Adam Meikle Banner Painting

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.
Adam Meikle Banner Painting James Bowlby 2020-09-10 07:00:00Z 0

8 Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded

Shuswap Rotary presented five members of the club with Paul Harris Fellowship Awards at the induction meeting on June 23, 2020.  Three more Paul Harris Fellowship Awards have been also awarded this summer. 
     Janice Ross                       Fred Goodman              Dave Woolliams
     Eddie Turner
Five of the awards were based on their personal contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Janice Ross received a 'Paul Harris Fellow +1' which means it was her second PHF recognition. Fred Goodman received a 'Paul Harris Fellow +7' which means it was his 8th recognition. Dave Woolliams received a 'Paul Harris Fellow + 6', Dr. Eddie Turner received a 'Paul Harris Fellow +2',  and  Ralph Owens (not pictured) received a 'Paul Harris Fellow +3. 
The other three PHFs were identified by a committee based on their significant contributions to the club and Rotary. The club presented PHFs are for Rob McKibbon, Mark Ellis, and John Hansen.  
Rob McKibbon has just stepped down as RYE director after 6 years and after hosting a multitude of exchange students. Exchange students were very lucky to have Rob and Lynn as their host parents because they each got treated like a combination of family and royalty. He and his wife Lynn have been tireless supporters of Rotary and the youth exchange program since he joined Rotary in 2011. Rob served as president of the club in 2014-15 and he maintains our club Facebook page. He has also been a huge supporter of our fundraising auction acting as its MC the past few years. Rob has a valuable special ability to get generous auction supporters and donors to help make our auctions a huge success.
Mark Ellis has been highly involved in our Barani project in Kenya. He is passionate about helping the children who benefit from our Barani project. He travelled with 5 other club members in 2017 to visit Barani school and our sponsored students.  He has also chaired the Barani committee.  As fundraising chair he has overseen several very successful auctions which have enabled our club to be very generous in offering services locally and internationally.  Mark has also served as president of the club. 
John Hansen has served as our club president this year after helping out in a big way with this position in the previous two years.  John has done an incredible job in transitioning and guiding us through this new world that we are now experiencing.John has served on the Barani committee and works tirelessly behind the scenes in many capacities as well as to help make our auctions a success, and gives our auctions some class by appearing in a tuxedo every year!
Congratulations and many thanks to all 8 Paul Harris Fellowship recipients for their contributions to Rotary.
8 Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded Kathy Dunfield 2020-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

Feeding Kenyan Students

Shuswap Rotary sponsors 20 Kenyan secondary students at various secondary schools.  These students were sent home from their boarding schools at the start of the pandemic, and will miss the entire Term 2 before they can hopefully return to school September 1.  These are students from poor families who would not go to school without help.  They have sponsorship guidelines that must be met to ensure continued sponsorship.  Shuswap Rotary decided to use the money we have set aside for Term 2 fees to support these students in this difficult time.  We are providing maize flour and beans, two staples of the Kenyan diet.  The photos show some of our students as they are receiving this assistance in May. 
Update - we have also distributed food in June, photos of this are in the Photo Albums, located on the upper right side of this web page.  Click on 2020 Barani Food Distribution.
Feeding Kenyan Students Kathy Dunfield 2020-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Safe House Rotary Donation

Shuswap Rotary is presenting a cheque to S.A.F.E Society for help during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The need has increased significantly and the funds were greatly appreciated. Shown in the photo, left to right are Paige Hilland and Jane Shirley (SAFE Society) and Sherry Gilroy (Shuswap Rotary).  
Safe House Rotary Donation Kathy Dunfield 2020-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Recent Speakers 

As in person meetings have been cancelled, we are working on ways to include speakers on the website.  For earlier speakers (before March 15, 2020) click on Read More below.
Recent Speakers Kathy Dunfield 2019-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
Annual Shuswap Rotary Auction Kathy Dunfield 2018-11-06 08:00:00Z 0
Exchange Program Information Night 2018-10-09 07:00:00Z 0

Guillermo Hernandez Arrives From Spain

Our new exchange student, Guillermo Hernandez arrived safely Thursday night (August 23) from Alicanté, Spain. He is a charming boy and it’s been a pleasure getting to know him. 15 years old with a birthday on Dec 28th. He will be attending SASS in grade 11. His English is fairly good and he likes to eat anything. He plays the drums & piano. He rows back at home and likes soccer & basketball. 
Guillermo Hernandez Arrives From Spain Kathy Dunfield 2018-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

Barani Dancers WIN National Competition

At Barani Primary School in Kenya 24 girls, aged 7 to 9, have been singing and dancing their way through various levels of school music festival competitions and winning each to reach the National finals in August 2018.  As part of their school music program they learn to perform tribal based songs which include dancing and acting out traditional stories. These girls, who have never travelled farther than they can walk from their simple mud homes near the city of Mombasa, now find themselves travelling 700 km with 2 teachers to compete in the country’s top educational music festival. 

