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Innocence by N.F.A. at the 2019 Kelowna RibFest
2019 Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise Installation
2019 Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Full Monty
Kelowna RibFest 2019 Coming in August
Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise Installation 2018
A ChromeBook Rotary Project for Los Palogos School
Full Monty 2018, A Sunrise Rotary Fundraiser
Kelowna's 2nd annual RibFest takes over City Park
Global Okanagan Ribfest 2018
2017 Kelowna Ribfest Highlights, an Extended Version (featuring our Rotarians and our Friends of Rotary at work and play at the Ribfest)
2017 Kelowna Ribfest Highlights
2016 Kelowna RibFest Highlights
Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest 2016 Promo Video
Kelowna Ribfest 2016 Media Launch
Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest
Shoe Bank Canada's 2015 Barefoot Walk Fundraiser
Shoe Bank Canada's Million Shoe Mission
Shoe Bank Canada Blog
2015-16 Theme Address K.R. Ravindran, RI President
Highlights of the 2010 Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Annual Community Auction (Video)

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Kelowna Sunrise

Service Above Self

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Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise welcomed yet another Rotarian to their fold when Randall Bamford transferred to the club on October 04.  Randall arrives from the Rotary Club of Penticton where he has served as a member since 2016.  Prior to his service with the Penticton club, he retained a membership with the Rotary Club of Williams Lake (2014-2016), the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm (2009-2014) and the Rotary Club of Squamish (2005-2008).  Even though his career required him to move from city to city within British Columbia, he did not set aside the work of Rotary, believing firmly that he recognized the value of connecting with the community and providing service to the community through volunteering with Rotary.
L to R:  Susan McIntyre (Club President), Randall and Dawn Bamford, and Peter Schultz (2019-20 District Governor)
Randall has been a very active member of the Rotary clubs that he has served with.  He has served on many club committees, been a member of the club’s executive, president-elect twice, and the club President of the Salmon Arm Daybreak Club. When he moved from Williams Lake, he was just beginning his club 2016-17 presidency (a grand total of six days) before he was handed a surprise transfer to Penticton.  Prior to transferring to the Kelowna Sunrise club, he served on board of the Penticton Rotary Club as the membership director for thirteen months.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise is seeking applications from eligible organizations, groups or individuals. 
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Your application must meet the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Funding guidelines to be considered for Gaming or Community grants.
Not too often, if ever, has an individual been a member of a Rotaract Club and a Rotary Club within District 5060.  On September 20th, Kate Kutzner, a current member and past-president (2017-18) of the Kelowna Rotaract Club, was inducted into the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.  Kate was sponsored by club member Ken Ottoson and inducted by club Membership Committee Chair Brian Wrightson.
From Left to Right:  Ken Ottoson (Sponsor), Kate Kutzner, and Susan McIntyre (Club President)
Kate has been a high energy, and passionate and committed person to the cause of Rotary since her induction in Rotaract back in January of 2014.  In Kate’s words, joining the Sunrise Rotary Club enables her to practice her mantra of “being a gift to the world” even more and “allows her to be that gift.”
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has been recognized by ShelterBox Canada as a Bronze Level ShelterBox Hero in recognition of its financial contributions to ShelterBox Canada during the 2018-19 Rotary year ($1200-$3599).  On behalf of ShelterBox Canada, Marjolein Lloyd, club member and Ambassador for ShelterBox Canada, presented a certificate for the Bronze recognition at the club’s September 20th meeting.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has been a strong supporter of the work of ShelterBox Canada for many years.  For the past decade, the club has financed close to ten Shelter Boxes.
ShelterBox, a partner with Rotary International, is dedicated to helping ensure no family is left without shelter after a natural disaster or conflict – by going where others can’t, or won’t.  By providing emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster, the not-for- profit organization strives to transform despair into hope.
All Rotarians and non-Rotarians are encouraged to make a donation to support ShelterBox’s mission.  To learn how to make a donation, or to seek out further information, visit
Congratulations Melanie Hall-Szyszkiewicz!  You have joined the 45 other members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise who have achieved Paul Harris Fellow recognition by donating over US$1000 to The Rotary Foundation.  Your generous contributions are making a difference for the destitute people throughout the world who are lacking food, shelter, medical attention and so many other needs.

It is clear that the Rotarians who support The Rotary Foundation recognize that their financial contributions are helping those who are so much less fortunate than themselves.

It is clear that the Rotarians who support The Rotary Foundation recognize that their financial contributions are helping those who are so much less fortunate than themselves.   
Leslie Munro, the club Foundation Committee chair, presented a Paul Harris Fellow certificate, medallion and pin to Melanie on July 19, 2019, to recognize her achievement.

To date, 25 of the 46 club Rotarians who have now achieved a Paul Harris Fellow, have actually received Multiple Paul Harris Fellow status by each making donations of between US$2000 to $US16,000 to date.  Ten of these Rotarians have been recognized as Major Donors for their contributions of over $US10,000 each.

It is clear that the Rotarians who support The Rotary Foundation recognize that their financial contributions are helping those who are so much less fortunate than themselves.  


For the fourth year in a row, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise Raffle has increased its revenue due to increased sale of raffle tickets.  This means that there are even more funds available to support humanitarian and other needs within the community.
At the regular meeting of the club on August 30th, Bob Fortier, the on-going chair of the Raffle program committee shared that the club had gross sales of $32,030 with an net profit of $30,500. This included the sale blitz during the August 23-25 Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest which resulted in sales amounting to $11,745. 
Special thanks go out to the sponsors of the Raffle, including Save-on-Foods that provided the first prize of groceries for a year for the fourth year in a row amounting to $5200, the Interior Savings Credit Union that provided second prize with a $1000 cash donation, White’s BBQ & Fireplace that provided a third prize of a barbeque and accessories valued at $600, and Montana’s BBQ & Bar that provided ten prizes of $100 gift vouchers.
Two local organizations that support youth in the community were provided financial assistance from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise. 
On August 30th, the club agreed to donate $2,000 to Connect Counselling & Therapy (Kelowna Family Services Society) which will financially fund a twice a year counselling program for youth 6-12 years of age. 
Additionally, the club donated $1,250 to the Opera Kelowna Society for a student scholarship. 
The 2019 Interior Savings Kelowna Sunrise RibFest provided a record number of attendees from  Kelowna and beyond with yet another fun filled, free three day family festival from August 23rd to the 25th at City Park in Kelowna.
The premier event of the summer in Kelowna provided something for everyone, from entertainment, great food, and beverages for the thirsty, to loads of fun activities for children.
The profits generated from the event were earmarked for JoeAnna’s House, Pathways Abilities and Food for Thought, a program offered by Hope for the Nation.
Check out the video production below for a review of an event that provided entertainment and loads of fun at no cost, but still generated sufficient revenue to support special projects and programs in the community.  You can also download the video from You Tube from  
During the 2019 Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest held from August 23rd to the 25th, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise presented cheques totaling $29,025 to three local organizations which focus on responding to the needs of the Okanagan community.
Pathways Abilities was presented with a cheque for $10,000 to enable it to outfit a used van which will provide transportation for those who rely on wheelchair access to participate in activity services. This program provides opportunities for 90 individuals to develop skills and abilities that promote self-esteem and independence through productive meaningful involvement in recreation, leisure, retirement, volunteerism, employment and skill development.  Charisse Daley from Pathways accepted the cheque on behalf of Pathways Abilities.
Hope for the Nation received financial support from the Sunrise Rotary Club to enable it to continue to institute ‘Food for Thought Program’ which provides vulnerable children with a backpack containing food to take home for the weekend.  Patricia Phillips (Executive Director) and Patti Hoy (Board Chair for Hope for the Nation) accepted the $9,025 cheque. 
 A third cheque for $10,000 was presented on the last day of the RibFest to JoeAnna’s House.  Darlene Haslock, the recently hired manager of JoeAnna’s House accepted the cheque.   The club has now donated a total of $39,280 since 2018, which continues to assist the Rotary Clubs throughout the Okanagan and the Interior Health Region to achieve their commitment of financial support totaling $250,000 for JoeAnna’s House. 
Click on the Video Production for a complete review of the presentations 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise announced the winners of the 2019 Club Raffle at the conclusion of the Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest on August 25th, 2019, following the closing entertainment act.  Fifteen prizes, valued at $8,000 were drawn.
In compliance with the BC Gaming Event Licence #117018, the Raffle winners include:
1st prize – Elsie Pulock, Grandview, MA (Free groceries for a year from Save-on-Foods valued at $5200)
2nd prize – George Kozub, Lake Country, BC ($1000 cash from Interior Savings)
3rd prize – Rob Frappier, Kelowna, BC (Barbeque and Accessories from White’s BBQ & Fireplace valued at $600)
4th prize – Sue McEwan, West Kelowna, BC ($100 gift voucher from Montana’s BBQ & Bar)
5th prize – George Wilson, West Kelowna, BC ($100 gift voucher from Montana’s BBQ & Bar)
6th prize – R. Hepting, Kelowna, BC ($100 gift voucher from Montana’s BBQ & Bar)
7th prize – Dr. Larry Beekoff, Kelowna, BC ($100 gift voucher from Montana’s BBQ & Bar)
8th prize – Rob Frappier, Kelowna, BC ($100 gift voucher from Montana’s BBQ & Bar)
9th prize – John Langston, Kelowna, BC ($100 gift voucher from Montana’s BBQ & Bar)
10th prize – Jane Neale, Kelowna, BC ($100 gift voucher from Montana’s BBQ & Bar)
11th prize – Frieda Reitz, Kelowna, BC ($100 gift voucher from Montana’s BBQ & Bar)
12th prize – Gemma Cote, Kelowna, BC ($100 gift voucher from Montana’s BBQ & Bar)
13th prize – Linda Boake, Kelowna, BC ($100 gift voucher from Montana’s BBQ & Bar)
14th prize – Norm Zubot, Kelowna, BC ($100 gift voucher from Montana’s BBQ & Bar)
15th prize – Sangeeta Spolia, West Kelowna, BC ($100 gift voucher from Montana’s BBQ & Bar)
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise congratulates the fifteen winners and expresses it’s thanks to all those who purchased raffle tickets thus enabling the club to expand its financial support for humanitarian needs within the community and beyond.
The Okanagan Sun, founded in 1980, now in its 39th year within the British Columbia Football Conference, has not only provided excellent junior football for its fans, but has also supported the community by partnering with the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise in a number of different ways.
For many years, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, with the coordination of club member Brian Fennell, has collected tips from the Sun Football club’s supporters during all home games.  These tips have been collected while the club’s Rotarians have provided beverage service for the games.  Each year, these funds have been designating to the PolioPlus Fund of The Rotary Foundation, a fund that is allocated to eliminating polio from the world. That volunteer beverage service by Rotary club members and the collection of tips continues to this day.
The Okanagan Sun has also recognized the volunteerism of the members of the Sunrise Rotary Club in other ways.  In May of 2018, nearly fifty Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians and friends of Rotary served beverages to a thirsty crowd during the Nitro Circus held at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna as a means to continue to support of the Okanagan Sun Football club.  Over $50,000 of sales was generated during the evening.  As a way to express their appreciation, the Rotary club received ten percent of the sales made during the evening.
On August 16th of 2019, the club was presented with a cheque in the amount of another $5000 during the club’s regular club meeting.  Sun Football president Mike Botterill made the presentation to Sunrise Rotary club president Susan McIntyre. The funds became available by the Sun Football Club organization from uncollected 50/50 sold tickets during the 2018 junior football season home games. 
The generosity of the Sun Football Club does not end here.  During the 2019 Football season, the members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise are involved in selling the Sun Football Club’s 50/50 tickets during the home games.  In return, the Rotary club receives 50 percent of the Sun’s take.   
Through these generous donations, the Sunrise Rotary Club has been able to continue to financially support endeavours within the community which are focused on responding to community humanitarian needs.
The partnership between the Sun Football Club and the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise demonstrates how community organizations can work together for the benefit of the community.
Every year the Sunrise Rotary Club recognizes two graduating students with a $500 bursary.  This year the club is pleased to announce that Michelle McGee, a graduate from Kelowna Secondary School and Chelsea Chase a graduate from Rutland Secondary School have each received the $500 bursary. 
The club offers its congratulations to these two worthy recipients and wishes them all the best as they continue to pursue studies beyond grade twelve.
It is not unusual for Rotarians to transfer from one Rotary club to another as many change job placements in other communities or move to other communities.  Two Rotarians from the Rotary Club of West Kelowna Daybreak, who experienced these changes in their lives, were inducted into the Sunrise Rotary club for just these reasons on July 26th.
Gary Young and Christy St Jean were inducted by Membership Chair Brian Wrightson and welcomed by the club Rotarians.
Gary was first inducted as a Rotarian in 2001 with a Vernon Rotary club; and in 2009 he joined the West Kelowna Daybreak club where he served until he transferred to the Kelowna Sunrise club.
Christy began her service as a Rotarian in February of 2018 with the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise but eleven months later, because of taking up residence in West Kelowna, she transferred to the West Kelowna Daybreak club.  Now once again because of a change in her job placement in Kelowna and residency in Kelowna, she has been inducted back into the Kelowna Sunrise club.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise conducted its 34th Annual Installation Dinner on June 22nd, 2019 at which time the club celebrated the past Rotary year, 2018-19 with recognition of club members who had provided outstanding service; and the induction of Susan McIntyre as the 2019-20 president of the club, along with the new executive and officers, often referred to as the Board.
The video captures highlights of the social activity of the evening prior to the recognition of specific Rotarians and the induction of the 2019-20 president and board.
Marjolein Lloyd was honoured for the achievement of another milestone in her continued financial support of The Rotary Foundation on July 05, 2019.  Visiting Pete Erickson, past D5060 District Governor (1999-2000), and member of the Rotary Club of Moses Lake enjoyed the honour of presenting Marjolein Lloyd with her PH+3 pin which represents her donation of US$4000 to the Foundation since her induction as a Rotarian in 2001.
At the present time, 46 of the club members, over 50 percent of the members, have achieved Paul Harris Fellow status, which includes five Major Donors, members who have contributed over $US10,000 to the Foundation.  
Damp and cool weather did not stop over 800 hungry swimmers and observers from indulging in pancakes and coffee served during the club’s Pancake Breakfast which was held in conjunction and support of the Annual Across the Lake Swim held on July 21st.  This resulted in the club netting a profit of $2926 which will enable the club to financially support additional community and international needs.
Twenty-three club members, two Rotaract members and a family member volunteered preparing and serving up over 2000 pancakes along with coffee.   With the support of donations from McDonalds, Shoe Bank Canada, the Salvation Army and the Uptown Rutland Business Association, the pancake breakfast proved to be yet another successful Kelowna Sunrise Rotary community event.

