District Gov Visit

On Aug.23rd we had the pleasure of our District Governor Richard DeRock and his wife Robin visit us and Kamloops last week. The DeRocks are from Wenatchee Washington. It was a pleasure to have them up on this side of the border.  On the 23rd they made their club visit to us, and during the week did some tours of projects the Rotary has been involved with  the Kamloops Food Bank and the new Nursing building at TRU.
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Installation of 100th President and Executive

President Sara Sandholm was installed as the 100th President of the Rotary Club of Kamloops June.28th out at Monte Creek Winery. One of the Hottest days of the year or even a record. 
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Elementary school speech contest champions from Kamloops and area competed at the Rotary Club of Kamloops’s Ross Dickson Speech Contest on Monday March 3 at the Delta Hotel by Marriott.
From left: Rotary District 5060 Governor Peter Schultz, Danika Howard of Beattie Elementary, Alli Piroddi of Kamloops School of the Arts, first place winner Janessa Rushka of Aberdeen Elementary, second place winner Anisha Narang of McGowan Park Elementary, Ryland Brown from Sun Peaks Elementary, Lachlan de Fouw of Juniper Elementary, Kenadie Cooper from Arthur Stevenson Elementary, Lauren Suchuck from Dallas Elementary and Al Thompson of the Rotary Club of Kamloops.
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Meeting on February 3, 2020

Our speaker at the meeting on February 3  was the Kamloops North Thompson MLA  Mr. Peter Milobar,  he gave us an insight about  his work in Victoria, fascinating talk about debates, procedures and process.  I also learned that Peter used to be a Hockey Player.  Rotarian Vi Hilton in the picture thanking Peter Milobar.  s. 
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2019

The Rotary Club of Kamloops wishes you all a Happy and & Healthy Holiday Season. Our next meeting is Jan.7th @ Storms Restaurant . We hop to see you there everyone is welcome! Merry Christmas and Happy 2019!!!
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Fall has been busy

Posted on Dec 06, 2018
 Well we have been busy since our Fundraiser Chefs in the City. We have inducted two new members into our great Club - Sarah Sandholm, sponsored by Sadie Hunter and Brandon Smith, sponsored by Alex Lange. WELCOME TO THE CLUB. As well lots of cheques were given out to local agencies -  Kamloops Food Bank, Kamloops Interact Hybrid, and Operation Red Nose. We also have been listening to our Exchange Student, Up, from Thailand on his activities while he has been here. Just this last meeting we had the privilege of listening to two of our past Presidents in their Classification talks. Past President Geoff Collier (2011-12) and Arjun Singh (2015-16). 
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June 25: Rotary Installation Dinner

The 2018 Rotary Installation Dinner was held at Storms on the River Restaurant. Thanks to Mathew Dundas (R) for a great year of service as President, and congratulations to Brad Serl (L), the new President of the Rotary Club of Kamloops.
We look forward to an excellent year with Brad and the new Executive!
June 25: Rotary Installation Dinner Kathy Sinclair 2018-06-25 07:00:00Z 0

June 18: Chantelle Stone, The Reach

Chantelle Stone spoke about The Reach, a new residential development at TRU.



We also had an End-of-Year presentation by youth exchange student Julia Soares.

Congratulations also to our new District 5060 Governor, Sherry Chamberlain, who was installed at the Coast Hotel Kamloops that evening!

June 18: Chantelle Stone, The Reach Kathy Sinclair 2018-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

June 11: Bursaries & Guatemala Project

Bursaries ($500) were awarded to Megan Roe, Samantha Carmichael, Joy Kwak, Kiara Jones and Lauren Carlson (left to right, with Arjun Singh & President Mat Dundas).
Teacher Joanne Simpson from Sa-Hali Secondary thanked the Club for our support of their Guatemala project. Renay, one of the participating students assembled and played a short video of their Sa-Hali/Guatemala experience.
June 11: Bursaries & Guatemala Project Kathy Sinclair 2018-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

June 4th: Mona Murray, Colliers International

Today's speaker was Mona Murray, accompanied by her team from Colliers International. They presented on the state of both the residential and commercial real estate markets in the Kamloops area and their team and what role each person plays.
June 4th: Mona Murray, Colliers International Kathy Sinclair 2018-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

May 28: Horizon North Site Tour

Today members visited Horizon North, touring the manufacturing plant and show rooms. Horizon North is currently working on modular housing for Kamloops and other communities, which will help provide supported housing for those who need it.
May 28: Horizon North Site Tour Kathy Sinclair 2018-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

May 14: Carl DeSantis, KCBIA

Today we were joined by Carl DeSantis, executive director of the Downtown Business Improvement Association (Kamloops Central BIA). This Association helps to promote local business and events happening in the heart of Kamloops. Carl filled us in on some of the projects happening since he stepped in to his new role.
May 14: Carl DeSantis, KCBIA Kathy Sinclair 2018-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

May 7: Gem Munro, Amarok Society

The Amarok Society teaches uneducated mothers how to read and write, and then teaches the mothers to be neighbourhood teachers – educating their own and their neighbours’ children every day in their homes, with astonishing results. (Meeting was held at Storms Restaurant)

May 7: Gem Munro, Amarok Society Kathy Sinclair 2018-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
April 30: Jeremy Heighton, NSBIA Kathy Sinclair 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

April 23rd: George Emery, CanShield

George Emery is the CEO of a new company in town, Canadian Shield Data Centre Inc. (CanShield). He spoke about the industry, his company and what opportunities Kamloops has for such businesses.
Denise Bouwmeester also gave her classification talk.
April 23rd: George Emery, CanShield Kathy Sinclair 2018-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
April 16th: Craig Jones, TRU Kathy Sinclair 2018-04-16 07:00:00Z 0

April 9: New member, Youth Exchange, Kamloops Food Bank

Alex Lange was inducted at our meeting. Alex is co-owner of Storms Restaurant. He is sponsored by Natasha Schraeder and was joined by his wife, Heather, as well as his mother (visiting from Germany).
We welcomed new Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student Kyla Christianson (pictured here with inbound Yex student Julia Soares). Bernadette Siracky of Kamloops Food Bank gave a brief overview of some of the changes happening with the Rotary Food Drive happening April 21. Now you can leave any bag or box full of food on your doorstep -- just attach the Food Drive card that comes in the mail. 
Mike Dedels spoke about Rotary Club Central, our Clubrunner website and the Rotary Foundation. Congratulations also to Ryan Liebe, who received his second Paul Harris Fellowship!
April 9: New member, Youth Exchange, Kamloops Food Bank Kathy Sinclair 2018-04-09 07:00:00Z 0

March 27: Keiran Rankin, Kamloops River Access Initiative

The Kamloops River and Lake Access Initiative is a loose coalition of user groups and optimistic citizens who want to make sure that a plan is put in place by the City of Kamloops and our surrounding regional districts to ensure the gradual improvement in access to our waterways for recreational users of all types. Learn more here.
March 27: Keiran Rankin, Kamloops River Access Initiative Kathy Sinclair 2018-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

March 12: School Speech Contest

Organized by Chris Rose, the Rotary School Speech Contest was a success! Many Rotarians volunteered their time and the judges had a tough decision -- the speeches were excellent. Thanks to emcee Al Thompson and DG Elect Sherry Chamberlain. Pictured, left to right are the participants: Alex Middleton, Riya Marang, Kayee Pringle, second place finisher Skylar Kleissen, winner Keeley Petel and Hanna Edwards. Thank you -- you all have reason to be proud.
March 12: School Speech Contest Kathy Sinclair 2018-03-12 07:00:00Z 0

March 5: Dave Clutton, River City Squash Club

River City Squash Club engages students through the sport of squash and fostering personal growth through academic tutoring and mentoring. Dave spoke about how they aim for early intervention & try to build relationships while kids are young.  They partner with Arthur Hatton, Brock Middle School, the Boys & Girls Club, and No Limits Fitness. 
March 5: Dave Clutton, River City Squash Club Kathy Sinclair 2018-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Feb. 26: Julia Soares (Youth Exchange)

Our guest speaker today was our inbound exchange student, Julia Soares. Julia gave a presentation on her home country of Brazil and her experiences in Canada. Julia present to our Club last week and she wanted me to confirm a list of things she still has left to do on her Exchange. These include; KFC, BBQ, Taco Bell, Tofino, Whale watching, Banff, Whistler, Toronto, Montreal, Seattle, Joffre Lakes, Takakkaw Falls, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mtn, Mt. Seymour, Mt. Paul, Rocky Mtns, Camping/Canoeing/Kayaking, Dog sledding, Northern Lights, Edith Lake, Golden Ears, Johnson Lake and the Cultus Lake Waterslides. If you or your family are able to take her on any of these adventures, please let Ryan, Devon or Julia know. Julia also auctioned off a Dinner for 6 to help fund her year-end bus trip. She will prepare and cook an authentic Brazilian meal -- the lucky winner was Ken House!
Feb. 26: Julia Soares (Youth Exchange) Kathy Sinclair 2018-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Feb. 19: Joshua Molsberry, Developing World Connections

Today's speaker was Joshua Molsberry of Developing World Connections. DWC has a similar approach to Rotary International work in that the projects are initiated in conjunction with the people who live in the country / location that is being helped. Find out more about DWC here.
Welcome also to Grayden Flanagan! Grayden is a returning member who was inducted today. He is the owner of Subway and is known for being very involved in a variety of community causes. Grayden was sponsored by Past President Stella Black.
Feb. 19: Joshua Molsberry, Developing World Connections Kathy Sinclair 2018-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

Feb. 5: Mayor Ken Christian

We were pleased to host Mayor Ken Christian at today's meeting. Mayor Christian offered the 2017 year in review, which included some hardships, including the summer wildfires and the passing of Councillor Marg Spina. Elected as Mayor in September, Ken shared a few projects the City is now working on, including the opioid crisis, housing, business (it's been a banner year for real estate thus far), and more. Thank you for coming in to speak with us!
Feb. 5: Mayor Ken Christian Kathy Sinclair 2018-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

