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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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Greetings Rotarians;
This is a HUGE Week in Rotary.  Tuesday, our meeting is upstairs in the Horizon Room, we welcome our District Governor, Mr. Bill Jenkin!  Please come join us for a great meeting.  We will also have inductions of our newest members.  
Also, please join us Tuesday night for the inter-club Rotary Party - we can do so much more if we collaborate with our friends in other clubs - come join the fun.  7pm at the Rotary Centre for the Arts!
As always, suggestions and ideas on how to keep our Club moving in the right direction are always appreciated.
All the best, see you (twice!) on Tuesday,
Here are a couple of last week's events we hope you didn't miss!
    • Last weekend, from Friday Sept. 15 - Sunday Sept. 17 downtown Kelowna in City Park
    • There was a great turnout - congrats to the Sunrise Club for putting on such a well-attended community event, and thank you to all of our Club members who helped make it such a success!
    • There was a decent turnout of just over 20 people - thank you to all who made the drive and came out!
Last week's meeting was full of great presentations, info about upcoming community events and even a sing-a-long! Here's a quick recap:
  • Larry Carruthers shared about the work he and his wife Francine are doing in Kenya with Rotary and the help of Clubs around the world
  • Ernie Patterson shared a very interesting and engaging classification talk where he spoke about the evolution of his career from custodial work in a school to becoming the Superintendent, and finally the President of the Alberta Urban Municipal Association where he worked with Premier Ralph Klein
  • Christine McWillis from Project Literacy Kelowna gave a presentation to the Club on the work her organization does in the community.
    • Project Literacy is recognized as the best literacy organization in the Province
    • Literacy issues are now more focused on critical thinking and comprehension, and nearly 50% of the population are affected
    • Project Literacy supports immigrants in language development
  • Bruce Wilson led the Club in a sing-a-long of the 4 way test
  • See the "upcoming events" bulletin for a list of events that were covered
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.
Every month our Rotary Club celebrates camaraderie and friendships with our Rotary After 5's held the first Thursday of the month. This month we went to Kelly O'Bryans for an early St. Patrick's Day celebration!
A major kitchen renovation was recently completed at a Freedom’s Door home. The cost was $85,000.00 with all the monies donated by the Rotary Club of Kelowna. The cost would have been much larger if it were not for volunteers and the generosity of suppliers. So on January 31, the Rotary Club of Kelowna held a celebration to thank them all and FortisBC, its major fundraising partner.
Since 2003 Freedom’s Door has helped men recover from addictions and go on to reintegrate with the community. All the recovery experiences the men go through takes place in 5 homes where they also reside and are fed. Freedom’s Door can accommodate up to 50 men at a time.
“We are now serving upwards of 54,000 meals a year and the capabilities of an ordinary residential kitchen are limited, to say the least,” stated Wanda Agar, Co-Acting Executive Director of Freedom’s Door. “When the Rotary Club of Kelowna heard of our situation, they not only contributed all the money, they also managed the entire renovation project, sourcing contractors as well as volunteer time.”
Rotary Club of Kelowna President Rick Potter stated “There is so much good work that happens without fanfare that we, as a service club, felt it appropriate to recognize the many generous companies and individuals in our community that make these kinds of initiatives happen. And it starts right from the extraordinary fundraising partnership we have with FortisBC that enable these kinds of investments, to the suppliers and trades people who, in this case, built the new kitchen.”
Further information about Freedom’s Door and the Rotary Club of Kelowna can be found at;
From L to R Back Row:
Colin Pritchard, Bernd Dinnert, Fred Molzahn, Angie Norman, Tony DeBonis, Stuart Dickson, Rob Mueller, Don Kilgour, Brent Beselt, Dal Kanlic, Bryan Hincks
From L to R Front Row:
Susan Dickson, Wanda Agar, Rick Potter, Stu Kyle, Mike Otter, Kevin Walrod, Frank Schlief, Dale Mercuri
A huge thank-you to Paul & Livi at Summerhill Winery for being such great hosts last week at our Rotary After 5.  Upon arrival at the Sunset Organic Bistro, we were greeted with a complimentary glass of their Cipes Brut bubbly!  They also provided us with 2 wonderful cheese boards that consisted of 3 types of local cheese, merlot figs, warm olives & a variety of local charcuterie, several plates of truffle fries & the thin crust gourmet pizzas kept coming out of the oven.  This was all HOSTED by Summerhill.  They gave us great pricing on ciders & beer $5.00 (made President Rick very happy) & $7.00 for a glass of Summerhill wine (generous pours I might add). We had about 40 people attend & 25 stayed for dinner - some of us were already too full from all the complimentary food that they provided.  
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