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Kimberley, BC V1A 2G7
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A, B.C. Hydro outage in the Golden Area, on Friday resulted in the weekly Rotary BINGO games being cancelled. 
This was the first time this has happened to the very popular games.
For details on what will happen to tickets purchased for the April 9th games check out the Rotary Community online bingo Facebook site for details.  In Short:  The April 9th tickets will be valid for April 16th.  The Prize Pots will continue to grow as more tickets will be sold until 1pm on the 16th.  Expect very large Prize Pots for both the Regular Games and the Progressive Game (likely over $40,000).  Join the games for a FUN Friday evening, the chance to WIN big pots, and the knowledge that a portion of the profits of the games goes to your local Rotary Club and are spent there.
Thanks to Andrew and Pamela from Sustainable Kimberley our Guests Speakers.  Very interesting to hear the plans this group has for Kimberley.  The project for the entrance to Marysville, the E-bike plans for the trails in our area including a changing station near the Grey Creek Summit and more ideas were shared.  We will be looking forward to hearing how these plans develop.
Also a great update from our  Rotary District 5080 Assistant Governor.  Dewayne shared the option for a new club management program DACdb that the District and a number of clubs in our District have started using.  Cost savings for clubs that sign up soon, free for the basic program and 4 different add-on modules (again savings for these is presently available).  Dewayne also reminder members of the need for the club to appoint a "Youth Protection Officer". 
Lots of other good news.  Profits from the Rotary Community Bingo continue to grow and a committee is working on how best to distribute these.  
Reminder:  Guests are welcome to join our meetings and see if Rotary is an organization they might want to join.  
Another great Virtual Social.  Many, many positive comments from those attending.  Great to see some new guests.
Thanks to Hans, Brian, Ryan and Janice for organizing the food and the activities.
If you missed this dinner you missed a lot.
The anticipation of the dinner to come arrived with all the trimmings on Tuesday night.  Thanks Hans.
Brian our emcee kept us entertained with a "2 truths and a lie" introduction and a fun quiz.
It was then on to preparing dinner.
The Fukumitsuya Wind Water Man Junmai Saké stimulated the pallet for the Tuna Ceviche Salad
Then under Ryan directions we cooked our Rack of Lamb, cooked the Gnocchi and browned it in butter and herbs along with the greens and topped it off with the special jus.
We then sat back to the delicious main course which was paired with an excellent Italian wine.
The meal was topped off with Tiramisu and a drink of Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge.
Thanks to all who made this such a special night.
I am sure we are all looking forward to the opening of Ryan's restaurant (Biscuit), in the Platzl.
PS If you where lucky enough to attend remember to return the ramekins and liquor glasses to Ryan. 
Excellent St. Patrick's Day Meeting online.  No Green Beer but a very professional Guest Speaker presentation by Peter Reid president of Kimberley Search and Rescue.  Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kimberley Search and Rescue have continued to work diligently to urge extra caution to back country users in order to prevent needless strain on SAR's services and that of our local healthcare providers.  Thanks to the very special KSARs organization and its skilled volunteers our community continues to reap the benefits this organization provides.
SAR is a 100 per cent volunteer organization and clearly one that exemplifies "Service Above Self"
In addition to organizing and leading the local SAR teams Peter and his wife are both instructors and travel the province teaching advanced search and rescue courses.
Of interest to Kimberley Rotary, we learned that rescues have been needed in the Marysville Falls area and that training for SARs members takes place at the Falls.  The Rotary Club will be looking to see if it can be of help in providing resources such as climbing anchors on the cliff above the Falls.
SARs members training.
Members were reminded that ShelterBox will be having a World Water Day Zoom presentation on Marcy 22nd. 
Rotary Community BINGO is still going well and is proving to be a good fundraiser for the club.  A committee has been formed to manage the club's involvement in the BINGO events.
Roger Rodermond and staff members of the Kimberley Special Care Home 
The Kimberley Rotary Club was pleased to have the opportunity to donate an IPAD with a Smart Cover to  the Recreation and Daybreak Program at the Kimberley Special Care Home (The Pines). The donation was made as a follow-up to a smart TV donated by the Rotary Club prior to Christmas. The use of connected technology will enable staff and clients additional opportunities to enjoy activity programming and communicate with family and friends.
The Feb. 17th online meeting of the Kimberley Rotary Club was highlighted by a presentation from the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club.  It was great to hear how the Sunrise club has been doing and hear and see two of their recent projects.
President Lynnette Wray gave an introduction with history of the club and then introduced club member Steve Weatherall who gave a Power Point presentation on the club's amazing locomotive project.
Steve explained how the club raised funds for the project and showed in a great Power Point presentation stages of the project.  He explained with photos showing club members working on many of the different aspects of the project.  The original "old locomotive" was prepared for an amazing facelift paint job and surrounding features were installed including a short wall and the water feature shown above.  Steve explained the plans ahead for adding landscaping in the surrounding area.
It is impossible to miss this great Rotary project when you drive the highway through Cranbrook.
The program was then turn over to Melanie McFarlane who shared many of the aspects of the club's involvement in the We-Bike program.
This was another very well presented presentation explaining how Melanie first got involved in the program and all the amazing steps the club has taken since.  Check out the photo above to see how to get trained to become a coach and bring this program to your area.
Mention was also made of other programs the Sunrise Club has.  Kimberley Rotary always comments that helping with their annual (when there aren't forest fires nearby or COVID) Kootenay Gran Fondo event is one of our club's favorite projects. 
It was great to see how these two projects have grown and see what our fellow Rotarians are doing.  Thanks Cranbrook Sunrise.
Kimberley Rotary will be sharing with the Sunrise Club on Tuesday Feb. 23rd.
The February 3rd meeting was well attended (on-line).  In stead of a Guest Speaker, president Pat shown a Power Point presentation that included many of the club's involvements and accomplishments this year.  Lots of good things have happened including the addition of 4 new members.  Great to see that even with the loss of all but one of our regular fundraising events the club has done well securing grants and the engineering feasibility study to replace and upgrade the Marysville Falls Walkway has reported that it is doable - all be it an expensive proposition.  More grants needed and a number are in process.
Past President, and meeting chairperson, Jaret gave an update on ShelterBox.  The results of the Kimberley Rotary Christmas season, Global Gift campaign, and the separate Solar Light sales were successful and the total raised was $8,808.00.  Thanks Kimberley supporters! 
Our next meeting is Wednesday Feb. 17th.  The Guest Speakers will be from the Cranbrook Sunrise Club.  They will be sharing how and what their club is doing since COVID restrictions arrived.

