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Experiencing the 2019 Kelowna RibFest All Over Again
 
Financial Support Provided for Local Not-for-Profit Organizations During 2019 Kelowna RibFest 
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2019 Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise Installation
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2019 Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Full Monty
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Kelowna RibFest 2019 Coming in August
https://youtu.be/EeIhWeaobfc
 
Full Monty 2018, A Sunrise Rotary Fundraiser
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Kelowna's 2nd annual RibFest takes over City Park
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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)
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2017 Kelowna Ribfest Highlights
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2016 Kelowna RibFest Highlights
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As most are aware, the war in Ukraine continues to have devastating consequences on civilians as families flee their homes. According to the United Nations,  more than 5.8 million people, most of them women and children, have sought refuge in countries across Europe, in North America, and elsewhere, while more than 7 million more people have been displaced within Ukraine.
 
Rotarians around the world are deeply concerned by the unprovoked, criminal and barbaric Russian invasion of Ukraine which is resulting in the escalating loss of life, including children, the raping of women, and the ever increasing humanitarian hardship in every respect, all well beyond apprehension.  The devastating bombardment of hospitals, schools, nurseries, apartments and homes all designed to obliterate a nationality and its people is the most cruel and inhumane behaviour possible. 
 
 
In response to this outrageous Russian aggression and disrespect for humanity, Rotary is using its deep networks and decades of experience to take swift action in the region.  The first thing The Rotary Foundation did was to create an official channel for Rotary members around the world to contribute funds to support the relief efforts underway by Rotary districts and has designated its Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for contributions. 
 
Using the donations of Rotarians, TRF established two grants.
 
Until June 30th, 2022, designated Rotary districts that border Ukraine and the Rotary district in Ukraine may apply for grants up to $50,000 each from the Fund.  This expedited disaster response grant can be used to provide relief to refugees or other victims of the crisis.
 
Additionally, until June 30th, other impacted Rotary districts that wish to offer support to refugees or other victims of the crisis in their district can apply for a $25,000 grant from the Fund.
 
While this would have to be verified, it might mean that districts outside Europe, including our own district, could apply for a $25,000 grant if the district was accepting and caring for large numbers of refugees from Ukraine.
 
So, how are Rotarians and their clubs worldwide taking action?
 
Thanks to the generosity of donors around the world, including several Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, the Rotary Foundation has raised more than $14.4 million in contributions that is helping provide people with essential items such as water, food, shelter, medicine, and clothing.
 
By the end of April, 79 disaster response grants totaling $2.2 million had been awarded to support people affected by the war.
Here are a few examples of projects achieved or in progress using local funds and/or grants from the Disaster Response Fund.
 
The Rotary Club of Cherkasy (Chur-kas-e) in Ukraine purchased and delivered medical supplies and medicine to multiple local hospitals. The club has also organized daily meals for 250 evacuated families.
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Kharkiv (Car-kev) International have traveled to border countries to help refugees adapt to their new situations.
 
Clubs in Rotary District 2231 (Poland) are using a $50,000 disaster response grant to provide transportation, accommodations, food, and medical assistance for refugees who crossed the border from Ukraine.
 
Rotary District 2240 in the Czech Republic is purchasing $50,000 worth of sleeping bags, medicine, food, and defibrillators, EKGs, and oxygen concentrators to victims.
 
District 1910 in Austria is using a $25,000 disaster response grant to provide accommodations, baby supplies, medicine, hygiene materials, psychological care, food, and appliances to Ukrainian refugees in Austria.
 
“Even if the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise and/or District 5060 does not apply for a grant from the Disaster Response Fund, just think about how much we can help by providing funds that increase the funds available from the Disaster Response Fund for clubs in Ukraine or clubs in countries on or near its borders,” stated Club Foundation Committee member Ed Kolybaba following this presentation to the club on May 13th.
 
 
Tickets for the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise Cub’s 7th Annual Raffle went on sale on May 01, 2022 with $9150 worth of prizes available for those with winning tickets. The raffle will extend to 1:00 pm., August 31st, when the draw will be made at White’s Barbeque & Fireplace in Kelowna.
 
This year, there will be one additional prize, from four to five prizes.  Only 10,000 tickets will be up for sale with a price per ticket remaining at $5.00.
 
 
 
The five prizes are being sponsored by the donors of the prizes, including…..
 
First Prize: $5200 in gift cards provided by Save-On-Foods
 
 
Second Prize: A Green Mountain Grill Ledge Smoker, Pizza Oven attachment, Pizza Peel, Rotisserie kit, two bags of pellets, a cover and the assembly of the unit, all valued with taxes at $2,200, donated by White’s Barbeque & Fireplace in Kelowna, includes a Green Mountain Pallet Grill and accessories valued at $2,000
 
Third Prize: Prospera VIP Suite with ten tickets to see the Kelowna Rockets Hockey Club during the 2022/23 regular season. The winner gets to choose the date for the game which will be hosted by two Prospera Credit Union staff members with a $300 Suite credit (no cash redeemable value) donated by Prospera Credit Union and valued at $1000 + value
 
 
Fourth Prize: $500 gift voucher from Torino Ritz Men’s Wear of Kelowna
 
 
Fifth Prize:  Bread for a year (one loaf per week for 52 weeks) donated by Cobs Bread with a value of $250
 
 
 
Raffle tickets can be purchased from Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians, the club’s raffle blitzes, PostNet (2417 Main Street, West Kelowna) and the club’s Raffle Buying website (www.kelownasunrise.ca).   
 
Net proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets are returned to the community as a donation.  This year, the net proceeds, estimated at $4.76 per ticket sold, will be divided equally between Hope Outreach, Freedom’s Door and The Bridge (Youth Recovery House, Phase 11).
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise was pleased to induct two additional members into the club on Friday, April 28th, one of the individuals a seasoned active Rotarian with other clubs within District 5060 and another eager to serve his community and the world through membership as a Rotarian.
 
Mike Wright, the president and owner of Mike Wright & Associates Inc. since 2018, and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (CIRP), and Licensed Insolvency Trustee (LIT), sought out membership with Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise as a means to focus more on serving his community.  Mike expresses that rather than focusing as much as he has on himself; it is time
to change his focus toward making his community a better place.  “I’m in a place that I can start to think about making my community better by giving a hand-up to people who haven’t had the opportunities I have had,” he stated.  He recognizes that Rotary will provide him specifically with the opportunity to focus on programs and projects within the community and internationally that support education and particularly basic financial literacy.
 
Mike hails from Wiarton, Ontario where he attended secondary school graduating in 1996.  In 2001, he graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with Honours in Economics and Accounting.  His career in accounting was enhanced with further studies enabling him to become a Chartered Account in 2004, a Chartered Insolvency & Restructuring Professional in 2007, and a Licensed Insolvency Trustee, also in 2007.
 
In his chosen career, Mike has served his profession in a variety of ways.  He is a past Board member and secretary of the British Columbia Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Professionals, a CPABC and CP Canada Financial Literacy facilitator and a participant in making submissions to government on proposed changes to insolvency and restructuring legislation.
 
Based on Mike’s recent and current service within the community, since he and his wife moved to Kelowna in 2007, he has demonstrated that he is already on his way to becoming an active community member.  He is presently a Director and the Treasurer of The Bridge Youth and Family Services and is soon to start as a volunteer child-minder at The Bridge.  He has also used his professional skill and knowledge voluntarily making presentations on credit and debt at the Karis Support Society, Freedom’s Door and The Bridge within the Central Okanagan.
 
John McIntyre, a seasoned Rotarian with a heart of gold, has been providing outstanding leadership throughout the Rotary district for years as Treasurer with the Rotary Club of Kamloops West Rotary, and more recently as President (2015-16), Secretary and chair of a number of other committees with the Rotary Club of Kelowna.

John is also a great supporter of The Rotary Foundation and the international work it carries
out throughout the world.  As a Paul Harris Society member and a Paul Harris Fellow at a +8 level, he continually supports the programs and humanitarian service provided to those in need beyond our borders.
 
John’s aspirations are to continue to provide leadership within the club wherever it is needed, whether it be in an executive or directorship role, or to serve as a member on one or more committees.With Alberta as his home province, John graduated from JT Foster High in Nanton in 1977 and from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1981.  Following the attainment of Chartered Accountant status in 1984, he became an Income Tax Specialist with Delotte’s.  In 1992, he became self-employed as a tax specialist, and then moved to Kamloops two years later where he opened his own Chartered Account firm which he operated and sold off in 2012.  Upon retirement, he and Susan moved to Kelowna.
 
Now that John is retired, he spends a considerable amount of time focused on Rotary activity and pursuing his passion for golf.
 
After stepping back from Rotary for a period of 22 months following his membership with the Rotary Club of Kelowna, John recognized that he was missing the service provided through the avenue of Rotary, which led him right back into Rotary membership, this time with the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise where he could become active in supporting the goals and projects undertaken by the club.
 
 
 
World Immunization Week, April 24–30th, is an opportunity to raise awareness about the effectiveness of vaccines and mobilize people’s support for immunization.
 
 
Vaccination is one of the best tools we have to improve people’s health and well-being. Global vaccination programs for preventable diseases, such as polio, are critical to protecting vulnerable children and preventing outbreaks.

Rotary members use our decades of experience in fighting polio to provide communities with information and access to COVID-19 vaccines in order to stop the coronavirus from spreading and help end the pandemic.
 
Kelowna Sunrise members have been sponsoring scholarships for students in Honduras through HELP Honduras for many years.  As a result, these students are enjoying successful educational experiences and outcomes.  It is expected that the financial support of 15 of the club’s members will provide similar success for 24 students for the next year. 
 
During Covid, only 11 students who had been receiving aid through scholarships actually quit the program.  This is a testament to HELP Honduras, its staff and the support that was provided through the use of cellphones, chargers, tutoring, and extra supplies made available to the students through the scholarship program.  Twenty-six students graduated from high school and another six from university. 
 
A recent meeting in March between representatives of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise and the staff from AyO Honduras, Rotarian Don Kaminsky and HELP Honduras, clarified how much Covid had impacted the education of many students Honduras over the past two years.  Due to a lack of water, health and wellness services and other basic needs, only about one third of Honduran students have returned to continue their education for the current year. 
It is anticipated that more funds will be directed toward education in the future, considering that changes have come about politically in the country.
 
 
On April 08, six Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise were recognized for their continuing financial contributions which are making a difference for those in need throughout the world. Past District 5060 Governor (1999-2000), currently the chair of the District 5060 Foundation Committee, attended the club’s regular meeting to present Paul Harris pins that recognize the increased financial contributions of these six Rotarians.
 
The following club Rotarians were recognized with an additional multiple PHF pin, which signifies an additional contribution of US$1000.
 
 
(How can you support this vital relief effort?)
 
Rotary and Rotaract clubs in Europe and around the world have taken swift action and are working with members nearby to provide food, water, medical equipment, and shelter for refugees brought about by the horrific Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to a March 14th report from the United Nations, more than 3 million people, most of them women and children, have sought refuge in neighboring countries, across Europe, and in North America, including Canada, to escape the indiscriminant constant bombardment and destruction of Ukrainian cities and their hospitals, schools and homes.  Millions have also been displaced within Ukraine. Efforts by Rotary clubs are ongoing, according to Rotary International.
 
 
In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine The Rotary Foundation has created a channel to enable Rotarians from around the world and others to provide relief.  Commencing immediately, Rotarians and others can allocate financial contributions to the Disaster Response Fund of the Foundation.  Rotary Districts can also through their unallocated District Designated Funds allocate funds to the Disaster Response Fund for this relief.
 
The Trustees of the Foundation have decided to prioritize contributions, including unallocated District Designated Funds, made to the Disaster Response Fund until 30 April.  Districts can also apply for disaster response grants to support the Ukrainian relief efforts.
 
In addition to the Disaster Response Fund, Rotarians, other individuals and families, and Rotary clubs can also contribute to the relief through ShelterBox Canada (https://www.shelterboxcanada.org/the-ukraine-crisis-explained/).  ShelterBox Canada is affiliated with ShelterBox International, an official Project Partner with Rotary International which has now sent a team to the area.  
 
 
At the half-year point of the 2021-22 Rotary Year, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise’s Foundation Committee reported to its members that the club Rotarians had achieved 59.5 percent of its goal for the Annual Fund and 52.8 percent of its goal for the PolioPlus Fund of The Rotary Foundation.
 
To the end of December of 2021, club Rotarians had donated $US 10,413 funds to the Annual Fund which thus far had generated a per capita giving of $US 143, leaving the need for additional donations of $US 7,087 to attain the club goal set for the 2021-22 Rotary Year. 
 
By December 31st of 2021, club members had donated an additional $US 1599 to the Polio Fund, edging closer to meeting the club goal of $US 3,025.
To the end of December of 2021, club Rotarians had donated $US 10,413 funds to the Annual Fund which thus far had generated a per capita giving of $US 143, leaving the need for additional donations of $US 7,087 to attain the club goal set for the 2021-22 Rotary Year. 
 
By December 31st of 2021, club members had donated an additional $US 1599 to the Polio Fund, edging closer to meeting the club goal of $US 3,025.
 
Appreciation is extended to Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians Dean Reidt, Ken Ottoson, Norm LeCavalier, Lynn Spence, Craig Garries and Vic Spolia who each achieved an additional level of giving to The Rotary Foundation, either to the Annual Fund or PolioPlus Fund, or a combination of both in December and January of the 2021-22 Rotary Year. Rotarians achieve an additional level of giving after having contributed an additional amount of US$1000 to The Rotary Foundation.
 
