Club Activities
Hello Rotarians,
 
A very big 'thank you' to our Vice-President Lenetta Perry for running her first, very successful meeting of the year (she enjoyed it so much that she wants to run a meeting every month - way to go Lenetta!).
 
Corie Griffiths - Executive Director of Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission -  gave a great presentation on the economic climate of Central Okanagan. Who would have guessed that Central Okanagan is British Columbia's fastest growing Census Metro Area. If anyone is interested in the powerpoint presentation, please let me know and I will forward it to you.
 
This week's guest speaker is Drew Vincent of Okanagan Young Collective. OYC is an organization created to attract and retain young professionals to the Okanagan Valley. Drew will highlight on all the many activities that his organization organizes to create a vibrant, dynamic culture and community for young professionals.
 
Big week in Rotary - our first Board Meeting of the year is this Thursday at 4pm at the Innovation Centre - everyone is welcome to attend the Board Meeting.
 
See you all on Tuesday and let's "Be The Inspiration" everyday!
 
Regards,
 
Raghwa Gopal
Greetings Rotarians:
 
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!  It has been my honour to lead such an amazing Club this past year.  You all contribute, participate, and engage.  Together we Make A Difference.
 
Thank you to all who came out to celebrate our successes last Tuesday - Rick and his committee outdid themselves - but between the costumes and stories and fun, we had a blast.  Thank you for the evening but moreover thank you for such a fun-filled and exciting year.
 
Thank you to all who make our Club what it is, week in and week out.  Often we don't think on how or why our meetings are so smooth and seemingly effortless, but from Dennis G, Randy, Mario, Dennis C,  Michael/Bruce, Lenetta and each of their committees, the Admin Desk/Setup, Greeters, Member Care, Speakers, Sheriff, etc were exceptionally organized, and they go about doing all the heavy lifting with minimal recognition.  I see you, I appreciate all you do.  Thank you. 
 
Thank you to all who participate and make our events and fundraiser so much fun.  Whether it was the Apple Triathalon Breakfast, Food Bank Food Drive, Pro Am, Fox Hunt, Bocce, Seniors BBQ, After 5s, whatever the event, that we can always count on strong support and turnout allows us to live the fun, fellowship, and community impact.  Thank you.
 
Thank you to our Board of Directors.  We meet monthly, each lead a series of committees or initiatives, and are all flag-bearers for all the work that goes on behind the scenes.  To Raghwa, Stuart, Lenetta, Rick, Dick, John, Lyle, Kathy, Lenetta, Kim, Dave, Joshua, Kay, Carol and Peter, the Rotary Wheel only rolls on because you are there to push and guide it.  You did an amazing job this year, it was a real pleasure working with you.  Thank you.
 
Rotarians, it's always worth a look back at the impacts we create: through the Donations Committee, International Committee, Foundations (both RCoK & TRF), Youth Exchange, Canstruction, Kettles, Big Bike Ride, Breakfast Program, Public Speaking, Strive, Mock Interviews, the list goes on.  Thank you.
 
So please, be loud and proud of your Rotary Club.  Invite a colleague or friend to join us (for a lunch or as a member!).  Wear logo'd swag and make your Rotary Pin a regular accessory.  Let people know you are a proud part of the premier service club in the Okanagan, and you make time for Rotary because together we Make A Difference!
 
It was a pleasure and a privilege,
 
James
 
Introducing the Rotary Club of Kelowna’s newest fundraising event:
 The Rotary Fox Hunt
“ a community scavenger hunt supporting local causes”
 
It’s a 90 minute technology-fueled adventure game -  fun for friends, families and coworkers!
 
September 22 – 12:00 - 3:00  at Stuart Park on Water Street – by the big bear
 
Registration for each player is  $55 (plus registration fee and tax); you will  receive a  $40 tax receipt for your donation to JoeAnna’s House and Hands in Service.
 
