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PO Box 13, V1A 2Y5
Kimberley, BC V1A 2G7
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“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).
Past President Jaret, program speaker, gave a detailed update on Archer's plans for the Central and Watkins lots downtown Kimberley.
We can expect to see action in the Spring and the construction of the first buildings will likely get underway next Summer.
Lots of questions and discussion and a great opportunity to be some of the first to know what will be happening.
This meeting was run as an in-person and on-line combination event.
Al Hunter reported that with grants from Columbia Basin Trust, the Rotary Foundation, Teck and a donation from the Kimberley Rotary Club sufficient funding is in place for a major engineering study of the feasibility of upgrading the aging Marysville Walkway and making it more accessible to those with physical challenges. 
Kimberley Rotary Club President Patrick Barclay presents Scott Owen with a Paul Harris plus 4 pin.
The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs.  A world of peace and goodwill comes closer to reality as Scott Owen becomes a Paul Harris Fellow PLUS 4 Sapphires.   This means that during Scott’s years in Rotary, over $5,000.00 has been donated to the Rotary Foundation in Scott's name.  The Rotary Foundation’s educational and humanitarian programs are a commitment to peace and to a better life for people who SCOTT and the membership of the Kimberley Rotary Club will never meet. It is because of gifts such as Scott’s that the Rotary Foundation can carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world: improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for the sick and disabled, new channels for the flow of international understanding, and brighter hopes for peace.
Our Guest Speaker Duncan MacLeod gave a great update on the Purcell International Education plans.  A video of the architectural plans for the school with a virtual walk through was most impressive.
Our guest speaker for the July 15th Meeting was Rotarian David Morley from the Cranbrook Noon Rotary Club. 
David brought us up-to-date on District 5080 Rotary projects in Honduras.  He spoke about his recent visit in Tegucigalpa and Santa Barbara Honduras.  They Kimberley Rotary Club annually provides $700.00 to sponsor children to attend school in Tegucigalpa and a number of club members also sponsor individual students.  As David explained these projects are an amazing benefit for a number of young people.  David also talked about School and Hospital Projects the Cranbrook Rotary Clubs are sponsoring and explained there are many other needs and possible projects to sponsor.
THE ROTAY FACT FOR THE DAY.  "What is the Purpose of Rotary?"
Rotary's main purpose is to serve the community and those in need throughout the world.  With “Service above Self” as its aim, club members offer their time and talents in the local community and support PolioPlus, ShelterBox and other worldwide projects.
Membership recruitment is always a feature of Rotary and members are encouraged to invite friends and colleagues to meetings and activities.  GUESTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME AT OUR ROTARY MEETINGS.  If you would like to find out more about Rotary please join us on a first or third Wednesday at 5:00 pm at the ELKS Club on Howard Street (the room straight ahead of the front door to the Elks).
Duncan will give an update on the Purcell International Education plans for Kimberley.  This amazing project will change the face of Kimberley.  5:30 pm at the ELKS on Howard street.  Reminder:  GUESTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.  We are a small club so self distancing is easy to arrange (wearing a mask is encouraged).



RI President Holger Knaack is the Rotary International President for the Rotary Year, 2020-21. 

Holger's theme for 2020-21, "Rotary Opens Opportunities" 

Holger asks Rotarians to create opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need.

The Kimberley Rotary Club continues to support the local community in spite of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recent services and projects:  Free delivery of groceries from Save-On Foods and the Helping Hands Food Bank to those isolating due the pandemic.  Donation of $1,800.00 to the Helping Hands Food Bank.  Support of our local Girl Guides by purchasing 120 boxes of Girl Guide Cookies and donating these to the Food Bank.  Donation of a digital printer to Healthy Kimberley Food Recovery.  Making and donation of 110 non-medical masks to Valley View and Mountain View Lodges.  A $1,500.00 scholarship to a Selkirk Secondary School graduate.  Purchase of the concrete for the new walkway from the Arena parking lot to the Rotary Splash Park and washrooms to provide access to those with mobility issues.  Soon to be completed, an Engineering study of the feasibility of rebuilding and upgrading the aging Marysville Walkway.  This local/tourist gem has been a key local attraction for well over 30 years.

Fundraising issues:  Due to the pandemic our local Rotary club has not been able to hold its regular summer fundraisers.  No LobsterFest, No JulyFest fundraiser, No Pancake Breakfasts, No Gran Fondo, and No Fall Fair.  The lost of these events has not stopped our local club.  Thanks to the hard work of members three grants have been secured for a total of over $19,000.00 which will pay for the Engineering studies for the Marysville Falls Walkway.  Great thanks here to Rotary International, the Columbia Basin Trust and Teck.  Securing grants is much more successful with larger clubs and organizations so the Kimberley Rotary Club is always looking for new members. 

August is Rotary Membership Month:  This is a great opportunity to join a world renowned service club.  Watch for invitations to find out if Rotary is for you.  If you have the heart of a Rotarian, a willingness to put "service above self", you will find Rotary is the club for you.     

Hope you had a good one and next year we will be able to have a special Rotary Canada Day Celebration.
With technology the world quickly comes together.  The above photo was sent from our part time Kimberley Rotarian René showing his home on July 1st in The Netherlands. Stay safe René and Annette and hope to see you back in Kimberley this winter.
Our online Guest Speaker on June 17th was Ulli Murtagh.  Ulli, International Student Program Coordinator, with the Rocky Mountain International Student Program gave a great update on the program.  As Ulli explained the program offers students from around the world education programs in the schools in Kimberley, Invermere, Golden, Revelstoke, Cranbrook and Fernie.  Most of the students are registered in Grades 8 to 12.  With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic travel arrangements were made most of the students to return home. 70% of them returned to their home countries in March and April.  One student from Brazil is still hoping to make flight connections to return home this week. 
The program provides is a great opportunity to for these international students to learn about Canada and a great opportunity for local students to meet and make friends with students from around the globe.  This program also provides financial and educational benefits to the schools where they are enrolled and also to the communities they are staying in.   
Plans for September are still evolving and being adjusted as needed to meet the Public Health Guidelines that are in place for BC.  The program staff is still expecting 100 students to return in September and likely they will have to isolate for 14 days on arrival. 
One area of annual need is Home Stay Parents (host Parents).  If you or someone you know is interested in hosting a student check out the Rocky Mountain International School's website or contact  or call 250-427-2245 and talk to Ulli or Randy McLeod.
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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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