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Hotel 540
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Kamloops, BC  V2C 2B2
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At today's meeting, President Devon and the club were pleased to welcome Joel Pflomm, our inbound youth exchange student for 2015-16, who was visiting us from Germany. 
Mackenzie spoke a little about her recent Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) experience. Member Laurie spoke briefly about a recent economic conference – with a promise to speak again and tell us more.
Our inbound Youth Exchange student Luky got very patriotic singing Oh Canada! He will return to the Czech Republic later this month.
Our guest speaker today was Marguerite Dodds-Lepinski. Marguerite retired from the Canadian Armed Forces  in December 2016. Her final posting was at 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay. 22 Wing is home to the Canadian Air Defence Sector responsible for providing surveillance, identification, control and warning for the aerospace defence of Canada and North America. 
We also said a fond farewell to Lukáš Kršek, our club's inbound youth exchange student, pictured here with President Devon. Luky will be returning to the Czech Republic later this week. Congratulations on your Canadian high school graduation, Luky!
Today's main speaker was Bernadette Siracky from the Kamloops Food Bank.  She showed a thank you video for the Rotary Food Drive, and spoke about the expansion of the Food Share program.  There is funding from the government to help food banks across BC buy the equipment necessary to establish a program, and Bernadette and Wes are going to help mentor them.  The Kamloops Food Bank gathers and distributes $6M worth of food on a $600k budget.
Also today, Kathy Collier was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow from the club to recognize her support of the Family Dinners over the past few years.  Kathy has taken on a strong leadership role and ensured the dinners continue to be successful.  Thanks Kathy!
Click the link for more photos from this action-packed meeting, including the induction of new member Sarah Bailey!



Natalie Serl, is a member of Rotary West and project manager of housing and homelessness for the City of Kamloops. Brad Serl is her husband and a member of our club. They presented on the City Homeless Count, which took place last October. For this count, they looked at gender, age, mental health issues, substance abuse issues. Sometimes homelessness is hidden (i.e. couch surfing). Of 100 surveyed, 50% were under 40, 78% of those counted were male and 22% female. Homelessness may be caused by / perpetuated by addiction and substance use – it makes it difficult to find housing once they are in the cycle of additions and homelessness, eviction and illness/medical conditions.

Brad and Natalie also told us about a new event, a partnership between our club and Rotary West -- Iron Sommelier - July 22nd.  50% of this fabulous event with 5-course meal and wine pairings will go to end youth homelessness (support 16-24 year old moms) through A Way Home, and 50% will be split between the two clubs to go towards other community programs. For more information, visit the Iron Sommelier Facebook page.


Our club had a great time at the 2017 Adult Spelling Bee, in support of Literacy in Kamloops (LinK) and Kamloops Early Language & Literacy Initiative (KELLI). Pictured, L-R: Katie Stegemann, Geoff Collier, Karl Stegemann, Lukáš Kršek, Sadie Hunter, Arjun Singh, Tim Shoults. Not pictured: Kathy Sinclair. Congratulations to the TRU Spell-Cats on their win!

Today, Sherry Maligaspe and Dorys Crespin-Mueller from Rotary Aurora presented on their trip to El Salvador and Guatemala (with Mike Dedels). This was an exploratory trip for Aurora; they went in search of a project of their own. The team started at a Rotary Project Fair in El Salvador. The project fair happens every year and this year's projects included microlending, peace building and clean water. They also helped the Developing World Connections stove project in Antigua, Guatemala for two days, visiting the factory that makes the stoves and installing two stoves on a coffee plantation.

Back in El Salvador, the crew went to some Rotary meetings and  did backpack distribution to schools with the San Salvador Cuscatlan Rotary Club, distributing 300 bags in a couple of hours. Next steps are for Aurora to decide on the projects they want to pursue with their resources. They are committed to the EcoStove project but would still like to pick a few others, including a multi-year international service plan. There is probably an opportunity for clubs to work together and global grants will be an asset in future efforts to support projects.

