year's Oktoberfest poster. This one is made of clay instead of glass and is available with a tin lid.


posted July 23, 2008

The Oktoberfest is a sixteen-day festival held each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany during late September (and running to early October). It is one of the most famous events in the city and the world's largest fair, with some six million people attending every year, and is an important part of Bavarian culture. Other cities across the world also hold

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Posted by Dawn MacKenzie

Welcome to our guests, Dick Lewis and Heather Gibson!  Good to have you with us today.

Today's meeting focused on our Oktoberfest fundraiser . . . who knew a meeting could be so much fun?

Meeting Minutes - July 22, 2008 Dawn MacKenzie 0
Posted by Mike Dedels

Remember we're at the vet clinic on Cariboo Place on July 15th.  Thanks very much to Diane for hosting.

Meeting reminder Mike Dedels 0
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Oktoberfest planning is well underway and we need all members to be involved to make our first event a big success.  Talk to Julie about how to get involved. 

Oktoberfest Mike Dedels 0
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If you have other prizes you can donate contact Victor at                     

Contact Stephen Karpuk if you can help out at the Tournament.  Remember it's our big fundraiser
Golf Tourney Prizes Mike Dedels 0
Kamloops 150 Awards Nominations needed Dawn MacKenzie 0
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Thanks to all who came out to our Installation at Tobiano on June 8th.  Good turnout, and a good time on the putting green was had by all.  Lindsay Eastwood, the flexible Interactor was the most innovative with her back bend putting style, while the Rotaract guys had the best scores.  Here's to a great 08/09 with the new Exec.
Tobiano Installation Mike Dedels 0
Posted by Dawn MacKenzie

This meeting was an off site tour at the Water Treatment Plant.

Next week: Terrace room at TRU - Sahali Secondary student presentation


Assembly Updates: May 13, 2008 Dawn MacKenzie 0
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Have you ever wondered how anything grows in a desert?  Dr. Bob Schemenauer solved that mystery during his presentation on FogQuest, a project that brings water to the some of the most arid environs in the world. 

FOGQUEST Dawn MacKenzie 0
Thanks to Amber for telling us about the GCC Mike Dedels 0
ASSEMBLY UPDATES: January 29, 2008 Dawn MacKenzie 0
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Building a Culture of Healthy Living in Schools

Mike Johnson, one of only 18 Health Schools coordinators in the province, shared his program and its successes with us.  SD73 is a leader in the Healthy Living philosophy, encouraging classroom and extra-curricular activity in addition to PE classes, and nutrition study through school gardens.

Healthy Living in Schools: SD73 Dawn MacKenzie 0
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January 22nd Minutes

New Member Induction: Tom Calne, developer and general contractor.  Welcome Tom! 

Guests: Vic Swertz, Radio NL, guest of Murray; Mike O'Reilly, President of Rotaract & Russell Herman, also of Rotaract; Chantelle Wilkinson of Interact with Sofia, our student from Mexico. Welcome all!

Club Minutes . . .

ASSEMBLY UPDATES: January 22, 2008 Dawn MacKenzie 0
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Good tools, good people, good work: that was Steve's message regarding Rotary Foundation.  If you missed his presentation on the Rotary Foundation, you missed a lot!  He did not use pie charts and graphs and a monotone voice.  He did use a great power point with pics of some of the real people that Rotary serves under the Foundation.  You can view the powerpoint presentation at . 

Rollheiser on Rotary Foundation Dawn MacKenzie 0
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Each of us knows someone or loves someone who has been touched by Alzheimer's disease or dementia.  Maybe that's why we were so interested in the presentation by Marg Rodgers, Volunteer Chair for the Alzheimer's Society in Kamloops.  Or maybe it was because she was so lively!  She engaged us in such a way that, despite all expectations, we all became smarter at 7am!  By the end of her time with us, we all knew that:
Alzheimer's:News Bulletin: IQ increases 10 points! Dawn MacKenzie 0
AGM Minutes - November 27, 2007 Dawn MacKenzie 0
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December 3rd Minutes    

Guests: Mike Johnson, guest of Dorys; Jim Bogardis, guest of Jim Harker; Chris Janz, guest of Richard Brownlee; Brian Barron, Daybreak Club; Donna Stevenson & Marg Rodgers of the Alzheimer's Society, guests of Karin Sykes.  Welcome to you all!

Club Minutes . . .

DECEMBER 3, 2007 - ASSEMBLY UPDATES Dawn MacKenzie 0
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November 27th Minutes    

Guests: Chantel Wilkinson, our Outbound Rotary Exchange Youth, guest of Karin Sykes, and Julie MacInnes, Downtown Health Centre administrator, guest of Steve Rollheiser. Welcome to you both!

Club Minutes . . .

