Acting president Hans von Bloedau chaired the meeting in President Jaret's absence. 
 
Guest Speaker Jim Webster was our guest speaker. 
  

Jim explained that the Kimberley Pipe Band will be travelling to the Netherlands from April 23 to May 7, 2020, in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation.  Jim explained that the Kimberley Pipe Band will be there to honour this anniversary as part of an 80 member Pipe Band, being coordinated by the Kelowna Pipe Band. The band will be performing at ceremonies throughout the Netherlands as well as at Vimy Ridge in France.

“In the final months of World War II, Canadian Armed Forces led the fight to liberate the Netherlands from Nazi occupation,” explained Webster. “The first Canadian Army fought to open the port on Antwerp and to clear northern and western Netherlands of occupying forces. On May 5th, 1945, Canadian General Charles Foulkes, commander of the 1st Canadian Corp, accepted the German surrender.”

He adds that a group of local volunteers have come together to assist the Pipe Band’s fundraising efforts which includes a Ceilidh at the Kimberley Conference Centre. The Ceilidh will take place on November 9, 2019.  Jim also explained that the Band is looking for donations to help with their fundraising.

 
Mac Campbell thanks Jim and presents him with the coveted Rotary Water Bottle
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Mike and Brenda Balahura were the guest speakers at the Oct. 2nd Rotary meeting.  They gave an excellent update on the programs in Honduras.  Opportunities to donate and sponsor a child will be coming next month.
 
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On Sept. 26th in the McKim theatre, the Kimberley Rotary Club and the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce jointly hosted an "All Candidates Forum" for the upcoming (Oct. 21st) Federal Election. Check www.elections.ca for all voting details.

Thanks Doug for organizing this and chairing the event

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Set-up crew at the ShelterBox display at the Fall Fair.  Thanks, Jaret, Brett, Mike, Cameron, Judy and Pat.
 
The event went very well.  The Shelterbox story was shared with a large number of visitors to the Fair.  There was also interest in Rotary shown by a number of the visitors to our Booth.  Hopefully, some of them will visit one of our meetings to find out more about our club.
Thanks to Mike, Pat, Sandra, Gerda, Mac, and visiting Rotarian Ray Miller for helping to welcome visitors to the display and explain what Shelterbox is all about.  Special thanks to Mike, Mac, Ray and Pat for dismantling the display and getting it back into the Green Boxes.
Donations were great and with the recent donations in memory of Graham a large contribution will soon be on its way to Shelterbox Canada.  
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Al and Doug mixing up a brew for the Fondo Riders.  Nearly 500 riders passed through the Platzl as a part of this year's Kootenay Gran Fondo.
A great day, not too hot and all went well.
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 Taylor Lauritsen our Guest Speaker on Sept. 4th.
 
Taylor reported on her RYLA experiences during the first week of July.  She explained that it was a very intense week and she got a lot out of it. 
Topics at RYLA include:
  1.  Awareness of self/others
  2.  Group Dynamics
  3.  Dealing with Conflict/Change
  4.  Goal Setting
  5.  Styles of Leadership
  6.  Characteristics of Effective Leaders
  7.  Effective Communications
  8.  Group Dynamics
  9.  Critical Thinking
  10. Ethical Frameworks
  11. Personal Mission Statement
  12. Networking
  13. Rotary’s Purpose and Community Involvement.
Taylor being 25 was one of the older participants at the camp of nearly 50.  Most of the attendees were just out of High School but a good mix of males and females.  She said it took a couple of days for her to really get into the program.  She explained it was a very intense week (the days ran from 7am to 10pm).   Great inspiring speakers.  So much positive focus.  It really changed your fame of mind. 
She explained that the program showed how important it was to communicate and adapt.
A great experience for developing Leadership skills.
"Definitely an incredible event"
Taylor said she would be willing to help promote the program to both applicants and employers of prospective candidates next year.
In summary a great program by Taylor and be all reports a program worth sponsoring again next year.
 