Today we were joined by Sherry Chamberlain, no stranger to our club. Sherry has been a member of Rotary West since 1999; she is a Past President, and was Assistant District Governor from 2009-2011. Sherry has been awarded Club Rotarian of the Year twice and is our future District Governor (2018-2019). Today she shared information about a new Rotary/Commonwealth Inter-Generational mentorship program. 
Young women ages 18 to 29 across the Commonwealth are set to benefit from this new initiative to help them acquire critical life skills and progress in their careers. The Commonwealth Women’s Mentorship Program will match aspiring young people with experienced professionals in their fields. The project was conceptualized at the Commonwealth Women Leaders’ Summit in 2016, and endorsed by Commonwealth Ministers responsible for women’s affairs at their meeting in Samoa later the same year. It will be delivered by the Secretariat in collaboration with the Commonwealth Youth Council, the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network and Rotary Districts in Canada and the Caribbean.
Our Rotary District 5060 is one of the few districts to be involved in the pilot project, and all Rotary members are encouraged to apply to be a mentor. Please contact Sherry for more information.
Today's speaker was Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Minister responsible for Emergency Management BC, the Hon. Todd Stone. He provided several highlights of his department over the past few years, including innovating a more durable paint for BC roads and highways. Hon. Stone also addressed Uber and other transportation-related issues.
Today we celebrated the 95th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Kamloops! Cake was served.
We were pleased to have Ms. Alison Sidow, Superintendent of SD73, as our speaker today. School District 73 has recently completed a new strategic plan. Creativity is a gap in our education system. We need to foster students who can think divergently and become tomorrow's entrepreneurs. What is divergent thinking? Ask a group of people how many uses they can think of for a paper clip. The average person will come up with 10 to 15 ways to use it; someone strong in divergent thinking will think of 200 ways. In kindergarten, 98% of children rate in the "genius" level in divergent thinking. It declines as we age. Along with foundational skills, skills we need to encourage in students include creativity, problem-solving and thinking critically to adapt to our changing world.

It was a pleasure to have Wanda Carisse, executive director of the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism, as our lead speaker at today's meeting. The Chris Rose Centre's mission is to provide educational, therapeutic, life skills and family support services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Founded in 1989 as Giant Steps West, teacher, school principal and school trustee Chris Rose (now a member of the Rotary Club of Kamloops) took on the role of executive director in 1996. The Centre was renamed after Mr. Rose in 2002 in recognition of his support of children with special needs. Ms. Carisse herself has been with the Centre for 20 years. 

What is autism? From the Centre's website: "Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviours." The Centre runs a School Based Program for ages 5-12 and an Extended Program for ages 6-18, as well as a Summer Program. It also offers Community Inclusion Program for adults ages 19 and up.

We are fortunate to have such a wonderful centre in our community. Don't miss their fundraising concert on Friday, March 31!

Many of us know Mike Miltimore from his family's business, Lee's Music. Lee's has been a part of the community since 1974, and Mike along with it... he began working there at the tender age of 10. In the 1990s, Mike and dad Lee began to build custom guitars. By 2007, Mike had a unique idea for a new kind of guitar... and Riversong Guitars was born. With its patented variable neck angle, the first Riversong guitar was officially released in 2012. Riversong Guitars have gone on to worldwide distribution and won multiple awards, including 2nd place Brand New Acoustic MSA, Winner Best Acoustic Bass MIPA, and runner-up Best Acoustic MMR. Last year Mike presented a gift of a Riversong Guitar to Prince William and Kate on their visit to BC! Riversong Guitars are manufactured here in Kamloops and are now gaining fans in Japan, Nashville, the Netherlands, and many more!
Congratulations to Mike and his team for all their success -- we look forward to seeing Riversong continue to grow and thrive.
Today our speaker was Canadian Olympian Gary Reed. Gary related his journey from discovering a childhood love of running all the way to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and silver medallist at the World Athletics Final in Greece, 2009. Facing financial challenges as a teen when his athletic career was about to take off, he was offered a job that enabled him to complete the training that led to his success. Gary now runs the Reed Athletics Fund, giving young athletes assistance and opportunities to compete professionally that they may not otherwise have a chance for. He is also the vice president of sales and marketing with A&T Project Developments, husband of Caitlin and father of two.