ASSEMBLY UPDATES: NOVEMBER 27, 2007 Dawn MacKenzie 0
Update from Austria Kathy Humphrey 0
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Grade 4 French Immersion student Colleen Zander, of South Sa-Hali Elementary was introduced by Resource Teacher Chris Wood as a student who "loves coming to school everyday".  From her presentation, it's clear that Colleen loves most things in her life . . .

November Student of the Month: COLLEEN ZANDER Dawn MacKenzie 0
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November 20th Minutes

Guest Speaker: Colleen Zander, Student of the Month, South Sa-Hali Elementary

New Member: Mike Forbes' guest, Tom Calne, developer and general contractor is our newest member.  Welcome Tom! 

Guests: Vic Schwarz, Radio NL, guest of Murray; Chris Janz, GP, guest of Anders; Gordon Swan, Assistant Governor; and Sofia, our student.  Welcome all!

Club Minutes . . .

REVISED Assembly Updates: November 20, 2007 Dawn MacKenzie 0
Assembly Updates: November 13, 2007 Dawn MacKenzie 0
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"Education for the Real World"

Thompson Rivers University

A New Mandate ~ A New Vision

Guest Speaker: Roger Barnsley, President

Nowhere in Canada has the evolution of post-secondary education been more dramatic than in Kamloops, BC. The last two decades have seen a transition from community college to an innovative university-college, and now to a full provincial university with a unique mandate. Thompson Rivers University really is a different kind of university.

Roger Barnsley, President, TRU Dawn MacKenzie 0
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50 years ago: heart and chest pain meant you were bed-ridden for life.

30 years ago: pacemakers were the size of hockey pucks; today they are the size of a toonie.

Heart disease is responsbile for 700,000 deaths / year in Canada, making it the #1 killer.  34% of women experiencing heart attack die; 32% of men die.

Teresa Moore, Area Manager of the Kamloops-Cariboo region of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC presented these stats and the work of the Foundation at the November 3, 2007 Club Assembly.

November 19 - 25: Fit for Heart.   With $50 donation or pledges to HSFBC, you can try out as many different fitness activites as you like at various fitness facilities in the city.  This is your chance to try something new!  Activity Calendar and Registration Forms are available on our Website.



Posted by Dawn MacKenzie

October 30th Meeting Minutes

Guest Speaker: Dorys facilitated disucssion / brainstorming regarding new members.  If you need Business Cards with Guest invite on the reverse, please email Dorys this week!

Guests: Dick Pemberton, Remax.  Welcome, Dick! 

Club Minutes . . .

Assembly Updates - October 30, 2007 Dawn MacKenzie 0
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John Buckle, the head engineer of the WilliamR.BennettBridge in Kelowna was our speaker this week.  John, a Kamloops resident, heads the team that is building the new bridge over OkanaganLake. The project kicked off in July 2005 and it expands one kilometre in length.

There are three projects are work with the bridge: the bridge project itself (a Public/Private partnership), a road improvement project on Campbell Rd (Westbank/Casa Loma) and a road improvement project on Harvey Ave.

The Amazing Construction of the new Kelowna Bridge Dorys Crespin-Mueller 0
Posted by Dawn MacKenzie

SOFIA: Sofia has moved to the Patch home and will be joining us at our weekly meetings when she can - 7am is early! 

OUTBOUND: Karin happily announced that both Hybrid Interact members Lindsay Eastwood (sponsored by Kamloops West) and Chantel Wilkinson (sponsored by Aurora) were selected as Outbound youth!  They will find out their host countries sometimes in February and will be leaving next August.  Congratulations to both Lindsay and Chantel and a big 'thank you' to Karin for her dedication!  

CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS: You must have a current criminal record check on file in order to enjoy the company of any Rotary Exchange youth.  Please download the CRC form from the Home Page OR pick one up at the next meeting and submit to any RCMP office asap; no fees.  Reg Lucas receives the completed CRCs.  FMI please contact Reg at .

Rotary Youth Exchange Update Dawn MacKenzie 0
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October 23rd meeting minutes:

Guest Speaker: John Buckle, engineer on the new Kelowna Bridge gave us a power point presentation: WOW!  See below for Dorys' article. 

Assembly Updates - Oct 23, 2007 Dawn MacKenzie 0
Smarter than 5th Graders! Dawn MacKenzie 0
Austrian Update Kathy Humphrey 0
Posted by Dawn MacKenzie

At our Oct 9 meeting Dr. Bill Costerton of USC presented his research regarding the tar sands and the Athabasca River.  Contrary to popular opinion, Dr. Costerton discovered that the Athabasca contains bacteria that break down oil, resulting in clean water some 40 km downstream from the influx.

Far from being an "oil-sensitive river", the Athabasca is an "oil-eating river"!

