Posted by Ed Kolybaba on Feb 19, 2018
2018 welcomed two additional members to the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise bringing the club’s total membership to 90.  Ken Millen was inducted into the club on January 26th; while Christy Lehmberg was inducted on February 09.
Ken Millen, sponsored by Max Mosley, has supported the club for some time, the most recent support as an active facilitator of beverages for the 2017 Kelowna Ribfest.  Ken is the General Manager and Director of Interior Beverages located in Kelowna, a business that provides extensive services for all major brands of beverage service equipment, including custom design and installation, staff training, maintenance programs for new equipment, service and repair on both new and existing equipment, and more.
Ken is a valued volunteer within the community where he has been involved with several community initiatives over the years including the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank, the Fat Cat Children’s Festival and a cause that is very close to his heart, the Canadian Cancer Society.
Christy Lehmberg, sponsored by Stu Lang, is currently a Financial Advisor with Valley First Credit Union in Kelowna, a position she has held for the past year.  In fact, Christy’s career has been focused on banking and financial planning services since 2007 when she started working with Scotiabank.  After seven years with Scotiabank, she worked as a Sales Representative for Great West Life Group, a position focused on sales of benefit packages.  This role enabled her to come in contact with Sun Life where she served in management.  After a year travelling, she landed back in banking with Valley First Credit Union.
While Christy was born in Richmond, she attended high school in Courtenay.  Following secondary school graduation, she attended North Island College where she focused on Education with a plan to become an educator, obviously not directed at banking.
Much like Ken Millen, and definitely as most Rotarians, Christy loves to give back to the community.  She shares that most of her volunteerism has been with United Way, serving as a team lead for their ‘Days of Caring,’ as a member of ‘Impact team,’ a United Way Funds Allocation Committee, and in various other roles.  She has recently become interested in LAUNCH Kelowna which is a Financial Literacy program for adults.  Christy also volunteers at the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank and various other not-for-profit organizations in Kelowna.  Additionally, she serves as a board member of Kelowna AM Toastmasters which certainly provides her with an increased ability to clearly communicate and articulate in her community and work experiences.
Christy’s first experience with Rotary began when she was in grade eleven, when she was selected and then participated in a yearlong Rotary Youth Exchange program in Japan.  Christy points out that the exchange changed her life and gave her the incentive to give back to Rotary, and to be a part of the humanitarian service provided worldwide through Rotary.  According to Christy, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise is the perfect Rotary club to fulfill her needs.  “I like the energy and felt welcomed immediately,” expressed Christy.
While it may appear that Christy has little time left for her special interests and hobbies because of her work and volunteerism, to be increased with her Rotary membership, she is a licensed Yoga instructor, holds Advanced Diving certification, rides a Harley in the summer, owns a hunting and gun licence, travels and maintains a physically active life style with regular work outs.