Jan. 29: Rick Windjack, classification talk

Thanks to Ken House for today's Rotary Moment, and to Rick Windjack (pictured) for the classification talk today. Rick is the coordinator of the PIT Stop Program at Kamloops United Church and recently received a Local Hero Award. PIT Stop provides weekly hot, nutritious meals to anyone who needs them. The program has been running over 20 years. Over 8500 meals were served in 2017. Guests include seniors, youths, families and adults, many who may be marginalized or street entrenched community members. PIT Stop strives to reduce the impacts of poverty by providing food and support in a caring and safe environment. 
Jan. 29: Rick Windjack, classification talk Kathy Sinclair 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Jan. 22: Alyssa Kyllo & Lisa Fuller, SPCA Kathy Sinclair 2018-01-22 08:00:00Z 0

Jan. 15: Heather Brandon & Kari Rubel, People in Motion

(Image credit: CJFC Today)
Today's speakers were Heather Brandon and Kari Rubel from People in Motion. People In Motion is a non-profit which has been “Creating A Better Tomorrow” for people with disabilities  since 1989 by providing fitness, recreational, educational and social programs and  services.  The organization's Para Transit bus picks up and provides transportation to members so they can attend programs and community events. The current Para Transit is breaking down, and People in Motion is currently campaigning for funds for a new bus with wheelchair lift that will carry 18 to 20 people. Our Rotary Club was happy to present them with a cheque toward this cause. Update: as of Jan. 24, People in Motion has nearly reached its $120,000 goal!
Jan. 15: Heather Brandon & Kari Rubel, People in Motion Kathy Sinclair 2018-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Jan. 8: Tina Parbhakar

Today we were from pleased to host Tina Parbhakar from the Vancouver Sunrise Rotary Club as our main speaker. Tina is a lawyer with the BC Ministry of the Attorney General who has a growing focus on children's law. She spoke on International Development, with a focus on her experiences in early childhood and child rights in Uganda.
We also inducted newest member, Joshua Claycamp. Joshua is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Kamloops and is sponsored by James Dyment.
Jan. 8: Tina Parbhakar Kathy Sinclair 2018-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

Dec. 18: Brad Serl - Zone Conference 2017

Our President Elect Brad Serl recently attended Rotary Zone Conference 2017 in Chicago. This conference is for incoming District Governors, but Brad was able to participate via a future leaders program. Themes of the conference included struggles with membership (especially in the west), struggles with attracting & retaining young people, costs and alternative meetings. Rotary was originally established as a business networking club.  If Rotarians & their businesses are doing well, we can do more good. The next Zones Conference will be in Montreal, October 2018 and is open to all members.
Pictured: a thank you from participants in the Christopher Seguin Family Dinner; our inbound Youth Exchange student Julia received Christmas presents from the club including slippers, Toblerone, and a nice jacket embroidered with the Aurora & Downtown logos.
Dec. 18: Brad Serl - Zone Conference 2017 Kathy Sinclair 2017-12-18 08:00:00Z 0

Dec. 11: Christmas Luncheon

The Rotary Club of Kamloops annual Christmas Luncheon took place Monday. Dec. 11 at Hotel 540. Featuring local choir the Jewel Tones, as well as costumes, fun and fellowship -- plus a rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" that included Club President Mathew Dundas! Thank you to all who helped organize this event. Pictured: Mathew Dundas, Syndey with Russ Gerard, Past President Karl Stegeman, Danalee Baker, the Jewel Tones. Happy holidays to all!

Dec. 11: Christmas Luncheon Kathy Sinclair 2017-12-11 08:00:00Z 0

Dec. 4: Julia Soares birthday, Dr. Max Zahir

Happy birthday to our inbound Youth Exchange Student Julia Soares! We celebrated Julia's 18th birthday with a cake and presents.
Our guest speaker today was Dr. Max Zahir. Dr. Zahir lived in the province of Punjab with four brothers and three sisters at the time of partitioning of India into India and Pakistan. Serious conflict between Hindu and Muslim communities broke out after British rule ended and Dr. Zahir's family was involved in a hijacking. Dr. Zahir and his family were rescued, but they never saw one of his sisters again. For more information, see Dr. Zahir's book, 1947: A Memoir of Indian Independence.
Dec. 4: Julia Soares birthday, Dr. Max Zahir Kathy Sinclair 2017-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

Nov. 27: new members + Sukh Gill, TNRD

Today we welcomed three new members to our club. Dieter Dudy introduced Rick Windjack. Rick moved to Kamloops in 1994 and has 4 adult children. He manages the Aberdeen Village Centre and runs the Pit Stop program. Mat Dundas introduced Denise Bouwmeester, whose family has been in Kamloops since the 1930s. She has 2 girls and has been a Rotarian since 2008 with the North Kamloops Club. 
Arjun Singh introduced Margaret who has worked in the arts for past 20 years. She is currently the ED of the Kamloops Art Gallery. Her husband teaches at the School of Business and Economics at TRU and together they have 2 daughters. Welcome to all new members!
Our featured speaker was Sukh Gill, the CAO of the Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD). Sukh provided some background on regional districts. The TNRD is 50 years old and covers about 45,000 sq kms and has a population of about 132,000. He also provided information on the BC Emergency Management System and how it interfaced with our wildfires this past summer. The TNRD was incredibly busy setting up an Emergency Operation Centre just an hour after the fire broke out at Ashcroft. Fires and evacuation orders continued all summer and with 180 wildfires, the evacuation centre moved from McArthur Island to TRU to Sandman Centre. The TNRD operated in coordination with other agencies and services in a dynamic and moving situation. In all, there were 63 Emergency Operations Centre staff, 6068 addresses impacted, and 1700 pets evacuated over the 77 days of operation.
Nov. 27: new members + Sukh Gill, TNRD Kathy Sinclair 2017-11-27 08:00:00Z 0

Nov. 20: Vlad Sasarman, Rotary Foundation

Thanks to club member Vlad Sasarman for giving us an update on the Rotary Foundation today. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. About 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support six causes: promoting peace, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies and fighting disease. The Rotary Foundation has wiped out 99.9% of polio cases worldwide. You can learn more at the Foundation website.
Nov. 20: Vlad Sasarman, Rotary Foundation Kathy Sinclair 2017-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

Nov. 6: Joanne Simpson, Light Up Guatemala

Today our guest speaker was Joanne Simpson from Sa-Hali Secondary School. Joanne filled us in on the upcoming school project, Light Up Guatemala, that our Rotary Club has sponsored for 2018. Joanne was joined by Josh Molsberry, Executive Director of Developing World Connections.
In Guatemala, more than half of families rely on open fires to cook. The smoke fills their homes, resulting in severe health problems. Years of smoke exposure can cause pneumonia, cancer, stroke, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Respiratory infections are among the leading causes of death in Guatemala, particularly for women and children who spend a lot of time around the fires. The open fires also lead to deforestation. Light Up Guatemala provides villagers with eco-stoves that channel smoke to outside the home. The project will put 5,000 eco-stoves in the homes of families living in poverty throughout Guatemala.
Nov. 6: Joanne Simpson, Light Up Guatemala Kathy Sinclair 2017-11-06 08:00:00Z 0

Oct. 30: Arjun Singh, City Councillor (former Acting Mayor)

Longtime Rotary member and City Councillor Arjun Singh shared today his experiences of being the Acting Mayor for Kamloops over the summer of 2017, as well as opportunities for the community today. Thank you for your service, Arjun!
Oct. 30: Arjun Singh, City Councillor (former Acting Mayor) Kathy Sinclair 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

Oct. 23 meeting: Dina Gilbert, Kamloops Symphony

Today we heard from Dina Gilbert, the new music director for the Kamloops Symphony. A native of Québec, Dina is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Arkea, a Montreal-based professional chamber orchestra that presents innovative interpretation of orchestral music. Over the last years, Dina Gilbert has conducted numerous orchestras in Canada including theToronto Symphony Orchestra, the NAC Orchestra in Ottawa and the Orchestre Métropolitain. She also has collaborated many times with young Canadian composers, premiering over thirty works and has also conducted studio recordings for films and video game soundtracks. Dina earned a doctorate from the Université de Montréal, where she studied with Jean-François Rivest and Paolo Bellomia. She is also the holder of a Bachelor's degree in clarinet performance and a Master's in conducting. Welcome to Kamloops, Dina!
Oct. 23 meeting: Dina Gilbert, Kamloops Symphony Kathy Sinclair 2017-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

Oct. 16: Jo-Anne, Kamloops Hospice Association

Thanks to Jo-Anne, counsellor at the Kamloops Hospice Association, for coming to speak with us about grief today. She shared that grief is a natural and internal response to losing something.
Mourning is the outward expression of our grief and facilitates the healing process. It is an important part of grief. It is normal to want to avoid painful experiences, but it can be harmful to shut down and not experience it.
Mourning can also be expressed privately, through journaling and reflecting away from the business of life.
Oct. 16: Jo-Anne, Kamloops Hospice Association Kathy Sinclair 2017-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

Oct. 5: special joint meeting with Rotary West

Thursday, Oct. 5 was our joint meeting with West co-hosted by Mat Dundas & Kelly Fawcett and featuring Rotary 5060 District Governor Bill Jenkins. Bill lives in Prosser, Washington. Bill spoke of the education to become DG – Conferences, zones, PETS, etc.  He’s enjoyed his trip to the area so far, got to visit Clearwater and a Kamloops Chamber mixer.  The theme for this year's district conference (May 17-19, 2018 in Prosser) is challenge, commitment, change.  He asks for us to go for the Changemaker Award nomination.  Our clubs have given $4300 (Downtown) and $3900 (West) to foundation this year.  Last year the district Million Dollar Dinner raised $1.5m in pledges for foundation. Bill also noted that President Riseley has asked each Rotarian to plant one tree.  He then played the conference introduction video and hopes to see us all there.  
Oct. 5: special joint meeting with Rotary West Kathy Sinclair 2017-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Kamloops - Sept. 25, 2017