 
Throughout this time frame during a number of meetings of the club, special presentations were made to these Rotarians who recognize the value of supporting the Foundation and the work it does in responding to dire humanitarian needs throughout the world.
 
On December 10th, Foundation Committee member Paul Mulvihill presented Dean Reidt with a PHF+1 pin; and on January 21st he had the honour to present Lynn Spence with her PH+5 pin.  In response, Lynn stated that she supports The Rotary Foundation “because it is easy to do, it is a 4 star charity according to Charity Navigator and it is rated in the top one percent because 91 % of the donations go directly to the projects and programs of Rotary.”  She added that Rotary is famous for its help around the world by providing global grants, responding to disaster, supporting peace scholars at universities and supporting district grants.
 
On January 14, Tom Paterson, the club’s Foundation Committee Chair presented two awards for their generous support of the Foundation and the valuable work it does worldwide.  Ken Ottoson received a PHF+1 pin; while Norm LeCavalier received a PH+2 pin.
January 14
 
One week later on January 28th, Norm LeCavalier, also a club Foundation Committee member, presented Vic Spolia with a PH+4 pin.  When Vic was asked why he chooses The Rotary Foundation to donate to, Vic said “I joined Rotary (in Kamloops) in 1998 and liked where the money is being used - international projects make a difference in the world!”
 
Paul Harris Fellow pins will be privately presented to Robert Fortier and Craig Garries.
 
The club congratulates these Rotarians who truly care for making a difference for those in need throughout the world.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna’s first ‘Season for Giving Calendar’ fundraiser conducted during December, 2021, was completely sold out raising $151,190 with all of the funds directed to support community humanitarian projects.  According to Chris Murphy and Stuart Lang during a presentation to the Rotary club on December 14th, the funds were generated with the cash sponsorship and contributions from club members amounting to $6110, community sponsorships contributing $27,750 and calendar sales generating $119,330.
 
 
The net profit funds generated from the fundraiser will be donated to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation and the Child Advocacy Centre, both nonprofits receiving $51,576.62; while the club will retain $25,788.30 to be used to support additional projects within the community.
 
The funds donated to the KGH Foundation and to CAC will have a great impact in providing support for those in need within the Okanagan and beyond.  Ginny Becker, Executive Director, Child Advocacy Centre in late December expressed her thoughts on this impact. “What Have You Done? Let me tell you. You have created an environment where children who have been hurt or mistreated can feel safe and supported. You have provided an opportunity for children and families to find comfort and care. You have restored the dignity of some of our community's most vulnerable and ensured that they can find a path toward healing. You have shown our team that they are deeply valued for the difficult work that they do. And most of all, you have been the everyday heroes that make all of this possible.
 
 
 
Martha Kennedy, District 5060 Youth Exchange Chair and member of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, through the use of PowerPoint provided a comprehensive overview of the Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) program at the clubs regular (zoom) meeting on January 07, 2022. 
 
Using a quiz as her source, she provided an overview of the early years of the RYE program and then covered various ‘need to know’ topics, including a number of myths about the program, the need for Rotary International certification to participate in the program, the essential responsibilities of Rotary volunteers,  the application process for students wishing to be selected as an exchange student, the obligations 
of the selected exchange students, and the role of club members in supporting the exchange program.
 
The first Rotary Youth Exchange took place in 1929 between the Rotary Clubs of Copenhagen, Denmark and Nice, France, but this exchange was not a yearlong experience as we know it today, but rather an exchange for a couple of weeks during a school vacation; “but it was the start of a great beginning,” expressed Kennedy.
 
The first year long exchange program took place in 1958 when a student left Scottsbluff, Nebraska to live in Myrtleford Australia while two Australians arrived from Myrtleford to live in Grand Lake Colorado!  Today, 80 countries in all regions of the world participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange program.
 
Over 9000 students worldwide have participated in the program.  To bring about a program that generates an exciting and successful program for this number of students, it takes a host of volunteers.  According to Kennedy, it takes approximately five Rotarians volunteering for each student. Youth exchange officers, counselors and host families make up this cadre of volunteers who work cooperatively to ensure that the experience is successful.
 
 
Kennedy explained that RYE students must agree and must adhere to four basic rules  that included no drinking, no driving, no drugs and no dating or serious relationships; and they must participate in predatory and debriefing activities.
 
There is a role for every Rotarian in supporting the program stressed Kennedy.  Rotarians can get involved by serving on the Youth Committee; they can host a student for a 14 to 16 week period; they can serve as a counselor/advocate for the student; and/or they can help in recruiting students by encouraging students to apply, by helping with interviews, and by putting themselves out there to learn more about the culture of the inbound student.
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has been a strong advocate and an active participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange program since it was chartered in 1976. The club’s first experience with the program involved hosting an inbound student, Luz Carmen del Gomez from Mexico, during the 1987-88 Rotary year.  Two years later the club sponsored their first outbound student, Julie Mawhinney, who was hosted in Belgium for the 1990-91 Rotary year.
 
Since that time, 31 young people from our community have participated in the program, traveling and enjoying an exciting cultural and educational experience second to none in a total of 18 different countries. The program also enabled 36 inbound students from 21different countries from 1987/88 to  2019/20 to enjoy an exciting adventure in Canada, particularly the Okanagan.
 
It has not been since 2019-20 that the club has sponsored or hosted an exchange student, Kaya Hahn to Italy and Arnau Quirante Viladrich from Spain.
 
Unfortunately the club, and for that matter Rotary International, has not continued with the RYE program because of the covid pandemic.  It is expected that the program will get back on track when covid has been fully contained. 
 
 
Every year, Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise volunteer collecting donations for those in need within the community through the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. 
 
From the beginning of December in 2021, the club Rotarians, joined by the Kelowna Rotaract Club and the club’s sponsored Interact Club, stepped up once again to volunteer during the Kelowna Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign which was kicked off in Kelowna on November 18th.
 
On three successive Fridays in December, with the guidance and organization of club Rotarian Brian Wrightson, over thirty club Rotarians, along with Rotaract and Interact members, donated over 60 hours of their time over 15 shifts ringing the bells at London Drugs in Kelowna.
 
The Annual Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign receives donations enabling it to support families and individuals in need during the Christmas season, which is often a very stressful time for families on fixed incomes.  The gifts of donations this season couldn’t have come at a better time, particularly when so many continue to face the Covid pandemic surge.
 
The financial target for the Kelowna Salvation Army Kettle Christmas Campaign for 2021 was

set at $700,000 and no doubt will be surpassed by the caring people of Kelowna. The donations will not only be used to support families and individuals during the Christmas season, but will also provide funding so that the Salvation Army can provide programs for those in need throughout the coming year.

Check out the number on the back of your Season of Giving Calendar to see if it matches one of the numbers listed on this website on the right side of the Home Page, to see if you are a winner.  The winning ticket numbers are now all listed in the right side column.
 
 
If you are a winner, you can pick up your prize at Dominion Lending Centers, 104-1912 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9S9 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm and on Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. If you are unable to collect your prize at this time, please contact seasonofgiving@kelownasunrise.com. Be sure to bring a valid photo ID and your winning calendar when collecting your prize.
 
Congratulations winners; and don't forget that the Season for Giving Calendar will be back next fall, so there will be many more opportunities to be a winner and a great way to support those in need in the community.
 
 
On July 01, 2022, a new executive and slate officers will continue providing leadership for the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise for the Rotary Year 2022-23.  The Rotary Year for Rotary International begins on July 01 and ends on June 30th.
 
Elections for the vacant positions for the new Rotary Year were completed during the club’s Annual General Meeting held on Friday, November 26th.
 
Randall Bamford will take over the role of President of Marjolein Lloyd who will continue on the Executive as Past President.  The position of President-Elect will be assumed by Colleen McEwan.  Carolyn Monz will continue as Secretary, a position she has held since July 01, 2021 and Moya Webb will continue as Treasurer, like Carolyn, a position she has been in for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.  The position of Vice-President with duties as Chair of Public Relations remains vacant.
 
Four of the club Rotarians will return for another Rotary Year as directors, Melanie Hall-Szyszkiewicz as Community Service Director, Chris Murphy as Fundraising Director, Andy Griffins as Donations Director, and Aleasa Tasker as Membership Director.    
 
Nominations were open for five officer positions which resulted in Lynn Spence accepting the position of Director for Club Service, Paul Mulvihill taking on the role of Director of the Foundation Committee, and Rene Bernard filling the position of International Service Director, leaving the positions of Youth Service Director and Environment Director still to be filled. 
 
 
As always, the members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise look forward to each new Rotary Year, recognizing that each and every leadership team of the club is fundamental in leading the club to growth and success, by providing a clear vision, inspiring and motivating members, providing guidance and building morale. 
 
 
On November 15, 2021, the town of Merritt and area saw extensive flooding which led to the entire town of 7000 people being evacuated.  As people are being allowed back into their homes the devastation will continue to be revealed.  Large parts of the town have been affected slightly, while other parts are catastrophically affected.
 
 
The Merritt Rotary Club has set up a Disaster Relief fund to help families and individuals who have been severely affected by the flooding.
 
The funds will be based on donations from Individual Rotary members, Rotary Clubs and non-Rotary individuals and organizations.  Fund proceeds will be used to provide financial support to individuals in need to help them on their path to recovery.
 
The Rotary Club of Merritt is registered as a charitable organization with the Canada Revenue Agency.  This registration designates the Society as a Qualified Donee for organizations that require this designation as a basis for providing donations.  It also allows us to provide tax receipts for those donating to the fund.  For those requiring receipts, please include your full name, mailing address and email address in the message box for e-transfers.
 
Donations can be made by cheque to the Merritt Rotary Club Society at PO Box 938 Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 or by e-transfer to connect@rotarymerritt.com
 
 
Additional financial support will shortly be provided to Child Advocacy Centre and the Kelowna General Hospital from the net proceeds of the sold out sale of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise’s Season of Giving Calendar.  As a result, the response to the health and well-being needs of children throughout the Central Okanagan will be further enhanced.
 
On November 16th, Chris Murphy, Co-Chair, Season of Giving Calendar, announced publicly that all 6000 Season of Giving Calendars had been sold.  Sales for the calendar commenced on October 23rd. With the sale now completed, those who purchased the calendars for $20 will now look forward to having their ticket number drawn during the period of December 01-24th.  Purchasers have 261 chances of winning prizes having a total value of $62,319.
 
 
The winning numbers will be announced daily throughout the drawing time frame at KelownaNow.  The winning numbers will also on the club’s ‘Season of Giving Calendar’ and on a weekly basis on this website and at Capital News.
 
With the Calendar sales exceeding expectations, no doubt the Calendar fundraiser will be re-introduced next fall; thus providing more financial support for worthy causes in the Kelowna community.
 
 
The successful story of responding to the health needs of children in Mexico that follows is yet another example to how the donations of the members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise make great humanitarian impact year after year!
 
In early 2019, club member Rene Bernard introduced the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise to consider responding to the need to provide healthcare and wellness services for economically disadvantaged children in the small community of Todos Santos located on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico.  As is the usual response, the International Committee of the club researched the need further and shortly after contacted the Padrino Children’s Foundation in Todos Santos to offer the club’s support to enhance the health service for children.
 
 
 
At the regular meeting of November 19 the members of the club had the opportunity to learn firsthand how the club’s and member’s donations were making an impact on improving healthcare for children in Todos Santos, Mexico.  Dr. Alejandra Pena Salguero, the primary care physician and executive director for Padrino, along with Nancy Naigle, Padrino’s secretary of the Board of Directors, made a presentation to the
club via Zoom from Todos Santos, where they described how two grants from the club were being used and what a difference the funds were making in providing better health service for children.
 
During the 2019-20 Rotary Year, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise donated $4,410 CDN which was then matched with a District Simplified Grant (DSG) that toether amounted to a total of $8,820 available to target early diagnosis and intervention for neurodevelopmental disorders among pre-school children. Unfortunately, due to the Covid pandemic, the commencement of the project was delayed until 2020-21.
 
This was the first of two grants developed and funded by the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise with the District’s DSG, that provided funds to revise and redesign the Early Detection and Stimulation Program started in 2016 by the Padrino Clinic.
 
The second grant from the club, with a matching grant from the district, approved by the district in December of 2020, provided funding for technology requirements for patient data (diagnosis, medical history and quality measurement tools) and family information. Smart phones and software enhancement were made available to improve the efficiency of the staff  and for information collection.  The project was funded with a grant of $US6,200 based on club funding of $US3,100 and the same amount from the district.
 
 
Dr. Salguero explained that the leading reasons that families seek out medical care through the Padrino Children’s Foundation is because of developmental disorders in their children.  “These disorders include delays in development, learning disorders, language delays, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, amongst others,” stated Dr. Salguero.
 
Recognizing that rehabilitation was very challenging at older ages, from 2017 forward the focus shifted to preventing neurological delays at a much earlier age; thus the focus was directed toward pre-school children which provided a much better chance of a successful rehabilitation.
 
 
Dr. Salguero outlined the development of the Padrino program from its beginnings in 2016 until the present time.  In 2016, the basic operations were focused on the medical needs in Todos Santos and the surrounding area; but in 2017 this was extended as a community outreach program with health clinics, wellness checkups, and eye care clinics.  In 2018, therapies for children with neuro developmental disorders began to be provided in addition to genetic testing for children with rare diseases.  By the end of 2019, mental and social health services provided psychological support and psychometric evaluations, followed by increased psychology services and COVID relief support to the community in 2020 and 2021.  Also in 2021, the first pediatrician was welcomed to the community, local pediatric consultations and subspecialist consultations began to be provided, and thanks to funding from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, a better IT infrastructure was developed. 
 