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Our August 21st (3rd Wednesday) Rotary Meeting featured guest speaker Colton Vanhooren.
 
Colton presented an excellent program on his role with the Livestock Program at Fort Steele.
 
Sad news was shared at the meeting.  Our long time member Graham Mann passed away on Monday.  The service for Graham is planned for September 7th at 3:00 pm at the United Church in Kimberley.  Graham's contributions to Rotary,  ShelterBox and our Community have been amazing.  He will rest in peace knowing he made the world around him, both locally and internationally a better place for many others.  
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Please forward any good photos to pbarclay@telus.net for our archives.
Thanks to all who helped and supporter this event.
LOBSTERFEST 10 2019-06-10 06:00:00Z 0
Fire the photographer!  His photo missed two members and a couple more were left in the dark.  
The May 26th Pancake Breakfast at the Kimberley Golf Course's "Local's Appreciation Day" went well with lots of help.  Thanks All.
President Jaret (standing left beside Club Pro Simon) lead the crew of Mac, Al, Hans, Helga, Doug, Sandra and Heather while Pat headed to the putting green to run "Putt to Win a Lobsterfest Ticket".
The weather held and the crew said they could have served many more.
 
 
Pancakes at the Kimberley Golf Club 2019-05-26 06:00:00Z 0
 
Our guest speaker at the May 8th meeting was Fire Chief Rick Prasad.
 
Rick reminded us of the fire dangers we had last year and how the Evacuation Alert was handled.  He also cautioned us that present dry conditions could lead to another dangerous fire season in the Kootenays.  In fact,  he advised that the surrounding forests are drier than ever already this year and we should all be doing a rain dance to encourage a couple of weeks of solid rain.  Rick handed out copies of the FireSmart Homeowner's Manual.  As he explained homeowners can do a number of things to reduce wildfire hazards.  The booklet describes these in detail.  One of the major concerns is the red hot fire embers blowing into our yards and houses - these can travel from as far as 40 km from a wildfire.  The booklet is a great reminder of what you can do to protect your home.  Rick also advised that you can have someone from the Fire Department visit your home and do an assessment of potential dangerous conditions.  BE PREPARED. 
 
One of our newer members Hans von Bloedau gave his  Fellowship 5 highlighting his career in the Hotel Industry.  More moves than an RCMP officer by far.  Great to have Hans in the club his skills and background are a great addition to Kimberley Rotary.  
 
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Excellent meeting on April 10th.  
Nice to have Rene back from the Netherlands and his adventure cruising around South America.
Great to welcome a new member to the club.
Past District Governor Sandra Roberts conducted the Induction ceremony for Doug Vanhooren.  
Doug having already been a Rotarian in a couple of clubs brings valuable experience to our club
 
Sandra and Jaret presenting Doug with his club badge and induction package.
 
President Jaret gave an update on his screening and testing as a candidate for the  position of ShelterBox Response Team Member.  
ShelterBox Response Teams provide the link between the people who donate to ShelterBox and those that receive ShelterBox support. They work tirelessly - climbing mountains, crossing rivers and navigating their way through customs procedures - to reach families who have lost their homes.  Nearly 300 candidates applied.  These were screened to the final 60 who were then put into 4 groups of 15 to undergo a series of rugged physical and mental tests to select the top 10.  The final decisions will be made later this month.
 
The remainder of the meeting was devoted to planning for Lobsterfest 10.  It is time to solicit donations for the Silent and Live Auction and to sell tickets to fill the seats at the Conference Centre.  
  