Chief organizer Doreen Welsh expressed her appreciation to club members Jery Urquhart and Bruce Brown for their assistance in organizing the event.   She pointed out that “all of our hard working volunteers made this another fun fellowship fundraiser that we all enjoyed participating in!”
The Kelowna Sunrise Rotary club members welcomed Alexandra Kosachukova Babbel as a member to the club following her induction to the club by Membership Committee Chair Brian Wrightson on July 05th.  Club member Wayne Evans, Alexandra’s sponsor, also participated in the induction ceremony.
Alexandra is the artistic director and founder of Opera Kelowna, a registered, not-profit society and member of the Canadian Association of Professional Opera Companies.  Working closely with the society’s board of directors, she successfully nurtured the organization into a solid strategic company in 2013.  
Alexandra held the faculty position of Voice Department Head at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois before relocating to Kelowna. She has also shared her expertise and gift of music as a lyric Soprano in operatic and concert solo performances in Canada, Germany, England, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Ukraine and Russia throughout her music career.
Her achievement of a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Education from the University of Michigan, followed by a Master in Opera Performance from the University of Alberta, concluding with a Post-Masters Certificate of Performance and doctoral studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, have impacted greatly on her successful career.
Alexandra has recognized that by becoming a Rotarian she has been provided with many opportunities to broaden her community service and to network with other community minded individuals.     
Club members always have the opportunity to honour people of their choice, whether they are Rotarians or others, for their contributions by using their accumulated Paul Harris Fellow recognition points to present a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Certificate to the individual.
During the 2019 Installation Dinner held on June 22nd, two members of the club each honoured an individual that they so deemed worthy of such recognition.
Club member Al Strachan, a PHF+ 3 Foundation supporter, presented his granddaughter Sunny Richelle Parr with a Paul Harris Fellow to honour her for how well she and her partner Dan are raising her brother's two sons.  Sunny has Guardianship of the two boys. Colton just turned five and Jace will soon be seven. Sunny and Dan work full-time, Sunny as a contract interior/exterior house painter and Dan as a Journeyman carpenter.  The boys have structure in their lives and have attended play-school for the past couple of years.  Jace will start Grade One and Colton will start Kindergarten in September. The boys refer to Sunny as “Auntie”.  Sunny has no children of her own, but she practices “Service Above Self” in raising her two nephews.
Club member Barb Penner, herself a Major Donor, presented Shelley DeCoste with a Paul Harris Fellow certificate and pin to recognize her selfless and passionate desire, as an inclusive leader, to continually impact the lives of others as she practices “service above self” in her daily life.
FOUNDATION RECOGNITION POINTS Foundation recognition points are awarded to donors who contribute to The Rotary Foundation through the Annual Fund, the PolioPlus Fund, or an approved global grant. Donors receive one Foundation recognition point for every U.S. dollar contributed to these funds. Contributions to the Endowment Fund are not eligible. Donors can extend Foundation recognition points to others to help them become, or to name them as, a Paul Harris Fellow or Multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
During the 2019 Installation Dinner and Program held on June 22, 2019, club members were recognized for their outstanding contributions in leadership and for their exemplary service in a number of different roles by 2018-19 Club President Maribeth Friesen.
Each year, the out-going president reviews the contributions each Rotarian has made to the club and its achievements, and then selects the Rotarian of the Year and the Dale Frandsen Award Recipient.
The Rotarian of the Year Award is presented in sincere appreciation and recognition of distinguished service, loyalty and devotion to the Ideals of Rotary.  The 2018-19 Rotarian of the Year is Ken Ottoson.
The Dale Frandsen Award, is presented to a member of the club who exemplifies the spirit of dedication, friendship, optimism, and integrity; the core values of a true Rotarian.  The 2018-19 recipient of the Award is George Pinches.
During the evening program, many other Rotarians were recognized for their contributions.  The following is a listing of those honoured:
Since the chartering of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise in 1986, the members of the club have always looked forward to the annual installation dinner and program, as it serves as a means to celebrate the past Rotary year and to recognize Rotarians for their exceptional service; and as a means to learn about the direction and vision for the new Rotary year and also to introduce the new executive and officers who will provide the necessary leadership.
 During the evening program of the 2019 Annual Installation Dinner held on June 22nd, out-going 2018-19 president Maribeth Friesen shared that while she experienced the challenge of the leadership role as   president, she gained personal growth, and learned about herself and Rotary.   She expressed that the experience had deepened her “conviction in the importance of service above self,” and added “that it’s not   enough to just live, and work and consume, with all of the bounties that I have been blessed with in life.”  “I must give back and without expectation,” stressed Maribeth.
 Following the formal evening presentations conducted by Maribeth, and concluding remarks where she thanked Rotary and the Rotary club for being “my inspiration, for beckoning me and for giving me all kinds   of good reasons to answer the call,” Maribeth inducted in-coming 2019-20 President Susan McIntyre.

