Welcome to our website
Thanks for visiting our club's website. Please feel free to browse the site and learn who we are and what we do.
Sunrise Rotary
This will be the 20th annual Rockies Film Festival taking place March 1 - 4th at the Key City Theatre.
Our festival sponsors this year will be:
  • The Bedroom Furniture Gallery
  • BDO Dunwoody
  • A.C. Dyck Financial Services
  • East Kootenay Community Credit Union
  • Lotic Environmental
The following films will be shown at the festival:
  • March 1st - Landfill Harmonic
  • March 2nd - Denial  &  Things To Come
  • March 3rd - Paterson & Julieta
  • March 4th - Manchester By The Sea, Operation Avalanche, Love And Friendship, Mean Dreams
As part of the regular Rockies Film Series, "Landfill Harmonic" will be showing on March 1st, at the Key City Theatre - 7:00 p.m.  Prior to the movie at 6:00 p.m. there will be a reception and the Cranbrook Violin Club will be performing in the lobby.

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. 

The annual Angel Tree gift distribution took place over two days - December 16th and 17th at the usual Tamarack Mall location.  

This was a big year for gifts, but all the cards were removed from the tree and the gifts wrapped by the volunteer wrappers in the mall.  Between the large and small beautifully wrapped gifts, there were 133 given out.  As well, The Calendar Club donated small Teddy Bears for the younger kids, which was very generous of them.

There was a full slate of volunteers from Sunrise Rotary who handed out the gifts, as this is an event enjoyed by all that participate.  

Thanks to all those who volunteered to help out with the Angel Tree, and that included Sunrise Rotarian Kambi Heywood and friend of Rotary Landen Parsons shown here giving out the gifts. (Pictured above)

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. 

No need to worry. ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies.
Club Information

Welcome to our club!

Cranbrook Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Prestige Inn
209 Van Horne St. S.
Cranbrook, BC  V1C 6R9
District Site
Venue Map
How Do I Log in to Our Website?
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Community Service Chair
Club Service Director
International Service Director
Membership Chair
Past President
Vocational Service Director
Rotary Foundation Director
Public Relations Director
New Generations Chair

Bulletin Subscribe

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Website Sponsors
Will Warnock
Mar 21, 2017
Columbia River Salmon Recovery
Daryl Barb Houser
Apr 11, 2017
An Enlightenment on Funeral Pre-Planning
Special Club Social - Mothers Day Related
May 16, 2017
A day to honour our spouse as they work in the background with our Rotary events etc.