So, get together a team of 4 – 10 players. Pick a team name, then register online using this link:
 
Contact Renee from Fox Hunt with any questions or difficulties with registration at (778) 538 1103
Contact Sandy Ketler with any other questions, and for information about sponsorship opportunities, prize and swag donations at ketlers@shaw.ca
 
We hope to see you at this fun team building event!
Hello Rotarians;
 
Might anyone have a quality used laptop they would be wiling to donate for Club use?  
 
Just needs basic functionality for Adobe and PowerPoint and web viewing.
 
As you know, my 10-year old Toshiba is too slow to play video or quality audio...it's a bit embarrassing.
 
We'll seek the connectors, needs to adapt to VGA.  
 
Pls contact James or Dennis,
 
James
 
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
 
 
I am honoured to serve as the Chair of the 2018 FortisBC Rotary Pro- Am Golf Tournament, which takes place on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Harvest Golf Club.
 
This very popular event attracts a cross section of business and professional people, participating as amateurs, and features a Golf Professional’s Purse of $15,000. We strive to provide an excellent player experience, as well as raise funds to support our Rotary initiatives. Our tournament is an excellent example of individuals and organizations coming together in the spirit of teamwork to help fund our Rotary initiatives.
 
Last year, a significant portion of the funds raised supported the building and outfitting of a commercial kitchen at Freedom’s Door, a local non-profit recovery home for male addicts. In the past, we have secured funds for scholarships, KGH health programs, the Salvation Army, youth programs, education/literacy programs, and many others. This year, we are proud to announce that the Central Okanagan Foodbank will receive a large portion of the funds, to be used in capital projects at their new location.
 
Our volunteers work tirelessly to make sure that we answer the needs in our Community. After all, we are all brothers and sisters. It is an honour and a pleasure to help. Giving is indeed cool.
 
Christine Patton, CHAIR
 
 
 
 
 
                                   
 
 
Greetings All;
 
It's That Time Again!  Rotary At Work Day.  A Food Drive in support of the Central Okanagan Food Bank.
 
We're seeking 8 More (total 16 Rotarians/Friends of Rotary) who are willing to put in a 2-hour shift at Save On Orchard Plaza.  (10am, 2pm, 4pm)
 
Please e-mail me or sign-up on Tuesday to join the fun and support the cause,
 
James
The Rotary Club of Kelowna mourns the loss of a great man, philanthropist, Rotarian in our friend Klaus Reichwald.
Klaus Reichwald passed away peacefully at his home in Kelowna on March 31, 2018 at the age of 78.  Survived by his loving wife, Lydia of 56 years; son David and his wife Kate and daughter Kari.

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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hello! I really appreciate that many of you have reach out to me
to say you want to join the Team for this great event.
 
BUT...I need you to register thru the link below
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna
“Tour de Kelowna”
on the Heart & Stroke Big Bike will be
May 4th at 16:00.
 
Remember only 29 seats and we have over 80 members!
Please join us for this Fun Event!
 
Please contact me with any questions.
 
Thank you
Guy
 
Guy Auger
604-698-8435
Rotarians;
 
Looking for the right opportunity to volunteer and step up while optimizing your time/effort?  Our Greeters Committee is for you.
 
Membership surveys have long hailed the efforts of the Greeter as the Face of Rotary in welcoming members and guests to the meeting.  It's a noble and respected profession that Makes a Difference to all who cross our threshold.  Besides, you are coming to the meeting anyways, what better way to greet and get to know (we're all wearing nametags at this point) all of our members and network/sweet talk/coerce everyone who comes to see you.
 
Please consider this your best opportunity to get involved.  Reach out to Randy McBride or James Kay to volunteer - every 4-6 weeks you get a chance to meet/greet every Rotarian and Guest.
 
Many thanks,
 
James
 
Well Done Rotarians!
 
Thank you to all hosts, guests, and our supreme event organizer Ms. Jaime Briggs for another amazing Guess Who's Coming To Dinner! 
 
33 people partook, amazing fun and friendship all around.
 
We look forward to hearing all kinds of stories, and for getting the next date in our Calendar!
 
