Rotary Club of Kalamalka Vernon
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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
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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.
Home Page Stories
Craig Broderick is the Economic Development Planner with the City of Vernon. He is on the left in this photo with Rotarian Richard Kerton. Craig spoke to the club about current multi-residential and commercial construction in the City. I would guess that most of us, when driving around town, have seen new larger buildings being constructed and wondered what they were going to be. Craig went through a slide show of about a dozen of these large constructions and explained what each one was and some details about the owners and when they were expected to be completed.
The following link will take you to the business economic development area for the City of Vernon.   There are links on this site to these new developments, and many other information sites about the City -  https://www.vernon.ca/business/economic-development

In 2014 Mel Spooner and her husband opened Paradigm Naturopathic Medicine – a healthcare clinic dedicated to providing individual health care. Information about this clinic can be seen at  www.paradigmnaturopathic.com      Mel is on the left in this photo with Rotarian Rhona Parsons.  She recently spoke to the club about a number of health issues and how to obtain balance in your life to combat them.

She also spoke about how to provide an athlete with resources and answers to some of the questions that may arise when they venture into the world of endurance events.  There is more information about this on the website http://endurancehealthandfitness.com

Brian Symonds is the water stewardship manager with the provincial ministry of forests, lands and natural resources, which oversees the handling of water levels of the valley lake chain system that includes Wood, Kalamalka, Okanagan, Skaha, Vasieux and Osoyoos lakes.  He spoke to the club today about the 2017 floods and why they were so high.

He said they have dam releases on many of those lakes and have the ability to make lake level adjustments, but what they were seeing at the start of the flooding were inflow levels exceeding what their ability was to let water out of the larger lakes. They had to also consider the negative downstream impact from water releases.

The excessive input levels came from heavy spring rains in the valley and snow in the upper elevations, followed by a warm spell that melted the late snowpack, which added to the water already running in the creeks. The dams were releasing water downstream but the amount coming in was far more than they could release. This lead to historic levels in all of the lakes.

The Okanagan Basin Water Board website provides access to information about the water systems in the valley, both current and historic, and links to many water related issues - http://www.obwb.ca/

Brian is on the left in this photo with Rotarian Mike Nolan.

Rotarian Sarah Yerhoff is on the left in this photo with Kate Fish, the Regional Harm Reduction Coordinator. Kate spoke to the club about the current fentanyl overdose situation and the deaths related to this crisis.  She provided the following statistics about these deaths in this province;

• There were 525 illicit drug overdose deaths with fentanyl detected from January through May 2017. This is a 109% increase over the number of deaths (251) occurring during the same period in 2016.

• From January to May 2017, fentanyl was detected in 78% of illicit drug overdose deaths (525 of 669).

• Approximately 31% of those dying from January to May 2017 were aged 30 to 39, with 73% between 30 and 59. Males accounted for 82% of deaths.

• Fraser Health Authority had the highest number (173) of illicit drug overdose deaths with fentanyl detected from January through May 2017, followed by Vancouver Coastal Health (160) and Vancouver Island Health Authority (89)

• The Health Service Delivery Areas with the most fentanyl-detected illicit drug overdose deaths from January through May 2017 were Vancouver HSDA (133), Fraser South HSDA (80), and Okanagan HSDA (58)

• Preliminary data for January through May 2017 suggest that the proportion of apparent illicit drug overdose deaths with fentanyl detected (alone or in combination with other drugs) is approximately 78%.  In 2012 it was 4%

She also spoke about the agencies and programs currently being used to combat this problem.  The following website provides more information about this issue and links to the most common questions about it, as well as contact links - https://knowyoursource.ca/questions-about-fentanyl/bc-faq/

Club President Neil Perry (left) and James Mayne (right) are introducing two new members, Tom Lewis and Jennifer Cramer Lewis, to the club. They were sponsored by Faith Wood and have attended several meetings while their applications were being processed. 
The Kalamalka Rotary Club is providing a $25,000 grant to the City of Vernon for the bike skills park being constructed in Becker Park this fall. Funding for this comes from the annual Dream Auction.
Photo: (L to R) Mayor Akbal Mund; Brian Reid, Kalamalka Rotary Club president; Nick MacDonald, director of North Okanagan Cycling Society; and Daniel Poulin, president of the North Okanagan Cycling Society.

Paul Williamson has a committee chair position with the BX/Swan Lake Community Association. He recently spoke to the club about issues concerning the remaining 166.9 acres of the original BX Ranch located on East Vernon Road. This land was purchased by the North Okanagan Regional District (NORD) in 2016 for 2.315 million dollars.

There is a process currently taking place to divide this land into two sections. One will become a public walking space, also called a Linear Park.  The other section, about 137.1 acres, may be offered for sale. The BX/Swan Lake Community Association has approached NORD about keeping the property in ‘public ownership’ and using it for an Agricultural Park.

This association has been reaching out to Vernon area residents for input on this proposal.  This can be seen at their Facebook site - https://www.facebook.com/search/str/bx%2Branch%2Bland%2Btask%2Bforce/stories-keyword/stories-public

or through the BX/Swan Lake Community Association blog site - http://bx-swanlake.blogspot.ca/

Paul is on the left in this photo with Rotarian Art Haycock.

This photo shows many of the Kal Rotary members who achieved 100% attendance for the past Rotary year – July 1st to June 30th of the following calendar year.  Club members are expected to attend as many of the weekly lunch meetings as possible, however they can get a credit for a missed meeting by doing a ‘make up’. This credit can be achieved by attending the meeting of any other Rotary Club, viewing on-line videos about Rotary programs both nationally and around the world, or being active in any of our committees.
Most of members in the photo were in the 1 to 10 year range for obtaining 100% attendance, however there were three who far exceeded these levels. Frank Anderson at the far right now has 27 years, Jim Burns was not present for the photo is now 30 years and Clark Brewer is at the top with 33 years – Clark is the second one in from the right.

Ken Derpak is Managing Director of Silver Star Mountain Resort.  Ken spoke to the Kal Rotary members about the future expansion plans at the resort.  Showing an aerial view of the mountain, he pointed out the areas where they want to do new ski runs, some on the back side of the mountain.  New lifts would need to be installed for these runs, and some of those could come from the area where they are installing a new gondola, designed to take passengers from the village to the summit.

Ken also talked about the idea of a restaurant at the summit, possibly an eighteen hole golf course and how they could accommodate the increase in visitors and traffic.  Any question you may have about the year round activities at the resort can be answered at their website - http://www.skisilverstar.com/?location=CA

Ken is on the left in this photo with Rotarian Stephen Russell.

Greg MacKinnon is seen in all of the following photos presenting Paul Harris Fellow awards to Kal Rotary members.  The donations these members have made to the Rotary Foundation will be used for a variety of programs - a list of these programs can be seen at this website - https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs  


The members in the photos, from top down, are: Donna Koethler, Andy Erickson, Carmen Larsen and Frank Anderson.









































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


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