Attractive lease spaces may become available in the Kimberley Health Care Centre

Our online Guest Speaker at the January 20th Rotary meeting was Wayne Keiver who manages the Kimberley Health Centre for the Kimberley Health Care Society.

Wayne explained that the Kimberley Health Centre, formerly the Kimberley and District Hospital, is owned by the Kimberley Health Care Society who are responsible for the operation of the facility and all capital improvements and replacements.  Wayne pointed out that the building is sound and has a number of excellent sites that would be ideal for a number of uses.  The Upper Floor of the building is presently totally vacant, also there are available spaces on the bottom floor.  The main floor is presently a busy area with a number of Interior Health facilities and office for our local doctors.  In order to attract businesses to a multitude of lease spaces a number of upgrades are needed to bring the upper floor into compliance with current building codes.  Leasing these spaces will help provide a revenue stream that would ensure the long-term viability of the Centre.  Work needed includes a new HVAC system, a sprinkler system, radon gas mitigation work, elevator repairs and more.  The Health Care Society is presently working with the City and a funding grant the Society has been granted to start the renovations.

The Kimberley Health Care Society is presently looking for a few people who would be interested in joining the Health Care Society Board.  Here is an opportunity to help give back to your community by becoming a member of the "Kimberley Health Care Society".  "One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time".  If interested, contact one of the following Board members:

