Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony at Idlewild

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.
Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony at Idlewild Bill Gibbon 2022-06-23 06:00:00Z 0

Imagine our Shared Future and Remember our first 25 Years!

Posted by Dave Savage on Jun 07, 2022
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.
Imagine our Shared Future and Remember our first 25 Years! Dave Savage 2022-06-07 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs Donate to Blue Lake

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.

Rotary Clubs Donate to Blue Lake Bill Gibbon 2022-03-23 06:00:00Z 0

Leaving Zoom - almost!

This morning, it was wonderful to gather at The Heritage Inn for our club's first in-person meeting since March 2020. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us online as well.
In the photo on the right are our three Club Presidents who have served during the pandemic: Al Dyck 2019-2020, Lynnette Wray 2020-2021, and Dave Savage 2021-2022. Our thanks to them for working hard to keep the Zoom meetings productive and interesting.
And a heartfelt thanks to all of our club members who have shown such resilience during this time.
Leaving Zoom - almost! Bill Gibbon 2021-12-07 07:00:00Z 0

2021 Angel Tree Program Underway

Help ensure a local kid finds something special under their tree this year! 
The annual Angel Tree Program is happening now and there are lots of Angel Cards currently on the tree! 
The Angel Cards (suggesting gifts for local kids in need) are hung on the Christmas tree at the Tamarack Centre near Canadian Tire. We hope to have the tree completely bare before December 17th.
This annual event is organized by the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise, in conjunction with the Tamarack Centre and the Canadian Cancer Society.
2021 Angel Tree Program Underway Lynnette Wray 2021-12-07 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary members working together!

Posted by Penny Coyle on Nov 16, 2021
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)
Rotary members working together! Penny Coyle 2021-11-16 07:00:00Z 0

Angel Flight Donation

The Rotary Clubs of Cranbrook, Invermere, Kimberley & Fernie are excited to come together with a donation of $22,000.00 to support Angel Flight East Kootenay. 

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 centres in Kelowna, for free!”
The donation comes from the proceeds of Rotary Community Online Bingo. Our clubs are all in the bingo partnership and we receive a portion of the money made through card sales.
Thank you everyone for your ongoing support of Rotary Online Bingo. Collectively this past year we have managed to make an impactful difference in many communities across BC. We are excited for what comes next and the great things that we will be able to do together!
Angel Flight Donation Penny Coyle 2021-11-16 07:00:00Z 0

Angel Tree Program Accepting Applications

The Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise, in conjunction with the Tamarack Centre and the Canadian Cancer Society, is accepting angel names for Christmas 2021.  All of the schools have the forms (please speak to the administrative assistants), as well as the social agencies in Cranbrook.  The angels can range in age from birth to 17 years old and all paperwork must be returned to the Tamarack Centre office before November 26th
Gift pick-up will be on December 17th from 6 – 9 p.m. and December 19th between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the mall across from the Landmark Theatre.  Gifts will not be delivered to individual homes.
If you are interested in sponsoring an angel, the angel cards will be hung on the Christmas tree at the Tamarack Centre at the beginning of December.  There is a suggested limit of $25 - $30 for each gift and we hope to have the tree completely bare before December 17th.
Thank you for supporting the children of Cranbrook at Christmas as everyone deserves happy memories. If you have any questions, you can contact Colleen at
Angel Tree Program Accepting Applications Colleen Bermel 2021-10-28 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise celebrates Youth, Biking and Joseph and Sharon Cross

Posted by Dave Savage
(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.
Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise celebrates Youth, Biking and Joseph and Sharon Cross   Dave Savage 2021-09-29 06:00:00Z 0
Undergraduate Scholarships Arlene Schroh 2021-09-14 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Year Award

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.
Rotarian of the Year Award Lynnette Wray 2021-07-07 06:00:00Z 0

Passing the Rotary Bell

Posing in front of the restored Engine 4090, President Lynnette passes the Rotary bell from one Club President to the next with future presidents joining in the ceremony.
On left 2020-2021 President Lynnette Wray
2nd left 2021-2022 Incoming Pres. David B Savage
3rd left 2022-2023 Pres.-elect: Melanie McFarlane
Right 2023-2024 Pres. Nominee-elect: Steve Weatherall
Passing the Rotary Bell Lynnette Wray 2021-07-07 06:00:00Z 0

Bingo Donations

Posted by Penny Coyle on May 10, 2021
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.
Bingo Donations Penny Coyle 2021-05-10 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Provide Computers

Posted by Gerry Warner on May 02, 2021

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.

Rotarians Provide Computers Gerry Warner 2021-05-02 06:00:00Z 0

Community Grants Awarded

It has been a busy month for the Community Granting committee, with two recent grants awarded and several more applications recieved for review. The committee is happy to announce the recent recipients of two of the following grants.

The first was a $1000 grant to the Steeples Elementary PAC to assist with purchasing a set of contabass bars for the school's music program. COVID-19 had an unfortunate effect on the music program as many instruments could not be played or cleaned sufficiently, and therefore the students were limited in their participation. These new contrabass bars are able to be cleaned sufficiently and utilized by all of the students. The music teacher, Carla Erichsen, has promised some videos and pictures of these students playing once the instruments have arrived, so stayed tuned.

In the photograph above is Rotarian Rolena Arthur, music teacher Carla Erichsen, PAC president Jacqueline Nielsen, and Steeples principal Chris Catherall.

Community Grants Awarded Rolena Arthur 2021-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

New Leadership Month

For Rotarians, July is "New Leadership Month". Past-President Al Dyck and President Lynnette Wray recently met at the Rotary wheel in front of a landmark Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary project, the Moir Park Field House, to pass the Presidential torch and launch the 2020-2021 Rotary Year. Al and Lynnette expressed their deep appreciation for each and every Sunrise Rotarian and their efforts to live by Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self." To learn more about Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary, please visit  and
New Leadership Month Bill Gibbon 2020-07-22 06:00:00Z 0

District 5080 Happy Hour

Posted by Helen Boon on Apr 20, 2020
Both Helen Boon and Allan Davis were part of the District 5080 happy our virtual gathering.
We are all receiving the link to this for each Friday at 6 pm mountain time. It was nice to hear from everyone on why they joined Rotary and other stories.
District 5080 Happy Hour Helen Boon 2020-04-20 06:00:00Z 0

Meetings Cancelled

Out of an abundance of caution, and following consultation with Cranbrook Sunrise Rotarians as well as healthcare professionals, we have made the decision to cancel our March 17th and March 24th morning meetings. (Please note that our March 31st morning meeting has already been cancelled, in lieu of an evening event.) We are intentionally erring on the side of caution to protect the most vulnerable in our community and to help our healthcare system by slowing the onset in our community.
An email has been sent to all club members with further details. We thank all Sunrisers for their understanding and patience as we try to play our small part in keeping our community healthy and making this global pandemic as manageable as possible.
Thank you,
President Al
Meetings Cancelled Al Dyck 2020-03-13 06:00:00Z 0

Express Grant Presentation

Posted by Dewayne Penner on Mar 05, 2020
Sunrise Rotarian Mel McFarlane successfully applied for an Express Grant from Rotary District 5080 for the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary We Bike program.
A grant for $350 was presented by incoming Assistant Governor Dewayne Penner.
Express Grant Presentation Dewayne Penner 2020-03-05 07:00:00Z 0

President's Christmas Message

Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Christmas Letter
December 17, 2019
There are many Christmas traditions that we love and enjoy. The red socks or Santa’s Stockings originate with Saint Nicholas of Myra. St. Nicholas was an early Christian bishop of the ancient maritime city of Myra located in Asia Minor (Turkey) during the time of the Roman Empire. He was born around 270 AD and died around 343 AD.
Legend has it that Nicholas interceded most vigorously on behalf of the poor, sick and needy in and around his community. Nicholas did not enjoy public recognition for his work of charity and therefore did his work anonymously. Because Nicholas himself was orphaned at a young age, he empathized with those he served. While most orphans are very poor, Nicholas inherited great wealth from his merchant parents. Nicholas invested his inheritance and gave generously to those he served for the remainder of his life.
President's Christmas Message Al Dyck 2019-12-19 07:00:00Z 0

People of Action

Posted by Dan Schellenberg on Oct 03, 2019

Rotary’s slogan, “Service above Self” has been a source of inspiration for Rotary members throughout the world for many years.  Rotary International is now promoting  a new and inspiring public image which depicts People of Action.  Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club is dedicated to carry out People of Action activities.  This concept is no more realized than with the continued restoration of the Alco FA diesel engine by focusing on its surrounding site.

Being people of action takes hard work and involves getting yourself down into the ground, so to speak. Being People of Action takes an effort. 



People of Action Dan Schellenberg 2019-10-03 06:00:00Z 0

Cycling Without Age

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Jul 11, 2019
The Right To Wind In Your Hair
Cycling Without Age is a global grassroots movement rapidly growing from coast to coast across Canada. Its main purpose is to engaging seniors or less abled citizens by offering them free bike rides in specialized bicycles that provide the opportunity to remain an active part of society and to experience life beyond the confines of their residence or care centre.
For more information, go to,, or FB Cycling Without Age Cranbrook BC.
Cycling Without Age Bill Gibbon 2019-07-11 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Year

Posted by Janice Sommerfeld on Jun 22, 2019
Rotarian of the Year
Every year Sunrise Rotary makes a presentation for the Rotarian of the Year. Originally donated by Charter President Hardy Nielsen in 1997/98, this award is given to a Rotarian who best exemplifies the true spirit of Rotary through exceptional service and dedicated “Service Above Self” to the Club, the community and the world. With a club as active as Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary, it is never an easy task to make this selection.
The winner of the award this year is Kambi  Heywood who is not only a Charter member of the Club but a Sunriser still fully involved with the Club and active in most Club events, either helping out or taking a leading role. Beyond Rotary, Kambi is self-employed and part of a very active family.  As a Rotarian she has been involved internationally with Rotary, and helps to promote the Club and all that it does as well as helping teach members new technological ways of helping those less fortunate than us throughout the world. Among her many accomplishments, with and for Rotary, Kambi recently travelled to India to participate in a National Immunization Day for the eradication of Polio. A great champion for youth and all of our youth initiatives, Kambi is fully engaged with the New Generations and we thank her for that and all her contributions to Rotary activities.
Rotarian of the Year Janice Sommerfeld 2019-06-22 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Conference 2020 Janice Sommerfeld 2019-06-05 06:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Club Runner

Posted by Janice Sommerfeld on Jun 05, 2019
Some of the information in our Active Member, Club Runner profiles is missing, outdated or incorrect.
We encourage all club members to go into their profile and check the information that is there. We like to have members and spouses birthdays and anniversary dates in order to announce them at our meetings. 
Contact information such as email address, phone numbers are important information to keep up to date.
Go into Club Runner and after logging in go to Member Area, then click on Admin and Admin again in the drop down menu. Then under My Club Runner click on the first spot - Edit My Profile and go from there. If anyone needs assistance accessing this information let President Janice know.
Sunrise Club Runner Janice Sommerfeld 2019-06-05 06:00:00Z 0

Minda Dentler - A Real Champion

Posted by Janice Sommerfeld on Jun 03, 2019

Minda Dentler was one of the keynote speakers at the 2019 Joint District Conference.  Minda is the first female wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship.  


As an infant in India, Minda contracted polio, leaving her with paralysis in her legs and in the care of an orphanage. Luckily she was adopted by an American family from Spokane, Washington and underwent a series of surgeries on her hips, legs and back. This enabled her to walk with leg braces and crutches. Her determination resulted in her becoming an independent, educated woman with the drive to face and overcome obstacles throughout her life. 

She has become a champion and inspires people to look beyond their fears.  Minda's approach is to set a goal and achieve it through planning, positive mental attitude and perseverance.  Every goal, athletic or personal goals require hard work and training and as a polio survivor and advocate, a mom, and an athlete, Minda inspires people to strive for the impossible. She is that Champion in the fight to end Polio and is an inspiration to us all.

Minda Dentler - A Real Champion Janice Sommerfeld 2019-06-03 06:00:00Z 0

Colin Campbell

Posted by Janice Sommerfeld on Feb 23, 2019

Colin J. Campbell 

(Aug. 18 1947 – Feb. 19, 2019)

A Charter member of the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise, Colin Campbell, was a long time member of Rotary. He was the stepson of a Rotarian, being exposed to Rotary at a young age in Beaver Valley. Colin was a Rotary member in several clubs through his life having joined his first club in 1978 in Kamloops. From there, he and Jane moved to White Rock, and distinguished themselves in Rotary there and in the mid-90s they moved to Cranbrook and joined Cranbrook Rotary. Colin's Rotary journey took him to the International Convention in Calgary where the beginnings of the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise were forged in 1996.
Colin had a very significant impact on Cranbrook Sunrise and in the Rotary District at large. He was a Charter Member, Past President of Cranbrook Sunrise (1999-2000), Assistant District Governor, District membership Chair, PETS (President Elect Training Seminars) instructor, and held other positions as well.
No one has sponsored more new club members than Colin. In the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise he is one of two Major Donors and a Triple Crown Donor to the Rotary Foundation.
He chaired and co-chaired two District Conferences that were held in Cranbrook. He spearheaded the Club’s first large fundraiser event which was 'The Champions On Ice' at the new Cranbrook Recplex. He facilitated the Club becoming a sponsor of a Sam Steele Youth Ambassador candidate, and found seemingly endless ways to involve the club members in community events such as Book projects for Africa, recycling textbooks, computer and bicycle recycling, building the Field house at Moir Park, cooking hamburgers every Sam Steele day, or organizing the wildly successful annual book sale with the Friends of the Library.
Colin was selected Rotarian of the Year in 2002-2003.
He said on more than one occasion, ‘When you were asked to join Rotary, it was the last time you could say NO.” Colin was more than just a member of the Club…he was someone who embodied this years Rotary theme - “Be the Inspiration”.
Our deepest condolences are extended to Jane, Sean and family.
Colin will be missed.
Colin Campbell Janice Sommerfeld 2019-02-23 07:00:00Z 0

February - Peace and Conflict Prevention

Posted by Janice Sommerfeld on Feb 12, 2019
February – Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month – aka – the month for LOVE!  
Please see the
link to this month’s message from our District Governor, Bev Reed.
Rotary Peace Centers
The 2020 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available and we need your help to find the next cohort of experienced global peace and development leaders!
As club president, you play a critical role in communicating information about Rotary Peace Centers programs to potential candidates in your network. Clubs also play an important role in coaching candidates and helping them connect to districts for endorsement. We encourage you to use and share these resources:
  • Join the “All about the Rotary Peace Fellowship” course to learn everything you need to know about the fellowship.
  • Send personalized emails with fellowship announcement to contacts within your network.
  • Do you know someone who could benefit from our program? Submit their name and email in our referral form and we’ll follow up with them.
    Candidates have until 31 May to submit applications to their district. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. General inquiries regarding the fellowship program may be sent to
    We thank you for your dedication to the Rotary Peace Centers and your continuous support in educating the Rotary network about the fellowships!
February - Peace and Conflict Prevention Janice Sommerfeld 2019-02-12 07:00:00Z 0

Discount Gold Card 2019

Posted by Dan Schellenberg on Dec 18, 2018
Looking for a stocking stuffer or just a bonus offer in general, consider investing only $30.00 in the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Golf Discount Card, which is once again available to kick off the next golf season. The 2019 golf season is full of savings when you use the Golf Card, which boasts $1300 in savings when utilized to its maximum benefits.

Discount Gold Card 2019 Dan Schellenberg 2018-12-18 07:00:00Z 0

Game Changer Award Winners

Posted by Janice Sommerfeld on Sep 23, 2018
From the Columbia Valley to the Elk Valley: Game Changing community members were honoured at Awards Gala on September 22.
Game Changer Award Winners Janice Sommerfeld 2018-09-23 06:00:00Z 0

Undergraduate Scholarships

Posted by Alex McLeod on Aug 12, 2018
It's that time again !!  
Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary is offering 4 scholarships of $1,500 each to students from the Cranbrook area.  Applicants must have graduated from the Cranbrook area (MBSS, Private, Home School) and be entering into their 3rd, 4th, or 5th year of undergraduate studies.
Applicants will be assessed on three equal criteria: Academic Merit, Financial Need, and Volunteerism.  At least one scholarship will be dedicated to students in fine arts.  
Applications can be obtained online by clicking on Scholarships on the top bar of this page.
Closing Date is September 9, 2018
For additional information please email
Undergraduate Scholarships Alex McLeod 2018-08-12 06:00:00Z 0

2018/19 Sunrise Board

Posted by Dennis Parsons on Jun 29, 2018
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.  
2018/19 Sunrise Board Dennis Parsons 2018-06-29 06:00:00Z 0

Donate to Shelterbox

Posted on Apr 26, 2018
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Under Links on the left of this page, find the Shelterbox photo and click on it to access the Sunrise Rotary donations page.
Donate to Shelterbox Bill Gibbon 2018-04-26 06:00:00Z 0

Be The Inspiration

Posted by Janice Sommerfeld on Mar 31, 2018

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?
Be The Inspiration Janice Sommerfeld 2018-03-31 06:00:00Z 0

Be The Inspiration!