 Following the brief induction, 2019-20 Rotary Year Susan McIntyre thanked all club Rotarians and stated that “I am very honoured and humbled to be elected President of the Club.”  She expressed that she would   do her best to serve the club and that with a strong team to provide leadership, she acknowledged that the club would work hard to follow this year’s theme.
 Based on the 2019-20 Rotary International Theme, Rotary Connects the World, Susan explained that the club would commence tracking all volunteer service hours, including those volunteer hours completed   outside of Rotary, in addition to tracking attendance and makeups.  She added that the board had been re-organized, thus creating a model that would engage more of the members and to enable everyone to play a small role in supporting the club.  She noted that this re-organization created many sub-committees to provide everyone with an opportunity to help the club grow in strength and influence.
Following the introduction of the 2019-20 Executive and Directors, presentation of pins signifying their specific roles, and photo ops, Susan stated “I feel very lucky to have this wonderful group of people to work with.” 
Before bringing closure to the evening program, emceed by 2018-19 Past President Andy Griffin, Susan thanked everyone for their support, recommendations and ideas that had been shared and then reminded everyone that she would definitely be looking forward to her first official meeting on July 05, 2019.
This annual event provides a unique opportunity for a selected group of young Canadians to come together to gain a better understanding of our country. Through meetings with political leaders, senior officials and others, they learn a great deal about the workings of our democratic institutions. Through meeting one another and having discussions among themselves, they learn to appreciate the diversity of Canada and the privileges and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship.
Upon her return to Kelowna, Kritika had the opportunity to share her experience with the members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.  In her opening remarks, Kritika expressed that “Not only did I learn incredible skills and gain new perspective through keynote speakers; I got to be surrounded by nearly 200 peers who I had never met before. Many of which were young aspiring Rotarians who are students involved in their very own Rotary Interact clubs at school, just as I am.”
Kritika Dave, a grade 12 student in Kelowna, enjoyed a unique opportunity, when she attended the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program in Ottawa from April 28-May 01, 2019.  She was one of 199 16-18 year old students from across Canada to participate in the 69th Annual program established and organized by the Rotary Club of Ottawa.  Kritika was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.
At a date not yet announced, during the month of August the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise will welcome Arnau Quirante Viladrich as the club’s 36th Incoming Rotary Youth Exchange student and third student from Spain since the club was incorporated in 1986.  Arnau will be hosted by the club and three local families during the Rotary year 2019-2020.
Nestling in the pine-clad hills near and above Barcelona, the ancient terracotta-tiled town of Moia, with a population of 6190 (2018) provide Arnau and his parents and two siblings with a peaceful and pleasant home environment.  Arnau shares that he is privileged to live in a small town where he is able to see the stars every night, something that has awakened his passion for astronomy and physics, and three to four minutes to his school by foot where he enjoys learning and playing basketball.
Arnau, a 16 year old energetic student, keen on learning about and experiencing a different and new culture and perfecting his English, will be sponsored by the Rotary Club of Manresa-Bages located in Rotary District 2202.
Check out a Featured Portfolio of Arnau, which includes many photos, in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program Section on this club website found within the New Generations Committee (Youth Programs) section located in the Service Areas and Committees Site within the Site Pages on the left side of the Home Page.
Kelowna Now, a Central Okanagan Media outlet, recently announced that the Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest, simply recognized as the RibFest Kelowna,  has been awarded the 2019 Gold Medal for the “ Best of Kelowna” in the category of “Wine, Beer and/or Food Event” and a Silver Medal  in the category of “Festival.”
Each year, Kelowna Now sponsors the “Best of Kelowna” awards, providing  citizens of the Central Okanagan with the opportunity to nominate businesses, organizations and individuals for the various categories and to then vote for their choice within these categories.
In a press release to the media in December of 2018, Patricia Phillips, the Executive Director for Hope for the Nations stated that “over 4500 children in the Central Okanagan live in a food insecure home and often go to school hungry.” To assist in overcoming this situation, a local project, ‘Food for Thought,’ started in 2009 by Hope for the Nations, received a substantial donation from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise for a new program being piloted in Kelowna.
The new program, referred to as the ‘Backpack Program’ provides children in need with backpacks filled with nutritious food for the weekend to supplement the “Breakfast Program’ offered during the school days. 
Patricia Phillips stated that “as Food for Thought expands the Backpack Program into more schools, they require funding to continue successful operation throughout the school year.” She acknowledged the generous support of the Rotary Club of the Kelowna Sunrise which donated $9,250.00 to help in attaining this goal.
“After seeing the positive impact our weekend backpack program continues to have on children and families in our community, we are so grateful to the “Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise” for making expanding into a second school a reality!” said Patricia Phillips, Executive Director of Hope for the Nations. “Knowing more children who may have otherwise gone without, will be taking home a backpack full of healthy food choices is truly a gift.”
Hope for the Nations is a Kelowna-based NGO, empowering children at risk to become children of change. HOPE equips marginalized children to become leaders - those who affect positive change within their communities - by partnering with local organizations working within a wide variety of cultural contexts -
Full Monty’s continue to provide additional funds for the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, and in turn extra funds to respond to humanitarian needs in the community and worldwide.  During the month of April and May of 2019, many club members were involved in yet another hands-on landscaping project, this time installing irrigation, preparing an area for sod, laying sod, installing fence posts, building garden boxes, weeding, distributing mulch on beds, and siding a shed.  All told, over 265 hours of Rotarian volunteering brought about successful completion to the project.
The project, carried out at a private residence in East Kelowna, involved site irrigation planning and site design on April 24th, conducted by Tom Paterson with assistance from Ed Kolybaba, a full day of trenching, irrigation work and post hole augering by a team of eight club members on May 08th and two days of intensive labour on May 11th and May 12th by a team of 23 Rotarians and friends of the Rotary club.
The club began raising funds through a “Full Monty” back in 2010 when it carried out two that year; and since then have organized and implemented six additional projects.
Domenic Rampone, a former member of the Penticton Rotary Club from 2014-2017, decided that it was time to continue serving through Rotary. In seeking membership with the club, he stated that he wished to join the club “to hopefully advance peace in the community and the world through fellowship.”
On May 10th, Club Past Membership Chair Max Mosley inducted Domenic into the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.  Club member Norm LeCavalier, Domenic’s sponsor, joined Max for the Induction Ceremony.
As of May 17th, tickets came on sale for the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise 2019 Raffle providing everyone an opportunity to win one or more of the thirteen prizes so graciously provided by the club’s sponsors.
Thanks to all four repeat sponsors who have provided the prizes totalling $8000, ticket purchasers have thirteen chances to win one of the prizes.  First prize, donated by Save-On-Foods, has a value of $5,200 which will provide free groceries for a year.  Interior Savings Credit Union will issue $1,000 cash as a second prize, White’s BBQ and Fireplace Centre will donate a barbeque with accessories as a third prize valued at $600, and Montana’s BBQ and Bar will provide ten prizes of $100 gift vouchers for a total value of $1,000.
Club member and Raffle organizer Bob Fortier, stated that the draw for all thirteen prizes will be on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm during the 4th Annual Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest being held at City Park in Kelowna, BC.
Ticket purchasers must be 19 years of age or older.  If a winning ticket bears a minor’s name, the prize will be lawfully delivered on behalf of the minor to the minor’s parent, legal guardian or trustee.
Tickets may be sold and purchased only in British Columbia.  The names of the winners will be published no later than August 29th, 2019 on the Kelowna RibFest website -
The club encourages everyone to support this fundraising event; and while doing so, help to make a difference for those in need within our community.
Raffle tickets are only $5.00 each, available to the general public, and may be purchased from Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians, all Interior Savings Credit Union outlets in the Greater Kelowna area, Okanagan Textbook Exchange (1195 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna), PostNet (2417 Main Street, West Kelowna).
Tickets are also available to people from out of town within British Columbia by simply mailing their contact information with a cheque or with specific credit card information to: Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club Raffle, P.O. Box 24111 Kelowna, BC V1Y 9H2.
Planning for the 2019 Fourth Annual Interior Savings Rotary Sunrise Rotary RibFest, also known as the Kelowna RibFest, is in high gear as the various committees under the guidance and leadership of Chris Murphy, this year’s RibFest Chair, continue to explore and build on past experience to provide the community and the thousands of guests with the best 2019 Summer Festival that Kelowna offers.
The Ribbers that offered their fantastic barbeque ribs in 2018 will be back again along with many local vendors offering other food choices.  This year, Pacific Brewing will be the sponsor and supplier of beverages for the Beverage Garden; and the festival will welcome back Interior Savings Credit Union as our title sponsor, along with sponsorship commitments to date from Save-on-Foods and Montana’s.  The new site plan for the RibFest will offer a new and improved family area with many new activities and attractions.  While the entertainment lineup has still not been finalized, the RibFest planners are expecting a fantastic lineup which will provide an exciting eclectic stage performance.
The Kelowna RibFest will take place from Noon to 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, August 23-24 and from Noon to 7:00 pm on in Sunday, August 25. 
Recognizing that Shelter Box Canada is dedicated to helping ensure that no family is left without shelter after a natural disaster or conflict anywhere in the world, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has again provided financial support to the organization. 
This support provides funds that will purchase three Shelter Boxes, at a cost of $3600 CDN in total that will contain the necessities for supporting a family that is in despair and homeless as a result of the catastrophic disaster or conflict.
Each green Shelter Box contains a family-sized tent especially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home.  Additionally, a Shelter Kit is included that helps to transfer the shelter into a home.  Cooking utensils, blankets, and essential tools for day to day living and to enable the family to start repairing and rebuilding their homes straight away are available within each Kit.
By providing emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster, our Rotary club is helping transforming despair into hope.
Younger men and women continue to change the culture of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise in a very positive way, bringing new ideas and energy to the club.  Take for example the recent induction of Travis Tarapaski, a young entrepreneur, who has recognized that Rotary membership is a great way to become an active member within the community he lives in, while meeting people and starting new relationships.
Travis was inducted into the membership of the club on Friday, April 26th, joining a club of 80 members which has attracted between eight and ten young members in the last three years.
Travis Tarapaski with his sponsor, Vic Spolia
Membership chair Brian Wrightson welcomed Travis to the club during an induction ceremony and in doing so, stressed that while membership provided many opportunities for enhancement and expansion of professional and personal skills, membership also provided a member the opportunity to serve others with the community and worldwide.  In fact, he pointed out that it was an obligation that as members, we need to help those in need in “other lands.”  This can be done by being an active financial supporter of The Rotary Foundation, supporting club international humanitarian projects and advocating for the underprivileged and suffering throughout the world.

Travis was born, raised and educated in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta while ‘slaving’ on the family farm starting at the young age of 12 years.  At 17 years of age, he commenced working as a framer in the house construction business; and after two years in this industry, he moved to Kelowna to pursue further education and a new career.