Cheers!

Our Club has an amazing history of Making A Difference in our community, and one of the powerful tools we have is in the donation of a large amount of money to a local Major Project.  Recent years include: COFood Bank ($25k, 2018), Foundry (KGH, $25k, 2017), Rotary Kitchen (Freedom’s Door, $76k, 2016), Recognition within Trades Building (OC, $75k, 2014-16), Neuro-Navigational Surgical Device (KGH, $75k, 2012-14).  Historical Greats include: Rotary Centennial House (NOW Canada, $80k, 2003), Rotary Centre for the Arts (2001), Southern Interior Rotary Lodge (Canadian Cancer Society, $1.2m, 1998), Rotary Marshes (1995), Rotary Beach, and of course Pleasantvale Homes.  The list is long and distinguished.  Some projects require multi-year commitments or partnership with other Clubs and/or Organizations to get completed. 

In my short time with Rotary I have seen Club Presidents and their Boards prioritize saving towards a Major Project with a $25k/year donation to our Foundation to someday achieve a big, visible, naming opportunity.  I saw one President/Board forego a Major Project in his year so that we would not be committing to a project in Fall in advance of having the proceeds from the tournament next Spring.  There is great debate within the Membership about whether a Major Project is $25k, or whether our $25k/year goes towards a larger Major Project, but that is up to the will of the Club.

Enter the Major Project Selection Committee.  Two years ago, under the vision of then-President John McIntyre, he set about to establish an accountable, transparent and thorough process to engage our membership, evaluate the areas of greatest need, and report to the Club on a recommendation.  That inaugural Committee, Fall 2015, selected the Rotary Kitchen at Freedom’s Door for $76k such that it was known and available for promotion at the 2016 ProAm.  Each committee aspires to complete their assessment and deliver a recommendation by late Fall so that promotion can take place and grants can be sought through the Winter/Spring.  Some of the amazing initiatives considered over the three Selection Processes include:

2015/16– Rotary Kitchen (Freedom’s Door), Glenmore Clubhouse (NOW/EFry/WKS); Giving Giggles Campaign (KGH), Trailer & Tools (Habitat for Humanity), Trades Literacy Campaign (OC), New Van (Salvation Army), Classroom & Counselling Room Reno (Teen Challenge), Bereavement Centre (COHA), Children’s Literacy (YMCA/SD23), AquaZone (YMCA), Rail Trail (City of Kelowna), Rotary Centennial House Roof (NOW), New Building (COFoodBank), Kelowna Pharmacare Assist Program (CCS), Glenrosa Childcare Centre (YMCA).

2016/17 – Foundry (KGH), Silver Lake Camp, SD23, Salvation Army, Kelowna Museum, Okanagan Boys & Girls Club, Willow Child & Youth Advocacy Centre.

2017/18 - Central Okanagan Food Bank, Silver Lake Camp, JoeAnna’s House, Kelowna Foundation Child Advocacy Centre.  (Only Top 4 Listed)

The 2018/2019 approach to donations/spending/savings/major project truly belongs to the incoming Board of Directors and the budget it wishes to present to the Club.  The budget must balance Donations, World Community Service, Foundation Donation, and/or Major Project Selection, which often are four equally deserving components of our Rotary Giving.  Their challenge is difficult and for the coming year we have already heard from several worthy causes in our community: BC Cancer and the PET CT Scanner, JoeAnna’s House and the potential Rotary Garden, not to mention the under-publicized but highly beneficial partnership in October 2017 between Rotary International and Habitat for Humanity to facilitate collaboration to improve access to safe and affordable housing across the globe – their Okanagan Builds could use our help.

If you have read this far, thank you, I appreciate your engagement in this process.  The Major Project Selection process has been undertaken three times within our Club, remarkably successfully by most accounts.  The Club has decisions to make about what constitutes a Major Project, how often can we do them, and how do we select them.  $25k+ is a significant sum of money, and as our funds all come from the generosity of our donors and sponsors to the Pro Am Golf Tournament, our stewardship of these funds deserves our full wisdom, discretion, and vision. 

