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Sunrise Rotary
The Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise became a reality as a result of the Cranbrook Rotary Club in attendance at a conference in Calgary.  The decision was made to form a breakfast club and the result was  March, 21st 1997 Cranbrook Sunrise was Chartered by Rotary International.
To celebrate the event, an evening meeting was held at the Columbo Hall with special guest, District Governor Kees vander Pol and his wife Mayumi in attendance.
Two significant presentations were made during the evening to honour two of our great Sunrise Rotarians (below).
The Trustees of the Rotary Foundation recognized Colin & Jane Campbell for contributing $10,000 (USD) over the years to the Rotary Foundation.  Kees van der Pol, District 5080 District Governor, presented Colin with an engraved crystal keepsake.  They were both given Major Donor pins.
L-R: Colin & Jane Campbell, District Governor Kees van der Pol,  Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary President Riley Wilcox

It has been a productive and start to the 2016/2017 Rotary year.  The year begins in July after the conclusion of a very eventful spring.  My deepest appreciation to all of you for continuing to pitch in for a variety of great community events and programs.  Sam Steele Days concession and parade float; the Sweetheart Pageant and Grad Parking are just some of the ways we participate as a team.

The Rotary Youth Exchange program is thriving and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to share in the dreams of youth from our community.  While at the same time welcoming young people from around the world into our lives and our homes.  It is through the eyes of young people that you get to see how special this opportunity is.  The RYLA program brings young adults together through leadership in a way that is truly unique; in a setting where friendships are formed for life. 
When this club was first organized back in the summer and fall of 1996, we made a conscious decision to not get on the Bingo train. The decision not to be involved in Bingos or have anything to do with the gaming commission was probably the wisest thing we have ever done. As a result our fundraising efforts have been directed to projects such as the Friends of the Library Book sale, the Rockies Film Festival, the Discount Golf Card and of course in recent years the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo. 
We did have one weak moment and decided to raffle off a Mustang; that required far more effort than anyone realized and probably is the last time we will ever have a raffle. We also had some spectacularly successful ice shows and some equally spectacular disasters.  Entertainment on that grand scale can be very risky.  We pulled it off but I am not sure we have the collective power and energy to do it again.
Because of that early decision not to do Bingos we developed creative original ideas. Each one has become a Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club franchise. We must be very careful not to take them for granted.   Striving to make them more successful should always be our goal. 


Our second Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary member profile features Arlene Schroh, owner of Ciao Tours located in Cranbrook with offices in Calgary and Siena, Italy. Her company specializes in tours to Italy.
Arlene plays a major role in participating in the Sunrise Rotary float preparation each year for the Sam Steele parade. Also, Arlene is active in volunteering at many other Rotary events throughout the year. The youth programs are definitely her biggest interest in Rotary Arlene is the chairwoman of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)program aimed to enhance the lives of young adults between the ages of 18-25 years.
Following is a series of questions and answers that pertain to Arleneā€™s involvement in Rotary on both a local and international level. 


The final event of the evening was Past District Governor and Foundation Chairperson Allan Davis swearing in the 2016-2017 executive/directors. In the photo are President Riley Wilcox, President Elect Dewayne Penner, Secretary Tarralin Hanson, Club Treasurer Hardy Neilsen, Directors: Vocational Service Linda Hastings, Community Service Dewayne Penner, Youth Service Maggie Lindsay-Tadey,
Club Service Helen Boon, Foundation Chair Allan Davis, Public Relations Dan Schellenberg, and Membership Chair Mark Pinnell. Missing from the photo is Director of International Service Kevin Weaver.

The SUNRISER, the weekly bulletin of Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary. 

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