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2nd and 4th Wednesday at 5:00 PM
The Green Door in the Platzl
180 Spokane Street
PO Box 15, V1A 2Y5
Kimberley, BC  V1A 2E4
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Every year the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce presents Business Excellence Awards to businesses voted by the public "the best in Kimberley".
The category of "Business of the Year Award" is presented to:
“A business that represents the pinnacle of customer service excellence and customer satisfaction.  This business consistently exceeds customer’s expectations and contributes to making Kimberley a better community.”   
The 2018 Award was presented to Creek Side Physiotherapy.
Co-owner Ryan Sleik, a past member of the Kimberley Rotary Club. was our guest speaker on Jan. 9th.   Ryan's presentation shared the history of the company in Kimberley and its rapid growth in size and services provided to Kimberley and the surrounding area.
Great to have two additional club members for the start of 2019.
PDG Sandra Roberts conducted the Induction ceremony for Hans von Bloedau. 
Hans is an experienced Rotarian who moved to Kimberley last year and has quickly become an involved member of the club.
Welcome Hans.
We also welcomed back Randy Evanchuk.  Great to Randy back in the club.
The Rotary Elf wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year'
Hope to see you all on January 9th at the Green Door at 5:00 pm
Past District Governor, Allan Davis was the Guest Speaker at the December 12th Meeting.
PDG Allan Davis shared a number of facts and lots of information about the Rotary Foundation.
Local facts included:
Total donations from Kimberley Rotary since 1942 = $122,168.00
Last year's donation + $1,701.19 (this was above our goal of $1,500.00)
This year (July 1st 2018 to June 30th 2019) we are just about exactly half way to our goal of $1,500.00
The Club has over 14,000 Recognition Points
Al explain a number of ways the club can use the aforementioned Recognition Points. 
The Club's AGM was also conducted at the meeting and the election of officers for the Rotary Year starting July 1st, 2019 was conducted.
Additional Notes:
* Special Thanks was given to Sally Harrison for the excellent Christmas Dinner Party held on Dec. 8th
* An email from Rene and Annette was read wishing club members, family and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays.  Rene mentioned they will be back in town on Feb. 25th
* We welcomed guest Jeff Moore and hope to see him at future meetings.
Meetings Ahead:
* Dec. 26th cancelled (enjoy Boxing Day)
* Jan. 2nd.  Business Meeting 5:30 at Buckhorn and Main
* Jan. 9th.  Regular Meeting at Green Door at 5:00.  Guest speaker Ryan Sleik 
President Jaret wished all a Merry Christmas and Happy and New Year
Consider a ShelterBox Canada Global Gift.
You can honour that special person in your life by making a donation in their name to ShelterBox Canada that will provide life-saving shelter and aid to a family suffering from disaster or conflict.
Google: “ShelterBox Canada Global Gifts” to view what donations provide.  Some examples are Mosquito Nets, Solar Lights, Water Purification Kits, Shelter Kits, or Complete ShelterBoxes.    
To make a donation you can CHOOSE ONE of the following options:
  1. Go online to:
(CLICK on the GREEN DONATE box and follow the instructions)
  1. Follow the online instructions at the ShelterBox Canada Global Gifts site
  2. Drop into Kootenay Savings Credit Union in Kimberley and make your donation in person
  3. Contact Patrick Barclay at the Kimberley Rotary Club
All donations of $20.00 or more will receive a CRA charitable tax receipt and a letter of thanks.
Your gift will not only provide a family in need with the tools to rebuild or recover from disaster, but also a sense of hope for their future.
Some of the Gift ideas:  Mosquito Nets, Solar Lights, Water Purification systems, Shelter Kits (tools and supplies to repair a damaged building), Survival Tents or a Complete Shelter Box,
Our guest speaker Aileen Boyd gave a very informative talk on her new role as the Kimberley and surrounding area
Community Paramedic. 
Aileen described how the role of a community paramedic can help patients.  This included:
  • Coming to their home for regular scheduled visits
  • Helping patients stay connected with their family doctor or nurse practitioner
  • Supporting patients in managing their health so they can continue to live at home safely
  • Conducting remote home health monitoring
  • Looking for fall hazards in the home, and suggesting ways to correct them
  • Referring patients to the right health care resource when they need additional help
  • Listening when patients have concerns about their health, and working with them to get the assistance they need
For more information on this service, visit:
Contact information:   or  
We did not have a Guest Speaker at our November 14th meeting so president Jaret set up the digital projector and logged into our Clubrunner Site, the Club's website and our Club's Facebook site.  We clearly need to do work on all three of these social media sites to bring them up to date and make them more relevant for the viewers.  A good discussion was held on the merits of all three sites and the need for members to check all of them on a regular basis.
