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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

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

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Kelowna Sunrise 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!” 
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
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.
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.
“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
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.
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?’ ”
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.
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. 
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.
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.
Craig MacKinnon
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