Dr. Salguero shared that they were privileged to receive additional financial assistance from the Kelowna Sunrise club through the second grant to enable Padrino to put into place an improved IT infrastructure that greatly enhanced the functionality of their clinical team, adding diagnoses, medical histories, and quality measurement tools.  Furthermore, the improved system provided increased security of patient information and enabled the team members to have a much better system of communication as they focused their work in providing health care for children and families. 
 
Dr. Salguero’s parting words were “Thank you so much for your continuing support over the last couple of years.  It has been a wild ride and we are so grateful to have partners that want to help out in an area that is otherwise forgotten in many ways.”
 
 
We think nothing of it!  We take for granted that all of our children will be able to read.  We know that our children will have an abundance of reading resources.  We expect nothing less!  But wait, why is it that our children only have this opportunity?  What about the rest of the children in our world, particularly the children in the underdeveloped countries? 

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, along with Rotarians right across the globe, and many others have this same concern; and thankfully, many are taking action to address this concern, albeit unfortunately the concern will continue to exist right across the world well into the future.
 
One such action is currently taking place in the small town of La Paz, Honduras because of the action of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise along with the Rotary clubs of West Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Ogopogo, Lake Country and Kamloops Aurora, and the Chispa Project in Honduras under the leadership of Sara Burkes, the founder of the not-for-profit organization.

While the Sunrise Rotary Club, along with its partner Rotary clubs, have financed many literacy projects elsewhere in underdeveloped countries, this project is special because of having guidance and leadership from Sara who has been very dedicated and successful in creating 65 school libraries throughout Honduras through the Chispa Project; and who is clearly focused on establishing this project and bringing it to fruition.
 
 
Under the guidance and leadership of Sara, funds amounting to US$7685 from the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary club, its Rotary club partners, and a district designated grant from Rotary District 5060 approved in February of 2021, are now being used to develop and furnish a library at Dionisio de Herrera Anexo Elementary School, a grade one to six school with 350 students in La Paz, Honduras. The budget includes funding for 700 books, library materials, shelving, and inauguration expenses.  Training will also be provided for staff, parents and students. 
 
Sara’s leadership, with the assistance of the newly founded La Paz Rotary Club which has agreed to help with the installation of the library, involves establishing library use policies, implementing a library committee of teachers and parents, planning the layout for the library, communicating with the school community, fundraising to raise funds for the school’s five percent of the total cost commitment and providing educational workshops for the staff, students and parents.
 
 
During the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise’s regular meeting on November 12th, through the avenue of ZOOM, Sara explained how she became involved in responding to the educational needs of children in La Paz starting in 2014 when she began to volunteer in a rural school, which was then followed up to a teaching experience at a bilingual school.  Through these experiences, she soon realized that there was a lack of books within the schools.  This led her to found the Chispa Project, which to this date has created over 65 school libraries across Honduras, donating over 35,000 books to these libraries.  Sara shared that “founding the Chispa Project is a dream come true getting to share her love of reading with children across Honduras.”
 
With heartfelt thanks Sara expressed her appreciation to the participating Rotary clubs for continuing to support Chispa’s work over the last couple of years. “It has been a wild ride” acknowledging how covid has affected the implementation of the library project, “and we are so grateful to have partners that want to help out in an area that is otherwise forgotten in many ways,” concluded.
 
This story of successful humanitarian service is only possible because Rotarians from the Kelowna Sunrise club, along with Rotarians from the partner clubs, have made donations to The Rotary Foundation; and “not us not forget that everyone of us as Rotarians can help to make a difference for many more children in the world.”
 
 
Supporting The Rotary Foundation with financial support is one of the best ways to make a difference for those in need throughout the world.  Rotarians around the world and from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise recognize this, and in doing so, make The Rotary Foundation one of their charities of choice.
 
Club member Paul Mulvihill, after being honoured for his financial support for the Foundation on November 6th at the club’s hybrid weekly meeting by Pete Erickson, District 5060 Foundation Chair, expressed that he had first hand seen, along with club member Andy Griffin, what the Foundation could do for a community in desperate need of
humanitarian aid.  Paul shared that “when Andy and I went to Ethiopia and saw the work that the Foundation did with providing fresh water within 500 metres instead of five kilometres away, I found out exactly what the Foundation does and why it is so important.”    This is just one example of the impact the financial support for the Foundation is being made throughout the world where people are experiencing deplorable living conditions..
 
DG Pete Erickson, following a presentation on the financial status, grant programs and impact of The Rotary Foundation paid tribute to a number of Rotarians of the club who have made The Rotary Foundation their charity of choice with their generous donations to the Foundation over the years.  Tom Paterson, Colleen McEwan and Ed Kolybaba were recognized for their status as Paul
Harris Society Members; Helmut Hubert and Randall Bamford were honoured for attaining Major Donor status, along with Paul Mulvihill who had reached Major Donor, Level 2 status; and John Pouliot was recognized for increasing his commitment in his estate planning to the Endowment Fund at a Bequest Society Level 2.
 
During his presentation, Pete Erickson stressed that it was not difficult to financially support the Foundation using Rotary Direct, whereby the Foundation, either through a monthly bank account debit or monthly credit card, has the donation deducted according to one’s preferred allocation; thereby setting up a process of a
regular payment “that you will not even miss over time.”  This was echoed by Tom Paterson, club Foundation Chair during his Foundation Moment, and by Paul Mulvihill.  Paul’s exact words were “you don’t’ need to donate large amounts, just set up a small regular payment and you will not even miss it.
 
 
A story featured by CNN caught the attention of the editor of this website after watching an “Environment Moment,” PowerPoint production by Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise club member Allison Kirkwood.
 
Under the caption of “Asian rivers are turning black. And our colorful closets are to blame,” a journalist for CNN, described how textile dyeing has become one of the most polluting aspects of the global fashion industry, devastating the environment and posing health hazards to humans.
 
The story illustrates how world’s textile consumption of 95.6 millions of tons in 2015 has created a deep and damaging impact on the environment with water pollution, air pollution and solid waste pollution.
 
 
The textile/fashion industry uses 93 billion cubic meters of water annually based on that the fact that to produce one kg of fabric, it takes typically 200 litres of water which are specifically used for washing the fiber, bleaching, dyeing and then cleaning the finished product.
The pollution problem comes about when often the waste waters are not treated to remove the pollutants before they are disposed in the environment.  The high volume of polluted water, including formaldehyde, chlorine and heavy metals is responsible for aquatic life toxicity, water that is consumed in daily activities by a large number of people. The World Bank, for instance, has identified 72 toxic chemicals and solvents that are just used for the process of textile dyeing.
The apparel industry also produces air pollutants including nitrous oxides and sulphur dioxide produced in the energy production stages, volatile organic components (VOCs) produced in coating, curing, drying, waste water treatment and chemical storage, and aniline vapours, carriers of hydrogen sulphide, chlorine and chlorine dioxide produced in dyeing and bleaching stages. 
 
The textile industry also produces solid waste.  Globally, each year, millions of items of clothing end up in landfills.  Moreover, the waste produced ends up in water bodies, causing environmental issues.  Some of the pollutants that end up in landfills include fiber lint, fiber scraps, trimmings and packaging waste produced in the fiber preparation, wasted and retained sludge in waste water treatment and lock, chemical and dye containers used in dyeing and finishing of woven fabrics 
 
This various kinds of pollution released into the environment are dangerous, both for the planet and for human being.  So what can we do to help in reducing this environmental nightmare?
 
Club member Allison Kirkwood shared one thing we can all do.  Here is her story………
 
How would you like to take a trip for two to anywhere West Jet flies, spend five nights, including lessons, rentals and lift tickets at Big White Ski Resort, enjoy an ultimate golf experience at five local golf courses, spend one week at St Ives on the Shuswap all just for having a winning ticket from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise’s ‘Season for Giving’ Calendar? 
 
You can have a chance to win one of these fantastic prizes, or 257 others, prizes having a total value of $62,319, simply by purchasing a ‘Season for Giving’ Calendar for only $20 at any of the six Save-on-Food stores in the Central Okanagan, at  the Kelowna General Hospital Gift Shop or at PostNet in West Kelowna.  But you have to do it right away, as only 6000 calendars are up for sale; and based on the first day of sale on October 23rd, they are going to be sold out quickly.
 
Each day during the period of December 01 to the 24th, unique numbers will be drawn for the prizes that correspond to one number printed on each purchased calendar (0001-6,000). The winning numbers will be announced through KelownaNow, the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary ‘Season of Giving Calendar’ website, the club’s website and via weekly updates posted in the Capital News.
 
At a special event held on October 23rd at Orchard Plaza, the official launch of the Calendar and its sale took place.  Kelowna Sunrise Rotary member Randall Bamford served at MC for the event, which featured how the fundraising project came into being by club member Stuart Lang, appreciations
 
 
extended to the sponsors of the prizes, and comments from Doug Rankmore, CEO, for the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation  who was accompanied by Tracy, a nurse on the Neonatal Unit,  and Rick Oliver, Board Chair for the Child Advocacy Centre,  representing the two beneficiaries that will be receiving the net proceeds from the sales of the Calendar.
 
The goal of the Kelowna Sunrise Club, through the net proceeds from the sale of the Calendar is to respond to the local needs of children.
 
The Kelowna General Hospital will target the Neonatal Intensive Care Ward with the funds provided by the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.  CEO Doug Rankmore identified that having a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Kelowna, also available to families in the Interior Health region means that families
 and babies don’t have to be transported to Vancouver for intensive care. Doug pointed out that “the unit is a tertiary unit as it serves mothers and babies across Interior Health, so this is a wonderful vote of support for families across Interior Health.”
 
Funding will also support the collaborative model of care used by the Child Advocacy Centre which is designed to empower  those working on the front lines of child abuse to work together to improve outcomes and build resilience for children , families and the community.  In his remarks, Rick Oliver stated the donation from the 
sale of the Calendars “is going to make a big difference to kids in our community.”  He shared that, the Centre in its third year of operations, “serves kids who are really vulnerable”and added that the Centre “brings all of the services together to collaborate so that kids are able to tell their stories once, that they are supported, and that everything is activated around the kids in a safe and friendly place.” 
 
Check out the video about the ‘Season for Giving’ Calendar launch which will appear on the Home Page of this website in the very near future.
 
Beginning shortly after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, five women residing throughout British Columbia and Alberta visited Haiti on different occasions and learned firsthand about the devastation resulting from this earthquake and several others that followed, along with a number of hurricanes and tropical storms, and how the poverty in the country was affecting the health and education of the Haitians.  The concerns for the people of Haiti moved these women profoundly to the point where they recognized that it was not enough to just sympathise; it was indeed necessary to take action to make a difference for the distraught Haitians.  Energized with this focus, the women began to fundraise to support a number of specific causes, while several of the women visited Haiti to provide hands-on support through leadership, training and guidance.    Under the leadership of Judy Douglas, an OR nurse from Vernon, Canadian Friends of OSAPO (Oganizasyon Sante Popilè ) was formed as a society in 2013.  The name was changed to Canadian Partners 4 Haiti – CP4H in 2018 to comply with CRA in attaining charitable status which was finally received in 2021.
 
The focus of CP4H is directed to support and care within a remote area of Haiti, two hours north of the capital in hill country, an area challenged by poor communication, dreadful roads, and currently with dangerous gangs.  This support involves partnering with OSAPO, a medical facility which provides health care to over 70,000 people, providing supplies and a lunch program for a nearby school and training women at a sewing school at the clinic.
 
A manager of the OSAPO clinic oversees the program and provides the team with timesheets and receipts which the team pays.  A very dedicated teacher who makes her way from Port au Prince twice a week provides the education and training, which must be done through the use of diagrams as seven of the ten women in the sewing program are illiterate.  Unfortunately, the treadle machines from China are of poor quality and usually breaking down, yet another challenge for the program.
 
 
The challenge for CP4H now is to find ways for the trained women to earn money for their family’s livelihood.  Linda Frandsen, one of the team members and a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise recognizes that there is a need to find someone in Haiti to establish contracts with clothing production businesses or to establish a coop to enable the women to be self-employed.
 
The initial support from the women originated for the clinic when one of the women discovered the clinic during a visit to the country and then went back several times to teach OR nursing techniques.  This led to an interest of the women in raising $10,000 back in the Okanagan in 2016 to provide funds to create a sterilization area at the clinic. Another member of the team had begun to personally support the school with supplies and a lunch program during this period of time.   Yet another member visited the school several times beginning in 2012 to help organize the clinic and the school.  In 2017, a fourth team member visited OSAPO and then using funds generated by the team, involved the team in sponsoring three ladies at a sewing school in the town and then starting the sewing school at the clinic for ten local ladies.   Linda visited the project herself in 2013 and then again in 2018 when she distributed ‘Days for Girls’ kits.
 
While the initial fundraising took place with donations from Rotarians and friends through a dinner and auction, selling a block for the new CSR at OSAPO and other events, the team started a unique fundraising activity in 2019, which unfortunately was set aside for 2020 because of the pandemic, but was resurrected just recently in 2021.
 
Back in 2019, the team rented a hall, gathered their friends, and made 250 pies which were sold at $15 each, and which provide sufficient funds to support the school of another year.  This year, with apples from the adopted trees from Rotary club member David Raye’s orchard, donated boxes from Save-on-Foods, and a fantastic pastry chef who made all the pastry, two teams, one in Kelowna consisting of eight women, and another in Vernon, together made 320 apple pies, generating a net profit of $5050, to pay for the salaries, rent, and some repairs for the next year.
 