Jaret, Patrick and Melanie to meet to discuss the next steps.
Patrick gave an update on the club's plan to once again run a ShelterBox Canada Global Gift campaign for the holiday season.  Last year this program raised $6.725.00 and hopes are that we can do as well this year.  More information will be coming soon.  
Patrick Sinclair.  Guest speaker at Oct. 24th meeting.
Patrick was born and raised in Kimberley then left to complete his education in the lower mainland.  He spent 25 years working as an Executive Chef at Fairmont, Delta and Marriot Hotels and Resorts and Gateway Casinos.  Recently, after a long battle with a rare form of cancer Patrick has returned to Kimberley. 
Patrick and his partner Brenda are just starting (October 29th 1st day) "A New Style of Home Delivery" which they have called "Delect-Edible Delivery".  This new business is somewhat similar to the old 'Meals on Wheels' system but with reasonably priced, wholesome meals, prepared by an Executive Chef.  To find out more check out their website at  
Patrick is also available to cater your next special occasion and make it a gourmet experience.  He can be reached at 250.520.0108
September 28th, 29th and 30th saw the Kimberley Rotary Club along with some members of the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club setting up and manning our annual ShelterBox Booth at the Kimberley Fall Fair. 
It was another great opportunity to share with the community what ShelterBox is all about and collect donations for ShelterBox Canada.  Just over $2,500.00 was collected bringing the total collected in Kimberley in the last 6 years to over $200,000.00 (enough to provide 169 complete ShelterBoxes including delivery to sites of need).
Thanks to Andre Bloemink for bringing us up-to-date with SheterBox at a recent club meeting and thanks to all the Rotarians who helped make this a reality and to all our generous supporters of this great Disaster Relief organization.
Saturday, September 22nd saw "Rotarians at Work" completing the 16 hours of Labour that was auctioned off at LobsterFest 9.  Our job - help saw up logs in sections - transport them to the splitting machines - split them and stack them for the winter fuel supply for the Rod and Tamara.  The weather held, the job was completed in two and a half hours and the rain stayed away until we were finished.
Thanks Jaret, Sandra, Bill, Bev, Mike, Mac and Patrick.
We had the pleasure of welcoming a number of guests at the meeting on Wednesday.
Rene & Annette Swienink from the Neatherlands.  They will be in town for a couple of weeks.  Hopefully the smoke will lift so they can enjoy the view of the mountains.
Ken and Pat Riggs.  They are quite new in town and we hope to see them at future meetings.  
Martha Dippo.  Martha is becoming a regular.  Thanks Martha for helping out at the Rotary Trailer at the Food Bank Garage Sale on the weekend.
Thanks for the support from our Rotary Partners:  June Owen, Judy Cave, and Margaret Barclay.
Our Rotary Pancake Trailer with its new decals was at the Food Banks Giant Garage Sale at the Curling Club on Saturday Aug. 18th.
Proceeds from lunch and drink sales went to support the Food Bank's Fund raiser.
The New Decals with the updated branding look GREAT.  Not so sure about the hats.
President Jaret shown here presenting Jos Andeweg with a Kimberley Rotary Club Banner.
Jos and Dirry Andeweg from the Netherlands were our guests at our August 8th meeting at the Green Door.
Jos is a member of the same club in Holland as our frequent guest Rene.  Jos was the successful bidder on a Rotary Silent Auction for ‘Two weeks at Rene’s cottage in Kimberley’. 
Unfortunately, the smoke from many surrounding forest fires has not highlighted the scenery around Kimberley for Jos, Dirry and their daughter Erika and son Jori.
Our 'Guest Speaker' on the 8th was Cathy Korven.
Cathy talked about the Kimberley "Seniors Helping Seniors" volunteer group and what a fantastic job they do.
She explained that they drive seniors to medical appointments, shopping trips, and a variety of special events.
Kimberley Rotary was on hand to provide Rog Duggan's Brisket-on-a-Bun to customers and visitors on the occasion of their 3rd Anniversary at Tamarack Dispensaries.  All funds raised were donated to the Polio Plus Eradication Project.  Great job everyone!!yesyes
This looks like it will be a conference that will fill up fast.  Plan ahead if you wish to attend.  Booking a hotel early may be advised. 
There is indication that registration may start in early July.
The Kimberley Rotary Club was recognized at the District 5080 Conference for excellence in a number of categories.
Award for active and cooperative participation in Public Image.  The goal was to update local Rotary Signs to the new Branding format.
We upgraded the sign at Marysville Falls at the beginning of the Rotary year and recently upgraded the one at the Rotary Park washroom.