Our own member Chris Rose is well known for the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism and his international development work. Chris introduced the school project our club was involved in, located in Burma Valley, Zimbabwe (Mutare). The school was operated by the Anglican church and there is now little to no funding available for teachers or equipment. It was overcrowded, and teachers were using buckets as chairs while students sat on the floors. Learning materials were outdated. Rotary helped purchase tables and desks made in Mutare ($4300), books ($4,000) and enhancements to the ECD building. Funds from our Rotary (raised at Chefs in the City) were matched by the Rotary Foundation, and $100 was contributed by the Rotary Club of Mutare (covers for books). The school reports that the new furniture and supplies have increased students' grades.
Today's meeting was action-packed. We heard from three speakers. Emiko Ohama presented on an upcoming conference at TRU on Wednesday, March 8. Empower: Health, Wellness, Gender, Equality & Leadership is an event for men and women. Speakers include Courtney Kirschbaum (CEO, Entrepreneur & International Speaker) and Steve S.J. Lee (United Nations Policy Advocate). Emiko is looking for business leaders who are willing to sit at the lunchtime mentorship tables as well -- please contact her if you can help.
Our second speaker was Sarah Goddard, a nurse who worked with Doctors without Borders (MSF) in South Sudan. Sarah shared many stories from her experience. Doctors Without Borders works under very rudimentary conditions in South Sudan, trying to save as many lives as possible. There is an incredible need for more medical diagnostic tools. Despite the heartbreaking loss of lives, health care professionals like Sarah make a big difference.
Our third and final speakers were Alyssa Kyllo, interim branch manager and Christine, volunteer coordinator from SPCA Kamloops. They shared about the SPCA's recent activities and ongoing needs for funding and volunteers. The SPCA has taken on a capital campaign and will soon be moving into a much needed new building. The 4.8 million-dollar, 10,000 square foot facility will be located at 2815 Tranquille Road.
Tonight at a special evening meeting, we held the annual Rotary Club of Kamloops School Speech Contest. Six finalists from area schools participated; all were wonderful, making the judges' jobs very difficult! Thanks to organizers Chris Rose, Karl Stegemann and Al Thompson. Pictured are (front row, L-R) Mick Sparrow, Kamloops School of Arts; Abi Spencer, Westmount; Jonathan Ward, Dallas; Sofia Stilwell, RL Clemitson; Aubree Higgins, Aberdeen; and Annie Druskee, Beattie. All participants were grade 7 students, except Jonathan Ward (grade 6).

Mick Sparrow placed first with his speech on Alternative Energy. Second was Sofia Stilwell with "Yourself." All participants received a prize. Congratulations!
At today's meeting we welcomed speaker Heidi Coleman, CEO of the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation. Heidi is one of our own members and she shared a number of initiatives the Foundation is working on. This coincided with the announcement today that the RIH Patient Care Tower is moving forward. This $417M project is said to be the largest ever construction project in Kamloops. (Arjun Singh photo)
Today our inbound Youth Exchange student, Lukáš Kršek, presented on his home country, the Czech Republic. Luky hails from České Budějovice, a town of about 93,000 people. Luky's presentation covered the Czech Republic's history to its inventors and did a great job singing the Czech national anthem, "Kde domov můj." Luky also shared some information about his home Rotary Club.
Thank you for the informative talk, Luky! We are fortunate to have you here in Kamloops as our exchange student -- you bring a lot of fun and energy to our group.
Luky (second from left) with his family.
Today we were pleased to have Danalee Baker, one of our very own members and Executive Director of United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo, present on BC211. BC211 is a Vancouver-based non profit organization that specializes in providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services throughout the province. Its helpline services include BC211 itself, the Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service (ADIRS), the Problem Gambling Help Line, Victim Link BC, and the Youth Against Violence Line.
United Way chapters have teamed up with BC211 to ensure residents of BC have universal access to information, social services and programs. There will be a launch April 5. Anyone can access BC211's services online. Phone service is available in the Lower Mainland; soon, phone and text service will be added throughout BC. 
Today's speaker was Kristina Gifford, owner of Kipp Mallery Pharmacy. Kristina presented on MedviewMD, a new service provided at Kipp Mallery that helps relieve the doctor shortage in Kamloops. Through technology, MedviewMD provides a real-time "virtual" consultation with a family doctor, featuring even a camera that will help the doctor diagnose ailments. Click here for more on MedviewMD and telemedicine.
Kristina graduated from UBC in 2000 and has been at Kipp Mallery since graduation. She bought the pharmacy in June of 2014 and started MedView in May of 2017. Thank you, Kristina, for sharing information about this service!
For our first Rotary Club meeting of the New Year, Assistant District Governor Mike Dedels spoke about what is happening with the other clubs in the community, as well as membership. People often join Rotary for networking, but the #1 reason they stay in Rotary is friendship. Although membership has decreased in general, our District 5060 has one of the highest rates of membership.
Let's keep membership in our club growing for 2017 ~ invite a friend this year!
As well, a new Rotary Club is forming in Sun Peaks. The meetings will be in the Games Room of the Morrissey Public House in Sun Peaks Village at 5pm Thursday January 12 and Thursday January 26. 
Today Rotary members shared about what Rotary means to them. Everyone gets something different from this organization, so it was great to hear what motivates each person and what makes Rotary so special.