Our hearts are incredibly heavy at the sudden and unexpected passing of club member Christopher Seguin on Sept. 22. 
Invocation - Devon delivered a touching eulogy.
  • Natalie Serl, Rotary West
  • Julia Soares, Inbound Youth Exchange student
  • Mike Dedels, Rotary Aurora / District Governor
  • Matt Defoe
  • Jim Anderson, Venture Kamloops
  • Bobby Iio, Rotary West
  • Sherry Chamberlain, District Governor, and Jim Chamberlain
  • Kathy Collier, Family Dinners at NorKam
  • Anna Harrison, Rotary West
  • Nandi Spolia, Rotary Aurora
  • Pat Andrews
  • By-election - a reminder of the municipal by-election Sept. 30th
  • Brewloops - Sept. 27 - Oct. 1, fundraiser for Rotary West and Western Canada Theatre
  • No Rotary meetings Oct. 2 or Oct. 9
  • Next Rotary Club meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 5, a joint meet with Rotary West at Hotel 540 from 12-1:30pm, with visiting guest District Governor Bill Jenkin (social that evening from 6-8pm, contact Sherry Chamberlain)
  • Interclub Social Oct. 18, 6-8pm at Iron Road Brewing
  • Osoyoos Training - see District website
  • Family Dinner at NorKam - Wed., Oct. 4th, volunteers needed
  • RLI - Nov. 4-5 at the Coast
Inbound Youth Exchange Student - Julia Soares
  • Julia presented her wish list - which includes whale watching, the salmon run, visiting a pumpkin patch, snowshoeing, and eating bannock
  • Please contact Julia if you can take her on an outing!
50/50 - Colin Lyons won
Banco Basta - Laurie Lundgren did not draw the queen.
Sad Bucks
  • Mat - sad for the loss of Christopher
  • Maatje - challenge to carry on Christopher's good work
  • Anna Harrison - attending in memory of Christopher
  • Sherry Chamberlain - worked on the Wildfire Fund together
  • Bobby Iio - difficult loss, offering condolences
  • Dick - an offering for Christopher
  • Stella - worked with Christopher on the Selection Committee at TRU
  • Grant - Christopher doesn't have to worry about what Grant says
  • Laurie - we will make Christopher proud - he was Kamloops
  • Tim - keep up Christopher's momentum 
  • Kathy - Christopher was a big personality with a rare ability to connect with anyone
  • John C., Konrad and Marv made offerings for Christopher
  • Gerald - sad
  • Sue - we will remember and support the family
  • Sadie - Christopher had a huge impact and she'll remember his stubborn persistence -- glad to be here with Rotary family
  • James - Christopher was his Rotary mentor, like a big brother
  • Devon - Oct. 14 will be Christopher's celebration of life
  • Ryan - we all need to step up to fill in the gap left
  • Pat Andrews - she and husband Don were close with Christopher, huge loss
  • Mike - great leaders create great leaders
  • Brad S. - memories of Christopher
  • Cecelia - fond memories of Christopher's love of hunting
The money will be donated to the Rotary Foundation in memory of Christopher.
Rotary Moments - Ken House
  • Reflections on the 50th anniversary celebrations of our Rotary Club, circa 1972
  • Robert W. Irving was president, Tranquille Sanatorium & school board
  • Many former mayors and business leaders were a part of the club, as well as both Kamloops newspaper editors (Sentinel & Telegram)
Speakers: Jim Anderson, Venture Kamloops
  • Brad Serl introduced our speaker.
  • Venture Kamloops does economic development for the City of Kamloops and is funded by the City.
  • Its goal is to foster economic development in Kamloops. Maybe not what you picture (i.e. randomly calling companies outside of Kamloops to see if they'll relocate here with incentives, cash, etc. which is common in US)
  • Right now everyone wants to be the location of Amazon's second headquarters, but Kamloops doesn't qualify as potential location (they want a city with minimum population of 1M). Amazon's HQ2 would employ 50,000 people -- that's half the population of Kamloops
  • Kamloops is mostly about small business -- Venture Kamloops supplies data and information. 300 businesses served last year, responsible for 2500 Kamloops jobs.
  • Businesses are more likely to expand to Kamloops or start here than relocate entirely.
  • Recent examples include Telus data centre, Cando Rail and MolyCop expansion.
  • Core growth comes from people already living in Kamloops.
  • Kamloops doesn't have a lot of industrial land available (light or heavy).
  • When companies are looking to expand to Kamloops, often have only 1-2 options -- in other cities there can be 6-8 options.
  • Venture Kamloops provides entrepreneurial support in starting up small business. Examples: Hummingbird Drones, Dragon's Den.
  • Kamloops is generally a stable place for economic development - not huge ups and downs.
  • Next big event is Nov. 23 - Linkup Business Development Summit
Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Kamloops - Sept. 25, 2017 Kathy Sinclair 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

Christopher Seguin




It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Christopher Wayne Séguin on September 22, 2017. Christopher was born October 20, 1977 in Pinawa Manitoba. Christopher is survived by his wife Melissa, sons Logan and Harrison, parents Deb & Joe, sister Jennifer, father Patrick and his wife Shirley, many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Chris spent his early years in Lac du Bonnet Manitoba, where he arrived as the youngest member to a fairly large extended family. His love for travel began with trips in his rumble seat on the back of his father's bicycle while visiting with friends and family. Most of all he loved the farm. This would usually include a tractor ride or a spin on the dirt bike with uncles Mark or Bruce.

Being of a mining family he moved to BC at an early age and soon became acquainted with many of BC’s mining communities. He began his pre-schooling in Granisle BC, elementary in Chetwynd, Greenwood and Kamloops to finish up his secondary education as a “Golden K” recipient of Kamloops Senior Secondary.

Christopher was very active in athletics and enjoyed basketball, rugby and football. His academic standing and football carried him over to Simon Fraser University (SFU) with a scholarship to play for the university’s varsity team, the Clan. He graduated with a BA (Honours) in linguistics and made the Dean’s list for his work related to the Fijian Culture.

At an early age in life Christopher set his sights on world travel. While a student at SFU he made several trips to Fiji, with his linguistics professor and students, to document the Fijian language. He found himself in Prague in following years learning about the Czech language. Other trips included Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Australia, China, and Central America to name a few. His travels gave him an appreciation of this world’s cultural diversity, the values of others and the strength gained by embracing the diversity of people. From this he learned what is truly important in life which was giving back to his community.

Christopher began his career with SFU as cultural liaison in the International Education department. Over the next twelve years, he established his expertise in a number of development positions at SFU, including statistician, development officer, and account manager. In July 2007 Christopher made the move back to his home town as Vice-President Advancement at Thompson Rivers University (TRU).

Under his leadership, TRU set new fundraising records virtually every year of the last decade, generating millions of dollars for student awards, groundbreaking research and major buildings, notably the House of Learning, the renovation of Old Main for the Law Faculty, the Trades and Technology building and the soon to be constructed Nursing and Population Health building.

Christopher’s energies and passions went beyond the university with participation and support for the Kamloops community at large. Maintaining his athletic nature, Christopher completed various triathlons, 5-10 km runs for a cause and awareness, and his first Ironman competition in 2011 while continuing to put his energies into community involvement. Through his contributions in Rotary, Developing World Connections, TRUly United, the Kamloops Marathon and the North Kamloops Family Dinner, to name a few, he gave back to Kamloops with the many initiatives he championed and internationally with his climb of Kilimanjaro to raise funds for a school project in Sierra Leone for example. Christopher’s accomplishments as a community change maker were recognized in 2015, when he received the BC Community Achievement award.

Christopher was a very passionate bigger than life guy, a giving man with a huge heart, a wide smile and big laugh. We choose to remember Christopher for who he was, husband, father, brother, son, champion for causes, a passionate community leader and an accomplished VP of TRU who gave so much so others may succeed.

We welcome you to attend his celebration of life which will take place October 14 2017 at the Calvary Temple 1205 Rogers Way, 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, honoring Christopher and his memory would be best expressed by donating to a trust fund for his children through any Kamloops CIBC branch.

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Sept. 25 meeting: Jim Anderson, Venture Kamloops

Venture Kamloops does economic development for the City of Kamloops and is funded by the City. Kamloops is mostly about small business -- Venture Kamloops supplies data and information. VK served 300 businesses last year, responsible for 2500 Kamloops jobs. Kamloops is generally a stable place for economic development - not huge ups and downs. Venture Kamloops' next big event is Nov. 23 - Linkup Business Development Summit.
Sept. 25 meeting: Jim Anderson, Venture Kamloops Kathy Sinclair 2017-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

Sept. 11: YEx student Julia Soares & Heidi Coleman, RIH Foundation

Today we enjoyed meeting Julia Soares, our new inbound Youth Exchange student (shared with Aurora this year). Julia told us a bit about herself. She lives in Belo Horizonte (population 1.4 million). We are looking forward to hosting Julia! Please consider taking Julia on an outing this year.
Our main speaker today was our own member Heidi Coleman, CEO of the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation. Heidi provided an update on the Clinical Services Building and the upcoming surgical tower. She also discussed doctor recruitment and provided some statistics. Thank you Heidi for the update! 
Sept. 11: YEx student Julia Soares & Heidi Coleman, RIH Foundation Kathy Sinclair 2017-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

Aug. 28 meeting: Spec-Team Assessment Society & new exchange student

Today's speaker was Bernadette O'Donnell of the Spec-Team Assessment Society. Spec-Team Assessment is a registered non-profit society located in Vernon, serving the central interior of BC. Spec-Team is a specialized team of professionals who provide adult suspected of having Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) with a confirmed diagnosis and follow-up assistance in accessing community supports. Bernadette shared some of the characteristics of individuals with FASD as well as shattering some of the myths. Individuals with FASD, once diagnosed and supported, can and do go on to lead healthy and productive lives.
FASD affects individuals from all backgrounds and all socio-economic situations. A woman from a well-to-do, professional background is just as likely to give birth to a child with FASD as a teen mom. Education is key in preventing this disorder. In terms of services for the FASD community, BC lags far behind.
After the meeting, a group went to pick up new inbound Youth Exchange Student Julia Soares from the airport. Julia is from Brazil. Welcome, Julia! We look forward to hosting you here in Kamloops!
Aug. 28 meeting: Spec-Team Assessment Society & new exchange student Kathy Sinclair 2017-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Kamloops meeting Aug. 21

