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Kelowna Morningside

Our Club Motto is; Service Before Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:15 AM
Kelowna Golf & Country Club
1297 Glenmore Road
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 4P4
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Over the past few years Morningside Rotary has supported IWEN.
 
IWEN empowers marginalized women and girls in Canada and Nepal through education, life skills and microfinance.
 
In Nepal, IWEN focuses on ensuring that girls receive an education, that their mothers and all women from the community have access to skill-building opportunities, and that microfinancing groups are available to fund their hopes and dreams. Sustainably. 
 
Our social initiative, Unako, provides safe employment and fair wages to rural, ethnically Tharu women who handmake signature scarves, bags, and jewellery. Profits from this initiative helps fund our programs. 
 
In Canada, IWEN runs literacy programs and provides childminding so immigrant mothers can learn native languages. We fund mentoring and life skills courses for marginalized and at-risk women, and provide training for the volunteers who work with them. 
 
 
Impact Highlights:
● Over 2000 educational scholarships have been given since 2007
● There are 182 girls currently in school
● Since 2011, 211 bicycles given to facilitate school attendance and diminish the drop-out rate
● We run 29 mothers group with 930 members involved in life skills and micro-credit 
● 372 women are doing different kinds of small business
● 140 women were able to build homes for themselves since they joined groups
●  All loans have been paid in full
● 648 women have received literacy classes
For several years Morningside Rotary has supported the Salvation Army Food Bank in Kelowna.  Once again this year the club donated food items to the Salvation Army.  2016/2017 Morningside President Neil Saunders is pictured with some of the food our club donated this year.  
Morningside Rotary Club together with the Ogopogo Rotary Club sponsors the Rutland Senior School Rotary Interact Club.  RSS Interact Club Students recently completed a project to assist local seniors living at Fernbrae Manor.  They manufactured, delivered and planted garden boxes allowing the residents of Fernbrae Manor to grow flowers, fruits and vegetables and to be able to tend them at waist level making gardening possible again for those with mobility issues (picture & article by Carli Berry / Capital News - Friday May 19, 2017). 
The 14th Annual Morningside Rotary Golf Tournament, held at Kelowna Springs Golf Club on Friday May 26, was a great success raising approximately $21K for local charities the club funds.  Once again none of the golfers managed to win either of the two hole in one competitions (worth $20K each!) but club member David Tyrrell came close (see photo).  Morningside wishes to thank all those who helped organise the event and also all those who played.  
Saturday April 22, 2017 saw members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna - Morningside assisting the City distributing trees to Kelowna residents.  Transportation has often been interesting, in the past ranging from bicycles to trucks and trailers.  This year we had a Smart car! 
A recent donation has helped the Kelowna Gospel Mission to purchase a new steam oven.  Morningside member Lloyd Vinish is seen here presenting the oven to Mandy the Gospel Missions' Kitchen Manager.
On Saturday April 30, 2016 behind the Capital News Centre Morningside members will once again be assisting staff from Kelowna City Council to distribute trees purchased on line from the City.  This is an annual initiative Morningside is proud to have been associated with for the past three years that aims to add trees to our neighbourhoods.  Please make sure though that when you come to pick up your tree(s) you bring suitable transport........
Too many cooks in the kitchen.  Morningside members making soup at saj kitchen.  Al soups made by volunteers are donated to the boys and girls club overnight shelter.
At our meeting on Thursday September 17, 2015, we entertained District 5060 District Governor, Greg Luring (Yakima Rotary Club, WA, USA) and First Lady, Jan Luring (Yakima).  During his official visit DG Greg inducted new Morningside members Lloyd Vinish and Art Therrien.  The image below shows DG Greg, Jan (right of the picture) and District Deputy Marjolein Lloyd (Westbank Rotary Club) with new members Lloyd (left) and Art (centre) with their respective wives Alyson and Marilyn. 
The Rotary Club of Morningside is seeking new members.  All current members are urged to bring along friends and business colleagues whom they consider would be good candidates and who might be interested in joining us.  Remember to tell prospective members that breakfast meetings are a great idea as they can still fit in a complete day's work after attending the meeting.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna - Morningside is very pleased to have donated $6,000 to CRIS. CRIS is an organization that assists local people with disabilities to experience outdoor adventure.  The money will be used to fund specially adapted Bikes and Kayaks.  Pictured is Club president, Tim Benwell, handing a cheque to Dawn from CRIS.