Good Times Had By All!
 
Andrea Shaw and Rochelle Noren took Andrew & Karl, two Freedom Door students, to Big White as part of the Friday night ski program.  Everyone had a blast and looking forward to the next trip!

Rotarians;

 

Carole Paradis, our long-time Rotarian friend and colleague, and secretary for our Pleasantvale Homes Society, passed away February 16 in the morning according to her son Rick.  Carole was a generous, self-sacrificing and giving person, who exemplified the ideals of Rotary.   She seemed happiest when giving of herself for others.  Carole was such a hard worker for so many groups in our community and will truly be missed.

 

 There will be a celebration of Carole's life sometime in April.

Rotarians;
 
The VERY BEST Rotary training opportunity is upon us.  Please consider registering and joining John Walker and Sandy Ketler for an exceptional and thorough detailing of all aspects of Rotary!
 

The RLI team is pleased to announce that we've nailed down a venue for the upcoming RLI courses: The Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna. 

RLI is a great way for new members to become more educated, engaged, and aware of the great things Rotary does, and the ways they can contribute.  It's also an excellent way for longer serving members to reacquaint themselves with the various programs in Rotary, learn about how the organization has changed in recent years, and to add their wisdom to the body of knowledge created in the RLI sessions. 

When: March 24, April 7, April 21

Where: The Coast Capri Hotel (1171 Harvey Ave, Kelowna) 

Why: To build friendships and acquire knowledge about Rotary.

Who: All Rotarians, no matter how long they've been in Rotary.

How much: To help cover costs, RLI costs $85 per person per day.  The district is currently covering half the fees, so 1 day is $42.50, 2 days are $85.00, and 3 days are $127.50.  payments can be made either by credit card or cheque.

 

To register or modify your registration, please click on this link: Register/Modify Registration 
Greetings Rotarians;
 
Lenetta and Angela are so proud to introduce our Club's Miss Kelowna Lady of the Lake Candidate, Ms. Chloe Kang!  Chloe is a Grade 11 student at KSS.
 
The Lady of the Lake is a young woman who has a personal presence that leaves a favourable and lasting impression. She has the integrity to meet anyone in an honest and genuine manner, the self assurance and judgement to converse intelligently, the finesse to meet dignitaries in any social setting, the natural warmth and grace of a young lady, as well as the intelligence, and excellent public speaking skills.  Combined with the fact that she has an awareness of herself as an individual, and you have the young woman who is the Ambassador of Kelowna.
 
Best of Luck Chloe!
Welcome to our Newest Rotarians!
 
Just a reminder that you became members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna when your membership was approved.  However, we look forward to officially welcoming you in our Induction Ceremony.  Please feel free to invite a significant other or colleague to share this key moment.
 
Kim Dorcas, Membership Chair, wrote: 

 

Good Morning everyone.  Just a heads up that we are planning an induction ceremony for March 6th.  Please mark this on your calendar and try to attend.  

 

 

THANK YOU ROTARY!
 
We received confirmation last week that all of the hard work and effort from Patricia Ainslie and our Club's International Committee has resulted in the successful deployment of 40 Chromebooks to the Los Patojos School in Guatemala.  We are thrilled for the outcome, thank you all for your contributions and another successful project!
 
Well done.
THANK YOU ROTARY!
 
As you may recall, in October our Club received a request from Shelters International Disaster Response Society with a 58,000lbs shipment of Gleaners food product donated to them but no funds to deploy: Carol Eamer took up the cause, solicited inter-Club support at the Fall Assembly, we jointly raised $6,700, and got the food en route December 1.  I'm thrilled to report that as of last week, 3 pallets were delivered to Jacmel Haiti, and others in the north of Haiti hit by Irma.  They are feeding schools and birthing clinics and farmers.  The rest should be in Puerto Rico this week.
 
Thank you for all you have done!
 
 
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