Barrie Peterson, chairman, at 

Kent Goodwin, director, at

Dr. Ilona Hale at 



Opportunity for High School Students
“Adventures in Health Care”
The purpose of the Rotary Adventures in Health Care program is to help those interested in EXPLORING educational and career opportunities in health care.
Adventures in Health Care ONLINE will broaden your scope of knowledge in the field of health sciences, allowing you to make more informed choices as you move forward in high school. Good planning gives you good results.
This free on-line program is open to all high school students in BC.
The program will go live March 13 which is the beginning of spring break for most of the Province and be shut down at the end of April. All who register and complete will get a certificate. Many want it to include in their Grade 12 graduation portfolio to prove their community engagement.
For details check out the website below
Kimberley Rotary Club started off the New Year with more great news.  Last night we Inducted two more new members to the club.  Lynn Hauptman and Lori Pasiechnyk joined the club and with their skills and backgrounds they will keep Kimberley Rotary moving ahead in the years to come.  In December, we also added two members, Brian Mullen and Chad Murray.  New members bring so many benefits to the club, new ideas, a greater variety of background knowledge and extra hands to help us continue to support our community and our International projects.
Even though we lost all but one of our local fundraisers and had to move to on-line meetings the club was able to meet or increase our local support through a strong focus on grant writing.  The following are some of the club's accomplishments over the 1st half of the Rotary Year (July 1st - Jan 1st): support for the local Girl Guides by buying 60 boxes of their Girl Guide cookies which we donated to the Food Bank. Provision of a digital printer to Healthy Kimberley Food Recovery.  Continued support of Rotary International's Polio Eradication campaign.  Financial support for the Market Children Program in Honduras and for ShelterBox Canada.  We paid for a $20,000.00 Feasibility Study for the replacement/upgrade of the Marysville Falls Walkway.  Payment for the concrete for the Wheelchair Friendly Walkway to the Splash Park, Washrooms and Playground at Rotary Park.  Delivery of over 70 grocery purchases at Save-On-Foods and Food Hampers from the Food Bank to people isolating at home. Purchase of a 65" Smart T.V. for the Pines.  One of our members provided over 100 free Non-medical masks to seniors in our community.  Also, mask were sold locally with the funds raised being matched by the club and then donated to the Food Bank.  We significantly increased our posting on Facebook and the club's website.  Keep up to date and follow us on Facebook and check our website at
The Kimberley Rotary Club provides the The Pines with a large smart TV
The recent rules that have been put into place to protect us from the contagious coronavirus have changed the world for all of us.  This is so true for seniors in care facilities and their families.  The greater isolation restrictions needed to protect our special seniors have greatly impacted their lives.  The joy of visits from family and friends, the concerts performed by local entertainers, and the freedom to take part in outings have been eliminated or drastically restricted.
When Rotary approached the management at the Pines and asked them if there was a way Rotary could help, their response was technology is quickly changing the face of activity programming with seniors and there were definitely needs at the Pines. As they explained, IPads and Smart TV’s are becoming must-haves for every activity/recreation department.  A smart TV would allow virtual concerts and other programs and activities (trivia games, movies and other interactive programs). It would also provide access to YouTube videos, senior-focused networks, apps, and other technology to enhance program offerings.  Rotary initially looked at providing an IPad but quickly discovered they were sold out in our area so thanks to grant funding provided to Rotary from the Kimberley District Community Foundation (KDCF) the purchase of above TV became a reality, and was donated to the Pines before Christmas.
Looking to make a donation to a great Kimberley organization?  Check out the KDCF.
We received an early Christmas Gift with the addition of two new members.  The club was most pleased to welcome Brian Mullen and Chad Murray to our active member list.
We also had a fantastic Christmas Social. 
Kimberley Rotary's first ever VIRTUAL Christmas Social - dinner with entertainment was held on December 16th.  A box of ingredients was delivered to each participant's door and member, Ryan McGibbon (cocktail waiter, chef, & sommelier), instructed and demonstrated for the guests how to make the predinner cocktail, how to put the Salmon Gravlax Salad together, how to cook the pan seared duck breast, mixed mushroom risotto, and roast squash.  The entrée was paired with a bottle of vintage pinot noir.  Dessert was a Pot de Crème with Chantilly cream and a decadent sauce.  Rave revues were forthcoming from the guests.  We are all waiting for Ryan's planned new restaurant to open in the Platz.
More news in the days ahead about Kimberley Rotary's gift to the Pines.      
Another great meeting on November 18th.  Our Guest Speaker was Ryan Peterson along with Zoë Ramdin from Teck Resources Limited in Kimberley.
Ryan gave a very professional Power Point presentation with numerous slides with details and photos.  It was amazing to see all the work Teck has done and is continuing to do in Kimberley since the closing of the Sullivan in 2001.  The support for the community and the investment Teck has made in Kimberley is amazing – it definitely helps make Kimberley “a great place to be”.