Inbound exchange student Lukáš Kršek. 
Kyla Liebe, daughter of Rotary member Ryan, read a Christmas greeting from our 2014-15 Inbound Youth Exchange student Maddi Crimella from Italy.
Today we enjoyed a Club Christmas Social at Hotel 540. Several members were honoured for their hard work and dedication to Rotary over the years. The Kamloops Happy Choristers provided very enjoyable musical entertainment.
Rotary members and guests with their "ugly holiday sweaters" -- Carl Sulkowski took the prize!
The Happy Choristers spread some holiday cheer.

Today, our Rotary Foundation Chair Gerald Watson showed a brief video explaining more about what the Rotary Foundation does. "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 our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace." How do we interest people in the Rotary Foundation? It's not through facts and figures -- it's through telling stories about who the Foundation helps. 

Today, Steve Gainey and Nancy Bepple provided information on the movement for an Outdoor Ice Skating Rink in Kamloops. They are encouraging people to write to Mayor & Council in support of the idea.
Our main speaker today was Katherine McParland from A Way Home. A Way Home was started by Katherine along with other community partners in Kamloops to bring together coalition partners dedicated to preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness. It is now a national movement that is going international. With Katherine was Susan Wright from Family Tree Family Centre. A Way Home Kamloops has recently been supported by Jack Canfield, author of "Chicken Soup for the Soul."
Our featured speakers today were Marjolein Lloyd of ShelterBox Canada and Ryan Scorgie of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce.
Marjolein Lloyd shared how ShelterBox, a volunteer-driven organization, began in the UK and is now worldwide. Each ShelterBox provides a tent and emergency supplies (water filter, blankets, stove, etc) for a family of up to 10 people. This can be local or international. ShelterBox is now fundraising - consider hosting a fundraising dinner for friends. Luky and inbound exchange student Lucy are raising ShelterBox funds on behalf of our Rotary and were presented with a cheque for $500 from our Club for ShelterBox.
Ryan Scorgie is President of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce. He shared with us a number of initiatives the Chamber has and is currently working on, including the Municipal Report Card which has just been released. The Kamloops Chamber has made a number of policy decisions locally that have ben passed provincially and locally. For details, click "Read more" below.
Today Dr. Max Zahir was our guest speaker. Dr. Zahir spoke on ISIS and Muslim youth. Dr. Zahir was a physician in Kamloops and is the author of 1947: A Memoir of Indian Independence. He is a former member of the Rotary Club of Kamloops.
Today, club members Brad Harasymchuk (Learning Strategist - Mentorship, TRU) and Sadie Hunter (Director of Development, Faculty of Science & School of Nursing, TRU) gave excellent classification talks. In classification talks, we learn about some of our newer members' backgrounds and current occupations.
Don't forget about Chefs in the City, our club's biggest fundraiser, on Nov. 7! Proceeds are used to finance projects that support underprivileged youth in our community. 
Today our guest speakers were Karen and Brian Shaben, founders of World Wide Life Humanitarian Partnership. Their society partners with like-minded organizations to enhance living conditions for “at-risk” individuals in under-developed countries. This includes avenues such as, but not limited to, Education, Vocational Training, Marketplace Ministry, and referrals to Micro Credit programs.
Karen and Brian currently live in Mae Suai, Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand, where they have partnered with Ban Pabongtaoganjan School (Akha Hill Tribe Boarding School) and to are members of Thailand based COC/Haven Foundation. Their goal is to help children get out of the poverty cycle through education and they assist by providing classes and tutoring in cooking and English and by driving kids to school, among many other things.
