Sunrise Rotary
From the Columbia Valley to the Elk Valley: Game Changing community members were honoured at Awards Gala on September 22.
The Kootenay Game Changer Awards are a collaboration of local media (e-KNOW, Cranbrook Townsman, Kimberley Bulletin, Fernie Free Press, Total Country B104, 102.9 The Drive, GO Cranbrook, GO Kimberley, and Fernie Fix Magazine) to honour individuals around the Kootenays.
One of the categories for nomination was: Sports & Recreation Game Changer.
Of the several nominees in the category Mel & Rick McFarlane were chosen as the Game Changers.
A grateful congratulations goes out to Mel and Rick for their foresight and dedication to Sports and Recreation in our community and to the We Bike program.  Not only does the We Bike program promote healthy lifestyles, it also promotes biking safely and opens the door to many youth who would not otherwise have the opportunity to get involved with this mode of exercise and transportation.
Thank you all for coming to support and celebrate the Club at our 2018 Installation ceremony.  I’d like to thank Dewayne for his leadership over the past Rotary year and say that I’m looking forward to this year as your President of the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club, knowing that it will be time consuming, invigorating and totally worth it! Thank you to Colin Campbell for performing the Installation of Officers and to all of those for your willingness to serve our Club by being on the executive.
I look forward to working more closely with all of you to help promote this remarkable club, with the end result being, attaining a few goals that I have set out in a BIG LONG RI document which serves as a balance and check to help guide our club for the year.
The 2018 – 2019 year theme as set out by incoming RI President Barry Rassin is BE THE INSPIRATION and his vision is:
One of my main goals is, with the help of our Media/Promotions – good guy Dan and Viola Hyde,  telling Our Stories to help stir up emotion, move and inspire us, and others,  to BE That Inspiration, to Be  those people of action and to “brag’ about it so that we can do more in our world!
In his opening remarks to the Installation of the Sunrise Rotary executive, Colin Campbell said that he was honoured to have been chosen to install our Sunrise 2018 - 2019 Board members.  
He went on to say that "When our club was first chartered we had 14 members, and gradually went up to 25; however, today we are just below 50 club members and still growing. We have never functioned as a small club, and our club service record is exemplary. Our Rotary theme for 2018/19 is - Be The Inspiration - and the International President chose this because Rotarians are the inspiration - our club leads, we don't follow. The new year is a time for reflection, renewal and celebration."
The following have agreed to be part of The Sunrise Rotary Board - President - Janice Sommerfeld, President Elect - Al Dyck, Secretary - will be shared between Tarralin Hanson and Bre Tironese, Treasurer - Trent Taylor, Membership Chair - Ken Wellington, Foundation Chair - Ursula Brigl, Club Service - Helen Boon, Vocational Service - Linda Hastings, Public Relations - Dan Schellenberg, International Service - Gerry Warner, New Generations - Kambi Heywood, Community Service - Steve Weatherall.
The We-Bike cycling program, run through the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise, would not be able to educate Grade 4 students in a learning how to cycle program without the direction and skills of the entire We-Bike team, but particularly Melanie and Rick McFarlane. These two have dedicated the last few months to this program that builds skills in a fun and safe learning environment. There are bikes and helmets provided to enable all students to join in the fun and learn important cycling skills. The program consists of 3 sessions/class and is instructed by local coaches and volunteers. (Please see attached schedule and volunteer to help out or at least come out and checkout this amazing program!)

A Kootenay Kids Cycling Handbook is being produced showcasing skills, safety, bike care, road safety, hand signals, and the many local cycling opportunities. Every Grade 4 student will receive a copy of the handbook, in part thanks to the 2018 EKC Community Cash Awards with the We-Bike program receiving $1433.00.

Sourced – EKC Media Centre, May 25, 2018

Scroll down to Sunrise Club Links on the left of this page, find the Shelterbox photo, and click on it to access the Sunrise Rotary donations page.

Be The Inspiration!

Janice Sommerfeld has been a Rotarian for just over 12 years and will be the 2018-2019 Sunrise Rotary President. She has just returned from PETS – that’s President Elect Training Seminar, held in Seattle WA every year for the PNW area.  Her presentation was on this inspirational weekend!

RI VP Elect John Matthews and RI President Elect Barry Rassin spoke of Rotary: Changing the World – Telling our Story… and asking us all “What is your Rotary Story?” When was that moment the light switch went on and you wanted to be part of such a Club or you felt like you really had that Rotary moment?

By Bill Gates - January 10, 2018

The world is closer than ever before to wiping out polio.

Last year, the world saw the fewest number of polio cases—just 21, according to the latest figures.

That’s incredible, especially when you consider that just 30 years ago, there were 350,000 cases of polio per year worldwide.

The heroes who have made this progress possible are the millions of vaccinators who have gone door to door to immunize more than 2.5 billion children. Thanks to their work 16 million people who would have been paralyzed are walking today.

But the job is not over. The few polio cases left can be found in three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. Many of the vaccinators in these countries continue to work in difficult and dangerous conditions to protect children from this paralyzing disease.

They deserve our thanks and support as we work toward the day when no child is at risk of polio.

Rotary International and Water

Water, the most precious element on the planet, covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, yet comprises only 0.02 percent of the Earth’s body mass. Nevertheless, without this necessary element, life on the planet would likely cease to exist. We need water, not just in its present form; we need clean water.

One of the challenges we face as global citizens and members of Rotary International, along with our respective clubs, is to provide clean water to all of us. A statement from the Rotary International website reads: “Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives.”



Left to Right;  Senator Gerald Regan (Speaker), Glenn Dobie, Senator Nancy Greene - Raine
“Glenn Dobie has been instrumental in organizing a very successful Gran Fondo cycling event on the North Star Rails to Trails from Cranbrook to Kimberley, B.C. All proceeds from this prestigious event are directed to trail enhancement and other Rotary projects. He has been a champion of using local trails to promote healthy living."
Glenn's Comments:
It is amazing the reach that our Gran Fondo has travelled.  To have been selected by Senator Nancy-Greene Raine to receive a medal was quite humbling to say the least. I explained to Nancy that the recognition truly belongs to the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club. I was quite surprised and thrilled to meet numerous people who have heard about the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo.
The Senate 150th Anniversary Medal celebrates the achievements of Canadians who have made significant contributions to their community and commemorates Canada's 150th anniversary.
The presentation was last Thursday in the Senate Chambers in Ottawa.
Congratulations Glenn on the well deserved recognition.!
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. 
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