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Gemma, along with her son and daughter where our first guest speakers on the 24th.  They live in Calgary and were in town visiting Gemma's Mother, Gretchen Zinkan who attended with them (to find out what Rotary in Kimberley is about). 
The stories Gemma told would best be described as a pep talk on the effects of Rotary on her and her family's life.
She was both a Rotary Exchange Student and a RYLA participant.  She told us how the values learned in these programs changed her life and that of her family.  
Her program was a tribute to Rotary and its programs.  Sorry if you missed this very inspirational presentation.   
Program 1 March 27th 2019-04-04 06:00:00Z 0
Our second guest speaker on the 24th was Kandice Mueller who informed us about the Healthy Kimberley’s Food Recovery Depot.  This program has managed to re-direct thousands of pounds of food since their soft launch in mid-November. Nearly all  of the recovered food is from Save-On-Foods in Kimberley.  Some items are nearing their best before date and others have a much longer live.  The program continues to expand and now offers drop-in participants the ability to purchase food by donation.   
Guest Speaker 2,  March 24th Patrick Barclay 2019-04-04 06:00:00Z 0
Ted Funston being thanked by Jaret Thompson.
 
Our guest speaker on March 13th was Ted Funston the General Manager of the Kimberley Alpine Resort & Trickle Creek Golf Resort.  Sorry if you missed this very informative program by Ted.
Ted explained that the Resort of the Canadian Rockies owns 6 ski resorts, 3 golf courses, Hotels, Real Estate Developments, and a Central Reservation system.  In Kimberley there are approximately 340 employees.  Ted explained that he loves his job and his presentation showed that.  As he explained Kimberley Alpine Resort provides a "Real Mountain Experience with Small Town Charm" 
 
Great Program March 13th 2019-03-21 06:00:00Z 0
President Jaret Thompson introduced our guest speakers. 
Rand Davis, Kimberley Community Choir and David Pasivirta, Director of the Fernie and Cranbrook Community Choirs.
 
 
David and Rand shared information about CHORFEST 2019.  This event, Music in the Mountains, is scheduled for May 17, 18, and 19 and features an Adult Choir, a Teen Choir and the BC Youth Choir.  In addition to training for the choirs with "guest clinician Bob Chilcott the choirs will preform in concert.  Key your eyes open for tickets.
 
PROGRAM FEB. 27th  2019-03-01 07:00:00Z 0
 
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.
 
 
 
Program January 9th, 2019 2019-01-12 07:00:00Z 0
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.
 
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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
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End Polio Certificate 2018 2018-12-22 07:00:00Z 0
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 
Wishes:
President Jaret wished all a Merry Christmas and Happy and New Year
December 12th Rotary Meeting 2018-12-13 07:00:00Z 0
LOOKING FOR A SPECIAL GIFT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?
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:   https://shelterboxcanada.akaraisin.com/fundraise/kimberleyrotary
(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 pbarclay@telus.net
 
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,
 
CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING 2018-11-30 07:00:00Z 0
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:  www.bcehs.ca
Contact information:      CommunityParamedicine@bcehs.ca   or  CP.Kimberley@bcehs.ca  
November 28th Meeting 2018-11-29 07:00:00Z 0
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.  
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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   www.delect-edibledelivery.ca  
Patrick is also available to cater your next special occasion and make it a gourmet experience.  He can be reached at 250.520.0108
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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.
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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.
 
16 HOURS OF  ROTARIAN  LABOUR 2018-09-23 06:00:00Z 0
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.
 
GREAT PROGRAM FROM SGT. CHRIS NEWEL 
 
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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.
 
Pancake Trailer and ? 2018-08-20 06:00:00Z 0
ROTARY GUESTS FROM AFAR
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.
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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.
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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
Tramarack Dispensaries 3rd Anniversary Sandra 2018-08-06 06:00:00Z 0
Hot Dog Lunch July 1st ROTARY PARK 2018-06-28 06:00:00Z 0
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.
 
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The Kimberley Rotary Club was recognized at the District 5080 Conference for excellence in a number of categories.
 
CONGRATULATIONS KIMBERLEY ROTARY CLUB!
 