Introduction - President Mat chaired the meeting. 
Invocation - Geoff gave the invocation - with thanks for Pride celebrations, good weather and no smoke.
  • Carlie and Laura Thompson
  • Tony Rogge, TRU World
  • Vlad Sasarman, Kamloops West
  • MacKenzie Creasser
  • Maren Ternes (Germany / Kamloops West)
Upcoming Events
  • Our club's Corn Roast took place Aug. 24
  • Kamloops West RCMP Musical Ride Aug. 29 & 30
  • Rotary Food Drive Sept. 9
A thank-you card was received from the Kamloops Food Bank for help unloading goods for evacuees.
50/50 - Chris Rose won
Banco Basta - Devon did not draw the queen
Happy Bucks 
  • Mat welcomed the guests
  • John Corbishley just returned from hikes in Salmon Arm with his walking group
  • Maatje sets our minds at ease -- she's not moving but will park her larger fleet at the airport
  • Geoff's invocation was his happy buck
  • Vi enjoyed family visits
  • Doreen welcomed guests and is grateful for clear air
  • Cam donated table stakes, announced a slight job change and some exciting news
  • Devon congratulates his brother on organizing a successful Pride
  • Peter recounted some flight delays due to smoke
  • Ron reminisced about the Rube Band's reenactment of the RCMP Musical Rides in 1986
  • Ken had to cut his Alaska trip short for health reasons and is happy to be okay
  • Brad H. enjoyed Pride
  • Sarah enjoyed her first day off with her husband in over a month
  • Rudy didn't get to see the eclipse
  • Chris L. returns to Rotary after some time away and sees it's become a political hotbed
  • Marv is on the mend after some health issues
  • Arjun celebrates Kamloops as an inclusive and welcoming community
  • Don just returned from Montana and his granddaughter's wedding, sad to say goodbye to his Westfalia
  • Gerald is happy
  • James put in some penance dollars -- he left his daughter alone for a few seconds and returned to find she'd cut her own hair
Chris Rose - International Projects Report
  • Thanks to Ken House for November Rotary Moments on our International Projects
  • Rotary covers projects in peace and conflict resolution, disease, economic development, water/sanitation, basic education/literacy and more
  • District Grants and Matching Grants - district grants enable clubs to address immediate needs
  • Our projects have included one with Rotary West -- providing furniture, chairs, desks, etc. to schools in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (previous to this the students and teachers sat on buckets) -- there has been some uncertainty about transferring funding
  • Another project is providing eco-stoves to a village in Guatemala. Villagers were burning open fires to cook on inside their living huts, leading to lung disease. The eco-stoves are much healthier and more efficient. Worked with Sahali Secondary on this. $50K was donated by federal government, $20K by Rotary Clubs and $60K from Rotary Foundation.
Classification Talk - Miki Andrejevic
  • Miki has been a member for about a year. He comes to us from Belgrade, former Yugoslavia.
  • He has worked in the arts as an executive director for various organizations... for a choir (but he's not a singer)
  • He also directed and organized the Festival of Ideas in Edmonton
  • Miki recounted some history of Italian opera as well as the strategic planning and budgeting that are a part of being an arts administrator
  • He has worked with many great artists and musicians
  • Miki has a degree in law from the University of Belgrade as well as a degree in arts administration from Grant McEwan College.
Classification Talk - Sarah Bailey
  • Sarah is the manager of Atlas Steak & Fish at Cascades Casino
  • She's been in the hospitality industry for 20 years -- it found her after she initially wanted to be a teacher
  • Sarah went to culinary school but enjoys people, so worked front-of-house and became manager and did sales and marketing with Cascades, before taking over at Atlas
  • She enjoys teaching and learning about wine
  • The greatest challenge of the industry is keeping employees.
Speaker: Carlie Thompson, Rebound Youth Exchange student
    • Today we heard from "rebound" (returning) Rotary Youth Exchange Student Carlie Thompson. Carlie returned to Kamloops in July after spending a year in Fukuoka City, Japan -- a city of about 1.5 million people.
    • She was hosted by five different host families and was able to learn Japanese at home and at school as she taught her host families English.
    • Some of the highlights of her time in Japan included joining the String Orchestra Club, three days of New Year's celebrations, her host siblings and spending time with other Rotary exchange students from Switzerland, Australia and more. 
    • Carlie will be graduating from high school next year and intends to study zoology at university starting in September 2018. She also really wants to go back to Japan!
    • Past President Devon O'Toole presented Carlie with a $500 bursary. Congratulations, Carlie!
Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Kamloops meeting Aug. 21 Kathy Sinclair 2017-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

Aug. 21 meeting: Youth Exchange Student Carlie Thompson

Today we heard from "rebound" (returning) Rotary Youth Exchange Student Carlie Thompson. Carlie returned to Kamloops in July after spending a year in Fukuoka City, Japan -- a city of about 1.5 million people. She was hosted by five different host families and was able to learn Japanese at home and at school as she taught her host families English. Some of the highlights of her time in Japan included joining the String Orchestra Club, three days of New Year's celebrations, her host siblings and spending time with other Rotary exchange students from Switzerland, Australia and more. Carlie will be graduating from high school next year and intends to study zoology at university starting in September 2018. She also really wants to go back to Japan! Past President Devon O'Toole presented Carlie with a $500 bursary. Congratulations, Carlie!
Aug. 21 meeting: Youth Exchange Student Carlie Thompson Kathy Sinclair 2017-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

Aug. 14 meeting: two new members + Jonathan Natavio, Porter

We were happy today to induct two new members to our club: Amanda Martin and Colin Lyons. Amanda is the parish secretary with Holy Family Catholic Church, is a mom of two young children and a volunteer with ASK Wellness. Colin is the president and founder of Lyons Landscaping; he is involved with numerous community projects including Grow a Row for the Kamloops Food Bank. Welcome to Amanda and Colin!
Our guest speaker today was Jonathan Natavio, CEO of Porter. Jonathan told us about his new tech-enabled concierge application and how it will affect the Kamloops business community. Jonathan is the winner of the Kamloops Innovation Council's 'Built in Kamloops' contest. He recently accepted the award of $50,000 and started a six-month Kamloops residency in July.
Aug. 14 meeting: two new members + Jonathan Natavio, Porter Kathy Sinclair 2017-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

July 31 meeting: Bill Sundhu, International Law


Bill Sundhu is a member of our own Rotary Club and today he spoke about recent developments in international law for mass crimes. Bill is a Canadian lawyer and former judge with more than 30 years of experience in the courts of justice. His current practice includes trial and appellate advocacy in criminal justice, human rights and civil liberties. Bill has broad legal experience that includes criminal justice, family law, child and youth law, indigenous rights, police misconduct and wrongful deaths, non-discrimination, access to justice, law reform and legislation, professional legal responsibility, and judicial independence and administration. He is a regular speaker, lecturer and media commentator on human rights, justice, diversity, equality and international legal issues. He has extensive knowledge of the Canadian justice system and international human rights law, with particular interest in international criminal law. (BillSundhu.ca)

We also welcomed a Rotarian from Brazil to this meeting, Felipe Bittencourt (pictured with Club President Mat Dundas). Felipe was visiting his brother in Kamloops this week.

July 31 meeting: Bill Sundhu, International Law Kathy Sinclair 2017-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Kamloops meeting July 24

Introduction - President Mat chaired the meeting. The weekend was busy with Iron Sommelier and volunteering with wildfire evacuees - the Rotary group from Comox brought supplies to Kamloops.
Invocation - Gerald gave the invocation - striving for a better world.
  • Maxen Adams, our outbound exchange student (leaving for Brazil Wednesday)
  • Shelley, Mat's fiance
  • Christa Mullaly and Sherry Robinson
  • Karen McDiarmid
  • Stephanie Renner from Kalamalka Rotary
  • Mike McDonald (InfoTel News)
Iron Sommelier - Brad
  • Very successful event - sold out and made $18,000 in gross revenues. 
  • Linda Coles was the winning sommelier
  • $5,000 will go to Safe Suites, $2500 each to our Rotary and Rotary West
  • Got two new Rotarians out of it!
Outbound Youth Exchange Student - Maxen Adam
  • He leaves for Sao Paulo Wednesday
  • His new host dad did an exchange to Houston as a kid so understands the challenges
  • Family from 100 Mile was evacuated
  • Follow the blog, Maxen in Brazil
Upcoming Dates
  • Sunday, July 30 - Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association cleanup with Rotary West
  • Aug. 10-12 - Ribfest, contact Matt or Devon to volunteer
  • Aug. 24 - Corn Roast
  • Aug. 29-30 - RCMP Musical Ride (Rotary West)
  • Oct. 5 - joint meeting with District Governor
50/50 - Don Ogilvie won
Banco Basta - Grant Robertson, no queen
Happy Bucks 
  • Mat had a good weekend with family and is glad Shelley could make it to the meeting
  • Maatje raved about Iron Sommelier - received a high bid on the wine tour she donated and is taking Red Cross volunteers on a tour
  • Max has been enjoying a stay at the cabin and his last days in Canada for a while
  • Ryan reminded it's the last week for Project X Theatre shows
  • Tim enjoyed his dad's 75th birthday in Edmonton
  • Kathy announced she is joining Gerald, Brad and Sadie in running for a Council seat
  • Arjun has been busy representing the community in Deputy Mayor duties, huge community support with three pancakes breakfasts Sunday
  • Konrad has been volunteering at evacuation centre all week, knows the 100 Mile people
  • Don is glad to be back
  • Rudy is glad Konrad's stress is over
  • Ron has had some health issues
  • Doreen welcomed the guests
  • Sue remarked on the weather and hopes wildfires will end
  • Gerald is glad no one at his table has announced they're running for office
  • Geoff and wife Kathy travelled through Canada and the US and couldn't wait to get home to help out
  • Rob had a great time at Iron Sommelier... what happened after that is classified
Speakers: Christa Mullaly, CMHA & Sherry Robinson
Cam introduced our speakers, Christa Mullaly, executive director of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kamloops, and Sherry Robinson.
  • Christa and Sherry are working together to help build a music therapy program that our club's Shine the Light event this past spring fundraised for. 
  • Sherry related stories from the life of her son, Tyler, who tragically passed away at the age of 23 in January 2016 due to addiction.
  • Tyler had ongoing mental health struggles that began at a very young age, and Sherry gave several examples of how music had helped stabilize him over the course of his life.
  • Tyler was using drugs for 8 years and fell through the cracks of the system. Sherry had been trying to get him into a music therapy recovery program in the US when he died as a result of heroin laced with fentanyl.
  • As a young boy, Tyler was intense and emotional. Sherry found that music soothed and focused him.
  • As he grew, Tyler continued to explore music and hosted a radio show at TRU after being encouraged by Steve Ayres.
  • Tyler kept his drug use secret for quite some time and his family felt the shame and stigma surrounding it.
  • Tyler had wanted to become a lawyer and advocate and help others.
  • Sherry is donating some of Tyler's instruments to the new CMHA program.
  • This can happen to anyone's child. There were 967 deaths in 2016 and predicted to go up to 1500 this year.
  • On Aug. 31, Sherry and others are hosting International Overdose Awareness Day from 12-9pm at Riverside Park - before and during Music in the Park. The message is inclusion and connection.
Arjun thanked our speakers.
Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Kamloops meeting July 24 Kathy Sinclair 2017-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