The possibility of presentations in the schools and community and tours of some of the sites are in the company’s future plans.  Thanks Ryan, for your excellent presentation and the great photos.  
I have been chewing on the "Persistent as a Dog with a Bone Award"
Thanks for the honour.  pb
Graham was a dedicated Rotarian, a Paul Harris Fellow and a Paul Harris Benefactor. He was a passionate ShelterBox Ambassador and in 2016 received an “All Star” award for his exceptional fund-raising.
Excellent meeting with guest speaker Andrew Baird from ISL Engineering.
Andrew presented an update on the progress being made on the Feasibility Study for a possible rebuild/upgrade of the Rotary Walkway to Marysville Falls.
The study is being completed in 3 phases and will soon provide enough detail for the Kimberley Rotary Club to be able to make a decision on if they will take on this major project.
The photo is typical of similar walkways but it is expected the one to Marysville Falls will still include a major wooden walkway with the addition of packed gravel sections at slopes that would allow accessibility for those with mobility issues.  
Rotarians, your donation at will be credited to your Rotary Foundation account. 
Our Guest Speaker at the October 7th Rotary Meeting was Daryl Richardson.
Daryl a Cranbrook Sunrise Rotarian is the owner of ENERCALL
Daryl gave a great program on RADON.  He explained what Radon is, how to detect it and how the deal with it if dangerous levels of radon are detected.
"Radon is a tasteless, odourless, colourless and lethal gas.  It occurs in the environment from the radioactive decay of uranium found in rocks and soil. 
As Radon decays it emits alpha particles that can damage lung tissue and lead to cancer.  On average 16% of lung cancer deaths are due to radon exposure."
Unfortunately, Radon is common in our part of BC.
Radon levels can be detected by using a number of small measuring devices.
To find out if your home or business has Radon issues the above devices (and others) will detect it and when sent to a testing lab will give you a measure of the radon levels.
A radon level of 150Bq/m3 which is above the WHO guideline and just below Health Canada's radon guideline is equivalent to having 200 chest x-rays per year or smoking 8 cigarettes per day. 
To find out more or to purchase a Radon detector contact:
Al with a new sign at the bridge to the Marysville Falls Walkway.
Thanks to Rotarians Al, Doug and Pat, grants were applied for and donations made by Columbia Basin Trust, Teck Metals, and the Rotary Foundation with matching funds from the Kimberley Rotary Club.   These generous donation have provided funds to pay for a Feasibility Assessment to determine whether the 37 year old Marysville Falls Walkway can be rebuilt to a standard that will provide safe access to everyone including those in wheelchairs.  The cost for this project will be in the six figure range.  Kimberley Rotary is considering taking this project on and if they do, fundraising will be a major next step.     
The Kimberley Rotary Club has contracted a feasibility study of rebuilding the Marysville Falls Walkway
to make it safer and more accessible to everyone
Since the Sullivan Mine closed in 2001, Kimberley has leaned on our amazing recreation amenities and pure mountain air to attract visitors.  These resources are the mainstay of the local economy and well supported by Kimberley’s largest employer, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR) and by many local organizations.  The downtown Platzl with its boutique style stores and shops also draws visitors from a wide area.  In fact, the 20-minute proximity to Cranbrook has created a “super-community’ that shares recreation, shopping and jobs.
One of Kimberley’s significant attractions is Marysville Falls, a 10 metre (30 foot) waterfall. Access to the falls is by a 300 metre (1000 foot) walkway.   The original walkway was a Kimberley Rotary Club project completed about 37 years ago and was dedicated to honour the first Rotary District 5080 Governor (1964-65) from Kimberley, Al Fabro.  The walkway starts where highway 95A crosses Mark Creek and is easily recognized by the large Rotary Sign at the Trail Head and also by Rotary signage at the observation point above the Falls.
Over the years, the Kimberley Rotary Club has undertaken spring clean-up along the walkway and the City of Kimberley has undertaken repairs and maintenance as needed. However, it is now nearing the end of its useful lifespan and is not accessible for those with limited mobility.
This summer, the Kimberley Rotary Club contracted with ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. to help determine the feasibility of rebuilding the Marysville Falls Walkway to make it safer and accessible to everyone.  The first phase, a topographic survey and assembly of existing information has been completed.  The second phase, developing a preliminary structural design is underway.  The third and final phase, the detailed design and feasibility report is expected to be completed in October 2020.
October 30th saw the District Governor for our Rotary District 5080 on-line for a virtual meeting with the members of the Kimberley Rotary Club.
Club members shared their reasons for joining Rotary and why they are still members.  A Power Point display was then provided to show some of Kimberley Rotary's past projects, how our fundraisers have been effected by the corona virus pandemic, what new programs Kimberley Rotary implemented during these early stages of the pandemic and Kimberley Rotary's plans that are underway with a feasibility study to access the possibility of upgrading the 37 year old Marysville Falls Walkway and make it accessible to all.  More information on this project will be shared shortly.
Rotary 5080, District Governor TIM FREDRICKSON 

