Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Shuswap (Salmon Arm)

'Service Above Self'

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
First Community GreenSpace
450 Okanagan Avenue
Salmon Arm, BC
Canada
First and third Tuesdays.
Upcoming Programs
 
SEPTEMBER 20 - Presentation on Naloxone
 
OCTOBER 4 - Club Business Meeting
 
OCTOBER 11 - Club Executive Meeting
 
OCTOBER 18 - Presentation TBA
  
Club Executive
President
Immediate Past President
Secretary
Treasurer
Community Service
Community Service - Youth
International Service
Membership
The Rotary Foundation
Fundraising
Public Relations
Sergeant-at-Arms
Shuswap Rotary Club Links
District 5060 Website:
 
Rotary Youth Exchage Website:
 
Rotary in Salmon Arm:

 

 

Club Banners we have

collected over the years

 
 
 
 
DISTRICT GOVERNOR OF 5060 VISITS SALMON ARM
 
                                                 
 
From Leavenworth, WA, starting with a meeting with our Club Executive followed by dinner. 
 
Our Club event with this year's District Governor, Karl Ruether, and his wife, Denise, held at Shuswap Rotary president, Steve Genn's, beautiful home. We had an amazing barbecued salmon meal coordinated and prepared by Steve's wife, Leah Shaw. Thank you so much for your amazing hospitality, Steve and Leah!! ������ And thank you for coming to visit our club, Karl and Denise! 
 
 
 
 
 
Our Governor of District 5060, Karl, showing his amazing sense of humour.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Amazing Executive of Shuswap Rotary enjoys each other's company for a Salmon Barbeque at the home of Steve and Leah.
 
 
 
 
 
                  
 
        
 
 
Brain Bikes made possible by $3,750 Rotary Foundation Grant & $8,700 raised by Shuswap Rotary Club's Auction  
 
The Shuswap Rotary Club recently purchased, assembled and delivered 9 Brain Bikes to 7 local schools in cooperation with School District 83. 
   There are now 110 Brain Bikes in 25 local schools.  Some schools have funded the cost of bikes, and the remainder was funded by the Shuswap Rotary Club. 
   The genesis of the Club’s project evolved from the University of British Columbia's study on ‘Early Development Indicators’ of children in SD83.  A pilot program was developed in 2017 with the Club’s purchase of 3 Brain Bikes placed in an elementary school and analysis of this initiative affirmed increased educational outcomes for a broad spectrum of children. 
A critical component is ensuring teachers receive instruction on the effective use of Brain Bikes in the classroom.
   Brain Bikes, which are available for students to use in the classroom, provide significant benefits for
learning and health. Exercise raising the heart rate stimulates the brain in a way that improves
memory, concentration, and attention. Exercise also helps to put the ‘feel good’ brain chemicals into
balance, which benefits children who are hyperactive, sad, or otherwise not in a learning mood.
When children discover that exercise helps with learning, feeling good, and self-esteem, they will choose to make exercise, a lifetime habit.
  
ANNUAL R.J. HANEY PARK CLEANUP
 
Our Rotary club had a great day at the annual Haney Heritage Park spring clean-up event. This is something that our club does every year and has only missed the last two years due to Covid 19. The clean-up was well attended with over 76 volunteers showing up with rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, chain saws, and Bobcat loader. Our volunteers included the Girl Guides, our Interact club plus many friends of Rotary and a large contingent of Haney volunteers. A pizza lunch was very kindly supplied by Steve Genn from Pro Air here in Salmon Arm. Tara and Susan at Haney Heritage were very happy that the park is now spic and span and ready for the season.
 
 All Ages Take Part
                                   
                                                                                 
                                                  

Computers for Barani Primary School, Kenya                                                                                                                                                                                         

                         
                      
 
 
Cooperation between the Rotary Club of Mombasa Central, Kenya, and Shuswap Rotary, Salmon Arm is alive and well!
Twenty-eight Computers are being ready for shipment by President Kathy Dunfield and David Wooliams, committee member.
The computer room at Barani Primary will be getting new windows to reduce dust and give longer life to the computers. 
Shuswap Rotary also provides 20 scholarships for secondary students.
The plans are to maximize the use of the kitchen previously built.
Wifi is provided as part of this program as well as a new printer. The school and students are most appreciative of the efforts of our clubs.
 

