Rotary Club of Kalamalka Vernon
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Vernon Lodge & Conference Centre
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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Jody Mitchell is the owner of a 3D Printing business that she created about four years ago.  She recently spoke to the Kal Rotary members about how this business came from her need to become self sufficient for herself and her children. An internet search surfaced this idea that she worked on and turned it into a profitable business for herself.  She started with one small 3D printer that was partially held together with duct tape, and now she has many larger ones that she can program and let them work while she is busy with other things. The samples she brought showed they can make pretty well anything, but she uses them mainly to produce topographical reproductions.  She is also very committed to being eco friendly with her products.  Look at her website https://www.filaprint.ca to get a better idea of her products and how they may be of benefit to you or your business.

The photo shows Jody on the right with Rotarian Faith Wood.

From the left, this photo shows Jim Ferguson, Club President Ryan Fairburn, Derek Powers and Shelley Bedard. Shelley and Jim have introduced Derek as a new member to the club and outlined the expectations and benefits for a new member.

R.C.M.P Superintendent Shawna Baher is in this photo with Rotarian Rob Bauml. Supt. Baher has become Vernon's new "top cop" as she is now officially in charge of the Vernon North Okanagan Regional RCMP. She recently spoke at a Rotary lunch and outlined some of the RCMP projects currently underway.  She is expecting an increase in the number of police officers working in this area and also talked about expectations of the police dealing with the new marijuana laws, particularly regarding driving issues.


There is a very good article outlining the process for selecting a new Commander and some background information about Supt. Baher at this site - https://www.vernon.ca/activities-events/news-events/news-archive/vernon-north-okanagan-rcmp-welcomes-new-detachment
The photo from left shows Jim Ferguson, David Spencer and Club President Ryan Fairburn.  Jim and Ryan have welcomed David as a new member to Kal Rotary and introduced him to the members.  
Dayley Harper is in the center of this photo with Club President Ryan Fairburn and Rotarian Faith Wood. Daley spoke at the recent meeting about Chinese medicine and outlined how all parts of a person's condition must work together for their health.
The following is a quote from her website - "Chinese medicine has it's roots in Taoism - oneness in the world. This system understands that your health - physically/mentally/emotionally - cannot be separated from the world around you. Your strength, vitality, and wellness are a result of inner and outer harmony; on living the Tao. A major piece of the health picture is understanding your own inner balance and knowing how to respond to your environment."
There is much more information about Daley and Chinese medicine on her website - https://www.dayleyharper.com 
From the left, the photo shows Club President Ryan Fairburn, Ryan Cucheron, Shawn Hayden and Shelley Bedard. Ryan and Shelley are introducing Ryan and Shawn to the club. Shelley has explained the benefits, and expectations of Rotary members.

Our speaker today was David Gouthro - a seasoned, creative and playful speaker whose personal passion is to help people discover their courage to learn and grow.

"To say we are living in a world of increasing complexity, faster pace of change and rampant unpredictability is about as useful as saying “there is gravity”. Both statements are true, yet neither provides any insight into how to grow personally and/or professionally.  

A critical determinant of whether or not a person will succeed in such a volatile environment is their mindset—which is basically the way they view their own skills, knowledge and talents. Today we briefly explored two particular mindsets (fixed and growth) with the objectives of (a) helping you become more aware of your own mindset and (b) offering a few suggestions on how to change your mindset--if you choose to do so!"

If you would like to see more of David's ideas on this, and a number of other topics, look at his website - https://www.davidgouthro.com   The photo shows David with Rotarian Faith Wood.


Dwayne Peace is a retired 25 year member of the Calgary Police Service who spent the last 7 years of his career in high schools. Dwayne has a special talent for working with youth, and a passion for helping to make a difference in their lives.

He developed sessions based on mistakes he saw youth making. His work has continued to evolve during his 15 years of retirement. Depression, suicide, and the digital world are huge issues with today's youth and then Canada decides we should legalize marijuana.

His book, "Parenting with Eyes Wide Open" has received rave reviews from educators, parents, and grandparents. It was developed as a reference guide that parents have requested over the years. He is presently working on his second book addressing the legalization of marijuana.

Dwayne is in the middle of this photo with Club President Ryan Fairburn and Rotary Member Faith Wood.


Hayley Rakos is a 15 year old grade 10 student at Seaton Secondary in the French Immersion  program. She has played the Saxaphone one year in school and is into painting, horseback riding and BMX biking. After graduating Hayley plans to go to UBCO to study nursing. Along with enjoying school Hayley has a part time job at Vernon Teach and Learn. Hayley says she is eager to learn everything the Queen Silver Star Excellence Program has to offer.  Kal Rotary is thrilled to have her as our candidate ! 