Rotary District 5080 is an international Rotary district with clubs in North Eastern Washington state, Northern Idaho and South Eastern British Columbia.  Tim and wife Cindy live on a golf course in Washington state. They met in Rotary and were married in 2014. Tim has lived almost all of his life in Washington State. He grew up in Moses Lake and went to high school there.  Tim graduated with a major in Government and a minor in Economics from Eastern Washington University and later earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration.  In 1981, Tim started his career with Spokane Transit, becoming General Manager of Clallam Transit in 1983 and then General Manager of Ben Franklin Transit in 1995, retiring in 2013. While there he has served on numerous professional, community, and civic organizations.

Tim has been a Rotarian since 1984, first in Rotary Nor’Wester Club in Port Angeles and then in 1995 transferring to Columbia Center in the Tri-Cities, serving on the Board and as President in 2012-2013. He has served District 5080 as Annual Fund Chair and he is a Rotary Leadership Institute graduate.

One of the highlights of the meeting was the presentation of two Paul Harris medals.  One to Helga Logan (PH+1) and one to Jaret Thompson (PH+5).  These medals signify the generous donations made by these members to the Rotary Foundation.  The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through improvements in health, support of education and alleviation of poverty.  

With September's chairperson Hans at the podium we finally stumped the members with a question on the "Can you name the City, Town or Village with the following clue?  LOCK TYPE  ____?_____ .
The Rotary Theme for September is "Basic Education & Literacy" month.  One way Kimberley Rotary focuses on this is through its commitment to the Tegucigalpa Market Children Program in Honduras.  The club donates $700.00 annually to this program plus three members and two others sponsor individual students.  Children in Honduras receive free education, including university, but they can't attend unless they have a uniform, shoes, books and school supplies.  Power Point slides where shown of 5 students who are being sponsored (example below).
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A month or so ago, it was announced that the Kimberley Rotary Club’s application to participate in the above Pilot Program was approved by Rotary International. We are one of only 200 Rotary Clubs world-wide whose plan received approval, 1,300 applied.


This pilot is primarily about membership. Trying new things to make our club more attractive to prospective members and at the same time keep current members engaged. Our prime objective for initiating this Pilot Program is to attract and retain members.


On July 18, 2011 your Board approved two major changes for Kimberley Rotary that will provide members increased flexibility for experiencing fellowship at our meetings.





Rotary District 5080 Group Study Exchange Sub-Committee seeks Team Leader for the Group Study Exchange Team to D4510 Brazil

The District Group Study Exchange Sub-Committee is now accepting applications for Team Leader for the exchange to D4510 (Brazil) that is scheduled for April 20 – May 20, 2013. D4510, described as an ecological paradise, is located in the mid-western region of Sao Paulo State. Metal industries, textile manufacturing and agriculture including coffee, sugar cane and oranges make this state the economic and industrial powerhouse of the Brazilian economy. 



On behalf of the Rotary District 5080 Rotaplast Committee, I am writing to let your club in on the fact that we are working to support another Rotaplast mission in the coming months. In fact, last week District 5080’s grant committee awarded this project funds through a District Simplified Grant; in addition some club support has been received in the form of pledges. As such, we would like to get Kimberley involved this year. Attached are details about the mission to share with your members. This mission is coming up quickly.

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