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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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Happy New Year Rotarians!
Wow, what an amazing Club and engaged group of Rotarians!  It's a real honour to be part of this Team and pleasure to help each of you in Making a Difference.  As we are half-way through our Rotary year, it's a perfect time for reflection on a great 2017 and planning for an amazing 2018 together!
We set out this Rotary year in July with four simple objectives.  Making a Difference through:
  • Maximizing our organizational/project effectiveness;
  • Growing our membership;
  • Supporting The Rotary Foundation; and
  • Enhancing Rotary's Public Image. 
We have a committed Board of Directors and 61 active committees delivering strategic hands-on projects (India, Salvation Army Kettles, Shoe Bank Drive, Fill the Bus, Raise-A-Reader, Apple Triathalon, Seniors BBQ) as well as crucial funding to projects (Foundry, Central Okanagan Food Bank, Guatemala, COACH, Safety Council, Hands-in-Service, Shelters International Disaster Relief) etc.  I'd say this is targeted volunteerism yielding very efficient and effective results. 
Year to date we have welcomed eight new members, hosted one fireside, have a team of active mentors, and are working hard to ensure each Rotarian sees their opportunities to achieve their goals and contribute where/as they can. 
We worked hard to share the great work of The Rotary Foundation and invite all to target giving: our Club is home to 47 Paul Harris Fellows (>$1,000 USD), 12 Bequest Society ($10,000 bequest in your will), and 5 Rotary Direct (monthly contributions).  Only through our support of TRF can we continue to access the funds back from Rotary for Global and District Grants. 
Finally, We have made a concerted effort in Public Relations, through our website, social media, and other outreach to let the public know what Rotary is all about.  These efforts are making a crucial difference in getting our message out and attracting like-minded individuals to our Club!
So what does 2018 have in store?  We highlighted our structure and committees on Tuesday to invite each Rotarian to put their time and effort behind that which they are most passionate about.  We definitely want to keep up the recruitment of other change-makers to our club - we have great speakers the next few weeks, please invite a colleague or friend to join us.  We must, must all engage in the Pro-Am and help keep it great - it is our only fundraiser, so let's pitch in.  We are seeking a second fundraiser in the Fall (Curling Bonspiel suggested!) and are looking for ideas.  We set an ambitious goal of $35k in total donations to The Rotary Foundation and are seeking five who would consider becoming part of the Bequest Society.   Finally, we will ensure we keep up with energetic, informative meetings, combined with fun and fellowship through our socials.  We will work towards Making A Difference through key donations, and a series of Hands-On projects, hopefully leveraging outside partnerships, District and Global Grants wherever possible. 
Rotarians, thank you all for an amazing 2017, great outcomes were achieved.  Let's make 2018 an exceptional year together.
If you weren't able to join us last week, it was another fabulous Christmas party for the books - a huge thank you to Jaime Briggs, Stuart Dickson and all who organized this great event! There was a ton of fun, some good laughs and great carols; we even spoke with AJ and Alex! Here is the link to our Facebook photo album of the party: Facebook Christmas Party Photos, 2017
Don't miss our spectacular annual event - The Rotary Christmas Luncheon!
Put on your Christmas sparkle, grab your co-workers, friends, loved ones (and even Grandchildren) to join you at this festive luncheon. 
Doors open at 11:30am - cash bar & photos with Santa.
Buffet Luncheon
Adults - $25 includes buffet style lunch
Children - $12
(children under 2 years old are free)
See you there...  with bells on!
Thank you to all of our Rotary members who have generously donated your time to help with the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign. Below is a calendar of the shifts, along with instructions for those helping:
If you are the first shift of the day:
  • Customer Service Desk of the retail store location is the holder of the bubble and supplies
  • Each succeeding kettle bell ringer gives the password to relieve the previous shift. If the previous shift was not filled, the bubble will be with the bubble holder assigned to that location
  • Should the next shift not report for duty, please take the bubble off the stand, ensure that it is placed in the cloth bag provided (for your security), and take the bubble back to Customer Service
  • If you need to leave the kettle for any reason, please return the bubble to the bubble holder at the location
This procedure is done at the end of the day as well.
Please be sure to book ahead if you're planning on joining us for another amazing Christmas Party on Dec. 12! 
Join us the Tuesday and bring a guest as we welcome TEDx speakers Karen Mason, and Dr. Paul van Donkelaar. Karen describes herself as a "Taxi driver (AKA Mom), word geek, singer, and executive director at Kelowna Women's Shelter." Dr. Paul van Donkelaar is the Director of the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC and his research focuses on gaining a better understanding of how the human brain is able to plan and execute body movements. Don't miss this meeting!
Greetings Rotarians;
This month we are highlighting Rotary International, The Rotary Foundation and all the benefits that come from being Rotary.  With great power comes great responsibility.  I challenge each Rotarian to undertake this quick homework assignment and see all that RI has to offer:
First, visit  This is our club website listing upcoming speakers, events, club activities etc.  No excuse for not joining the next Fireside, After 5, or Rotary at Work project; nor inviting a colleague who may be interested in the next speaker.  Please review and see who our speakers for December 19 will be.
Second, click on Member Area in the top right, and sign-in.  I can see that 45% of our Club has logged in in the last month, and 74% in the last 6 months.  Pretty good.  I challenge everyone to login this month!  Check out Organization, then Committees, and select from the 64 active committees we have working to Make a Difference.  Choose one or two, and reach out to the Chair to offer to get involved!
Third, our main outward-facing Social Media is our Facebook Page.  Please visit, like, share, or select "Going" to an upcoming meeting, After 5, or Rotary At Work project.  We have had great success in this area this year, but more help is needed.
Fourth, please visit our District Page: learn about Prosser in May or Toronto in June, and keep an eye on conferences and training - some amazing work at the District level.  We are one of 57 clubs in the District and 2,760 Rotarians all pulling together.  Leadership is the key - can you name the incoming District Governor Nominee (2019-2020)?  Hint - Past President and Active Leader in our Club!
Finally, please visit the Rotary International page: view a video, learn about what's going on, then login and click Profile, then Donor History Report.  See your contributions to The Rotary Foundation and consider becoming a Sustaining Donor: monthly contributions; or Bequest Society: donation in your will -  - 91% of funds are spent directly on programs.  
Rotarians, we are part of a worldwide network doing exceptional work across the Globe.  1.2m of us pulling together.  Together we are THIS CLOSE to Ending Polio.  We undertake projects worldwide.  The key is knowing where to look and how to access the information.  Please do your homework and there will be a quiz next week.
All the best in Rotary,
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.

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

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.
January 2018
Upcoming Speakers & Events
Mayor Colin Basran
Jan 23, 2018 12:15 PM
Leadership in The City Of Kelowna
BC Cancer Agency
Jan 30, 2018 12:15 PM
Ron Mattiussi
Feb 06, 2018 12:15 PM
City of Kelowna
Valentine's Day Luncheon
Feb 13, 2018 12:15 PM
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