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Links to Sites
Supporting Our Community for the Past Ten Years (2013-14 to 2022-23)
https://youtu.be/KAX99QVj9oU
 
Celebrating our Rotary Foundation Achievements 2022-23, July 01, 2023
 
Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, 2022-23 Year End Celebration and 2023-24 Installation of Executive and Directors, June 15, 2023
 
Happy New Year 2023, January 01. 2023
 
Celebrating the Success of the Club’s International Service Projects of 2021-22, July 08, 2022
https://youtu.be/DtWFisAO0EU
 
Kelowna Sunrise 2022 Golf Tournament, June 30, 2022
 
Installation Program 2022-23, June 24, 2022
 
The Launch, For your Viewing, Oct 28, 2021
https://youtu.be/iicM6ZtLYYU
 
Club About to Launch ‘Season of Giving Calendar’ Fundraiser, 0ct 21, 2021
 
Experiencing the 2019 Kelowna RibFest All Over Again
 
Financial Support Provided for Local Not-for-Profit Organizations During 2019 Kelowna RibFest 
https://youtu.be/35wrFNpzLg4
 
2019 Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise Installation
https://youtu.be/caEqxLzNRPo
 
2019 Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Full Monty
https://youtu.be/HVThMQGee1Y
 
Kelowna RibFest 2019 Coming in August
https://youtu.be/EeIhWeaobfc
 
Full Monty 2018, A Sunrise Rotary Fundraiser
https://youtu.be/80o1dmSUjR0
 
Kelowna's 2nd annual RibFest takes over City Park
https://youtu.be/_0PdAlhnkQs
 
Global Okanagan Ribfest 2018
https://youtu.be/K417iOZNpT4
 
 
2017 Kelowna Ribfest Highlights, an Extended Version (featuring our Rotarians and our Friends of Rotary at work and play at the Ribfest)
https://youtu.be/V5RQl-OKohw
 
2017 Kelowna Ribfest Highlights
https://youtu.be/UGbU6uio5XU
 
2016 Kelowna RibFest Highlights
https://youtu.be/crJ0q0HiWZ0

 

 
 
 
 

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(International Service update Feb 2024)
 
In recent years, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has focused its support for humanitarian projects in Nepal, Honduras and Mexico.  Since the beginning of the 2023-24 Rotary year (July 01, 2023), the latest financial support has been for the Training of individuals in Nepal as a means to improve economic development in Gadhawa, Dang, a training program that started back in the 2020-21 Rotary Year.
 
Since late November, 121 Gadhawa Rural Municipal community members have completed or are currently involved in three training programs.  Training has been provided for 21 participants in poultry farming, for ten women in a six month Beautician program and for 90 women who are presently taking financial literacy and business classes.  Those taking the farming training program have been chosen by their Mother’s Group and in being chosen they have committed to then share their knowledge and skills with the Group, thus providing others to benefit from the training.
 
 
The training programs provide opportunities to develop knowledge and skills particular to the area of study and how to develop marketing and business plans leading to entrepreneurship ventures. Each participant gains personal wellness, improved status, employment opportunities, and the means to improve their personal and family living standard. 
 
 
Kelowna Sunrise Club International Service Director, Linda Frandsen, expressed that the training program continues to be very successful in empowering the Nepali to develop skills to enhance their ability to provide for their families and to improve economic development in their community.  This has been largely due to the direction, operations and management by the local Nepal society ‘Creating Possibilities’, a not-for-profit organization.  Frandsen explained that the organization has been fully trusted right from the beginning of the club’s involvement when members of the Kelowna Sunrise club first met with the managers of the organization in Nepal during a Global Grant 4 Project several years ago.  Continuing updates on the progress and operations of the program have been instrumental in maintaining this trust.  The latest report recently received by the club, clearly illustrated the organization’s transparency and the successful outcomes of the program.
 
The current training element of the training program which commenced on July 23rd has also had financial support from other Rotary clubs from the Canadian side of District 5060. Frandsen summarized the contributions that resulted in a budget of $US 23,000 for the continuing training project.  In addition to the contribution of $US 9,000 from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, financial support was received from the Rotary clubs of Kelowna Morningside with $US 2,000, West Kelowna Daybreak with $US 1,000 and Kelowna Daybreak with $US 1,000. A grant from District 5060 provided an additional amount of $US 10,000.
 
