Club Activities
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The Board of Directors has the most direct influence on the leadership, direction, and strategy of our Club.
 
The Board meets monthly, reviews committee reports and recommendations, and helps act on our key priorities.
 
It's rewarding, enlightening, and really no more than a few hours a month.
 
We are recruiting volunteers to fill two vacancies on the current Board under President Raghwa Gopal, and looking to build next year's (July 2019-June 2020) under President-Elect Stuart Dickson.
 
Please, if you haven't yet had the chance, or want another, please consider volunteering.  We are only as strong as the Rotarians who give of themselves to keep us moving in the right direction. 
 
Contact me anytime, JamesBKay@hotmail.com.
 
Thanks,
 
James
 
Please consider Volunteering:
 
The Elizabeth Fry Society hosted The Chocoholic 5k Frolic, a fun, family-friendly 5k walk-run-bike as well as a 1k hop for kids of all ages.  The weekend before Easter, a great event.
 
This year I am trying to spearhead a Rotary Committee to coordinate and deliver this fun-filled fundraiser.
 
If I can entice 4-6 other Rotarians, EFry will share all they know, all their materials, all their history, and help us make this an amazing "new-to-Rotary" Fundraiser.
 
If interested, please e-mail me at JamesBKay@hotmail.com.
 
Cheers,
 
James
 
 
Sharon, Doug, Raghwa, Sarita, Duane & Olga all welcomed
our inbound exchange student Chiara
at the Kelowna Airport last week.
 
More info to be shared soon!
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Hopefully you are all staying in - and keeping out of the smoke and haze that has settled in the valley.
 
A great meeting last week - Rotaract President Alex Doran described what the small, but mighty club has been up to. Last year the small club of 10 members donated over $9,700 to the local community - that is an average of approx $1,000/member, pretty amazing! I will invite Alex to come to another meeting soon so that members will get a chance to talk to her more (unfortunately, we ran out of time at the last meeting and Alex had to leave right away).
 
A great presentation from our guest speaker Myles Matilla - he talked about his passion to help youth with mental health issues. Myles is a very engaging young advocate for mental health. Has spoken provincially and nationally. He plays hockey for the Kelowna Chiefs and is taking business at Okanagan College. He is an ambassador for: CHMA Kelowna, CHMA BC, MindRight, Foundry, SickNotWeak &  Jack.org
 
Previous week, we had AJ Akachuk describe his experiences as an exchange student in Belgium. He had some amazing pictures to share with us. And our outbound student for this year - Annika  - talked about her preparations for the upcoming adventure in Chile. And, Larry Widmer - GM of Community Futures highlighted us on al the good work they are doing in the community in terms of educating & training aspiring entrepreneurs and their model of 'impact' investing in growth stage companies.
 
Congratulations to Kevin Greenwood for being selected as the 'Rotarian of the Month'. Kevin does an amazing job in the background to make our weekly programs run smoothly!
 
Reminder: DG Sherry Chamberlain will be visiting our club on Tuesday, Aug 28th - and she is hosting a social (picnic) on Wed Aug 29th starting at 4pm at Mission Creek Regional Park - you are all invited to the picnic.
 
Major Projects Committee is seeking applications for our major project for this year - please contact Lenetta Parry for more information.
 
Our Board Meeting was last Thursday and one of the major items for discussion was an MOU between the Club and the Foundation. We will be presenting the MOU to the club in the very near future.
 
This week will be a great week - with 7 new members being inducted to our club. And we will have Renee Wasylyk as our guest speaker. Renee is a renowned developer in town (Troika Development) and very recently, Renee announced her intentions to seek nomination for the federal Conservative Party for Kelowna-Lake Country riding.
 
I sincerely thank you all - for all you do for Rotary and the community. We are still looking to fill a few positions in a couple of committees. If you are engaged and enjoying, we commend you. If you are looking for a new opportunity within Rotary, please reach out and I will be very happy to match you with the right committee.
 
All the best - and see you on Tuesday.
 
And don't forget to 'Be the Inspiration' every day!
 
Raghwa
Rotarians;
 
There is no time like the present to say YES!
 
Say Yes to:
- Rotary Picnic w. DG Sherri Chamberlain, Wednesday August 28, Mission Creek Park, 4pm
- Rotary Now! Speaker Mark Fawcett, Friday September 7, Innovation Centre, 4pm
- The Rotary Fox Hunt - Our Board Challenged TheRestOfUS - Join the Rotary Team Today - Friday September 22, noon
- CANstruction is gearing up for another great year - join the committee!
- Rotary Club of Kelowna Nominating Committee is seeking volunteers to stand for the Board of Directors for 2019-2020 - Have Your Say!
- District Conference Kamloops, GET ON THE BUS!  Thursday May 2 - Sunday May 5 - register directly HERE then get your names into the RCoK Party Bus!
      EARLY BIRD UNTIL AUGUST 31!
 
Come on, there is so much fun to be had and Rotary Fellowship to enjoy, just say yes.  Any Rotarian who completes the gauntlet and says yes to all six opportunities will get FREE BUS to Kamloops.
 
Contact Past-President Has-Been James Kay at JamesBKay@hotmail.com for registrations or further info.
 
All the Best in Rotary,
 
James
 
 
Good Day fellow Rotarians!
 
Hoping that you are all having a fabulous BC Day long weekend.
 
Last week's meeting - hosted by President-Elect Stuart Dickson - saw Ralf Rohrlack providing an update on the Interact Club at KSS. Also, Kathy Butler - Director - International Services provided an update on the current International projects and what's coming on the International side.
 
Roy Sommerey gave his classification talk and taught us all a bit about flying an aircraft.
 