In a country where most families and schools do not have funds to pay for travel and costumes, these girls received financial assistance from generous individual Rotarians and Friends of Rotary which made going to Regional finals and National finals possible.  These young girls, through their winning performances, are gaining confidence, self respect and self esteem which are foundations for future leaders in Kenya, one of the aims of Shuswap Rotary through its Kenyan projects.
Shuswap Rotary provides 550 lunches daily for needy students at Barani Primary School.  It also sponsors 20 students to complete Grades 9 to 12 in a country where there is no government funding of secondary schools.
Barani Dancers WIN National Competition Kathy Dunfield 2018-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

A Tribute to Madame Alice

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. 
A Tribute to Madame Alice Kathy Dunfield 2018-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

Tri-Club Food Drive a Success

"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".
Tri-Club Food Drive a Success 2018-04-27 07:00:00Z 0
Social at Chances Restaurant Kathy Dunfield 2018-04-27 07:00:00Z 0

New Member - MJ Berezan 

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!
New Member - MJ Berezan Kathy Dunfield 2018-04-27 07:00:00Z 0

Susan Washington from Salmon Arm Community Market

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.
Susan Washington from Salmon Arm Community Market Kat 2018-04-27 07:00:00Z 0

Linda Wilson Returns for a Visit

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.
Linda Wilson Returns for a Visit Kathy Dunfield 2018-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Adams River Salmon Society Kathy Dunfield 2018-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Tri-Club Food Drive April 21 2018-04-05 07:00:00Z 0

Speaker Shirley Deglan from RCMP Victims Services

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.  
Speaker Shirley Deglan from RCMP Victims Services Kathy Dunfield 2018-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

Brain Bikes

Brain Bikes are child-sized exercise bikes.  Very sturdy and amazingly quiet, they are used in classrooms, and managed by teachers so they are not a disruption.  Their purpose is to give children a short brain break with exercise.  This helps students develop the habit of using exercise as a means of self-regulation, an essential life skill.  
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.   ALSO - see the Brain Bikes Photo Album in the right column of this webpage. 
Brain Bikes Kathy Dunfield 2018-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

At the 2018 Loppet

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)
At the 2018 Loppet Kathy Dunfield 2018-02-09 08:00:00Z 0

Nan Dickie Speaks About Mental Health

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. 
Nan Dickie Speaks About Mental Health 2018-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
2018 Peace Conference in Vancouver in February 2017-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
Shuswap Rotary Supports Our Community Kathy Dunfield 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

Update from Daphne in Spain

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!
Update from Daphne in Spain Kathy Dunfield 2017-11-30 08:00:00Z 0
Salmon Arm Club hosts 2017 Winefest Kathy Dunfield 2017-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

Hospice Society Donation

Posted on Jun 27, 2017
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.
Hospice Society Donation Kathy Dunfield 2017-06-27 07:00:00Z 0

Guests from Finland

Posted on Jun 27, 2017
From Finland, Ilkka Nikmo and Auli Nikmo visited our meeting on Tuesday, June 27.  (They are shown here with John Hansen, our president, in the middle.)  This was special for Rotarian Shawn Bird who is also Finnish and speaks fluent Finnish.  It was a nice reunion for them, as Ilkka and Auli visited our club in 2010, and were happy to come back for another visit.  
Guests from Finland 2017-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now!!! 2015-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Certificate of Support - Team Spelling Bee Fundraiser 2015-06-13 00:00:00Z 0

Please Donate

Posted by Mike Boudreau on Jan 04, 2014

Please support our International Humanitarian Projects

Make a Donation

To make a Donation and for information on projects please go to our Donations Web Page at the following link:

Please Donate Mike Boudreau 2014-01-05 00:00:00Z 0

The second annual Rotary Fundraising Garden Party

Posted by John Hansen on Jun 03, 2013
The second annual Rotary Fundraising Garden Party will be held this year at the R.J Haney Heritage Park on a very sunny Sat afternoon this July 6th from 1: 00 pm until 5pm. The fundraiser is again to raise funds for our Ecuador Dental project and the Kenyan Barani School program. Last year we had a very successful party at the Granite Creek Winery and this year we are hoping to surpass that event with an even better one at the R.J. Heritage Park.
The second annual Rotary Fundraising Garden Party John Hansen 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Ecuador Medical & Dental Missions Eugene Tymkiw 2012-10-14 00:00:00Z 0

On the Shores of Shuswap Lake

Posted by Shawn Bird on May 22, 2012

Writers and Photographers Wanted 

The Rotary Club of Salmon Arm (Shuswap) is seeking submissions of writing and photos for an anthology entitled "On the Shores of Shuswap Lake."  Contributors need not live in the Shuswap, but their submission must be about Shuswap life. The anthology will include single page poems, 1000 word short stories or informative articles about local history, biology or geography, and black and white photos.  Artists submit their work with a $10 entry fee that supports Shuswap Rotary's community and international projects  There is no limit of entries each artist may submit to this project. Deadline for receipt of entries is July 31, 2012. 
For more information and drop off location please see HandbillOntheShoresShuswapLake.pdf
On the Shores of Shuswap Lake Shawn Bird 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z 0

RI President-elect Sakuji Tanaka will ask Rotarians to build Peace Through Service in 2012-13.