The Shabens have been active with a number of service organizations both locally and internationally, and were members of Kamloops Rotary West for 10 years.
At the Oct. 17 meeting, Wendy Marlow, executive director of the Kamloops Hospice Association, was the speaker. Wendy invited us to attend a new initiative “Advanced Care Planning,” on November 9th.
President Devon O'Toole is pictured here delivering a new freezer to the Hospice House.
President Devon made yet another donation to Wendy, and Past President Stella Black thanked Wendy for her leadership and her presentation.
At the Oct. 3 meeting, Finlay Sinclair presented on the recent announcement of The Reach, a new live/work/play/shop development that will be located adjacent to TRU:
As well, our club is going forward with the Starfish backpack program with a beta project of 10 packs this year from the club. This project feeds those school children who depend on breakfast and lunch programs during the week, over the weekends. We are looking for club members to assist with this program.
Many sheets, pillowcases and scrubs were folded tonight as members of our club joined Kamloops Fire Rescue at its Operation Nicaragua warehouse in Mission Flats. KFR sends medical and fire supplies to the less fortunate overseas. Our group helped pack a container full of "retired" linens from Royal Inland Hospital to send to hospitals in Nicaragua. Thanks to David Sakaki, Shirley and Andy Philpott and others who were our hosts. We were glad to be a small part of this great ongoing work.
At our Sept. 19 meeting, we heard from former Outbound Rotary Exchange student Hannah Ferguson. Hannah spent her exchange in San Nicolas, Argentina -- a town about the same population size as Kamloops. When Hannah first arrived she spoke no Spanish, and her first host family spoke no English. Although there was a learning curve, Hannah got to know a lot about the culture in Argentina while she was there and made lifelong friends. President Devon O'Toole presented Hannah with a $500 bursary for further educational studies. Thank you for sharing your experiences, Hannah!
-This week we had Al Thompson provide the invocation.
- Thursdays social had 20+ people, everyone had a great time and Ron Nourse (among others) provided some great Karaoke.
- Big weekend for events, the Gur Singh golf tournament went off great, Rotary Food Drive collected 51,000lbs of food, Dancing with the Stars was won by Todd & Chantelle Stone.
- We had several guests today, some of whom are looking for a new club!
- "Uncle" Devon was at inbound orientation this past weekend, attendance was somewhat light due to some students having visa and other issues. 
- Luky had a busy couple of weeks, has been rafting and mountain biking (had a crash but is healthy) with Ryan Liebes wife Michelle.  Also is finding school easy so far.
- Arjun presented new member plaques to Justin & Sadie.
- Devon & Matt Dundas went to the Fawcett ranch to receive a plaque from TRU recognizing our club's entry to the TRU President's Circle.  This recognizes contributiosn of over $100,000.
- Sep 26 will be an off-site meeting, we will be packing a container for Nicaragua.
- 50/50 - Luky won!
- Banco Basta - Ryan Liebe won, didn't draw the queen though.
- Happy Bucks:
Devon had a great weekend at orientation
Cassandra Wilkinson was happy to have 27 great students at orientation.
Luky donated table stakes
Cam was happy to be a part of the Phoenix Centre's Ashes to Dust mountain bike camp.  Though he thinks the Rotary sign was for Daybreak not us:(
Justin was thankful to be a part of the club
Kathy mentioned this weekend's free Children's Arts event
Yinny has been in Kamloops only 2 months but is enjoying it!
Konrad is excited for the success of the food drive
John is happy to have his house back after giving up his space to 2 rambunctious arts performers (one is his son) who stayed up late partying
Ken mentioned that Luky received free passes to pretty much all the sports at TRU - looking for someone to take him!