After participating in the Audio Engineering Program at Okanagan College and shortly after working with New Horizon Productions, Travis participated in the Community Futures Program in Kelowna to enable him to focus on starting up his own business.  In November of 2018, Travis started TAV Production, an audio visual company focused on renting and setting up equipment for music concerts and commercial events.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise is on the verge of once again carrying out a humanitarian project, this time in Nepal.  The club’s International Service Committee has developed a project to provide employment skills training for hundreds of impoverished and marginalized women, men and youth in the Dang area of Nepal.
Linda Frandsen meets with members of the Rotary Club of Dang to finalize Humanitarian project
The training for these community members will include literacy, financial literacy, small business/entrepreneurship, vegetable cultivation, basket weaving, plumbing, bicycle repair, masonry, carpentry, electrician, and beautician skill development.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna with a donation of $5,000 USD received financial support from the Rotary Clubs of Ogopogo, West Kelowna Daybreak, and Kelowna totaling $7,000 USD, and an additional donation from Kelowna Sunrise member Rene Bernard to raise $13,000 USD locally.  A matching grant from Rotary District 5060 provided an additional $13,000 USD, which together with the local donations was then matched by a Government of Canada program resulting in an additional $26,000 USD.
Upon confirmation of this funding, the Rotary Foundation then provided a Global Grant of $32,600 USD.  After all funding was put in place, including a small financial commitment from the Rotary Club of Dang, the club responsible for managing and implementing the project, and from District 3292, a total of $84,800 USD became available for the major humanitarian project which will make a difference for hundreds of Dang citizens.
Upon final document signing by the District 3292 (Nepal/Bhutan) and the Rotary Club of Dang in Nepal, all funding will be processed and the project will then commence.
Her International Nepal empowers girls in Nepal through education that they would not otherwise receive.  In addition, the not-for-profit organization focuses on providing access to skill building opportunities and the development of micro-financing groups for mothers and all women from the community.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has recognized the need to participate in the ‘Her International Nepal Scholarship Program: Empowerment Through Education’ which financially supports impoverished girls from kindergarten through to university.  To this end, the club has approved the financing of four scholarships for the next school year at a cost of $500 CDN per year.
Her International is a Canadian Registered Charity that works to empower marginalized women and girls in Canada and Nepal. The mission of the Charity is to empower women plus girls through education, with a mandate to provide for the advancement of education and educational opportunities for people living in poverty in Canada and abroad, by increasing relevant knowledge, abilities and life skills of individuals and family members, with a focus on helping girls and women when doing so.
The Adaptive Sailing Association of Kelowna was the recipient of a donation of $4000 from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise with the funds designated for the purchase new sails, batteries and motors for their fleet of sailboats.  Club member Norm LeCavalier, on behalf of the Club, presented the Association a check for $4000 at the regular meeting of the Club on April 12th, 2019.  Sheri-Lee Parsons, the Director of Operations for the Association, accepted the donation.

The Adaptive Sailing Association of BC, Okanagan Branch, is a non-profit organization that started the sailing program in 1993.  The program introduces people with physical and cognitive challenges with the opportunity to sail on beautiful Okanagan Lake from the Kelowna Yacht Club and to feel safe, secure, and one-with-the-water in their specially designed Martin sailboats. They learn to skipper themselves, or take a leisurely ride around Okanagan Lake piloted by a qualified expert sailor.  The program provides sixteen sailboats for their sailors which are used from the beginning of May into September of each year.
Their programs include sailing simply for fun, sailing to learn to sail by Sail Canada standards, and for the more adventurous they even offer the opportunity to learn to race.
Their programs include sailing simply for fun, sailing to learn to sail by Sail Canada standards, and for the more adventurous they even offer the opportunity to learn to race.
The 2017-18 Annual Report, recently published, stated that during the Rotary Year of 1917-18, The Rotary Foundation met its ambitious goal of raising US$ 360 million for the Foundation to fund diverse, sustainable service projects all over the world.  The Foundation not only met that goal, but surpassed it.  Furthermore, the Foundation made great strides in its effort to build the Foundation’s Endowment to US$ 2.025 billion by 2025.
According to the Annual Report, the Foundation used the generous donations of Rotarians around the world continue to support the Foundation’s priorities throughout the 2017-18 Rotary Year.  The following chart provides a general overview of the scope and financial support provided for the Foundation’s program.
Club member Brad Klassen was recognized for his continuing financial support of The Rotary Foundation on March 29th.  Club Foundation chair Leslie Munro, presented Brad with a pin signifying the achievement level of Paul Harris + 4 (PHF+4) which identifies that he has donated a total of US$5,000 since he became a club member in 2014.
During the presentation, Leslie added that the club has achieved 69.5 %, a total of $US 10,000, in reaching the club’s goal of donating $US 14,500 to The Rotary Foundation for the Rotary Year 2018-19.
Sandy Rehaume just can’t get enough of Rotary and in particular the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise. After two other experiences as a Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise member, first from 2011-13 and then from 2015-16, Sandy was inducted into the club again on February 08th, 2019.  Her earlier two experiences with the Sunrise club unfortunately came to a halt as her working life had necessitated her to step aside from Rotary.  The club is pleased to have Sandy, a previously active Rotarian, back in the fold.
Sandy is currently a restoration contractor working with ServiceMASTER Restore since September of 2017.  She shares that her post-secondary education which included Purchasing Management at Simon Fraser University and Construction Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology prepared her for management in a number of work places. After leaving the Social Services sector, she moved into the Products Distribution Division of the Provincial Government, where she was provided training which resulted in Certification in Purchasing Management.  As time passed, Sandy became more interested in contracts, finances and negotiations.
Later, on a ‘whim,’ Sandy applied for a position in the private sector and got hired immediately.  She points out that this was where she discovered restoration, a job where she was able to show up in a person’s life and to then assist them through the process of recovering from a variety of household disasters.  “I love this career - it has so many moving parts, every day is different and I am learning every day,” states Sandy.
Two recent inductees into the membership of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise expressed that they had joined Rotary as a means to be a part of an organization that makes such a valuable impact within the community and around the world.
On December 14, Stevi Nagle and Robert Bruce became members of Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.  Membership chair, Brian Wrightson, carried out the induction and with the members of the club welcomed both of the community minded individuals into the club.  Club members Helmut Hubert, the sponsor of Robert and Robin Durrant, the sponsor of Stevi, also participated in the induction ceremonies.
Robert Bruce commenced his eclectic employment experiences at the young age of 17 when he began working at a mill in the Fraser Valley, followed by managing a men’s clothing chain, and then working in roofing and framing construction, before finally settling into the Restoration field.   His career in restoration began as a flood technician and a project manager of the ServiceMaster Restore in Abbotsford where he was employed for 12 years.  Five and a half years ago, he jumped at the opportunity to become a part owner/manager of the local ServiceMaster Restore in Kelowna which he continues to date.
While Robert is anxious to give back to the community through the Rotary club, he has served on the Church Board of Kelowna Gospel Fellowship, helped feed the homeless through the Salvation Army and experienced a mission’s trip to Thailand.
Robert loves to motorbike, particularly on cruises whenever he can.  He enjoys watching baseball and hockey, as he points out that playing the game is no longer an option.
Stevi Nagle graduated from secondary school in Campbell River and then completed her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary.  Following the completion of her degree, she worked as a Victim Assistance Worker specializing in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and then made a career change to the Insurance Industry.  She commenced working as an Insurance Adjuster for Forsons Adjusting Services in Penticton until early 2017; when in May of 2017 she moved into the broker side of the Insurance Industry as a Claims Team Leader with CapriCMW Insurance Services in Kelowna.
While working in Penticton, Stevi volunteered for various community events through her work as a Victim Assistance worker.  After working for a non-profit agency, she realized the valuable impact that Rotary makes, not just in the community, but around the world.  She points out that by observing and learning about Rotary through her father who served as a Rotarian for many years, she recognized that Rotary was indeed the avenue and causes she wished to support.
In addition to early donations made from July - November, 2018 totally $19,905, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise approved the following donations at their Business Meeting on November 30, 2018 bringing the total amount in the 2018-19 Rotary year to $41,905.
$4000 to the Disabled Sailing Association to replace sails, motors and batteries for their sailboats
$13,125 to Hope for the Nation to provide weekend backpacks of food to school children each weekend of the school year.  These backpacks go to 4500 kids in 23 schools as part of the ‘Food For thought’ program which is separate from the Starfish backpack program.
$1500 to NOW Canada (New Opportunities for Women) to support their Christmas to the women, youth and children who call NOW Canada 'home'
$2000 to the Rutland Interact Club for the continued development of their sustainable workspace and program
$1500 to JoeAnna's House to be used towards a Rotary District 5060 Matching Grant which will result in the naming rights of "Rotary Peace Gardens." This is an additional donation which was made earlier to JoeAnna’s House from the proceeds of the 2018 RibFest.
During the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise’s Annual Meeting held on Friday, November 30th, club members elected a slate of executive officers and directors for the coming new Rotary year 2019-2020.  The election was conducted by 2018-2019 Past President Andy Griffin.
Executive Officers elected to the in-coming executive included Susan McIntyre as President (currently the Vice-President), Norm LeCavalier as President Elect, Marjolein Lloyd as Vice-President, George Pinches as Secretary, and Bob Fortier as Treasurer.This is the template with image at the left side and floating text on the right side.
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Two Director positions were also filled when Jery Urquhart was elected as Fundraising Committee Director and Marjolein Lloyd was elected as the Vocational Director.  The position as Communications/Public Relations Director still remains vacant.
All other Directorships are filled as the Rotarians in those positions still have one more year to fulfill their commitment as all Directors are elected for a two year term.  This includes Tom Richie as Program Director, Doreen Welsh as Fellowship Director, Brenda Bell as International Service Director, Brian Wrightson as Membership Director and Leslie Munro as Rotary Foundation Director.  Colleen McEwan will continue to serve for another two years as the New Generations Director as her term is up next year. 
Kelowna Sunrise Rotary hosted its 7th Annual Christmas Dinner for the Kelowna Women's Shelter on November 28th.   Unfortunately, due to the winter flu and Shelter program changes, only 27 of a possible 50 residents were able to be in attendance.  The dinner, held at First Baptist Church in Kelowna was organized by Anke Sedmak and club member Jerry Sedmak. 
The guests were served a gourmet dinner of smoked salmon and blueberry garlic crackers, sweet cabbage and kale slaw, port tenderloin with peach chutney, baked yam, scalloped potatoes, green beans and a selection of homemade dessert bars and ice cream.  Christmas music entertainment was provided by Ruth Mason, Maribeth Friesen and Anke Sedmak.
Forty-one volunteers, which included 32 Rotary members, seven Rotary spouse, and two Okanagan Regional Women’s Shelter Committee members prepared and served the dinner.  Funding of $474 was provided by the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise to offset some of the costs; while the venue was provided at no cost by the church.
Responding to an expression of need from Executive Director Trevor Moss with Freedom’s Door Kelowna made during a presentation to the members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise on November 16th, club member Craig Garries created and organized “Drive for Freedom,” a means to provide donations of men’s clothing, toiletries and bedding for their homes from club members which was carried out over a two week period from November 17-30, 2018. 
Craig reports that during the two meetings of the club, the back of his pickup was filled, estimated at several hundred pounds of donations from the club members.  Craig states that “when I delivered the load to the houses the men swarmed the truck helping me unload into their distribution/storage room and their expressions of gratitude were immense.” 
It is Craig’s hope that the “Drive for Freedom” will become a yearly event for the club.
Freedom’s Door Kelowna is a non-profit addiction recovery program for men. They are dedicated to helping men find hope, healing and wholeness in a safe and secure environment.  Their program is provided within their housing facilities where men are provided help and support to transition back to the community and everyday life.
(Photos by Max Mosley)
During the club’s November Business Meeting, the members of the club agreed to support the Salvation Army and the Central Okanagan Food Bank in their endeavours to provide a special Christmas for those in need in our community.  Each of the community non-profit organizations will receive $1,000.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has been a very supportive service club of both organizations for many years.  Additionally, each year many members of the club volunteer during the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign.  This year is no exception as members of the club recognize that Rotary is all about “Service Above Self.”
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise’s commitment to assist in the financing of JoeAnna’s House in Kelowna was expressed with the agreement to donate a total of $17,780 to JoeAnna’s House, which represents the club’s pledge of $10,000 from proceeds of the 2018 Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest and additionally, donations made by guests of the RibFest through the donation boxes totaling $2780 and a generous single donation of $5000.  The approval for the donation of $17,780 was given by the members of the club at the club’s November 23rd, 2018 meeting.
JoeAnna's House has raised nearly all of the capital required for the building project which includes a $250,000 pledge from District 5060 Rotary Clubs.  This pledge will provide Rotary with the naming rights to the gardens. This donation is the first stage and further monies may be used to start a District grant in conjunction with other clubs.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has authorized the establishment and funding of two bursaries of $500 each, the Leo Duhammel Memorial Bursary and the Wes Gregory Memorial Bursary.  Members of the club approved both bursaries and the naming of both bursaries at the club’s Business Meeting on November 23, 2018. 
Leo Duhammel and Wes Gregory were former members of the club who died while members.
The club has provided bursaries for many years to assist graduating grade 12 students in their continued pursuit of higher education.  The recipients of the bursaries will continue to be determined by Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society (COBSS) as they have in the past.
COBSS is a non-profit society of volunteers from the Central Okanagan area who are dedicated to providing financial assistance to our Grade 12 graduates in order that they may further their post-secondary education.
COBSS acts as a central body through which graduating Grade 12 students can apply for over 500 awards. Criteria for these awards are set by the donor to recognize student achievement (such as citizenship, scholastic or athletic achievement) and to assist those who might have difficulty in financing further education.  These awards are intended for students entering a college, university or other post-secondary institution in September of their graduation year.
The club’s 2018-19 out-going Rotary Youth Exchange student, Miguel Lefevre has been experiencing an exciting and very busy time with his host Rotary club and family, school and new friends.  In a recent message, Miguel shared that his RYE experience has been nothing but enjoyable, enlightening and favorable for the past three months.
Miguel arrived in Luzern, Switzerland on August 14th, and quickly became part of the Bokorny host family of four.  Actually, his host mother serves as the Inbound Coordinator for Rotary Switzerland and Liechtenstein.  Miguel enjoys being part of the family that includes two host brothers and a family that is providing him with support and guidance and fantastic travel experiences, which have enabled him to visit such places as Munich and Frankfurt in Germany and Salzburg in Austria.
Miguel’s host Rotary Club of Luzern-Seetal, a club of 67 members, including 59 men and nine women, has welcomed him and provided him with opportunities to explore his new city, the surrounding countryside and other parts of Switzerland.  Miguel shared that the club had provided him with a GA train ticket, which has enabled him to travel for free anywhere that the SBB has trains, boats and busses.  During the fall break, he travelled to Geneva, Bern, Basel, Zurich, Emmen, Freibourg, and Zug.  He adds that on the November 23-25th weekend, he will spend a Rotary weekend with other RYE exchange students in Zermatt.
By Rotary International; Posted by Ed Kolybaba, Nov 12, 2018
For the 11th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
The Foundation earned the recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
“We are extremely honored to be recognized,” says Foundation Trustee Chair Ron Burton. “It represents the hard work and dedication of countless Rotarians throughout the world.  They know their gifts will be used for the purpose for which they were given and that they will, indeed, make a real difference.”
The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.