Providing Humanitarian Support in Honduras
 
International Service Club Director Linda Frandsen shared that while the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has not carried out a specific club project in Honduras for several years, the club remains connected with Rotarians in Tegucigalpa since 1992 with a project called AyO (Alternativos y Oportunidades . She pointed out that from this connection, individual club members have supported the goals through financial support for
H.E.L.P. Honduras which focuses on providing scholarships for over 400 children from the poorest markets in the city.  Frandsen stated that “we encourage members to personally support a student,” which to this date has resulted in 18 club members or friends supporting 29 children from the Kelowna Sunrise club alone.
 
Through the Wine Country Cluster group which consists of Rotary clubs of Ogopogo, Kamloops Aurora, Salmon Arm, West Kelowna, Lake Country, and Sunrise, the group has worked with Chispa, an organization that creates libraries in Honduras.
Kelowna Sunrise Rotary has contributed $US 2,500 ($3400CAD) towards a District Grant for a library for this Rotary Year.  Frandsen shared that a team from the group will be going to Honduras this spring to visit one of the libraries.
 
 
 
Through a Summary Report which celebrated the hard work in bringing about a successful Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise ‘Season of Giving 2023 Calendar’ fundraising event, club member and 2023 SOG Committee member Randall Bamford reviewed the success of the fundraiser and the factors leading to its success, along with the benefactors of the net profits.  The Report was presented to the members of the Rotary Club of
Kelowna Sunrise on February 02, 2024.  
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna ‘Season of Giving 2023 - 12 Days of Giving Raffle Calendar fundraiser has once again provided much needed funding for Kelowna’s Child Advocacy Centre and the Kelowna Hospital Foundation. The fundraising event provided both organizations each with $45,000. 
 
 
After three Season of Giving Calendar fundraisers which began in 2021, both organizations have now each received a total of $173,500 solely from this fundraising event.  An additional $108,800 has been used by the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club to actively support community initiatives and International Rotary Projects such as Youth Exchange, Student scholarships, Pollinator Gardens, and other projects and programs.
 
The 2023 fundraiser which took place during the period of October 18th and December 17th resulted in a net profit of $134,400. In addition to calendar sales at business locations, on-line sales via a website, club member sales, profits were also gained through sponsorships.
 
 
Randall Bamford on behalf of the Rotary club, extended appreciation to all of the sponsors and prize donors that made such a difference in enabling the fundraiser to reduce the expenses associated with the production and the cost of prizes, and ultimately increasing the net profits.

In his remarks, Bamford thanked the 2023 SOG Committee including Chris Murphy, Brandon Foster, Wayne Duchart, Randall Bamford, Diane Brodeur, John McIntyre and Susan McIntyre (Chair), for their outstanding leadership.  Appreciation was also extended to members of the club who personally sold calendars and to those who participated in the BLITZ venues.  Special appreciation was extended to Susan and John McIntyre for the endless hours they contributed from the very beginning. Over 2000 hours of volunteer service was contributed for the 2023 Project by all concerned.
 
 
Layla, the Kelowna Sunrise’s Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student, recently shared her exciting and adventurous experience during her first six months in Denmark while being hosted by the Rotary Club of Hobro. “I am having the year of a lifetime!” stated Layla.  She offered words of appreciation sharing that “I was welcomed to Hobro with the most open arms, and I could not be more grateful for my placement. I am reminded every day of how lucky I am to have this experience; RYE really is the best program!”  Layla’s experience began on July 31 when she departed from Kelowna to Denmark.
 
 
As Layla now continues into her seventh month of her RYE adventure, she is being hosted by a second family which includes her host mom and her two twin 13 year old sons.  Even though she is being hosted by a second family, she continues to be close with her first host mom and dad and their two girls, both girls who have become close friends. Both homes have provided her with two busy and supportive households which have made her continuing RYE adventure very special.
 
Layla has been receiving her education at Mariagerfjord Gymnasium, a school with 700 students, which has been organized into three levels (years).  Within this organizational structure, she attends classes in the first year of their program.  Following the first three months of
attendance, she had the opportunity to join another class that specialized in a subject of her choice, in this case a bio-chem class.  She also participates in classes in social studies, beginner Danish and mathematics.
 
