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Kamloops, B.C. V2C 1K6
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Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

Our last meeting of 2014 was on Tuesday, December 16th at the Doubletree hotel. Our guest speaker was our student of the Month Alex Glenshorek from Norkam Secondary. Congratulations Alex!

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President Karin presenting Alex with a certificate, Aurora tshirt and gift certificate recognizing him as our student of the month.

We also had our club Christmas Social last week. We enjoyed a delicious meal at Quila's restaurant and had awesome fellowship.

 

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at Flavours of India.

 

Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

New Member

Welcome to Carolyn Black, our newest member! We had the pleasure of inducting Carolyn at our meeting last week, she was sponsored by Sukh Gill. Carolyn has already been involved in Spaghetti Western, Pit Stop, the Santa Claus parade and Operation Red Nose, all before induction! Great job Carolyn, welcome to Aurora!

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President Karin, congratulates our newest member Carolyn Black. 

 

Inbound Student Presentation

Our inbound student Janis, made a presentation about his home land Switzerland . He is very excited to be spending his exchange year with us.  Janis is a musician,  and has been playing with the Thompson Valley Orchestra. Attending SaHali Secondary and being part of Interact, Janis is keeping busy and is looking forward to as many Canadian experiences as possible. 

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Christmas Social

Our Christmas social is on Monday, December 15th at 6pm at Quila's Restaurnat.  Please let Dorys know if you can attend.  We will also be having a wine raffle, bring a bottle, get a ticket for a chance to win them all!

Next Week's Meeting

Our meeting on December 16th will be at the Doubletree Hotel downtown (the old Cost Canadian location) at our normal time 7am.  The breakfast cost will be  $15.64 ($12.95  plus tax and gratuity). We will have our student of the month Alex Glenshorek from  Norkam Secondary as our guest speaker.  This will be our last meeting before Christmas. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 6th back at Flavours of India.

 

 

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

This week, our inbound student Janis will be making a presentation about his native Switzwerland, and telling us a bit more about himself and his family. Janis arrived in August and was first hosted by Sherry Malagaspie  and now is living with Ed Ratuski.

Last week, we had our AGM and held elections  for next year's executive.  Nandi Spolia was elected President for the 2015/16 Rotary Year,  Sherry Malagaspie will be club secretary, Donna Gibson will continue on the role of club Treasurer. Reg Lucas, Maryanne Bower, Mike Bowden and Sally Wanless were elected Directors. Thank you all for your willingness to serve the club!

Maryanne Bower and Carolyn Black  volunteered for Operaton Red Nose last Friday, December 5th on behalf of our club.  Thank you!

Our club Christmas social will be on Monday, December 15th at Quila's Restaurant. Dinner is $20 and spouses are welcomed! Please let Dorys or Sherry know if you are coming.

 

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

Last week, Bernadette Siracky from the food Bank was our speaker. Our club joins all the other Rotary clubs in Kamloops, Rotaract and Interact  in the Rotary Food Drive twice a year, collecting about 50,000 lbs of food for the food bank each time.

This week we have our AGM meeting. There will be reports from our president and club executive as well as officer elections for the 15/16 Rotary year. 

Thank you to all the volunteers who braved the cold weather on Saturday, November 29th to volunteer directing traffic at the Santa Claus parade. Thank you Nandi for coordinating.

Operation Red Nose

A few weeks ago we had Katie Klassen and Constable  George Buttles speaking about Operation Red Nose. They handed out volunteer forms for this season of Operation Red Nose.  As usual, our club as risen to the occasion and we have a few volunteers going as a group on Friday December 5th.  So far we have: Sukh Gill,Carolyn Black, Maryanne Bower.  Please remember you do need to fill out a volunteer form and take it in to the RCMP for a criminal record check. 

 

Club Christmas Social

it's time for some Christmas fellowship! Mark your calendars for Monday, December 15th, 6pm at Quila's restaurant (330 Victoria Street).  Our menu will consist of:  Brushetta,  grilled lemon grass chicken served with mashed potatoes and vegetables and sorbet for dessert  $20 per person. Remember, spouses are more than welcome to attend as well.  Please let Dorys know if you can come. 

 

 

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

This week we Bernadette Siracky from the Kamloops Food Bank as our speaker.  As you know, the Rotray Food Drive benefiting the Kamloops Food Bank has become a main service opportunity for all the Rotary clubs in Kamloops.

Last week's meeting 

Operation Red Nose

Last week we had Katie Klassen and Constable  George Buttles speaking about Operation Red Nose. They handed out volunteer forms for this season of Operation Red Nose.  As usual, our club as risen to the occasion and we have a few volunteers going as a group on Friday December 5th.  So far we have: Sukh Gill, Ed Ratuski, Carolyn Black, Maryanne Bower.  Please remember you do need o fil out a volunteer form and take it in to the RCMP for a criminal record check. 

