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
Colin Campbell presented  a Paul Harris Fellowship to Maggie Lindsay-Tadey for her very dedicated work as the Sunrise Rotary Club Youth Exchange Chairperson.
L-R: Past District Governor Allan Davis, Colin, Jane Campbell, Maggie Lindsay-Tadey, Sunrise President Riley Wilcox, Dustin Tadey, District Governor Kees van der Pol,  Brad Tadey.
District Governor Kees van der Pol gave a few remarks as to the Rotary Foundation and the Eradication of Polio.  This year there has only been 4 new cases of Polio. He concluded by reading a poem -
"What Will It Matter"

Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end.

It won’t matter whether you where beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin colour will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built;
Not what you got, but how you gave.

What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

What will matter are not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice

A few pictures taken by Janice Sommerfeld during the evening:
The special Major Donor recognition received by Colin and Jane Campbell.