Posted by Janice Sommerfeld

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?
Be The Inspiration! Janice Sommerfeld 2018-03-12 06:00:00Z 0

R.I. and Water

Posted by Dan Schellenberg on Feb 11, 2018
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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.”



R.I. and Water Dan Schellenberg 2018-02-11 07:00:00Z 0

On The Doorstep of Victory

Posted by Glenn Dobie on Jan 11, 2018
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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.

On The Doorstep of Victory Glenn Dobie 2018-01-11 07:00:00Z 0

Senate 150th Anniversary Medal

Posted by Dennis Parsons on Dec 04, 2017
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.!
Senate 150th Anniversary Medal Dennis Parsons 2017-12-04 07:00:00Z 0

16 Million Reasons To Be Optimistic About Polio

Posted on Nov 06, 2017
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From a Bill Gates blog:

People often ask me how I know the world is getting better. I usually point to numbers like this one: Because of efforts to eradicate polio by groups like Rotary International, more than 16 million people are walking today who would otherwise have been paralyzed.

That’s more than 16 million people who can walk to school. More than 16 million people who are better able to start a business or carry their child to bed. More than 16 million people who are living better lives, because a group of health care workers, volunteers, government leaders, and funders devoted themselves to fighting polio.

16 Million Reasons To Be Optimistic About Polio Glenn Dobie 2017-11-06 07:00:00Z 0

Fondo POSTPONED due to excessive smoke

5th Annual Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo
Postponed To 2018
Due to the current forest fire situation and projected weather forecast, wind and hot weather we regretfully announce that the 5th Annual Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo scheduled for Saturday, September 9, 2017 has been postponed until Saturday,September 8, 2018.

Your health & safety was our No. 1 priority when making this difficult decision.

Our decision was based on consultation and review of the current forest fire conditions with the following agencies:
  • Evacuation Alerts & Orders throughout the East Kootenay
  • Closure of the North Star rails To Trails
  • Ministry of Forests
  • The BlueSky Wildfire Smoke Forecasting System
Your 2017 registration fee will be automatically deferred to the 6th Annual Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo.
Fondo POSTPONED due to excessive smoke 2017-09-05 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announce $450 million commitment to end polio

Posted on Jun 18, 2017
ATLANTA, Ga. (June 12, 2017) – Today in Atlanta Rotary President John Germ and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced a commitment of up to $450 million to support the eradication of polio.
To an audience of nearly 40,000 Rotary members attending the humanitarian organization’s annual convention, Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation renewed their longstanding support for ending polio – a paralyzing, life-altering scourge on the verge of becoming the second human disease ever to be eliminated. Rotary committed to raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Gates Foundation.
Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announce $450 million commitment to end polio  Bill Gibbon 2017-06-18 06:00:00Z 0

20th Anniversary Club Meeting

Posted by Dennis Parsons on Mar 22, 2017
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
20th Anniversary Club Meeting Dennis Parsons 2017-03-22 06:00:00Z 0

Angel Tree Gift Distribution

Posted by Dennis Parsons on Dec 17, 2016

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)

Angel Tree Gift Distribution Dennis Parsons 2016-12-18 00:00:00Z 0

Angel Tree - 2016

Posted by Allan Davis on Dec 17, 2016


For more than a decade we have been privileged to take the lead in this community service. The ANGEL TREE has given a little joy to several thousand children and made the season a little brighter for hundreds of families. Thanks to all the cooperating agencies, businesses and the generous citizens of Cranbrook
Angel Tree - 2016 Allan Davis 2016-12-18 00:00:00Z 0

Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club, A Valuable Brand

Posted by Colin Campbell on Dec 10, 2016
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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. 
Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club, A Valuable Brand Colin Campbell 2016-12-10 07:00:00Z 0

Featured Sunrise Rotarian

Posted by Dan Schellenberg on Dec 04, 2016


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 Arlene’s involvement in Rotary on both a local and international level. 
Featured Sunrise Rotarian Dan Schellenberg 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0

Fondo Funds for Rails to Trails

Posted by Janice Sommerfeld on Nov 16, 2016
The 4th Annual KRGF was another great success with the funds raised being distributed to various Rotary and Lions Clubs and Societies. Glenn Dobie presented a cheque to Stu Deeks, Rails to Trails Society representative, to be used for the maintenance and improvement of the trails in our area. 
This was the 4th cheque presented to the Society, this year in the amount of $2500, with the total distribution to Rails to Trails over the last 4 years being approximately $14,000.  These trails are of great benefit to our community and those visiting the area; leaving a legacy for all to enjoy.
Fondo Funds for Rails to Trails Janice Sommerfeld 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0

President Riley's Quarterly Report

Posted by Riley Wilcox on Oct 22, 2016

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. 
President Riley's Quarterly Report Riley Wilcox 2016-10-23 00:00:00Z 0

Cranbrook Sunrise Executive

Posted by Riley Wilcox on Jun 23, 2016


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.
Cranbrook Sunrise Executive Riley Wilcox 2016-06-24 00:00:00Z 0

Incoming President's Remarks

Thank you for the privilege of being your club president for the 2016/2017 Rotary year.  I would like to start by congratulating our award recipients tonight.  The “Get a Life” awards honours those with perfect attendance.  All joking aside our club thrives because of your dedicated service.
Congratulations to the Paul Harris Fellows.  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your contributions; through your gift you bring change to the world.  I would also like to congratulate Allan Davis for receiving Rotarian of the Year Award.  Allan’s contributions to Rotary are many and we as a club benefit from his time and knowledge.  And a special thank you to Dorial Davis for her support of Al’s work.
I received a phone call this afternoon from Dewayne checking in to see how I was doing.  I told him I was nervous.  Not because of public speaking, I do that all the time through work.  I was nervous about being president because of the importance of the membership and how very special all of you are to me.  He reminded me that I was speaking to a room full of friends and he was right!
Everything we do as a club comes down to the dedication of our individual members.  It is the strength and commitment to our community from the membership that makes our club thrive!  It is in everything we do from decorating floats to running the Sam Steele concession.  It is Angel Tree and Book Sale. It is building awareness for Shelter Box and brining that message to students.  It is film festivals and Gran Fondo’s.  It is a vibrant student exchange that allows young people to explore this amazing world through Rotary.  My husband had participated in student exchange and now 25 years later his family is still in contact and good friends with the student from Japan.  That speaks to the lasting endurance of work all of you do for Rotary and the impact it has on young lives.
I ask in the coming year that we offer support to the membership chair by forming a small committee dedicated to assisting this portfolio, not just in the development of new members, but to ensure we support our current membership well.
Lastly I would like to thank Trent Taylor for his thoughtful term as President.  Over the last year we’ve had many conversations and I had tons of questions for Trent.  He was always quick to respond as I am sure he was with all of you.  Thank you Trent!  You have given me an excellent foundation to begin my year as President.  I look forward to serving the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise.
Incoming President's Remarks Dennis Parsons 2016-06-23 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Convention - 2016

Posted by Allan Davis on Jun 18, 2016
In a city of 10 million, and a country still at war after more than half a century, we were amazed at so many things that we saw and learned that we would be glad to return. Along with over 43,000 others, we thoroughly enjoyed our 11th International Convention. The venue – the KINTEX center was a pair of immense buildings that were well suited to both the numbers and the event. Both Plenaries and breakouts were worthwhile and covered a large range of topics. Organized into 5 broad themes, there was something for everyone – whether a first time attendee or a seasoned Rotarian. What was typical of Seoul was the ‘wired-ness’ of the convention – RI produced a new app for tablets and phones that provided the ability to review the entire program electronically, select breakouts and other sessions and construct your personal schedule and view references for maps, transportation and other amenities. What was particularly handy was the ability to download (using Slideshare) the resources and slides from the breakouts.
We didn’t stay as long as we usually do but managed to get in a pre-convention day tour to the DMZ. Near the end of our time there, former exchange student Mai Yuki from Japan flew over to end 24 hours with us and take in some of the convention.  We managed to register her as an exchange student, even thought it was 0 years since she was with us on exchange. (She said she is going to return to Cranbrook again when she's 30 - in year years!!).  Of course the convention wasn't all speeches and breakout sessions - there was plenty of entertainment and it was wonderful to see and hear it all.
For a city of 10 million and a surrounding territory of over 26 million, you’d expect noise, mess and traffic. We never heard a single siren, the city was amazingly clean and traffic, though heavy was never horrid and moved better than In many areas we’ve been with lower populations. I hope to provide you with a program on Conventions including some items and slides from Seoul as well as the other venues we’ve been privileged to visit. I look forward to that morning in September.
Rotary International Convention - 2016 Allan Davis 2016-06-19 00:00:00Z 0

Exchange Students Meet at Lutherhaven

Posted by Colleen Bermel on May 15, 2016
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From May 6th to 8th, District 5080's newest group of outbound students and their parents met at Camp Lutherhaven on the banks of Lake Coeur d'Alene.  With this beautiful backdrop, the students and the parents were given workshops regarding the outbound experience for 2016 - 2017 from District Youth Exchange committee members.  Andrea Byford will be Cranbrook Sunrise's outbound student for the year, and she attended the camp with her mother, Jackie.  Both of them have been attending our club's meetings regularly since January as Andrea prepares for her exchange year to Italy.  
As well as the outbound students attending the camp, the current inbound students were there to begin their final district tour together which involved the US part of our district. Cranbrook Sunrise's student, Jade Wright was there and Manon Metzger was joining the group on the Monday after completing her commitment to the play Mary Poppins.
District Youth Exchange officer Darryl Bishop addresses the students.
Outbound students pose for a photo. Andrea Byford who has been sponsored by Sunrise Rotary is in the front row, near centre.
Inbound students pose in the chapel at Lutherhaven before setting out on the District tour. Jade can be seen in back, centre.
Exchange Students Meet at Lutherhaven Colleen Bermel 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0

Council On Legislation

Posted by Hardy Nielsen on May 08, 2016

Every three years, Rotarians meet at the Council on Legislation to review and vote on proposed legislation. The Council gives us a voice in how our organization is governed.


The 2016 Council on Legislation met in Chicago 10-15 April. With the Council adjourned, an official report of action will be compiled, sent to clubs, and posted online within two months. Clubs have an opportunity to record opposition to any action during the following two months. If at least 5 percent of the votes entitled to be cast by the clubs oppose an action, the legislation is suspended and the general secretary conducts a ballot-by-mail. A majority vote would cause the proposal to be rejected. All Council actions otherwise go into effect 1 July.

Council On Legislation Hardy Nielsen 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0

Rockies Film Festival

Posted by Shelley Balfour on Feb 05, 2016
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Rockies Film Festival tickets will be on sale starting February 3rd at Lotus Books.  Check out our website at for all the details, trailers, etc.  For those folks holding gold passes, your tickets are available at Lotus Books so please pick those up before the Festival. 
Thank you so much to our generous sponsors Lotic Environmental, A.C. Dyck Financial Services, The Bedroom Furniture Gallery, Taylor Adams Chartered Accountants and City Glass & Windshield. 

Hope to see you at the movies!
Rockies Film Festival Shelley Balfour 2016-02-06 00:00:00Z 0

Kids' Fondo 2016 Is A Go!

Posted by Jason Tichauer on Jan 30, 2016


Kootenay Kids Fondo is happening again this year!! Sunday, May 29, 2016. We were so amazed by the enthusiasm and sportsmanship displayed by last year's participants. Kids Fondo committee member Jason announced that the Kids Fondo will not be held the same weekend as the Gran Fondo.  The Kids Fondo will be taking place on May 29th, at the same location as last year.  However, they are including a choice of a longer ride, as last year the riders on the 8 Km finished very quickly.
Kids' Fondo 2016 Is A Go! Jason Tichauer 2016-01-31 00:00:00Z 0

Quit your job and...

Rotarians have amazing stories. The Rotarian magazine is kicking off 2016 with several first-person accounts of our members’ life-changing experiences, some harrowing and all profoundly felt. One story relates how the love of travel inspired by a Rotary Youth Exchange to Argentina led Amanda Bond to make a daring move — to Bali. When she decided to turn her experience as her Rotary club’s public relations committee chair into a full-time career specializing in online and event marketing, she decided to focus on building her professional skills and network while enjoying a much-needed tropical getaway. Now back home with a new job and a newfound sense of freedom, Amanda is excitedly anticipating where the future will take her.
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Rotary Student Exchange - the BEST program there is.

A summer day changed everything A summer day changed everything
When Andrea Shirey was asked one summer day to host a Rotary Youth Exchange student, she couldn’t have imagined how a simple “yes” would lead to a remarkable experience for her family. Apprehension about being a first-time host family soon faded away over nights of dinner conversation, TV watching, and laughter. Read more about how opening their home — and their hearts — opened the door to a lifetime of experiences for Shirey’s family.
Rotary Student Exchange - the BEST program there is. 2016-01-10 00:00:00Z 0

Refugee Hub

Posted by Bre Tironese on Dec 23, 2015
Past President Mark Pinnell introduced Bonnie Spence-Vinge and Gerry Warner Co-Chairs of the Cranbrook Hub for Refugees (CHR). In order to sponsor a Syrian refugee family, the group needs to raise $15,000.00.They have raised $6,000.00 so far.
The group is working with UNHCR (UN High Commission on Refugees) and Immigration Canada. Locally the Anglican, United and Catholic churches are considering sponsoring Syrian refugee families. Bonnie advises that the group is not solely focused on Syrian refugees. Sponsored refugees can be from any country in the world.
The next meeting of CHR is on January 6, 2016. Anyone is welcome to attend. The group should have the initial $15,000.00, if fundraising continues as it has, by the spring. Anyone wanting to donate now can write a cheque to Christ Church Anglican indicating it goes to the CHR account and drop it off at the church office at 46 - 13th Ave S., near downtown. The office is open from 9AM until noon Monday to Friday except Wednesday.
Sponsoring a family is a one year financial commitment.
Refugee Hub Bre Tironese 2015-12-24 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Values and Ethics Program

Posted by Dan Schellenberg on Oct 25, 2015

The Rotary Clubs of Cranbrook are currently presenting a Rotary Values and Ethics program for students at Mt. Baker Secondary School.  The sessions are taking place on October 26th and 28th. The program is presented to all grade 10 students as part of the planning curriculum. 

Darryl Bishop of the Sunrise Club and one of the presenters at this year’s event says that the program in its third year was modeled after a program from a Rotary Club in West Vancouver. The intent was to provide students with an opportunity to examine where their values come from and how they are used to guide decision making throughout their lives. Darryl states that the feedback received from the staff at Mt. Baker has been ‘overwhelmingly’ positive. “They come to us each year asking us when we are available to do the program. The biggest challenge is finding enough people to participate as facilitators and presenters," says Darryl.
Rotary Values and Ethics Program Dan Schellenberg 2015-10-26 00:00:00Z 0

Grandma is coming to town!

Posted by Darryl Bishop on Oct 10, 2015
Good news!  We were able to secure our second movie of the series!
Grandma, according to Rotten Tomatoes, is a movie “boasting a stellar performance from Lily Tomlin and some powerfully emphatic work from writer-director Paul Weitz.”   Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.
Our movie will screen at the Columbia Theatre on November 5th, 7:00 pm.  Tickets will be available from Lotus Book starting at noon on October 13th, 2015.   
Thank you to BDO for your sponsorship of our next movie. 
See you at the movies!
Grandma is coming to town! Darryl Bishop 2015-10-11 00:00:00Z 0

International Leader Addresses Club - Tuesday, Sept. 22

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Sep 27, 2015


Suresh Shrestha, shown in photo above with President Trent, is coordinator of TSS (Tamakoshi Sewa Samiti) in Nepal. He shared his knowledge about the work TSS supports in the Ramechhap district in Nepal which is directed towards drinking water supply, sanitation and community health. Mr. Shrestha won the 2015 International Leadership Award for his many years of involvement in the projects in Nepal.
International Leader Addresses Club - Tuesday, Sept. 22 Bill Gibbon 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0

Images from Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo 2015

Posted on Sep 22, 2015
The 2015 Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo was a great success with beautiful sunny weather to highlight the spectacular East Kootenay scenery, 360+ riders taking on the 3 routes, and 125+volunteers doing their best to make sure the riders enjoyed the day. Our congratulations and thanks to the Sunrisers who organized the event, the sponsors who supported us, and the volunteers who helped to make it all possible. Below are a few photos to represent the day's activities.
Cyclists along the North Star Rails to Trails.
Volunteers from the Traffic & Safety committee sweep the shoulder of the highway to ensure a safer ride and fewer flat tires.
Kids line-up before the start of the Kids' Fondo on Sunday morning.
Images from Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo 2015 Bill Gibbon 2015-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

We have good news and we have bad news!

