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Vocational Service Chair
Community Service Director
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Youth Services Director
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Links to Sites
Experiencing the 2019 Kelowna RibFest All Over Again
Financial Support Provided for Local Not-for-Profit Organizations During 2019 Kelowna RibFest

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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With the increased revenues from the Annual Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest and revenues from additional fundraising activities, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise continues to increase its support for a variety of non-profit organizations within the community.  These organizations provide vital support for those in need within the community, for support for educational endeavours and for various community projects.
On November 29th, on the basis of recommendations from the club’s Donations Committee, the club members approved funding amounting to $33,785.50 for seven worthy causes.

NOW Canada ($1500 for Christmas gifts for women and children)


 Freedom’s Door ($3685.50 to replace part of a roof at one of their homes)


 Freedom's Door ($20,000 for their Next Steps Program)


Women’s Shelter ($600 for the 2019 Christmas Annual Dinner costs)



Studio9 Independent Art School ($1500 for the purchase of a folding stage)

Meals on Wheels ($5000 for a food service program for the disadvantaged and citizens in   
           the Kelowna Area)
Rotaract ($1500 for registration, transportation and accommodation for a Rotoracter to
           attend PETS in February 2020)



Since the beginning of the 2019-20 Rotary Year, and with the November 29th donations, the club has now donated a total of $66,060.50 to address community and citizen needs and various non-profit organizational endeavours.
The Leo Duhamel and Wes Gregory $500 bursaries, created in honour of two founding members of the club, and awarded to graduating grade twelve students, will be increased to $1000 each effective 2020.  With the increase in funding, applicants must now have been involved in Community volunteering and must demonstrate Rotary ideals in their daily lives. The two bursary awards will be re-named the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Bursary Awards.
The decision to change the financial amount, criteria and name of the awards were made by the club members on October 25th, 2019.
The new executive and officers for the 2020-21 Rotary Year were elected during the club’s 2019 Annual Meeting held on November 30th.
The executive for 2020-21 will include Norm LeCavalier (President), Marjolein Lloyd (President-Elect), Randall Bamford (Vice-President), Susan McIntyre (Past President), George Pinches (Secretary), and Bob Fortier (Treasurer).
The board will also include David Raye as the Community Service Director, Brian Wrightson as the Club Service Director and Colleen McEwan as the Youth Services Director.
On November 01, 2019 the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise agreed to support two community causes resulting in an expenditure of $3250
“Connect Counselling & Therapy Society”, formerly the “Kelowna Family Centre” received a donation of $2000 which will be designated for a twice a year counselling program for youth 6-12 years of age.  The counselling program will extend for eight weeks twice a year using mindfulness, and art and play techniques to provide strategies to reduce anxiety.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise will provide $1250 for a student scholarship through the “Opera Kelowna Society” This scholarship to a student of Opera Kelowna will support the student’s training program.  The club has supported this cause in the past as well.  During the 2016-17 Rotary year, the club provided $2400 for “Opera Kelowna Society” scholarships of this nature.
Connect Counselling & Therapy Society provides affordable and professional counselling services to adults, seniors, children and families provided by qualified and experienced clinical counsellors.  Connect Counselling strives to be a safe, open, inclusive, non-discriminatory space for everyone no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.  These counselling services are provided at no cost for children, youth and their families who may be experiencing challenges with difficult behavior, living in a blended or separated family situation, parental/child conflicts, sole parenting, conflicting parenting styles, grief and loss, and sexually intrusive behaviors.

Opera Kelowna is a registered, non-profit, charitable status society and member of the Canadian Association of Professional Opera Companies. Opera Kelowna is dedicated to equipping, educating, enlightening, enriching and entertaining diverse audiences through professional operatic performing arts and programming.
The society offers high-level education and outreach. Opera Kelowna’s Summer Intensive Training Program transitions vocal artists and collaborative pianists from their academic to professional careers. Internships in directing, conducting, costume design and accompanying are offered each season.  Its mission statement includes a focus on providing funding and scholarships to classical vocal artists.
The Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary 2019 RibFest was once again a very successful family fun free event for the residents and guests of the Okanagan.  This was in large part due to better weather conditions, increased attendance and increased net profits.
2019 RibFest Chair Chris Murphy, who has been asked and has agreed to accept the role of chair for the 2020 RibFest, tabled a comprehensive report on the 2019 RibFest with the club which clearly detailed the successes and identified recommendations to improve the 2020 RibFest.
At the October 25th meeting of the club, Chris Murphy reviewed the Final Budget which had been included in the Report and which identified a net profit of $51,000 directly from the RibFest festival and an additional net profit of $31,000 from the Raffle for a grant total of $82,000.  Net profits solely from the RibFest increased by 122% over the 2018 event and 168% since the 2017 event.  Proceeds from the 2019 Raffle increased by $2000 from the 2018 Raffle.  As a result, the increased profits will provide even greater financial support to address the needs within the community.
During the meeting, the club agreed to proceed with a 2020 RibFest.  Chris Murphy shared that the dates of August 20-13, 2020 have already been booked with the City of Kelowna.  An alternate weekend prior to the 20th is available for the festival if the necessary arrangements can be made with the ribbers.
Recent members inducted into the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise were provided with an opportunity to learn about The Rotary Foundation and how it enables Rotarians around the world to make a difference for those in need in their local communities and worldwide.
On October 09th, eight members and one guest attended a Fireside, held in the Pathways Conference Room in Kelowna.  Meme Nyi, Carolyn Monz, Allison Kirkwood, Susan McIntyre, John Pouliot, Shauna George, Christy St. Jean and Robert and Cheryl Bruce participated in the event which was organized and presented by the club’s Foundation Committee.
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. 
Applications can be found at
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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.
Major Project Presentations and Selection
Dec 13, 2019
Three presentations followed by Q&A then vote
Family Christmas
Dec 20, 2019
trivia and carolling
Off Site Meeting
Jan 10, 2020
Off Site Meeting
Jan 17, 2020
Off Site Meeting
Jan 24, 2020
HIP Committee
Business Meeting
Jan 31, 2020
Lisanne Ballantyne
Feb 07, 2020
Tourism in Kelowna
Sandy Rehaume
Feb 14, 2020
New Member Classification Talk
Brea Lake – CEO Accelerate Okanagan
Feb 21, 2020
The High Tech Industry in the Okanagan
Robert Fine
Mar 06, 2020
Director of Business and Entrepreneurial Development – City of Kelowna
Alexandra Babbel
Mar 13, 2020
New Member Classification Talk
Raphael Nowak
Mar 20, 2020
The Nature and Importance of Lake Okanagan
Mar 27, 2020
Apr 03, 2020
Christy St. Jean
Apr 10, 2020
New Member Classification Talk
Apr 17, 2020
Apr 24, 2020
May 01, 2020
Susan Brown
May 08, 2020
CEO - Interior Health
Gary Young
May 15, 2020
New Member Classification Talk
David Walker
May 22, 2020
100th Anniversary of KGCC
May 29, 2020
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