 
Through the dedication and concern for those less fortunate, CP4H has made a great impact in changing the lives of women in Haiti in just such a short time.  What a blessing these women, who each brought their strengths to the team, made in responding to the needs of those less fortunate.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise’s ‘Season of Giving Calendar’ has now been produced and printed with the official launch of the Calendar taking place at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 23rd in Kelowna at the Orchard Plaza.
 
It is expected that the 6000 calendars, each with a unique number, will sell out quickly considering that only $20 will provide the buyer with a chance to win over $62,000 in prizes.  At the conclusion of the sale of the calendars, numbers will be drawn and prizes awarded for each day between December 01 and December 23.
 
The numbers will be published daily by Kelowna Now and on this club website, and weekly in the Capital News.
 
Financially supporting local not-for-profit organizations this year is based on the theme “children and community.”  The proceeds from the sales of the “Season of Giving Calendar’ will be donated to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation for the children's ward  and to the Child Advocacy Centre who treat children who have been abused.
 
The idea for a ‘Season of Giving Calendar’ fundraiser was first suggested early in the new year as part of the Rotary Kelowna Sunrise’ s multi-year planning activity.  By the early part of February a concept began to take shape and on March 26th, a mock-up of the Calendar was shared with the club members. On April 23rd, the club members were informed that the fundraising project would be proceeding forward.
 
Under the guidance of team leader Stuart Lang, working committees, each served by a chair, were formed to conduct a variety of functions including, production and design, communications, financial planning and requirements, prize collections, marketing and sales and distribution. By the end of July, the Calendar was ready to go to press; and on August 20th the calendars had been printed and shipped to Kelowna.
 
Check out the following video to observe how the Calendar was printed.
 
  
On October 15th, Lynn Spence was inducted into the membership of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, bringing with her the experience and proven leadership as a Rotarian since 2008 with the Rotary clubs of Ladner (2008-09) and Surrey Guildford (2009-2021).
 
Lynn served as President of the Guilford club in 2011-12 and Secretary from 2013-14.  She extended her leadership experiences by serving in several positions in District 5050, including Assistant Governor (2015-18), Visioning Facilitator (2015-21) and Visioning Coordinator (2017-21).  She also supported the Rotary Foundation as a PHF+4 donor.
 
Together with another club member, and a Steering Committee composed of three clubs in her Area within District 5050, Lynn cooperatively provided leadership in the development and implementation of the Surrey Starfish weekend backpack program.  In addition to involvement in this Rotary program and many other Rotary community projects, she volunteered with school breakfast and lunch programs, and with Newcomers’ programs.
 
Born in Jasper, Alberta, Lynn attended Bonnie Doon Composite High School graduating in 1966.  She continued with post-secondary study at the University of Alberta (1969) and graduate study at the University of Toronto (1974).
 
Lynn commenced her career in the Mental Health field in 1974, working in Social and Community Services including Mental Health, probation, child and family counselling, and school psychology before taking on a new role as an Associate Executive Director, Director of Branch Development for the not-for-profit CMHA BC Division in 2008 which she was involved with until 2017.
 
Upon moving to the Okanagan, Lynn desired to continue her service as a Rotarian which led her to check out the clubs in the Okanagan.  After checking out the Kelowna Sunrise club website, attending several Zoom meetings with the club, and recognizing the energy and active focus of the club on serving the community, her mind was quickly made up as to where she wished to serve.
 
Lynn is very interested in being involved in community service projects especially related to children, shelter and food security, and in providing leadership with respect to membership development/retention.
 
 
This coming Sunday, October 24th, is a very special day, not just for Rotarians, but for everyone throughout the world, as we celebrate World Polio Day to celebrate and learn about the progress on the road to polio eradication.
 
World Polio Day is observed and celebrated on the 24th of October every year.  It is an event to develop increased awareness about polio, take structural measures towards eradicating this disease and thank thousands of healthcare workers worldwide who have contributed to removing polio from our world.
 
Listen to Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta as he encourages all Rotarians and citizens of the world to take action.
 
 
A polio-free world is possible, but we can achieve it only by taking action together.  Join with @Rotary this #WorldPolioDay to @EndPolioNow: endpol.io/wpd
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, under the leadership of President Norm LeCavalier during the 2020-21 Rotary Year, was awarded the Rotary Citation for the 2020-21.  Current president Marjolein Lloyd, on behalf of Rotary International, presented the Citation certificate to Norm during the club’s hybrid regular meeting on October 15th.
 
To be eligible for the Rotary Citation, clubs need to begin the Rotary Year as active clubs in good standing and they must have achieved at least 13 of the 25 goals that are identified as criteria for successful achievement. 
Congratulations are extended to past-president Norm, the club leadership team and all of the members in meeting the required criteria and in receiving the award.
 
Few diseases frightened families across the world more in the early part of the 20th century than polio did.  Polio struck in the warm summer months, sweeping through communities as an epidemic every few years.  Though most people recovered quickly, some suffered temporary or permanent paralysis and even death.  Many polio survivors were disabled for life.  They became a visible, painful reminder to society of the enormous toll this disease took on young lives.
 
During the first half of the 20th century, poliomyelitis, a.k.a. polio, hit Canada harder than anywhere else. Canada experienced its first localized polio outbreaks in the 1910s with the first major wave of larger outbreaks in the late 1920s.  Like covid 19 to date, the country experienced four waves, with the fourth, from 1946 to 1953, being the most severe, reaching a national crisis in 1953.
 
Thankfully, the research by Dr. Jonas Salk led to a successfully tested vaccine against poliomyelitis in 1953 which was approved for use in 1955; and by Dr. Albert Sabin who identified the three types of Poliovirus and developed an attenuated oral vaccine in the 1960’s that provided longer lasting immunity than the Salk vaccine.  
 
Through the administration of the vaccines, the last case of wild-type paralytic polio was reported in North America in 1991 and the entire continent was certified polio free in 1994.
 
While Rotary International started working to eradicate polio in 1979 through immunization campaigns throughout Southeast Asia and Latin America, it was not until 1985 that Rotary introduced PolioPlus, the first effort to immunize every child in the world with polio vaccine.  Three years later in 1988, Rotary pushed forward a global resolution to eradicate polio at the 1988 World Health Assembly in Geneva which resulted in Rotary spearheading the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.
 
 
Today, with the work of this partnership, and the generous donations from Rotarians around the world, including Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, the PolioPlus Program has impacted the world in such a profound way that has resulted in polio cases having fallen 99.9% since 1988.   
 
We are so thankful, yes, you and I, for what a difference it is to have a polio-free family, community, country and world; and we must never reduce our efforts to make sure that this focus is sustained so that every global citizen enjoys the same polio-free life. We need to understand and recognize that persistent barriers to reaching every child with polio vaccines and the covid-19 pandemic have contributed to an increase in polio cases worldwide.  Last year, 1226 cases of all forms of polio were recorded compared to 138 in 2018.  This means that our efforts cannot lessen and that the PolioPlus Program still needs our financial support. While we are closer than ever in eradicating polio, we are not done yet.  The Rotary Foundation still needs funds to continue immunizations and surveillance efforts.   Our gifts will get us closer to the finish line.
 
As Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians we join together with our friends, neighbours, community and the world in observing World Polio Day on October 24th
 
 
While this is a day to celebrate the progress in working to eradicate polio from the world, more importantly, it is a time to reflect, raise awareness and recognize that we all have a part in ‘serving to change’ the world and to make it a better place for everyone.
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Providing care for the community and the world are the main reasons why two recent inductees desired to take up membership with the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.
 
On Friday, October 04th, Sandra Impey and Karan Massar were inducted into the membership of the club by club Membership Chair Doreen Welsh, the first two new members since the commencement of the new 2021-22 Rotary Year and the first ever on-line live meeting.
 
Sandra Impey, transferring her membership from the Rotary Club of Grand Prairie Sunrise where she served as a member since 2007, joins the club with a wealth of club service and leadership having served as the chair of the Club Service, Foundation and Membership Committees, and as the 2017-18 Club President.
 
When asked why she sought out membership as a Rotarian and specifically why she joined the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, Karan expressed that she wanted to become more connected to her community and to give back and support her community. 
 
She shares that she “felt like “coming home” at the first Kelowna Sunrise zoom meeting; and now as a member looks forward to getting to know the city of Kelowna and the Rotary members through active participation in the club.” 

As a Kelowna Sunrise Rotarian, Sandra is anxious to get involved in a variety of ways, such as serving with fund raising, international service and/or with the Rotary Foundation which she has actively supported by providing leadership and financial contributions in the past.  In fact, she has achieved a PHF+5 level while doing so.
 
Karan Massar, sponsored by club member Jane Fletcher, holds the position of Senior Officer, Community Giving, with the British Columbia SPCA Kelowna Branch, a position she has held since February of 2019.
 
When asked why she sought out membership as a Rotarian and specifically why she joined the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, Karan expressed that she wanted to become more connected to her community and to give back and support her community.
 
She pointed out that while doing a presentation to the Rotary club and after spending time conversing with club member Jane Fletcher, she was confident that the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club would be a “great fit.”

Karan has a desire is to use her background in fundraising to support the fundraising that the club conducts as a means to generate funds which support the needs within the community.
 
As a child, do you remember the thrill of opening each little trap door on your Christmas advent calendars and finding a piece of chocolate to devour?
Step into 2021 and enjoy a whole new experience of thrills and rewards with the first-ever Rotary “Season of Giving” calendar chock full of surprises.
Forget just chocolates and anticipate lots of treats each day with exciting prizes including:
 
 
     A full day trip for two which can include two supercars with drivers for a day of wine touring or the ability to join a supercar private track day, Area 27 with professional instruction and car provided courtesy of local philanthropist Brent Marshall of Business Finders Canada valued at $10,000
     The “Gift of Flight” - One round trip flight for two guests to any regularly scheduled and marketed WestJet destination*! *(No cash value, fees, taxes, surcharges not included, blackout dates and restrictions apply.)
     Five nights accommodations, lessons, rentals, and lift tickets at Big White valued at over $5,800
 
 
     Boat, jet ski and other rentals from Downtown Marina Kelowna valued at $3,250
     $2,000 in Gift Certificates to Natures Fare
     $2,000 in Gift Certificates for Save-On-Foods
 
 
     $1,800 in Gift Certificates to Olivia’s Oils
     A private helicopter experience with Alpine Helicopters worth $1,000
     One week vacation at St Ives on The Shuswap BC, two prizes worth over $700 each
 
 
     A luxury wine tour with Wicked Wine Tours valued at $1,000
     “Bread for a Year” from Cobs Bread
     Wild at Heart print, and signed Fraiche Nutrition cookbooks from local philanthropist Jillian Harris
     Ultimate golf experiences at five local courses, wine gift cards, skis, and many more surprises are hidden and waiting to be discovered behind the doors...
 
For only $20 each, buy yourself and someone special a Season of Giving Calendar in support of local children. The 6,000 lucky purchasers will receive a beautiful calendar, with artwork designed by renowned local artist Dale Dirks. With daily windows from December 1st-24th, family, colleagues and friends take part together by opening to reveal multiple fabulous prizes each day. Daily, unique ticket numbers will be drawn for the prizes that correspond to one number printed on each purchased calendar (0001-6,000). Winning numbers will be announced through KelownaNow, the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary “Season of Giving Calendar” website, and via weekly updates posted in the Capital News.
 
The club's goal is to raise $120,000 for local kids in need, and as such have chosen two local organizations to become the major beneficiaries of Season of Giving Calendar proceeds: The Kelowna General Hospital Foundation targeting Neonatal Intensive Care Ward and the Child Advocacy Centre.
 
Club President Marjolein Lloyd says “Our club is very excited to be able, with community support, to contribute to both of these extraordinary, essential organizations.”
 
 
Calendars can be purchased in-person starting October 16th at select Save-On-Foods in Kelowna: Mission Store on Lakeshore, Orchard Plaza, Glenmore, Rutland, as well as West Kelowna and Lake Country stores as well as at the Kelowna General Hospital gift shop. With $62,319 in prizes, there’s something for everyone and multiple prizes will be given each day. Don’t miss out, get your calendars early!
 
Please join the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise at the Very Special Big Launch Event Season of Giving Calendar at Save-On-Foods, Orchard Plaza on October 23rd at 11:00 a.m.
 
 
 
 
 
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The members of the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club extend their congratulations to the four ticket holders who won the four fabulous prizes during the raffle draw held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 30th.
 
1st Prize:  Robert Bissell of Kelowna ($5200 in Gift Certificates for purchases at Save on Foods)
2nd Prize:  Duncan Gardiner of Summerland (Green Mountain Pallet Grill and Accessories valued at $2000)
3rd Prize:  Diana Ellis of Kelowna ($1000 cash from Prospera Credit Union Kelowna)
4th Prize:  Sandra Nolt of Kelowna ($500 Gift Voucher from Torino Ritz Men’s Wear)
 
A record sale of raffle tickets took place during the period of June 04 and September 30th when all 9000 available tickets were sold resulting in gross profits of approximately $45,000.  While the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary supports many local charities, the major benefactor of this year’s raffle will be the Bridge Youth and Family Services which supports families with various programs and which provides detox and recovery programs.
 
The event held outside Save on Foods at the Orchard Plaza in Kelowna was presided over by MC and club member Randall Bamford.  Bamford paid special tribute to club member Ken Ottoson who had devoted endless hours coordinating and managing the club’s 6th Annual Community Raffle, the four sponsors of the prizes that enabled the club to limit its overhead expenses, the club members, staff from Bridges and others who sold the tickets, and those who supported the club’s focus on serving those in need within the community with their purchase of tickets.
 