July 24 meeting: Christa Mulally, CMHA & Sherry Robinson

Posted on Jul 24, 2017
Today our featured speakers were Christa Mullaly, executive director of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kamloops, and Sherry Robinson. Christa and Sherry are working together to help build a music therapy program that our club's Shine the Light event this past spring fundraised for. Sherry related stories from the life of her son, Tyler, who tragically passed away at the age of 25 in January 2016 due to addiction. Tyler had ongoing mental health struggles that began at a very young age, and Sherry gave several examples of how music had helped stabilize him over the course of his life. She had been trying to get him into a music therapy recovery program in the US when he had a relapse. We applaud Sherry for her bravery in telling Tyler's story and wish Sherry and Christa all the best in establishing this important music program in Kamloops.
July 24 meeting: Christa Mulally, CMHA & Sherry Robinson Kathy Sinclair 2017-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

July 17 meeting: Glenn Grant, BC Wildlife Park

Glenn Grant is Executive Director and General Manager of the BC Wildlife Park. He spoke about the increase in visitors the park has experience since having Clover (the only Kermode bear in captivity). Attendance has increased from 88,000/yr to over 100,000 and includes visitors from China, Germany and Australia. The park has boosted the Kamloops economy through tourism and more overnight stays.
Glenn was joined by Queenie Lai, educator from the Wildlife Park and Neenum, a burrowing owl.  They shared some interesting facts about the breeding program that was started after the species was extirpated from BC (meaning there were none left). 
July 17 meeting: Glenn Grant, BC Wildlife Park 2017-07-18 07:00:00Z 0

July 10 meeting: Greg Reid, Oz Premium Olive Oil

Something a little different... today Greg Reid gave a very interesting talk on the history, types, flavours, and business around olive oils. Greg is a fellow Rotarian (past President of Kamloops North) with a variety of professional and personal interests working with busy professionals and nonprofits within our Kamloops community. As it turns out, the mob is connected to olive oil, and 2/3 of "extra virgin" olive oils aren't actually virgin (1/4 of those aren't even olive oil!).  We had also a blind taste testing of 3 different oil types.
July 10 meeting: Greg Reid, Oz Premium Olive Oil Kathy Sinclair 2017-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

June 26: Induction of President Mathew Dundas & New Executive

Tonight Devon O'Toole (right) passed the role of President of the Rotary Club of Kamloops over to Mathew Dundas (centre, with fiancee Shelley) at the Rotary Induction Dinner, held at Hotel 540. Before he handed over his role, the now Past President gave a heartfelt speech on the past year and what Rotary has meant to him. A hearty congratulations to Past President O'Toole, and all the best to President Mathew for the coming year!
The President will be supported by a new Executive, also appointed last night.
Awards were presented to Mathew Dundas, Devon O'Toole, Karl Stegemann and Colin Lyons. Congratulations to all.
June 26: Induction of President Mathew Dundas & New Executive Kathy Sinclair 2017-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

June 19: Rotary bursaries

Rotary Bursaries
This year our club gave out bursaries to 6 high school students going on to post-secondary ($500 each). Three of the students were present to receive their awards:
  • Sofeya Smith (Valleyview) is getting her BSc from TRU and will go on to veterinarian studies in Saskatchewan
  • Cassandra Bradshaw (Kamloops School of the Arts) will go to UBC for her BSc in Botany
  • Sheldon Baitz (NorKam) will work on his BSc in math at TRU and become a high school teacher
Bursaries were also granted to Elaine Giles (Westsyde), Jonathan Bowden (Sahali) and Melissa Norris (SKSS). Congratulations to all!
June 19: Rotary bursaries Kathy Sinclair 2017-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

June 12 meeting: Marguerite Dodds-Lepinski and a fond farewell

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!
June 12 meeting: Marguerite Dodds-Lepinski and a fond farewell Kathy Sinclair 2017-06-12 07:00:00Z 0

June 5 meeting: YEx alumni Joel Pflomm

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.
June 5 meeting: YEx alumni Joel Pflomm Kathy Sinclair 2017-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

May 29: Bernadette Siracky, Kamloops Food Bank + Kathy Collier receives Paul Harris Fellow

Posted on May 29, 2017
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!
May 29: Bernadette Siracky, Kamloops Food Bank + Kathy Collier receives Paul Harris Fellow Kathy Sinclair 2017-05-29 07:00:00Z 0

May 15 meeting: Brad & Natalie Serl, Point in Time Count – Homelessness results



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.


May 15 meeting: Brad & Natalie Serl, Point in Time Count – Homelessness results Kathy Sinclair 2017-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Kamloops meeting May 15, 2017 Sadie Hunter 2017-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary represents at Adult Team Spelling Bee

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!
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May 8 meeting: Sherry and Dorys, El Salvador & Guatemala

Posted on May 08, 2017

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.

May 8 meeting: Sherry and Dorys, El Salvador & Guatemala Kathy Sinclair 2017-05-08 07:00:00Z 0

May 1 meeting: Sherry Chamberlain, Rotary Mentorship

Posted on May 01, 2017
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.
May 1 meeting: Sherry Chamberlain, Rotary Mentorship Kathy Sinclair 2017-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

April 24 meeting: Todd Stone

Posted on Apr 24, 2017
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.
April 24 meeting: Todd Stone Kathy Sinclair 2017-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

April 3 meeting: Alison Sidow, SD73 Superintendent

Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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.
April 3 meeting: Alison Sidow, SD73 Superintendent Kathy Sinclair 2017-04-03 07:00:00Z 0

March 27 meeting: Wanda Carisse, Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

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!

March 27 meeting: Wanda Carisse, Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism Kathy Sinclair 2017-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

March 20 meeting: Mike Miltimore, Riversong Guitars

Posted on Mar 20, 2017
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.
March 20 meeting: Mike Miltimore, Riversong Guitars Kathy Sinclair 2017-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

March 13 meeting: Gary Reed

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.
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March 6 meeting: Chris Rose Zimbabwe school project

Posted on Mar 06, 2017

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.
March 6 meeting: Chris Rose Zimbabwe school project Kathy Sinclair 2017-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
Newsletter for Rotary Club of Kamloops March 6 Kathy Sinclair 2017-03-06 08:00:00Z 0

Feb. 27 meeting: Emiko Ohama, Sarah Goddard & SPCA

Posted on Feb 27, 2017
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.
Feb. 27 meeting: Emiko Ohama, Sarah Goddard & SPCA Kathy Sinclair 2017-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

Feb. 6: Heidi Coleman, RIH Foundation

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)
Feb. 6: Heidi Coleman, RIH Foundation Kathy Sinclair 2017-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

Jan. 30 meeting: AGM & Lukáš Kršek

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.
Jan. 30 meeting: AGM & Lukáš Kršek Kathy Sinclair 2017-01-30 08:00:00Z 0
Newsletter for Rotary Club of Kamloops: Jan. 23 Kathy Sinclair 2017-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Jan. 23 meeting: Danalee Baker, United Way (BC211)

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. 
Jan. 23 meeting: Danalee Baker, United Way (BC211) 2017-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Jan. 16 meeting: Kristina Gifford, MedviewMD

Posted on Jan 15, 2017
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!
Jan. 16 meeting: Kristina Gifford, MedviewMD Kathy Sinclair 2017-01-16 00:00:00Z 0

Jan. 9 Meeting: ADG Mike Dedels

Posted on Jan 08, 2017
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. 
Jan. 9 Meeting: ADG Mike Dedels Kathy Sinclair 2017-01-09 00:00:00Z 0

Dec. 19 meeting: "Why Rotary?"

Posted on Dec 18, 2016
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.
Dec. 19 meeting: "Why Rotary?" Kathy Sinclair 2016-12-19 00:00:00Z 0

Holiday Party

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.
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Dec. 5: Rotary Foundation

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. 
Dec. 5: Rotary Foundation Kathy Sinclair 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0

Nov. 21: Katherine McParland, A Way Home

Posted on Nov 20, 2016
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."
Nov. 21: Katherine McParland, A Way Home Kathy Sinclair 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0

Nov. 14: ShelterBox & Kamloops Chamber

Posted on Nov 13, 2016
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.
Nov. 14: ShelterBox & Kamloops Chamber Kathy Sinclair 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

Nov. 7: Dr. Max Zahir & Chefs in the City

Posted on Nov 06, 2016
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.
Nov. 7: Dr. Max Zahir & Chefs in the City Kathy Sinclair 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0

Oct. 31: Classification Talks & Clubrunner

Posted on Oct 30, 2016
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. 
Oct. 31: Classification Talks & Clubrunner Kathy Sinclair 2016-10-31 00:00:00Z 0

World Wide Life Humanitarian Partnership, Thailand

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.
World Wide Life Humanitarian Partnership, Thailand Kathy Sinclair 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0

Oct. 17: Wendy Marlow, Kamloops Hospice

Posted on Oct 16, 2016
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.
Oct. 17: Wendy Marlow, Kamloops Hospice Kathy Sinclair 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0

Oct. 3 meeting: The Reach + Starfish backpacks

Posted on Oct 02, 2016
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: http://reachkamloops.com/
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. http://starfishpack.com/why-starfish/
Oct. 3 meeting: The Reach + Starfish backpacks Kathy Sinclair 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0