Posted by Darryl Bishop on Sep 22, 2015
The good news is that our first film of the 2015-2016 Sunrise Rotary Film Series scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1 is sold out!  The bad news for those without tickets is that we are sold out! 
Thank you to Hryciuk Gallinger Certified General Accountants for their sponsorship of AMY and Lotus Books for looking after the sale of our tickets.  If you are interested in sponsoring a film during our series or for the Rockies Film Festival in March, 2016 please email us at
Our next film night will be November 5th, 2015 so book it on your calendar now! 
See you at the movies!
We have good news and we have bad news! Darryl Bishop 2015-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Presents Paul Harris Awards

Posted on Aug 24, 2015

Paul Harris Winners

District Governor Mike Dalessi poses with Paul Harris Award winners Helen Boon and Jessica Bermel. Dalessi presented the awards during his July visit to the club.
District Governor Presents Paul Harris Awards Bill Gibbon 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Mike Dalessi Visits

Posted by Dan Schellenberg on Aug 22, 2015
Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary members were honoured to have District 5080 Governor Mike Dalessi and his wife Mary Ann grace us with their presence last month. Governor Dalessi gave a presentation at the July 28th morning meeting. Mike passionately conveyed his message on how Rotary changes our hearts, giving personal narratives on how it had changed his heart.
Mike moved to Juneau, Alaska in 1987 and shortly thereafter joined Rotary. Mike said he joined Rotary for only one reason and that was for networking purposes. Due to scheduling conflicts, he quit the Juneau club, however Mike did rejoin Rotary after he moved to Anchorage where he became International chair.
It was in Anchorage that Mike watched a video on the “Wheelchair Project,” which depicted kids dragging themselves through the streets in third world countries. Another part of the video revealed that a wheelchair could be purchased for $75.00, of course a formidable amount of money for a third world country resident. Watching the video inspired Mike to get involved in the Wheelchair Project and together with others raised a substantial amount of money, resulting in him personally taking chairs to South America. Mike said: ``It was an Ahha moment for me.``
District Governor Mike Dalessi Visits Dan Schellenberg 2015-08-23 00:00:00Z 0

Sam Steele Days Fun

Posted by Allan Davis on Aug 19, 2015
Although it has been a couple of months since Sam Steele Days 2015, we want to show you we were enthusiastic participants through the entire weekend. From a couple of floats in the parade to making sure the soccer and slow pitch participants were well fed...the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise were on the go.
Sam Steele Days Fun Allan Davis 2015-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

The Re-dedication of Engines 4090 & 4469

Posted by Allan Davis on Aug 19, 2015
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On July 14, 2015, The RC of Cranbrook Sunrise proudly completed the project of restoring the exterior finish of the teo engines 4090 & 4469. Five years and almost a quarter of a million $$...and it is done. This is something everyone can feel proud of.
The Re-dedication of Engines 4090 & 4469 Allan Davis 2015-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

2015/16 Executive Installed

Posted by Bill Gibbon

2015 - 2016 Sunrise Executive

Past District Governor Al Davis conducted the installation ceremony for the incoming 2015-2016 Sunrise Rotary Executive. Shown in the photo are President-elect Riley Wilcox, President Trent Taylor, PR Director Dan Schellenberg, Youth Service Director Maggie Lindsay-Tadey, Club Service Director Helen Boon, Vocational Service Director Linda Hastings, Community Service Director Dewayne Penner, and Membership Chair Mark Pinnell. Missing from the photo is Foundation Chair Al Davis. Also in the photo are Ted Wilcox (far left) and Judy Taylor (4th from left). Congrats to all; we look forward to another great Sunriser year!
2015/16 Executive Installed Bill Gibbon 2015-06-28 00:00:00Z 0

The 19th President

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Jun 24, 2015

President Pinned

2014/15 President Ursula passes on the presidential pin to Trent who takes over for the 2015/16 year. The 19th Sunrise president, Trent is a charter member of Sunrise Rotary, has been club treasurer, and has been an active participant in club activities and projects over the 18 year history of Sunrise Rotary. And for the record, here are the names of the previous presidents - Hardy Nielsen (Charter President), Jim Montain, Colin Campbell, Warren Trimble, Allan Davis, Bill Gibbon, Liz Conner, Gerry Dreger, Darryl Bishop, Dennis Parsons, Glenn Aspen, Dick Robinson, Harley Lee, Mike Burnham, Frank Vanden Broek, Daryl Richardson, Mark Pinnell, and Ursula Brigl.
The 19th President Bill Gibbon 2015-06-25 00:00:00Z 0

Mid-Term Early Bird Special

Posted by Glenn Dobie on May 11, 2015

"Mid Term Early Bird Special"- register by May 31st - still great prices and a chance to win 2 nights accommodation at Trickle Creek Lodge in Kimberley! Previous registrants are already entered in the draw. Draw date is May 31, 2015.

Mid-Term Early Bird Special Glenn Dobie 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0

Shelterbox funds growing

Posted by Bill Gibbon on May 07, 2015
Sunrise International Director Gerry Warner is very glad to report to the club that to date he has raised almost $7,000 for the ShelterBox Nepal earthquake campaign. Around $500 of that came from Sunrise Rotary Club members. And there's still time to donate! Another $6,490 came from Cranbrook Daily Townsman readers after Warner wrote a feature about a ShelterBox presentation he made at T.M. Roberts Elementary School. And there should be some more money coming from there. This is all very gratifying and I'm sure it will impress Sunrise Rotary member Alex McLeod, who along with his wife Tricia, extended their Nepal "vacation" to work with the Nepalese people to aid in the rebuilding of the devastated, Himalayan country.
So I would just like to greatly thank all the club members who have assisted in this program and remind everyone that the ShelterBox program is ongoing because the next disaster is only a matter of time.

The first ShelterBox aid distributed in Nepal has gone to medical staff from damaged hospitals in Kathmandu so that they have safe, covered spaces to treat patients

Shelterbox funds growing Bill Gibbon 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange Outbound Camp at Lutherhaven, Idaho

Posted by Colleen Bermel on May 06, 2015


Youth Exchange students (and Arlene) at Camp Lutherhaven, south of Coeur d'Alene on the weekend of May 2 & 3.
Last weekend four outbounds from Cranbrook, Seri-Anna Schroh, Burke Bidder, Emily Mayes and May Hall, went to the district's outbound camp at Camp Lutherhaven.  While there they were introduced to the other outbounds from District #5080 (18 in total) and were briefed on what to expect from their year as an exchange student.  They also met up with our current inbound students who were at the end of their Friendship Tour.  
Youth Exchange Outbound Camp at Lutherhaven, Idaho Colleen Bermel 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Rotary Golf Discount Cards

Posted by Colin Campbell on May 06, 2015


On sale now at Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, East Kootenay Realty, East Kootenay Community Credit Union, Cranbrook Golf Course, and Guidance Planning Strategies.
Sunrise Rotary Golf Discount Cards Colin Campbell 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

Winner of KRGF Super Early Bird Prize Announced

Posted by Glenn Dobie on Apr 19, 2015


Congratulations to Connie Biddles, the winner of our first Super Early Bird prize - Smithoptics Sunglasses! Connie has participated in both 2013 and 2014 Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo and is looking forward to riding the Piccolo length this year with her friends! Connie is shown with Troy from Hot Shots Cafe and Glenn, Sunrise Rotary.
Winner of KRGF Super Early Bird Prize Announced Glenn Dobie 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0

Register Early for a Chance to Win

Posted on Mar 29, 2015
Register Early for the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo and have chances to win Amazing Prizes!! First Draw Date is April 15th for a pair of Smithoptics Pivlock V2 sunglasses. These comfortable, light weight sunglasses have a three-position adjustable nose piece and interchangeable lenses - the Ignitor lens is superb on overcast days. Once you have registered, you are eligible for subsequent prizes in May and July! To register, go to
Thank you to Smithoptics for sponsoring this prize!
Register Early for a Chance to Win Bill Gibbon 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Bill Gibbon on Mar 22, 2015

Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran announces his presidential theme 'Be a Gift to the World.' Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year. Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life." "All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA. "You have one year to take that potential and turn it into reality. One year to lead the clubs in your district and transform the lives of others. The time is so short, yet there is so much to be done." - See more at:

NEW THEME FOR 2015-16 ANNOUNCED Bill Gibbon 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z 0

March 9 Board Meeting Highlights

Posted by Allan Davis on Mar 11, 2015
Highlights from the Executive Meeting of March 9th, 2015
  • Foundation
    • So far the club has averaged $156 per person to the Foundation for a total of $6,242!  Well done everyone!
    • We have 6500 club points to distribute to deserving people and/or businesses
      • It was moved that we present the Rustic Hutch owner a Paul Harris Fellowship for all her work selling the cleaning cloths for the club
  • Membership
    • So far this year, we have had 6 new members, 2 members on leave of absences and one member who has resigned
  • Community Service
    • a storage place has been located at Bob Boswell’s building up by Moir Park for a terrific price - $0
    • The Seacan storage container for the Gran Fondo, BBQ, etc. should arrive this week and will be set up at City Glass.  Thank you to Bob for purchasing the Seacan and to Dewayne for offering to store it at City Glass!  That is the Rotary spirit!
March 9 Board Meeting Highlights Allan Davis 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0

Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club Scholarships Awarded to Five Local Students

Posted by Gerry Warner on Feb 02, 2015
Five outstanding, local post-secondary students have less to worry about financially this year thanks to more than $5,000 they received from a unique scholarship program operated by the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club.
The scholarships are awarded annually and go to post-secondary students in their third, fourth or fifth year of studies when fewer scholarships are available and students experience greater financial need.
In the 2014-2015 academic year, one more scholarship than normal was awarded because of the high academic quality of the applicants, says Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Program chairman, Alex McLeod. “Applicants are evaluated equally on three criteria; academic merit, financial need and volunteerism and this year’s applicants were truly outstanding.”
Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club Scholarships Awarded to Five Local Students Gerry Warner 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0

Fondo Funds At Work

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Jan 15, 2015
Terry Thompson, Mark Creek Lions Club, accepts a cheque from Glenn Dobie, Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary. The Kimberley based Lions club sponsors the Children's Halloween party, the Marysville Daze festival, provide refreshments at skating parties and are building washrooms at Central Park.
Glenn Dobie, from Sunrise Rotary Club, presents a cheque to the Wasa Lions Club who have funded several projects in their community: the lit outdoor skating rink, lakeside walking/cycling trail, the Wasa May Fun Day, and a Medical Lending Library.
Fondo Funds At Work Bill Gibbon 2015-01-16 00:00:00Z 0

Christmas Message from the President

Posted by Ursula Brigl on Dec 21, 2014
At this time of year, people across many different cultures and holding many beliefs are united in celebration.  They celebrate peace, life and the coming of light in the company of family and friends.  They reflect on all that has happened in the past year, look ahead to what the future may bring, and dream about how they can help make a world a better place for all of humanity.
2014 is a year that every member of the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club can be proud of.  We welcomed six new members: Penny Coyle, Linda Hastings, Sherry Jackson, Maggie Lindsay-Tadey, Arlene Schroh and Dan Schellenberg.  This week, we welcome the seventh new member, Kevin Weaver.  And our honorary member Hardy Nielsen became an active member again, ably taking on the role of treasurer.
Whether new or long-standing, all members kept busy helping out with our club’s projects and activities.  This list offers a mere sampling of what we participated in; it is by no means exhaustive:
  • Sponsoring a Sam Steele Sweetheart candidate
  • Rockies Film Series and Festival
  • Sam Steele Days Moir Park Concession
  • RYLA
  • Youth Exchange
  • Long Drive Contest
  • Golf Card and Mirafibre Cleaning Cloth sales
  • Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo
  • Paint the Train
  • Scholarship Program
  • Annual Book Sale
  • Shelter Box
  • Tegucigalpa Market Children sponsorship
  • Values & Ethics Program
  • Shipping out the medical supplies
  • End Polio Now fundraiser
  • Angel Tree
Our members truly embody the Rotary ideal of service above self!
So in this holiday season, I sincerely thank you for all you have done.  Through your contributions, you helped make the world a better place.


I wish you all a happy Christmas and all the best in the New Year.



Christmas Message from the President Ursula Brigl 2014-12-22 00:00:00Z 0

October Film Series Offering Announced

Posted by Darryl Bishop on Oct 03, 2014
Our second film of the series
sponsored by Rella, Paolini & Rogers Law Firm
November 6th, 2014
7:00 pm
Columbia Theatre
Join us for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film, A Most Wanted ManWhen a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill-gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity - oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? (c) Roadside Attractions.
Tickets go on sale Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at Lotus Books!  Don’t wait too long to get your tickets! Our last film sold out very quickly and we had some very disappointed movie goers!
Thank you to Rella, Paolini & Rogers Law Firm for sponsoring our second film.  If you are interested in sponsoring our next film, please visit us on our Facebook page, Rockies Film Festival or email us. 
See you at the movies!
October Film Series Offering Announced Darryl Bishop 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z 0

Lots To Think About At The Fall Assembly

Posted by Gerry Warner on Oct 03, 2014
It was a pretty intense time at the Rotary District 5080 Fall Membership, Foundation and Leadership Assembly I attended at Coeur d’Alene Sept. 20. But when it was over, I did have a better appreciation of the enormity of what Rotary is doing to “light up” a less than perfect world by spreading international good will and understanding.
In doing this, Rotary concentrates on six “Areas of Focus,” which we all know by heart don’t we? Well, I have to admit that sometimes one or two of them slip my mind but the various speakers at the assembly including District 5080 Governor Norm McCarvell, District Foundation Chair Vlad Sasarman, Regional Grants Officer Renee Reiling and our own ex-governor Al Davis brought them back in sharp focus for me.
Promoting peace and conflict resolution often tops the list and small wonder considering that more than 40 million people are currently displaced world-wide because of numerous wars, big and small, around the globe.  Add to this more than 100 million people pushed into poverty every year by sickness and ill health which makes disease prevention and treatment another area of focus. And we’re getting ever closer on eradicating polio.
Lots To Think About At The Fall Assembly Gerry Warner 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z 0

District 5080 Friendship Exchange to Turkey

Posted on Sep 28, 2014

from the District 5080 website courtesy of Sandra Roberts

Rotary Friendship Exchange video of District 5080's recent RFE to Rotary District 2430 - Turkey.  A short video on our experiences and the incredible opportunity presented by Rotary RFEs
I should just add bit of a back story to the video’s opening song.  We spent a fair bit of time writing the song – trying to do our best to capture the spirit and energy of the team.  It was a lot of fun and then with the help of our exchange student we were fortunate to be introduced to Josh who offered to help out with the guitar and vocals.  He took a few artistic liberties and had a few challenges, but overall – pretty impressive for an 18-year who just graduated from high school.  It’s not perfect, but after about 10 takes – he was pretty tired so we took the best version.
District 5080 Friendship Exchange to Turkey Bill Gibbon 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day

Posted by Allan Davis on Sep 22, 2014
World Polio Day is 24 October. You can help make history in our global fight to end polio. Join others from around the world for a live-streamed global status update with Rotary’s global partners, celebrity ambassadors, like Ziggy Marley, and polio survivors including inspirational athlete Minda Dentler. Tune in at 18:30 Chicago time (find your local time) to learn about what Rotary has already accomplished, and what you can do to join our campaign. Here are some ways to mark World Polio Day, raise awareness in your community, and take us one step closer to ending this disease forever.
  • Host a viewing party for the live-streamed event with your friends, family, and community members. Share your pictures and videos using the hashtag #worldpolioday and watch the map light up as you add your voice.
  • Organize a fundraiser. Every dollar that Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched with two dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!
  • Share our World Polio Day graphics on Facebook and Twitter to show the world we are “this close” to a polio-free world. 
World Polio Day Allan Davis 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

New Member Inducted

Posted by Bill Gibbon on May 12, 2014
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Dan Schellenberg becomes

the newest Sunriser

Dan Schellenberg, the general manager of the Sandman Inn, was inducted into membership in Sunrise Rotary by Hardy Neilsen at our May 13th meeting. Dan, who was sponsored by Colin Campbell, was welcomed to the club with a handshake from all club members.
New Member Inducted Bill Gibbon 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellowship Awarded

