Rotary Club of Kalamalka Vernon
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3914 - 32nd Street
Vernon B.C.
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PO Box 113
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Vernon, B.C. V1T 5P1
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Kalamalka Rotary club is a vibrant and diverse group of 101 members that was formed in 1984. We not only believe that "It's Great to do Business With A Rotarian", but are also committed to doing "Great things in our Local Community and Internationally".


Five Reasons to Join a Rotary Club
1.  Friendship
A basic human need: One of the two reasons Paul Harris began Rotary in 1905. Rotarians believe while it is nice to be important, it is more important to be nice.
2.  Business Development
The second original reason for Rotary's beginning. Everyone needs to network. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication, and the opportunity to use it.
3.  Personal Growth
Membership in Rotary continues one's growth and education in human relations and personal development. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education in Leadership.
4.  Fun
Rotary is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. And the service is fun. Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide social fun and camaraderie.
5. Next Generation Programs
Rotary provides one of the world's largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians, and youth leadership programs.
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Previous District Governor Roger Perry (left) is presenting Art Clark with a Paul Harris Fellow award for his support of the Rotary Foundation.  Art has provided this support a number of times in the past.  The history of the Paul Harris Fellow recognition can be read at this site - https://www.rotary.org/en/history-paul-harris-fellow-recognition


From the left this photo shows: Club President Brian Reid, Roger Perry, Jerry Tellier, Andy Betschler, Mike Stamhuis, Mary Jackson, Carmen Larsen and Sarah Pruckl.


This was Brian's last meeting in the Presidential Role, and he wanted to recognize some club members who had put an extra effort into their club and committee work, making this a very good year for Kal Rotary.  These committees worked in areas like membership, club finances, advertising and the Dream Auction, which is the main event of the year.  This requires a considerable amount of effort from many people, from the initial planning to the actual event and the follow-up of providing funding for community programs.


Special recognition went to Carmen Larsen, who was chosen as 'Rotarian of the Year' for her work with the Starfish Pack Program that provides weekend meals to children in need. This program began in Abbotsford about 5 years ago and has been spreading across the province, thanks to Rotary Members like Carmen. If you are not familiar with the program, please look at the following website - http://starfishpack.com    


Gladys Fraser is ‘Director of Friends of the Games’ for the 55+ BC Games being held in Vernon, September 12-16, 2017.  Over 3500 athletes, officials & supporters, and over 1200 volunteers and fans will converge upon Vernon & Area for one of the largest community celebrations sport has seen in many years.  This annual event showcases the outstanding athleticism of BC competitors 55+ and promotes the benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle.


Gladys presented a video overview of the games, answered a number of questions about the types of events and encouraged anyone interested in this to become a volunteer.  She is seen in the attached photo with Rotarian Mike Stamhuis.



Leave a comment below to let us know you're volunteering!!


The following website has more details about the Games, an event schedule and contact information to be a volunteer or participant - http://www.55plusgames.ca



Louise Legasse is this year's inbound exchange student sponsored by our club, and she will soon be returning to Belgium. Louise showed the club a photo presentation of all the things she had done and the people she met since her arrival a year ago. She had set out a number of goals she wanted to achieve while here, and felt one of the main ones was to become fluent in English.  It was obvious from her presentation that she had reached that goal.
She had stayed with four different host families while here and has developed a special affection for all of them. Overall, she enjoyed this past year, making new friends at school and experiencing things only available in Canada. She will be starting university in Belgium this Fall, and hopes to return here next Summer to visit friends.
Club President Brian Reid is seen in the photo with her, and is saying 'Goodbye' on behalf of the club members. 
Club President Brian Reid (right) and Kim Nasipayko are announcing that Jerry Tellier has been chosen as the Rotarian of the Month. Jerry has been with Kal Rotary for about 10 years and has served as Club President. He handles the Treasurer duties, oversees our Facebook page and for a number of years has been a mainstay in our annual Dream Auction Program. Jerry is involved in a number of our committees and has been a mentor and friend to many of our members.  

Rotarian Mary Jackson reported on the April 2017 trip to Aprik, Nepal with fellow Rotarian Patti Lefkos and her husband Barry Hodgins.  They were there to review the progress of the first phase of the new Devi Jal Kumari school which consists of a four classroom block.  This building is part of a larger project which will fully  replace the original school destroyed by the April 2015 earthquake.  The construction of the first phase, completed in June of 2017,  was funded by Kalamalka Rotary, Nepal One Day at a Time, among others, and coordinated by the non- profit organization, Sambhav Nepal, founded by Prem Khatry in 2007.