Developing friendships, social activities, travel and immersing in the culture of the Danish peoples have all made Layla’s RYE experience very special.
 
 
I have the absolute best friends here! I was so surprised by how open and welcoming everyone here was to me at the beginning of the year. Danes have been stereotyped to be a little less outgoing, and that you have to reach out to them, never the other way around. Not true at all!  These words from Layla reflect her heartfelt appreciation for her new Danish friends, host families, Hobro club Rotarians and others she frequently meets and communicates with day after day.
 
While venturing out beyond Hobro has only been within Denmark, she has still been enjoying new experiences in cities such as Aalborg, Aarhus and Copenhagen where the visits “have been a blast.” Notably, visiting the carnival called “Tivoli,” particularly when it was all decorated for
Christmas, was outstanding.  Her favorite city was Aarhus which she describes as “such a beautiful city, full of culture, with her favorite museum called ARoS!”
 
This story is but a glimpse into Layla’s exciting experience in Denmark.  If you have access, you can read further about her host family, developing friendships, social life, school experiences, Christmas in Hobro, the coronation of Denmark’s new king and much more, all in her own words, simply by going to the subpage entitled Rotary Youth Exchange Program under “New Generations Committees” found in “Service Areas and Committees” on the left side of the Opening Page of this website.
 
 
By the end of the first half of the 2023-24 Rotary Year the membership of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has achieved 42 % of its commitment to the Annual Fund of the Rotary International Foundation.  As of December 31, 2023, 36 % of the club’s members had contributed US $7,310 to the Foundation, a club per capita level of US $122.  Considering that the goal of the club is to have its members donate at least US $17,500 to the Annual Fund by June 30, 2024, the club now has a major challenge before it.
 
All Rotarians are reminded that through the humanitarian service provided by the Rotary Foundation, Rotary International and its 1.4 million Rotarians worldwide serving in over 46,000 worldwide member clubs, we are able to make a difference in helping those in need throughout the
world.  Rotary International is one of only a few worldwide service organizations with members from right across the globe focused on responding to humanitarian crises time after time and finding the means to “Create Hope in the World.”
 
Active Rotarians believe that they have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. They are people of action, community builders and problem solvers who use their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action that results in lasting change, across the globe, in our communities and within ourselves.
 
Because members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise are active members, they are encouraged to help those in need with a generous donation to the Rotary Foundation where they can help to make a difference for a child, a family or a community who are in need in overcoming their desperate situation.
 
 
The Rotary Club members are extremely pleased that they have played an important part in enhancing the health care available for the Okanagan citizens through its many fundraising activities, including proceeds from the past 2022 'Season of Giving Calendar. 
 
Proceeds totaling $194,725 from the sale of the 2022 Calendar and additionally $66,986 from other fundraisers, provided support for many local not-for-profit organizations, including $77,000 for the KGF Foundation. 
 
This funding presented to the KGF Foundation provided greatly needed funding for patient care and comfort items for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Kelowna General Hospital.  Learn more about the impact this funding brought about by continuing to read the following "Your impact to NICU" Report prepared by Bettina Muller, Director of Philanthropy, Corporate Giving, KGH Foundation.
 
 
During the Rotary year 2022/23, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise donated $234,517 to Kelowna and Central Okanagan not-for-profit organizations, providing a record amount of funding for a Rotary year for humanitarian service.  In the previous Rotary year, the club had donated $149,015.

The windfall of funding during the past two Rotary years has come about through the “Season of Giving” Calendar fundraising campaigns that first started in the fall of 2021.

The major recipients of the funding since 2021 have been the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation and the Child Advocacy Centre which have each received $128,500.
 
Over the past ten years, 2013/14 to and including 2022/23, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise with the support of the community and its Rotary members, have contributed $841,854 to respond to community humanitarian needs.  A complete summary of how the club has distributed and supported the community through financial and voluntary support is outlined in the attached video.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The club expresses its appreciation to the citizens, businesses and other organizations of Kelowna and the Okanagan who have supported the various fundraising campaigns and in turn have enabled the club to respond to the humanitarian needs within the community and beyond.
 