Posted by Bill Gibbon on May 08, 2014

Multiple Fellowship Awarded

Frank Vanden Broek receives a Paul Harris Award from Past District Governor Allan Davis. As he is a multiple winner with Paul Harris plus 1, Frank received a pin with an embedded gem.
Paul Harris Fellowship Awarded Bill Gibbon 2014-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Interact At Work Bill Gibbon 2014-05-09 00:00:00Z 0

Rockies Film Festival XVII Breaks New Ground

Posted by Percy Davis
On March 6, 7 and 8th Sunrise Rotary held its 17th annual Rockies Film Festival.  This year the film festival committee decided to try something different as it moved the opening of the Festival to the Key City Theatre on March 6th.  Two films were shown; Crash Reel, a documentary following snowboarder Kevin Pearce as he struggles to get back on the slopes following a near fatal accident and a second show, Gabrielle, a film about a developmentally challenged young woman's quest for independence.  Choosing this venue turned out to be a great decision by the committee as the new digital screen and projector provided by Wildsight was definitely a hit with the fans.  Feedback by the patrons was positive and discussions will ensue over trying this venue again next year; stay tuned film fans. Following opening night the venue was moved to the Columbia Theatre for the final 6 films which were shown over the Friday night and Saturday afternoon and evening. 
Rockies Film Festival XVII Breaks New Ground Percy Davis 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z 0

A Message from President Mark Pinnell

Posted by Mark Pinnell
A Message from the President of the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise
(Mark Pinnell, President 2013-2014)
It has been said many times that a Rotary club is a group of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. So how does this relate to our club?
 “a group of ordinary people” – We are a small group of people with a variety of passions and skill sets united by a common goal of service to humanity. We are your neighbors, co-workers, business owners, educators and friends. There is a very good chance that you have met one of us at the store, at a friend’s place or passed us on the sidewalk. We are a cross-section of people living and working in your community.
“doing extraordinary things” – When a group of “ordinary” people unite together for a common goal there is very little that cannot be accomplished. Each member adds their unique personality and talent to the clubs activities. This club is no exception. In our community we have built a park, a field house, supported our youth through Youth Exchange and Values and Ethics programs and assisted local causes in a many ways. Our current project of “Paint the Train” is underway and is expected to be complete by mid 2014.
Internationally we continue to host and participate in group friendship exchanges, sponsor the Tegucigalpa Market Children program in the Honduras, export books and medical equipment, fund shelter boxes, attend district and international Rotary conferences and of course support Rotary International’s End Polio campaign.
A Message from President Mark Pinnell Mark Pinnell 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Values & Ethics Program

Posted by Dennis Parsons on Apr 02, 2014
The Rotary Values & Ethics program was carried out for the spring semester at Mt. Baker High School, for the grade 10 students. The March 31st and April 1st sessions were presented by Glenn Dobie and both Sunrise and Cranbrook Rotarians volunteered as facilitators.
Shown in photo are Doreen Adams,Dennis Parsons,Fran Burgon,Jim Chiu,Jenn Ternoway,Mark Pinnell, MaryAnn Jenkins,Sheilah Moore, Glenn Dobie. (missing - Stephanie Bohn)
Rotary Values & Ethics Program Dennis Parsons 2014-04-03 00:00:00Z 0

India Celebrates 3 Years Without Polio

Posted on Jan 22, 2014

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011.

To mark this historic triumph -- reached after a decades-long battle against polio -- Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."

The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the .


India is polio free" (written in Hindi) illuminates Jodhpur Sojati Gate in Rajasthan, India.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the India PolioPlus Committee
India Celebrates 3 Years Without Polio Bill Gibbon 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0

District Conference 2014

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Jan 19, 2014
Registration for our 2014 District Conference is now open. Join us at the Beautiful Coeur D’Alene Resort for a wonderful weekend of inspiration and fellowship.
For details go to the D5080 website, On the right side of the home page is a list of upcoming District Events. Scroll down to the “District 5080 Conference 2014” entry. There you will find information about the event. On the upper left of that page you will find a link to “Registration” and 2 links to accommodation sites where you may reserve rooms or RV space. Payment may be made via the registration site with a credit/debit card or check. Looking forward to seeing you all in May.
Yours in Rotary Service,
D5080 Conference Committee  
District Conference 2014 Bill Gibbon 2014-01-20 00:00:00Z 0

Farewell Shauni

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Jan 11, 2014
The item below is from a recent Facebook entry from Shauni
Wow what an amazing year. Words aren't enough to describe how I'm feeling at the moment. I'm sitting in the airport waiting for my last flight back to Brisbane and I know that I cant leave without acknowledging all the wonderful family and friends I have discovered during my year abroad! You have all definitely made my year what it is, without your support, love and willingness to adopt this Aussie I would never have been able to have the experiences and year that I had. Thank you each and everyone of you for being family to me. I could never forget all that you did for me. I will cherish the memories, laughs and jokes close to my heart. Thank you to my incredible families for always being there for me during the year, the Sunrise rotary club for being so cheerful and unique! Anyone is lucky to go to a meeting with you guys, to my Canadian girls Cath and Syd I love you both so much. We will see each other again soon thank you for everything, To my Brazilians I love each of you, enjoy the rest of your exchange it flies by. Thank you to everyone that came to say good bye to me; it meant the world to me! my last hours in Canada were golden and I wouldn't change it! I will be back in Canada before you know it. If you're ever in Australia, you will have always have a home.
Farewell Shauni Bill Gibbon 2014-01-12 00:00:00Z 0

Program, January 7, 2014

Posted by Dennis Parsons

Tegucigalpa Market Children: Ron Ross - President of Help Honduras Society, Ron outlined the basics of the Honduras Market Children project. While school is free for these children, attendance at school requires them to have a school uniform, and school supplies. This is where Help Honduras comes in. From online sources it is stated that "Today, the program serves approximately 2,000 children, the poorest of the poor in Tegucigalpa, and gives them the tools to make a better life for themselves and their families.  Of the 2,000 children currently enrolled in the program, approximately 1,000 are sponsored by Rotary.  The rest are sponsored by CRCID (Canadian Government and Rotary working together), or private individual sponsors.  There are approximately 350 unsponsored children in the program this year, and we need your help." It costs $100 Canadian per year to sponsor a child in elementary school, $200 for Secondary School to grade 11, $250 for Grade 12 or vocational training, $300 for university.    
To sponsor a child, please go to  and follow the directions.

Program, January 7, 2014 Dennis Parsons 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z 0

New member induction

Posted by Bill Gibbon
In a ceremony ably conducted by PDG Al Davis, Penny Coyle officially became a member of Cranbrook Sunrise. Penny was sponsored by charter member Trent Taylor.
New member induction Bill Gibbon 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal

Posted by Mark Pinnell on Dec 16, 2013

The executive voted on Dec 16th to admit for membership, Penny Coyle, who was proposed by Trent Taylor and Al Davis. She works at Taylor Adams as an accountant. This is to notify all club members that if no objections are heard within 7 days of the date of this e-mail then we shall proceed with her induction early in the new year

Yours in Rotary Service

Mark Pinnell 

New Member Proposal Mark Pinnell 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0

A Sunriser Tradition Continues

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Dec 15, 2013


Having travelled from Rome to Cranbrook for her year of International Youth Exchange, Alessia was introduced to the thrill of ice-fishing on a fine winter's day at Baynes Lake. And unlike Shauni, she got to enjoy the experience on a balmy day totally the opposite of the sub-zero temperature Shauni "enjoyed" last year. However, like Shauni she was introduced to the long-standing Sunrise Rotary tradition of kissing the first fish caught.

Guides and mentors on this expedition were Percy and Frank who provided food, hot drinks, a stove for warmth and of course the expertise that led to a fine catch of large, delicious Kootenay trout.

A Sunriser Tradition Continues Bill Gibbon 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z 0

A Goal Almost Reached

Posted by Allan Davis on Dec 15, 2013

Our goal for the year for the Annual Program Fund is $4,200 and to date we have donated: $4,126. This was as of October 31, 2013.

A Goal Almost Reached Allan Davis 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z 0

Program - New Guinea Indonesia

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Dec 15, 2013


For those who attended the Wade Davis presentation at Key City Theatre a few nights ago, the presentation by Percy Davis during our morning meeting seemed to be a continuation of similarily fascinating information about cultures far different from our 21st century western civilization. Although very few travelers are able to visit the remote tribes in the Indonesian half of New Guinea due to government restrictions and uneasy relations between government and the tribes, Percy managed just that and his slideshow and commentary gave us a glimpse into a totally different world.

While it is very difficult to summarize in a few words what the presentation told us about the people of Western New Guinea, the photo above gives some indication of what the travelers encountered. Also, in Percy's words, in the tribal culture of New Guinea,  "pigs rule" with a man's worth being based on the number of pigs owned. Despite the fact that they "rule", pigs also serve as the main menu item for those occasions requiring a celebratory feast. Among the many customs of the tribes is the chewing of betel and consequently the red stains of betel juice are widespread throughout villages and surroundings. Mentioned was also made in the presentation of some itchy nights due to cohabiting with fleas and lice.

Thanks Percy for an interesting and colourful presentation


Program - New Guinea Indonesia Bill Gibbon 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z 0

A Sunrise Rotary Celebration at St. Eugene

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Dec 15, 2013

ImageImageA large group of Sunrise Rotary members, spouses, Youth Exchange students and other guests celebrated the Christmas season at a fun-filled event at St. Eugene Resort on Sunday, Dec. 15. The event, which was organized by Helen Boon and Lorinda Nelson, featured a fine meal, music and dancing, a soon-to-be-traditional reading of original poetry by President Mark, a necktie competition, and other miscellaneous happenings. Music and many toasts to the festive season were supplied by the East-West Connections band.

During the evening's activities, Arlene Schroh presented Youth Exchange student Shauni with a large quilt which was then passed around the room to be signed by the many friends that Shauni has made during her exchange year in Cranbrook.

Mid-way through the evening, a necktie competition among the many men decked out in their Christmas best, led to JayImage Nelson taking the trophy based on the judgment of a panel of youthful experts. Some felt, though, that the panel was unduly influenced by the somewhat questionable addition of sound capabilities to the winning tie.

A great evening for all. Our thanks to the organizers and to all who attended.

A Sunrise Rotary Celebration at St. Eugene Bill Gibbon 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z 0

How my interest in Microcredit was boosted by Kiva

Posted by Antoine Beurskens on Dec 08, 2013

I have been interested in microcredit since 1998. I initiated and support some 10 Matching Grant projects in the Philippines and Bolivia. I attended the microcredit conference of May 2011 in Calgary where Matt Flanagan, one of those wise young whippersnappers and co-founder of Kiva, told us about Kiva


My first loan to Tuya in Mongolia was paid back in 12 months, 2 months ahead of schedule, and I started to loan on a regular base. Once I got to know the Kiva website I did realize that indeed I did only loan, not give.  I became fascinated with the exposure to the many groups. I felt empowered to be able to loan to groups of people all over the world!  Soon I had reached the amount in my first Matching Grant project with NWFT in the Philippines, this without any paperwork and at a cost of $350 donations.  Loanees in microcredit do pay back their loans, at a rate of 99+%.  This is really: “Helping people helping themselves!”   Image

I realize that working with Kiva is an excellent way to become aware of the reality in the world around us. For a Rotarian who is interested in that world this is a satisfactory experience.  For every Rotarian this is the chance to become involved: everybody likes to help others without spending money. By 28 October 2013 186 Rotarians from 28 clubs funded 8985 loans for a total $348, 215. Just imagine if we could reach 1.2 million Rotarians and convince a percentage of them to join us.  We would reach a level of millions and millions of dollars worth of sponsored projects.


It will be easy to follow such success story if all Kiva-Rotarians become member of a Kiva RAGM team. The world would have another example of what Rotary can do.


(Editor's note - for more information about Kiva follow the link

How my interest in Microcredit was boosted by Kiva Antoine Beurskens 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z 0

Minkha Sweater Sale

Posted by Anne Beurskens on Dec 07, 2013

ImageOn Saturday Nov. 30, we held our by now annual Minkha sweater sale when we sell sweaters, hand knitted by the Minkha women of Cochabamba in Bolivia and also hand woven scarves from Guatemala. The proceeds from the sweaters go straight back to Bolivia via Save the Children Canada and the profits from the scarves go back to Guatemala where they are used in community projects such as clean water or safe inexpensive cooking stoves.

This year I was very happy with the special help that we received from the Rotaracters especially Danica who brought all the members in shifts to the hall and not to forget Mark our president who proved to be extremely good in organizing the men's sweaters. During the sale several members of our club came by and purchased items. We made over $6000 and after all the bills are paid we can send away around $5500.

By the way all the sweaters have now gone to Edmonton where we have the biggest sales (it is Alberta after all) but I can always order a sweater for you; we have samples of the knitting, all the colours and all the different models and options. We always have a collection of scarves here at home.

Thanks again to all of you and Merry Christmas,



Minkha Sweater Sale Anne Beurskens 2013-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

Rotaract On The Move

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Dec 07, 2013

ImageIn February of this year, the Cranbrook Rotaract Club was formed by a group of college students eager to make a difference in the community and the world. After a few months off for the summer, the group kicked off the new Rotary year with a small handful of returning members fundraising and volunteering in the Cranbrook AIDS Walk.

Since September, the Cranbrook Rotaract Club has DOUBLED its membership! We have participated in a number of activities and events in the community, and have had three meetings so far. We made a fundraising team for the Cranbrook AIDS Walk and helped out with traffic control; we helped Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary and the Friends of the Library move boxes of books in for the Book Sale and we took shifts volunteering on the day of the sale. More recently we stuck Rotary labels inside the covers of the dictionaries the Cranbrook Rotary Club will be distributing to Grade 3 students across town, and we helped Anne and Antoine Beurskens with the Minkha Sweater Sale, as well as set-up and take-down of the event. Our first event in December was joining the army of volunteers from Cranbrook Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, the Fire Department, and a number of others, in filling and serving plates at the Seniors' Christmas Dinner at the Colombo Lodge!

We are looking forward to helping out for a number of projects in the spring and summer with both Rotary clubs in town, including Rotary Way maintenance after the snow melts, cleaning up and yard work at J. Fred Scott Rotary Villa, the film festival, Rotary Way Day, the Paint the Train project, and the Gran Fondo. We are excited to work with the Cranbrook Rotary Club and the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club, providing young, strong volunteers and smiling faces for any events we can! In the spring and summer, we also anticipate the possibilities of participating in the PETS Conference and RYLA. We have had a great four months so far, and we look forward to the next several months of service!

On behalf of the Cranbrook Rotaract Club, I would like to thank both of our sponsoring Rotary clubs, as well as Mark Pinnell and Doreen Adams, for all their help, support, and mentorship, as well as providing us with volunteer opportunities and Rotary connections. Also, thank you for the club T-shirts!

Danica Jensen
Cranbrook Rotaract, Vice President

Rotaract On The Move Bill Gibbon 2013-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

SHELTERBOX and The Philipines

Posted by Allan Davis on Nov 18, 2013
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ShelterBox is aiming to help up to 4,000 families following Typhoon Haiyan and has launched an Emergency Appeal. With 504 tents en route now from Dubai to Manila, our ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members are already on the ground in the Philippines carrying out assessments. We are working around the clock to ensure that we do all we can to help the families who have been affected. Read more here -

For Canadian Clubs, the Federal Government is matching $1 for $1 your contributions to a recognized charity and Shelterbox Canada is one. Please encourage  members to help.

SHELTERBOX and The Philipines Allan Davis 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

A Challenge from a PDG - the answer

Posted by Allan Davis on Nov 18, 2013
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What are the connections between our club and a picture on P.10 of the February issue of The Rotarian. I issued this challenge on Feb. 25 of this year.

I don't believe there was a single correct answer:   There is a picture of Scott Niedermayer and it was made possible by efforts of a club member. It (and one of Rob) are part of the "WORLD'S BIGGEST COMMERCIAL" for END POLIO NOW.

Check it out at


A Challenge from a PDG - the answer Allan Davis 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

Installation Evening - a photo album

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Jun 30, 2013

Below left - MC Ursula on the job.  Below - The tutu-clad entertainers Sheldon Richardson & Marty Winkl. Right - Outgoing President Daryl gives his year-end Address.







Below - left: Mike dons a tutu and joins the act(ain't he cute!). Below - A ceremonial cake in recognition of 100 Years of Rotary is presented by Jenn Ternoway(Rotaract Secretary) & Barry Catsirelis(Rotaract President).



Installation Evening - a photo album Bill Gibbon 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

2013/2014 Executive Installed

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Jun 30, 2013

Installed during festivities at Cranbrook Golf Course were Ursula Brigl(Pres.-elect & Secretary), Daryl Richardson(Past-President), Lorinda Nelson(Public Relations), President Mark Pinnell, Helen Boon(Club Service), Colleen Bermel(Youth Exchange), Trent Taylor(Director-at-Large), and Mike Burnham(Treasurer). A few positions remain to be filled and will be announced at a later date.