Food Drive - Major Success

The people of Salmon Arm really came through to help our food banks.
The three Rotary Clubs in Salmon Arm worked together to coordinate the Food Drive. 75 members and friends were involved in delivering bags and then picking up full ones. The recipients are: The Salvation Army Food Bank, Second Harvest, The Safe society and the Sorrento Food Bank. They all benefitted from this drive. It is estimated that we collected over 12,000 lbs of food. This beats the previous food drive that collected 8500 lbs.
The three Rotary Clubs want to thank everyone for a very successful food drive.

 
 This is a tri-club project to collect food for the Women's Shelter, Food Bank at the Salvation Army, the Second Harvest the food bank at Sorrento, & the food bank in Chase. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                      
 
   Donation to Shuswap Theatre's
   Air Purification System
    installed by ProAire 
 
 
Doug Leatherdale, Shuswap Rotary Membership and Youth Programs Director, presents a cheque to Howard Delong of Shuswap Theatre's Board for their newly renovated
Air Purification System; Making audiences and performers safer. 
On the left is Janice Ross, treasurer of Shuswap Rotary, and on the right are James Bowlby, Shuswap Rotary P. R., and Heather Stefanek, Theatre Board Member.
 
 

A Tour of the Shuswap Makers' Place

Our trip to the Makers' Place was great to see the newest, State of the Art equipment that Shuswap Rotary had donated through funds. Patrick Shea gave us a great tour, explaining lazer printing and other new machines in the workshop area. 

  Shuswap Rotary Supports the Salvation Army Foodbank  

Past President MJ Beresan, and Rita Gregor present a cheque  to Lieutenant Joel Torrens

to help continue the wonderful work of the Salvation Army Food 

Dinner Meeting at the Green Space
Shuswap Rotary President Kathy Dunfield;
District 5060 Governor Richard De Rock; 
Robyn De Rock and Assistant Governor Penny Brown
 
                                                        
 
 
FIRST MEETING IN PERSON    NEW VENUE: GREEN SPACE AT FIRST  ( 5TH at  Okanagan.)
 
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Our first meeting in our new Venue with our new President Kathy Dunfield in the chair. 
Beside her is our new treasurer, Janice  Ross. On the far right is Past president John Hansen.                                      
The spacious hall of the newly renovated Green space at First, allows for room for new members.

    INAUGURATION

       2021-2022

Outdoors, distancing, happy to be together!
Present and New Officers
 
Gene Tymkiw, Rotary International; Dave Woolliams, Past Treasurer;  Andrée Maxwell, Past Secretary; James Bowlby, Public Image; Janice Ross, Treasurer;
Sherry Gilmore, Community Service; Doug Cole, Club Service; Doug Leatherdale, Membership & Youth; Kathy Dunfield, President Elect;
Fred Goodman, Rotary Foundation; John Hansen, Outgoing Past President; M.J. Berezan, Past President and Community Service; Mark Ellis, Past Fund Raising; Absent, Ralph Owens, Sergeant at Arms.
 
Shuswap Rotary held the Annual Induction on Tuesday, June 22 in the lovely yard of members Mike and Jody Boudreau.  The event was catered by Chase Rotary who provided a delicious steak dinner.  Richard De Rock, our District Governor, was on hand via Zoom, and Penny Brown, our Assistant District Governor was present in person.  Speakers included both Richard and Penny, as well as outgoing president MJ Berezan and incoming president Kathy Dunfield.   We are all looking forward to the next year, which we hope will bring meetings and socials at in-person gatherings, as well as fundraisers in-person to support the community in moving past the covid year. 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Shuswap Rotarians love to get outdoors to work on a project. That is just what happened when the opportunity to beautify the Canoe Beach Park by planting 15 oak trees was presented to them. This project was made possible due to the gift of these trees by Maarten Albricht. Over 20 Rotarians and friends worked on Saturday April 24.Seen here are several groups of 4 working together to dig holes, plant young trees and water them. Shuswap Rotary  consulted with The City of Salmon Arm in the location of these trees.

 

 
 
Guest speaker - Mirella Ramsey

The Mirella Project

Mirella’s project is building a community by saving the environment

Mirella’s idea began 3 years ago while she attended university – in Mirella’s geography course, she heard more bad news than goods news.

 Mirella asked herself, what can I do to influence change in a positive manner?

She wants to influence people into creating sustainable habits – climate change has to be personal and achievable with small sustainable daily steps

Mirella is developing an smart phone application and hopefully, it will be ready in the fall

She spoke about the importance of having social media eco-influencers

Mirella is passionate about people and the environment

Mirella presented her video – Mirella thanked Rotary and Jim Grieve for their financial contributions towards the production of the video

Guest Speaker:  Luigi Ornaghi
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Luigi’s interest in astronomy began as a young man and he joined a club in Torino, Italy. In 2004, he owned a restaurant in the Alps and he applied for a grant through a nonprofit organization for an observatory. The observatory was built in the Alps, 7000 metres with a sliding roof biggest cost is the sliding roof and a 16 inch telescope.  

