Celebrating our Charter - July 21, 1992

Creston Valley Rotary Club was charted by Rotary International on July 21, 1992 with 27 Charter Members in Creston, B. C.
At the regular club meeting July 28, 2020, the club heard from J. Michael Wigen, current member and son of Jack Wigen, the first President of CVR in 1992.  Also speaking about the beginning of the club were original Charter Members, John Huscroft and Casey Messinger.
In recognition of their "Service Above Self" in the community and within the Creston Valley Rotary Club, Michael, John, and Casey were presented with Paul Harris Fellow plaques and pins.  All three of these current club members have long standing family and personal relationships with the club, and their individual accomplishments are too number to list completely...except to say, that the recognition is well deserved.
Congratulations J. Michael Wigen, John Huscroft, and Casey Messinger, the latest Paul Harris Fellows of CVR.
 
 
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TAPS Kitchen Renovations - CVR Donations

CVR supports TAPS Kitchen Upgrade Project
 
Creston Valley Rotary Club recently announced a substantial donation to the kitchen upgrade project of TAPS, now located in the Rotacrest Hall at the Rec Centre.  During the COVID-19 restrictions, TAPS has adapted and "pivoted" to creatively adjust in person activities and yet continue to meet their mandate in serving seniors who want to remain independent in the face of challenges which make them vulnerable to isolation, loneliness and a decreased quality of life.  
 
THANK YOU to the TAPS staff and volunteers who make this program one-of-kind and a shining example of the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self".  We are pleased to again be able to financially support this service to our Creston Valley seniors.
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Meeting location - Rotary Pavilion

Temporary meeting location - July 28, 2020 @ 7:00 am.
Rotary Pavilion in Centennial Park.
All attending will be expected to follow COVID-19 PROTOCOLS in place.
Social distancing, hand sanitizers, and respect for each others space.
 
 
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Darcy Elliott - Paul Harris Fellow

Creston Valley Rotary Announces Paul Harris Recognition
 
Paul Percy Harris (April 19, 1868 – January 27, 1947) was a Chicago, Illinois, attorney. He founded the club that became the humanitarian organisation Rotary International in 1905.
Continuing the legacy of our founder, the Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
The honour was established in 1957 to show appreciation for contributions that support our Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.
 
Creston Valley Rotary Club is pleased to announce that DARCY ELLIOTT has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation for his contributions in community leadership and service,  and in particular, his in-kind and financial support of our annual Wood Sales fundraiser known as the  “Block Party”.  Darcy Elliott personally, and through his business, Hidden Valley Wood Fibre Ltd., is an examples of the many citizens of this community whose service and contributions often go unnoticed.  We are pleased and proud to make this announcement today…the formal presentation will be made to Darcy Elliott at our next club meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 2020,  in the Rotary Pavilion in Centennial Park.
 
Dave Handy
President, Creston Valley Rotary Club
16 July 2020
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PR Kemp Forage

Posted by Verne Lee
Timothy hay is grown locally, baled, dried, compressed, cut into 4 cubes, placed in containers, and shipped to Japan.
 
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Block Party - D'Day

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With the help of the Creston Valley Thunder Cats hockey team - some 45 cord of firewood was delivered today.  A big "Thank You" to the Thunder Cats and to Dorathy Pfeifer, and Fay Lee (for providing food) and to all members who came out to help.  There is not much firewood left now.
 
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Drive-Fore-Rotary 2015

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Drive-Fore-Rotary 2015
2015 Golf Tournament

84 golfers played from 9AM to 1:30 on a clear sunny day.

A great buffet dinner was served at 2PM

The 50/50 winner won $230

A live auction with Dave Handy as auctioneer

The winning team was Bill Dyck, Darren Douma, Judy Toyota and Sheila Barling
 

Special thanks to our member organizers and all the volunteers for a very successful event !
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WEEKLY CLUB PROGRAMS

Posted on Aug 25, 2014

 

October  21, 2014 program - Charlie Moon - Bill Piper - Swan Valley Foods (part 3)

Greeters:  Leon Mueller/Ron Nearing

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Christmas Social - 2012 - pictures by Dave Handy

Posted by Verne Lee on Dec 12, 2012

Spouses were presented with Paul Harris Fellow awards as an appreciation for their contributions to our Rotary projects both locally and internationally.