 
Marjolein Lloyd, president of the club and club member Ken Ottoson also shared their appreciation for all those who made the sale so successful.

During the event, Celine Thompson, Executive Director of the Bridge expressed her appreciation for the partnership that Bridge has with the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise that has enabled it since its inception in 2020 to open Phase One of the Youth Recovery House. 
 
She thanked the club for its continuing financial support from the proceeds of the raffle which will enable Bridge to continue to advance the progress of its goals to assist youth in need.  “With your endeavours and enthusiasm and with everyone who supports you, I am confident that we will have the same success when it comes to Phase Two, when together we will build a model program that will be a legacy in the community for years to come,” stated Thompson.
 
As has been for the past six years, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has always used all of the net profits from the club’s Community Raffle to financially support various not-for-profits focused on providing services for those in need.
 
If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend the Raffle Draw Event, you are welcome to sit back and view the following video production which includes words from the various participants involved in the event and the live draws being made by the four sponsors.
 
 
Effective Leadership, through the act of trusteeship, is the key to a Rotary club’s success and growth, and to its core function to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.  
 
Through trusteeship, the president and his/her executive/board’s commission is to serve as trustees.  As trustees, they carry out the function of watching, guarding, overseeing or managing the club, its culture, its purpose and its focus in accordance with Rotary International.
 
The officers guided by the president and working cooperatively with the president, give, show, and assume leadership while “holding the charter of public trust” as trustees of the club.  They give leadership when responding to situations, through their actions, and when determining a course of action or deciding to move the Rotary club in a certain direction.
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise expresses gratitude to and honours the Rotarians who are currently members of the club for their service in providing leadership as the president of the club; and to the Rotarians who are now members of the club but have served as president with other clubs. The club is also appreciative of those who have served in this position but who are no longer members of the club.  In their capacity as presidents, all have taken on the role of trustees with dignity, truth and compassion.
 
 
 
 
 
Check out the article found on this website under the site section “Editorials” authored by Ed Kolybaba on the topic of “trusteeship” and the “types of leadership” the president and officers assume as trustees of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.  You must be signed in to read the article.
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The members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise extend their congratulations to two club Rotarians who continue to support The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International; and while doing so, achieved an additional Multiple Level status as a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF).

Norm LeCavalier was recognized for his achievement of a PHF+2 level on August 06, 2021; while Susan McIntyre was recognized for the achievement of the same level on September 10, 2021.  These Rotarians are the first two to attain an additional PHF level for the Rotary Year 2021-22.
 
 
Tom Paterson, the club’s Rotary Foundation Chair, made the presentations during the club’s regular zoom meetings; and on behalf of the club expressed gratitude and congratulations to the two outstanding club Rotarians for their focus on supporting the Foundation which continues to finance humanitarian programs and the promotion of world understanding and peace.
 
In making the presentations, Paterson stated that “the symbolism in this recognition is to say thank you for making a difference in your community and in the lives of less fortunate people in the world.” 
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Alert to all readers of this Home Page Story!
 
Do you know a grade 9, 10 or 11 student who lives in the Okanagan area and is interested in traveling, experiencing a different culture, learning a new language and having an amazing year in another country? If so, please forward this message to the student with the poster. 
 
Allison Kirkwood, Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise Youth Services Committee Chair and Colleen McEwan, District 5060 Youth Exchange Officer, will be hosting an in-person information session at Kelowna Secondary School (multipurpose room) for parents and students from Central Okanagan School District on Wednesday, September 15 from 5:30-6:30 pm.
 
There will also be a Zoom information session for parents and students on Monday, September 27, 2021 on the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89390857617?pwd=TGtXbVRkclR6S3VjQmZGakV3aWVDZz09 
Meeting ID: 893 9085 7617
Passcode: 220521
   
Students and parents are welcome to reach out to Colleen at m4onthemove@gmail.com or Allison at red_rageous@hotmail.com
 
Applications are due October 8, 2021
 
 
ShelterBox Canada extends congratulations to the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise for its achievement of Bronze Hero Status for the Rotary year of 2020-2021!
 
In extending its congratulations, ShelterBox Canada stated that “each year, Rotary helps us to go further, support more people, and access areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach,” adding that “Thanks to your support this past Rotary year we have been able to deliver aid to families recovering after disaster in India, Honduras, Philippines, Tanzania, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Ethiopia.”
 
 
Thanks to the continuing support of ShelterBox Canada by the club, ShelterBox has been allowed to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of families affected by disaster and conflict. 
 
 
Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians have always recognized The Rotary Foundation for the humanitarian service provided worldwide for communities and people in need.  Once again, the club can celebrate the generosity of its members in supporting the Foundation, as it reaches and surpasses its commitment of financial support for the work of the Foundation, as it has in year’s past.  As of June 30th, 2021, Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians have personally donated a total of US$388,855, close to half a million Canadian dollars, to The Rotary Foundation since the club’s charter.
 
The final report of the Foundation Committee for the Rotary year 2020-21, just released, indicated that the major goals of the Committee focused on supporting the Annual and the PolioPlus Funds of The Rotary Foundation have been achieved and surpassed. 
 
 
The report summarized that the goal of contributions to the Annual Fund set at US$16,000 had been surpassed by an additional US$3,141 which amounted to a 119.6 percent achievement level with a per capita donation rate of US$242.29.
Additionally, the goal for contributions to the PolioPlus Fund established at US$2,750 had been surpassed, ending up at US$4,765, an achievement of 173 percent and per capita level of $60.32.

The contributions to the Annual, PolioPlus and Endowment Fund over the course of the Rotary year resulted in support for the Foundation’s programs amounting to US$24,658.  This placed the club in fourth place, behind the Rotary Clubs of Wenatchee, Yakima and Moses Lake within District 5060.

Unfortunately, several goals were not achieved, including only a 68.35 percent of achievement in reaching the level of ‘Every Rotarian Every Year’ which required that 100 percent of the club Rotarians would donate at least US$25 during the Rotary year; and only a 62 percent achievement level for the number of Rotarians who would contribute US$100 or more during the Rotary year, a goal that had been set at 50 members.

The personal financial support of Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians, which in large part is used by The Rotary Foundation to provide matching grants for the International projects initiated and implemented by the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise and other Rotary clubs worldwide, is making a difference for those in need throughout the world.
 
With and due to the donations of members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise to The Rotary Foundation, this past Rotary year, the International Service Committee of the club has been able to provide leadership and guidance for humanitarian projects in Mexico, Honduras, and Nepal.   These projects which together with contributions from the club and from other Canadian Rotary clubs, and with matching grants from the Rotary Foundation, have resulted in financial support of US$131,676 for five different projects in these three countries. 

The members of the club Foundation Committee thank the club Rotarians for their generosity, their care for those in need and for their continuing compassion.  “Your hearts are in the right place!” 
 
Local Okanagan organizations that are focused on responding to the needs of families, youth and children greatly appreciate the donations received annually from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.
 
Without exception, each year the club provides funds to support these organizations, funds attained through fundraising activities and funds from BC Gaming Grants.  During the Rotary Year 2020-21 (July 01, 2020-June 30, 2021), the club helped fund humanitarian services provided by these organizations amounting to $65,387.
 
The following chart provides a summary of the donations that were made during the Rotary Year:
     
This past year, the proceeds from the Annual Raffle of the club, provided a majority of the funds.
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise is pleased to announce that two indigenous secondary school graduates were recently presented with two 2021 awards sponsored by the club.
 
 
The Kelowna Sunrise Rotary All Around Medicine Wheel Award, valued at $750 was awarded to Sianna Williamson, a student from Kelowna Secondary School.  Sianna is a well-rounded student who seeks out her wellness priorities in order to achieve her personal and academic goals. In doing so, she has met the criteria whereby she demonstrated active service, citizenship, leadership, personal determination and an outstanding work ethic at school/community, excelled in team sports or individual physical accomplishments, demonstrated cultural contributions at school and in her community and provided evidence of overcoming personal and systemic barriers to success. 
 
Sianna plans to attend McGill University to study psychiatry before pursuing a career supporting intergenerational trauma survivors and residential school survivors.
 
The Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Spiritual Award, valued at $500 was presented to Hayden Wilson who graduated from George Elliot Secondary this spring.  Hayden has met the criteria for this award by focusing on making cultural contributions by being involved in promoting and being actively engaged in cultural activities within the school and community.  He has also demonstrated active and productive service, citizenship, personal determination and an excellent work ethic. 
 
Hayden’s future Goal is to continue with a forest ranger and peace officer training program which he has already commenced.  He hopes that he will have the opportunity to use the knowledge and the skills he will acquire from the program to serve on his home reserve working alongside band members and Elders to protect the community’s traditional lands.
 
A third award, valued at $500, the 2021 Medicine Wheel Award - Diverse Needs and Abilities, personally sponsored by a member of the club, was presented to Keeanu Saunders, a 2021 graduate of Mount Boucherie Secondary School.  To be eligible for the award, Keenanu also had to demonstrate outstanding service, citizenship, leadership, personal determination and an excellent work ethic, along with contributing to cultural endeavours within the school and community and providing evidence of overcoming challenges and diverse abilities in order to succeed. 
 
Keeanu was on an Evergreen graduation path, but through determination and strength earned his full Dogwood Diploma. While remaining well connected to his Indigenous culture and his community, his goal is to pursue study in physiotherapy.
 
On Saturday, June 26th, during the On-line Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise Installation Program, 5060 District Governor Richard DeRock inducted in-coming President Marjolein Lloyd and the club’s Board for the new Rotary year 2021-22.
 
 
 
In her acceptance speech and her words to the members of the club, Marjolein Lloyd expressed appreciation to the 2020-21 club president and the out-going board, congratulated the club of its achievements throughout the year, and shared that she looked forward to working with the new board in providing leadership where all club members had opportunities to play an important team role in moving forward. 
 
The following, in her own words, expresses Marjolein’s overall message……..
 
I’d like to thank Past President Norm and the entire Board of the ‘20/’21 year for their service and leadership of our club.  It’s only because of what the club has collectively achieved over the last 12 months that we will be able to move forward and continue the momentum and success that has already been built.
 
To those Board members continuing on and to the newest members of the Board, I look forward to serving with you all!’
 
 It’s no secret that I am passionate about Rotary and I adore our club.  We have so much fun at our meetings, through our service and of course at our social events! As I step into this new role, I know that this will continue. Rotary is a team sport. Whether you are on the Board, chairing a committee or working behind the scenes, every member of our club has an opportunity to find that passion as well. I encourage you all to ask questions, explore different committees, and suggest new ideas.  We can honour our traditions and successful projects, but there’s always room to think outside the box and take some risks. 
 
Marjolein concluded her presentation by sharing this quote: “We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” (Marianne Williamson).
 
Each year, the president of the past Rotary year selects on their merit two outstanding club leaders who practice exceptional ‘Service-Above-Self on a regular basis throughout the Rotary year for two of the club’s top awards.
 
For the 2020-21 Rotary year, Stu Lang was the recipient of the Rotarian of the Year Award; while Susan McIntyre was presented with the Dale Frandsen Award.
 
The “Rotarian of the Year” Award is presented each year to a club Rotarian who clearly stands out in demonstrating “Service Above Self,” and principled commitment to the Four-Way Test.  The Rotarian of the Year is an outstanding club member who has made significant contributions to the mission and operation of the club, and a Rotarian who has provided exceptional service to one or more avenues of Community or International Service.
 
When presenting the award to Stuart who joined the club in 2016, out-going president Norm LeCavalier stated that Stu “very quickly began to get engaged with various projects, joined several committees and after that there was no stopping him.” This past Rotary year, Stuart started the Club Walking group which was very well received by the club members, assisted the International Service Committee and participated in District 5060 presentations with the club’s HIP Program Committee.  His most recent creative project has involved the creation of the concept for the club’s Seasonal Calendar which will become one of the club’s major fundraisers in the foreseeable future!
 
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 Award was started in 2003-04 named in honour of past Rotarian Dale Frandsen.  This is the 18th year that the Award has been presented to a club Rotarian by Linda Frandsen based on the criteria and on behalf of the club president.
 
In declaring the recipient of the award, president Norm expressed that “It is an honour for me to present this year’s worthy recipient to Susan McIntyre,” and while doing so Norm stated that “Susan has been an outstanding contributor to our club this year who has successfully led the review and amendments of the club bylaws, has provided leadership for the club’s silent auction fundraiser ($8900), and has been an integral part of the leadership team with her marketing skills on the club’s new initiative, the  “Seasonal calendar” fundraiser.”  Norm shared that Susan always finds time to help and provide the club’s new comers with guidance and direction.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise held its 36th Annual Installation on-line via Zoom, for the second year in a row, on Saturday, June 26th, with District Governor Richard DeRock as master of ceremonies.
  
The event opened with a video production featuring a number of club board members expressing the theme of “Rotary Opens Opportunities,” the 2020-21 theme for Rotary International, followed by an inspiring speech from Allison Brown, a former outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Program student and currently the co-president of the recently founded Rotex 5060 club.
 
Out-going President Norm LeCavalier shared many of the accomplishments of the club during his tenure as president which propelled the club through a year like no other because of the pandemic, truly opening many doors for opportunity for many within the club, community and world.  He identified the club’s membership growth by one percent, the revision of the club’s by-laws, the increase in the membership of the Rotaract club which is supported by the Sunrise club, the  surpass of several major Foundation
goals, the  fundraising activities that realized #44,716, the initiation  of ‘The Season of Giving Calendar’, a new fund raising activity, and  the financial support of $63,637 for nine local organizations and over $19,000 for seven international humanitarian projects, as those accomplishments that had a significant impact throughout the club, community and worldwide.
 