The photo shows Hayley, in the middle, with club president Ryan Fairburn and Donna Koethler, our Rotary member who oversees this program.

Kai Rogers spent the past school year in Bolivia, sponsored by Kal Rotary as our Outbound Student. He spoke to the club about his experiences there, the people he met and some unexpected trips to neighboring countries. He attended both high school and university there, but said he learned more from the people he met.  He had some passport problems that resulted in unplanned trips to other bordering countries, but found there was some fun and excitement in doing this. He also saw the 'third world' areas where there was little food available and garbage left in the streets. Overall, he learned a lot from his time there and found the most valuable lesson for him was to 'go with whatever happens' and enjoy the moment.
Kai is in the photo with Jacqueline Rivard, who is responsible for the Student Exchange Program.  
Naaz Grewal is a new member to Rotary, and today she did her Classification Presentation.  During that talk she mentioned that she had spent a number of years in the Punjabi area of India and had been involved with their Bhangra dance.  She then mentioned that she was prepared to demonstrate this dance and would like a partner - Jerry Tellier was very quick to kick off his shoes and join her.  He obviously 'knows the moves' as he was very quick to catch on to her dance routine.  

From the left, this photo shows Club President Ryan Fairburn, Rotarian Rob Bauml, Dag Sharman and Zach O'Brien.  Dag and Zach are employed by B.C. Hydro and attended this meeting to discuss some of Hydro's recent projects in B.C.  A good part of the work being done now is to replace and upgrade outdated equipment.  An example was the idea many years ago of making cement hydro poles, expecting they would last much longer than the pine or cedar ones, however they found the cement would not hold up to weather conditions and are now being replaced.  They listed a number of local upgrade projects and where possible moving the lines underground.


Dag also showed photos of the new local Hydro building and explained how it had been planned as both a central work site for office staff and outside workers.  It also contains a bunker style work area that could control hydro through the entire province if needed.


The following site provided links to various areas in this province and the projects that are being completed in each, as well as links to other Hydro news and events - https://www.bchydro.com/energy-in-bc/projects.html  

Jeremy Vandekerkhove is a member of the Vernon Search & Rescue Helicopter Winch Program. He attended our meeting today to speak about the program, the funding provided for it, the training each member receives and the types of calls they respond to.  They currently have about 65 volunteer members that are on call 24 hours a day.  They are kept busy with an average of over 80 tasks annually, equivalent to an average of some 6,900 man-hours annually, excluding training or administration.  Their tasks include such things as searching for lost or missing persons, rescue operations, evidence searches, body recovery and emergency evacuations.  There is much more information about this program and the volunteers at their website - https://vernonsar.ca/article/who-we-are  

Club President Ryan Fairburn is on he left in this photo with Jeremy and Rotary Member Vicki Topping. 
Ryan Fairburn, on the left, is the Kal Rotary Club President for the 2018/19 year.  At the first meeting of this Rotary Year, he is introducing his Executive to the club members. 

Club member Brandi Shane organized another hike on Saturday. Perfect weather conditions provided a terrific hike up Bluenose Mountain in Lavington with some stunning views of the valley between Coldstream and Lumby.

Stay tuned for the next upcoming hike!











Left to right, this photo shows Dauna Kennedy, executive director of the Vernon Public Art Gallery, Tannis Nelson, Manager of Community Services Parks, Recreation & Culture with the Regional District of the North Okanagan and Rotary Member Mike Stamhuis.  Tannis and Dauna attended a recent club meeting to talk about the process and progress being made to build a new Cultural Facility in Vernon.  There is a very good report on this at the following Facebook site - https://globalnews.ca/news/4229678/plans-for-new-40-million-vernon-cultural-facility-move-forward
At today's meeting, Kal Rotary member Carmen Larsen was awarded the District 5060 "Changemaker" Award for her work on the Starfish Pack program.  This program supplies weekend meals to school children in need.  Please look at the following site for more information about this program - http://starfishpack.com/vernon/  
The photo shows Carmen with Past District Governor Roger Perry.
Thanks to club member Brandi Shane for organizing its inaugural hike on Saturday May 19 with perfect weather conditions and outstanding views.
The group hiked Mount Rose Swanson (Armstrong) through a beautiful forested trail to rock bluffs with spectacular views of the Spallumcheen Valley.
Stay tuned for the next planned hike!
The photo shows David Gibbs, General Manager of the Prestige Hotel & Resorts, and Gail Harrison, Grant Coordinator for Cops For Kids Charitable Foundation. Both spoke to the club today about their support and the development of JoeAnna's House.   Every year, thousands of families from across the interior of British Columbia must travel from their homes in order for a loved one to receive life-saving specialist care at Kelowna General Hospital.  For many families wanting to maintain a presence at KGH for the period of their loved ones treatment, the lack of affordable short-term accommodation in Kelowna adds significantly to their hardshipResearch shows that patients heal better when surrounded by their loved ones.  They get better when together.