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Left to right: Al Garrecht, Elaine Rodney, Dorathy Pfeifer, Donna Stutter (previously awarded), Judy Green, Marion Meredith, Patricia Colwell, Doreen Garrecht, Ruth Handy, Lesley McLeod (previously awarded),  President Charlie Moon. (Missing: Marilyn Mueller, Retia Wigen, and Marje Bridgman).


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2012 Drive-Fore-Rotary

Posted by Verne Lee on Sep 22, 2012
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Pictures taken by Garry Fuhr and Greg Baker using Howard Colwell's Hewlett-Packard Photosmart M627 camera
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2012 Installation

Posted by Verne Lee on Jun 20, 2012
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PDG Allan Davis of Cranbrook, installs President Elect, Charlie Moon, while Outgoing President, Wes Graham looks on.
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Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors

Posted by Lee Chapoton on Jun 06, 2012
Al Garrecht presents a cheque to Bridget Currie and Lynette Collins which will allow 3 TAPS members to attend a workshop in Kelowna put on by the BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support.  This workshop entitled "Protect Yourself" will allow these attendees to return to TAPS in Creston and in turn provide their clients with valuable information on how to protect themselves from financial fraudsters.

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Erickson School Breakfast Program

Posted by Verne Lee

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Funds For Food - Creston Valley Rotary Club volunteer Walt Reider and Erickson childcare worker Marj McCLure with Erickson Elementary School students as Reider presented a $500 cheque on behalf of the Creston Valley Rotary Club to support the Erickson elementary breakfast program.  Also pictured in the background are Pat Colwell and Dorathy Pfeifer, who are among the eight regular volunteers at Erickson who serve nutritious breakfasts each morning - offering such things as grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, pancakes, toast, and smoothies.  The program is run through donations of food, the indispensable Rotary club and a grant from Breakfast for Learning.

Picture and story courtesy of the Creston Valley Advance

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Cranberry Puddings @ TAPS

Posted by Verne Lee

Once again this year, our club served Cranberry Christmas Pudding to Creston's senior at TAPS (Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors)

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(L to R): Michael Wigen, Bill Pfeifer, Dave Handy, Garry Fuhr, Traven Huscroft, Walt Reider

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December 4 2012

Posted by Rob Geddes

President, Charlie Moon called on Walt Reider to open the meeting by leading us in the singing of our National Anthem.  Dave Handy then offered the blessing for the day.

Attendance:  26 members & 3 Guest              Guests: John Edge-Partington / Luke Brower / Other

Greeter:  Bill Pfeifer   Controller: Walt Reider   Secretary: Howard Colwell   Sgt at Arms: George Green


Club Business - Business Meeting:

Sr. Boys Volleyball Donation:  Robert Geddes made a motion to donate $400.00 towards the expenses to travel to Kelowna and participate in the Provincial Volleyball Tournament.  The motion was passed.

TAPS Dinner:  Gordon Rodney assigned each volunteer a day to serve at the TAPS Christmas Dinner from 11:45am to 1:00pm on December 18th and December 20th at the TAPS Hall. For more information, contact Gordon.

Christmas Concert:  Dave Handy advised everyone that there is two Christmas Concerts (Friday @ 7:00pm and Sunday @ 2:30) at PCSS. The Blossom Valley Singers will be performing as well as the Children's Choir and other groups.  Tickets are available at Black Bear Books or at the door.

Highway Cleanup:  Garry Fuhr informed everyone that they must sign the waiver provided in order to participate in the highway cleanup.  To acquire a copy of the waiver, contact Garry Fuhr.

Christmas Party:  Bob Meredith reminded everyone that the party is set to go for December 13th.  A signup sheet was passed around.  Bring Food Hamper items - Non Perishable Food Items to party for the Christmas Hamper.  Warm-up is from 5:30 to 6:30 - dinner and entertainment to follow.

Honduras Project:  President Charlie Moon put forth a motion to donate $4,000.00 to the Honduras project that Gwen Telling from the Creston Rotary Club had given a program on  The motion was accepted.

International Dinner:   Pres. Charlie Moon asked for volunteers to help organize the International Dinner (February 28th).  If you are interested, contact Pres Charlie.  Currently, the committee consists of Pres. Charlie, Tim, Vern, Dave, Mike, George, and Howard.

