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President Karin Sykes
Past President Dorys Crespin-Mueller
President Elect Joanne Richards
1st VP Nandi Spolia
Secretary Mike Dedels
Treasurer Donna Gibson
Director Christopher de Haan
Director Steve Rollheiser
Director Sukh Gill
Director Sally Wanless
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Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

Speaker this week

At our next meeting, our guest speaker will be James Gordon from the Office of Environment and sustainability at TRU.  James will be speaking to us about environmental initiatives at TRU, including the zero waste project. Rumor has it he may bring the blender bike with him, smoothie anyone?

  Fall Food Drive

Chris is organizing the Aurora teams for this Fall’s food drive. The date is Saturday, September 20th.  This is a great opportunity to invite family and friends to join you in service.  Please check your calendars and let Chris know if you can help.  



Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

“Ashes to Dust 2014 Mountain Bike Camp”

Last week our guest speakers were Marcia Dick and Sian Lewis from the Phoenix Centre. They talked to us about the second annual mountain bike camp put on by the Phoenix Centre for male youth between the ages of 15 and 25.  This camp is intended as an opportunity to create a community of support and mentorship for at-risk youth.

The camp takes place September 10-11 at Juniper Bike Ranch under the tutelage of five professional riders and instructors.  The camp introduces participants to the sport of mountain biking and provides mentorship as the youth learn new skills, connect with people, and learn about themselves.  The camp also provides a bike and the necessary gear to each participant so they can continue with the sport beyond the camp.  The Phoenix Centre has developed a sponsorship model to fund the camp. If you would like to support this initiative or learn more, visit

Exchange Student Arrival

We welcomed our new exchange student Janis.  After a very long and delayed trip from Switzerland he is looking forward to experiencing Canada over the next year. Amongst the things he would like to do are learning to play the guitar (he already plays the clarinet), improving his hockey skills and skiing.  Introduce yourself to Janis, if you haven’t already, and please keep him in mind and include him in your family plans when possible.  His first host family is Sherry and Nihal Maligaspe

If you have not yet completed your criminal record check, please complete that soon, it only takes a couple of minutes.  When processed you will be called to pick it up, you can then give it to Sherry, our Youth Exchange Officer for sending to the District.


Paul Harris Fellow

President Karin had the honor of presenting a Paul Harris plus 1 award to Donna Gibson.



Contribution to the Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs around the world.   Congratulations Donna! Your contribution is making a difference round the world.

A Paul Harris fellowship is awarded when you give $1,000 or more t the Annual Fund, Polio Plus, or an approved Foundation grant.  You are recognized as a Multiple Paul Harris fellow with each additional gift of $1,000.  To learn more about the Rotary Foundation  and Foundation contribution recognition visit


Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller


Posted by Dorys Crespin-Mueller

The district will be holding two training seminars for Rotarians interested in becoming facilitators for phase 2 of the visioning process “Business Planning for Rotary Clubs”. This four hour seminar will teach participants how to facilitate the process of assisting club members in converting the strategic initiatives developed in the club visioning session to SMART goals and the projects to achieve those goals.

Interested Rotarians should go to the district website , login, elect register for event from the menu; from the list of events click on either Club Visioning 2014-08-23 for the Moses Lake site or 2014-09-06 for the Vernon site. Be sure and check YES at the bottom of the registration to signify your attendance.


August 23, 2014 – Moses Lake

Pillar Rock Grill at the Moses Lake Golf Club

Time: 10:00 – 3:00

Cost: $20


September 6, 2014 – Vernon

Village Green Hotel

Time: 10:00 – 3:00

Cost: $25



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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