A special tribute was made to the club Rotarians who had during the 2020-21 Rotary year reached special status for their continuing significant contributions to The Rotary Foundation.    Three Rotarians had attained a Paul Harris Fellow, while nine others had achieved an increased level of Multiple Paul Harris acknowledgement.  Additionally, three Rotarians had joined the class of club Major Donors, six Rotarians had achieved Paul Harris Society status and one Rotarian had been identified as a level two Bequest Society member during the 2020-21 Rotary year.

The highlight of the Installation program every year is awarding and congratulating club Rotarians who have provided exceptional service throughout the Rotary year.  This year was no exception as President Norm LeCavalier presented the Rotarian of the Year Award to Stu Lang and the Dale Frandsen Award to Susan McIntyre.
 
He also, recognized the exceptional leadership of Brenda Bell with the Distinguished Service Award, Wes Forgione with the Membership Recruitment Award, Tom Paterson with the Outstanding Leadership Award, Chris Murphy with the Outstanding Dedication with the Fundraising Committee Award, Aleasa Tasker with the Rising Rotarian Award,    Don Turri with the Sergeant-at-Arms Award with Houmor and Greig McPhee for his leadership with the HIP Committee.
 
Following the roasting of out-going President Norm LeCavalier by Carolyn Monz, which was actually a roasting of the entire 2020-21 Executive and Board of Directors, the 2021-22 President Marjolein Lloyd and her Executive and Board of Directors was inducted by DG Richard DeRock.

The evening installation program concluded with words of wisdom and inspiration by our in-coming president, Marjolein Lloyd.  In her remarks, she expressed that “Rotary is a team sport,” whereby “every member of the club has an opportunity to find that passion;” and “we can honour our traditions and successful projects, but there is always rom to think outside the box and to take some risks.”  A follow-up story, in the words of Marjolein, provides a ‘gist’ of her presentation.
 
Club member Al Strachan was once again honoured this Rotary year for his continuous support of The Rotary Foundation and the great work the Foundation does in responding to humanitarian needs throughout the world.  On June 18th, Al was recognized for achieving an additional Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) level; this time a PHF+5 level.
 
 
Tom Paterson, the club’s Foundation Committee chair, recognized Al’s achievement and shared how his donations are making a difference for so many destitute people and communities in the world.
The Foundation Committee of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, along with the members of the club, congratulate Al and thank him for recognizing the need to support those in need.

As the club draws to another ending of a Rotary year, the Foundation Committee extends its thanks to all of the members who support the Foundation and extend congratulations to the fifteen members who achieved a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF), an increase in level  or a Major Donor level during the 2020-21 Rotary year.  A breakdown of these achievements include 3 PHF, 4 PHF+1, 2 PHF+2, 1 PHF+3, 1 PHF+4, 1 PHF+5 and 3 Major Donors.
 
Notification of the approval of three District Grant Humanitarian Projects by The Rotary Foundation was received on May 20th, 2021 enabling the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise and its partners to commence with a project in Mexico, and two others in Honduras.
 
A total of $US43,885, which includes funding from Canadian Rotary clubs in District 5060 and District Designated Funding of $US20,785, will finance these projects almost immediately.   The commitment by the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise for these three projects amounts to $US7,400.
 
 
All three projects focus on Disease Prevention and Treatment and Maternal and Child Health, two of the areas of focus designated by The Rotary Foundation.
 
Further information on these three humanitarian projects is included in the three website Home Page stories created and entered on the website on this date.
 
For the second time in the current Rotary Year of 2020-21, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise will support the funding of a project for Chispa Project Honduras.
 
 
This project, approved in May of 2021, will access a District Designated Grant, with matching club grants from six District 5060 Canadian clubs from the “Wine Country Cluster Clubs” for a school library in La Paz, Honduras.  The project will involve the installation of the school library, the purchase and placement of 700 books and library materials, and training for the staff, parents and students.  Considering that Honduras has been particularly affected by Covid-19, the loss of education has been significant.  The La Paz Rotary Club has agreed to help with the installation of the library.
 
The total donations, including $US800 from the Kelowna Sunrise club, is $US3842.50.  When matched with the DDF Grant, the total project resulted in a cost of $US7685.
 
A major humanitarian project focused on Disease Prevention and Treatment and Maternal and Child Health, two of the seven areas of focus of The Rotary Foundation, was approved by The Rotary Foundation.  Approval was received on May 20th for an “Early Childhood Stimulation and Caregiving Training” program in the Nuevo Capital community of Honduras. 
 
The project involves caregiver training focused on preventing childhood diseases and helping children reach their full potential in the development of gross and fine motor skills, language development and social interaction skills. This training will ensure that children have a better chance of success when they enter primary school.
 
 
The Mexican project, approved by The Rotary Foundation in May of 2021, supplements an earlier approved project supporting the Padrino Children’s Foundation in Todos Santos.   This second grant will provide funding for Technology requirements for patient data (diagnosis, medical history and quality measurement tools) and family information at a project cost of $US6,200, involving $US3,100 from funds from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise and a matching grant of the same value from District Designated Funds.
 
 
The first grant, which was approved in 2020, delayed for implementation due to the Covid Pandemic, will proceed at the same time as the second project.  It will target “Early Diagnosis and Intervention for Neurodevelopmental Disorders,” whereby public healthcare providers will be taught to use the Child Development Evaluation tool and will show parents of pre-school children basic early childhood stimulation techniques. Once the staff is trained, they will be able to use that training with new families.
 
 
The Economic Community Development Project in Dang, Nepal, coordinated by the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise and approved by The Rotary Foundation in November of 2019, finally began to be implemented in February of 2021. The comprehensive project is providing employment skills training for women, youth and men in the impoverished Dang region of Nepal.
 
For a variety of reasons in Nepal, this project was delayed by well over a year; but the good news is that the first training course commenced in mid-February of 2021 and has continued since then with additional training opportunities.
 
 
The training program valued at $US73,806 is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, the Dang Rotary Club and Crating Possibilities .  The initial allocation of funds were provided by the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise ($US6,000) and three additional Canadian Rotary clubs from District 5060 (West Kelowna Daybreak-$US2,000, Kelowna Ogopogo-$US3,000 and Kelowna-$US2,000) and then matched by District 5060 with a Designated District Grant-$US13,000.  Fortunately, the Government of Canada through a Special Government of Canada Project Funding program then matched this amount by $US26,000.  The Rotary Foundation’s World Fund completed the funding with a grant of $U21,606. 
 
Ten women participated in the first course, a “Basket Weaving” session that lasted for one week, which from all reports left the women very satisfied with the training.  During the first week of March ten young women started a three week Beautician/Hair styling course which is nearing its culmination. Additional training programs are scheduled.
 
Ensuring that others in the future who will benefit from the mission and goals of The Rotary Foundation, is the reason why club member John Pouliot has made a substantial bequest commitment to the Foundation’s Endowment Fund.  In recognition of his commitment, on behalf of The Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, club Foundation member Ed Kolybaba virtually presented John with a Bequest Society, Level 2 (BEQ+2) crystal and a lapel pin at the club’s virtual zoom meeting on June 04th
 
 
“Rotarians from our club extend congratulations to you John and thank you for your generosity and willingness to share your financial gifts to make a difference for those in need well into the future” expressed Kolybaba.
 
In his presentation, Kolybaba shared that back in 2017 Rotarians took bold action to ensure the success and the empowerment of generations still to come by establishing The Rotary Foundation to secure a better future, and to begin action to change the lives of people around the world.  In 1982, the Foundation then established the Endowment Fund to guarantee that this action would continue into the future.
 
The Endowment Fund ensures the long-term viability of The Rotary Foundation and its programs. Contributions made to the Endowment Fund are invested in perpetuity with no erosion of the contribution itself.  Unlike the Annual Fund whose money is distributed after four years after contribution, the Endowment Fund's principal is never spent and is structured to maintain value against inflation.
 
Kolybaba also expressed appreciation to the 22 current members of the club who are benefactors and the 14 of these benefactors who are also Bequest Society members.
 
As benefactors, these Rotarians have made a commitment to provide US$1000 or more to the Endowment Fund; while those who are Bequest Society Members have made a commitment to contribute at least $US10,000.  Rotarians who make a commitment of $US25,00 to $US49,000 are recognized as BEQ+2 members.
 
 
 
The club congratulated member Mike Crowley on June 04 for receiving the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award, named after the founder of Rotary International, Paul Harris. 
 
 
The Paul Harris Fellow is an award given to those who have donated an accumulated amount of $US1000 while a member of Rotary International.
 
In making the presentation to Mike, Tom Paterson, the chair of the club’s Foundation Committee stated that “Giving any sum of money to the Rotary Foundation makes you a part of the eradication of Polio, a partner in creating PEACE, a person who supports Clean Water and Sanitation where water is worth more than gold; it is measured in LIVES. It makes you someone who believes that all babies, children and mom's should have good medical resources, micro-credit and equal rights.”
 
Welcome Mike to the union of thousands of Rotarians invested in making this World a much better place. Congratulations on behalf of Rotary International, Rotary District 5060 and the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.
 
Tickets for the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise Cub’s 6th Annual Raffle go on sale June 04, 2021 with $8700 worth of prizes available for those with winning tickets. The raffle will extend from June 04 until and including September 30th, 2021 prior to 2:00 pm when the draws will be made.
 
 
All prizes are donated by the sponsors of each of the four prizes.
  • First Prize, provided by Save-On-Foods, is for $5200 in gift cards.
  • Second Prize, donated by White’s BBQ & Fireplace in Kelowna, includes a Green Mountain Pallet Grill and accessories valued at $2,000.
  • Third Prize is $1000 in cash from Prospera Credit Union.
  • Fourth Prize includes a $500 Gift Voucher, thanks to Torino Ritz Men’s Wear in Kelowna.
 
Tickets are priced at $5.00 each and are available from all Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians, ticket sale venues at selected businesses throughout Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country, the Farmer’s Market in Kelowna, and online at www.kelownasunrise.ca
 
Net proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets are returned to the community as a donation, for the second year in a row, to The Bridge, Youth and Family Services, which supports families with various programs and which provide detox and recovery programs to youth and adults.
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Rotary International Zone 28/32 Gala was held during the evening of May 12th, 2021, featuring a live “Red Carpet” gala fundraising event, hosted by Rotary International’s in-coming 2022-23 President Jennifer Jones. More than 1000 Rotarians and their guests from Rotary clubs within the two zones joined in the variety show that was a part of the gala event. 
 
Over US$180,000 was raised for The Rotary Foundation from proceeds from a silent auction, ticket sales to the Gala and generous donations throughout the event.
 
 
Twelve members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise attended the gala event.  Bob Fortier, Norm LeCavalier, Marjolein Lloyd, Tom Paterson, Ed Kolybaba, Moya Webb, Dean Reidt, Jane Fletcher, Randall Bamford, Brenda Bell, David Webb, and Linda Frandsen, represented the club. 
 
Past RI Director Jeffrey Cadorette (2018-2020) served as the Master of Ceremonies throughout the evening event, which included a number of distinguished speakers, entertainers, inspiring stories about service supported by TRF, and fundraising activities.
 
Congratulations are extended to Randall and Dawn Bamford, who recently reached a Major Donor status for their continuing financial support of The Rotary Foundation.  In doing so, Randall and Dawn joined ten other Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise who have attained Major Donor status in past years.
 
 
Randall and Dawn were acknowledged for their generous support of the Foundation at the club’s May 14th regular zoom meeting.  Club Foundation Committee Chair, Tom Paterson, congratulated the couple on behalf of the club and The Rotary Foundation and then followed with the virtual presentation which included a crystal display and pins for Dawn and Randall.
 
The Rotary Foundation honours Rotarians as Major Donors when they donate US$10,000 over their membership with Rotary International.  Included in the group of members of the club who have been honoured with this achievement in the past are Barb Penner, John Pouliot, Paul Mulvihill/Colleen Mulvihill, Tom/Wendy Paterson, Helmut Hubert, Ed/Vivian Kolybaba, Jerry/Anke Sedmak, Linda Frandsen, Bruce/Donna Falkins and Robin Durrant.
 
As Rotarians, we have been focused on eradicating polio from the world since 1985, and as you know, the eradication is coming to fruition.  Now, the world is in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic; and Rotarians around the world are working hard to support health care and emergency workers and entire communities to fight the pandemic.
 
Sometimes in the midst of all these terrible health issues, we forget that another dreadful disease affects the health of many people and causes death in many countries.  But with the focus of such organizations as the World Health Organization, remarkable success has been achieved over the last two decades with respect to this disease.  If you have guessed the disease I am referring to, it is indeed Malaria. 
 
This is the beginning of the story of how organizations, including The Rotary Foundation which we fund, have and plan to focus on combating malaria in ten provinces of Zambia throughout 2021 and forward.  You can learn all about it by viewing the video produced by Website administrator and editor Ed Kolybaba included in this front page story. 
 
 
 
Congratulations are extended to the Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians who were recognized for their achievement during the current Rotary year of 2021 during District 5060’s Rotary Foundation Recognition and Awards Celebration held via Zoom during the evening of Wednesday, May 12th, an event attended by eleven of the Sunrise Rotarians.
 
The event featured the presentation of some of the international and local projects that were sponsored by a number of district clubs, the recognition of Rotarians who achieved Major Donor, Paul Harris Society, and Bequest Society, Level two status, and the celebration of Rotarians who had gone above and beyond to be the District's Super Stars during the 2020-21 Rotary year.
 
