Sunrise Rotary
The 2021 Golf Card is now available for purchase for only $30.00 and offers over $800.00 in savings. Buy your 2021 Golf Cards at the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, Royal LePage East Kootenay Realty, Cranbrook Golf Club, and Wildstone Golf Course online store.
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Proceeds from the golf cards help to support Rotary projects in our community.
Rolena Arthur from the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary club recently presented a cheque for $1,000 to the Fisher Park Performing Arts Society, which was represented by Steve Knowles(L) and Jamie Neve(R).
Maureen Frank from Fisher Peak Performing Artist Society attended our meeting as a result of receiving the $1000 grant and she was very thrilled to have been there to represent the performing artist society. It encourages them and tells them they are on the right track and they share the optimism of what might take place this summer. The society has been officially organized since 2014 and their programs really showcase the local performing artists.
Volunteers are always the heart of every program and the grant will enable them to provide food and drinks for the volunteers when helping on projects. If any Sunrisers are at the park on Saturdays during performances be sure to introduce yourself so they can introduce you when thanking Sunrise Rotary.
It has been a busy month for the Community Granting committee, with two recent grants awarded and several more applications recieved for review. The committee is happy to announce the recent recipients of two of the following grants.

The first was a $1000 grant to the Steeples Elementary PAC to assist with purchasing a set of contabass bars for the school's music program. COVID-19 had an unfortunate effect on the music program as many instruments could not be played or cleaned sufficiently, and therefore the students were limited in their participation. These new contrabass bars are able to be cleaned sufficiently and utilized by all of the students. The music teacher, Carla Erichsen, has promised some videos and pictures of these students playing once the instruments have arrived, so stayed tuned.

In the photograph above is Rotarian Rolena Arthur, music teacher Carla Erichsen, PAC president Jacqueline Nielsen, and Steeples principal Chris Catherall.

For Rotarians, July is "New Leadership Month". Past-President Al Dyck and President Lynnette Wray recently met at the Rotary wheel in front of a landmark Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary project, the Moir Park Field House, to pass the Presidential torch and launch the 2020-2021 Rotary Year. Al and Lynnette expressed their deep appreciation for each and every Sunrise Rotarian and their efforts to live by Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self." To learn more about Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary, please visit  and
Out of an abundance of caution, and following consultation with Cranbrook Sunrise Rotarians as well as healthcare professionals, we have made the decision to cancel our March 17th and March 24th morning meetings. (Please note that our March 31st morning meeting has already been cancelled, in lieu of an evening event.) We are intentionally erring on the side of caution to protect the most vulnerable in our community and to help our healthcare system by slowing the onset in our community.
An email has been sent to all club members with further details. We thank all Sunrisers for their understanding and patience as we try to play our small part in keeping our community healthy and making this global pandemic as manageable as possible.
Thank you,
President Al
Supporting humanitarian and charitable efforts is a mainstay of Rotary Clubs throughout the world at the international level, as well as the district and community levels. As COVID-19 rears its ugly head, it is ever more important that Rotary clubs continue on in their respective endeavours by continuing to be people of action.
A recent internet update from Rotary International cites the following: “In Italy, one of the countries that has been affected most, clubs in District 2080 are raising funds to purchase ventilators and protective gear for overstretched hospitals. And when the worst of the outbreak was raging in China the districts clubs raised more than $21,000 for protective masks to prevent spread of the disease there.” Stories of such Rotarian district humanitarian efforts are evident in numerous countries throughout the world.
Sunrise Rotarian Mel McFarlane successfully applied for an Express Grant from Rotary District 5080 for the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary We Bike program.
A grant for $350 was presented by incoming Assistant Governor Dewayne Penner.

Call it a “win-win.” A win for the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club and a win for the  Cranbrook community, especially young people in the city who receive the bulk of the revenues raised through various Rotary youth programs. 

What’s being talked about, of course, is the Rockies Film Festival, now in its 23rd year of bringing quality films to local movie lovers, who haven’t always been able to enjoy a broad selection of movies outside the mainstream of the usual commercial fare.

Back in 1998 just after the club was formed “we were looking for a fundraiser” and a film festival seemed just the right project for the club and the community, says long time Rotary member Bill Gibbon. “What we did was add to the local cultural scene so people could enjoy alternate films and now it has become an expected event and everyone seems to enjoy it.” 

Rotary’s slogan, “Service above Self” has been a source of inspiration for Rotary members throughout the world for many years.  Rotary International is now promoting  a new and inspiring public image which depicts People of Action.  Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club is dedicated to carry out People of Action activities.  This concept is no more realized than with the continued restoration of the Alco FA diesel engine by focusing on its surrounding site.

Being people of action takes hard work and involves getting yourself down into the ground, so to speak. Being People of Action takes an effort. 



Rotarian of the Year
Every year Sunrise Rotary makes a presentation for the Rotarian of the Year. Originally donated by Charter President Hardy Nielsen in 1997/98, this award is given to a Rotarian who best exemplifies the true spirit of Rotary through exceptional service and dedicated “Service Above Self” to the Club, the community and the world. With a club as active as Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary, it is never an easy task to make this selection.
The winner of the award this year is Kambi  Heywood who is not only a Charter member of the Club but a Sunriser still fully involved with the Club and active in most Club events, either helping out or taking a leading role. Beyond Rotary, Kambi is self-employed and part of a very active family.  As a Rotarian she has been involved internationally with Rotary, and helps to promote the Club and all that it does as well as helping teach members new technological ways of helping those less fortunate than us throughout the world. Among her many accomplishments, with and for Rotary, Kambi recently travelled to India to participate in a National Immunization Day for the eradication of Polio. A great champion for youth and all of our youth initiatives, Kambi is fully engaged with the New Generations and we thank her for that and all her contributions to Rotary activities.
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