Using a “Rise, Thrive and Retreat” model, Rhonda Victoor, a forerunner in the coaching industry, during a keynote address to a gathering of Rotary Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians and their guests on Friday, October 13th, illustrated how using this model will enhance leadership within any organization, and for that matter within an individual’s private life.  Her focus on conscious leadership and conscious communication, which is rooted in emotional intelligence and mindfulness, provided the gathering with how they can manage their leadership style through the application of all three phases of “rise, thrive and retreat.” 

The “Rise” phase provides leaders with the opportunity to be courageous and willing to be vulnerable in their leadership style.  The “Thrive” phase provides leaders with a time to be grateful and to celebrate, but a time to also be graceful.  The “Retreat” phase is a time when leaders should express compassion and listen to their team members, and to reflect on the leadership style/approaches they have applied. It is also a time during this phase to recover and establish goals going forward. 

Ronda expressed that no matter what stage of one’s life experience, leaders can consciously choose to bridge emotion with logic throughout each of these three phases, and from one phase to the next, as a means to provide greater compassion, influence and impact through one’s leadership.

Rhonda has been recognized as a Conscious Leader herself winning the prestigious Young Woman of Distinction title and being named the World Effective Speaking Champion after winning International Competitions in Ecuador and Japan. Her profound presence and deeply practical approach make her a sought-after presenter and Leadership Coach.

Rhonda’s generosity in agreeing to serve as a keynote speaker enabled the Rotary club the opportunity to raise over $2000 which will be donated to the Rotary Foundation which provides the means, along  with Rotary clubs, to provide humanitarian service around the world.

Seventy three Rotarians and representatives from some of the not-for-profit service organizations that the club supports financially were in attendance at the special morning club Rotary meeting featuring Rhonda’s address.   Of the $50 collected for the breakfast and featured event, $27 from each person was designated for the Rotary Foundation.  Participating in the event were representatives from Freedom’s Door, Elevation Outdoors, Jo Anna’s House, KGH Foundation, The Bridge, Project Literacy, Hope Outreach and the Gospel Mission.

 

 

 
Welcome Luna to the beautiful Okanagan for the beginning of a year of excitement, adventure and an experience learning a new language, enjoying a different culture, and making new friends!
 
After a gruelling transit experience of 38 hours, Luna arrived from Brazil on August 26th to receive a heartfelt welcome from members of the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary club and several of her host families.
 
 
Luna resides with her family in in Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state of Minas Gerais which is a state famous for its mountains, coffee production and it cheese.  She is being sponsored by the Belo Horizonte-Cidale Jardim Rotary Club.
 
Back home in Brazil, Luna has been attending Colegio Santo Antonio (St. Anthony School) for her education.  The school is a private Catholic Franciscan primary and secondary school. 
 
While Luna has only been with us for a very short time, would you believe that she is already getting excited about snow and winter?  She does add that “I am also excited about going to school here and making friends and meeting other exchange students.”  
 
All the best Luna!  Have a fantastic time here even if you have to wait several more months for the snow.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise and 2022-23 Past President Randall Bamford were recently awarded with the 2022-23 Presidential Rotary Citation in recognition of the outstanding club achievements during the past Rotary year. 
 
The award is presented each Rotary year to Rotary clubs that achieve specific citation goals that contribute to the overall health and culture of Rotary for generations to come.  In achieving the specific goals selected by the club president at the commencement of each Rotary year, the club has actively engaged its members in the club, community and beyond, has been relevant and supportive of their communities, has fostered a positive experience for its members and clearly has reflected the value of Rotary.
 
 
Many of our neighbours, friends, community members, and Rotarians are experiencing yet another devastating fire season.  They are dealing with horrific fires resulting in loss of their homes or being evacuated from their homes wondering if their home will be destroyed.
 
As wildfires devastate communities in B.C., many are wondering what they can do to help those who have been forced to flee their homes and to support communities reeling from the destruction.
You may wish to consider financially supporting one of the following not-for-profit organizations that are currently supporting those in need because of the current horrific fire:
 
United Way British Columbia has set up a dedicated wildfire relief fund and the first $20,000 donated will be matched by Interior Savings and Gulf & Fraser.
 
Canadian Red Cross has launched a dedicated "British Columbia Wildfire Appeal"
 
The Salvation Army in B.C. has set up a dedicated site for wildfire-related donations.
 