Martha Kennedy, District 5060 Youth Exchange Chair, was awarded a Super Star Award for her leadership in providing guidance to the Rotary Youth Exchange Program during this difficult year caused by the Covid-19 pandemic which     resulted in many abnormal responsibilities for this position.
 
 
 A number of club Rotarians were recognized for their continuous support of The Rotary Foundation, its goals, programs and projects, as Major Donors (MD), Paul Harris Society (PHS) members, and Bequest Society (BEQ) members since July 01, 2020
 
Major Donors (Rotarians who have donated over US$10,000 as RI members): Randall Bamford, Helmut Hubert and Ed Kolybaba.
Paul Harris Society Members (Rotarians who have made a commitment and had achieved giving of US$1,000 to TRF in each year going forward): Colleen McEwan, Paul Mulvihill, Randall Bamford and Ed Kolybaba.
Bequest Society, Level 2 Membership (Rotarians who have bequeathed between $US$25,000 and US$49,999 in their wills), awarded to John Pouliot.  
 
Rotex 5060 is an organization of past Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) alumni, made up of past outbound students who have enjoyed their exchange program in other countries after having been sponsored by Rotary clubs from Rotary District 5060.  The organization provides a foundation and support network for graduates of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program and serves as a support system for future RYE students.
 
The interest to develop Rotex 5060 came about after Susan McIntyre, 2020-21 District 5060 Alumni Chair and member of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, had identified past Youth Exchange Students and then invited them to a Zoom meeting.  Following the meeting, two past exchange students, Treat Bartholomew Schubert, who had been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Wenatchee Confluence which enabled him to enjoy his exchange in Japan during 2018-19 and Miguel Lefevre, 2018-19 RYE student sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise who participated in his exchange in Switzerland, both who already had an interest in forming a Rotex Club, provided the initiative to proceed with the development of the club.  By the end of December, 2020, a club had been formed based on the Rotary Rotex International model.
 
Under the leadership of  Allison Brown (2013-14 RYE student to Italy, sponsored by the Rotary Club of West Kelowna Daybreak), and Treat  Bartholomew Schubert as co-Presidents,  Miguel Lefevre as Vice President, Kyla Christianson (2018-19 RYE student to Taiwan sponsored  by the Rotary Club of Kamloops) as Secretary and Luke Grigg (2011-12 RYE student to Peru sponsored by the Rotary Club of Quincy) as Treasurer, by the end of April of 3021, the club had already registered 54 members and was well on its way to establishing  its purpose and establishing goals for its success.
On March 26th,  the membership of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise agreed to financially support five different not-for-profit organizations that are making a difference in our community for those in need.  Recently, each of the organizations was presented with a cheque fulfilling their commitment to help these organizations achieve their vision and goals.
 
$10,570 for the Food for Thought program of Hope for the Nations
Presentation by club members Bob Fortier and Greig McPhee to Cheryl Hoffman (Manager) on March 29
 
$10,000 to the Child Advocacy Centre
Presentation by club members Susan McIntyre and Andy Griffin to Jocelyn (social worker), Ginny (Executive Director), Sean (CAC fund raiser), and Natasha (social worker)  on April 14
 
$3,000 to Meals on Wheels
Presentation by club member Andy Griffin to Marion Bremmner (Executive Director) on April 20
 
$5,000 to Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS) for the adaptive mountain bike program
Presentation by Andy Griffin to Dani Hennig (Manger: Partnerships), Laura McEwan (Manager: Programs-AWE), and James Sader (Manager: Programs-AA) on April 21
 
$2000 to Connect Counselling & Therapy (Kelowna Family Services Centre Society)
Presentation by club member Andy Griffin to Roxie Van Aller (Executive Director) on April 21
 
A story on March 28th on the Front Page of this website, featured the five organizations and the purpose for the financial support from the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary club.
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When those in living conditions where they are hungry day after day, where they do not have access to clean water or proper sanitation, or where they don’t have access to health care or education, we know that they express their appreciation to those who care for them by helping them to overcome these conditions.
 
The members of the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club, along with The Rotary Foundation, also express their appreciation and extend their congratulations to Graham Bell and Scott Rattee on their generous donations to The Rotary Foundation and particularly to the humanitarian service provided throughout the world.
 
 
Graham Bell was recognized for his achievement in reaching a level of Paul Harris Fellow + 2 (PHF+2); while Scott Rattee was recognized for attaining a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF).  A PHF award is achieved when a Rotarian donates a total of US1,000 to the Foundation; while levels beyond the PHF are recognized for each additional US$1,000 donation.
 
In presenting the awards to Graham and Scott on Friday, April 23rd during the club’s regular zoom meeting, club Foundation Chair Tom Paterson described how important every donation club members make to The Rotary Foundation is in making a difference in providing humanitarian support for those who continue to experience the most deplorable conditions possible from day to day, conditions that we have a difficult time even imagining.
 
It is so sad that nearly ten percent of the world’s population live in extreme poverty without support, on the sidelines, watching economic growth, prosperity and abundance pass they by; but not the abundance in scarcity.   Even the environment attacks people in poverty.  When nature strikes (hurricanes, floods, fires……) the world’s poor often suffer the most!
 
So when Rotarians like Graham and Scott share their fortunes, we are pleased and we celebrate.
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“Join with Rotary to promote the power of vaccines. “

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise have always supported the efforts of The Rotary Foundation and its partners for decades in their cause to eradicate polio from the world.  During the Rotary year of 2020-21, the club has already surpassed its funding goal by 169%. To date, donations of US$4233 have been made by many of the club’s members since July 02, 2020.
 
During World Immunization Week, 24-30 April, Rotary is making a special plea for Rotarians around the world to join with Rotary to combat vaccine hesitancy and misinformation by spreading the facts about why #VaccinesWork.
 


With decades of experience fighting polio, Rotary plays a key role in informing people about the power and effectiveness of vaccines. As COVID-19 vaccines become more available, Rotary members are using our experience in fighting polio to help communities with their vaccination education and organization efforts.  Because Rotary and their partners have worked so hard, wild poliovirus remains endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. But to eradicate it there and to prevent resurgence in other parts of the world, Rotarians must continue to build trust in vaccines and raise funds for polio eradication, including vaccine delivery.
 
Take a couple of minutes to watch the following video:  “Rotary Inspires Leaders in Global Health.” In it, global health leaders like U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chair Bill Gates, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore, and World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus talk about what Rotary has achieved in the fight to end polio.
 
 
 
A note to our non-Rotarian friends who have the same desire as Rotarians around the world in eradicating polio:  You can also donate to Rotary’s PolioPlus Fund.  Simply contact a Rotarian in any Rotary club and indicate your interest in doing so, and you will be guided as to how you can make this donation.  For your information, through the science of immunization, @Rotary & partners have saved nearly 19 million children from becoming paralyzed by polio. #VaccinesWork #EndPolio EndPolio.org
 
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A number of Kelowna Sunrise Rotarians have taken up the challenge in keeping our community safe and clean.  For the second Sunday this early spring, 14 Rotarians, including two members from the West Kelowna Daybreak Rotary club, completely observing covid guidelines, with gloved hands and garbage bags in hand, gathered over 100 pounds of garbage from the foot of Knox Mountain and its surrounding area.  The earlier clean up experience in March had taken place in the Apple Bowl and surrounding area.
 
 
It is the plan of the organizers, which include Allison Kirkwood, Stevi Nagel, Stu Lang and Carole Farley, to continue with cleanup activities in the city of Kelowna each month.  The next clean up activity is scheduled for May 16th from 10:00 – Noon, location to depend on need and ability to adhere to health restrictions.
 
The recently founded Rotary Sunrise Environmental Committee, which includes the aforementioned Rotarians and Kate Kutzner, are considering additional activities including a ‘Go By Bike Challenge,’ resurrecting ‘Project COOL’ (Clean Our Okanagan Lake) and much more, according to Allison Kirkwood.
 
Club Rotarians are encouraged to join the committee’s regular meeting via Zoom from 7:00-8:00 pm on May 10th.
 
On January 15th, a few members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise set out on a virtual walk across Canada. As time moved forward, additional members joined the walk.  In the face of the ongoing pandemic, the group was looking for a way to stay connected as a club, keep its spirits up, and provide a unique way to remain physically active.
 
Virtual walking is a group focused activity that adds up the cumulative steps of a team wishing to get from Point A to Point B. On March 6th, with 50 club members of all ages aboard helping the collective effort, the Kelowna Sunrise group completed its first 12.8 million step (8,800 km) journey in St. John's, Newfoundland.
 
Along the way members were treated to historical information at each major virtual milestone. In addition, Google Street view integrates with the World Walking software to allow a 360-degree observation of the collective group's exact location along the route. This makes it interesting to see scenic areas. The software works on a smartphone app, or from a home computer – both are free and easy to setup.
 
Members add their own steps through integration with Fitbit, iPhone, or Android devices. There are also plenty of group features: upload a photo walking your dog, leave notes on a message board for your Rotary groupmates, and participate in a live leaderboard between group members for a bit of fun intra-group competition.
 
Currently, the KSR group of 51 participants is taking on another challenge, this time tackling an epic trail across six continents, virtually walking across the world, a walk that will take the group from South Africa to the United Kingdom, a total of 132,082,056 steps. 
 
The virtual walk, aptly called the Icons of the World, began on top of Table Mountain in South Africa and will end at Skara Brae in Northern Scotland.  
 
On April 16th, the group had reached 11 percent of its goal, passing by Meroe, Sudan, famous for its ancient pyramids, and on the verge of entering Egypt.
 
 
The purpose of the activity is not a competition; it is simply to get active. Club members contribute steps as they can, with a noteworthy few adding significantly more.
 
Virtual walking is made easy thanks to free software created by World Walking. It is a small, UK based non-profit that promotes cardiac health. Joining and creating a private group for your business, organization, family or local Rotary Club is easy.
 
Original Story created by club member Stu Lang for Rotary District 5060, and then  modified and updated by Ed Kolybaba for this website.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise approved financial assistance for five not- for- profit Kelowna based organizations, amounting to a total of $30,631 on March 26, 2021 at their regular Friday meeting. 
Connect Counselling & Therapy, Community Recreational Initiatives Society,   Hope for the Nations, Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna and Central Okanagan Region Nutrition Society dba Meals on Wheels were the beneficiaries of the club’s continued focus on supporting not-for-profit organizations who serve by responding to humanitarian needs within the community.
 
For details on the amount of each donation and the purpose for the funding, click on "Read More."
 
Why does The Rotary Foundation have an Endowment Fund and why is it important for Rotarians to consider including the Fund in their estate plans?  Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Foundation Committee Chair Tom Paterson, during the committee’s fourth virtual fireside on March 23, 2021, described how the Endowment Fund established in 1982 is now providing a continuous stream of income to meet the increasing demand for The Rotary Foundation programs in perpetuity.
 
A second component of Tom’s presentation included illustrated step by step procedures of how to access tools and information with respect to a Rotarian’s personal account and as a means to make donations to the Foundation.   This feature on the Rotary International website is a vital avenue for viewing one’s detailed donation history.
 
A comprehensive overview of the purpose, operations and benefits of the Endowment Fund, along with how our club Rotarians can access and view “My Rotary” presented by Tom, is available for viewing through the video production included in this website story.
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The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise and The Rotary Foundation were honoured to have the opportunity to congratulate and acknowledge Jane Fletcher and Norm LeCavalier for their continued contributions to The Rotary Foundation.  Both members were the recipients of a PHF+1.
 
Bill Hawkins, Assistant District Governor for Area 6 of District 5060, while attending the club’s March 11th meeting, officially recognized the achievements of both Sunrise Rotary club members; and had it been a live meeting, rather than a virtual zoom club meeting, he would have presented both members with a lapel pin signifying their achievement.
 
While addressing the club members, Jim expressed how important The Rotary Foundation was in responding to humanitarian needs around the world, and how contributions from members like Jane and Norm enable this to occur. 
  
In December of 2020, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise donated $1000.00 to the Chispa Project Honduras to be used to purchase school supplies for distance learning in Honduras. 
 
 
Unfortunately, two devastating hurricanes reached Honduras, Eta on November 03, and exactly two weeks later Iota.  Despite both hurricanes initially coming ashore in Nicaragua, neighboring Honduras appears to have suffered the most damage and the most deaths from landslides and flooding caused by the intense rainfall.
 
 
With the country in such dire straits following the hurricanes, Chispa chose to use the funds for emergency supplies in addition to some distance learning school supplies.  This enabled 51 families to receive 2,000 lbs of food, sanitation supplies and some school supplies.
 
Chispa Project Honduras is a not-for-profit organization based out of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  In Spanish, "chispa" means "spark," which is exactly Chispa Project’s goal: to inspire and empower Honduran students with access to books. Through book donations, teacher development, and international volunteer projects, Chispa Project works with Honduran educational institutions to spark a passion for learning that will grow and be nurtured within the local communities.  Its vision is to spark a desire for lifetime learning which will then enhance the quality of life in Honduras.
 
 
“Why would I donate to The Rotary Foundation” is a question that most recently inducted members into Rotary International ask themselves.

Through educational opportunities , by communicating with knowledgeable Rotarians, or by research, many recently inducted members learn about why The Rotary Foundation is a very unique foundation that meets a high standard of ethics, maintains a low cost for administration and creates a high impact in providing humanitarian service that is sustainable.

