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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kelowna


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:10 PM
Coast Capri Hotel
1171 Harvey Avenue
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 9H2
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This email was received from John McIntyre on Friday, Nov. 17, and is an update from our members in India:
We have now been in India for about 11 days.  We were hosted by the Amreli Rotary Club for three days and toured many projects.  The current Global Grant project, Chital School improvement is almost finished.  About 400 students and many parents attended two days of celebrations and it was amazing to see the happiness this has brought to this community.
After a 3 hour drive, 1 hour flight and 6 more hours on the bus and we arrived at the Rotary Club of Chalisgaon.  The next day we made the 2 hour drive over very rough roads to the Global Grant project in a small remote community.  As we entered town the road was lined with hundreds of smiling faced children and many parents.  300 toilet blocks and education agreements with each family will make a huge difference to the hygiene of this community.  Again a fabulous program focused on hygiene education took place in front of a packed house.
After two and a half days of driving we are about to arrive at our third Rotary Club Ichalkaranji.
Murli, John, Susan, Chuck, Diane, Patricia, Raghwa, Sarita, Vivian and Keith.
Greetings Rotarians;
Welcome to our newest four Rotarians: Dale Sivucha, Mike Houston, Tracy Rawlings and Lee Keenan; may the Club be gateway to fun, fellowship, friendship, and Making A Difference!
This week we welcome two of our own, Gord Savage & Jeannie Bird , to share some of the great work of Restor International.  We also have a great Classification Talk and video from The Rotary Foundation.
Thursday we are hosting a Board Meeting, 5-6, and Fireside for our newer members, so come join the fun.  With our AGM on November 28, if you are considering joining the Board, come see how it all works!  Also, Gordy Charles is still in need of a few Rotarians to participate in the KSS Mock Job Interviews this Thursday, Nov.23rd (morning or afternoon slots are available). If available to help out, please contact him at or (cell) at 778-363-4633.
See you Tuesday,

Hi Rotary Friends. 


On our November 28 meeting, we will, once again, be holding the highlight of the year ... and what you all have been waiting for ... our Annual General Meeting.  Don’t forget to bring your friends.

I will be touching on last year’s club accomplishments (I might even tell a joke!) while our extremely likable and competent treasurer, Dick Dummond, will no doubt stun us with his financial wizardry pertaining to  both last year and looking ahead.


As a club member, you will have an opportunity to cast your votes for those lucky souls who get to sit on the board for the upcoming Rotary year of 2018/19, under the very capable leadership of President Raghwa Gopal (first to say it).


If you have an interest in being on the board, please contact me, as it is not too early to start thinking about July of next year when our new board will begin guiding us toward even bigger and better things.  Seriously ... being a board member is of great value to the club, and thus has its own reward.  Be prepared to commit to meet once a month for one or two hours, and, preferably, to offer your services for longer than the one year commitment, and to have some fun doing so.


Lastly, if you are a current director, many thanks for your board and committee work.  If you are not intending to stay on for 2018/19, please let me know immediately so we can begin the process of finding a successor


Thanks.  A strong board leads to a strong club!