CanadaHelps has compiled a list of organizations that have been verified, which includes the Central Okanagan Food Bank and the Shuswap Community Foundation's Emergency Fund.
 
The BC SPCA is looking for donations, volunteers and foster families to help care for pets that are out of their homes, including those who can offer their land to evacuated livestock.
 
You are also encouraged to consider financially supporting other not-for-profit organizations in the community that are not listed here which are focused on helping those in need because of the fires.  
 
 
On August 04th, Layla Schwartz from Kelowna embarks on an experience of a life time.  Layla will be off to Hobro, Denmark to commence almost a full year participating in a Rotary Youth Exchange program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise until the early part of July, 2024. 
 
Layla, who recently completed her grade 10 education at Okanagan Mission Secondary, is “beyond excited” for her new experience and adventure in Denmark.  While in Denmark she will
be hosted by the Rotary Club of Hobro which no doubt will serve as a fantastic base for many of her activities in Denmark.
 
 
When asked why she applied for this particular exchange, Layla stated that “I applied for exchange because I’ve loved travelling since I was a little kid. Getting to experience new cultures through art, food, architecture and more, is such a beautiful thing. I am looking forward to making new connections with both locals and fellow exchange students overseas!” With Layla’s exceptional interest in learning through experience, her adventurous spirit, and her positive outlook on new and challenging opportunities, she will indeed have an experience of a ‘life time’.
 
 
Hobro is a small city with a population of just over twelve thousand situated in the Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark.  It is located in a hilly terrain at the head of the Mariager Fjord, close to the former Viking fortress of Fyrkat.
 
Even though the last time Ribfest Kelowna was held in Kelowna was August, 2019, the citizens of Kelowna and throughout the Okanagan, still consider the event one of the best festivals held since 2018.

Ribfest Kelowna, a major summer event organized and managed by the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise for three years from 2017 to and including 2019, continues to be voted as one of the best festivals in Kelowna, even four years later by those who cast their votes in the Kelowna Now News annual ”Best of Kelowna ”competition from May 01-12 each year.

In June of 2023, Ribfest Kelowna was awarded with a bronze medal for the best festival in Kelowna. Previously, the event received a bronze medal in 2022, a gold medal in 2019 and a silver medal in 2018.
 
Obviously, citizens and visitors to the Okanagan still consider the Kelowna Ribfest, a major family public entertainment event, one of the best festivals in recent years in Kelowna.  The event still resonates in the minds of people that it was something very special that a family could enjoy at no cost, which is generally not the case for much family entertainment.
 
 
A Record Breaking Year for Donations to the Rotary Foundation
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise celebrated the club’s achievement in reaching and surpassing The Rotary Foundation goals established by the club at the beginning of the 2022-23 Rotary year at its Installation Dinner on June 15th, 2023.  Not only did the club achieve its goals, but while doing so, it established new records for donations from club members to both the Annual Fund and the PolioPlus Fund of The Rotary Foundation for the Rotary year.  This all happened because of those club members who have recognized that The Rotary Foundation impacts and brings about positive humanitarian change throughout the world.
 
The celebration at the Installation Dinner was featured with a video production by KCS Productions which addressed how the club members who support The Rotary Foundation achieved these outstanding successful fund raising goals.
 

TRF Annual Fund
The Rotary club had established a goal for the club members to donate US$ 18,000 during the 2022-23 Rotary year to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  By June 30th of 2023, 36 of the club’s members had donated a total of US$ 23,706, a club per capita rate of US$ 409 and 
 
a 131.7 % achievement rate.   This established a new record, surpassing the per capita rate of US$ 315 reached in the Rotary year 2019-20.
 
PolioPlus Fund
The goal for the PolioPlus Fund donations was set at US$ 4,000 for 2022-23 which was also surpassed and while doing so, established a new record for giving to this Fund.    The members of the club who donated to this Fund donated a total of US$ 5,091, an increase of 127.2 % over the set goal.

When combined with donations to the Endowment Fund of TRF, the members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise donated a total of US$ 29,900.  Since its inception back in 1986, the members of the club have donated a total of US$ 452,493 to the funds of TRF.

