Sunrise Rotary
A Peace Pole, designed by the Interact Club of Cranbrook and built by local sculptor Paul Reimer, was installed in a prominent spot at Idlewild Peace Park on Friday, June 17th.
A large and appreciative crowd gathered at the park for the dedication ceremony which featured a drum ceremony by Ktunaxa drummers, a vocal presentation by elementary students, and a number of speakers.
At the Peace Pole site, wild rose bushes representing all 13 local schools were planted.
The Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise hosted our Silver Anniversary Celebration on May 31, 2022, bringing together 88 members, past members, Interact, Youth Exchange, Sam Steele Ambassadors and invited guests. We remember 25 years of friendship and service to our community and our world.  We collaborate with our community. We focus on youth, leadership, biking, healthy families, and communities.
Highlights of the evening:
  • An exceptional Silent Auction organized by the Cranbrook Interact Club raised further funds for their Peace Pole Project at Idlewild Peace Park. Sonya Zandbergen was their spokesperson.
  • Lochlan Andrews and Cheryl Crich opened the celebrations with Name that Tune! Music of the past 25 years. Gift certificates for Allegra, Morchella, and the Heidout were among the prizes.
  • Allan Davis presented Bill Gibbon with his Paul Harris +4 Award for his leadership.
  • Mel McFarlane invited us to Imagine Rotary as we prepare for her term as President 2022-2023.
  • Hardy Nielsen, our first President, spoke about our 1997 Charter and our Club’s achievements.
  • Dewayne Penner, Assistant Governor, shared What Sunrise Rotary means to me.
  • Sioban Staplin revealed our inspiring new Sunrise Rotary video.

Another exciting community donation, thanks to Rotary Community Online Bingo!

Great to see the on-going teamwork between Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise and Rotary Club of Cranbrook BC to support the excellent work done by Columbia Outdoor School/Blue Lake Camp.

Present for the presentation were Nancy Rogers and Joe McGowan (left) from Cranbrook Rotary, Penny Coyle and David Savage from Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary (right) as well as Todd Hebert (centre) from Blue Lake Society.

Today was a special day for local Rotary clubs. The Rotary Clubs of Cranbrook, Cranbrook Sunrise, Invermere, Kimberley and Fernie came together to make a donation to Angel Flight East Kootenay in the amount of $22,000.00!! This donation comes from the hundreds of weekly bingo players supporting our clubs and enables us to give back to our communities to help the organizations that help us.
Angel Flight East Kootenay was founded in April 2019 by Brent Bidston, (Ret. Airline Captain) and is an entirely volunteer-led charitable organization with no paid employees. “Our mission is to fly residents of the East Kootenays to treatment centers in Kelowna, for free!”
Thank you for your support! Together, we really are making a difference! Pictured above: Nancy Davis Rogers, Yvonne Redeker, Lynn Hauptman, Penny Coyle, Brent Bidston. (Missing from photo: Anita Palmer, Fernie)
(Photos courtesy of Ian Cobb)
As we move through this pandemic and witness mental health and other challenges, our community continues to come together with connection, care and contribution. On a beautiful sunny afternoon Saturday, September 25th, members and guests of The Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise gathered at Rotary Park.
President David Savage facilitated the outdoor (physically distanced) afternoon with a focus on youth, healthy families and The Foundry. Local comedian, Berny Klassen, had people laughing as he shared stories about challenges. Then Dr. Andrea Ingram spoke, and another health care professional that wrote to Sunrise, about the daily risks and real-life challenges that health care professionals have faced for eighteen months and continue to face in our community. Dr. Ingram and the anonymous contributor encouraged our continued friendship, outreach, volunteering, and an active lifestyle.
A Key highlight for the gathering was former Sunrise Presidents Al Dyck and Ursula Brigl presenting Joseph and Sharon Cross with Paul Harris Awards for their support of Sunrise Rotary, The Foundry, the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo, our Community Forest and much more.
2020-2021 Club President Lynnette Wray was very pleased to present Sunrise Rotarian Colleen Bermel with Rotarian Of The Year award. This award celebrates Colleen's several years of leading the Angel Tree project at Christmas time, providing confidential Christmas gifts to children and families in need, in addition to her many other contributions to our club, including youth exchange. Colleen truly exemplifies Rotary's service above self, seeking no fanfare or recognition.
Cranbrook Sunrise joined the Golden Rotary Club in their Rotary Community Online Bingo back in October 2020. Each club receives a percentage of funds received from the bingo based on the number of cards sold. This is determined by the cards purchased and the club you chose to support. Funds the clubs receive go back into your community through donations and projects. Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary club has donated a total of $33,000 of the funds received to date to support local projects.
We started off our donations by joining with the Cranbrook Rotary Club to each donate $5,000 to East Kootenay Regional Hospital Foundry Project. These funds were matched so the total donation was $20,000.
The Golden Rotary Club and its Partner Clubs as part its One-year anniversary donated $50,000 to Joe Anna’s House in Kelowna. Joe Anna’s House provides much need accommodation for out-of-town families with loved ones needing care at Kelowna General Hospital.
$10,000 towards the Key City "Raise the Curtains" fundraiser.
$8,000 to the We Bike program to promote safe cycling.
And $10,000 to the Cranbrook Archives, Museum and Landmark Foundation for the Elko Train Project.

Thanks to the efforts of Cranbrook Rotarians, a school in a small village just outside of Santa Barbara, Honduras will soon have the use of 12 new computers, couple of printers and other supplies for its under equipped computer class in one of the poorest parts of the world.

“It wasn’t easy but we’re glad we’ve finally got it done,” says Janice Sommerfeld, International Service Chair of the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club.

The US$4,797 Rotary International District Project has been carried out with the help of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara in the village of La Cuesta, where the Jose Trinidad Cabanas (JTC) School is located serving 240 students in nine grades. The school previously had only five computers and an outdated printer to serve its IT (information technology) students.

On Friday April 23, a handful of Rotarians assisted the Green Alliance Club, a student environmental group at Mount Baker Senior Secondary, in planting two trees in Idlewild Park.
The Green Alliance Club was recently awarded a $1000 grant from our club to support this student-led initiative. In addition to these two trees, the student club is also working towards planting some fruit trees on the MBSS grounds. The fruits from these trees will be available to any students or staff who wish to take them, and the Foods Department at the school is hopeful to utilize the fruits as well. Once the location of these trees can be confirmed, we have been asked to help out again with the planting.
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