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President Nandi Spolia
Past President Karin Sykes
President Elect Christopher de Haan
1st Vice President Sally Wanless
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Director Maryanne Bower
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Kamloops, BC V2C 1K6

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Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

It's been a busy month, starting with our club's Canada Day booth at Riverside Park. Thank you to all who part in that fundraiser. RCMP  Inspector Sunny Parmar was our guest speaker last week and gave us a very informative talk about the RCMP and technology and online crimes.

This week, our very own president Nandi Spolia will give us his classification talk. We will also have an update on Spaghetti Western. It is not too early to start selling tables for this great event on November 7th. 

See you in the morning!


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The Installation of the 2015/16 Rotary executive board of our club will take place Monday, June 22nd at 6pm.  The meeting will take place at the pool area behind Flavours of India.  Anyone wanting to swim before the meeting is welcomed after 3pm.  Dinner will consist of  prime rib burgers and veggie burgers, french fries, spring mix salad and watermelon.  Dinner will be $12pp.  The Fusion Rotaract and Hybrid Interact clubs will also be having their installation with us.

***Please  note this meeting will replace this week's Tuesday morning meeting****

Below are incoming presidents Nandi Spolia (Aurora) and Keith Leung (Fusion Rotaract) at the District 5060 Conference in Kelowna.




At last week's meeting, our June student of the month JP Ouimet, from Juniper elementary spoke to the club about her leadership activities at school.  



Our exchange Student Janis also gave her farewell speech. Thanks you to all the members who've made Janis stay in Kamloops memorable. He is currently on a bus trip throughout our Rotary District. He will go home to Switzerland on July 3rd. 






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Last week we had Tatiana Pelaez,  the student we sponsored to go to RYLA this year present to our club.Tatiana spoke to us about learning how to "fail forward" - how to try  again but try differently.  She also spoke about leadership.  Tatiana plans to pursue graduate studies in social entrepreneurship.


This week, we have our last  Student of the Month for the Rotary Year.  PJ Ouimet is a grade 7 student from Juniper Elementary.

See you at the meeting!

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Last week,  we had our Student of the Month presentation, this time the honoured student was Alex Underhill from Barriere Elementary. Alex told us about her school and sport activities and gave us a demonstration is cup stacking,



Sally Wanless was also recognized for sponsoring a new member, her husband Steve Wanless.



This week we have a club assembly. 

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Hope you all had a great long weekend!  

This week our guest speaker is Fiona Clare from Kamloops Literacy. Fiona will be making a case for plain language.

Congratulations to the Rotarians who participated in this year's Adult Spelling Bee last week in support of literacy in Kamloops. Our team came in a respectable fourth place!

This week we will also be getting an update of the plans for this year's Spaghetti Western.  

Please remember to bring any unwanted but still wearable shoes in for the shoe drive. You can bring them to the meeting.


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May 5th meeting

We had Victoria Weller, the film commissioner for the Thompson Nicola Region, visit our club as our guest speaker. She told us about the different productions that have come to our region, both big and small, the appeal that our beautiful landscape has for film producers and the economic impact of the industry in our local economy.

We also had that pleasure of formally welcoming Aaron Krausert to our club,a s our newest member. Inductions are always special as it not only welcomes new members but also remind us all of the principles of Rotary. We were excited to have Aaron's wife Sarah in attendance as well for the induction. The Krauserts also made the exciting announcement that their family will be expanding in the Fall. Congratulations Sarah and Aaron!


May 12th meeting 

Athena Smith will be our guest speaker. Athena will speak about "Restorative Justice." 

Thank you to all the Rotarians who joined Interact and Kamloops West in a service project at the YMCA Women's shelter.  Interactors were also helping at the SPCA that day.

The Kamloops Literacy, Adult Spelling Bee is this Thursday morning ( May 14th) at Hotel 540.

The Interact club is hosting a potluck dinner fundraiser on Monday, May 25th at 6pm.  The fundraiser will benefit victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.  Bring a dish and a $10 donation and join these young Rotarians. 

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

April has been loaded with service opportunities for our club.  We've had our road clean-up on April 11th, the Rotary Food Drive on Saturday April 25th (Rotarians at Work Day!) and PIT Stop dinner on Sunday April 26th. Great job Aurora!  The road clean up was done in record time, the food drive collected 63,500 lbs of food, and we fed 119 meals (and sent home 35 more!) at Pit Stop.  Thank you!

Our next service project is the shoe collection, more info to come at this week's meeting. At this week's meeting we will have our April Student of the Month: Dylan Barrett, a grade 7 student from Arthur Stevenson Elementary.





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Last week's meeting was a vocational tour to CheckMate Fire Prevention Inc. Thank you to Sally and Steve Wanless for showing us their business.  Vocational tours are an important part of Rotary's avenues of service.

Adopt a Road: Thank you to all the volunteers that came out last Saturday to clean  up the road. 

Club Executive meeting: this Tuesday, April 14th at 5pm at Flavours of India. All members are welcomed

Rotary Food Drive: An all club service project, the Spring food drive will take place on Saturday, April 25th. Please let Chris know if you can help. 

PIT Stop dinner:  Sunday April 26th, volunteers needed  for two shifts 12-3:00 to cook and prep and 3:00 to 5:00 to serve and clean up. Sherry is the lead for this project, let her know if you can help. It's a great opportunity to bring family and friends too.