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Student of the Month

We also had  our student of the month presentation. Sally Zaryd, principal at Aberdeen Elementary introduced Tatiana Mueller, an Aberdeen grade 7 student. Some of you may have met Tatiana before as she is Dorys' daughter. Tatiana spoke about her involvement at school and community sports.

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Mike Bowden, our Student of the Month program coordinator presents Tatiana with her certificate.

 

Pit Stop

Another great Pit Stop dinner was served Sunday, November 23rd by our volunteers.  Thank you all who came to help, about 180 meals were served. Thank you Aurora! Thank you Sherry for your leadership in this project!

Santa Claus Parade

Santa Claus parade is on November 29th. If you are able to volunteer please let Nandi know. 

 

Club AGM

If you are interested in getting involved in the administration of our club, please let Dorys or Mike Dedels know, elections for the 15/16 Rotary year are coming up at our AGM on December 2nd

 

 

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

This week's meeting program

Katie Klassen and  Cst George Buttles will be our guest speakers this week. They are coming to talk to us about Operation Red Nose. They will provide us with information about the program and will have volunteer forms.  We will also have our Student of the Month from Aberdeen Elementary.

Rotary Event

The West Club is hosting a Fashion Show on Thursday, November 20th at the Double Tree Hotel at 7pm. Tickets are $25 and available at Genesis or Kim Cooper.  Let's support this event!

Pit Stop - Sunday November 23rd

 We are still looking for a few more volunteers for the late shift (3-5 ish?)  at Pit Stop next Sunday, November 23rd.  Sherry M and Nandi S are leading this Pit Stop.   So far we have the following members volunteering:

Early shift: Donna Gibson, Kristen Hamilton (+1), Reg and Barb Lucas, Katelyn and Kristen Zubak, Sally and Steve Wanless(+1) and Nandi Spolia.

Late Shift: Janis, Sam and Rav Dhaliwal, Dorys Crespin-Mueller (+3),  Ed and Inge Ratuski, Carolyn Black.

This is a great opportunity to invite friends to join you in service to our community. 

Jim Bogardis

Jim Bogardis is recuperating well from his recent surgery and sends his regards and appreciation to the club for the Get Well card we sent him.  Jim hopes to be back to the weekly meetings soon. 

Kathleen Kurpuk

Congratulations to Kathleen in being re-elected as School Board Trustee in this weekend's election.

Club AGM & Next Year Executive Board

December 2nd will be a club assembly meeting. This will be our annual AGM.  The executive for next Rotary year (July 2015-June 2016) is elected at the AGM.  If you are interested in getting involved in club administration as part of next year's executive, please contact Mike Dedels. 

 

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

This Week's Speaker

This week, Rotary Club of Kamloops past president Christopher Seguin will be our speaker. Christopher will talk to us about the Family dinners that hsi club has been holding at Norkam Secondary. Our club did one of them last year as part of our community service. 

Last week's speaker

Last week (October 28th) we had John Atherton, Volunteer Coordinator for Special Olympics BC as our speaker.  The Games will take place in Kamloops  February 19-22, 2015 and there is a need for many volunteers. there will be about 600 athletes competing in seven sports. More than 1,000 volunteers will be needed for this event. 

Spaghetti Western

What an amazing event! Thank you to all  for the support of our largest fundraiser! While the numbers aren't in yet, we know it was a successful and fun evening with over 300 guests in attendance. A huge thank you to all the generous sponsors and donors whose generosity allowed us to put on a great event and raise funds for our community. Aurora members showed yet again what a great little club we have and the great things we can accomplish together.

November is  Foundation Month 

From Rotary.org : 

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into , such as  and . Foundation  empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong , a stellar , and a unique  mean that we make the very most of your contribution.  and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

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District 5060 Development Weekend

The district development weekend was held in Osooyos this past weekend. Mike Dedels, Karin Sykes and Dorys Crespin-Mueller attended. They attended sessions on Public Relations, Membership and Foundation.  Mike Dedels also attended  Assistant District Governor training in preparation for his terms as AG for Area 1 of our district. 

 

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Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

At last week's meeting our club heard from David Trawin, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Kamloops. Hes poke about the city's budget process. 

Last Saturday, we had our Fall  Adopt a Road. Thank you to all members that came out to help and to Sherry M for organizing. 

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This week we have a club assembly to put together the final details of Spaghetti Western. Please bring in any tickets you may still have.  Thank you to all members for your hard work on this event. This is the final push for our major fundraiser. Just a few more sleeps! 