The KGH Foundation has committed to raising $8 million to build and operate JoeAnna’s House, a home-away-from-home to keep families together when they need it most.  There is more information about this project at https://www.kghfoundation.com/joeannas-house  

Thanks to Kalamalka Rotarian Greg MacKinnon (centre in green shirt) and the team at Latitude Financial Services for their generous donation to the Vernon Starfish Backpack program which sends a backpack of healthy food home each weekend to hungry children in the Vernon area.

The photo shows Natalie Durham with Rotarian Brian Reid.  Natalie is a Regional Employment Placement Specialist with the British Columbia Construction Association.  The British Columbia Construction Association’s Integrating Newcomers (BCCA-IN) is a program that helps newcomers to Canada enter the construction workforce in British Columbia.  Natalie explained the process and aid available to anyone coming to Canada wanting to work in the construction industry.  There is more information about this program at this website - https://www.bccassn.com/jobs-&-careers/bcca-integrating-newcomers/default  

Keith Johnson, from Silver Star Rotary, and Nathan Lee a coach at Seaton Secondary school spoke at a recent meeting about the Rotary North Okanagan Athletic Awards.  These awards are sponsored by the four Rotary Clubs in this area. This annual event was started in 2014 to recognize local high school athletes and coaches. There is more information about this event on the website - http://www.silverstarvernon.org/Page/rotary-north-okanagan-athletic-awards
Left to right, the photo shows Nathan, Keith and Kalamalka Rotary Club President, Neil Perry.
Club President Neil Perry (left) and Jim Ferguson are introducing Marie Brown to the club members.  Marie is associated to the John Howard Society corporate group and a new member to Kal Rotary.

Kalamalka Rotary honoured Starfish Pack Program Partners today.  The Program provides a weekend backpack of food to elementary and secondary school children in the Vernon area.  Since the Program was initiated two years ago, the number of backpacks provided has increased from 20 to 93!


At the meeting, Brad Thorlakson, President and CEO of Tolko, presented an $8,000 cheque to the Program.

Photo - Salvation Army’s Warehouse Manager Dean Sauve, Save-On Foods Village Green Store Manager Robert Cashato, School District # 22 Superintendent Joe Rogers, Okanagan Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Kirstie Blanleil, Tolko’s President and CEO Brad Thorlakson, Kalamalka Rotarians Dr. Carmen Larsen and President Neil Perry.  
Kal Rotary pays tribute to Humbolt with a moment of silence and a large number of Rotarians and guests sporting their jerseys.
Starfish volunteers, Patti Lefkos, Bjorn Allpas, Molly Allpas and Jennifer Cramer Lewis (left to right)
accept a donation of 67 bags of toiletries from Bev Dickson, Vernon Superstore for Vernon Starfish Packs, a Kalamalka Rotary program that weekly sends out 87 backpacks of nutritious foods for hungry Vernon  students.
Some members of Kal Rotary recently put together a work crew to help clean up the grounds around the local transition house.  Below are some photos taken of that crew.

Rotary member Morgan Rooney, on the right, is in this photo with Ken Finch. Ken has been a senior member of the Kal Tire management team for many years and recently spoke about the history of Kal Tire and the reasons for its success.  Part of that success was based in their motto "If we sell it, we guarantee it"  At the heart of Kal Tire is a culture steeped in values.  Seven guiding principles known as the AIMS provide a roadmap for the 5,000+ team members for how business will be conducted.  Included in those AIMS is a commitment to exceed customer expectations as well as a commitment to ensure the career of every Kal Tire team member is supported by quality leadership, training and opportunities for advancement.

There is more information about the Kal Tire history at this site - https://info.kaltire.com/about/our-history/  

Club President Neil Perry, on the left, and Jim Ferguson are introducing Nancy Neustaeter to the club. Nancy is the business account manager at Prospera Credit Union, the most recent corporate group to join Kal Rotary.
This month marks the 37th anniversary for Art Clark being a member of Kal Rotary.  During that time he has been Club President, very active in the Dream Auction creation and yearly auctions since, and the many committees as the club evolved. Today the club members recognized this commitment and the time spent with the various club activities over the years.
Left to right, this photo shows President Elect Ryan Fairburn, Judd Buchanan, Janelle Hardy, Darrell Oshiro, James Mayne, Charmaine White, Jim Ferguson and Rick Danyluk.  Ryan, James and Jim are introducing these new members to the club, and outlining the benefits and expectations of being a Rotarian.  Darrell, Charmaine and Rick are employed at Prospera Credit Union, the most recent Corporate Group to join the club.