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.
Kimberley Rotary Club Awards at Conference 2018-06-15 06:00:00Z 0
 
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.  
APRIL 11th ROTARY PROGRAM 2018-04-16 06:00:00Z 0
 
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.
March 28th Meeting - HOSPICE  2018-04-16 06:00:00Z 0
 
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. 
 
Stan Salikin Scholarship Winner 2018-03-18 06:00:00Z 0
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.
 
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Rotary Program for March 14th Theresa Murphy 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
 
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.   
Jan 24th Guest Speaker from Scouts Canada 2018-02-03 07:00:00Z 0
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. 
 
 
 
Troy Pollock & Kimberley OCP 2018-01-15 07:00:00Z 0
 
The Kimberley Rotary Club Thanks You
For Your Support
 
The Kimberley Rotary Club is proud to be providing “Service above Self” to the Kimberley community.  We are incredibly thankful for the fantastic support our club receives from our local citizens, and from our local and surrounding businesses and organizations
 
Some of our successes this year:
Grand Opening of the Community Splash Park (a $340,000.00 project)
Supported the Kimberley Helping Hands food bank – pancake trailer and workers at the Duck Race
Sponsored 2 students for a week long Blue Lake camp
Sponsored a major Scholarship for a Selkirk graduate
Provided pancake breakfasts for the Pipe Band Tattoo and the 1st Saturday events
Strongly supported the Rotary International Eradication of Polio campaign
Sponsored market and dump children for school in Honduras and supported the building of a Trade School
Contributed funds to a Medical Team travelling to Laos to instruct Health Care providers
Provided financial support of the Special Olympics
Helped clear the Marysville Falls trail
Led the community in their outstanding support of ShelterBox Canada
Sponsored a Free Family Swim at the Aquatic Centre
Made a major donation to the Kimberley Veteran Memorial Park
Held informative programs at our meetings thanks to speakers from local businesses and organizations
Had lots of fun and fellowship                                        
 
Kimberley Rotary is a small service club.  Its business is mankind - its product is service.        Its success is the result of dedicated members and the support it receives from all of you.
THANK YOU ALL AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
YEAR END THANKS  2017  2017-12-19 07:00:00Z 0
Our Guest Speaker on November 22nd was Carol Fairhust from CBAL (the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy).  Carol explained that CBAL has had 16 yrs experience working in partnership with schools, colleges, libraries, and community organizations to plan and provide literacy services in the Kimberley area.  The Kimberley office is across the highway from the Royal Bank.  The staff include a Community Literacy Coordinator, a Settlement Worker, an ESL instructor, Program Facilitators, a Community Literacy Planning Committee - volunteers, and a number of Tutor volunteers.
Carol explained that there are a number of Family Programs including: StrongStart, Baby Goose & Baby Steps, Healthy and Affordable, Cooking, Summer Play and Learn, Special Event programs, Ready Set Learn events at schools, and children's tutoring programs.  There are also 5 Adult Programs which include: Digital Learning, Financial Literacy, a Writing Program and a Multicultural program.  Since Literacy is one of the goals of Rotary we need to consider what we might be able to do to help reach this goal.
 
  
Guest speaker Carol Fairhust.  Nov 22 2017-11-23 07:00:00Z 0
 
Our November 8th program was given by member Scott Owen.  Scott had recently moved and had come across records of a number of Jasper to Banff relays that he had competed in.
 
This 258 km relay was competed on the Bow Valley Parkway between Jasper and Banff with teams entered from around the world.  There were 15 stages and hopefully you had 15 members on your team or someone would have to run two stages.  The competition ran from 1980 to 2000 on the side of the highway continuing through the night.  At night time you were lucky to see the white line at the side of the road so only the daylight runners got to see the fantastic scenery.  In 2005 a revised shortened version of the relay was reintroduced starting at Castle Mountain and going to Jasper.
 