Posted by Pierre Rossouw on May 04, 2012

RI President-elect Sakuji Tanaka

Tanaka unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2012 International Assembly, a training event for incoming Rotary district governors.
"Peace, in all of the ways that we can understand it, is a real goal and a realistic goal for Rotary," he said. "Peace is not something that can only be achieved through agreements, by governments, or through heroic struggles. It is something that we can find and that we can achieve, every day and in many simple ways."
Peace has different meanings for different people, Tanaka said.  
"No definition is right, and no definition is wrong," he said. "However we use the word, this is what peace means for us.
"No matter how we use, or understand the word, Rotary can help us to achieve it," he added.
Tanaka, a businessman from the greater Tokyo metropolitan area, shared how becoming a Rotarian broadened his understanding of the world. After joining the Rotary Club of Yashio, in 1975, he said, he began to realize that his life's purpose was not to make more money, but to be useful to other people.
"I realized that by helping others, even in the simplest of ways, I could help to build peace," Tanaka said.
He noted that the Japanese tradition of putting the needs of society above the needs of the individual helped his country rebuild after the tsunami and earthquake in March.
"This is a lesson that I think the whole world can learn from, in a positive way. When we see the needs of others as more important than our own needs -- when we focus our energies on a shared goal that is for the good of all -- this changes everything," he said. "It changes our priorities in a completely fundamental way. And it changes how we understand the idea of peace."
Tanaka will ask Rotarians to focus their energy on supporting the three priorities of the RI Strategic Plan , he said. He added that he will ask the incoming leaders to promote three Rotary peace forums, to be held in Hiroshima, Japan; Berlin; and Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
“In Rotary, our business is not profit. Our business is peace,” he said. “Our reward is not financial, but the happiness and satisfaction of seeing a better, more peaceful world, one that we have achieved through our own efforts.”
RI President-elect Sakuji Tanaka will ask Rotarians to build Peace Through Service in 2012-13. Pierre Rossouw 2012-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Plenary Session Fr. Marciano “Rocky” Evangelista, SDB, PhD Randy Brogden 2011-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Plenary Speaker Greg Mortenson Monday, June 21/10 Randy Brogden 2011-04-05 00:00:00Z 0

Testimonials of our current Ambassadorial Scholars

Posted by Randy Brogden on Mar 27, 2011
This information was sent to me, at my request, to help build the Rotary Update Page in the Market News (our local newspaper).  I had to edit some of Candice’s testimonial  so the content would fit in the page.  I am submitting the entire testimonials of both Ambassadorial Scholars for your reading  pleasure, and their well-earned recognition.
Testimonials of our current Ambassadorial Scholars Randy Brogden 2011-03-28 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Montreal Convention 2010 Award Presentation

Posted by Randy Brogden on Feb 12, 2011

RI President John Kenny: On 23 February, Rotary’s 105th anniversary, a Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign was launched with the symbolic kicking of a football.  This ball was signed by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, a polio survivor.

The journey began in Cape Town, South Africa, one of the host cities for the 2010 World Cup.  The ball travelled through 22 polio-affected countries en route to our convention here in Montreal.  On the RI website, a virtual football was signed by Rotarians to support this effort.

Rotary International Montreal Convention 2010 Award Presentation Randy Brogden 2011-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
4-Way Test Screensaver Pierre Rossouw 2011-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Convention 2010 - Dr. Bruce Aylward, PhD Randy Brogden 2011-01-31 00:00:00Z 0

Club Executive for 2011/2012

Posted by Lynda Wilson on Jan 26, 2011
I am pleased to announce the following roles by club members for the 2011 / 2012 year.
Thanks to all for sharing your gifts and talents to ensure our club continues to thrive! 
Club Executive for 2011/2012 Lynda Wilson 2011-01-27 00:00:00Z 0

News from ShelterBox Canada

Posted by Randy Brogden on Jan 16, 2011
In this issue
Haiti Earthquake - One Year On
ShelterBox Founder reflects on Haiti
ShelterBox stands ready to respond to Australian floods
Latest Deployment - Flooding in Panama
Rotary leader in Saint Lucia expresses support for Saint Lucia
New Board of Directors from across Canada
News from ShelterBox Canada Randy Brogden 2011-01-17 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Community Partnership for Trades Training

Posted by Rob McKibbon



- Shuswap Rotary Club
- Homelife - Salmon Arm
- Heyde Werk Homes
- ShuswaP Construction Industry Professionals
- Learning Zone
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