Thank you to all that showed up for Rotary After 5 at Michaelbook Golf Club.
 
August is Membership month - and I have an ask for all of you - please invite a friend or a colleague to one of the club meetings in August.
 
This week's guest speaker is Larry Widmer of Community Futures. Larry will give us some insights on all the programs they run to help aspiring entrepreneurs - and more!
 
Raghwa
The Rotary FoxHunt
“A community scavenger hunt supporting local causes”
What is it?
A technology-fueled adventure game, combining the best of scavenger hunt missions and amazing race style challenges. More information on the game - http://foxhunt.ca/
 
Why do it?
The Rotary FoxHunt is a fun event for families, friends and office teams; to test their problem solving skills and team work while working against the clock and other teams. It is a fundraiser for JoeAnna’s House and Hands in Service, Kelowna based charities that deserve our support. The event is organized by the Rotary Club of Kelowna.
Your event registration of $55 (plus registration fee and GST) per person, gives you a $40 tax receipt for your donation to these causes.
 
When is it?
September  22, 2018   -   Game day information, support and registration   – 12 noon. The Rotary FoxHunt   –  ­­­­­ 90 minute challenge   -   will start at 1pm sharp.
 
Where is it?
The Rotary FoxHunt starts and ends at Stewart Park on Water Street (near the Bear).  It will include locations within a 6 block radius of the Park.
 
How to register?
Get a team together of 4 – 10 people.  Pick a team name, and plan to have fun! Register each member of your team using this link - https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-rotary-fox-hunt-tickets-46421532052  
 
Remember to include which Rotary Club you affiliate with when you register! Registration is open for 200 participants, up until the event start time.  Contact Renee with any difficulties with registration at   (778) 538 1103
 
Who can do it?
Everyone can participate, build your family team or an office team, individual players can be added to a team, couples, families, people looking for corporate team building. It is fun for people of all ages!!     
 
                                
The Rotary Club of Kelowna is thrilled to announce the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank as its Major Project selection for the year.  A Heartwarming Project knowing how many you serve.  Keep up the amazing work!
 
Rotarians;
 
Some of us have had the benefit of meeting, greeting, and embracing our Rotary Exchange Students.  For the rest, please make the time, you will be BLOWN AWAY!
 
We understand that Oli Datu is leaving us on Wednesday June 27th.  Please join us at YLW for a most-amazing send-off.
 
We understand that AJ Akachuk returns on Monday July 16th at 5:07pm.  Please join us at YLW for a most-amazing reception.
 
We will have a strong Rotary presence at both, and be celebrating both parts of the exchange.  Please join us at the airport.
 
James
 
 
Greetings All;
 
Our District 5060 Rotary District Governor-Elect, Sherry Chamberlain of Kamloops West, is creating opportunities for you to Make A Difference beyond the Club:
 

POSITIONS IN DISTRICT AVAILABLE: Chairperson or Representatives: (CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL DESCRIPTIONS)

 

  • DISTRICT TRAINER – Chair Position
  • YOUTH SERVICES LIAISON
  • INTERACT Chair
  • YOUTH EXCHANGE COMMITTEE: Canada YE Vetting Chairperson
  • ROTARIAN AT WORK DAY or ROTARY DAYS Liaison
  • ENVIRONMENT: “Preserve Planet Earth”
  • FUTURE ASSISTANT GOVERNORS:
  • ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

 

CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION

 
 
 

Re: President Ian Riseley's 1.2 Million Tree Challenge:  There's Still Time!!

Dear District Leaders,  
Earth Day, April 22, 2018, is fast approaching, which is also the “soft” closing date for President Ian Riseley’s Environmental Sustainability 1.2 Million Tree Challenge: “Plant a tree for every Rotarian”.  Many Districts and their clubs have already engaged. Congratulations if your District’s clubs have already completed the Challenge. If not, there’s still time!
To date, over 3,370 Tree Planting projects have been uploaded on the Rotary Project Showcase. You can review these projects for inspiration and ideas by logging into my.rotary.org and using this link to search for the keyword "tree".  (Hint:  the search only works automatically when you are logged in!)  

On the main Rotary Project Showcase page, you may also select the keyword: “Category” and check off the new phrase, “Environment.” Tree Planting is an environmental project that counts towards the requirements to earn 2017-18’s Presidential Citation, when you have reported it.  However, many Tree Planting projects have not yet been tagged in that category.
ESRAG, the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group, at President Riseley’s suggestion, also affords the opportunity to report your District’s and its clubs’ tree planting activities. Please report your tree counting at https://www.esrag.org/2017-2018-trees-planted-counter. This will allow ESRAG to begin to measure, track and share your environmental sustainability efforts throughout Rotary. For ESRAG’s purposes, we are giving credit toward the challenge for projects that are planned and funded by April 22, 2018, even though the trees might not have been planted by that date. 
A District or club tree planting event is a great opportunity for “getting your hands dirty” service, hosting a multigenerational event for family members, engaging members of Interact and Rotaract, and raising Rotary’s visibility in your community. And as President Ian noted, it’s a great way to reaffirm that: “Environmental Sustainability  . . .  is, and must be, everyone’s concern!”
If it’s too late for your clubs to organize their own planting projects, they can also still meet the challenge by funding ongoing tree planting in other districts, and with Rotary partners. ESRAG maintains a list of them.  If your District is engaged with an ongoing project that needs resources, we’d like know about that, too. To share that information, or request specific information that will help your District be part of meeting President Ian’s 1.2 Million Tree Challenge, contact ESRAG at trees@esrag.org
Thanks for all you do!   
Peter L. Moralée, PDG
ESRAG Chair
 
 
 
 
 
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