Scott mentioned there were strange sounds at daybreak but they turned out to be the guard rails expanding not the Grizzly Bear grinding their teeth. 
Jasper to Banff Relay 2017-11-16 07:00:00Z 0
The Greeters were there.  The video was ready.  The Snacks looked great.  We were even ready with a free drink. But we were all alone. 
 
Guess we need a different plan next time.  
 
Thanks to all of you who worked on this venture.
 
Open House  2017-11-16 07:00:00Z 0
Awesome photographs and presentation by James (Jim) and Karen Proudfoot.
 
Nice to see the large crowd in the audience.  Thanks for bringing guests.
KHUTZEYMATEEN WILDERNESS LODGE 2017-10-26 06:00:00Z 0
Jaret receives his Paul Harris plus one pin from President Sandra 2017-10-22 06:00:00Z 0
 
Randy McLeod was our guest speaker on October 11th.  Randy explained how the Rocky Reward program for Rocky Mountain school district works.  
Students in the program are encouraged to volunteer and get involved within their school and their host community.  Points are given for participation in school clubs and teams, for participation in activities and events within the City, for keeping a strong academic and work habit record and for volunteering at school and in their communities.  If they receive 200 or more points they are rewarded with a trip to Vancouver at the end of the year. 
The program has had positive results from recruiters in the students home country and has helped make the Rocky Mountain School District's International Program a program of choice in many countries.  
Randy McLeod Discusses Rocky Reward Program 2017-10-22 06:00:00Z 0
Another great year at the Fall Fair for Rotary and ShelterBox.
 
 
This year's ShelterBox Display and donation site at the Fall Fair was a joint Kimberley/Cranbrook Sunrise event.
It was a first major ShelterBox event for the Cranbrook club and Kimberley donors showed them want to expect.  A total of $4,650 was raised at the Fair and another $2,000 deposited in the Kootenay Savings Credit Union office in Kimberley during the weekend.  Special thanks to the great turn out of volunteers from Kimberley and Cranbrook and the very helpful behind the scenes support by Graham and Gerda.  Once again Grubsteak Pizza provided coupons for all donors and we were able to distribute a number of Melody Motors coupons as well.  Thanks to all for a job well done.   We are paid up for a Booth for next year - see you there.  Also planning is underway for a possible Christmas ShelterBox event.
SHELTERBOX DISPLAY AT FALL FAIR 2017-10-01 06:00:00Z 0
Nancy took us on a sniffing and tasting tour of a variety of Olive Oils and compared them to what you may be buying in the grocery store.
 
 
A fun and very informative program.  No more Bertolli for me.
 
Check out Nancy's store in the Platzl and have a look at her Facebook site.
 
Nancy Gibson from OU Tasting House in the Platzl 2017-09-29 06:00:00Z 0
Barb and Daryl Houser gave the program at the Sept. 13th Rotary luncheon.
 
Since the percentage of people who will die in Canada is 100%, planning ahead for the inevitable will make things easier for those you love.
 
The Housers described the service they can offer.  A no-obligation consultation on the steps you should be taking to prepare and ways to pay for your funeral in advance.
 
In an approx. 1 hour consultation, they can share with you:
1.  A Planning Guide Booklet on steps you should take to prepare.  Information for your executor and family.
2.  How to plan for funeral expenses.  "It is best to do this when you are well and not stressed"
3.  Information about the hours of "paper work" that need to be completed after a death.  Even a way to hire a company to do this all for you.
 
Members were invited to fill in a form for a consultation.  If you were not at the meeting or have now decided to do this, the contact for Barb and Daryl is:
email:  darylbarbhouser@telus.net     or phone Toll Free  1.888.579.2233
 
 
Planning your Funeral 2017-09-13 06:00:00Z 0
 
Have a great evening of dinning and dancing at the ever popular Beer, Bones & Boogie event on October 21st.
 
In addition, you will be supporting local Rotary projects like landscaping at the new Splash Park.
 