Past President Rick Potter

Greetings Rotarians;
I trust everyone made the very most of their Remembrance Day.  What an exceptional meeting last week - thank you to all who shared and contributed, and for all those who have served in defence of our great nation.  We salute you.
A HUGE Congratulations to Kim and the Fill the Bus team: $3,374 & 3,000 pounds of food!  ROTARY AT WORK.  From behind the scenes, your Rotary Club of Kelowna Foundation has been doing great outreach and sharing with the Club Board and other key donors.  We are preparing for the Club Annual General Meeting on Tuesday November 28th, so please consider joining the Board and getting involved.  
Please join us Tuesday for a great program: we Induct new members into our club, and welcome Rotarian & MP Stephen Fuhr to the podium.  There will also be a video to align with the Rotary Theme for November!  It will be a great meeting, and guests are always welcome, so please invite a colleague to join you.  
All the best,
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Annual Albert Baldeo Bocce tourney was a great day! Congrats to the winners Dennis & Susan. Too bad Dave & Maureen, you came so close! Doug, where did you find those shorts? Thanks again to Biil and Jean for hosting.
The Miss Kelowna Lady of the Lake pageant was held on July 14th and as always, it was a spectacular evening of wonderful performances, evening gowns and impromptu speeches answering the question "What does it mean to you to be Canadian?" Very fitting since the entire evening centred around a Canada 150 theme.  The ladies all did a spectacular job and our very own candidate, Brenda Millard, received a $250 bursary for the Lady of the Lake award which was given to the individual who displayed the most growth through the process.  I can attest to the fact that she truly deserved that acknowledgement.  Brenda did an amazing job and I know it was a great experience for her. Congratulations Brenda!
Congratulations to our new 2017-18 Executives & Directors.  Back Row from L to R: Treasurer:  Dick Dummond, President Elect:  Ragwha Gopal, New Generations:  Lenetta Parry, Vice President:  Stuart Dickson, Public Relations:  Joshua Dodgson, Club Retention & Engagement:  Dave Cullen & D.G. 2019-20:  Peter Schultz.  Front Row from L to R:  President:  James Kay, Fundraising:  Carol Eamer, International Service:  Kathy Butler, Secretary:  John Walker, Club Administration:  Kay Mutter, Community Service:  Lyle Isenor, Past President:  Rick Potter. Missing:  Membership:  Kim Dorcas.
On June 28, 2017 once again the "Seniors Fun in The Sun" event was held as last year at a Pavilion adjacent to the Sensisyusten Elementary school off Boundary Road in the City of West Kelowna in the immediate vicinity of Pine Acres Care Home, the lead coordinator of the event. Organized annually by activity coordinators this year from 10  care facilities , 6 from Kelowna/Lake Country & 4 from CWK with the BBQ hosted by our club since 1996.  This was a very successful BBQ at this facility & all thanks to an experienced & fun team. WE served burgers & hot dogs to approximately 150  people, all in half an hour.
We pulled it off with only 5 of us, 4 veterans plus thankfully our new team member Christine Patton instead of the usual 7!!   Dale McKenzie & Dennis Gerace are holidaying & Catherine Comben  laid up.  We could not do it without Sheldon who drove up from Osoyoos to put ‘SERVICE BEFORE SELF “ for 1.5 hours  of smoke endurance whist cooking, assisted by Evans Premachuk along with  Veteran  John James & most appreciated  fast learner Christine Patton’s frantic kitchen preparations & serving out. Rick Potter also  dropped by & helped  with serve out & the clean up.
Thanks to our industry partners especially Reg Henry of Kelly O’Bryan’s for the 12 doz 6 oz burgers ,  80 jumbo all beef  hot dogs & all the buns; Safeway Bernard Ave. for a $80 gift Certificate & the new Nesters Market of Lakeview Hts., City of West Kelowna for the supply of 20 lbs onions, 4  heads of lettuce and 13 lbs tomatoes FOC.  There was no cost again to the club this year.
The weather was perfect & the event & food was tremendously enjoyed & appreciated by all the guests.  A great fellowship opportunity for us Rotarians simply rewarded  with a very tasty burger & hot dog treat & kind words “ We could not do this without you” from the coordinator.  It was a proud thing to be a Rotarian amongst that appreciative group of seniors.
Tuesday, June 20th saw the Rotary Club of Kelowna hosting the annual Presidents Dinner at the Kelowna Golf & Country Club marking President Rick Potter's successful year at the helm.  Congratulations to Peter Schultz on receiving the Hass Hussanen award for 

The Central Okanagan Food Bank received the 2017 Excellence in Food Banking Award at the National Food Banks Canada conference.

The award is given yearly to the food bank that plays an instrumental role in improving the community they serve through creative, efficient and successful programs and services and exemplifying the highest standards of operation.  Congratulations to our very own Rotary Club Of Kelowna fellow Rotarian - Lenetta Parry

Rotary Spring Roundup! Great event in Summerland on Saturday as District #5060 experiments with a new training program - Open Space Conference. It was a great success, works for a variety of group sizes, and we wrapped up the day with a great social at a winery & cider company in Summerland.  Thanks Summerland Rotary Club for hosting. 
May 23, 2017 was a landmark day in the history of the Pleasantvale Homes Society, as the members passed a resolution to dissolve the Society.  After a 60-year history of building & operating 50 units of housing for low income seniors in Kelowna, the Society completed its mission by entering into an agreement with BC Housing, the City of Kelowna and the Society of Hope, resulting in the construction & occupancy of a new housing complex that will ensure the Pleasantvale legacy carries on well into the future.  The new 50-unit seniors building is, in fact, named “Pleasantvale.”

The members also passed a resolution that will see the funds remaining at the Society’s wind-up being donated to the Pleasantvale Homes Legacy Fund within the Rotary Club of Kelowna Foundation.  This fund is dedicated to continuing to serve the needs of seniors & others, in furtherance of the original purpose of the Society.
Despite what looked like a miserable weather day on Tuesday, May 16, a full field of golfers turned out for the 25th annual Fortis BC / Rotary Pro-Am Golf tournament at the Harvest Golf Club.  Light rain did come and go but didn’t dampen the spirits of the golfers, or their games.  Past President John McIntyre’s team, a late entry, emerged as the amateur winners, taking away the trophies and a great prize package from Cleveland Golf!  The winning professional was Brian MacDonald, from Fairview Mountain, who shot an impressive 8 under par 64 from the black tees!
As always, the real “winners” of this event will be our Club’s initiatives and major projects.  Thanks to all of you who were sponsors, served on the committee, volunteered, solicited sponsorships, donated items or participated in the tournament.  You all helped to make it the success it was.  It will take a while to get all the accounting done, but it appears that the tournament will, once again, raise about $170,000!
Don’t forget the Sponsors’ Appreciation Luncheon to be held on May 30, 11:45 am at the Coast Capri Hotel, Horizon Room.  If you were responsible for getting a sponsor yourself, please be sure to contact them and let them know we would like to see them there, as our guests.
Kelowna Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact Clubs came together for this city-wide effort to reduce hunger in our community!