With seven months still within the 2018-19 Rotary year, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise moved significantly toward achieving its goal of raising US$2500 toward the PolioPlus Fund of The Rotary Foundation.  As of the first of November, the club had raised CAN$2032 in support of eradicating Polio throughout the world through the PolioPlus Fund.

 As in past years, the club collected tips while serving at all of the home games of the Okanagan Sun Football Club.  This year’s collection amounted to $731.00.  Brian Fennell, coordinator   and organizer of the program, credited the club Rotarians who had come out to volunteer game after game to provide beverage service at the North and South Beer Gardens at the Sun’s   home park.

In recognition of World Polio Day on October 24th, donations designated to the PolioPlus Fund were received from many club Rotarians and all fine collections were designated to the Fund at the club’s regular meeting on October 26th.  This resulted in a collection of $1296.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has committed to continuing its RibFest for at least three more years, following the club member’s approval on October 26th.  The club along with its title sponsor, Interior Savings Credit Union, have partnered since 2016 to bring an outstanding and successful family Ribfest to Kelowna for the past three years.
Under the leadership of club member Chris Murphy planning for RibFest 2019 will began immediately.  A Steering Committee has already been structured with Norm LeCavalier as Sponsorship Chair, Susan McIntyre as Marketing Chair, Doreen Welsh as On Site Revenue Chair, Greg Norby as Logistics Chair, Jane Fletcher as Volunteer Chair, and Sean Misfeldt as Financial Chair.
The RibFest will take place at City Park in Kelowna on August 23-25, 2019.  
While the 2018 Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest was less successful than anticipated with attendance down from the previous year; profits increased slightly and the RibFest nailed down a much better schedule for the event and future RibFests.  Unfortunately, poor weather and a revised schedule closing down each evening’s events down earlier, kept the crowds smaller.  The most recent report indicated that the RibFest had a net profit of $54,000.  The greatest portion of that revenue came from an extremely successful raffle that was sold out one day before the RibFest came to a conclusion.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise is so thankful for and appreciative of the partnership it has with the Interior Savings Credit Union which has been the Title Sponsor of the RibFest for the past three years, and a relationship that that is anticipated to continue into the future.  In addition, the club recognizes that the RibFest’s many sponsors are extremely valued for their generous financial contributions, in-kind donations and endless volunteer hours.
Club past-president Bill Reynolds took over the helm of the 2018 Steering Committee as its chair, and along with a dedicated group of club Rotarians, including past-chair Brian Wrightson (2016 and 2017 RibFest), provided exceptional leadership.  Starting with planning soon after the 2017 RibFest, Reynolds and his committee continued with the ominous responsibility that took up a great deal of their personal time, week after week, month after month.    Club member Bob Fortier, who organized and coordinated the successful 3rd Annual Rotary Club of Kelowna 2018 Raffle for the third year in a row, was the driving force which produced one-half of the net profits with the Raffle.  And then there were the hundreds of volunteers who put in countless hours over the three days of the event, and days before and after.  Without these wonderful Rotarians and the friends of Rotary, RibFest would not take place.
Following several 2018 RibFest debriefing sessions and a decision by the club to continue with the RibFest in the coming year, planning for the 2019 RibFest has now commenced.  Chris Murphy, the Steering Committee’s Logistics Committee chair for the past three RibFests, will assume the chair for the 2019 Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest and with a committee with several new faces, will be challenged to continue to provide exceptional leadership for the 2019 RibFest scheduled for August 23-25.  
Meme Nyi was welcomed to the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise during an induction ceremony carried out by membership chair Brian Wrightson on September 7th.
Meme Nyi with husband George and Maribeth Friesen (club president)
Nyi is a Geographic Information Systems and Mapping professional, recently a GIS Mapping Specialist with Jameson Resources and Cola Works.  Prior to her recent contract, she served as a drafting technician with Invesco Miya in Singapore, and as a Geomatics and Survey Officer and Mapping Specialist upon her residence in Canada.
After living in Burma (now Myanmar) for her first five years, she moved to Singapore where she graduated from Nanyang Girls High School and then pursued studies at the Government Technical Institute where she achieved an Associateship in Mechanical Power in 1995..  She then returned to Myanmar to pursue studies at Dagon University where she attained a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)in 2003, followed by studies at Yangon University one year later where she achieved a diploma in Geographic Information Systems.  After moving to Canada, she completed the Arc GIS 1 course at BCIT at Burnaby in 2011. 
Meme joined Rotary because she wanted to donate her time and expertise through a fun, well balanced and supporting group of people who embrace the same interest as hers and who are actively involved in the city and community.  Her desire to serve has been extended to other voluntary work including participating in the TD Canada Trust shoreline clean up in Vancouver, and while in Kelowna shopping for elders, serving as an elders weekly visitor sponsored by Interior Health and volunteering at the BMO Marathon water tent.
Hobbies and special interests keep Meme busy when she is not working or involved in voluntary community work.  She enjoys fashion design, sewing, gardening, stenciling and power walks.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Club Raffle.  The draw for the five prizes, valued at a grand total of $7,988 was made on Sunday, August 26th, following the closing act on stage.
In compliance with the BC Gaming Event Lic # 104834, the Raffle winners are:
1st Prize – Rosemary Lindsay of Kelowna, British Columbia ($5,200 worth of gift vouchers from Save-On-Foods)
L to R:  Bob Fortier (Raffle Chair), Jake Martin (Ass't Manager, Save-On-Foods), Rosemary Lindsay (Winner of Groceries for a Year) and Don Gandy (Manager, Save-On-Foods)
2nd Prize – Mike Perchel of Kelowna, British Columbia ($1,000 cash from Interior Savings Credit Union)
3rd Prize – Sharon Petraroia of West Kelowna, British Columbia (Two Adult Seasons Passes from the Westside Warriors Hockey Club)
4th Prize – Sonja Delaurier of Kelowna, British Columbia (Giant or LIV Bike rom Cyclepath Kelowna)
5th Prize – Lynne Moug of Kelowna, British Columbia (Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker and accessories from Whites Barbeque & Fireplace in Kelowna)
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise congratulates the five winners and expresses its thanks to all those who purchased raffle tickets.
Ticket sales commenced on May 17th, and for the first time, all 6000 Raffle tickets were sold by 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 25th.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise will be launching the 2018 3rd Annual Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest, scheduled for August 24-26th, at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 15th near the Cenotaph in City Park.  It is an official launch party that will be attended by the media, sponsors, fellow Rotarians and their families, and invited dignitaries.
Along with key sponsors and dignitaries present, Montana’s BBQ will be grilling up ribs and Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran will do the official Rib Cutting.  Pop and water will be served and onlookers will get a preview of the fantastic entertainment lined up for the RibFest.  Kim Foreman-Rhindress of Kitsch ‘n Sync and Jim Rhindress of Cover-2-Cover will both perform at the Launch Party.
The third annual event’s major beneficiary this year will be JoeAnna’s House, a home-away-from-home for family members who have loved ones receiving treatment at Kelowna General Hospital.  Admission to the event is free and it will run from 12 pm-9 pm on August 24th and 25th and 12 pm-7 pm on Sunday the 26th.
Ten years ago, two Rotary of Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians, Angela Burnell and Jane Fletcher, started ‘Bats for a Cause,’ an event to raise funds for the BC Children’s Hospital.  In that first year, the organization raised $11,000.  Ten years later, during the weekend of July 27-29th, ‘Bats for a Cause’ raised $142,000.  Over the ten year period, the event has raised over $627,000 which has provided funding for the BC Children’s Hospital.
The current Core organizing committee for ‘Bats for a Cause,’ Sunrise Rotarians Angela Burnell, Huck Parfeniuk, Max Mosley and Sarah Mosley, with the lead taken on Angela Burnell, organized an event involving 28 teams and over 420 participants during the July 27-29th weekend.  Eleven volunteers, mostly from the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club, were there to assist in providing the manpower necessary.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise was pleased to welcome its first new member for the 2018-19 Rotary Year on July 27th.  Scott Rattee, sponsored by club members Brian Fennell and Craig Garries, was inducted by Membership Director Brian Wrightson and then officially welcomed and recognized by all of the club members in attendance at the Club’s meeting.
Scott is excited to be a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club, as it exemplifies in its actions the values that he lives by, particularly the support and work that the club and its members expend in making a difference for those in need within the community.  Scott’s focus on giving back to the community through his active coaching of soccer for youth for over 30 years, for his service on the Board of Directors of the Okanagan Sun Football Club and his active membership on the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, clearly illustrate this point.
While Scott was born in Montreal, most of his years have been spent in British Columbia.  He attended Handsworth Secondary in North Vancouver and then attended Capilano College.  Following graduation from Capilano, he served as a sales and marketing manager, managing a team of sales and marketing professionals for the British Columbia and Alberta Liquor.  Since June of 2000, he has been the Sales and Marketing Manager for Pacific Western Brewing Company which is based in Prince George.  Scott has resided in Kelowna since 2003.
Aside from volunteering, Scott’s interests take in coaching soccer, watching NFL football, exercising, and most importantly family.
Effective July 01, 2018, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise will receive leadership from a new team, including President Maribeth Friesen, her executive of Huck Parfeniuk (President-Elect),George Pinches (Secretary), Susan McIntyre (Vice-President), Mike Crowley,  (Treasurer), and Andy Griffin (Immediate Past-President), and a Board of Directors which includes Tom Ritchie (Club Service), Doreen Welsh (Fellowship), Stu Lang (New Generations), Brian Wrightson (Membership), Leslie Munro (Rotary Foundation) and Norm LeCavalier (Public Relations).
In accepting her call for the leadership of the Club, Maribeth Friesen addressed the Rotary International theme for 2018-19, “Be the Inspiration.”  “I truly believe that it is the act of inspiring or being inspired that leads to change – big or small; and that sometimes that change can happen quickly, sometimes it will be something that we will not even realize in our lifetimes,” Maribeth offered.  She added that “We never know where inspiration will come from next and we don’t always see the outcomes of our inspirational acts.  But, we cast our inspirational nets wide as Rotarians, because we believe in what we are doing.” 