Packing for Operation Nicaragua with Kamloops Fire Rescue

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.
Packing for Operation Nicaragua with Kamloops Fire Rescue 2016-09-26 00:00:00Z 0

Sept. 12 meeting: Emma Persad's UN Internship

Posted on Sep 11, 2016
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!
Sept. 12 meeting: Emma Persad's UN Internship Kathy Sinclair 2016-09-12 00:00:00Z 0

Fall Food Drive

Posted on Sep 09, 2016
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.
Fall Food Drive Kathy Sinclair 2016-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

3 New Members, 2 Speakers, 1 Exchange Student

Posted on Aug 28, 2016
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.
3 New Members, 2 Speakers, 1 Exchange Student Kathy Sinclair 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome Inbound Exchange Student Lukáš Kršek

Posted on Aug 24, 2016
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.
Welcome Inbound Exchange Student Lukáš Kršek Kathy Sinclair 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0

Monte Creek Winery Tour

Posted on Aug 22, 2016
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!
Monte Creek Winery Tour Kathy Sinclair 2016-08-23 00:00:00Z 0

Carlie Thompson Outbound 2016-17 Blog 

Blogs are so great!! Our Youth Exchange students use them to update on how their experiences are going.  Carlie Thompson is currently in Japan. If you wish to follow her you sure can. Here is her link to her blog : https://carlieinjapan.wordpress.com
Carlie Thompson Outbound 2016-17 Blog  2016-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Outbound Student 2016-17 Carlie Thompson - Japan Arrival  2016-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

Annual Club Corn Roast Social

Posted on Aug 18, 2016
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
Annual Club Corn Roast Social Devon O' Toole 2016-08-19 00:00:00Z 0

Life Changing Experience. Club farewells to Exchange Student Joel Pflomm 2015-16

Posted by Devon O'Toole on Jul 10, 2016
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. 
Life Changing Experience. Club farewells to Exchange Student Joel Pflomm 2015-16 Devon O'Toole 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0

Installation of 2016/17 President

Posted on Jun 26, 2016
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.
Installation of 2016/17 President Kathy Sinclair 2016-06-27 00:00:00Z 0

Newsletter for the AGM

Karl Stegmann took over today’s meeting to run our Club’s 93rd AGM
Today we dealt with our financial overview, and got short reports from international service, foundation, and community service
  • Geoff Collier presented our financial report current dec 31, 2015
  • In previous reports we have been losing money, but this year we’re breaking even (at least on the meals)
  • Our goal with operations should be to break even, we had been running a 7-8000$ deficit on food
  • This needs to be stabilized, the best way to do so would be via new members.  We need about 10 new members to break even
  • We have about 10 years at current rates before we deplete our reserve
  • Historically we did not spend all our Chefs money, currently we are spending all our revenue for chefs on projects
  • We are getting about 20,000/year from gaming.  This money is subject to wild fluctiations, some years we got 40,000, other years zero.
  • We spend about 70,000/year on club projects, 25-35000/year on operations
  • We are still bleeding a bit on our special events (Christmas dinners, etc), Geoff is looking at addressing that to increase our sustainability
  • We have a significant bill on credit card fees, to the tune of 100$ a month.  Geoff has canceled our relationship with Global Payments as a result
  • We are now using Squares, which are virtually free
  • He is also expecting a refund of between 800 and 1000$ from CIBC on these usurious costs
  • He has provided greater detail on what community service is spending its money on
  • He mentioned that Chefs is a 7:1 profit, which is amazing.  Of each 65$ ticket, approximately 55$ goes to club projects
  • Arjun moved we accept the financial statement, Mat Dundas seconded
Minna spoke on the state of our Foundation
  • 2016-2017 marks the Centennial of Rotary Foundation
  • It has spent 3 billion to improve the lives of people world wide
  • Becoming a sustaining member is a great way to contribute to the is worthy cause
  • We have 16 sustaining members: PeterSusanGeoffMargieRyanDoreenMarvDevonChrisArjunKenBradStellaRonCynthiaMinna, and Jan.
Chris spoke about our International projects
  • Many schools in Zimbabwe are being defended by the govt, so we’ve been having a hard time helping as many people as need it
Mat spoke about our community projects
  • the current budget is 20,000 gaming and 20,000 from the club
  • Ytd, we've spent 7500, donations have gone to: Ask wellness, ALS, Ashes to Dust, Norkam, Toys for Kids, Rotary Adventures in Citizenship, and others (sorry, I couldn't keep up on this list)
  • a New form is going up on the website soon that will outline our guidelines for donations.
Lastly, our new executive was voted in today:
  • DevonMatCarlGeoffChrisBradMinnaCamChristopherSueCynthia, and Arjun
  • As per our constitution, there were 3 calls for new nominations.  Since those calls went unanswered the new executive has been officially appointed.
  • Christopher moved that we adjourn, Chris Lewis seconded
Newsletter for the AGM Brad Serl 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Jan 4th Club Meeting - Thank you to RAFT for presenting! 2016-01-05 00:00:00Z 0

Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Kamloops Nov 23rd Meeting

Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Kamloops Nov 23rd Meeting
Apologies for the lack of pictures in this week's newsletter, and for my tardiness in getting this out, it's been a busy week
Club Business
  • Today's invocation was performed by Cam Rauschenburger
  • Todays guests were: Joel Pflom,. Lisa Gammel, Brian Bondar, and Jill Coke
President's updates
  • 9-10 Rotarians will be route marshals at the Santa Parade on November 28th
  • Our club will be volunteering at Operation Rednose on December 5th, contact Arjun if you'd like to volunteer
  • The District Conference will be held on May 12-15, you can register on the website.  Devon is arranging a bust to shuttle members of our club (and others) to the conference.
  • The RI Conference is being held in Seoul, South Korea, from the 28th of May through the 1st of June.
  • Chris Rose is organizing our speech competition in February
  • All presidents have been meeting monthly, there will be a fundraising opportunity at the womens’ world championship in April
  • Cam will be assuming the role of PR director as Peter is unable to head that committee any longer
  • We will be inducting Deiter Dudy next week
Joel’s update
  • Joel had a great time last week, particularly at bubble soccer, and enjoyed going to a movie afterwards 
  • Peter Baron won today's 50/50 draw
Banko Basta
  • Ron Nourse won, but failed in his search for the queen
Foundation Presentation
Gerald Watson presented on the foundation and its importance in driving rotary's mission forward
Happy Bucks (collected by Ryan Leibe)
  • Ryan’s happy about ABS and traction control
  • Arjun is happy about the tennis tournment on the weekend
  • Doreen is happy that Jill’s here
  • Carl is happy about the snow on Sunpeaks
  • Peter is unhappy about having to go see an ophthalmologist, and was unable to play hockey, but is happy that he could be here and won table stakes
  • Chris has an almost happy dollar, he was visiting Gautam Parghi in the hospital, who will be out soon and feeling much better
  • Susan is happy that she saw Gail Cameron
  • Angela is happy about American thanksgiving, and happy about having 4 wheel drive and good brakes, and for good football on the weekend
  • Devon enjoyed the district youth exchange interviews and spending time with all the inbounds on the weekend
  • Cam is happy about bubble soccer
  • Mat mentioned Art in the Dark at the Rex, which is happening Nov 28th, tickets and other information is available here: http://www.radionl.com/amp-events/kamloops-arts-council-art-in-the-dark/
  • Gerald donated an apology dollar for Sue’s dog undergoing surgery, which he is somehow responsible for
Today's Speaker
Carl Sulkowski intro’d today’s speaker
  • Lisa has worked in police based victim services for the last 25 years, has been program manager for victim services for the last 20 years, and lives in Kamloops with her husband and two sons
Lisa’s presentation
  • Her organization helps victims of crimes, as well as things that are traumatic but not necessarily criminal
  • They also explain to crime victims about what their choices are when charges are laid in things like domestic violence cases
  • They also support victims in court appearances, particularly those with special needs
  • Crime victim assistance program information and aid
  • Provide info on personal safety, including security checks for burglary victims
Questions for our speaker focused on:
Their relationship with the RCMP, how they are funded, what their jurisdiction is, what changes have occurred in the last 20 years, what the characteristics of ideal volunteers would be, and what the impact of the automatic charging of perpetrators of domestic violence
Doreen Monson thanked our guest speaker
Next week's speaker will be Mayor Peter Milobar
Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Kamloops Nov 23rd Meeting 2015-11-27 00:00:00Z 0

Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Kamloops' November 9 meeting

Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Kamloops' November 9 meeting
This newsletter won't be quite as detailed as they usually are, my technology failed and I'm not as fast with a pen as I am with a keyboard.  My apollogies.
Club Business
  • Today's Invocation was performed by Geoff, while our guests were introduced by John Corbishley.
  • Arjun mentioned that there will be a Bike and Barge rotary trip in 2016, arranged by Roxanna Ferguson.  
  • He also mentioned that Dr. Phargi is recovering and will be home from hospital in a week or two.
  • Geoff informed the club that Chefs was a big success, with a profit of 34,000
  • Margie revealed that the winner of the people's choice award went to Mitz's Kitchen
  • She also summarized the positive feedback we got from Dino Bernardo, Tom Cooper, Recline Ridge, Sagewood, Chop'n Block, Cascades and Cookshack Cravings.
  • Gerald spoke about why he supports The Rotary Foundation, and about how our club goal for this year is to contribute 6000$ to the Foundation.  He also informed us that if any one of our members would like to adjust their will to include a donation to TRF, his firm will make that change (and only that change) pro bono.
Rotary Moment
Ken House's rotary moment today focused on Nikki Venus, who went to Japan in 91/92.  She returned to Kamloops and got married in 93.  She and her husband have 2 children.  Nikki is a teacher and counselor at Broc Middle school, and completed her Masters of Education at TRU in Counseling, partially funded by the district's Leadership Development Program.  Speaking about her exchange experience, she said that doing an exchange program can be life changing if one is willing to accept and embrace that change.
Joel's Presentation
Joel enjoyed working at chefs, and also enjoyed working at the family dinner.  he also had a great time going to the TCC with Minna and her granddaughter.  He also went to Vancouver on the weekend to watch a Lions game.
  • One of our guests (sorry for not getting her name, it was during the reading of the guest book that my computer gave up the ghost) won the 50/50 draw today
Banko Basta
  • John Corbishley won the draw, but failed in his hunt for the queen
Happy Bucks
  • Russ Gerard informed us that our Xmas lunch will be on the 14th of December
  • John Crowe thanked the Chefs team, and is dissapointed that the PAC vote ended in a No.
  • Geoff welcomed Vi back
  • Christopher got inoculated against a whole host of diseases that he might encounter when he goes on his Kilimanjaro trek
  • Vi is happy to be back
  • Gerald is training with Chris for teh Kilimanjaro expedition
  • Rob is sad that his Cowboys lost again
  • Ken invited people to the Columbo tennis Centre this sunday from 11-4 for free tennis and pickleball lessons
  • John Corbishley mentioned the book sale happening in Sahali Centre Mall 
  • I (Brad) mentioned that I'm doing a Movember pledge again this year, and that every dollar that is donated to my Movember campaign by Rotarians will be met with an equal donation (by me) to the Rotary Foundation. 
Today's Speaker
Matt introduced today's speaker, Dr Lachlan Fraser, a world renowned researcher in grassland ecology.
  • Today was Dr. Fraser's first rotary meeting and he really liked what he saw.  He is a big proponent of our youth exchange program, as he went on a youth exchange himself to Malawi.
  • He was born in Prince George and raised in Vancouver.
  • He decided to move to Kamloops because Kamloops is at the heart of one of Canada's most valuable grassland regions.
  • He studies climate change, with a focus in experimental ecology, and focuses a lot of his efforts on the Lac du Bois grasslands
  • He also uses genomics to study the impact of mining on soil's microbial ecosystems
  • He is currently applying for two research grants, Canada's first research excellence project (worth 60 million dollars) and one through Genome Canada (worth 8.75 million).
  • Questions for today's speaker focused on how scientists maintain their independence when working with industry partners, the effects of cattle on grasslands, and the overall health of the Lac du Bois Grasslands.
Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Kamloops' November 9 meeting Bradley Serl 2015-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

August 17th Meeting Newsletter

Posted by Brad Serl on Aug 18, 2015
Newsletter for the August 17th Meeting of the Rotary Club of Kamloops 
  • This week's invocation was ably performed by Arjun
  • Arjun reported that the most recent executive meeting was very productive
Guest Book
  • Doreen introduced today's guests including Jim from Rotary West, our 2016 outbound Hannah Ferguson, our recently returned 2015 outbound Catriona Sigalet, Angela Bissett, Jen Rauschburger, and 2016's District 5060 Governor, Mr. Greg Luring
Club Business
  • Russ talked about the upcoming corn roast (August 20th, this Thursday) If anyone wants extra corn (7$/dozen) let Russ know before noon on Thursday
  • Devon will be running the next 2 meetings as Arjun is unable to attend
  • Committee assignments have been finished, and will be sent out soon
  • The executive meeting for Wednesday of this week is canceled
  • Joel (our 2016 inbound)  is arriving August 27th, if you'd like to be part of the airport greeting committee please contact Devon for when he'll be arriving.
  • Food Drive: Sept 19th: Matt will bring signup sheets to the corn roast, and to next week's meeting
  • There is a Rotary visioning training session occurring on sept 19th in Vernon, if you'd like to attend please register on the District website
  • There will be a Chef’s meeting next week after the meeting
  • This week we were proud to welcome Jeff McCalister back to the club, a big thank you to Peter Baron for encouraging him to re-join the club.
  • Katrina (our 2015 outbound) was in Italy for a year and is very grateful for the club supporting her time abroad, she will be going to UVic very shortly, and the club is giving her a bursary to support her pursuit of higher education
Peter baron won, and recited the 4 way test with great aplomb and gusto
Banko Basta
Margie won the draw, but sadly did not find the queen
Happy Bucks
  • Happy bucks this week were ably collected Rudy Morelli, who was very happy about the Jays winning
  • Arjun was happy about his 12th wedding anniversary
  • Brandy is happy about going on a road trip vacation with her boyfriend and 5 boys
  • Vi  put in 2 dollars for her husband’s heart condition, he will be undergoing surgery in Ottawa soon, so she will be gone for September.  The entire club wishes him a smooth, masterful operation and a complete and rapid recovery.
  • Dick was happy about Jeff being a new member, again
  • Jan was likewise happy about Jeff joining the club
  • Geoff was happy to be back, and happy there’s another Jeff/Geoff to be blamed for his (Geoff’s) hijinks
  • Chris Rose was happy that Hasan Kettaneh is through the district for the peace fellow scholarship
  • Karl was happy that jeff joined the club
  • Carl was too, and thanked Jim for joining us to sing the American national anthem (in honor of our DG's visit)
  • Sue was happy to see Jeff rejoin, and for Greg being at this week's meeting
  • Catriona was happy to be home
  • Devon gave a big thank you to Aurora's President Nandi Spolia, of Goldies Flavors of India for donating all the food for the family dinner
  • Susan was happy that her son's family is moving to Kamloops
  • Gerald was happy Jeff’s rejoined
  • Jen was happy that Devon and Cam asked her to come
  • Jeff was 5 bucks happy about rejoining the club
  • Margie was happy on behalf of the ladies that Jeff’s joining, and was sad that she cannot attend the corn roast
  • Peter Baron was happy that Greg did our club the honor of attending this week's meeting
  • Hannah’s leaving in a week, and has started a blog to detail her trip (http://hannahfergusonrotaryexchangeargentina.blogspot.com/)
  • Mike Dedels (asst DG) was happy to be at our Club’s meeting, and talked about the all presidents’ meeting.  He wants ideas about big projects we can have an all club fundraiser and project, if you have ideas, please contact Arjun.
Guest Speaker
Marv introduced this weeks' speaker, District Governor Greg Luring, following is a summation of the key points of Greg's presentation
  • Greg was impressed with the work that we’ve done and the goals we’ve set for the upcoming year
  • He was excited that there were two exchange students at the club this week, as his daughter was an exchange student in India 25 years ago
  • He discovered via his daughter’s exchange experience that her host family were not strangers, but instead fellow Rotarians
  • Since then, Greg and his wife have hosted 7 exchange students over the years, doing so was a powerful driver for him to stay in Rotary
  • Via his daughter’s involvement in sports he discovered that service clubs can be powerful drivers in the creation and maintenance of public amenities
  • In getting the Yakima rotary trust set up he had to work with the city, other rotary clubs, Kiwanis and other service clubs, and thus managed to get excellent softball facilities built in Yakima
  • They also got a 20 million anonymous donation that would hit when the donor passed away. After her death, Molly Davis’ name was attached to the funds
  • The trust caused all three clubs to work together to manage the money
  • Said money was designated for scholarships, based on needs not just via academics for the whole county, which pulled in the 4 other clubs in the county to publicize, vet, and manage the scholarships
  • His experience in 3 large organizations has shown him that the leaders must know that there are problems that must be addressed, and has learned that one shouldn’t ask for permission, but instead for forgiveness after having made changes
  • After Greg's speech Arjun presented him with two shirts from Canada's Tournament capital, and with a pin from Gur Sigh's year as president of our club
  • Greg also had news regarding the 2017 District Conference
  • The International President has decreed that conferences do not have to host a rep from the IP, thus there will not be a speech by the IP rep, instead the time usually allotted for such will be used for the exchange students to strut their stuff on Saturday morning as many people have already departed by 11 on Sunday
  • Greg’s theme for his tenure is “Footprints, Fellowship, and Fun” and he hopes that we will join him and the other hardworking Yakima Rotarians at the DC next year
  • Devon is arranging a bus for the conference, it will be around 125$ per person
August 17th Meeting Newsletter Brad Serl 2015-08-19 00:00:00Z 0

