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President Karin Sykes
Past President Dorys Crespin-Mueller
President Elect Joanne Richards
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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

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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