Christmas Hamper:   Bob Meredith put forward a motion to donate $500.00 to the Christmas Hamper.  The motion was amended to $600.00 and accepted.

Tennis Court:   Bill Pfeifer put forward a motion to donate $500.00 toward the resurfacing of one of the tennis courts located at PCSS.   The motion was accepted.

Donation - Breakfast Program:   An anonymous donation was made in the amount of $5,000.00 for the Breakfast Program. 

 

Program Schedule:

DATE                MEMBER                   PROGRAM                                                 GREETERS

Dec 11th           Bob Meredith         Tammy Hardwick on Women in Valley          Bill / Bill

Dec 18th           George Green         Niki Lee (Ambassadorial program)               Bill Piper / Walt

Dec 25th                             Santa Claus   -    Merry Christmas    -    HoHoHo

 

50/50: Ron Nearing won $5.00 by drawing the three of diamonds.

 

Birthdays & Anniversaries:

None

 

Adjournment:  ~ 8:06 am

A little boy came home with his parents from church one Sunday. He seemed a little depressed, so his mother asked him if something happened in Sunday school class that he would like to talk about. He told his mother "Well, we were singing songs and the teacher made us sing about a poor bear named Gladly that needed glasses and I can't stop thinking about him. She said he was cross-eyed and I feel bad for him.
The mother couldn't understand why the teacher would teach such a song in Sunday school, so she decided to call her. To the woman’s amazement, the teacher said she only taught hymns that morning. Then the teacher began laughing out loud and said to the mother, “I know what Jeffrey’s' talking about! We learned the hymn 'Gladly The Cross I'd Bear'".


A little boy returned from the grocery store with his mom. While his mom put away the groceries, the little boy opened his box of animal crackers and spread them all over the kitchen table.
"What are you doing?" asked his mom.
"The box says you shouldn't eat them if the seal is broken," said the little boy. "I'm looking for the seal."

 

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Kraft/TSN BBQ Numbers

Posted by Verne Lee

Overwaitea has advised me that we used 90 dozen or 1080 weiners donated by Schneider Meats

129 dozen or 1548 hamburgers donated by Schneider Meats

219 dozen or 2628 buns provide at 50% discount from Weston Foods

Thanks to everyone – seems like a long time ago

Ron

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Wood Cutting - 2012 Style

Posted by Verne Lee

Yesterday (Saturday, September 15) our first official Block Party was held and it has been estimated that we have 22 to 24 cords now stock piled and ready for delivery or pickup.

Thanks to the services of Justin & Darcy Elliott and their Palax Power 100S log cutting and splitting equipment located at the Sort Yard on Highway #21.  This unit is made in Finland.

Our crew:

Bill Pfeifer, Jim McLeod, Walt Reider, Bob Meredith, Don McClain and Ron Toyota spent 9 hours from 7AM to 4PM at the Sort Yard.  Mostly split pine, fir, larch with some birch and cedar was loaded into 3 dump trailers and unloaded at Steve’s property on Payne Street where Walt did all the marshalling of our “fire wood” using Bill Piper’s tractor.  We did get a 12 minute coffee break and a 23 minutes lunch break and Subway treats were provided.

We think we have about 16 cords left to do and the next Block Party date is Saturday – September 29th.

After that delivery dates will be organized where we will need club members and their pickups.  We have one customer who wants 5 CORDS. 

As you can see in the photo – our firewood is dry and clean.

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Kraft/TSN Celebration Tour

Posted by Verne Lee
The KRAFT/TSN Celebration Tour in Creston on Friday, August 17th was a BIG success:   Ron Toyota -  Special thanks to George, Bill Pfeifer, Dave, Verne, Dean, Gary, Garry, Charlie, Lee, Mike, Anthony, Howard, Al  AND Judy Green, Judy Toyota, Amy Chapoton, Denise Dumas, Harry Haberstock.    

Overwaitea, especially Andrew (assistant manager) was super starting with the “reefer” trailer being spotted twice and donated at NO CHARGE.  The Schneider’s BURGERS and WEINERS were donated by Schneider’s.  Weston Foods provided all the buns at a discount.  The Creston and District Credit Union via Water Pure & Simple (Terry & Joan O’Connor) donated the water and of course Kraft Foods provided their products including Bulls-Eye sauce, cheeses, pickles and MIO drink enhancers.  They also provided a cheque for $4,500 to cover all the local incidentals.  The Overwaitea reefer was completely emptied by 5PM (that’s when I found 4 large pails of Shukin Farm cherries which had been donated, these were offered to the TSN crew and the public.  The trailer was on it’s way to Vancouver early this morning.