August 10th Meeting Newsletter

Posted by Bradley Serl on Aug 11, 2015
Minutes for August 10th
Hello Everybody, I'm sorry about not sending out a newsletter last week, i lost all my notes when my Ipad had aneurysm
This week's meeting was held in our usual room in Hotel 540 and featured provincial MP and Minister of Health Terry Lake as speaker and a fantastically large number of guests and visitors.
  • Our invocation was delivered by Minna Ikonnen
The Guest book was read by Sue, and as mentioned above, we had a great turnout by way of guests and visitors this week (apologies for not getting everybody's patronyms):
  • James (from the Vernon Silverstar Club), Theresa (formerly of our club, now of the Vernon Silverstar Club) Cecile, Angela, Deiter Duty, Terry Lake, Doug Andrews, Hannah Ferguson (this year's outbound), Rebecca Hughes, Kirsty (Terry Lake’s asst) Debbie Hoffman, George Campbell, Greg, Matthew, and Dianne (from Kamloops West).  All told we had 15 guests! 
Club Business
Hannah, after having some serious problems getting her paperwork sorted, has finally been confirmed to head to Argentina at the end of the month.
  • Sponsor pins, which Arjun purchased from International, will be given to anyone that sponsors a new member. This week Heidi received one for sponsoring Brandy (who was sworn in last week)
  • Our Family dinner is running Wednesday, August 12 at Norkam. The menu will feature butter chicken.
  • Dr Parghi, a member of our club, is in the hospital for surgery.  If you would like to visit him he's on the 6th floor.
  • District governor nominees are needed, contact Arjun if you have any suitable candidates in mind.
  • Greg Luring (this year's DG) will be in Kamloops next week, and will be giving out unsung hero awards as part of his tenure.  Again, if you have any candidates in mind please tell Arjun.
  • We've sold 46 tickets for the Corn Roast so far.  Said Corn Roast will be on August 20th.  Please contact Russ if you'd like to purchase a ticket.
  • Terry Lake, as an MP for Kamloops, was made honorary member of our club.  Terry is no stranger to Rotary, indeed he is a past president of the Coquitlam Club.
  • Theresa and Jim from the Silverstar Vernon Club announced/sold tickets for their annual Wine raffle, the proceeds will go towards student scholarships/bursaries for deserving kids in Vernon.
Marv won, and befitting his status as a PDG sailed through his recital of the 4 way test with no help from anybody
Banko Basta
John Corbishley​ won , but sadly did not find the queen 
Happy Bucks
  • Were ably collected by Ryan Leibe who congratulated the Daybreak Club for putting on yet another successful rib fest.
  • Terry Lake also praised Ribfest and mentioned Overlanders Days (happening this Saturday)
  • Hannah was happy about finally getting her exchange sorted
  • Vi welcomed everyone
  • Don Andrews was happy to reintroduce his son (Douglas) at Rotary and plans to encourage him to join the club
  • John Corbishley wishes Jeannie Bouchard well, and returned from a great fishing trip to northern Quebec
  • Ron donated 5 happy bucks about the bronco’s win, and for Monday marking the first day he is able to drive again after knee surgery
  • Sue also donated 5 happy, sad and welcome bucks
  • Jim form Vernon: was happy to return to Kamloops, where he used to live
  • Dianne from Kamloops West mentioned that they will be doing a social sept 13th  at the tennis centre, tickets are 10 bucks including a beer and a smokie
  • Maatje donated 5 happy bucks and was happy about being in the busy season for wine tours and thanked Rebecca Hughes about being the featured family for Juniper
  • Karl was in California for a couple weeks, and is spending time at the lake.  He also promised to guilt Douglas Andrews into joining.
  • Gerald bought a boat, and discovered some time later that it had been misregistered under the vendor's name.  Upon explaining vicarious liability to them they expedited the process to re-register it under his name. 
  • Matthew (a former member) was happy to be back at a meeting
  • Theresa from Vernon was happy to be in Kamloops
  • Peter donated 10 happy bucks and was happy to have the renos on his house finished
  • Chris was happy to be back after a month away. He had a family reunion on Hornby Island, and was happy to see so many guests today
This Week's Speaker
Devon intro’d our guest speaker (Terry Lake)
Terry Lake
Terry Joined Rotary in 1990, in Coquitlam, and presented on managing health care in an era of restraint, following are some key points from his presentation.
  • We spend 2 million dollars every hour on health care (HC)
  • HC is 42% of our budget
  • BC, if it were a country, would be tied with japan for longevity
  • The USA is problematically ineffective and inefficient
  • Terry is trying to get good outcomes without spending too much money on HC, and trying to drive change through innovation
  • BC is using the triple aim approach to: 
    • Support health and wellbeing of citizens
    • Deliver a system of responsive and effective health care
    • Get good value for money
  • Established healthy families BC, which relieved a lot of the burden on health care costs
  • Seniors with complex, chronic conditions rep 4% of the population and use 19% of the budget
  • Mental health is likewise a small percentage of our population, but high usage
    • Big Issues Facing BC's HC system
  • Wait times for elective surgeries have not declined
  • ER rooms remain over congested, treatment times are not dropping
  • Most medium and large hospitals operate at around 100% capacity
  • True emergencies are dealt with very well
  • 8 sector wide priorities and 7 strategies to support health care (viewable on the province's Ministry of Health's website)
  • patient centered care: treatment has shifted from being disease centered to being patient centered
  • prevention and health promotion
  • Primary and Community care: community based system off inter-professional health teams
  • Must rethink seniors care: look after people in their homes.
  • Specialist care and treatment: better access to medical and surgical specialists, efficient use of non-hospital facilities.
  • Diagnostics: better control over lab services to make tax payers benefit from reduced costs of testing. More personalized medicine
  • Pharmaceuticals: new drugs can be very expensive.
  • Hospitals: we need to build fewer hospitals. Try to keep people out of the hospitals.
  • Challenges:
  • Implementing change in a complex system
  • Ongoing monitoring of progress is critical
  • To be successful our strategy must improve the service experience of patients and improve the health outcomes of population

At the end of the meeting Matt and Cam reminded us to mark our next Food Drive, on Sept 19th, on our calendars.

August 10th Meeting Newsletter Bradley Serl 2015-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Family Dinner's

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
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April 2015 Food Drive

Rotary Food Drive for spring 2015 was a huge success again.  A new record set, click Read more for message from Bernadette and pictures.
April 2015 Food Drive Sue Porter 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
April 2015 Meeting Pictures Carl Sulkowski 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0

Speech Contest 2015

This years speech contest was great fun with a lot of local Kamloops kids that have a bright future.  Click Read more for pictures.
Speech Contest 2015 Carl Sulkowski 2015-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
March 2015 Meetings Carl Sulkowski 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0

February 2015 Meeting

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 
February 2015 Meeting Carl Sulkowski 2015-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Christmas Lunch 2015 Carl Sulkowski 2014-12-15 00:00:00Z 0

More November Meetings

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.
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October 20, 2014 Meeting 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Margie Hudson Gets a Paul Harris Fellow 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
September 2014 Food Drive Carl Sulkowski 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
September 15, 2014 Meeting Carl Sulkowski 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome Maddi

Posted by Carl Sulkowski on Aug 20, 2014

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

Welcome Maddi Carl Sulkowski 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

Corn Roast 2014

Posted by Carl Sulkowski on Aug 20, 2014

The corn roast was another big success this year, thanks to Russ and Syndy Gerard and there team for organizing this great dinner.

Corn Roast 2014 Carl Sulkowski 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

Aug 18, 2014 meeting

Posted by Carl Sulkowski on Aug 17, 2014

Dustin Miller is inducted to the club, Melissa Betts talks about RYLA, Minna Ikonen talks about Rotary helping the handicap get employment.

Aug 18, 2014 meeting Carl Sulkowski 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0

Aug. 11, 2014 Meeting

Posted by Carl Sulkowski on Aug 10, 2014

Great meeting with Ron Nourse 30 year attendance award, Geoff Collier past president award and our rebound student speech.

Aug. 11, 2014 Meeting Carl Sulkowski 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
DG Visit Bruce Falkins Carl Sulkowski 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Sue Porter's Installation Dinner Carl Sulkowski 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0

Field Trip To Moly-Cop

Posted by Carl Sulkowski on Jun 15, 2014

Last Monday some of our members had the opportunity to partake in our club meeting at one of our local business's location. Moly-Cop Canada's production facility in Kamloops graciously gave us a tour of their plant and we learned about not only their products, but also their impact on our local economy. We are extremely thankful for their willingness to provide the club with this opportunity.

Field Trip To Moly-Cop Carl Sulkowski 2014-06-16 00:00:00Z 0

Another great Monday meeting of the Club

Posted by Carl Sulkowski on Jun 08, 2014
Another great Monday meeting of the Club. We have had an exciting agenda with a presentation of a PHF to Mr. Karl DeBruijn for his strong support of our "Hungry Children Initiative", also 6 Bursaries where given out to very worthy students ...of Kamloops High Schools to help them with their post secondary tuition, and last but not least President Karl accepted a Presidential Citation on behalf of the Club for the work we do in our Community and around the world.
Thank you to all who made this happen.
Another great Monday meeting of the Club Carl Sulkowski 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
April 16th Family Dinner Carl Sulkowski 2014-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
North Shore Rotary Does the Family Dinner Carl Sulkowski 2014-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Spring 2014 Kamloops Rotary Food Drive Carl Sulkowski 2014-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Kamloops Support Kamloops Food Bank Expansion! Arjun Singh 2014-02-13 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Family Dinner Dates

Posted by Carl Sulkowski on Jan 15, 2014
New dates for the rotary family dinners!
March 25, 2015
April 8, 2015
April 22, 2015
Rotary Family Dinner Dates Carl Sulkowski 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Taking a child's first picture with Santa Carl Sulkowski 2013-12-25 00:00:00Z 0

Chefs In the City Raises $30,000

Posted by Carl Sulkowski on Nov 17, 2013
The Rotary Club of Kamloops had another successful year for Chefs In the City.  The annual fundraiser raised $30,000 for causes such as the fight against child hunger in Kamloops, the Kamloops food bank as well as other local needs.
Chefs In the City Raises $30,000 Carl Sulkowski 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

Kate Sullivan

Posted by Carl Sulkowski on Sep 08, 2013
Special Thank You card received. Hope you have a great time in Bolivia.  Click above for picture.
Kate Sullivan Carl Sulkowski 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0

Inbound Sudent Brenda Solis Arrives

Posted by Carl Sulkowski on Sep 04, 2013
Our Inbound student Brenda Solis arrived Aug. 28. Greeting her at the Airport were first host family Bas & Shankari Gowd, second host mom Heidi Coleman and son Julian with a friend, Counsellor Susan Bondar and Youth Exchange Committee members Devon O’Toole and Ken House. Brenda will attend her first Kamloops Rotary Club meeting on September 9th.
Inbound Sudent Brenda Solis Arrives Carl Sulkowski 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Outbound student Kate Sullivan arrives in her new home Carl Sulkowski 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0

Peter Cameron-Englis

Posted by Carl Sulkowski on Aug 25, 2013
Peter Cameron-Inglis (right) becomes the newest member of the Rotary Club of Kamloops, inducted Monday (Aug. 26) by membership director Geoff Collier.
Peter Cameron-Englis Carl Sulkowski 2013-08-26 00:00:00Z 0

Good by to Julian

Posted by Carl Sulkowski on Jul 23, 2013
The Rotary Club of Kamloops said farewell toImage Youth Exchange student Julian Schellauf from Austria at a gathering July 24.
Good by to Julian Carl Sulkowski 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0

2013 Rotary Installation Dinner

Posted by Carl Sulkowski on Jun 23, 2013
ImageThe Rotary Club of Kamloops installed its 2013-2014 President, Karl Stegemann, and the new executive at the Kamloops Curling Club June 24
2013 Rotary Installation Dinner Carl Sulkowski 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z 0

Donation to Kamloops Cild Development Society

Posted by Carl Sulkowski on Mar 10, 2013
Iris Davies of the Kamloops Child Development Society receives a cheque from the Rotary Club of Kamloops Monday, March 11, presented by 2013-2014 President Elect Karl Stegemann, for installing a new ramp on the Society's bus to help transport local children with disabilities
Donation to Kamloops Cild Development Society Carl Sulkowski 2013-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Kamloops welcomed four new members Carl Sulkowski 2013-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Rotarian Ray Sewell Carl Sulkowski 2013-02-18 00:00:00Z 0