Kamloops Literacy Spelling Bee:  It's time for the adult spelling bee! if you would like to be in the Aurora team, please let Karin know. The spelling bee benefits Kamloops literacy programs and will take place on May 14th  at 7:30 AM

Rotary Golf Tournament: June 12th at Rivershore, Mark your calendars, to play or volunteer at this event!  Nandi is the club rep in this year's organizing committee. If you would like to assist, please let him know.

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

Hope you all had a great Easter! This week, we do not have a morning meeting, we will meet at 6pm instead for a vocational tour at CheckMate Fire Prevention Inc. Their address is 1172 Battle Street.

Last week we had our Student of the Month recognition and the honor went to Zoe McCuaig, a grade 7 student at Stuart Wood Elementary.  Congratulations Zoe!

Upcoming activities:

Adopt a Road: We are cleaning up the road again! Saturday, April 11th at 9am, meeting at Rexall parking lot.  Please let Sherry know if you can help.

Rotary Food Drive: An all club service project, the Spring food drive will take place on Saturday, April 25th. Please let Chris know if you are coming. 

PIT Stop dinner:  Sunday April 26th, volunteers needed  for two shifts 12-3:00 to cook and prep and 3:00 to 5:00 to serve and clean up. Sherry is the lead for this project, let her know if you can help. It's a great opportunity to bring family and friends too.

Kamloops Literacy Spelling Bee:  It's time for the adult spelling bee! if you would like to be in the Aurora team, please let Karin know. The spelling bee benefits Kamloops literacy programs and will take place on May 14th  at 7:30 AM

Rotary Golf Tournament: June 12th at Rivershore, Mark yor calendars, to play or volunteer at this event!  Nandi is the club rep in this year's organizing committee. If you would like to assist, please let him know.

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This week, we have our student of the month recognition. This time  the award goes to Elizabeth Avery, a grade 12 student from Norkam Secondary. Join us to hear more about Elizabeth!

wh-4p-gd  Thank you to all the volunteers who helped serving breakfast Sunday morning (yes 6am!) for the BC Winter Special Olympics.  Thanks Kristen for organizing and  great  work Aurora!

This Wednesday our club is hosting the Rotary Family dinner at Norkam Secondary.  Come out and help if you can!


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Dave Clutton was our Guest Speaker last week. He told us about a new program for youth at risk in our community that promotes healthy living through participation in squash.  



We  got to catch up with Rotaract last Tuesday as well, President Sheldon came by and received a cheque on behalf of his club for their portion of the Canada Day's fundraiser 


President Sykes also got to recognize one of our own, Sukh Gill was recognized  with a new pin for sponsoring a new member (Carolyn Black).  We had three new members proposed week. 




We also had Dennis Staguinnus from MacGowen Elementary visit our club to receive a $1200 donation to go towards the purchase of new non-fiction books for their library. 



Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

Wishing you all a happy Family day!

At our meeting this week, we will have Bill Adams as our guest speaker. Bill will tell us about a program in Nepal helping women out of bonded labour.  As you may remember, our club assisted this project by donating funds towards a solar panel at the community centre they have built.   

We will also have Maryanne Bower give us an update on the 100 Women who Care Kamloops chapter.

The clu's executive meeting is also this week, Tuesday at 5pm at Investors Group.  All member are welcomed to attend.

Upcoming club service activities:

-  Special Olympics breakfast - February 22

-Family Dinner at Norkam - February 25th

​-Pit Stop dinner - April 26th


Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

We will be having a joint meeting with Interact on Monday, February 2nd at 6pm at Flavours of India Restaurant (upstairs).  This meeting will replace or morning meeting this week.   This is Interact's Chili Cook Off, come and judge  the chili's on hand. Dinner is by donation.

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Our speaker was David Sakaki, local firefighter  and humanitarian. He told us about  their projects in Nicaragua and helping out in India and the Philippines. Locally, the firefighters get together weekly  to sort through donations and get the containers of supplies for the next shipment to Nicaragua.  Medical equipment is always needed.

Christopher Seguin, past president of the Rotary Club of  Kamloops came by to  talk to us about the Rotary Family Dinners. This is a great initiative that allows families in our community a night out. Dinners are held at Norkam Secondary. Our club will host the dinner on February 25th.  If you can come out to help, let Dorys  know.   We will need  a couple of helpers at 4, with the rest of teh helpers needed 4:30-6:30.


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Madi Adams from  Brock Middle School is our January Student of the Month.

Madi is a grade 7 student at Brock. She was inspired to make a difference in the community after attending Me to We. Last year, she set out to see what difference she could make with only $20. She bought cookies, bananas, and water and distributed to homeless people in our community. She hopes to inspire others to make a difference in our community.

Check out the video  of her initiative at



President Sykes presents Madi Adams with her Student of the Month award.

Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

After a few weeks away,  our club is resuming our weekly meetings  this Tuesday, January 13th.  Our speakers this week are Marg Rodgers and Tara Hildebrand from the Alzheimer Society. They will speak to us about the society's activities and the upcoming  Investors Group Walk for Memories  on January 25th. 

Our exchange student Janis will give us his report on what he has been doing for the past few weeks. Remember to try to include Janis in your family activities whenever possible. 

The Rotary club of Kamloops Funspiel is also coming up. This fun event open to all Rotarians will be at the curling club. Teams of 4, $25 individual entry fee includes lunch. More details to come. 

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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!


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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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!


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. 



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.



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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.


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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. 



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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. 


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.



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



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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. 


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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 : 

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!



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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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. 



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.


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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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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 



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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!




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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.

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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.




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.



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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

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


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 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


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.



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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


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.


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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)



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



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


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


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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