2013/2014 Executive Installed Bill Gibbon 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Ombudsperson Kim Carter Visits Sunrise Rotary

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Jun 30, 2013

In her presentation to the club, the current BC Ombudsperson, Kim Carter, outlined the goals of her office for the people of the province. In short, her office strives to see that people are treated fairly by provincial public authorities. Among the examples she used to illustrate the impact the ombudsperson can have was dealing with a complaint of unfair treatment by BC Hydro. Following investigation by the office of the Ombudsperson, the complainant received a $60 rebate from Hydro, and 580 other people who had also been affected received similar compensation.

Kim left a comprehensive information binder with President Mark for anyone wanting to follow-up on her presentation. Also, detailed information on the Office of the Ombudsperson Office can be found at



Ombudsperson Kim Carter Visits Sunrise Rotary Bill Gibbon 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

From Mallory - The Last Day

Posted by Colleen Bermel on Jun 30, 2013


This post will be more of a thank you than a blog as I feel there are quite a few people I need to thank.

Thank you to both my home and host Rotary clubs. Without you this literally would not have been possible. I have had the time of my life this year and I have you to thank for that. I can't wait to one day become a member of Rotary and watch kids of the future walk the same path I have been lucky enough to walk. What your organization does for youth is absolutely outstanding. Know that all the hard work you put in is so beyond worth it for us exchange students. We are forever grateful to Rotary and all its wonderful individuals.

Thank you to my host families. Without you there would have been many more nights spent sleeping in train stations or on McDonald's benches. The selflessness you show is unreal.
To the Borners: Thank you for being my first home away from home. You took a naive, uncultured, scared girl and helped her become a confident, open, happy young woman. I cannot thank you enough for all the trips you took with me, our trips to meet grandparents, my city tour, ITALY, all the sightseeing, the fraternity events, everything. I am so grateful for everything you did.
To the Lennigers: thank you for being a great last impression of Germany. Thank you for letting me become a part of your family so quickly, and for being patient with me when all I seemed to do was make mistakes. I am so grateful for all the exciting things we did together and I promise I'll come visit by soon! Viel Spaß in Montreal Lukas und Felix!!!

Thank you to my friends. Without you this year would have been unbearable. Thank you for standing by my side through everything. Whether it was language struggles or homesickness I always knew you guys would have my back. I won't forget any of you no matter how long we go without seeing each other. I love you guys until the end of the world. Bis später!

Austauschschuler!!!!!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you. I couldn't involve you in the friend section of this thank you note because you're not friends, you're family. We fought, we cried, we laughed, we ate, we sang, we drank, we did everything exchange students are supposed to do but the best part about it was we always did them together. We stuck together through everything. The good and bad times couldn't touch us. We started in August not knowing a single thing about each other or where we were. And we have ended this year knowing every single last detail about everyone else and we have grown and learnt so much about our country. I hope that whenever you are in Kanada you send me a message because I will always be there to visit. I love you guys soo much and I will miss my home away from home more than anything.

Thank you to my family. I don't think I would have made it the year without you.
To my little sister: Thanks girl. We left each other just sisters. We fought and argued and couldn't seem to find anything we agreed on but spending a year away made me realize just how special you are to me and how lucky I am to have a sister like you to keep me going. Thanks for keeping me in the Cranbrook loop even when I was halfway across the world. I wish you nothing but the best on your exchange and I know that the next couple of months will fly by and I won't be ready to say goodbye in August but I also know that you'll have the time of your life while you are there. Be your own person, be open to new experiences, and don't forget to stand tall and be proud ;)
To my mummy and daddy: WE DID IT. Well you did it. You survived all year without me. Proud of you ;) no seriously, thank you. Thanks for the 3 am skypes when all I wanted to do was come home, thanks for constantly filling the cash tank, thanks for signing forms, and letting me vent, but most of all thank you for giving me this experience. I can never express to you how incredibly grateful I am that you allowed me this amazing adventure. I know the next year will be just as hard on you as this past year was but know that I am always here for both of you, and that I will always be your little girl. I'm just your little girl who likes to travel now ;)

Thank you. To everyone who made this experience possible. I will never forget the amazing things I did, learned, and saw. But more importantly ill never forget the people that were involved in making this the best year of my life. Thank you. Xoxoxo

From Mallory - The Last Day Colleen Bermel 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Sam Steele 2013

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Jun 18, 2013


Another successful Sam Steele Days weekend; another weekend of Sunrise involvement in a major community event. Thanks to the dedication and organizational skills of our longtime concession manager Dick Robinson and his wife Jeannie, and the involvement of Sunrisers who dedicated many hours to ensure an efficient and smooth operation of the Fieldhouse concession and satellite barbecue at the ball diamonds, the hungry were fed and the thirsty were supplied with cold and hot drinks.

On top of that, Dick informed us that the weekend's efforts also generated a profit to support our various projects and activities. Congrats to all!



Sam Steele 2013 Bill Gibbon 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z 0

Another Fellowship Opportunity Through Rotary

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Jun 18, 2013


In the photo above, Mark Pinnell poses with Masayuki (Masa) and Lucy Tsuzuki who were members of the Group Friendship Exchange attending the District 5080 Conference in Colville. Following the Conference, Masa and Lucy spent the weekend in Cranbrook with Mark and Lee, taking in the Sam Steele weekend activities and enjoying a guided tour of Cranbrook with their gracious hosts. The four new friends then journeyed to Banff so Masa and Lucy could rejoin the GFE team.

Another Fellowship Opportunity Through Rotary Bill Gibbon 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z 0

Mr. Bueckert's Dream - Big Band Debut

Posted by Colleen Bermel on Jun 08, 2013

Image(from a report received from Danica who is on Youth Exchange in Bolivia)

Pink Panther”, “Mas Que Nada”, “Four”, “In The Mood”, “Tamarindo Seco”, “Moonlight Serenade”, “Mambo No. 5” – just some of the hits we played at Thursday, April 18th's "concierto" (concert).

Era un gran evento, muy elegante, en la Manzana Uno – completo con fuegos artificiales! It was a big elegant event held in the "Manzana Uno" (the plaza behind/beside "La Catedral" (The Cathedral)) - complete with a flying mime and fireworks!

I arrived with Adri (my 18-year-old sister and friend), not knowing what we would find, but expecting a group of musicians parked in a corner of the plaza with half a drum kit and a shared microphone for solos and introductions. Not even close! We were both surprised when we were stopped at the entrance by "un guardia" (a security guard) who would only allow entrance to those with a pass - or performers. Unfortunately, I didn't have "un instrumento en mano" (an instrument in hand) - because I am using/borrowing Sr. Boris' alto, and he keeps it at Kolping (where we rehearse), and brought it with him and his baritone sax "al concierto" (to the concert). Fortunately, the guard believed the tall, blonde gringa and her "hermana Boliviana" (Bolivian sister) when we explained that I was there to play in the Big Band. I was surprised again at what we saw just around the corner: tables and chairs dressed up with white table cloths, chair dresses, and coloured ribbons; a big stage with decorated chairs and lots of lights; one third of the plaza blocked off with rails and guards; and people running around setting up lights, mics, and cables. I found Sr. Boris and "el saxo" (the saxophone), got set up and warmed up, and waited for the show to start.

"A las siete y cuarto, comenzó el evento - el IX Festival Internacional de Teatro."
The event - the Ninth International Theatre Festival - began at seven fifteen.

We (the Big Band) played a one half-hour set, sat through a lot of speeches, watched some videos and dances on balcony behind us, and were entertained by clowns and mimes on stilts, as well as a ton of other fascinating characters milling about in the crowd. By the time our second set rolled around, all the seats in the audience were full, a large crowd had gathered on the outside of the fence, and one of the mimes had clipped herself onto the cables stretching across the plaza above "la gente" (the people/crowd). She had balloons in her hand and floated gracefully through the air as if she was walking or dancing. A recording of "Tamarindo Seco" (a local favourite) blasted from the speakers and "fuegos artificiales" (fireworks) boomed above until the mime finished her act and slowly let the balloons fly free - and in the same moment, the other actors in the audience released the rest of the balloons (that had been tied to the chairs with looooooong ribbons) into the clear night sky. It was beautiful. :)

Then it was our turn again. We started the set with "Tamarindo Seco" and all the actors on their feet. It was so much fun to perform again, after so many months "sin tocando" (without playing), but it was especially awesome to play with everyone dancing right up front like that. I had to force myself to focus on the music when we played "Pink Panther" and "Chameleon" because all the actors were just so "into it" - prowling around like cats, flailing their arms, and shaking their whole bodies during an EPIC and crazy-long drum solo! It was AWESOME! I tried to explain to my family afterwards how much fun it was and how that has always been Mr. Bueckert's dream - jazz band ripping it up, audience dancing away, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed it all. :D

When we finished the set, "la gente" (the people) remaining started chanting, "OTRA MÁS! OTRA MÁS!" (“ONE MORE! ONE MORE!”) but Ricardo (one of the directors) said, "No. Vengan al otro concierto el proximo miercoles!" (“No. Come to our next concert on Wednesday!”) And with that, we started to pack up.

I hopped down from the stage to greet my excited fan club - mi Papi Fredy, mi Mami Denise, Adri, and Ale. They were all so proud of me and took a zillion "fotos" (photos) and videos throughout the whole show (Mi Papi and Adri even snuck up to the balcony to take pictures of me from behind!) - until both cameras died!

After I packed up "el saxo" and left it with Sr. Boris, I left the "Manzana Uno" with my family and free hands! There is one binder and one book of music for each "section" (Alto 1, Alto 2, Tenor 1, Tenor 2, etc.), so we aren't allowed to take them home, and I didn't have a saxophone to carry home or keep track of! It felt so strange to leave a concert like that! But it felt sooooo great to be leaving a concert where I had just performed. I have music in my life again, and life is good!! :)

Mr. Bueckert's Dream - Big Band Debut Colleen Bermel 2013-06-09 00:00:00Z 0

News from the Polio Eradication Front

Posted by Allan Davis on May 19, 2013
Earlier this week, a case of type 1 polio was reported in the Banadir region of Somalia. This is the country’s first case since March 2007. In response to the outbreak, an immunization campaign is scheduled to take place 14-16 May, aimed at reaching more than 350,000 children in the Banadir region.
Polio in the News

 NPR (hyperlink – : One of the top challenges facing global polio eradication? Keeping people focused on the goal through 2018, says Rotary’s Deepak Kapur.

 MASHABLE (hyperlink – : To the average person, the connection between a South Korean pop star and a tech-guru-turned-philanthropImageist is not obvious. What links them? Their partnership with Rotary, and a dedication to polio eradication.

 VOICE OF AMERICA (hyperlink – : In this profile piece, Rotarian polio-survivor Ann Lee Hussey emphasizes the importance of global polio eradication.

News from the Polio Eradication Front Allan Davis 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0

Summer Projects for Sunrisers - A Message from the Prez

Posted by Daryl Richardson on May 19, 2013

As all you who were present at this past week's meetings (morning and satellite) know, the main program was our involvement in the upcoming projects and events in the next 6 or so weeks. As some of us also know, this is the busy time of year for us with regard to our various commitments we have within our community. This morning I sent out the signup forms that each of you volunteered for. This message is primarily for the club members that were not in attendance for this open discussion.

Below I have indicated the projects still requiring volunteers and in some regards someone within the club to take on the leadership role of the project. For the past few years we have had certain individuals staying in the leadership role and now it is time that they would to step aside and let someone else take the reins. I mentioned that past knowledge and experience is not far away if someone new were to request it. Please have a look at the projects and dates and let me know if you would like to volunteer and better yet if you would like to lead a certain project.

Please don't wait for someone else to step forward. Do it now.

Project - Highway Cleanup - 14 members volunteered - Leader, Alex Ibbotson

Project - Rampart Cleanup - 8 members volunteered - Leader, Brent Jossy and the members of the Satellite meeting.

Project - Gran Fondo BBQ - 8 members volunteered - Leader required

Project - Sam Steele Concession - Dates, June 14, 15, 16 - 14 members volunteered, More volunteers required - Leader required

Project - Grad Parking - 6 members volunteered - More volunteers required - Leader required

Project - Child Dev. Golf Gala - 7 members volunteered - More volunteers required - Leader, Michelle Shemilt-Doll

Project - Friends of the Library Book Sale - 14 members volunteered - Leader required








Summer Projects for Sunrisers - A Message from the Prez Daryl Richardson 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0

Medical Equipment For Sale

Posted by Daryl Richardson on May 18, 2013


Last Saturday I was joined at our Rampart facility by Mel, Gerry, Shelly, Janice and Bob from 8:00 - 10:00 to list the recently donated equipment from the Cranbrook Regional Hospital. As some sorting of the equipment was needed and as the knowledge amongst us was limited, we seemed to shuffle through it with a few laughs and internet searches to determine what they were. In this equipment there was everything from a Mammography Unit to a ECG and even an Ultrasound System.

A total of 16 items were recorded and now the process is to list them on the internet to raise funds for the locomotive project and other requirements in the club. An approximate calculation would be in the area of $20K to 30K or even higher.

Medical Equipment For Sale Daryl Richardson 2013-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
A Celebration of Philippine Independence Bill Gibbon 2013-05-13 00:00:00Z 0

Sunrisers at Ft. Steele

Posted by Bill Gibbon on May 10, 2013


The April 30th meeting for Sunrise Rotary was held on a chilly morning at Fort Steele in conjunction with a visit by the Youth Exchange students who overnighted there as one stop on their tour of District 5080. The informal gathering over coffee, muffins, and fruit offered a chance for fellowship among Rotarians and exchange students while gaining an appreciation of life on the frontier.


Members of Cranbrook Sunrise and Cranbrook Rotary clubs along with District Exchange students gather to sing the anthem at the flagpole at Ft. Steele RCMP barracks.


Sunrisers at Ft. Steele Bill Gibbon 2013-05-11 00:00:00Z 0

Gran Fondo Update

Posted by Glenn Dobie on Apr 28, 2013

Recent Fondo developments:

Entertainment: If you have suggestions, contact Mark Pinnell .
Hospitality (Volunteer Appreciation Prizes & SWAG bag Inclusion ideas): Contact Helen Boon
And if you are available to Volunteer, please register on line ( by mid-May to assist us with planning.










Gran Fondo Update Glenn Dobie 2013-04-29 00:00:00Z 0

Cranbrook Rotaract Club Meeting - March 28th 2013

Posted by Mark Pinnell on Apr 07, 2013
In attendance: Barry Catsirelis, Tim Wheaton, Mark Pinnell, Jenn Ternoway

New Members: Andrew Catabay, Tim (Timmy) Tetrecult, Owen Collins

President-elect Mark Pinnell presented a cheque on behalf Imageof Sunrise Rotary to Rotaract President Barry Catsirelis (Left above)for $50.00 for seed money. This was matched by the Cranbrook Rotary Club. Tim Wheaton (Treasurer) is on the right above.

The club had its first “brainstorming” session. In this session we tried to identify our strengths and weaknesses and discussed some possible future projects. We also discussed the “snafu” with getting the club re-activated with Rotary International.

The next meeting date is not set yet.

Cranbrook Rotaract Club Meeting - March 28th 2013 Mark Pinnell 2013-04-08 00:00:00Z 0

Sunrisers Ignite

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Feb 24, 2013

(editor's note - The item below is for those of you who missed the announcement in the Feb.11 issue of  The SUNRISER.)

‘CONGRATULATIONS’  to Sunrise Rotary for becoming a Premier Club in the Ignite Membership initiative by obtaining the 420 points needed for our 42 member club. The points were obtained through meeting some of the criteria in the 18 listed in the Ignite Program. Some examples: Bring in a new member (25), Propose a new member (5), Develop an attractive website (10).

Sunrisers Ignite Bill Gibbon 2013-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
A Day in the Life of an Exchange Student Mark Pinnell 2013-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

YE District Tour

Posted by Colleen Bermel on Feb 24, 2013

The upcoming Youth Exchange District Tour will begin in Cranbrook on Sunday, April 28th. The students will be visiting the Trout Hatchery, swimming, and doing a couple of programs at Fort Steele before moving on to Golden. The tour will culminate at Camp Lutherhaven in Coeur d'Alene with the upcoming group of outbounds on May 6th.

The Cranbrook Rotary Club is involved with the tour and will be supervising the inbounds on the first evening of the students' visit to Cranbrook, but I must have two volunteers, one male and one female, from our club to chaperone on Monday, April 29th at Fort Steele (from supper time until the next morning at breakfast--7a.m.). The club will be having their breakfast that morning at Fort Steele to allow members to visit with the inbounds. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are able to spend the night as a chaperone for these young people.