An excerpt from one of the club’s recently inducted illustrates this:

“I have been looking for years to find an organization that I felt confident in donating to that had no overhead administrative costs and had good ethics when it came to investing money into small communities.  When I found out about the Rotary Foundation,  I was super pleased to find that this was a great way to donate money;  and so I have been doing this the last couple of years and I plan to do so for many more years to come.” (Colleen McEwan, PHF+2)

During the evening of March 03, 2021, the Foundation Committee for the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise presented a comprehensive argument in response to the question of “Why would I donate to The Rotary Foundation.”  Club Foundation Committee member, Ed Kolybaba, using a video and PowerPoint, detailed  the value of a contribution to the Foundation, how these contributions are enhanced and increased, why Rotarians should place their trust in the Foundation, and why The Rotary Foundation is recognized as the best charity in the world.
 
The presentation featured six members of the club, including Meme Nyi, Robin Durrant, Colleen McEwan, Randall Bamford, Scott Rattee, and Aleasa Tasker who shared why they have contributed substantially to the Foundation and why they will make contributions to the Foundation a priority in the future.
 
 
 
The presentation concluded with a review of the ways that the club and the Foundation recognizes the club Rotarians who have achieved escalating contributions to the Foundation.

The complete presentation can be viewed by clicking on the video production found within this website story.
A number of Rotary clubs in District 5060 have come together to found Rotary’s “Wine Country Cluster Club” for the purpose of collaboratively bringing together their leadership skills and resources to have a greater impact on responding to humanitarian needs throughout the world.
 
 
During 2020, Carol Eamer, the Director of the International Service Committee (DISC), invited Rotary Clubs in District 5060 to form “Cluster Clubs”. A number of Clubs in the Kelowna area had previously worked together on Grant proposals.  Mandy Hicks from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Ogopogo offered to form a Cluster Group and chair the meetings, now known as the “Wine Country Cluster Club”,
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has been working closely with members from the West Kelowna Daybreak, Lake Country, Salmon Arm, Kamloops Aurora, and Kelowna Ogopogo clubs in recent years.  This has proven to be a very positive experience with clubs supporting each other financially and with mentoring for the application process. It is a wonderful example of collaboration and collegiality amongst Rotarians.
 
                                   
It has taken some time to process, but the Economic Community Development Project in Nepal is now in place serving many people within the impoverished Dang region. 
 
The comprehensive project will provide employment skills training for women, youth and men. The first training course started in mid-February, when ten women participated in the “Basket Weaving” course for one week. It was reported that the women were very satisfied with the training and were dedicated to the classes.  During the first week of March, ten adults will begin the Bicycle repair course which will last for three months.  Other training programs will be scheduled throughout the year.
 
 
The project is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, the Dang Rotary Club and Creating Possibilities Nepal.
 
The total funding of US$73,806 for the project, which included finances of US$6000 from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise and funding from the Rotary Clubs of West Kelowna Daybreak, Kelowna Ogopogo and Kelowna with an additional amount of $US7000, was greatly enhanced with matching grants to arrive at the total cost of the project.  A matching grant of $US13,000 was first received through the District Designated Funds of District 5060, which was then matched by a grant from the TRF Government of Canada Fund amounting to $US26,000.  The remainder of funding came from a matching grant from the Global Fund of The Rotary Foundation.
 
Participants in the second session of the Foundation Committee’s Virtual Fireside held on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021, were provided with an overview of how the donations of club members to The Rotary Foundation Annual Share Fund can financially support the club’s humanitarian service within the community and worldwide.  Tom Paterson, the chair of the club’s Foundation Committee, using a video and a PowerPoint production, illustrated how and when the donations are directed to the club’s district designated funds and the global fund of TRF, which in turn provide matching grants to the club to substantially increase the funding available for specific projects.
 
Paterson also illustrated three examples of humanitarian projects involving the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise that proved to be very successful in bringing about significant change in three developing countries. 
 
You can experience the presentation made by committee member Tom Paterson by clicking on the video production found within this story.
 
 
The second virtual Fireside session followed the first session that was held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.  The third virtual Fireside session, focusing on “Why Rotarians actively support the Rotary Foundation” is scheduled for Wednesday, March 03, commencing at 7:00 pm (PST).
 
Additional sessions will be conducted throughout the spring of 2021. The schedule for these sessions will be announced one to two weeks prior to each of the sessions. 
 
The incoming Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta, a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, revealed the 2021-22 presidential theme, Serve to Change Lives, a theme inspired greatly by the worldwide pandemic, at the virtual February Rotary International Assembly.  “Caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own,” stated Mehta.
 
 
In his address to the Assembly, Mehta encouraged district and club leaders to lead by example and to inspire Rotarians and Rotaractors to participate in projects that have a sustained impact.  He recognized the need for Rotarians to join hands with other Rotarians, other organizations, corporations, and to develop and carry out projects that impact their community, their city and the world— projects that can change lives of people across the country and around the world.
 
Mehta shared these words of Vivekananda, one of India’s greatest philosophers:  “When you help someone, do not think that you are obliging him or her. In fact, it is he or she who is obliging you by giving you an opportunity to give back something to this world from where we have received so much.” Mehta also shared that Vivekananda added the following, “In life, take the position of the donor or the server, and yet be so humble in giving and serving that let the donor or server kneel down and ask: ‘May I give? May I serve?’ ”
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The Bridge Youth & Family Services Youth Recovery House is close to opening its doors thanks to Dean Reidt and Debbie Hubbard and others who made large donations to their fundraising campaign during the month of December.  Dean, an active member of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise and club Foundation Committee member, along with his spouse Debbie, both avid community supporters, contributed $100,000 to the campaign.
 
Bridge Executive Director, Celine Thompson stated that "We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the community with this kind of continued support and as a result we could open this year.”
           
Expressions of gratitude and words of appreciation have been extended to the couple for their generous donation to the Bridge and for the care that they exemplified for those in need within the community.  “It is so great to learn about such wonderful expressions of kindness and service to our community and the struggling youth,” stated a member of the club’s Foundation Committee upon learning about their donation.
 
 
Dean and Debbie first learned about the Youth Recovery House through the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, which has contributed $50,000 to the Bridge during the 2019-20 Rotary year.  They shared that the process and criteria that the club used to decide which projects to fund encouraged them to take a closer look at the Youth Recovery House. “We also heard about it through our engagement with Journey Home and a Way Home Kelowna,” noted Dean.
 
Growing up in rural Saskatchewan, Dean and Debbie realized back then that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.  Dean explained, “We live in downtown Kelowna and see young people on the streets and back lanes around us struggling with addictions. We also learned that there are currently no treatment options for youth in the Okanagan and that in addition to the COVID crisis there is also an opioid crisis. We just couldn’t stand by and watch. We wanted to be part of the solution.”
 
With less than 70 publicly funded youth treatment beds in British Columbia and not one in the Central Okanagan for youth under the age of 17, Debbie and Dean are confident that the Bridge Youth & Family Services Youth Recovery House will provide a Kelowna-based treatment option for youth who are ready to address their addictions.
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The first of six virtual Fireside sessions focused on The Rotary Foundation was presented during the evening of January 27th, 2021 by the club’s Foundation Committee.  The session focused on how and why The Rotary Foundation came into existence and how significant it was in enabling Rotary International to continue to be the top rated service club and not-for-profit organization in the world since it was founded in 1905.
 
Additionally, the presentation described the various funds developed over time within the Foundation to provide Rotarians and their clubs access to matching grants to address causes and to develop humanitarian projects supporting the mission of the Foundation.
 
You can experience the presentation made by committee member Ed Kolybaba by clicking on the video of the PowerPoint presentation found within this story.
 
 
The next session will be held on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 commencing at 7:00 pm (PST).  The session will address the operations of the Annual Share Fund and how our club can access matching grants from the Fund to finance the humanitarian projects we wish to provide for those in need locally and throughout the world.
  
The presenter will refer to projects and activities carried out by the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise to illustrate how important our donations are to The Rotary Foundation and how we in turn gain matching grants to complete the many successful projects we have implemented over the years.
 
Additional sessions will be conducted throughout the spring of 2021. The schedule for these sessions will be announced one to two weeks prior to each of the sessions. 
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The members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise extend their sympathies to the family of Robert “Bob” Lindsay, who passed away on January 21, 2021.
 
 
Bob will be remembered by many of the members of the club who experienced his leadership and active engagement with the club while he practiced Rotary International’s motto, “Service Above Self” as a member of the club from 1986 to 2010.

Bob was a founding and charter member of the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club in 1986.  He served as the club’s third president for the Rotary Year 1988-89.  He also was the club’s Sargent-At-Arms during the club’s charter year and the chair of the Community Service Committee in 1987-88.
 
Joanne De Guevara, District Principal for Indigenous Education, along with Terry-Lee Beaudry, Deputy Superintendent, both with the Central Okanagan School District 23, were presented with a cheque in the amount of $1250 for two bursaries that will be awarded to two Indigenous students from the school district at their secondary school graduation.
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise will sponsor the “Kelowna Sunrise Rotary All-Around Medicine Wheel Award” for $750 and the “Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Spiritual Award” for $500. 
 
L to R:  Greig McPhee, Terry-Lee Beaudry, Joanne De Guevara and Peter Turgoose
 
Greig McPhee, accompanied by Peter Turgoose, presented the cheque on January 15th, 2021. 
 
On behalf of the Rotary club, Peter stated that “the Kelowna Rotary Sunrise club is once again showing leadership with another first by coming forward with this support from the community.” 
 
For more information, check out the story dated December 04, 2020, regarding the club's decision to sponsor these bursaries.
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Helmut Hubert, a member of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise since 2004 and a member who is passionate about the work of The Rotary Foundation throughout the world, received recognition for his continuing financial contributions to the Foundation from 2020-21 District Governor Richard DeRock and from Club Foundation Chair Tom Paterson during the club’s regular Zoom meeting on January 08, 2021.
 
 
In December of 2020, Helmut had achieved the distinction as a Major Donor, Level One, for accumulating contributions of over $US10,000 to the Foundation since he joined the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.
 
Helmut joins nine other members of the club who have already reaching this level and one member who has achieved Major Donor, Level 2 status.
 
As we begin a new year and find ourselves half way through the 2020-21 Rotary Year, the Rotary Foundation Committee of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise extends their thanks to the donors of the club, who make ‘Doing Good in the World’ possible. Because of generous donors from around the world, the Rotary Foundation continues to be able to support people of action around the globe who are improving lives through meaningful and sustainable humanitarian aid.
 
 
With the Rotary year at its midpoint, the club has achieved 59 percent of its contributions to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation.  As of December 31, 2020, the members of the club had contributed $US9453 on its way to the goal of $US16, 000 established by the club for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.  This amounts to a per capital contribution of $US116.70 for the club of 82 members for the first half of the Rotary Year.
 
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise had achieved its goal for contributions to the PolioPlus Fund before the beginning of December and currently has exceeded the goal by 141 percent.  Rotarians from the club had donated $US3883, surpassing the goal set at $US2750.
 
Club members are being challenged to meet two other goals.  The goal established for the Rotary Year to have one hundred percent of the membership contribute at least $US25 to the Annual Fund has only reached a level of 51 percent.  Additionally, the club’s goal that at least 50 members of the club attain the level as a Sustaining Member over the course of the Rotary year will not come to fruition unless another 19 members of the club take on the challenge.  To be identified as a Sustaining Member, one must contribute at least $US100 during the Rotary Year.
 
As Rotarians have often heard from The Rotary Foundation, “Your gifts are more than donations; they provide people with the hope of peace, health, and opportunity to those in need.” 
 
 
Whether donations are being made to the Annual Fund, the PolioPlus Fund or to the Endowment Fund, these donations are creating lasting change locally and throughout the world.
 
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, along with the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise is pleased to recognize club members who place a high priority on their financial giving to humanitarian service in their community and throughout the world via the Rotary Foundation.
 
During 2020, six Rotarians from the club were recognized with a Paul Harris Fellow or another level of a Paul Harris Fellow.  Congratulations are extended to Dean Reidt (PHF), Susan McIntyre (PHF+1), Colleen McEwan (PHF+2), Moya Webb (PHF+2), Vic Spolia (PHF+3), and Al Strachan (PHF+4).  A Paul Harris Fellow is attained when a Rotarian contributes $US1000 to the Foundation, while each additional contribution of $US1000 is acknowledged with a Multiple Paul Harris at the next higher level (PHF+1…..PHF+8).
 
 
The Rotary Foundation has become a significant choice of Rotarians for continuing their financial contributions to help those in need throughout the world.  Many Rotarians recognize that The Rotary Foundation is the most effective and well-managed charitable organization in the world focused on the highest level of stewardship possible with a commitment to accountability and transparency.  The Rotary Foundation has received an A-Plus rating with Charity Watch, the highest possible score of 100 of 100 points from Charity Navigator for 13 straight years, a distinction only one percent of charities have achieved, and a Four Star Rating (four of four) with Charity Intelligence Canada. 
 
When 94 cents of every dollar donated to The Rotary Foundation goes directly to the cause, it is clear that there is no better choice than The Rotary Foundation to contribute the gifts we are so blessed to have.  This is one of the major reasons that prior to 2020 seven of the club’s current Rotarians had achieved a Major Donor (Level one) of giving which represents contributions of over $US10,000 to the Foundation; while one other Rotarian had attained a Major Donor (Level Two) which represents contributions of over $US20,000 to the Foundation.  During 2020, two other Rotarians, Helmut Hubert and Ed Kolybaba, achieved a Major Donor at Level One.
 
 
Over 50 percent (43 of 82) of the current membership of Rotary Kelowna Sunrise have been recognized as Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow and Major Donor recipients which speaks highly for the value Rotarians place on the successful work of The Rotary Foundation and the impact it has in making a difference for so many deprived people throughout the world.
                                                                            
 
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