Posted by Ed Kolybaba on Sep 22, 2019
Not too often, if ever, has an individual been a member of a Rotaract Club and a Rotary Club within District 5060.  On September 20th, Kate Kutzner, a current member and past-president (2017-18) of the Kelowna Rotaract Club, was inducted into the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.  Kate was sponsored by club member Ken Ottoson and inducted by club Membership Committee Chair Brian Wrightson.
 
From Left to Right:  Ken Ottoson (Sponsor), Kate Kutzner, and Susan McIntyre (Club President)
 
Kate has been a high energy, and passionate and committed person to the cause of Rotary since her induction in Rotaract back in January of 2014.  In Kate’s words, joining the Sunrise Rotary Club enables her to practice her mantra of “being a gift to the world” even more and “allows her to be that gift.”
 
Kate and her husband Andrew have been active with Rotary for many years volunteering in many projects and local events.  In addition, Kate has attended and volunteered in numerous district and international conferences and training events.  She currently assumes the position of District Rotaract Representative of Zone 5060. 
 
Kate was born and in her early years raised in Vernon, before attending secondary school at Pleasant Valley Secondary School in Armstrong. She continued her education at the post-secondary level which enabled her to attain a Bachelor of Science (Biology) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia Okanagan.
 
Presently, Kate works at Artix Custom Screenprint in Kelowna and is looking forward to a career as a teacher in the future.
 
As expected, Kate is very active in the community in other activities besides those sponsored by Rotary.  For the past ten years, she has provided volunteer leadership and guidance for “Naturekids Kelowna,” a club that provides weekends of adventure and fun as children explore the Kelowna area in their quest to learn more about the world around them.  By pairing education with conservation, and building a love for the environment, the children will grow from curious minds into responsible adults and conscientious citizens. 
 
Kate loves to read and with her husband thrive on their passion for music.  Both serve on the Board of West Metal Entertainment Society which supports local musicians.
 
Following the formal part of the induction, Brian Wrightson challenged Kate to share her gifts in the support of the good work of Rotary; and stressed that “at the first opportunity to serve, step forward and offer your time and skills.”
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