 

Also Lionel Gartner (Ramada Inn) provided their BBQ unit that George had to fight with big time (the BBQ that is) to get it to us.

 

The Kraft and TSN crew arrived on Wednesday night in 3 tour buses and stayed 2 nights at the Ramada.  The Columbia Brewery hosted the crew of 40 with an evening of refreshments and steaks which was a great success.  (special thanks to Tanya Ducharme for her tremendous involvement).

 

  

 

Catered meals were delivered to the TSN crew about 5PM and the mobile stage was just about buttoned up.  I enjoyed one last local brew with Dutch and Kate, Devin, Tyler and others and they probably rolled out of Creston to Cochrane shorltly after that.

 

Once again – THANK YOU BIG TIME !!!!! - Michelle Whiteaway:   Thank you VERY MUCH ROTARY!!

And a thousand thanks to Ron Toyota himself who took on this Kraft Celebration Tour project as soon as Creston was announced as a finalist on July 1st.  Ron, you did an amazing job of showing what Creston is all about and you must have put in hours upon hours to get the tour to Creston and make it such a success that it was.  THANK YOU to everyone from Therapeutic Riding, we SO appreciate all of the support that we get from the Creston Valley community.  We are planning on being here for a long time! 
Michelle


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Ladies Appreciation 2009

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Held Oct 22/09 - 27 Ladies honoured -Chef, George Green (centre) with helpers, Dean Tompkins, Rick Czar, Howard Colwell, and Dave Handy
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our Club annual Christmas Party Ron Toyota 0
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Cranberry Pudding Recipe

Posted by Verne Lee

So sorry for the error on the revresing of our labels in the Cranberry Puddings.  Please find the warming instructions and butter sauce recipe by clicking on "more". 

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Drive FORE Rotary 2009

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the Champions are:  Vern Ronmark / Yvonne Larsen / Donna Salvador / Harry Brownfield with 180 points using the modified Stableford Scoring System.

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WineART 2009

Posted by Ron Toyota

Saturday -- June 13, 2009 from 7:30PM to 10:30PM

in the Creston Room at the Creston Community Complex

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WineART 2009 results

Posted by Ron Toyota
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WineART 2009 was a successful evening with over 300 in attendance enjoying the event and SILVER SAGE Winery of Oliver, BC voted the FAVOURITE WINERY OF THE EVENING! -- $7500 NET raised for our local Club projects!

SEE OUR PHOTO JOURNAL!
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Drive FORE Rotary 2008

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A great sunny day with 100 golfers (25 teams) enjoying the day -- the winners were:  Marty Burke / Jack Soare / Irene Folkman / Leon Mueller -- a special thanks to Al Garrecht as our Chairman for our 13th Annual Charity Golf Tourney.

 

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WineART 2008

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WineART 2008 was a successful evening with 300 in attendance enjoying the event and voted the favourite WINERY -- Skimmerhorn

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DICTIONARY PROJECT 2007

Posted by Ron Toyota
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HOLD PLEASE HOLD ---REVISED NOTICE as at November 20,2007 -- we now have a several years supply of the Webster Thesauraus books thanks to Peter's persistence -- and it appears we have a similar supply of Dictionaries now -- THANKS !!

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Drive FORE Rotary 2007

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winning team with 170 points -- Captain Dennis Reimer / Bunty Allan / Steve Takacs / Mary Jane Rees winning 4 Golf Bags donated by Jack Wigen

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Food Hamper donation 2006

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The Creston Valley Rotary Club was pleased to present Rev. Harry Haberstock of the Creston Ministerial Association with  a $625 donation to the Christmas Food Hamper program for 2006.

 

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Drive FORE Rotary 2006

Posted by Ron Toyota
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Jim Huck displays his latest purchase from our "Live Auction" conducted by Danny Spring -- special thanks to the "handcarved Owl" that was generously donated and handcrafted (over 200 hours ?) by Maurice Hindley
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Millenium Park

Posted by Ron Toyota
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located on 16th Ave. South between COTR (College Of The Rockies) and the RCMP building -- turn south off Highway #3 (Canyon Street) at the Esso Station.
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