There will be a basket wrapping work party and decoration work party this week. Details at tomorrow's meeting.

 

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

October is Vocational Service in the #Rotary calendar. Vocational Service focuses on adhering to and promoting the highest ethical standards in all occupations, recognizing the value of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians and contributing one’s vocational talents to meeting the needs of the community.

 

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Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone! Hope that everyone had a great weekend surrounded by family and friends. 

David Trawin, Chief Administrative Officer  from the City of Kamloops will be our speaker this week.  

Spaghetti Western is less than two weeks away, it's time for that final push for ticket sales! Please bring in any ticket money and/or basket donations to the meeting. If you need additional tickets, John Zubak will get them to you. If you are able to help promote our event by going to other Rotary meetings this week, please let John know.

Last week, Dr. Stan Fike with Rotary Kamloops West was our speaker. He came to present on a water project in Uganda.  Kamloops West is putting together a district grant application for this project. The Chase club has agreed to participate, and our Club will be discussing it for possible participation. Water and sanitation is one of Rotary's six areas of focus.

 

The Chase club is running a concession truck at the Salmon Run October 2nd -26th. This is their largest fundraiser. They are in need of a couple of volunteers next Sunday October 19th and Monday October 20th.  If you have a few hours that you can lend a hand, please contact Jacquie Everett  at jacquiee@telus.net 

 

 

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

Dr. Stan Fike, a local Physician and a long-time Rotarian with Kamloops West will be our speaker this week. Stan will be speaking about a water project in Uganda that Kamloops West is participating in and have invited our club to join in. 

At last week's meeting, Doug Gibson shared his classification talk. A Rotarian for almost 30 years, with Kamloops Daybreak,  Doug spent his career in Kamloops as the Executive director of Big Brothers and Sisters until retirement. Doug is an avid fisherman, he is married to Donna and between them they have two daughters and a son. Thank you Doug for sharing with us.

Please remember to bring in any donations for the Kamloops Homelessness initiative to our meeting again this week. Also, bring in your count of Spaghetti Western tickets and any donations you may have collected for the baskets for our event.  We are only a few weeks away from our largest fundraiser! We need help from all members!

See you all on Tuesday!

 

 

 

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

This week we have a Classification Talk by  Doug Gibson. Doug has been a Rotarian for  a few decades. We look forward to hearing fro Doug.  Classification Talks are aimed at getting to know our fellow Rotarians better. 

At last week's meeting Jennifer Jones from the city's Homelessness Action Week initiative was our speaker.  As Jen mentioned there is a collection drive for clothing, especially  winter clothing and toiletries and hygiene products.  Clean out your closets and bring any items you would like to donate to our meeting this week, Tuesday September 30th as Jen will becoming by to pick up any donations from our group. 

Spaghetti Western 

We are four weeks away from  our largest fundraiser of the year!  The committees are working very hard to put on another outstanding event.  We need all members to bring in any donations for the baskets as well to report back on your ticket sales.  We need all hands on deck for this fundraiser.  Two popular auction items  are the mini fridge and beer and the 6 Rotarians for 6 hours package.  Please bring your beer donations for the fridge and let Dorys or Sally know if you can commit to the 6 Rotarians for 6 hours.  Specifics get worked out with the buyer, so at this point we are looking for general commitment.

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

Raise a Reader

Aurora supported  the Raise a Reader Campaign campaign on Tuesday September 23rd. This campaign raises awareness and  funds to support literacy projects in our community.   Janis, Doug, Sherry and Dorys represented Aurora at this event.

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World Rivers Day

Mike Dedels led the efforts  for our club to help clean up the Thompson River with the Save the Planet Earth Committee on Sunday, September 28th. Thanks Mike Dedels, Mike Forbes and Angela for your efforts there.

 

 

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

September 16 th meeting

Last week, we had a very busy and exciting meeting.  Alan Hobler and our own Kristen Hamilton were our guest speakers presenting about Kamloops Search & Rescue. KSR does amazing work when you need it most. It is a volunteer community-based society. In addition to their search and rescue work, they also present educational programs. For more information check out their website at http://www.ksar.ca/

President Karin also made a very special presentation to Donna Gibson. Donna received a membership pin from Rotary International to recognize her sponsoring of a new member to our club, her husband Doug Gibson.  Doug we are so fortunate to have you at Aurora! Thank you Donna!