Maribeth shared how Paul Harris was inspired more than 100 years ago which resulted in the beginnings of Rotary International.  This inspiration has led to more than 33,000 clubs chartered and serving those in need in over 200 countries around the world.  Today, while the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, which was chartered in 1986, stands strong and continues to inspire its members;  it is the members who inspire the club.  In her concluding remarks, Maribeth expressed that “ it is the members who bring diversity, skill, passion compassion and most importantly humour” to the club and who together as a “Family of Rotary” make a difference and who enable the club to be successful and relevant.
Donna Moyer was presented with the “Local Hero Award,” an award that recognizes a non-Rotarian within the community who has provided leadership for programs and activities that “Make a Difference” and who exemplifies the Rotarian ideal of “Service Above Self.” 
Since 2008, Donna has been directly involved with Shoe Bank Canada, endlessly volunteering, providing leadership with community and school shoe collection drives, and managing the Shoe Bank Canada store that provides free footwear for those in need since its opening in 2014.  Donna's volunteerism goes beyond Shoe Bank Canada as she is a very active volunteer with many other community activities.
While receiving a Certificate for the “Local Hero Award,” Donna was presented with a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award which is annually awarded by the club to a non-Rotarian for their high level of community leadership, volunteerism and focus.
Out-going President Andy Griffin expressed praise for the work of the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club during the 2018 Installation Dinner and Program held on the 23rd of June; and in particular recognized Rotarians and others who provided exceptional leadership service throughout the 2017-18 Rotary Year.
Rotarian of the Year
Heidi Miller was awarded the prestigious “Rotarian of the Year” Award for her outstanding support for the president and club as the Program Committee Director which provided effective programs that left the club Rotarians energized, motivated and informed; and which provided for well-organized regular weekly meetings.
Dale Frandsen Award
Chris Murphy received the second major award, the “Dale Frandsen Award,” which is presented to a member of the club who exemplifies the spirit of dedication, friendship, optimism, and integrity; the core values of a true Rotarian. These characteristics were evident as Chris provided leadership for the club’s successful fundraising campaign throughout the year.
“Friendship and Fellowship” Award
Al Strachan was recognized with the PDG Vern’s Special Award for “Friendship and Fellowship,”  a certificate honouring and expressing deep appreciation for “Making a Difference” by promoting friendship and fellowship within the club through his leadership as a member of the Care and Concerns Committee and for making all club Rotarians feel valued and included.
“Changemaker” Award
Heidi Miller also received the 2017-18 “Changemaker” Award, an award started in the current Rotary year at the request of District 5060 Governor Bill Jenkins,  to recognize a club Rotarian who through his/her efforts and leadership helped to bring about significant change within the club to enable the club to be more effective in serving its members.  Heidi’s guidance in bringing about procedural changes for the club’s meetings and in providing effective overall coordination of its meetings resulted in effective change within the club.
“The strength of Rotary to Make a Difference far exceeds that of the individual and the potential for Rotary endeavours is not limited to a single year; it builds on year after year of united effort,” stated out-going 2017-18 President Andy Griffin in his remarks to the club members and their guests during the 2018 Installation Dinner and Program on June 23, 2018.  “What each of you have contributed in this past year continues to build the base for years to come,“  he added.  To illustrate his point about how the club and members made a difference, Andy simply referenced the financing, work and volunteerism provided by the club and its members over the year which provided service to over sixteen groups within the community and five international groups that the club had supported to the tune of over $55,000.
“Ask the clients of Shoe Bank Canada if shoes are helping their families; ask the Foundry if they are helping turn around the lives of young people in our community; or ask the families in Guatemala if getting an education will change their lives”, challenged Andy.  Definitely these organizations are very deserving of the club’s support as they touch the lives of hundreds of people in the community and worldwide.  “TOGETHER, we ARE making a difference, one project, one fundraiser, one Rotarian at a time,” expressed Andy in his concluding remarks. 
2017-18 President Andy Griffin’s remarks and his recognition of individual club Rotarians offered the club members and their guests during the Club’s 32nd Annual Installation Dinner and Program, which was presided over by Past-President Pat McAllister, the highlights and accomplishments of the club and its members during the 2017-18 Rotary Year. 
Rotarians and guests were welcomed to the evening event by Andy and his wife Louise, before being entertained by two talented musical artists, Griffin Hodge on Jazz saxophone and Jordan Manderioli  on piano, featuring the music of a number of jazz artists prior to the dinner.
Following President Andy’s final departing words, he proceeded to install in-coming 2018-19 President Maribeth Friesen and her executive and directors.
While the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise’s Annual Installation provides the out-going president with an opportunity to celebrate the successes, to recognize the challenges of the past year and to acknowledge individual Rotarians for their exceptional service, the program is highlighted with the installation of the new president, executive and directors for the new Rotary Year.
Both of these events during the 2018 Installation are highlighted in the following video production, produced by KCS Productions:
Nearly fifty Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians and friends of Rotary served beverages to a thirsty crowd during the Nitro Circus held at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna on May 26th as a means to continue to support of the Okanagan Sun Football club.  Over $50,000 of sales was generated during the evening.  As a way to express their appreciation, the Rotary club received ten percent of the sales made during the evening.
The beverage service was coordinated by club Rotarian Brian Fennell, who also coordinates the sale of beverages by the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club annually during the home games of the Okanagan Sun.
During the meeting of June 29th, Les Weiss, President of the Sun Football club, presented a cheque for $5000 to Sunrise Rotary today; and while doing so acknowledged the many years of Sunrise Rotary’s support for the football club.
Rotarians right across the world, who are leaders and problem-solvers, financially support The Rotary Foundation.  They do this because they understand that Rotarians, wherever they are,  unite and take action to create lasting change, across the globe, in our communities, and in themselves.  While Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise are only a small part of the 1.2 million Rotarians from over 200 countries, our Rotarians make a big difference for those in need in the world and within our community.
In the past two weeks, three additional club Rotarians were recognized for their financial support of The Rotary Foundation.  Bob Fortier, Club Foundation Chair, was very pleased to acknowledge the contributions of Colleen McEwan on June 15th, and the contributions of Dianne Garries and Craig Garries on June 22nd.
Colleen McEwan, only a member since September of 2017, was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) pin, medallion and certificate for contributing over US $1000 during the past eight months.  Dianne Garries also received a PHF pin, medallion and certificate, for her first total contribution of US $1000 to the Foundation since she was first inducted.  Craig Garries, who has continued to support the Foundation, was presented with a PHF+1 pin for having contributed over US $2000. 
The Kelowna Cool Arts Society was the recipient of financial assistance from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.  On June 15th, the members of the club approved funding of $1621 to assist the not-for-profit Society, in partnership with resource teachers from Okanagan School District 23 and a number of professional level artists within the community, in meeting its goals in providing art classes for transitioning adults.
L to R:  Huck Parfeniuk, Vice President Sunrise Rotary, Lucie Parent-Papi, Cool Arts President, and Andy Griffin, President Sunrise Rotary
The Society offers art classes to the transitioning adults who are accompanied by their designed caregivers.  These classes are designed to be process oriented and experiential, and are provided in a safe, student-centred environment where the participants can make discoveries in art practice without distraction.
As the 2017-18 Rotary year comes to an end, the club is pleased to share that it has donated over $50,000 to support community charities and those in need this Rotary year.  Specific donations made by the club this year, and in past Rotary years, are listed in this website within the “Donations Committee” site.  Simply click on the “Service Areas and Committees” page on the left hand side of the Home Page, then open “Community Service Area” Related Page and check out the “Donations Committee” site.
Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians recognize the value and work of The Rotary Foundation, which continues to receive the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities.  Club member Wayne Evans is one of the many club Rotarians who believe that The Rotary Foundation, based on this rating, is the best charity that he can invest in to make a difference in the world.
On June 01, Wayne Evans was recognized with a PHF+3 for his continuous financial support of the work of The Rotary Foundation.  Club Foundation Committee Chair Bob Fortier presented Wayne with a pin to commemorate this achievement and commitment to the Foundation.  His financial donations over the years have amounted to over US$4000.
In September of 2017, The Rotary Foundation was recognized for earning a maximum 100 points for both demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.  Additionally, for the ninth straight year, it received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator that verifies that The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its area of humanitarian work.  This clearly exemplifies that The Rotary Foundation stands apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.
Rotary Foundation of Canada is considered a large-cap charity with donations of US$9.5m in 2015. Its administrative costs are 2% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 4% of donations. For every dollar donated, 94 cents goes to the cause. At the close of 2015, total funding reserves stood at US$30.4m which can cover program costs for just under four years. The Foundation has only one reported employee.
What does this all mean to Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians and for the 1.2 million Rotarians around the world?  To Wayne and other financial supporters of The Rotary Foundation, this means that every dollar they donate to The Rotary Foundation will clearly make a far greater impact than any other charity in helping those in need.
Only after two years and two successful ribfests, the Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest has been recognized by the public as one of the best Kelowna Festivals.  The Best of Kelowna 2018 awarded the RibFest with a second place finish (Silver) following the Best of Kelowna competition which was held from May 21st to June 04th. 2018.  
The Best of Kelowna competition, back for its sixth year and teamed up with K96.3, Country 100.7, Total Restoration and Csek Creative, provided locals with the opportunity to vote for their favorite festival, along with over 120 other categories, over the 15 day period.