Venture Training is hosting an art event, as outlined in the following poster:










Limited tickets (25) are available at the cost of $85.00 which guarantees the purchaser a unique piece of art, completed by individuals with developmental disabilities who attend the ACT program.  Call 250-549-7387 or 250-549-2744 for tickets.


How the evening works:

1. Attendees pick a number.

2. All the art pieces are displayed for viewing with a number attached to them.

3. Attendees identify their choices in the order of preference.

4. Door ticket numbers (balls) are placed in a bingo/lottery style draw vessel and as your number is called you get to select an art piece of your choice. 


There are at least 8 additional pieces to the number of tickets sold, so there is always a choice.


Proceeds from the event pay for art supplies for the ACT program.  Examples of the art can be seen below.

Club President Brian Reid with his wife Jeannie graciously hosted a pool party for the club executive and their family!  Brian thanked the entire executive of Kal Rotary for the terrific job they've done all year!
As you can see, the weather cooperated and great time was had by all!
From the left, the photo shows James Mayne, Club President Brian Reid, Neil Perry, Michael Finn and Brian Wilkinson. Neil is a co-owner of Wayside Printing and Michael & Brian are employees. They have joined Kal Rotary as Corporate Members and are being welcomed by James and Brian.  Neil is a current member of the club and wanted his employee group to also join and be involved with Rotary.

Rhonda Catt is seen here with Rotarian Rob Bauml. Rhonda spoke to the club about the death of her husband, Peter.  He was a young, active and apparently healthy man who passed away from heart disease. She said there were many warning signs of this disease that they passed off to other causes, and especially in the last few months of his life when these signs became more obvious, they should have been enough to go to the doctor. But, like most young men, he was reluctant to talk about them with a doctor.  After his passing, she put his story in a video with the aim of warning men in his age range to be more aware of what their body is telling them.   This story can be seen at this link - http://petersstory.ca

Club President Brian Reid, on the left, and James Mayne, far right, are introducing new members Steve Wensley and Gen Acton to the club. As part of the induction process, James has outlined the responsibilities and benefits of being a Rotary Member.
Kim Nasipayko and Club President Brian Reid, on the right, are announcing that Roger Perry has been selected as Rotarian of the Month.
As we are approaching the end of this Rotary Year, Roger appears to be the last selection and was reportedly heard to comment that Brian obviously saved the 'Best For Last'.  Looking at Roger's history with Rotary, he is probably right. 
Club President Brian Reid is presenting Mary with the Friendship & Fellowship Award and saying "Thank You" for all of her hard work in the club. There is a lot going on in this club, both internally and with the many programs it sponsors. Mary has been involved with a great many of these for quite a few years. She enjoys the club, the members and the people we interact with. She was Club President last year and continues to be a role model for our members. 
Roger Perry, on the right, is presenting Greg MacKinnon with the Citation For Meritorious Service. This is an annual award selected by the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation. Greg has been very active in raising awareness and funds for the Rotary Foundation. An example is in a previous story on this site about the Million Dollar Dinner.
The Citation for Meritorious Service recognizes individual Rotarians who have demonstrated outstanding active service to The Rotary Foundation for more than one year. Examples of eligible service include, but are not limited to:
• Service on Foundation committees at the club, district, or international level
• Participation in Foundation grants or programs
• Support of Ambassadorial Scholars, Rotary Peace Fellows, Group Study Exchange teams, or vocational training teams
Financial contributions to the Foundation, however notable, are not relevant considerations for this award.
Club President Brian Reid, on the right, is presenting Roger Perry with the Harold Henderson Award.  The Harold Henderson Award is the most prestigious award in the club.  It is presented annually to a person who has been a member of the club for at least 10 years & who has shown a significant long-term dedication to the Object of Rotary.
Roger has been a Rotary Member since 2005 and has served as Club President and District Governor. He has been very involved with District and local club functions since he joined Kal Rotary.
To receive the District 5060 Harold R. Henderson Award, the recipient’s service with District 5060 must be on a broad basis and over an extended period of time, including at least three of the following activities, with a substantial level of activity in the past five years:
1. Serving on a District Committee or a subcommittee for a minimum of five years.
2. Providing significant leadership at district or multi-district training events (such as district assemblies or PETS).
3. Presenting Rotary programs at district or regional events (such as conferences, training and seminars.)
4. Providing significant leadership qualities in district projects and activities.
5. Participating in other special projects or activities that support all programs and activities within the district.
6. Provide a significant level of Leadership at the club level for a minimum of five years.
Mary Jackson was surprised with a large birthday cake from Club President Brian Reid and Steve from 'The Lodge'.  Mary is one of the most active members of Kal Rotary and was Club President last year. 
A local senior's home in town was concerned about further flooding at their residence and made a last minute call to Kal Rotary asking for some help.
Kal Rotarians rose to the task and within a few hours a dozen volunteers had completed the sandbagging job by the creek next to Vernon Restholm.
The 4th Annual RNOAA event is on Tuesday June 13, 7pm at the Vernon Lodge. Rotary believes in the potential of our youth and recognizes the importance of empowering them.
The Rotary clubs of Vernon and Armstrong are interested in promoting leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline and literacy through the recognition of high school athletes and athletic programs in the North Okanagan.
Congratulations to all the athletes who will be recognized in this year's program. They have excelled in the eyes of their coaches, teammates and the community.

