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Shuswap (Salmon Arm)

'Service Above Self'

We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
The Prestige Harbourfront Hotel
251 Harbourfront Drive NE
Salmon Arm, BC  V1E 2W7
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With deep sadness, Shuswap Rotary regrets the passing of Madame Alice Mugwe, teacher at Barani Primary School at Mtwapa, Kenya.  She passed suddenly on Monday, May 7, 2018.  Mme Alice will be remembered for her warm heart, her love for the students of Barani Primary, and for her amazing coordination of the Shuswap Rotary food program that fed 550 students daily. 
After her passing, on Friday, May 11, her body was brought back to Barani Primary School so the students could say prayers over her, and together find comfort and closure.  From there, she was transported to Karatina, in Nyeri County, east of Nairobi, so that she could be buried in her home there.  School was closed for the day, the teachers at Barani Primary accompanied her home. 
Madame Alice had a big heart, and was always helping others.  Although she had no husband and no children of her own, she brought up her late sister’s orphan child, even putting her through university.  She has also been helping another child, a student from her class, year 8 at Barani Primary.  She had a true vocational calling as a teacher, her commitment to her students was extraordinary. 
Madame Alice has been part of the Food Program at Barani since Shuswap Rotarian Mike Boudreau taught Math to her Class 8 students when he was visiting in Kenya in 2011.  Some of her students had no lunch that day, so he bought them lunch.  Mike was moved to propose a Rotary Food Program when he returned to Canada.  
Since small beginnings, the program has expanded to feed 550 students every day. Mme Alice has been in charge of the purchase and storage of food, the hiring and supervision of cooks, and the amazing organization of serving 550 students every day, who bring their own plates and a stick of firewood in exchange for their lunch.  A brand new kitchen has just been built, funded by Shuswap Rotary.  
Madame Alice was a gift to Barani Primary and to Kenya.  Her legacy was about helping others, in the true Rotary spirit. She will be missed,  by Barani Primary, and by Shuswap Rotary.  Thank you, and good-bye, Madame Alice. 
"On April 21st, our Rotary Clubs collected 6000 lbs. of food on our 1st Annual Food Drive.  More than 60 volunteers participated, including some from the food banks and churches, and also our three Interact students and two inbound Exchange Students.
Over 6600 pounds of food was collected.  The food was distributed to the Salvation Army Food Bank, the 2nd Harvest Food Bank, and the Safe Society.
A big thank you to the people in the community who supported the Food Drive by leaving their bags of groceries outside for us to pick up."
For more photos and information, click "read more".
The Shuswap Rotary club is very pleased to welcome MJ Berezan
as its newest member.  MJ formerly the President of the Merritt Rotary Club came to our club after relocating to Enderby BC.

MJ is jumping in to club activities, having recently participated in the Salmon Arm Tri-Club Food Drive and participating on our newly formed Social Committee.

Welcome, MJ!
Susan Washington, President of the Salmon Arm Community Market presented details to our club pertaining to the BC wide Nutrition Coupon  Program in conjunction with the BC Farmers' Markets and the Family Resource Center.  This program targets seniors, pregnant women and low income families through education "Healthy Foods and Food Preparation" is available from local Farmer's Markets.

$320.00/$15.00 per week per person in coupons are available to qualified individuals from May - Oct.

Currently 44 families participate in this program while another 60 are on a waiting list.

The Club requested a formal funding request be submitted to the club for consideration.
A long term member of our club, Linda Wilson, returning for a brief visit is joined by some of our club members for brunch on Good Friday morning.  From left around the table Sherry Gilroy, Linda Wilson, Janice Ross, Veronica Pederson, Rita Greggor, Shawn Bird, Vahlleri Semeniuk and Jody Boudreau.
Janice Ross, Foundation Chair, awarded Rob McKibbon the Paul Harris Plus 5 award last night, April 3, 2018.  In addition to being an enthusiastic Youth Exchange Officer, Rob is a huge supporter of all our fund raisers and work  parties.  We were proud to see him receive this award.
D'arcy White, a local audiologist, spoke about many aspects of hearing loss on Tuesday, April 3.  Causes of hearing loss range from inner ear, outer ear and brain function issues.  She emphasized the importance of testing hearing and getting hearing aids if necessary, to avoid future difficulties. 
Last Tuesday, March 6, our speaker was Shirley Deglan from RCMP Victim Services, shown here with Acting President John Hansen.  She works closely with RCMP and local agencies to assist victims or families of victims through traumatic, emotional and often heart breaking situations.  Shirley and her highly trained volunteers provide a very important service in our community, assisting victims of crime.  They serve as a referral source to get the victims the help they need. They assist with finding funding for services that have a cost.  They support the victims right through the psychological, social, legal and cost issues.  
Three Rotarians are shown with students from Ranchero Elementary who are demonstrating how brain bikes are used.  Rotarians are Dave Woolliams, Fred Good man and John Hansen (left to right)  Brain bikes are used by students for short exercise intervals that are improve learning and self-regulation.
Shuswap Rotary members annually staff one of the Aid Stations at the Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet.  This year, on Saturday, February 20, 2018, our volunteers were Mark Ellis, Vahlleri Semeniuk, Sherry Gilroy, Rita Greggor, Shiv Mehta, Gene Tymkiw and Janice Ross.  (shown from left to right)
This week, Nan Dickie spoke to our Club about Mental Health. She focused on understanding how best to deal with those struggling with depression.  Ann runs a column in the Shuswap Market News called "Opening our Eyes".  She also facilitates supports groups for those experiencing mood disorders, for more info contact Nan at
Nan Dickie (on the right) is shown with Rotarian Shawn Bird. 
Update from our exchange student Daphne Nyeldi, currently on exchange in Spain.  
She is enjoying her exchange and getting a good grasp on the language, making friends and learning the culture.  Congratulations, Daphne!
Cookie Langenfeld, the Executive Director of the Shuswap Hospice Society was at our meeting on Tuesday to accept a $1000 cheque from our club.  The picture shows (L to R) Rotarian Dave Woolliams, Cookie Langenfeld, and Rotarians Carl Flatman and Fred Goodman.  The funds will be used for patient and family support programs.

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Greeter - Raul Poole
Sheriff and Happy/Sad - Joan Ragsdale
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