Gord Leighton is on the right in this photo with President Elect Ryan Fairburn. Gord spoke to the club about his life in radio broadcasting and how the style of radio has changed over the years. He prefers more of a community based station with a wider variety of music, more spoken word programs and involvement from the local population.


There is more information about Gord and the Vernon Community Radio Society at this site - https://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/broadcast-veteran-discusses-community-station/
Brandi Shane is a new member of Kal Rotary.  She is in seen in this photo with Mike Stamhuis and President Elect Ryan Fairburn, on the left. Mike and Ryan have introduced her to the club members and presented her with the Rotary Pin.

Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Through Interact, you can:

  • Carry out hands-on service projects
  • Make international connections​
  • Develop leadership skills​
  • Have fun!

Every Interact club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps your school or community and one that promotes international understanding.


The photo shows some of the W.L. Seaton Interact Club members.  Left to right, they are Jack Cotter, Seth Martens, Kaila Smith, Cyan Ross, Sydney Gravatt and Avril Baldauf. Standing behind is Andy Erickson on the left and President Elect Ryan Fairburn.  Andy is the Kal Rotary member who assists the students.  This group of students recently attended one of our meetings and took over the President and Sergeant positions for that meeting.  They also provided an update on the programs they are currently doing to raise money.  Overall, they did an excellent job and showed us a well organized and mature group of students.

The photo shows a new member to Kal Rotary, Amber Anderson, with President Elect Ryan Fairburn and James Mayne, on the right. James and Ryan have introduced Amber to the club members and presented her with a Rotary Pin.

Prem K Khatry, member of The Rotary Club of Mount Everest, Paul Harris plus 3, made a presentation at Kalamalka Rotary on January 25. Prem, managing director of Ace the Himalaya, one of the top ten trekking agencies in Nepal, told us about his NGO Sambhav Nepal which had many projects on the go in the Gorkha region of Nepal, an area at the epicenter of the 2015 earthquake. Sambhav Nepal builds schools, homes, water projects, toilet blocks and coordinates teacher training programs to support the people of this subsistence farming area. Sambhav Nepal has formed partnerships with two rotary Clubs in Sydney, Australia. With the support of Kalamalka Rotary and local non-profit Nepal One Day at a Time, headed by Rotarian Patti Lefkos, Prem is facilitating the construction of Devi Jal Kumari School in Aprik Village, Gorkha.


Left to right, the photo shows Patti Lefkos, Prem Khatry, Mary Jackson and Club President Neil Perry.

Kiva gives you the chance to make small loans to borrowers working to start businesses and improve their lives.
Our club has been involved with Kiva since April of 2015. In that time we've made 1988 loans of $25.00 each.
We've lent out $50,275.00 in that period and we've made loans in 67 of 77 countries available.
Check it out: KIVA.org
Left to right, the photo shows Club President Neil Perry, Art Hayden and James Mayne. James has introduced Art to the club as a new member and Neil has given Art his Rotary Pin.  Art was involved with Rotary in the past, and recently joined Kal Rotary. 







Kal Rotary candidate Bridgette Peterson played the violin and won a spot in top 3 performances of the night.

Little Miss Carnivals performed a couple of dance numbers! 

In another picture with Bridgette in a top hat she was performing her skit about Kal Rotary club and she was an auctioneer for our Dream Auction and the bid up was the Kal Tire Jet Getaway :)








Kal Rotarian Cliff Lattery's daughter Olivia was also performing.


Sofia has enjoyed her stay in Canada so far. Coming from South America she was most excited about experiencing snow for the first time. Her favorite memory so far has been the Silverstar weekend with the other Inbound Rotary students & skiing for the first time. She is looking forward to the weekend in the Mountains with both Inbound and Outbound students in Revelstoke in February. She is attending Seaton Secondary, Gr. 11 & likes the school & the friends she has made so far. She is looking forward to the last half of her stay here in Canada.   Sophia is seen in this photo with Rotarian Jacqueline Rivard.


Quote from Sofia:   My exchange experience is one of the most incredible things that has happened in my life. I have been able to travel, become better at English, experience the Canadian culture, and be more independent. The biggest opportunity has been to build long lasting connections with really amazing people. The Rotarians are lovely and include me in different activities. My friendships with other exchange students are bonds for life. I am sad that already five months have passed, but I am excited for the adventures still to come.

I feel so good with the decision I make and I wouldn't it change it for the world. 


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