YE District Tour Colleen Bermel 2013-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

Pennies For Polio

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Feb 24, 2013

Dear Rotarian:

We are pleased to share that today, on Rotary’s 108th anniversary, it was announced at the Vancouver Peace Forum that Canadian Rotarians have raised over $1.6 million for the Pennies for Polio initiative. Thanks to you, we have exceeded our goal of $1 million. This is a true testament to the continued interest and commitment of Canadian Rotarians to Rotary’s priority program. Our funds, as you know, will also be further leveraged by matching funds from the Canadian government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. By doing this we have ensured vital financial support for global polio eradication activities and we have sent a clear message about the continued commitment of Canadian Rotarians to the goal of a polio free world.

Our government has heard and acknowledged this message. Yesterday, Minister for International Cooperation Julian Fantino and International PolioPlus Committee Chair Bob Scott issued a joint editorial article affirming commitment to the shared goal of a polio free world and today, Minister Fantino announced that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will match all contributions received above the original $1 million ceiling by Rotarians through the 1 March 2013 deadline. The Gates Foundation has also agreed to continue their match of funds donated by Canadian Rotarians. Based on the $1.6 million in contributions are aware of to date, this already means a total of $4.8 million in additional funding for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

We have one week remaining where every dollar you contribute will be matched by an additional $2. We would encourage you to consider making an additional contribution to PolioPlus in honor of Rotary’s Anniversary prior to 1 March 2013. We are planning to announce a preliminary figure for funds raised by Rotarians through 1 March to Minister Fantino when he attends the Toronto Peace Symposium on 2 March 2013.

We thank you for so clearly demonstrating the unwavering commitment of Canadian Rotarians to global polio eradication and hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to leverage your investment in a polio free world. We also encourage you to express your appreciation for Canada’s continued collaboration with Rotary as highlighted by the extension of this match to your Member of Parliament.

Many thanks for your continued support and collaboration to END POLIO NOW!

Bryn Styles Richard Clarke
Member Chair
RI Board of Directors Pennies for Polio

Pennies For Polio Bill Gibbon 2013-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes - Feb 19, 2013

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Feb 17, 2013


Guests: Assistant District Governor Don Tarrant from Creston, Roger Brown from Cranbrook Rotary, and Brad Butler from Saskatchewan.

Anniversaries: Frank & Robyn Vanden Broek, 24 years, Feb. 24

Don Tarrant - Paul Harris Society Presentations -  Assistant District- Governor Don recognized Carl Casey, Harley Lee, Colin Campbell and Ursula Brigl as membImageers of the Paul Harris Society.  Donors of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin. Congratulations to all.

 Helen Boon-Mirafiber cloths: Helen reported that sales of Mirafiber cloths continues in response to members' requests for more cloths. To date, $2,000 has been raised, an amount beyond what was initially anticipated.

Mark Pinnell - Rotaract: Mark announced that a Rotaract meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 27th at the Credit Union.

Bob Bjorn -  Rampart: Volunteers will be needed to help inventory medical supplies at our Rampart storage facility during the week of Feb. 25- 28.

Glenn Dobie - Cycling to Conference 2013: For those club members planning on cycling to the District Conference in Colville in June, Spin Classes will be starting soon. Contact Glenn for more details.

Glenn Dobie - Kootenay Rockiies Gran Fondo: the launch of the Gran Fondo website is scheduled for Thursday, March 21st. Gran Fondo activity will no doubt ramp up once the bound-to-be-impressive site is up and running.

Mark Pinnell - President-elect Training Seminar(PETS): PE Mark reported on the PETS session held in Seattle on Feb. 15-17. He found it to be an informative and intense event for the 450 Presidents'-elect in attendance. It was suggested by Rotary officials that there are challenging years ahead for Rotary, particularly in the area of membership. The issue of declining membership is affecting all service clubs.

Meeting Notes - Feb 19, 2013 Bill Gibbon 2013-02-18 00:00:00Z 0

North American Youth Exchange Network Meeting - Orlando, Fl

Posted by Darryl Bishop on Feb 16, 2013

Over 300 participants from over 38 countries were in attendance to further the cause of Youth Exchange and I am extremely proud to represent our District 5080 here at the North American Youth Exchange Network meeting. Image

One other piece of news, at the Colville Ski Weekend Feb 11, an election was held and subject to the concurrence of the District Governor in the 2015-2016 Rotary year I will be the chair of the District Youth Exchange Committee. It's a wonderful program and after spending the weekend with so many like-minded volunteers who believe so strongly in supporting this program, I am honoured to continue my work in this area.

North American Youth Exchange Network Meeting - Orlando, Fl Darryl Bishop 2013-02-17 00:00:00Z 0

With Frank & Robyn in Pakistan

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Feb 16, 2013

 from Facebook postings by Frank & Robyn Vanden Broek in PakistanImage - The photos might not match the captions, but they do show another side of the trip to Pakistan.

(from Frank). Last day in Pakistan. Great day at a local rural village, old style sugar cane processing and a great picnic. Sad to leave Pakistan but happy to be heading home as well.

(from Robyn) Today I post with heavy heart. It is our final day here in Lahore ImagePakistan. A country proud of its heritage. A city full of love and hospitality. We have travelled far to a country where the media has not been kind, and the people have opened their hearts, their arms and their homes. We head home to our families, but there are members of our families that we will leave behind. — Pakistan Day 12





With Frank & Robyn in Pakistan Bill Gibbon 2013-02-17 00:00:00Z 0

Heading for the Finish Line

Posted by Allan Davis on Feb 09, 2013



We are cranking up the engine project...heading for the finish line. As a result, we have placed the order for the manufacture of the enamelled Beaver Crest logo. In the next month or so, we will be calling a meeting with all our project contractors and laying out the timelines for this Spring. At some point, we will be needing a session or two for our ‘hands-on’ contributions, so get ready.

Heading for the Finish Line Allan Davis 2013-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

Good News for the Book Sale

Posted by Anne Beurskens on Feb 09, 2013



Marilyn Forbes, the president of the Friends of the Library, has received a message from the owners of the old Tembec gym that we can rent the gym for the sum of $400 for our book sale in October.

This is great good news and we are very grateful for the generosity of the Ktunaxa council.


Good News for the Book Sale Anne Beurskens 2013-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

Canada Day at Moir Park

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Jul 01, 2012

Canada Day at Moir Park was once again a great success with large numbers turning out for an evening of musical entertainment, fast food, community awards, kids' games, and a great fireworks display. Sunrisers were in the thick of the action with President Frank taking a lead role in organizing the event, second-in-command Todd Pellerin supervising concession operations, and club members doing their share at the concession and with clean-up operations. A job well done and a very successful community event. Thanks everyone!
Canada Day at Moir Park Bill Gibbon 2012-07-02 00:00:00Z 0

Sunrisers at Sam Steele Days

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Jun 27, 2012

Left - Dave Savage high-stepping it in the parade in support of the Womens' Resource Centre

Brianna Kennedy - Sam Steele Sweetheart 2012


Above - Pres. Frank and Gerry Warner keep the burgers coming.

Percy Pilots the quad

Sunrisers at Sam Steele Days Bill Gibbon 2012-06-28 00:00:00Z 0

Sam Steele Days 2012

Posted by Dick Robinson on Jun 27, 2012

I would like to thank all those members who showed up for a shift(s) at our concession again this year. It was a fun filled weekend and relatively rainless so all those who were there had a grand time. I would like to thank several members for their support in this, Bill & Shirley for their painting, gathering of utensils and getting the place ready and working shifts. Also Bob Bjorn who came for the set up on Friday, stayed for the afternoon, worked a shift on Sat. and showed up for cleanup. Also Percy who showed up for several shifts and worked at the bbq he bought for the club.

I would have a tie for top honors to my wife Jeannie & Dennis. Jeannie was always two steps ahead of me and did a lot of behind the scenes work collecting food and cherry picking all the stores and worked several shifts. Dennis volunteered to load the shift schedule, apply for the Health Board Permit, showed up for set up and worked that afternoon until close at the Ball park. He opened Sat. morning and again worked the whole day/evening. He came back on Sunday morning and stayed the whole day and also stayed for clean up. Such dedication but muchly appreciated. I see why he got the Service above Self Award this year. Thanks so much Dennis.

From past years we know it takes about $3500 to stock the concession with buns/pop,meat, freezies, coffee etc. and hasn't changed much. Our Gross sales were around $5500. so our net sales were just under $2000. I overspend (on purpose) to get most of the food supplies needed for Canada Day so most of the money in that day will be profit. We were down about $2000 from 2 years ago. The weather was not the hottest (according to freezie sales) and that also touched on pop sales. There may also have been a lingering on factor from the people who ran the concession last year as many were not happy with him and his skeleton staff. We will be dropping chicken next year (if we get the nod to take it over again) as it is too hard to handle when the rush is on and too much of it is thrown away (overcooked) and it carries a high price tag.

One thing we may want to consider, so I will plant the seed now, is that we could take a long look at also taking over the concession at the Quads. We would have to work like the JCI's and work long shifts so at least two shifts per member as the sales there would be way more than at Moir. We thought Percy's ranger was great for running product back and forth but it is not as good as a golf cart for trying to sell extra product, although due to the weather not many were buying in the coolness. If anyone wants to see the total breakdown of costs, Jeannie did up a spread sheet which shows what we bought, what we paid and an accounting of all monies.

Also what was nice to see was all the younger crew we had show up for different shifts. Many of them former YE students and/or Sam Steele Sweethearts or candidates. Such as Joy Friesen, Amy Morrison, Jessica Bermel, Rachel Wright, Mallory Balfour, Jenny Byford and Emily. Thanks again to all of you for the support and all the laughs we had. This has to be one of the best Public Relations jobs we do in the community and the money is just a bonus to put towards all our fine projects.

Great job one and all. See you all after Ryla...

Sam Steele Days 2012 Dick Robinson 2012-06-28 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of The Year

Posted by Dennis Parsons on Jun 22, 2012

 Rotarian of The Year: was presented by President Frank Vanden Broek

The recipient of the Rotarian of the Year award is an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service.


President Frank presented the Rotarian of The Year award  to Daryl Richardson,
for his "help and support through out the year".

Rotarian of The Year Dennis Parsons 2012-06-23 00:00:00Z 0

Speaker Presentation - May 15th, 2012

Posted by Dennis Parsons on May 14, 2012

Sally Struthers attended our morning meeting and gave us an update from her perspective as the recently appointed General Manager of Fort Steele.  Sally began her time at Fort Steele on March 13, 2012.She appeared in period costume, and explained to the club that the ladies had to wear the long dresses, hats and gloves in public.  She was only able to take her hat and gloves off if visiting someone that she was very familiar with and in private

Sally gave us a bit of the history of Fort Steele:

Fort Steele was a gold rush boom town founded in 1864 by John Galbraith. The town was originally called "Galbraith's Ferry", named after the ferry set up by the city's founder over the Kootenay River. It was the only ferry within several hundred miles so Mr.Galbraith charged very high prices to get across.  He charged $5 per person and $10 per animal, which was very exorbitant at that time.

The town was renamed Fort Steele in 1888, after legendary Canadian lawman Superintendent Sam Steele of the North-West Mounted Police solved a dispute between a settler who had unjustly accused one of the local First Nations men with murder. This dispute had caused a great deal of tension between the town and the native people. Sam Steele, finding no real evidence against the accused natives, had the charges against them lifted. Both the town and the First Nations people were so grateful that they renamed the town Fort Steele. Much to Steele's dismay, the "Fort" part of the name comes from the NWMP setting up a station in the town, whereas the town itself was never a real fort.

In the late 1890s, Fort Steele was growing rapidly, becoming the heart of the East Kootenays. The Canadian Pacific railway showed interest in Fort Steele. It was decided that a station was to be built. But as the document stating the railway was to go though Fort Steele was on its way to be approved, a gentleman named Colonel James Baker had other ideas. Baker, a member of the British Columbia legislature, owned a small logging camp named Joseph's Prairie. Baker bribed and blackmailed his fellow Members and convinced them to bypass Fort Steele and bring the railway through Joseph's Prairie. This was final after the document stating the railway was to go through Fort Steele was "lost" in the mail. After the railway was completed, Baker renamed the town to Cranbrook. He later sold the people of Fort Steele land. Fort Steele's population quickly dropped as the population moved to the more appealing Cranbrook.

In 1961 it was declared a Provincial Heritage Site.

Many of the buildings are on their original sites.  Including the NWMP Officer's Barracks where school children stay and learn about the times around Fort Steele.  This summer they are expecting about 20,000 visitors in the month of August, and slightly less than that during July.

The annual operating budget for the Fort is $2 million.   There are 12 full time staff members, 100 seasonal and part time as well as the 300 invaluable volunteers.

This year they had  a foul born on May 3rd, and they purchased 6 more Clydesdale horses.   The Clydesdales are entered into competition at the Calgary Stampede (log pulling) as well they will be in the Sam Steele parade, and they will appear in the Heavy Horse Show at Sandpoint, Idaho the weekend of Sep 21st.

They have recently replaced all the water lines in the park.  They have recovered a great number of the seats in the Wild Horse Theatre, which seats 498.

Their special events such as Easter, Halloween, etc were very well attended this year due to the weather co-operating.

The park has about 350 memberships, which this year are priced at $150, which include several things that the previous memberships did not.

President Frank Vanden Broek thanked Ms Struthers for the update and presented her with the famous, 'From The Governor's Table', Rotary cook book.


Speaker Presentation - May 15th, 2012 Dennis Parsons 2012-05-15 00:00:00Z 0

Climbing Kilimanjaro to End Polio Now

Posted by Dennis Parsons on May 12, 2012


By Macon Dunnagan Jr., a member of the Rotary Club of Charlotte-South, North Carolina, USA

In September, I will be leading a party of Rotarians from District 7680 (North Carolina, USA) up Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, to raise money and awareness for Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign.

I am not a stranger to the top of the mountain. Since 1999, I have reached the summit 20 times, on my own and as an expedition director for Zara Tours, based in Moshi, Tanzania. Since my first wife, Michelle, died of ovarian cancer in 2007, I have been climbing Kilimanjaro every September in support of cancer awareness.

Last May, a friend of mine who is a Rotarian invited me to speak to the Charlotte-South Rotary Club about my climbing experience. They must have enjoyed the talk, for they invited me to join their club!

A few months later, before I had even had a chance to follow through on the invitation because of my climbing schedule, I was attending another meeting when the discussion turned to fundraising ideas for the 2012-13 Rotary year. I piped up that I would be more than happy to lead a fundraising climb up Kilimanjaro. Well, five months later, more than 30 Rotarians are signed up to take part in the district’s first climb to End Polio Now, where we hope to raise $100,000 or more in pledges.

The fundraiser is especially important to me. Moshi is a town at the base of the mountain where I live while in Tanzania. In November 2011, Tanzania held a nation-wide immunization campaign, vaccinating 220,000 children against polio and measles, and delivering Vitamin A drops. But a shortage of funds prevented many of the children in Moshi from being vaccinated.

I have seen how important it is to keep raising money to fund eradication efforts. I am looking forward to leading a team of Rotarians to the summit in support of finally ridding the world of this crippling disease once and for all. I am also hoping to share the story with other Rotarians I meet at the 2013 RI Convention in Lisbon, Portugal.

We are truly “This Close” to ending polio. Let’s do all we can to cross the finish line.
Climbing Kilimanjaro to End Polio Now Dennis Parsons 2012-05-13 00:00:00Z 0

Polio Pedalers

Posted by Dennis Parsons on May 05, 2012

President Frank, President elect Daryl and Robyn (the pace setter), were out for their usual 60 km practise, in preparation of their ride to Tri Cities, Washington for the District Conference. The cyclists have just less than a month to prepare for their roughly 580 km journey for polio.


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Speaker Presentation May 1st, 2012

Posted by Dennis Parsons on May 05, 2012

This week our guest speaker was District Governor Nominee Bob Carroll.

Bob spoke to us with a passion about his Springdale, Washington Interact Club.

He described the Springdale community as a forest community of Spokane with very little purchasing power. The group would fundraise to support their causes, however, due to their economic situation, they would always fundraise in the more affluent areas around Spokane. Bob wished to take his interact group on an international mission, however, the club was not able to afford such an undertaking. Bob's son in law offered to donate $15,000 toward their trip in order to make it happen for the kids. 

They ended up taking 10 Interactors on a trip to Latacunga, Ecuador, (in the Andes at an altitude of over 2,700 meters), where they would assist in a rehab centre where people go through recovery, and they would be helping with a daycare. One of their goals was to take a photograph of each child for their family home.  The families are so poor that none of them have pictures of their children in their homes.