 
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
The club also celebrated by honouring the Rotarians who were recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) and for those who achieved an additional level in the PHF program and for one Rotarian who was recognized as a Major Donor.  Seventeen club members received this

recognition, four as a PHF, two with a PHF+1, three with a PHF+2, two with a PHF+3, two as a PHF+4, three as a PHF+6 and one as a Major Donor.  The total donations from these 17 Rotarians since they became Rotary International members has provided funding of over US$ 65,000 for humanitarian aid throughout the world. 

A Rotarian who donates US$ 1,000 is recognized as a PHF; and for every additional donation of US$ 1,000 a Rotarian reaches another level from PHF+1 to PHF+8.  Once a Rotarian donates over US$ 9,000, he/she is recognized as a Major Donor (MD).   After donating over US$ 25,000 to TRF, the Rotarian is recognized as a MD, Level 2.

Major Donor Recognition
At the end of June, 2023, the club had eight club members who were recognized as Major Donors and an additional two members who had reached Major Donor, Level 2 status.
 
Paul Harris Society Recognition
Every Rotary year, a large number of the club Rotarians donate at least US$ 1,000.  These members are recognized as members of the Paul Harris Society (PHS).  Ten of the club members achieved this level this Rotary year, many of whom had been recognized as PHS members in past Rotary years as well.
 
Thank you Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians for supporting The Rotary Foundation and the humanitarian service it provides to those in need throughout the world.
 
 
Colleen McEwan, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise’s 2023-24 President, begins her new leadership responsibilities on July 01, 2023; an undertaking that can be exciting and gratifying, but also very challenging and time and energy consuming.
 
 
Colleen recognizes that she is fortunate to have a solid, dependable and committed Board working on her team to provide a service that will ensure that 2023-24 will be yet another successful Rotary Year for the club and its members.
 
 
In her presentation to the members and guests of the club following her pledge and that of the in-coming executive and officers to carry out their responsibilities faithfully and to the best of their ability, Colleen reviewed why she initially became a member of Rotary International and why she now wanted to serve in a leadership role with the club.
 
When she became a Rotary member, she also found out that serving as a Rotarian also provided her with enjoyment, comradery, and another purpose, helping those in need.  “What I found was a group of fun and caring people who truly wanted to make a difference in their community and the world…it has been amazing!” she stated.
 
Colleen expressed her appreciation for the work of President Bamford and the board over the 2022-23 Rotary Year; and shared that she was very appreciative of the members of the club and their guests who had come to the Installation event to celebrate the work of the 2022-23 leadership team and to show support for the new board.  Colleen conveyed that “By coming tonight you show your commitment and faith in this club and I thank you for that.” 
 
“Many Rotarians have asked me what my goals are for this year…I’ve thought about it a lot and I am so proud to be a  member in an engaged, fun club that does good in the community and the world  and my goal is to support our club to continue to be this,” declared Colleen.
 
Her presentation identified three specific goals that she wanted the club, along with her, to focus on throughout the new Rotary Year:
 
                She identified that it was important to continue to support both large and small fundraising activities so that there are ample funds to support international projects, local projects that support peace, caring for our environment, literacy and health, and to provide funds to support hosting exchange students.
             
                She stressed that we need to enhance the community’s awareness of Rotary to attract new members and added that membership  is very relevant since  we desire to continue to do good for others and that with a larger active membership we can even do more.  “An engaged group is also good for us, i.e. connection equals wellness,” noted Colleen.
 
                She also wanted to provide leadership, along with her team, to engage the club members through a variety of activities – “fellowship opportunities, interesting and challenging programs, participation in community projects, and fundraising, all which are flexible and recognize all types of participation.”
 
Colleen stressed that “These past few years have been difficult – I want to thank Randall and Marjolein for shepherding this club through the challenges of covid and ensuring that this club continued to be active and to do great work locally and internationally.” 
 
In closing, Colleen vowed to take on a leadership responsibility that ensures that “the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club is a thriving club; and with the support of the board and the members I know that we will achieve this through old traditions and new initiatives.” 
 
 
 
Speakers
Marika Soleil
Mar 01, 2024
Shoebox Project
Nikki McCrimmon
Mar 08, 2024
ED, Metis Family Services
OKM Interact
Mar 15, 2024
Updates
Bev Kalmakoff & Jeannette Merrick
Mar 22, 2024
Kelowna Tree Protectors
No Meeting
Mar 29, 2024
Good Friday
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