Award for promoting youth leadership by sending students to the annual RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) camp.  Kimberley Rotary has done this for a number of years and this summer we are sending two young adults.  Funding for one of our candidates is thanks to a grant received from BC Hydro the other through funds raised by our Scholarship Raffle.
Award for club contributions to Rotary's Polio Eradication campaign.  This has been a commitment of the Kimberley Rotary Club for 30+ years.  This year we surpassed our budget goal through donation events at our regular meetings and from money raised at the BBQ sponsored by Tamarack Dispensary.  
Award for taking part in the ShelterBox campaign.  This has been an ongoing campaign for the Kimberley Rotary Club.  Campaigns to date have funded over 167 Shelterboxes.  Once again, with the support of generous Kimberley citizens, we have surpassed all expectations of the District and the club and we received the Gold HERO award recognition award.
Award for Tree Planting.  We didn't do this on time due to weather conditions but since it is in our budget and the funds are there and the plans in place we received recognition.  Look for completion of this goal in the near future at Rotary Park.
It has been a good year for the Kimberley Rotary Club and it is still moving ahead.  Lobsterfest is coming soon and there are a great number of events planned for the new Rotary year which starts on July 1st.  The year will open with a Hot Dog lunch (by donation so all can afford to attend) at the Splash Park on Sunday, July 1st CANADA DAY.  Bring the children to park and stay for lunch (11:00 to 2:00).   
To continue to do what is possible, the Kimberley Rotary Club needs the continued support of the fantastic residents of our city. 
Thanks to all of you who support Rotary in Kimberley. 
We are a very small club with a very big heart but we need new members to keep making positive changes in our community and the world.  We are always on the lookout for new members to join and contribute their ideas and volunteer help to keep the Kimberley Rotary Club be an active supporter of our community.
Tristen Chernove our guest speaker on April 11th gave a great update of the goings on at the Canadian Rockies International Airport.  Tristen's owns the management company that operates the Airport shared information about the success of the Airport has had in the past few years and plans that are underway for the future.  Great news about West Jet's involvement in the near future.  
Tristen also answered a large number of questions and shared some details on his success as a Paralympian at he Rio games and his future plans.  
Arden Holmes and Brian Clifford gave a very informative program on the programs offered by the Hospice Society in the Kimberley area and on needs for the future.
Arden's wish was that a an attractive Hospice Building could be built in Kimberley and that Rotary would take on the challenge of administrating the project.  Maybe it could be housed on the third floor of the old Kimberley Hospital.  With our small number of members at present it seems beyond our ability level but is something we will continue to consider.
Ken Green presented a cheque for $2,000.00 to Sarah Davidson the winner of
the Rotary 2018 Stan Salikin Scholarship Raffle.
Congratulations Sarah and thanks to all those who purchased tickets for this raffle. 
All profits of the scholarship raffle will go to provide scholarships for students
in the Kimberley area. 
Our guest speaker on March 14th will be Theresa Murphy, a local lady who has been working for the last year at Rothera Research Station on Adelaide Island,  Antarctica.
Originally hired as the dive master at this British survey base, Theresa has worked in many capacities as one of the 22 hardy people who spend the winter at the Station.
Theresa will be bringing lots of pictures in her presentation and this would be a great opportunity for members to bring a guest to an interesting talk.
Ruth introduced our guest speaker Trevor Lundy.  Trevor from the Kimberley branch of Scouts Canada gave us a great program with lots of photos of the activities been undertaken by the Kimberley Scouts.  They are a small but very active group and have been engaged in many activities in our area.  Trevor's presentation and photos of the scouts attending a scout jamboree and an adventure trip showed that scouting is alive and still a great organization in our community.   
Our January 10th guest speaker Troy Pollock brought us up to date on Kimberley's Official Community Plan.
Troy explained to how the old OCP was reviewed and policy gaps analysed.
Community consultation was undertaken
An Infrastructure overview has taken place
Community reviews of draft policies is underway
A public hearing and bylaw process is set to formalize the Plan
The communities vision was refreshed and confirmed
Improved mapping and layout conducted
Content was reduced and land use simplified
Land use policy and asset management and infrastructure planning aligned
A clear framework for implementation and tracking put in place
The Plan supports a variety of of housing types, sizes and diversity
It encourages diverse tenure options
It supports age-friendly and accessible design
It increases options for walking, cycling and transit
Formal bylaw process for the OCP is underway
Dec. 11th  1st reading
Jan. 22nd  2nd reading proposed
Feb. 19th proposed date for Public Hearing at McKim Theatre
3rd reading date yet to be decided
Thanks Troy for sharing and answering questions from the floor.  Mark your calendar for Feb. 19th and attend the Public Hearing. 
Home Page News

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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