Mary Jackson returned from Nepal and gifted President Brian with a Nepali hat and crafted wooden tie.  Mary and Patti Lefkos represented Kal Rotary at the Devi Jal Kumari school opening celebration held April 25 – the 2nd anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Nepal.


A presentation is planned for the club to provide highlights of Mary and Patti’s visit to Aprik.  Mary shared what a warm welcome they received and how grateful the community is for the club support in funding the school project.  She also brought regards from Prem Khatry, on behalf of our partner Sambav Nepal.

Club President Brian Reid is thanking Bernadette O’Donnell for her presentation on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  FASD is also called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and can be the result of a woman drinking alcohol while pregnant.  Bernadette spoke about many of the results of this syndrome and also the misconceptions that frequently go with it. She especially wanted to point out that often someone who is diagnosed with autism, attention deficit problems or a variety of problems that are similar, are actually victims of FASD, but the examination did not go far enough to identify it. 

She is hoping that the recent opening of a clinic in Vernon will help to identify this problem and provide aid to victims of the syndrome – more information about this clinic can be seen at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/fasd-clinic-vernon-1.3921902   

From the left, Club President Brian Reid is saying welcome to new club members Krista Blankley, Steffie Brenner, Norm Brenner and Bjorn Allpas. Krista, Steffie and Norm are members of the Brenner Group of Realtors, the most recent Corporate Group to join Kal Rotary.
The District 5060 Million Dollar Dinners were held in Wenatchee, Washington on April 7th and Kelowna, B.C. on April 8th. These dinners were a celebration of The Rotary Foundation's Centennial and "100 Years of Doing Good in the World". The photo shows Roger Perry, Past District Governor and current District Foundation Chair, Greg MacKinnon,  District Endowment Chair and Co-Chair of the Million Dollar Dinner, and Sarah Pruckl, committee member. The event was the celebration of a year long fund raising effort where Rotarians from our district were asked to think about The Rotary Foundation in there estate plans. Those that made a Bequest in their Will of a minimum of $10,000 USD or an outright contribution of the same amount or a commitment to make that donation to the Foundation over the next 3 years were invited to attend the Million Dollar Dinner. The event was an outstanding succuss, with over 80 people attending the dinner in Wenathcee and 109 in Kelowna. The final numbers reported where $1,571,684.03 USD which is $2,106,056.60 Canadian. There has never been so much raised in one event in our District's history. Special thanks to our sponsor's - Sun Life Financial and Latitude Financial Services Inc for sponsoring the event and to Wayside for the incredible artwork on our invitations and agenda.

To learn more about the Rotary Foundation go to https://www.rotary.org/about-rotary/rotary-foundation .Charity Navigator ranks The Rotary Foundation with 4 stars - the highest level possible.

Greg MacKinnon's next goal for Kal Rotary is to have every member learn more about The Rotary Foundation and to make it their charity of choice by making at least one contribution per year by using Rotary Direct at https://www.rotary.org/en/donate .