Order your tickets on-line at www.KimberleyRotary.Org  follow the Whats-on link.  Tickets are still only $45 plus a small processing fee.. 
BEER BONES & BOOGIE 2017 2017-09-13 06:00:00Z 0
 
District Governor Jerri Anderson brought the club up to date on the District's initiatives for the Rotary Year.
 
Jerri congratulated the club on all they are doing and presented a couple of awards.
 
The Gold hero award for the club's success with the Shelter Box campaign (thanks Graham).
 
An award for 100% participation by members to the Rotary Foundation with an average of over $100.00 per member.
 
Mark your calendar for June 1-3 for the Rotary District Conference in Sandpoint Idaho.
 
District Governor Visit  Sept 6 2017-09-07 06:00:00Z 0
SHELTERBOX GOLD HERO AWARD 2017-09-07 06:00:00Z 0
 
Special thanks to Desiree and Jaret for hosting our club members and guests for a fantastic BBQ and Potluck Social on August 30th at their beautiful home on the ski hill.
 
It was great to also have a special guest join us.   Our past exchange student from Belgium, Joanna and her husband and baby girl, Junon, were guests of Mike and Judy Cave - one of her host families when she was on her full year exchange to Kimberley.  Joanna was in town with her family for the week and visited a number of the friends she made during her year in Kimberley. 
 
Thanks also to all the members, and their partners, who brought delicious appetizers, salads and desserts.  
 
Aug. 30th Club Social 2017-09-06 06:00:00Z 0
 
Jaret Thompson highlighted the Plans for the 55 Plus Summer Games that will be held jointly in Kimberley and Cranbrook - September 11th to 15th, 2018.
 
Jaret explained that the 55+ BC Games is an annual multi sport event produced by the BC Seniors Games Society for the 55+ population of BC to participate in 20 to 29 individual Sports.  In 2018, the games will be held using facilities both in Kimberley and Cranbrook.  Jaret explained that 24 different sports/games will be run during the event.
 
Directors have been chosen for the major roles (still a couple of openings to fill) and planning committees are already hard at work.
 
1,200 Volunteers will be needed to help ensure that the 3,500 to 4,000 participants have all their needs met and that all the events are run smoothly.
 
This will be a great opportunity for Kimberley to showcase our City.
 
PLAN AHEAD TO BOOK TIME TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP MAKE THESE GAMES A GREAT SUCCESS.
August 23rd Program.  55 + Summer Games 2017-08-27 06:00:00Z 0
BBQ TO RAISE MONEY FOR POLIO ERADICATION 2017-08-27 06:00:00Z 0
 
Because of your donation, we were able to send two local students to the Teen Adventure Camp at Blue Lake Camp! 
 
This 7-day program included a 3 day backpacking trip high into the Purcell Mountains, visiting Howling Wolf Lake, Polar Lake and swimming in Crystal Lake! The campers spent a day biking the trails around Blue Lake and over to the Findlay Valley with lunch beside Findlay Creek and a swim in McIvers. They wrapped up the week with a white water rafting trip with the Kootenay Rafting Company in Kimberley! They spent the day paddling and floating the waters of the St Mary’s River with the amazing river guides.  They finished the day with dinner by Wasa lake  and a  soak in the hot waters of a local hot springs. They had an unforgettable week of learning outdoor skills, teamwork, and having fun!
 
Although there were fires in the region, Blue Lake Camp was able to remain open for the entire season. This was a record year with over 700 youth attending Blue Lake Camp this summer!
 
Thank you so much for your support!!
 