How were the students selected for the trip to Ecuador?  The 10 Interactors were chosen for the trip based on the fact that they were going into their senior year in high school, they have been involved with Interact for several years, and they have all attended a District Conference.  Eight of the students were from the student body and 2 were alumni who asked if they could pay their own way in order to go on the trip.

District Governor Nominee Bob Carroll gave the club some advice on running a successful Interact club.

  1. Running an Interact is not an easy undertaking
  2. Students do want interaction with adults in the business community
  3. School administration must be very supportive
  4. An internal advisor is required - a staff member
  5. The external advisor must be a Rotarian
  6. An Interact club cannot be self sustaining - a Rotarian MUST always be involved with the group.
  7. There are 10 Interact Clubs in District 5080 and some of those are on life support.  Rotarians need to be at the school once or twice a week to establish the relationship and keep the group going.

Bob went to Mt Baker High School to speak with the Interact club.

Past District Governor Al Davis thanked Bob for attending our meeting to discuss Interact with us, as our Interact Club is starting up again at Mt Bake High School.


Speaker Presentation May 1st, 2012 Dennis Parsons 2012-05-06 00:00:00Z 0

Pedalling For Polio

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Apr 15, 2012

This year, members of our Club have decided to elevate our efforts and take our fundraising to a new level. Our goal is to raise enough money to vaccinate 25,000 children against Polio. The cost to do this will be about $8000. We have created a PEDAL FImageOR POLIO campaign during which we will bicycle 550 km over a 6 day period to raise awareness and dollars, in our effort to eradicate this disease. We will be leaving Cranbrook on June 2nd and arriving at our Rotary District Conference in Kennewick, Washington on June 6th. We will be meeting up with fellow Rotarians in Spokane and hope to have a large group by the time we finish our journey.

In photo, Team Sunrise gathers on Sunday, April 15th for a training run under the leadership of taskmaster Stu Deeks.

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On the Everest Trail

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Apr 05, 2012

Sunrise member Gerry Warner put on slide shows last week for the club and the satellite club of his trek last year to the Everest base camp in Nepal. Warner also showed pictures of exotic Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.

In addition to his "bucket list" adventure, Warner is also raising money for a charity school in Kathmandu that educates young Nepalese students that otherwise wouldn't get a chance to better themselves in the poverty-stricken country. Any donations made out to the Mitrata Nepal Foundation would be greatly appreciated and forwarded by Gerry when he joins members of the Seattle-based foundation during a fundraising climb of Mt. Ranier this summer.

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Brittany Blackmore - India (Monthly Report)

Posted by Colleen Bermel on Mar 03, 2012



Brittany Blackmore, Aurangabad, Maharastra, India

Sunrise Rotary, District 5080 

               I have been on exchange in India for just over four months. It has been fantastic! It is absolutely incredible to be in a culture so different from my own. At times it can also be very challenging. 

               When I first arrived at the end of October I had some idea of what to expect but no amount of research and reading could have prepared me for landing in the huge city of Mumbai. Being from a small town I was immediately overwhelmed with the amount of people and noise, and it was 1 AM! My host mom who received me told me that I was lucky the streets were dead! 

               The next morning I arrived in my host city Aurangabad and was absolutely shocked by everything in site. First of all people drive on the opposite side of the road so every turn felt like a head on collision. Then everyone is honking out of ‘courtesy’ to the other drivers and there is no enforcement of traffic rules. For a westerner it is pretty shocking to see a motorcycle ride by with up to 4 passengers all not wearing helmets. Also there is a wide assortment of farm animals having full range of the streets; it’s not uncommon to see a herd of buffalo or goats being guided through the city. Combine that with fruit wallas, auto-rickshaws and crowds of people makes for a pretty harrowing first impression. 





In the first month of my stay here my family celebrated the Hindu festival called Diwali. Diwali is basically the Hindu equivalent of Christmas; all the family gets together, there is a huge feast, and gift giving. Because Diwali is the festival of lights I got to help my host mom light almost 80 candles every morning and night on the 5 days of Diwali and put them in auspicious places around the house. The whole entire interior and exterior of the house was completely decorated with flowers and fairy lights. On the actual Diwali day the friends and family of my host parents came to the house to celebrate bringing gifts of sweets and dried fruits. Then we all spent the evening dressed in traditional clothing ‘bursting crackers’ and enjoying the delicious Diwali feast. 

               Since I have arrived the Rotary has taken us on many trips all over India. We have been to the states Goa, Orissa, Kerala, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu and have explored our own state of Maharastra. On each of our trips we visit many temples, palaces, beaches, and other spots of interest. My favourites have been the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Sun Temple in Konark. Both of these wonders of India are absolutely breathtaking! 

               Of all the trips we have been on I liked Rajasthan the best, it’s all the things we westerners imagine India to be. It is filled with the palace’s of late Maharaja’s, a pink city, a blue city, and forts from hundreds of years ago!  There are camels walking down the street and snake charmers sitting on the sidewalks. While we were there our group went on a camel safari in the desert after spending the day visiting a temple completely dedicated to rats! It was an absolutely amazing experience! 

               My first host family was very western and modern and my second is a lot more traditional! In this family we eat our dinner on the floor with our hands (there isn’t a table, chairs or eating utensils).  I also have learned to take a bath with a bucket and a scoop and do my laundry in the same bucket and hang it out on a line. There are many other things to get used to, like eating with only your right hand and washing your feet after using the washroom and when you come in the house. It’s also really hard to get used to the servants that are there for everything. Most middle class Indian families have one or more servants or “moushies”. There is one for washing the floor and the bathroom, one for washing the dishes, and one for preparing chapatti. 

               It is very strange to be a visible minority; I have almost gotten used to all the pointing and staring. More then once a day people will come with a cell phone or camera and ask for a photo. Occasionally they even hand me their baby and ask me to stand with their family. These things I can get used to but it gets frustrating when I get charged a “white fee” or a “foreign tax.” 

               My schooling has been really frustrating because it’s not compulsory for teachers to attend so it’s not rare for us to go an entire day with out instruction. That is the only trouble with the Rotary here, they think we don’t want to go to the school because we don’t want to learn or because we aren’t understanding.  All of the classes are in English and I have taken the subject matter 2 years ago, the problem is there is no one to teach us and no opportunity to learn anything new from the school. It is almost time for the summer holidays and I have started a yoga, naturopathy, massage and ayurveda course that is everyday for the remainder of my exchange. It is the perfect for my learning needs and is at the very respected Mahatma Ghandi Institute in my city. J 

               All in all I’m enjoying my exchange very much. The city I’m living in is just the right size to get a really Indian experience. I’m also really loving my Indian families and the Rotary family here. J J

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A letter from Outbound student Brenda Kolenbrander - in Indonesia

Posted by Allan Davis on Feb 17, 2012
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I'm really sorry it took so long for me to write to you and the club about my adventures here in Indonesia but theres been a lot going on lately.

Anyway i'll start from the start:

Hi Sunrisers,
I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and give you all an update of my life in Indonesia :)
I've been here for about 4 months now and i've already experienced so much but I can't wait to find out what the rest of my exchange will hold. The feeling of being on an exchange is a very hard one to explain, for me as soon as I started school I felt like I had always been here, like I belonged here but at the same time the time goes by so quickly and now I'm realizing my exchange might almost be half over.

I arrived in Indonesia on saturday september 17th and was expecting to feel extremely homesick and scared but i didn't experience any of that right away. I started school right away, i literally arrived on saturday and found out on sunday night that i would attend school the following day. Here going to school means getting up at about 5:30 and leaving for school at 6:45, then school starts at 7:30. Because my first day of school was a monday i straight away experienced flag ceremony- i'm still not sure what it means exactly but every monday morning we go outside (and i should add its really hot outside!) and we do this ceremony which consists of their national anthem, a couple of other indonesian songs, a prayer, some announcements and of course the flag raising. Some of the things that first shocked me about my school at first was that there are only about 75 students total! And that includes elementary, SMP (middle school) and SMA (high school). This also meant that my class only has about 12 students and i became really close friends with all of them almost instantly, since Indonesian people are very curious and there are probably only a handful of 'bule' (western) people in the entire city (population: around 850,000), i was asked a lot of questions and still am everyday, not that i'm complaining but one of the most shocking for me was on my first day of school my physics teacher asked me 'do you have a boyfriend?', I later found out that this is a pretty common question over here but for me its strange for a teacher to ask that. What struck me right away is how friendly and unembarrassed people are here, they aren't afraid to embarrass themselves and always strike up conversations with strangers
A letter from Outbound student Brenda Kolenbrander - in Indonesia Allan Davis 2012-02-18 00:00:00Z 0

2011 Undergraduate Scholarships

Posted by Leslie Prestwich on May 15, 2011
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Undergraduate Scholarship Chair Leslie Prestwich has announced that Friday, July 15th is the deadline for submission of applications for the $1000 and $1500 scholarships awarded annually by our club. The scholarships are for Cranbrook students in their 3rd, 4th, and 5th years of undergrad studies. Applicants must have completed their high school graduation requirements in Cranbrook at Mount Baker Secondary, or through home schooling while a resident of Cranbrook, or at a private school in Cranbrook.

More scholarship information and the application form can be found by clicking on the Scholarship tab at the top of this page. 

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Sunrise Rotary Shelterbox Campaign

Posted by Gerald Warner on May 03, 2011

Donations continue to pour in for the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club's ShelterBox campaign to aid Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims.

Gordon Terrace Elementary School is the latest donor to come aboard with a $1,000 donation to boost the grand total to $2,450, well over half way to the $3,000 total needed to pay for three of the life-sustaining boxes that have done so much to aid the victims recovering from the Japanese disaster.

Janet Levang, a Grade six teacher at the southside school, said Gordon Terrace students had already raised more than $1,000 for a day at Silverwood in May including $10 each for spending money at the amusement park. Now, instead of the spending money being used at Silverwood, the students decided to give it to the ShelterBox campaign and bring their own money to spend at Silverwood, Levang said.

"What they've decided to do is fantastic," said Levang. "They're great kids."

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RYLA 2011 Application

Posted by Dick Robinson on Apr 30, 2011
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The application form for the 2011 RYLA Camp is now available under downloads on the right side of this website. The Sunrise Rotary contact is Dick Robinson who can be contacted at

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.

RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to:

   Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth

   Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders

   Encourage leadership of youth by youth

   Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities


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Discount Golf Card Now Available

Posted by Bill Gibbon on Apr 30, 2011
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Over $1500 in savings

Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Golf Cards are now available. For a price of only $40.00, the card entitles you to over $1500 in savings.


Participating clubs are:

St. Eugene Golf Resort Casino

Shadow Mountain Golf

Kimberley Golf Club

Fairmont Mountain  & Riverside Courses

Cranbrook Golf Course

Bootleg Gap Golf

Way-Lyn Ranch .




The card can be purchased at and Cranbrook Golf Club, or from any member of Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary.




Discount Golf Card Now Available Bill Gibbon 2011-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Bre's Christmas House

Posted by Bill Gibbon

ImageBre’s Christmas House is all ready for this Christmas season.  Please call Bre at 489-8005 to set up a time to come and have a walk through beginning Monday, December 9 through and including Sunday, January 12, week day evenings and anytime on weekends and during the Christmas Break (December 23 to January 1).  If you get an answering machine, please leave your name and number and Bre will call you back to set up a time.  Bring along family and friends or whoever you want!  If you are not in the Christmas spirit yet, you definitely will be. 

This is Bre’s Christmas gift to one and all.  She wishes everyone peace, joy, and a very safe and happy holiday season!

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Youth Exchange Presentation(s)

Posted by Bill Gibbon


During the last two meetings our Youth Exchange students Alessia and Shauni entertained us with presentations pertinent to their year-long exchanges. Alessia  gave us background on her home and family; Shauni outlined the highlights of her year in Cranbrook.

Alessia Cipollini lives in Rome in the neighbourhood of Casal Palocco on the Via Parmenides. She talked of the Italian custom of the family always eating dinner together to talk about the day and to enjoy great food including Pizza Napoletana - the best pizza there is! Near her home is a beach where she hangs out with friends at the pier. During her presentation she showed images of a few of the many tourist attractions for which her home city is famous - the Colosseum, the Vatican which gets the most tourists of any attraction in Rome and Trevi Fountain, the biggest fountain in Rome. As we have all seen in the movies, this is the fountain where flipping a coin backwards into the fountain will make a wish come true!

Shauni, who arrived last January, talked of the highlights of her year which began with ice-fishing on a frigid January day shortly after flying here from the warm suImagemmer weather of an Australian summer. Among the highlights she mentioned were a Metis Cultural camp, a Western Adventure bus trip with 74 other exchange students, summer visits to lakes and camping and, of course, skiing and skating. Shauni expressed her heartfelt thanks to her hosts who made her year so memorable. In recognition of her participation in club activities and her performance as an exchange student, Sunrise Rotary presented her with a Paul Harris Fellowship.

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2013/2014 Undergraduate Scholarships

Posted by Alex McLeod

As there were no bulletins distributed in September, the item below from Scholarship Chairman Alex McLeod has probably not been circulated to club members. Our apologies for the delay.

The following is a summary of successful applicants for the 2013 Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Undergraduate Scholarships:

1) Jocelyn Molnar - $1,500 Fine Arts Award, Graduated from MBSS in 2011 - 3rd year student at Capilano University (first 2 years at COTR)
Working on a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts, Vocal Performance, Very Strong scholastics, paying for her own education, Vice President of Rotary Interact
Sat on Cranbrook Youth Arts Council, Community Service Chair at UBC Phrateres
2) Kevin Ross - $1,000, Graduated from MBSS 2008, 3rd year student at Princeton, Studying Environmental Engineering
Strong Scholastics, Active volunteer with kids programs through the Princeton Varsity Hockey Team

3) Kim Zibin - $1,000, Graduated from MBSS 2005, 3rd year University of Victoria (via COTR) studying Nursing
Solid grades, Summer practicum did not allow for a summer job, Extremely active with local GLAD and AIDS community.  Developed and implemented a Transgender 101 program
4) Alison Tadey - $1,000, Graduated from MBSS 2009, 3rd Year University of Lethrbridge (via COTR), Studying Special Education
Very strong academics, very involved with Lethbridge Boys and Girls Club

Our congratulations to all. 
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Film Committee News

Posted by Darryl Bishop

ImageSeason’s Greetings:

Movie fans, the Rockies Film Series has some great news to share. Festival Gold and Silver gift passes will once again be available at Lotus Books effective December 2 just in time for the Christmas Season. You may purchase a Gold pass for $80 or a Silver pass for $40 for festival movies screening at our 17th annual Rockies Film Festival March 6 – 8 2014. You must exchange these for actual movie tickets when they go on sale in February for 8 or 4 different films. They are a great gift and a good value.
Regular Gold and Silver passes will be priced at $88 and $44 respectively after December 31. All individual tickets will be available for $12 for the festival
Our January 9/2014 film will be:
Enough Said – starring the late James Gandolfini and Julia Louis Dreyfus
         Sponsor Alpine Toyota, Tickets available at Lotus Books December 2, Enjoy the trailer:
Our February 6/2014 film will be:
All is Lost –   starring Robert Redford
         Sponsor Hub International Barton Insurance, Tickets available at Lotus Books December 2, Enjoy the trailer:
Enjoy your holiday season and see you in the new year!!!!!!!!!!!
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Coming Soon - Sunriser Christmas Celebration

Posted by Helen Boon

Sunriser Christmas Party and Dinner
St Eugene Mission Golf Resort and Casino: Sunday, Dec 15, 2013

Cocktails - 5:00 p.m.; Dinner -  6:00 p.m.    BUFFET  $40 per person
sign up on line ( or at club meeting - reservations required

  Music before, during, after  - the rhythmic tunes of: 
East - West Connection
with Tom Bungay and Gene Anderson

Special room rate for overnighters:    $75 [party & be safe]  or
$89 [bed an breakfast]both with 3 pm checkout and $10 play voucher at the Casino.

Contact 250 420-2000 or email at  now to  book space, subject to availability and based on double occupancy. Just tell them you are with the Sunrise Rotary Club Christmas Party.

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Friendship Exchange - Minnesota/Wisconsin

Posted by Bill Gibbon

I received today the following message from Jim Chiu. We will require 2 or 3 volunteers for this so please read and let me know if you would be interested.

The incoming Friendship Exchange team from Minnesota/Wisconsin is scheduled to arrive Cranbrook on May 27. They will stay here for 3 nights, May 27 Monday, May 28 Tuesday, and May 29 Wednesday, then we will deliver them to the next host group, Post Falls.

I have met with a couple of our noon club members, John Armstrong and Dave Morley, to sketch out some itinerary:

Monday, May 27 pick up the team at meeting point arranged with Castlegar group......Creston may be?
lunch at winery? Visit wildlife sanctuary. Evening with host family.