This photo shows Andy Wylie (left) with Rotarian Rob Bauml. Andy attended today's meeting to speak about Vimy Ridge, the Canadian involvement and the 100th anniversary of that battle.  The details of that battle are very well explained at the Canadian War Museum site -  http://www.warmuseum.ca/the-battle-of-vimy-ridge

Greg MacKinnon (center) is a past president of the club and this month's Rotarian of the Month. He is with Kim Nasipayko and Club President Brian Reid in this photo. Greg has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Rotary Foundation and recently helped organize The Million Dollar Dinner.  Two dinners were arranged to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. One was in Wenatchee on Friday, April 7, and the second the following night in Kelowna.  There are photos and more information about these dinners at   https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50005/Stories/million-dollar-dinner 

This photo of Helen O’Donnell and Rotarian Rob Bauml was taken shortly after Helen finished her presentation on how soil, if properly prepared and included in our diet, could help to boost our immune system.  She referred back to healthier days when we were young and thought nothing of taking something from the garden, wiping off most of the dirt and eating it raw. Her presentation included an explanation of the research done to support this theory, the process that the soil goes through from digging it up to packaging it for sale and all of the health benefits that can come from consuming it. This was a very detailed presentation with lots of informative slides.

There were many questions after she finished, and she provided very qualified answers to all of them. She had provided small samples on all of the tables and invited everyone to taste the sample and provide some feedback. Many did and most thought the sample tasted sweet. After she was finished, a reasonable sized package of the soil was put up for auction with the proceeds going to the club ‘coffee fund’.  There were a number of people interested and it sold for $30.

After she was done and answered all questions, Rob presented her with a “Thank You” Certificate from the club.  He then announced that special funding for her project would arrive on April 1st, which would be appropriate since this whole presentation was an April 1st joke – “gotcha all”

This was one of the best April 1st pranks I have ever seen. Like many in the room, I would have bought the stuff if she was selling it afterward.  Well done!!

Cara Mann is fairly new to the club, and has just spoke to the members about her past, her family and their involvement in the community and why she was drawn to join Kal Rotary. President Elect Neil Perry has thanked her for the presentation and welcomed her to the club.

From the left, this photo shows Club President Brian Reid, Ashley Jager, Boyd Goble and Rotarian Vern Belsheim.  Ashley and Boyd are from the Herbal Health Centre and spoke to the club about the history of medical marijuana in Canada and the products that are now available. The Herbal Health Centre is a members only cannabis dispensary that is focused on alternative medicine. Many people arrive with a doctor’s prescription but have no idea what form of cannabis is right for them. They see their role in this medical process as working with a client to find the best product and dosage to suit their individual need.

You can view their website for more information about the products available and contact information - https://www.leafly.com/dispensary-info/the-herbal-health-centre

From the left, this photo shows Jonathan Jones, Club President Brian Reid, Tracy Knight and James Mayne. Jonathan and Tracy are lawyers with the Nixon Wenger Law Firm and have joined Kal Rotary as corporate members of that business. Brian & James are introducing these new members to the club.

Peter Wise operates a wildlife/pest control business in the north Okanagan. He spoke to the club today about some of the local animal problems he has encountered, and gave some ideas on how to avoid them. Almost any animal you can picture living in the woods, can venture into an urban area and become a problem – the list of these includes small ones like mice, rats and racoons, up to larger cats like cougars and bobcats, as well as coyotes, wolves, bear and deer.

He discourages anyone from leaving food outside for their pets or for animals or birds they think of as ‘friendly’, because this can also bring animals into their yard that they do not want. Putting birdseed out can also attract mice, rats and racoons – cat & dog food may bring coyotes or large wild cats.

Peter had some very interesting stories about removing small pests and snakes from homes and school yards and setting traps for animals like marmots that had over-populated an area.  You can see some interesting photos & video on his Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pete.wise41

The photo shows Peter, on the left, with Rotarian John Hogarth

In 1999 The Rotary Foundation Trustees approved the adoption of a bequest recognition society, The Rotary Foundation Bequest Society. Becoming a member is a simple process. Couples or individuals who have made commitments of $10,000 or more in their estate plans, such as in a will, living trust, or through whole or universal life insurance, can become Bequest Society members.


From the left, this photo shows Jerry Tellier, Brian Reid, Greg MacKinnon, Darryl OBrian and Roger Perry.  Roger is a past District Governor and has just introduced these four Rotarians as Bequest Society members and presented them with their Bequest Society Crystals.