Brandy Adams
Columbia Outdoor School & Blue Lake Camp
Phone: 250-426-3676
www.ColumbiaOutdoorSchool.com
Kimberley Rotary Club  Donation to Blue Lake  2017-08-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Barclay on Jul 05, 2017
 
Mac is highlighted on the Blue Lake Centre Facebook site with our recent donation.  The caption on their site reads:  
Thank you Kimberley Rotary Club for the generous donation to the Blue Paddle Campaign!
Your donation will send two Kimberley kids to Blue Lake Camp this summer!
Donation to Blue Lake Centre Patrick Barclay 2017-07-05 06:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
Eliesabeth (Liz) Conner, our newest Kimberley Rotarian, gave her Fellowship 5 presentation on Wednesday.  Liz was born in Dease Lake BC, and went to school in Fort Saint John (over 14 hrs by car).  
Liz boarded during her school days in Fort Saint John and explained how breakfast every Tuesday and Thursday was "French Toast".  Suggestion, don't invite Liz for a special French Toast breakfast.
 
Liz is married to Clint and lived in the United States for a number of years.  She ran a number of restaurants there.  She is not new to Rotary - she was a member in Cranbrook and is a past-president.
 
Welcome Liz - we look forward to having you help with future Rotary projects in Kimberley.
Eliesabeth (Liz) Conner  Fellowship 5 2017-05-20 06:00:00Z 0
Kimberley Rotarians at School 2017-05-08 06:00:00Z 0
Todd Hebert, Executive Director of Blue Lake Camp, gave a wonderful presentation to the Club showing us the amazing progress that has been made to their camp and its programs over the years since it began.
Blue Lake Camp 2017-05-05 06:00:00Z 0
Simon Jones, Director of Golf for the Kimberley Golf Club was our guest speaker on Wednesday, April 26.  Simon brought the club members up to date on the extensive programs and opportunities that are available at the Kimberley course this year.  The very popular Ladies program and programs for juniors are starting - so check the webpage for registration information.  Simon also explained the program he is delivering in the Elementary and Private school.  There are a large number of different programs – something for everyone and the price this year is even a bit lower.  The Kimberley course is also a great place to buy golf equipment
For details on what is available at the Kimberley Golf Club visit their informative webpage at www.kimberleygolfclub.com  
Guest Speaker Simon Jones 2017-04-26 06:00:00Z 0
 
 
Rene Swienink, our adopted Rotary brother from the Netherlands, gave a great presentation on the recent elections in the Netherlands.  A somewhat complicated election process but results that may lead the way for future elections in Europe in the months ahead.
 
Great job Rene and thanks from the club.
2017 Election in the Netherlands 2017-03-23 06:00:00Z 0
 
Duncan McLeod gave an interesting update on the Rocky Mountain International Student Program, which brings in over one hundred students to the East Kootenays from around the world each year.  The students attend local  schools in Revelstoke, Golden, Invermere, Kimberley, Cranbrook and Fernie.  Duncan explain how the Rocky Reward program has been developed to get these International students involved in their communities.   The students earn points for participating in school clubs and sports, volunteering at school and in their communities by participating in various events, and by getting good work habit grades on their school report cards.  Students who earn enough points are rewarded with a free trip to Vancouver at the end of the school year.  Some of the interesting programs discussed included: "Grab a Granny and Go", volunteering as a "Snow Angel" and with a little thought the types of programs are limitless.  This is a good opportunity for Rotary to pick up some volunteers when needed for some of our local projects.  Thanks, Duncan !  
The Rocky Reward Program 2017-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
 
Rotarian Patrick Barclay presents a cheque for $2,000.00 to Donna Cummins at the March 1st Rotary Meeting.  Donna was the lucky winner of the Stan Salikin Memorial Raffle.
 
Pat thanked Donna for being one of the generous supporters of the Stan Salikin Memorial Raffle that helps fund scholarships for Selkirk Students.
The Rotary club will be looking for this year's Selkirk scholarship winner to be someone who has some of the wonderful volunteer spirit that Stan Salikin displayed over many years in Kimberley.
Congratulations Donna! 
Donna Cummins wins Stan Salikin Memorial Scholarship Raffle  2017-03-03 07:00:00Z 0
 
Ryan recently completed a training program on the GLA:D program and is now a certified therapists and qualified to deliver this program.
He explained the background and benefits of the 8 week educational and exercise program designed for people living with osteoarthritis.
The program teaches you how to control your movements to allow you to be more active.
 