They were waiting outside all Save-On Foods locations in town on Saturday, May 13th during the day with lists of most needed items for the Food Bank. Thank-you to all who donated their time volunteering!
A huge "thank-you" to Dave Cullen for this years award winning design, Andrea Shaw for being the best Team Captain & to the volunteers that helped build & tear down our Canstructure:  Mike Dorsel, Bruce Henderson, Dale Briggs, Stuart Dickson, Karyn Schueler, Guy Auger, Dave Cullen & Andrea Shaw.  Congratulations to the team as we won 3 awards: Best Original Design, Best Use Of Labels & Most Cans Used - too bad their wasn't a category for "Most Tape Used" - just ask any of the volunteers & you can see it in the pics below!
What is Big Bike?  It’s a heart-pumping, cheer-thumping, crazy big, fun ride!  On Friday, May 5th for 20 minutes, 29 riders - the RCK fellow Rotarians, spouses & friends powered one Big Bike through downtown Kelowna. While we pedaled, we literally stopped traffic to support critical heart disease & stroke research.  A huge thank-you to the "Big Bike" organizing team: Guy, Rochelle, Kevin, Randy & Christine. Top honors for the highest  fundraisers go to Ed Makarenko & Peggy Henderson & a huge heartfelt thanks to the rest of you fundraisers who helped us surpass our goal of $3,500.00.
This month we combined our Big Bike ride wrap up with our Rotary After 5 to make it extra special.  We had 50 people in attendance for our Cinco De Mayo festivities at the Kelowna Yacht Club patio on Friday, May 5th from 5-7 pm. Tickets were pre-purchased in advance for $30.00 which included a Mexican themed buffet & a $10.00 donation went to our Big Bike fundraising efforts.  Thanks again to the "Big Bike" committee for organizing the event.

To help celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Rotary Foundation, the first of two District 5060 Million Dollar Dinners was held in Wenatchee, WA Friday night, April 7.  The event was a huge success well-attended by many Rotary locals & VIPs.  Keynote speaker Michael McGovern spoke powerfully about the history & meaning of the Rotary Foundation, and especially about PolioPlus. 

Saturday, April 8 was the second of two Million Dollar Dinners held within our District here in Kelowna at the Delta Grand featuring guest speaker Wilf Wilkinson from Trenton, Ontario. The fund-raising goals were exceeded:  $1,571,684.03! So collectively, over $1.5 million (USD) was raised for The Rotary Foundation.

It was a honour to speak about Vern Nielsen yesterday in the House of Commons. He will be missed. 

Mr. Speaker,

I rise today to pay tribute to the late Vern Nielsen of Kelowna, British Columbia, who passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on February 11th, 2017.

As a businessperson and philanthropist, Vern was a kind and generous man.

A long time Rotarian, Vern was the sitting District Governor of District 5060 and kept up his volunteer work with the club even while undergoing his cancer treatments.

I am particularly proud to honour Vern in this place as Vern stood as the Liberal Candidate for Kelowna –Lake Country in both the 2004 and 2006 Canadian general elections. He was a mentor to me and contributed in many ways to my successful efforts in 2015.

I ask all members in this place to join me in recognizing Vern Nielsen of Kelowna British Columbia. Both his community and his country are better places because of his many contributions.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker

Becoming a Rotary member connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back. Through regular meetings & events, you’ll:

  • Discuss your community’s needs and develop creative ways to meet them
  • Connect with other leaders who are changing the world
  • Expand your leadership and professional skills
  • Catch up with good friends and meet new ones

As a club member, you will be asked to:

  • Pay club dues
  • Attend meetings & events
  • Use your professional skills & talents to make a difference
Congratulations to the newest members of our club that were inducted last week.  From L to R: Christine Patton, Ken Forth & Roger Powley.
Congratulations to our February "Rotarian Of The Month" Bruce Telford.  May it be known that Bruce was hereby awarded a pin of recognition for his tireless commitment to truth, fairness, good will & better friendships.
November 2017
Upcoming Speakers & Events
Jeannie Bird
Nov 21, 2017
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Rotary Club of Kelowna Annual General Meeting
Nov 28, 2017
Rotary Club of Kelowna Annual General Meeting
Karen Mason/ Paul Van Donkelaar
Dec 05, 2017 12:15 PM
Nichol Kleemaier /Devin Rubadeau
Dec 12, 2017 12:15 PM
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