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.