Luigi has been in Canada for four years and he sees an opportunity for an observatory in the Shuswap because of little light pollution in the night sky. This observatory would see a sliding roof where people view the night sky from the home computer. Luigi is looking for assistance in making connections with people who are interested in astronomy and donating money for an observatory.

 

 

Members of the three Salmon Arm Rotary clubs, First United Church, Broadview Evangelical Free church and Second Harvest teamed up to provide more than 600 individual meals to those in need on Christmas. Some of the many volunteers, Dan McPherson, Ron Hooper, Vahlleri Semeniuk, Lloyd Nakagawa, Lis Leach, Norm Brown, Rob Hislop and Patrick Webb take time out at the Evangelical Free church, a meal pick-up point, for a photo on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Members of the three Salmon Arm Rotary clubs, First United Church, Broadview Evangelical Free church and Second Harvest teamed up to provide more than 600 individual meals to those in need on Christmas. Some of the many volunteers, Dan McPherson, Ron Hooper, Vahlleri Semeniuk, Lloyd Nakagawa, Lis Leach, Norm Brown, Rob Hislop and Patrick Webb take time out at the Evangelical Free church, a meal pick-up point, for a photo on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

More than 600 meals made their COVID-safe way to Salmon Arm residents in need on Christmas Day, thanks to an abundance of caring volunteers.

Salmon Arm’s three Rotary Clubs, as well as Second Harvest, the First United Church and Broadview Evangelical Free Church, donated funds to pay for the food, the meals were cooked and put together by the churches, and volunteers from all the groups pitched in to distribute the packages.

Norm Brown, president of the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm, said the idea was born when a Penticton Rotary Club used a similar system for a lobster dinner.

The work in the Shuswap, following pandemic protocols, started about a month and a half before Christmas, with everything coming together in just five weeks.

“All three clubs jumped on it. We had volunteers – we had to turn them away, we had more than enough,” said Brown.

A total of 620 Christmas dinners-to-go were produced.

Over the past four years the Shuswap Rotary Club has invested $530,000 in community and international programs.  This was made possible largely from the generous support of local businesses and donors to the Club’s annual fundraising auctions.  

Of the total contributions, $366,000 was dispensed within our community to: Youth Programs - $122,500; Seniors & People with Disabilities - $82,500; Food Banks & Families in Need - $72,500; Community Organizations - $75,000; and The Arts - $13,600.   

The remaining $165,000 supported:  Rotary International’s program to eradicate Polio; our Club’s Barani school project in Kenya providing student lunches, classroom computers/internet, and High School sponsorships; Health & Water initiatives in Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti & South Africa; as well as Rotary programs that promote world peace and understanding.  

If you would like to know more about our Club or are interested in making a donation, feel free to contact us at www.shuswaprotary.org or on Facebook @ShuswapRotary.

(L – R) Fred Goodman, Foundation Director; Cookie Langenfeld, Executive Director, Shuswap Hospice Society; MJ Berezan, President; Sherry Gilroy, Community Service Director

The Shuswap Rotary Club continued its support to Salmon Arm non-profit organizations with a $5000 donation to the Shuswap Hospice Society on October 21, 2020 with funds from a BC Gaming Grant.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Shuswap Hospice Society has experienced a significant increase in demand for its services.  The Shuswap Rotary Club has long been a financial supporter of the Shuswap Hospice Society and its ‘Dancing with the Shuswap Stars’ fundraiser.

So far in this Rotary year, our Club focus has been on supporting Community Food Banks, the S.A.F.E. Society, Shuswap Family Center, Shuswap Hospice Society and our Club’s School Food Program.

Shuswap Rotary Club is extremely honoured to be able to use Adam Meikle’s painting of Salmon Arm’s wharf as a banner on our website. Mr. Meikle is the owner/operator with his wife Jenna of Meikle’s Social  Art House on Lakeshore Drive. His talent as an artist is evident to anyone who has purchased one of his paintings or has visited  his studio. Adam has been instrumental, with the vision of Bill Laird, in creating the following: the Giraffe at Westgate Market, the Monarch Butterflies on the Monarch Building, The Largest Treble Clef in the World, and the Osprey Mural on Hudson Street. Adam is a wonderful asset to Salmon Arm and has made a real impression in the few years he and his family have been here.
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