There is more information about Rotary Foundation donor formats at https://www.rotary.org/en/donate/recognition

Left to right, this photo shows Greg MacKinnon, Sarah Pruckl, Carmen Larsen, Brian Reid and Art Clark.  Club President Brian Reid has presented these four Rotarians with their Paul Harris Fellow awards for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation. 
The following website provides more information about this award and links to much more information about Rotary - https://www.rotary.org/en/history-paul-harris-fellow-recognition

Neil Perry, in the middle, is being congratulated by Kim Nasipayko and Club President Brian Reid for being selected as the Rotarian of the Month for March. Neil is very active behind the scenes with various committees and is President Elect for the club. He recently attended the President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) for the Pacific Northwest and came back very excited about new ideas and information he had heard from other Rotarians in this area who are also training to take over their Club President position. 

There is a very good website with information about this seminar at http://pnwpets.org

Kal Rotary member Ruby Sharma, on the left, is thanking Sam Samaddar for speaking to the club about the air services at Kelowna International Airport. Sam is the Airport Director and part of his job deals with the development strategy for the airport.

This strategy covers many topics dealing with the growth of the airport; including increasing service destinations and seat capacity and airport expansion to handle both an increase in the number of airlines using Kelowna Airport as well as the existing airlines flying to more cities. An example of this was WestJet expanding its schedule by adding weekly direct flights to Winnipeg this coming May. The main airlines in Kelowna are also looking at adding flights to more international hubs to improve and increase their business.

There is more information about the Kelowna Airport Leadership Team, the history of the airport and general ‘News & Events’ at the following site - https://ylw.kelowna.ca/about-ylw/ylw-leadership-team

From the left, this photo shows Club President Brian Reid, Bradley Houghton, Kelly Fehr, Rhona Parsons, Randene Wejr and James Mayne.  James has outlined the benefits and responsibilities of being a Rotarian, and Brian has introduced these four new members to the Kal Rotary club.
Another group of new members have completed the tasks needed to remove their Red Ribbons.  The ribbon is attached to their name tag when they first join the club, and is intended to identify them as new members. It is removed after they have performed a few duties, such as learning about the Rotary history and our local activities, our website where they can access club and member information and also do a short talk to the club members about their backgrounds and reasons for joining Rotary.  From the left, the photo shows Stephen Russell, Justin Sharma, Ryan Nickoli, Brenda Davis and James Mayne. James spoke about this process, then requested they take the ribbons off. 

The W.L. Seaton Rotary Interact Club again hosted the Kalamalka Rotary weekly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16.  President Rowena Dunlop organized and hosted the activities, while fellow “Junior Rotarians” Annika, Lachlan, Aiden, and Lucas fulfilled various duties.  The PowerPoint presentation highlighted most of their fundraising activities (recycling, Sonic Music Fest, Dream Auction Coat Check) and projects (Breakfast Program, Nepal School, Starfish, Window Gardens, Food for Thought) 

They did a fantastic job of running the meeting, presenting a program, and generating “fine” money (via Sergeant at Arms Lachlan) for their club which consists of about 15 students.  The Club also conducts pizza sales to raise money, and gets involved in community endeavors such as making Christmas cards for seniors and caroling at a Senior’s Lodge.  The Kalamalka Rotary Club can be very proud of the high school Interact that they sponsor.

(Photo from left to right - Lachlan, Rowena, Rotarian Andy Erickson, Annika, Rotarian Jim Ferguson, Aiden and Lucas)

Kathy Butler (left) is seen here with her partner Teresa Kisilevish and Rotarian Morgan Roney. Kathy and Teresa spoke to the club members about Okanagan College and the new Vernon Trades Training Centre. This new centre is a $6.2 million dollar investment from both Federal and Provincial Governments. The announcement of this funding can be viewed at the following link - http://globalnews.ca/video/3080784/trades-training-centre-planned-for-vernon

Kathy also talked about the ‘Women in Trades Program’ that is currently being offered in Kelowna, and will be coming soon to the Vernon Campus. This was designed to get more women involved with trades training in this province – more information about this program can be seen at - http://www.okanagan.bc.ca/Page19415.aspx

Kathy and Teresa noted that the Aircraft Maintenance Program continues to be available through the College. This program has been a mainstay of the college and continues to be popular.  See info at - http://webapps-5.okanagan.bc.ca/ok/Calendar/AircraftMaintenanceEngineerAMEMLicense

A new program called ‘Youth at Risk’ has recently been started in conjunction with School District #22. They were very enthusiastic about this program as it has already shown that it can have a positive effect in changing the life of youth who need the assistance.  More information about this can be seen at - http://www.sd22.bc.ca/Programs/career/Pages/default.aspx


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