Tuesday, May 28 attend Sunrise meeting (?) Visit Fort Steele and lunch there. Afternoon, visit fish hatchery. Evening at Bull River Guest Ranch

Wednesday, May 29 Breakfast with host family. Visit Kimberley, lunch attend Kimberley meeting. Afternoon, visit Kimberley Mining Museum. Evening, at St. Eugene Mission (inviting all 3 Rotary clubs)

Thursday, May 30 Breakfast with host family. Deliver team to meet Post Falls Rotary at arranged
meeting point (most likely Yahk)

What we are looking for from the Sunrise Club is your members' participation in the activities during this time as well as hosting the Tuesday breakfast. Any member wanting to participate in the planning will be more than welcome. The information I have is that we have 3 couples on this team. I have attached the brochure for your perusal.

Looking forward to working with you to make this a memorable exchange for our guests.

Jim Chiu

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A Year of Major Accomplishments

Posted by Bill Gibbon

(from The Rotary Foundation)

This past year was one of major accomplishments for Rotary and your Rotary Foundation.

Extraordinary progress was made toward the eradication of polio. We made history when India was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries — leaving just Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. A difficult road lies ahead, but thanks to the commitment and generosity of Rotarians and friends, we are confident that Rotary will lead the way toward a polio-free world.

We also expanded Rotary’s reach in new and effective ways by entering into partnerships with Mercy Ships and UNESCO-IHE. And we built on our record of humanitarian service by continuing our strong relationships with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, Aga Khan University, Oikocredit and the Rotary Peace Centers.

Over half a million young people worldwide participated in our New Generations programs. Their involvement in Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotaract and Interact clubs, and RYLA events helped them develop skills that they’ll need to become service-minded community and global leaders - and future Rotarians.

In 2012, The Rotary Foundation also earned top marks from several independent charity evaluators, including the American Institute of Philanthropy, Charity Navigator and the Wise Giving Alliance.

As we look ahead, we can be proud of all that Rotarians have accomplished. I am pleased to share the digital version of the 2011-12 Rotary International and Rotary Foundation Annual Report (click here), which offers a firsthand look at how Rotarians are working to improve the lives of people in need. I encourage you to review our annual report carefully, and to share it with others who may be interested in joining, partnering with, or donating to Rotary.

Thank you for helping Rotary achieve lasting change in your community and around the world.


John Hewko
General Secretary
Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation
Twitter: @johnhewko

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News from Angela Brown, a former Exchange student from Australia

Posted by Bill Gibbon

 FromImage Angela’s Facebook page:

 Tim and I are over the moon to announce the arrival of Oliver David Robertson as the newest member of the Robertson family. Born at 17:43 on All Hallows Eve at a weight of 3.99kg and height of 53cm was to be somewhat expected; however a head size of 37cm was a bit of a surprise. Mum, Dad and 'Squeak' as some of the nurses nicknamed him are doing great and are happy to be home.

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Rotary Peace Centre

Posted by Allan Davis

from the Rotary Peace Centre website at:(

Just one month into Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka’s Peace Through Service year, it has become apparent that 2012-2013 will be a watershed year for developing new peacebuilding initiatives and supporting current Fellowships, grants, projects and other peace-focused activities. Inspired by President Tanaka’s personal leadership in support of the Rotary Peace Fellowships and his Presidential Challenge to Rotary Clubs and Districts, peace forums and conferences are planned or being planned at all participation levels in Rotary. Many Rotary Peace Fellows, both current and alumni, are offering their expertise and time in support of these events and sustainable, community-based projects. It is time to fuel the fire!

In Peace and service to Rotary,

Brad Lauman
Manager, Rotary Peace Centers Department

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Exchange Years in India, Indonesia, and Taiwan

Posted by Bill Gibbon
Informative and interesting presentations by our 3 rebound Youth Exchange students at our Aug. 21st meeting opened our Imageeyes to the reality of the students' experiences and the impact on their lives. Having spent a year overseas, the students shown in the photo, Brittany Blackmore, Julie Nish, and Brenda Kollenbrander, entertained club members, family, and friends with accounts of their experiences of life in countries with completely different cultures and languages.
All were immersed in the cultures of their host countries and clearly came home with a full understanding and appreciation of very different life styles. Brittany in India, Brenda in Indonesia, and Julie in Taiwan, all described adapting to different foods, languages, customs, and education systems during their year overseas as well as relating the exotic experiences as they travelled with host families and with other exchange students.

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Rotary Learning Institute

Posted by Allan Davis
In the E.K. we have the following dates set up as potential session dates for the Rotary Larning Institute: Part 1 – Sept. 15; Part 2 – Nov. 24; Part 3 – April 6. The course fee is $85 per person but if 3 or more from the same club register, the fee goes to $75 per person; all materials and lunch are included. The site is still be decided but will probably be in Cranbrook. Registration is done by direct contact with me (Alan Davis) or sending me the registration form (available on the district website and our club website under Downloads). The minimum number needed to operate is 12; maximum is 20.

RLI is a grassroots, multi-district leadership and Rotary Development program using facilitation in small groups to engage Rotarians and strengthen clubs. Topics for Part 1 are:
                       Insights Into Leadership
                       My Rotary World
                       Engaging Members
                       Our Foundation
                       Ethics - Vocational Service
                       Service Projects 
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First Sunriser Satellite Fundaiser

Posted by Alex Ibbotson
Great work last Wednesday at the BBQ everyone. It was especially impressive how we were able to take the pressure off of Brent as he was unable to make it. Thank you Daryl for stepping in and being the "Flippin' Captain".

I spoke with a few people who seemed to be quite excited about getting involved with Rotary and the direction we are heading with the Satellite club. I also
dropped off some fliers at the Cranbrook Arts Council booth at the Farmer's Market.

Daryl, Vintee, Anne and Antoine were dedicated to the operations of the Hot dog/Burger Factory and ran a tight ship. Although we had some hot dogs left we successfully sold all the Burgers and I think we could credit that to Ron's strong presence both in stature and in tone.

Good work everyone on our first Sunriser 'Satellite' Rotary Club fundraiser.

Take care,
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A chance encounter in Normandy

Posted by Darryl Bishop
At the left is a photo of Pauline Eleveld with Darryl and Janet Bishop taken in front of the Juno Breach Centre in Normandy France. Pauline is from the Netherlands and was an inbound exchange student with the Cranbrook Club about seven years ago. Our son Ben Bishop worked at the Juno Beach Center six years ago. He was amazed at how many Dutch people came by to say thank you to Canadians for liberating their country. Pauline was there to do the same. Pauline recently graduated university and will be supply teaching this fall as a qualified elementary school teacher. She and her boyfriend Lucas had lunch with us after visiting the centre.
We were delighted to reacquaint ourselves with her and meet Lucas.
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Spring Assembly Well Attended by Sunrisers

Posted by Dennis Parsons

ImagePresident Frank and Robyn rode into the meeting assembly lead by District Governor Elect Michelle Lee.  They were sporting the banner for their ride - "Pedaling for Polio"


            Darryl, Antoine (Wannabe Sunriser), Helen, Anne, Colin and Colleen

                    Missing from the photo are Frank, Robyn, Gerry and Dennis

The group of Sunrisers had a very enjoyable time traveling to and from the Assembly, and attended some very interesting sessions, which  President Frank will expound upon at the next meeting.

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Satellite Club Inducts New Members

Posted by Dennis Parsons
Three new members were inducted into membership during the Satellite Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday, April 11. Shown in the photo are new members Ron Short, Alex Ibbotson and Yme Woensdregt along with PDG Allan Davis.
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April Wine

Posted by Daryl Richardson
Friday, April 13th was another night of Rotary friendship and fellowship. This is what it's all about. The event is called April wine and was on again for a second season and has become an annual event at the Richardson's. This year with 26 (Rotarians and partners) in attendanImagece we had 5 countries represented worldwide with their finest wine products. Countries and area represented were Australia, Chile, Okanagan B.C., Vancouver B.C., Germany, Argentina.
Our thanks to Paul & Betty Vieira for organizing the event and Daryl & Maggie Richardson for hosting the evening of Rotary fellowship.

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Angel Tree Program Receives Full Support

Posted by Allan Davis



The scribing is all done, the cards placed on the tree and quickly taken by generous people of our City of Cranbrook; gifts purchased and then wrapped by the Cranbrook Cancer Society at their table in the Tamarack Mall, then collected in a 'spare store space' where they were sorted by a team headed by Darryl Bishop ready for distribution on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before Christmas.

77 families and178 children were able to benefit from the  ANGEL TREE program this average number for the last 5 years. Considering the worries about the economy, it is remarkable there weren't more. It's also remarkable how quickly the angel cards were snapped up and the number of 'extra' gifts we were given to dispense - a wonderful tribute to the generosity of our fellow citizens. People obviously see this as a worthy program - one worth supporting. Thank you to Janet Bishop for hosting the scribing party, to all my fellow Rotarians and the members of the Mt. Baker Rams football team who took shifts on the distribution days and drove on deliveries. For members of the committee, we appreciate the support and the chance to be of service in our community.

The program received a generous gift of $350 cash from Kootenay Insurance Services to assist with the program. THANK YOU...It is much appreciated and will be put to good use.

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Rotarians Raise Shelterbox Awareness

Posted by Bill Gibbon


Sunrise Rotarians Allan Davis, Gerry Warner, and Anne Beurskens, Cranbrook Rotarian Antoine Beurskens, and Andre Bloemink from Fernie are pictured helping with a joint effort Shelterbox display at the Tamarack Mall on Saturday. Bloemink, from Fernie, recently undertook an extensive ShelterBox training program in England and is now certified to transport and set up ShelterBox emergency centres anywhere in the world. Mall shoppers showed great interest in the display.

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Nepal Project

Posted by Bill Gibbon


David & Patty Stock and Michelle Sartorel pose with the Canadian Tire Dollar donation jar for the Friends of Nepal project.


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Multiple Paul Harris Awarded

Posted by Bill Gibbon



Carl Casey is recognized as a Multiple Paul Harris winner by Colin Campbell. The pin for Multiple Paul Awards is adorned with a sapphire to signify a second Paul Harris Fellowship.



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Retiring Mayor presented with Paul Harris Fellowship

Posted by Bill Gibbon



Congratulations and thanks were exchanged as Sunrise Rotary presented Mayor Manjak with a Paul Harris Fellowship and the mayor reciprocated by presenting the club with a plaque recognizing the club's contributions to the community. The mayor stated that, "Cranbrook would not be the same community without the many contributions of volunteer organizations such a Sunrise Rotary".


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Sunrisers Adopt A Highway

Posted by Dennis Parsons

 Sunrise Rotarians rallied to the call for volunteers to pick up highway litter along Highway 3 near Rampart on Sunday.  This was the second event of its kind this year, where once again we were able to fill approximately 25 bags of garbage within our 4 kilometer stretch.  The most prominent pieces of garbage were coffee cups and liquor containers.The weather was not promising, however, the rain held off until we were done.   The 8 Rotarians who braved the cool weather were Antoine, Anne, Percy, DImagearryl, Leslie, Ursula, Helen and Gerry. 

  At each clean up event we give recognition to the person who makes the weirdest discovery in the ditch.  This time the recognition goes to Percy as his find was very timely - or was he just celebrating Halloween early? Thank you to the 8 pickers - your help was greatly appreciated!!


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New Member Inducted

Posted by Bill Gibbon


Glenn Dobie formally joins Sunrise Rotary during a ceremony conducted by PDG Al Davis. Glenn's sponsor, Colleen Bermel, looks on as Al welcomes Glen and talks about the commitments that go with membership.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Posted by Bill Gibbon

Image Once again the Friends of the Library/Sunrise Rotary Book Sale was a huge success! Crowds of book-lovers browsed the tables from the opening on Wednesday until the very last minute on Sunday afternoon as Sunrisers began the clean-up process. The photo shows the action at the Tembec Gym during the sale.

An avid reader searches for bargains. 
President Frank leads the Sunday clean-up  squad.







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Keeping Up with Darryl

Posted by Dennis Parsons
Darryl in Melissa's Run
Darryl has been keeping active other than driving as he took part in the annual Melissa's Run in Banff recently.
To the right, are his son-in-law John and daughter Jill. As most of us probably know little about Melissa's Race, here is some background info from their website: "It is not a fund raising event but has chosen over the years to donate any profits generated from our road race back to the community. Since 1991, Melissa’s has donated over $71,000 back to the community."
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End Polio Now Fundraising

Posted by Janice Sommerfeld




Fundraising for the End Polio Now Campaign is ongoing at the Cranbrook Bottle Depot. In the accompanying photo,President Frank Vanden Broek is shown receiving a cheque from Jason of the Bottle Depot. Accompanying Frank are Mark Pinnell, Bob Bjorn, Al Davis, and Carl Casey. The cheque represents money raised by members and friends who indicate that money from bottles they have returned are to go to Sunrise Rotary. What a great way to contribute to the End Polio Campaign!


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Youth Exchange Information Evening

Posted by Colleen Bermel
Exchange students at the Information Evening: Rebound students Abby (Brazil), Thea (fFance) and Rachel (Italy from two years ago). In the front are our current inbounds, Denise (Brazil) and Emily (Taiwan). 
On Monday, September 19th students from Mt. Baker Secondary School and their parents came out to hear about the Rotary Youth Exchange Program for 2012 - 2013. Many took preliminary application forms and must return them by October 3rd, 2011 and then club interviews will be held on October 19th. If you are interested in hosting a student for the 2012 - 2013 year, please contact Colleen Bermel before October 31st, 2011 as we must do guarantee forms to submit to the district by that date. The number of students we can send out depends on the number of host families that we have for the exchange year.
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New Barbecue Donated to Sunrise Rotary

Posted by Dick Robinson

Since hosting the bbq for the Children's Development Centre it was felt there was a need for a club bbq. It was brought up at the last meeting and Frank suggested we think about it during the winter. Things quickly fell off the tracks and we became aware that the Crown Verity bbq owned and rented out by Home Hardware was for sale. It had been valued at over $4000, was in great condition and hardly used. Asking price was $1999. Frank asked that I send out a quick message to the executive for discussion as he was on the road. During this discussion, two members stepped forward and offered to purchase the bbq immediately as it was felt at that price the bbq would be sold.

Those members were Carl C. and Percy ImageD. In the end it was decided to let Percy purchase the bbq and it was purchased for $1494 with taxes included. Percy turned around and then donated the bbq to the club. Martin Torgerson, onwer of HH immediately said we could have the bbq for the lower price for what we do for the community. Percy graciously said he owed it to the club for all the meetings he had missed. A true gesture of goodwill and generosity. Thanks also to Carl for being ready to also step up.

This bbq is the cadillac of bbq's with a grill of 4' long and 20" wide and has six burners which will easily accomodate many hamburgers/hot dogs or chicken. Also thrown in with the deal was a rotisserie which is very skookum and could be used for club functions. As Paul V. said during his coments about this episode, it really brings into focus what this club is all about. Just a great bunch of guys and gals. Many thanks to Percy. I would recommend he not be fined for awhile (at least a week).

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Sunrise Rotary Donates to Cranbrook Hospice Society

Posted by Bill Gibbon

President Frank Vanden Broek is shown presenting a cheque for $1000 to Don Davidson of the Cranbrook Hospice Society. The funds will be used to purchase materials and cover expenses associated with the training of the society's volunteers. Last year the society provided hospice services in Cranbrook to 55 individuals. Volunteers visit clients in their homes or health care facility and while visiting they give family care-givers a much-needed break for a short period. The society recently started its first bereavement support program and will be providing that service in the future.


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Shelterbox Fundraising at Moir Park

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Bob Bjorn, Brent Jossy, and Daryl Richardson are pictured with the Shelterbox tent at Moir Park during Sam Steele Days activities.

Soccer and ball players and fans checked out the exhibit and made donations to the Shelterbox project.

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Does our project mean anything?

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In the Fall, fellow Rotarian Antoine, husband of club member Anne Beurskens, visited Kenya and sent this report.  After reading it and looking at the pictures [see photo journal listed at right on main page], I ask you - Do our projects mean anything?

Dear Fellow Rotarians of the Cranbrook Sunrise RC.
I just want to make sure that you have no doubts about the good objective of sending the books to Kenya.  The attached pictures of typical rural schools show what is needed. The shelves in the office of the principal show the books that are available in this elementary school.
We visited  a secondary school as well. There was a door with a "Library" sign: it was the lunchroom for the teachers, no books not even shelves. 
There is no electricity and even no water for any type of ablution. In the global water project that is undertaken by the Newport Priestriver RC water will be provided to these schools.  
In the discussion about our book project these are the schools where our books will end up!
Anne and Antoine

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the 'after look'

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Here's a picture of what the completed engines might look like.
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