If you have issues with your knees or hips and wish to learn more send Ryan your email address and he will let you know when this program will start.
Contract Ryan at the Creekside Physiotheraphy Clinic in Marysville.
A Great Program Ryan - Thank You!
Ryan Sleik explains the GLA:D program 2017-03-03 07:00:00Z 0
Larry the Lobster and his Rotary friends were at the Kimberley Winter Market on February 19th advertising this year's Lobsterfest.
 
Mark your calendar for June 3rd, 2017.  Lobsterfest 8 will be held at the Kimberley Conference at Athlete Training Centre.
 
Tickets go on sale online after March 6th:   www.kimberleyrotary.org 
 
This event has sold out for the last 7 years so buy your tickets and "choose your Table" early our you will be disappointed.
 
Ticket prices $75 until April 30th and $80 after April 30th.
 
Lobsterfest '8' is coming 2017-02-20 07:00:00Z 0
President Melanie exchanges banners with District Governor Kees during his visit on November 23, 2016.  Kees and has Partner, Mayumi, both shared their inspirational experiences about Rotary with the Club.  It was a pleasure to host them in celebrating our Club's 75th Anniversary.
Welcome District Governor Kees Van der Pol 2016-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Kimberley Rotary Club was the worthy recipient of the Stan Salikin Community Booster Award at the Kimberley Business Excellence Awards on Saturday evening.  Recently named after our member, Stan Salikin, who passed away this summer, we are deeply honored to have been recognized by the Business Community for our community commitments.
Stan was watching over us as we received this award.
 
Kimberley Rotary Club Honored 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Tourism Kimberley Manager, Jesse Ferguson, shared the year in review with the Rotary Club members on Wednesday.  Thinks have been looking up with higher visitor numbers and greater media interest in Kimberley.  For a complete report, be sure and stop at the Visitor Center and speak personally with Jesse.
Great News from Tourism Kimberley 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Cindy Postinkoff, Don McCormick's guest speaker discussed the plans for the planned Veteran's Memorial Park to be built across from the Credit Union.  Cindy explained the projects and the budget and the connection to the Military Ames organization.  A great plan which will honour our veterans. 
 
Veteran's Memorial Park 2016-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Ken Green, one of our newest members, gave a very interesting talk on his vocational history.  
Ken's skills and willingness to get involved in club projects and committees have made him a definite asset to the Kimberley Rotary Club. 
Thanks, Ken.  
Ken Green's Vocational 5 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Wonderful Surprise from KIOTAC 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
GREAT JOB SALLY.  The First Saturday Pancake breakfast was well organized and a great success.  Thanks to all those who helped out.
 
Pictured above are some of the Pancake/Sausage chefs along with some of the trailer staff.  Many others not in picture selling tickets, cleaning tables, making coffee, mixing batter and serving our 259 guests.  A great kickoff event for the new Rotary Year.
1st Saturday July 2nd 2016 2016-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
We are extremely happy to recognize our member, Scott Owen, for 35 years of Perfect Attendance.  That is one meeting a week somewhere in the world for 35 years folks.
Congratuations, Scott Owen 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Turning over the Reins to President Melanie 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
President, Sandra Roberts and Sponsor, Mike Cave, welcomed new Member, Ken Green to our Club.  Ken's classification is Sales Manager and he will serve on the Fund Raising Committee.
Welcome to New Member Ken Green 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
ShelterBox Canada Needs Your Support
Every second, two people are displaced from their home due to conflict or natural disaster. Rotary Project Partner, ShelterBox Canada is there to provide support and ensure that no family is left without shelter. Starting today, June 28, and going until July 15th ShelterBox Canada is setting out to raise $30,000 to help families in need after disaster. Join in and #GiveShelterNow to those who need it most.
 
 
Join #GiveShelterNow 2016-06-27 00:00:00Z 0