Arjun had table stakes, mentioned big weekend & appreciation for fundraisers.  Was pleasantly impressed by Dancing Like the Stars
Geoff is bored.  Only has a cruise, house sale, trip to Germany and planning for Chefs.  Is looking for another project.
Heidi's son Julian just started school for the first time ever (has been homeschooled).  He's loving every minute of it.  Heidi is going to first PAC meeting tonight.
Miki is pleased with the success of the first 18 hour cross-Canada concert he helped organize.  It was for suicide awareness, prevention, & hope.  More info at
Vi had 5 days at Lac Des Roches
Matt welcomed guests, is glad food drive is done.
Christopher thanked Matt for his work on the food drive, congratulated Arjun & Heidi on their events, thanked helpers at family dinners, and acknowledged we are the first Rotary club to donate $100k to TRU.
Ryan thanks Miki for giving a bike to Luky.  Also mentioned Luky is up for anything, just wants to experience daily life in Canada.  Even if it's mundane to us, is new to him.
Brad's basement is finally done, and is now working on transcribing his thesis interviews.  Is also employed as coordinator for Homelessness Action Week.
Stella thanked Cecelia for free appies at the social.
Cecelia's youngest daughter got married
Doreen welcomed guests
Danalee mentioned the United Way is sponsoring the excellence in community service award & are looking for applicants.
- Ken House had the Rotary moment & reviewed the history of Paul Harris Fellow awards and the gifts that have come with it over time. 
- Karl introduced our guest speaker, Emma Persad.  She's a former Youth Exchange student, which kickstarted her journey.  She is an Honours grad from TRU in the BSc program and attending med school in Austria next year.
This past summer she was an intern at the UN in the UN Environmental Program and spoke about her experiences there.  She did lots of translating but also had a chance to fly around Europe and participated in Rotex.  She was also elected to the 2016/17 Rotex committee.
Interns are the ones who make the UN go around, she was surprised at some of the high level dealings she was a part of.  They are under represented by poorer countries as they are unpaid and need to be able to support themselves while there. 
UNEP focused on helping developing countries build their economies through green practices and opportunities.
Ken thanked her for the presentation.
Jill presented a pin to her sponsor Maatje.
Meeting ended with a toast to the Queen.
At today's meeting, Emma Persad presented to us on her experience as an intern with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland this past summer. Emma's Rotary roots go deep; she's a Rebound Rotary Youth Exchange student who went to France in 2011-2012. She was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Clearwater, where she grew up. As an elementary student, Emma was also a contestant of the Rotary Speech Contest. This past summer, Emma had the privilege of serving as an intern with the United Nations Model UN Program (MUN), an educational simulation that teaches research, public speaking, debating, critical thinking and more. This young woman's future is bright; in October, she will be attending medical school in Austria. Thank you for sharing, Emma!
What starts with breakfast and ends with 51,000 lbs of food? It's the Rotary Food Drive! On Saturday, Sept. 10, Rotary Club of Kamloops members joined volunteers and members from other area Rotary Clubs to collect food for the Kamloops Food Bank. Thanks to everyone involved -- those who donated and those who picked up the yellow bags. It's made a huge difference to our community! Pictured here are Claire and Katie.
Our Aug. 29 meeting was action-packed! Three wonderful new members were inducted to the Rotary Club of Kamloops. We heard the first of what is sure to be many updates from our new Youth Exchange Student, Lukas Krsek. We also welcomed two special speakers: Murray Todd on Electoral Reform and our own Doreen Monson on her recent Rotary trip to India to participate in polio immunization. 