One of our guests, Sherry Chamberlain, a Rotarian with Kamloops West also made a special presentation.  Sherry presented  Nandi Spolia with his first Paul Harris in recognition of all the work Nandi has done for our community.  Congratulations Nandi and  thank you Sherry!  For more information on Paul Harris Fellows  check out https://www.rotary.org/en/take-action/give/recognition

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Will George from Rotaract was also our guest last week. He talked to us about an initiative he is involved with, the Vote 50 Campaign. A non-partisan organization created to increase voter turn out from 29% to 50% in the upcoming Kamloops municipal election. Check out their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kamloopsvote50 for more information.  

Finally, Rotaract Connor Sheldon, invited us to their Bocce, Burgers and Beer Tournament on October 4th at 1:30 pm at Albert McGowan park. Teams of 2, $40 per team. Check out the details at  https://www.facebook.com/events/299577880249549/

 

Rotary Food Drive

The Rotary Food Drive was last Saturday, and what a beautiful day it was! Thank you to all the Aurora members and friends and family who came to help. We had an awesome turn out and the unofficial count is 56,000 lbs of food for the Kamloops Food Bank collected by Rotarians in our great city. 

 

September 23rd meeting

Jenn Jones will be our speaker this week. She is the project coordinator for the city's  "Homelessness Action Week" and the clothing drive she is spearheading. 

 

Raise a Reader Campaign

We  will be supporting literacy in Kamloops once again by volunteering at the Raise a Reader campaign on Tuesday, September 23rd at the Starbucks at Cityview Plaza.  Janis, Sherry, Doug and Dorys will be there, come by after the weekly meeting and say hi.

 

 

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

100 Women who Care

Last week we had a presentation on this initiative by Maryanne Bower, Bobbi Harrison and Shannon Wallis. For more information check out their website at www.100womenkamloops.com.

 

Kamloops Search & Rescue

This week we will have Kamloops Search and Rescue as our speakers.  

Upcoming events:

Rotary Food Drive: next Saturday September 20th,  Chris has sent out the teams for Saturday via email. Thank you all!

Raise a Reader: September 23rd .Doug G, Dorys C-M,  Sherry M and Janis will be representing our club.

River Clean up: September 28th: We need a four more members to join  in for this event.  Starts at 9am

Spaghetti Western: October 25th. Our biggest fundraiser, everyone's help need to make it another successful event.

 

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

Our own Maryanne Bower will be our speaker this week. She will be presenting on the 100 Women Who Care initiative. 

We will also be finalizing the volunteer lists for the Food Drive on Saturday, September 20th (morning) and the raise a Reader Campaign on September 23rd. (7-9am)

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Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

After the long weekend, it was time for a Club Assembly.  Last week's assembly centered around this year's Spaghetti Western, our largest fundraising of the year.   The vent is set for October 25th at Kamloops Convention Centre. Tickets are $60 per person.  Everyone's help is needed to make this event a success again this year.  Our club was able to contribute over $30,000 to the betterment of our  community lasts Rotary year, greatly as a result of this successful fundraiser.  If you are not yet involved, now is the time to join one of the committees. 

 

 

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

This Week's meeting

At this week's meeting we had James Gordon from the TRU Office of Environment & Sustainability talking to us about the environmental initiatives going on at our local university. And as a treat, he brought the blender bike to make smoothies to go with our breakfast. See past president Mike Dedels working for our smoothies

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Also this week, our incoming exchange student Janis presented our club with the banner of his sponsoring club, the Rotary Club Freiamt in Switzerland.

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Food Drive - September 20th

A signed up sheet for the Food Drive on Saturday September 20th was circulated.  Chris D. is coordinating our club’s efforts for this all-club service event.  Let Chris know if you can help. This is a great opportunity to involve your family and friends in Rotary work. There is an all clubs fellowship breakfast being organized before the food drive at the Food Drive building.

 

 

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is a Club Assembly, we will be discussing Spaghetti Western, bring your ideas to the committee

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

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Posted by Mike Dedels on Aug 04, 2014

District Governor Bruce Falkins came in to talk to our club about this year's goals.  We had a good Executive meeting Monday night with Bruce and Donna.  Focus was on Membership recruitment and retention and on Rotary Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce and Donna also attended our Tuesday Meeting and discussed the Membership, Public Relations and Foundation themes.  They also heard updates on our Fundraising activities.  Good mid-summer turnout for our club and another one of Nandi's great breakfasts.  Put June 18-21 on your Calendar for this year's District Conference just a couple of hours away in Kelowna.

 

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

Thank you to all who came out to help. Sherry M you rock! thank you for organizingImage
Posted by Mike Dedels

With the help of MegaHockeyPool funding Aurora Rotary supported local families with Juvenile Diabetes with a $2000 donation in 2014.
ImagePictured are Nandi, Mike and Shianne Carswell with JDRF

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