Congratulations are extended to the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise and Interior Savings Credit Union for this achievement.
Two local citizens joined the membership of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise during the month of May.  Adrian Petraroia, an up and coming lawyer, sponsored by club member Stuart Lang, was inducted on May 11th; while Bill Andersen, a retired millwright, sponsored by club member Vic Spolia, was inducted on May 18th.
Adrian Petraroia, born in Abbotsford, received his high school at Immaculata Regional High School in Kelowna, before continuing on with studies at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and at Bond University at Robina on the Gold Coast of Australia, where he attained his law degree.
Soon after attaining his law degree, Adrian returned to his Kelowna roots to practice law with Pihl Law.  In early June of 2018, he joined the firm of Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, where he is practicing in the areas of corporate commercial, real estate and estate planning.
Bill Andersen, born and raised in his early years in Chilliwack, attended Ashcroft Secondary School , followed by further education at Cariboo College and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). 
After a year at college, he joined Bethlehem Copper Corp as a surveyor in pit operations during the summer of 1978.   During his career in the mining industry, he was very involved with the blending of two mines, the smaller Bethlehem Copper Corporation with the giant Lornex Corporation which was birthed in 1986 as Highland Valley Copper Ltd.  After 36 years in the mining industry, he retired in 2014 as a Journeyman Millwright.
Learn more about Adrian and Bill by clicking on “More.”
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has supported three international humanitarian projects since the beginning of the 2017-18 Rotary year.
The first project, involving the co-sponsor of a Global Grant led by the Rotary Club of Ogopogo, enabled the extension of the Early Childhood Stimulation project with AyO in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, a humanitarian project that the Sunrise club has been involved in since 1992 when back then, club member Fred Lindsay provided leadership for the club to enable it to obtain a Global Grant for a project that was recognized with an award by Rotary District 5060.  Each year individual club members have also financially supported the scholarship program for the children of the poorest market families in Tegucigalpa.  This can be done through a Canadian organization called H.E.L.P. Honduras.  The club’s funding commitment for the 2017-18 project with AyO was US$3850.
As it has done so over the years, the club also bought a ShelterBox which was designated for the Rohingya Crisis.  The crisis has been brought about as Muslims have continued to flee Burma’s Rakhine State to escape the military’s large-scale campaign of ethnic cleansing.  Restrictions on movement and the lack of access to shelter and basic health care have led to dire humanitarian conditions for the displaced. Each ShelterBox costs $1,200.  This contribution was matched by the Canadian Federal Government for the Rohingya Crisis.
Recently, the club made a decision to provide $2,000 in Canadian funds to a Canadian organization, CFO (Canadian Friends of OSAPO) in Haiti to help support a sewing school already set up teaching eleven women to sew.  By developing their sewing skills, these women will then have the ability to use this skill at a job which will provide them with the means to support their families.
The International Committee for the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise is now actively researching the need for a humanitarian project in Mexico for the Rotary year 2018-19.  The plan is to then apply for a District Grant to maximize the funding that would be necessary to finance the project.
Jocotenanga, situated in Guatemala, one of the poorest countries in Latin America, is a town plagued by street gangs, violence, drug use and prostitution, affecting 70% of its population.
In 2005, Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes, a teacher extremely frustrated with what was happening in his town and with the standard and delivery of education, established an after school program in his parent’s house in an attempt to overcome some of the basic educational needs of children in the community.  By 2015, he had established Los Patojos School in Jocotenanga to provide support and quality education to children.
Pablo and his team strongly believe that meaningful education is the only route out of a cycle of poverty and the prevalence of social disruption.  Further, they recognize that the team must serve as agents of change, using dialogue to resolve problems, rather than violence.
In 2016, Patrica Ainslie from the Rotary Club of Kelowna, following a visit of a number of available projects in Guatemala,  identified that the acquisition of computers would support the school’s educational goals by increasing their access to educational resources.  The club then partnered with ‘Give Kids a Chance,’ a Toronto based organization which was helping to raise funds to operate Los Patojos School.
It was then that the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise was asked to join the Rotary Club of Kelowna to finance a project which would then seek out District 5060 matching funds.  Subsequently, the Sunrise club donated a total of US$1,500 toward a project that with a matching grant from the district, provided US$9,831 to purchase 40 Chromebooks and a mobile storage cart for the school.  On January 26th, 2018, the computers arrived at the school; thus benefiting 170 students and fourteen teachers.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise will once again be conducting a major Raffle to generate funds that will help to financially support projects and events focused on helping those in  need within the community and worldwide.   At the club’s regular meeting on May 11th, coordinator, Bob Fortier officially declared that the Raffle would commence on May 17th.
Fortier reported that the Raffle had raised $43,000 during the first two years and that the goal for profits from this Raffle has been set at $25,000.
Five prizes are available to win, one more than the prizes over the prior two years.  This year the prizes  amount to a total of $7988.  As in the past, Save on Foods through their generosity and support for the raffle, have donated the first prize of free groceries for a year valued at $5200. 
The other four prizes include:
                                                2nd prize - $1000 cash from Interior Savings Credit
                                                3rd prize – 2 adult season tickets to the games of
                                                      the West Kelowna Warriors valued at $698
                                                4th prize – a Giant or LIV bike from Cyclepath
                                                      Kelowna valued at $590
                                                5th prize – a Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker with
                                                      Accessories valued at $500
The draw for the five prizes will be made at 7:00 pm on stage on Sunday, August 26th, 2018 during the last day of the Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest being held at City Park at 1600 Abbott Street in Kelowna, BC.
Raffle tickets are only $5.00 each, available to the general public, and may be purchased from Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians, all Interior Savings Credit Union outlets in the Greater Kelowna area, Okanagan Textbook Exchange (1195 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna), PostNet (2417 Main Street, West Kelowna) and from many other local businesses in the Central Okanagan.
Twenty Rotarians from the Sunrise Rotary Club put aside eight hours of their Saturday on May 12th to landscape a complete yard at Doreen Welsh’s and David Stewart’s new home. 
The fundraising event, recognized as the club’s Full Monty, started many years ago, and while not active every year, continues to do so when a Central Okanagan family is prepared to offer a reasonable amount of funding to provide the manpower to complete a major home yard project.
All funds raised from the Full Monty will be donated toward a project or event that serves to meet a humanitarian need within the community.
Past President (2015-16) Bill Reynolds, filling in for current Membership Chair, Brian Wrightson, introduced and inducted George Pinches and Peter Turgoose to Kelowna Sunrise Rotary on April 20th.   In his remarks to George and Peter, Bill stated that “you are continuing your adventures in leadership, friendship and service to our community,” adding, “Sunrise Rotary will offer you many opportunities to enhance and expand your professional and personal skills to the benefit of others, and we encourage you to do so.”
The club is very pleased to welcome two community minded individuals who truly embrace the values and work of Rotary locally and worldwide through its humanitarian service. 
When Peter Turgoose was asked why he joined the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, he shared that he has always volunteered to support a good cause. He expressed that he wanted “to continue promoting support for improvement of Safe water and waste water systems in third world countries, and to help out with Rotary initiatives at the local level.” 
George Pinches already recognizes the impact that Rotary makes locally and around the world.  As a long-term Rotarian with the Ancaster, ON club for nine years, where he served as the club’s secretary for five years, he realizes that Rotary provides an opportunity to “contribute to the success of others, while attaining personal satisfaction.”  This being his personal mission statement, he was anxious to be back as an active Rotarian.  George’s financial support for the Rotary Foundation has been recognized with a Paul Harris Fellow +1.
For more information about the club’s two newest members, simply click on “More.”
Rotary clubs across the Okanagan, including the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, were once again contributing to the welfare of those in need throughout the Central Okanagan, this time during “Rotary at Work Day” on April 28th.  Kelowna Rotary clubs identified voluntary service in supporting the Central Okanagan Foodbank as their focus on this internationally recognized day.
Members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise volunteered at the Rutland Save On Foods store throughout the day, encouraging many of the stores patrons to donate food to the Food Bank.
The goal of Canadian Friends of OSAPO (CFO -Haiti), is to enable Haitian women to acquire skills that will provide them with a means to work and support their families.  The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, through its worldwide humanitarian service, has agreed to support CFO-Haiti by donating US$2000 to enable women to increase their sewing skill development by providing them with additional time at a school focused on this skill development.
CFO-Haiti, a BC society, with members from Vernon and Kelowna, was formed to support the medical clinic in the Rousseau area in Haiti.  The clinic started ten years ago by two Haitian doctors, provides medical support for 70.000 people that live in the surrounding hills.   In 2017, the clinic provided equipment and space to enable local women to learn how to sew with the idea that when these women acquired a certain level of sewing ability, the clinic would be able to attain a contract to make school uniforms.  In doing so, the women would receive a salary and additional funds would be available to support the clinic.