Today we welcomed the following new members to the Rotary Club of Kamloops:
  • Miki Andrejevic, director of Arts Immensus (5th from right);
  • James Dyment, commercial client relationship manager, Scotiabank (4th from right);
  • Jill Cope, sales manager, Ramada Inn (3rd from right).
Also pictured (L-R) are Karl Stegemann, Cam Rauschenberger, Vi Hilton, Christopher Seguin, Brad Serl, Devon O'Toole, and Margie Hudson.
On Thursday, Aug. 26 we welcomed inbound 2016/17 Rotary Youth Exchange Student Lukáš Kršek to our club. Luky comes to us from the Czech Republic. A group of Rotary Club of Kamloops members met him at Kamloops Airport after his long day of travel. Lukáš will be attending South Kamloops Secondary and will be hosted by Club President Devon O'Toole. Welcome, Lukáš! We look forward to getting to know you over the coming months.
On Aug. 22 we enjoyed a tour of the newest addition to Kamloops' burgeoning wine scene, Monte Creek Winery. Member Maatje Stamp-Vincent (who does wine tours as a career with her business Tastefull Excursions) was our knowledgeable guide, along with Marc from the winery. A social lunch on the patio with samples of Monte Creek's various reds and whites was enjoyed by all... despite some rather chilly weather!
Rotary Youth Exchange is in full swing again. Our Outbound student from Kamloops Carlie Thompson 2016-17 has made it safe and sound to her new country and home of Japan. She had one big welcoming party there to greet her. Looking forward to her upcoming blog, facebook posts. 
Tonight Aug.18th 2016 we had our annual corn roast social. The great social evening has been a tradition in the Rotary Club of Kamloops for many, many years.  The great corn is from Chase BC. It always a lot of fun go get together enjoy a nice summer meal and to wash it down with some nice cold beverages. To have a great evening spent with friends that will last for a life time
On July.11th our Exchange Student Joel Pflomm from Germany addressed the club for his last time before returning home. Joel had been with us for 11 months. The Rotary Youth Exchange Program is a great opportunity to experience new cultures and grow as an individual. Our Club has participated in this program for over 40 years, and have seen lots of students from over 22 different countries. As well we have sent local Kamloops students abroad.   One life in one year, be the best amazing adventure one could have. 
It was a special night on the top floor of Hotel 540 when Devon O'Toole, Incoming President of the Rotary Club of Kamloops for 2016/17, was inducted at the annual Installation Dinner. We are grateful for all the leadership Past President Arjun Singh has provided over the last year, and we look forward to a great coming year with President O'Toole. 
Members of the Rotary Club of Kamloops 2016/17 Executive. Back row, L-R: Ryan Liebe, Bradley Serl, Chris Rose, Carl Sulkowski, Mat Dundas, Geoff Collier. Front row, L-R: Cam Rauschenberger, Stella Black, Christopher Seguin, Sue Porter, Devon O'Toole.
The Rotary Club of Kamloops warmly welcomes a powerhouse group of new members! On Feb 1st 2016, Past President and Membership Director Christopher Seguin inducted:
- Kathy Sinclair, Executive Director of the Kamloops Arts Council
- Cecilia Guerrero, GM of the Four Points Sheraton Hotel
- Sadie Hunter, Development Officer at Thompson Rivers University.
A great day for all of us!
Great presentation to our club from RAFT ( Refugee and Friends Together ) give a talk about the recent Syrian refugees that are here in Kamloops.
This year's club executive thanks member Dilip Maurya for hosting us at his downtown restaurant. We will have minutes of the last two executive meetings available at this coming Monday's meeting.
We will be doing Family Dinner's at Norkam for the Summer
Dates June 17, July 15 and August 12
come on out and help - bring a friend or family member.
More hands make light work
Click Read more for pictures of meetings in April 2015
Pictures from our March meetings in 2015. Maddi gives her presentation to our club.  Click Read more for pictures.
Cam Rauschenberger is inducted into our club.  We are very proud that Cam chose our club as he has been a very active Rotaract including being the president of Rotaract in the past.  Click Read more for pictures 
Had a excellent Christmas Lunch. Click Read more for pictures.
Rotary Food Drive for spring 2015 was a huge success again.  A new record set, click Read more for message from Bernadette and pictures.
This years speech contest was great fun with a lot of local Kamloops kids that have a bright future.  Click Read more for pictures.
Remembrance day speaker, Rob speaking about foundation, Maddi giving update and giving 100 day presentation, Sue thanking our speaker, Devon talking about foundation, Christopher giving his classification talk, Rob giving his classification talk.
November 3, 2014 Meeting
October 20, 2014 Meeting.
Margie Hudson receives a Paul Harris Fellow

September 2014 Food Drive, another huge success at 55,000 pounds .

September 15, 2014 Meeting

Our 2014 inbound student "Maddi" arrived at 11 pm today.  Welcome and we are looking forward to a wonderful year with you.

Installation dinner
Jun 26, 2017
No meeting
Jul 03, 2017
Greg Reid
Jul 10, 2017
Olive Oil
BC Wildlife park
Jul 17, 2017
Jim Anderson
Jul 24, 2017
Venture Kamloops
Bill Sandhu
Jul 31, 2017
Recent developments in international criminal law for mass crimes
Margaret Chrumka
Sep 11, 2017
Kamloops Art Gallery
Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...