Athabasca Armageddon? Dawn MacKenzie 0
ADHD Presentation - Steve Rollheiser Dawn MacKenzie 0
Update from Katie... Sept 26 Kathy Humphrey 0
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On Tuesday Dawn MacKenzie, one of our newest members, gave her classification talk.  Not knowing if it should be personal or work-related, she gave us a little of both.
Getting to know Dawn Dawn MacKenzie 0
Katie's First Month in Austria Kathy Humphrey 0
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Karin Sykes attended the Rotary Youth Exchange: Inbound Orientation in Osoyoos Sept 8 & 9, 2007.  41 of the 42 Inbound students were there - our Sofia was still 'in transit'.
Rotary Youth Exchange Update Dawn MacKenzie 0
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When her visa went to Trinidad, Sofia must have wondered about coming to Kamloops!  But she made it, and arrived here on September 9th.  She is staying with Karen Sykes until her move to her host family on Sunday . . . We're glad to have you, Sofia. Welcome!
Sofia has arrived in Kamloops! Dawn MacKenzie 0
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Chantelle, Dylan and Lindsay attended our October 16th meeting to present us with the coveted Hybrid t-shirt and 20 hours of service for the club with the most young people out to their Orientation nights in September (we got 2 students out!).  Hybrid's membership since that time has gone from 9 to 22!  Congratulations, Hybrid!  

Hybrid is a group of young people aged 14 - 18. They keep busy with projects both in our community and reaching out to the world.  Their community-based projects include 'Adopt-a-Road', Trick or Eating (for the Kamloops Food Bank), a Bike Rodeo in Riverside Park, and helping other Rotary Clubs in Kamloops.  Their international project, in collaboration with Dr. Scheffel of TRU, focuses on Roma (gypsy) children and their families in Svinia, Slovakia.  Major fundraisers that allow them to support these efforts include their Valentine's Day Gala, the Polar Bear Swim on January 1st and Runs for Friends.


Hybrid Interact Membership Success Dawn MacKenzie 0
Our Exchange student to arrive any day... Kathy Humphrey 0
Kenna Cartwright Park platform Volunteers Needed Dawn MacKenzie 0
Our club president answers some questions. Kathy Humphrey 0
Posted by Kathy Humphrey
Katie Dittrich, our out going exchange student has arrived safely in Austria... check out her letter below:
Katie's in Austria Kathy Humphrey 0
Posted by Mike Dedels

 Thanks to those who came out to Aurora Rotary Night at the Blazers on Saturday (Blazers 7-4, exciting game!) to celebrate MegaHockeyPool and thank our sponsors.  Also to Murray for rounding up prizes for the mid-season's draw, and thanks to all the contributors. See more for the prize list and winners. All prizes have now been awarded.  Watch for the Playoff Pool!!

MegaHockeyPool - Prizes awarded. Blazers win big! Mike Dedels 0
What most of you didn't know about Gerrianne Kathy Humphrey 0
Posted by Kathy Humphrey

Continuing with our goal to introduce more of our members here's a bit about one of our directors Mike Dedels.

Introducing Mike Dedels Kathy Humphrey 0
Posted by Kathleen Karpuk
Donna Gibson was inducted into our club on Tuesday, July 24. Here's an intoduction to our newest member...
Meet Our Newest Member Kathleen Karpuk 0
Posted by Kathy Humphrey

On Tuesday we had the opportunity to hear from Katie, our outgoing exchange student.

Thanks Katie Kathy Humphrey 0
Geocaching... Kathleen Karpuk 0
Annual Dues are still Due!!! Kathy Humphrey 0
Aurora welcomed Corwin and Marianne King Kathy Humphrey 0
Posted by Mike Dedels
What it is: This is a campaign created in an attempt to link levels of government, the police and the business community in a willing partnership to fight organized crime. The program is run out of the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Section of the RCMP.
Money Laundering presentation Mike Dedels 0
Posted by Kathy Humphrey
The executive has been hard at work setting up committees for next year.  We would love for everyone in the club to be actively involved in at least one committee.
Committee Update Kathy Humphrey 0
Rotary Summer Party Kathy Humphrey 0
Posted by Kathy Humphrey

Our executive approved a $5000.00 contribution to Fog Quest at their last executive meeting.  Thank you to all who have worked so hard on this initiative.

Fog Quest Contribution Approved! Kathy Humphrey 0
Great Rotary Race ... fun was had by all Kathy Humphrey 0
Posted by Kathy Humphrey

Our meeting last week was moved to the Kamloops Heritaqe Railway.  Those that weren't there missed a great opportunity to get a close look at the amazing work being done by this volunteer oganization.


Great tour of the Kamloops Heritage Railway Kathy Humphrey 0
Posted by Mike Dedels
Play in May Aurora's first Dinner & Theatre night was a great success... Thanks from the Committee to all who attended and the sponsors. We'll be working on an even better event for next year.
Play in May May 4th Mike Dedels 0
Speaker update Kathy Humphrey 0
Rotary Golf Tournament UPDATE Kathleen Karpuk 0