After a trial period of six weeks, the women and the teacher have asked to increase the time at school to four days per week resulting in the need for an additional US$2000. 
Okanagan Boys and Girls Club to be presented with a New Bus…..
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has agreed to contribute $5000 toward the purchase of a new bus for the Kelowna location of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.  The vehicle is expected to be delivered in late May or early June. 
The club, along with four other Okanagan Rotary clubs and individual Rotary members, will partner with the Rotary Club of Kelowna to purchase the bus estimated at a cost of $73,000.
Sharing the Kids Help Phone Message in Schools” Program receives financial assistance…..
The "Sharing the Kids Help Phone Message in Schools" program received a boost from the Sunrise Rotary Club with a donation of $1000 which will provide five middle and high schools in Kelowna with a package of youth-friendly posters and wallet cards. Once the posters are in schools, it is anticipated that more young people will reach out to the ‘Kids Help Phone’. The club’s donation will also help to improve access by supporting the cost of professional counseling hours 24/7/365.
Both requests for financial assistance were approved by the members of the club at their regular meeting on April 20th. 
In its continuing endeavour to support the local organizations that truly make a difference for children and youth in the community, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise presented the Kelowna & District Safety Council with a cheque in the amount of $1,000 on March 11, 2018.  The donation will assist in funding educational opportunities for the students from School District 23.  The educational program will be focused on learning how to be safer as a pedestrian or cyclist on the busy roads and streets within the Central Okanagan. In addition, the funding will help to offset the cost of safety programs for seniors.    Huck Parfeniuk, club vice-president and Andy Griffin, president, presented a cheque to Sheila Campbell, who represented the Kelowna & District Safety Council.
L to R:  Huck Parfeniuk, Sheila Campbell and Andy Griffin
The Kelowna District Safety Council is celebrating its 38th year of providing quality safety education. As a community-based, registered charity, their goal is to provide the means for a safe and satisfying environment for all citizens of the community.  All revenues stay within the community and support safety programs such as our Rider & Driver Training, our Little Traveler’s Safety Village and safety training courses for children.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise will sponsor ten persons with diversabililties to attend the Annual Conference of Inclusion BC to be held in Kelowna from May 24-26, 2018.  The donation of $1,000 will enable Pathways Abilities of Kelowna to send ten of their members to the conference which will provide the participants  with a premier learning event on intellectual disability, inclusiveness and human rights.
Shelly DeCoste, a member of the Inclusion BC Provincial Board and a member of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, received the cheque for $1,000 during club’s regular meeting on March 02nd.
L to R: Huck Parfeniuk (VP), Shelley DeCoste,  Leslie Munro, and Andy Griffin (P)
Inclusion BC, a provincial federation, provides support, education and advocacy where and when it’s needed, breaking down barriers and building communities that include people of all abilities.  As a federation, it works with partners to build community and to enhance the lives of children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities, and their families by supporting abilities, promoting actin and advancing rights, responsibilities and social justice.  
Specifically, the organization provides individual advocacy and community referral support, advocates at a systems level for government change, publishes resources and host regional workshops and provincial conferences, supports family, self-advocacy and professional networks across the province, and promotes inclusion through public awareness initiatives and campaigns.


Dean Reidt, a retired civil engineer, who from time to time contracts out on an ad hoc basis, was inducted into the membership of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise on February 23rd, the third member to be inducted since January 01. Dean was sponsored by Greig McPhee.



Dean brings to the club a passion for social justice, international humanitarian service and a response to community related issues, which is certainly the focus of Rotary and much desired by the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.  His involvement in leadership roles with his church, the Council of Churches and with a variety of community organizations will greatly enhance the leadership roles available within the club as well.  Currently, Dean volunteers at the Central Okanagan Community Farms and at a local fruit rescue program.

Upon their retirement, Dean and his wife moved to Kelowna to take advantage of the wonderful climate and opportunities to pursue outdoor activities.  From their new base, both Dean and his wife plan to take advantage of their love for travelling around the world.


Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise Vice President Huck Parfeniuk, along with club member Don Martin, presented the Sunvalley Orchards District of Girl Guides of Canada with a donation of $800 on January 26th which will fund new camping equipment for their organization.  Representatives Christy Phillips and Katey Kyle accepted the cheque on behalf of the unit.
The club is very appreciative of the 69 Girl Guides who volunteered over 200 hours at the KidZone during the 2017 Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary Ribfest held in September. It is anticipated that the Girl Guides will be back volunteering at the 2018 Ribfest to be held from August 24-26th.
Note  During the course of the club’s meeting on January 26th, President Andy Griffin shared that the club had agreed to donate $500 to the Lake Country Food Bank for the purchase of a pallet jack. 
2018 welcomed two additional members to the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise bringing the club’s total membership to 90.  Ken Millen was inducted into the club on January 26th; while Christy Lehmberg was inducted on February 09.
Ken Millen, sponsored by Max Mosley, has supported the club for some time, the most recent support as an active facilitator of beverages for the 2017 Kelowna Ribfest.  Ken is the General Manager and Director of Interior Beverages located in Kelowna, a business that provides extensive services for all major brands of beverage service equipment, including custom design and installation, staff training, maintenance programs for new equipment, service and repair on both new and existing equipment, and more.
Ken is a valued volunteer within the community where he has been involved with several community initiatives over the years including the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank, the Fat Cat Children’s Festival and a cause that is very close to his heart, the Canadian Cancer Society.
Christy Lehmberg, sponsored by Stu Lang, is currently a Financial Advisor with Valley First Credit Union in Kelowna, a position she has held for the past year.  In fact, Christy’s career has been focused on banking and financial planning services since 2007 when she started working with Scotiabank.  After seven years with Scotiabank, she worked as a Sales Representative for Great West Life Group, a position focused on sales of benefit packages.  This role enabled her to come in contact with Sun Life where she served in management.  After a year travelling, she landed back in banking with Valley First Credit Union.
Both Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise members, Brad Klassen and Andy Griffin, were recognized for attaining an additional Paul Harris Fellow level at the club’s meeting on January 26th. 2018-19 In-coming Foundation Director, Leslie Munro, presented each member with a pin recognizing their achievement. 
Brad achieved a level of PHF+3; while Andy reached a PHF+4 level for their donations of an additional US$1000 in continuous support of the work of The Rotary Foundation.
Drawing from funding gained from the 2017 Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary Ribfest, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise made a donation of $10,000 to Foundry Kelowna, a new program of Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna.  The donation was made on January 19, 2018 during the club’s tour of Foundry Kelowna.
L to R:  Corrine Johnson (ISCU), Andy Griffine (RCKS), Shari Slattery (CMHA Kelowna) and Mark Gawliuk (CMHA Kelowna)
The cheque for $10,000 was presented to Shari Slattery, the Philanthropy Officer for Canadian Mental Health Kelowna, who was joined by Mike Gawliuk, the Director of Service Delivery and Program Innovation with CMHA Kelowna.  Club president Andy Griffin made the presentation on behalf of the club, along with Corrine Johnson, Manager of Community Engagement from the Interior Savings Credit Union, the 2016 and 2017 title sponsor of the Ribfest.
The funds will be used to support the expansion of the Youth Navigation Program, in particular, the funding of direct staff wages and program supplies.  The Foundry is a new integrated youth and family centre designed to provide critical mental health and substance use support for young people and their families.  Easily accessible, Foundry is a welcoming space for young people, overcoming the barriers created by stigma that prevents many from seeking help. The program connects young people to the right services at the right time. Navigators assist in building social and life skills so vulnerable youth can thrive.
The Foundation Committee of the Club is pleased to share that the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise is well on its way to achieve its goals for the 2017-18 Rotary Year.
At the end of December of 2017, half way through the current Rotary Year, the club had achieved well over one half of its commitment to the Rotary Foundation.  In particular, 62 % of the goal to donate a total of US$14,500 to the Annual Fund, a total of US$8,965, had been achieved, thanks to the generosity of the club members who together had donated US$115 per capita.  In addition, the club through its collection of tips at Sun Football games, had raised US$1,248 for the Foundation’s PolioPlus Fund, just US$252 short of its goal.

Another goal of the Foundation Committee was to increase the number of Sustaining Members, that is members who donate at least $US100 per year to the Annual Fund, to thirty (30).  As of the end of December, the club had a total of twenty-two (22) members who at donated this amount and in some cases, much more.
To date, the club has increased its number of members who have become Major Gift and Endowment donors by one, for a total of25 club members who have reached this recognition since they had become Rotary International members with the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.  Ten members have achieved either a Major Gift level of one or two; and fifteen (15) members have been recognized as Bequest Society donors either at the one or two level.
Club members who are Major Donors (Level One) have donated between US$10,000 and US$24,999; while Major Donors (Level Two) have donated between US$25,000 and US$49,999.  Bequest Society recognition is defined by level one (US$10,000 to US$24,999) or level two (US$25,000 to US$49,999) bequests to the Foundation.
The Foundation Committee of the club is chaired by Bob Fortier, with support of the committee’s membership of Tom Paterson, Linda Frandsen, Helmut Hubert, Susan McIntyre and Ed Kolybaba.
Stevi Nagle
Oct 18, 2019
New Sunrise Rotary Member Classification Talk
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Oct 25, 2019
Kathy Butler
Nov 01, 2019
Mothers & Infants of Molo Kenya
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Nov 08, 2019
Rotary Foundation & New Member Classification Talk
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Nov 15, 2019
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Sheila Lewis
Nov 22, 2019
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Dec 06, 2019
Sandy Rehaume
Dec 13, 2019
New Member Classification Talk
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Dec 20, 2019
all things Christmassy
Lisanne Ballantyne
Feb 07, 2020
Tourism in Kelowna
City of Kelowna
Feb 21, 2020
Economic Development
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