Jim McNamara Inducted as Member in Rotary Club of Vernon, BC


      In front of President Shane McMorran, members of the Rotary Club of Vernon, visitor and guests, PDG Jack Peters inducted RCMP Inspector Jim McNamara of the Vernon Detachment of the RCMP as member of the club. Jim’s classification has something to do with ‘policing’.  

     PDG Jack at the podium: “President Shane, Rotarians, guests and friends, Jim,  please stand and join me at the front.”  While Jim was walking to jack’s side as requested, Pres Shane waved to the assemblage to rise and applaud the inductee.  The startled members not being accustomed to this way of doing things, nevertheless rose and applauded.

     PDG Jack took this interruption in stride and went on with the Induction.


“Jim McNamara, born and raised in Edmonton, attended the University of Alberta where, in 1984, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, was accepted by the RCMP and, in 1985, was sworn in as a regular member.  He headed off to Regina for six months of RCMP basic training. [Editor – in those days the RCMP still had horses and recruits had to muck out the stalls and shovel a lot of horse apples.]

“After completing basic training, Jim was transferred to Surrey, BC where he spent 15 years. Jim also worked in Langley and Vancouver before being transferred to Kelowna in 2004 until 2010 when he was commissioned to the rank of Inspector.  Transferred to Vernon for the North Okanagan Detachment, he presently works as the Operations Officer overseeing Vernon, Lumby, Armstrong, Enderby and Falkland Detachments. Jim has served citizens of Canada and the Province of BC for 27 years as a member of the RCMP. 

Jim has been married for 26 years to his lovely wife Lorrie and they presently reside in Coldstream.Their one daughter has presented them with a grandson now eight years old. 
"I regularly participate in community fund raising events in support of various charities including Tim Horton's Camp Day, Wendy's Dream Lift for Kids, Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, Cops for Kids and the Variety Club's, Boat for Hope and Radiothon.  For several years, I've also been a significant contributor to the RCMP's United Way Campaign.  I am a motorcycle enthusiast and I also enjoy camping, boating, hunting and golf."  said Jim. 

 Jim believes Rotary will provide him with an opportunity to meet some new people, to enhance his personal and professional relationship with other Rotary members and to give back to his community,” summed up PDG Jack. 

“I believe that Jim McNamara will be a tremendous asset to our club! Let’s give him a hand of welcome” , said PDG Jack who had recruited Jim. 

 The members, being accustomed to applauding at this point in the ceremony, stood to give Jim McNamara, the world’s newest Rotarian at that time, a standing ovation and applauded roundly.


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