Join us for one of our weekly meetings!

Every Tuesday

11:45 AM

Canad Inns Hotel - Roadhouse
1125 18th St.
Brandon, Manitoba

Cash lunch
Includes dessert and coffee

Contact the club at:

(204) 725-3848

(204) 573-9618







And a BIG thank you to all who helped at the 22nd Rotary Book Sale






Spring book sale a bestseller!

The club's 22nd Book Sale broke all records with gross sales of $28,800.








Rotarians and volunteers came together to make the spring book sale a huge success. (Photos by Don Partrick)

Our 22nd Book Sale broke all records with gross sales of $28,800. The sale was held April 17, 18 & 19 at the Victoria Inn.

The book sale is the premier fundraising event for our club. To date, the 22 sales of donated mostly used books have had gross sales of $465, 570, of which $421, 423 has been net profit.

Most, of that money is returned into the community to support all of the Rotary Club of Brandon’s projects. 

It's estimated this most recent book sale had a minimum of 1,135 individual sales. Many of our customers walked out with a huge supply of reading material, some single sales exceeded $100.

Members of the Rotary Club of Brandon, friends of our club, and 82 Brandon Squadron, all helped to make this project a great success.

Our thanks to the members of our community for their continued supply of books to our five collection bins, and also for their additional support by visiting the sale and purchasing books.






Rotary helps reduce times at WMCC


(L-R) Cindy Buizer , executive director, Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation; Barry Hartley, president Rotary Club of Brandon; Scott Kirk, operations manager Western Manitoba Cancer Centre and Harvey Laluk, past president Rotary Club of Brandon around the Bladderscan Untrasound unit. (Photo supplied by Don Partrick.)  


The Rotary Club of Brandon has donated $20,000 to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for the purchase of a BladderScan Ultrasound machine for oncology clinic and radiation therapy treatments at the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre. 

A BladderScan machine is used regularly to enhance the care provided to patients by decreasing the frequency of more invasive procedures. The machine will measure urinary output or bladder volume and can be used to assess bladder volume prior to radiation therapy treatment, which is vital to avoiding and minimizing acute and long-term radiation complications in pelvic patients.

The BladderScan will reduce needless catheterizations of all patients because they can be scanned to determine their issues. Also, as previously mentioned, radiation therapy patients will be scanned to ensure their bladders are full prior to entering the treatment room – saving both time for the patient and staff to do multiple images to determine if the bladder is full.  Bladder volume is very important for radiation therapy treatment as it is vital to avoid and minimize acute and/or long term radiation complications in pelvic patients.  


Rotary Club of Brandon Spring Book Sale 2014


Books for the sale at the Victoria Inn are sorted and stored in an area of the Brandon Sun's warehouse.

The 22nd Rotary Club of Brandon Book Sale will be held mid-April at the Victoria Inn on Victoria Avenue West in Brandon.

Times for this major fundraising event for the service club are:

• Thursday, April 17 from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

• Friday, April 18  from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

• Saturday, April 19 from  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Virtually all money raised from the very popular sale is retuned to the community through Rotary funded projects. To date, the book sales have returned almost $400,000 to Rotary projects. The Rotary Club of Brandon thanks the people of Westman for their continued donation of books and to the Brandon Sun for its generous donation of space to store and sort the thousands of titles.

For anyone with some extra books they would like to donate, Rotary book collection boxes are located at:

• Home Hardware

• Heritage Coop

• Winners

• Sobey’s West End

• Superstore


For further information about the event, you can contact:

Bernie 204-726-8978 or Don 204-727-0493




(Note... the free book is for kids 12 and younger.)



A healthy lunch


Daryle McCannell of BU's department of physical education, gets Rotarians up and moving at a weekly luncheon meeting.

Throughout the past quarter-century Brandon University's Daryle McCannell has promoted active lifestyles and healthy communities in the Westman area.

McCannell believes that laughter and humour are good for the body and soul and that philosophy has put him in demand as a speaker, motivator, and presenter at community, provincial and national health initiatives.

During the 25 years McCannell has been with BU, he has held various positions including: athletic director and recreation director. McCannell is currently chair and assistant professor in the department of physical education.

His early experience included five years as a public school physical education teacher followed by five years as program director of Brandon YMCA.

At the luncheon, McCannell thanked the Rotary Club of Brandon for its continued support of the institution. He then put those in attendance through a few fun drills designed to get their blood flowing.

McCannell stressed that any movement is healthier than simply sitting stationary. 



Rotary recognized for YMCA donation


RCB past presidents Harvey Laluk and Nonny Cancade accompanied Rotary Foundation Chair Eric Carlson at the special invitation evening by the YMCA for all sponsoring organizations.

As a result of a significant contribution to the Dood Cristall Family YMCA in downtown Brandon, the Rotary Club of Brandon has been recognized with a very user-friendly play area in the lobby of the new complex.





Rotary Shelterbox Program


The Shelterbox program is an unbelievable program to give the opportunity to an individual or a group to be able to step up and give a huge amount of help to people in need.

For example, the Shelterbox provides sustained shelter for people dealing with disaster in the Philippines.

Shelterbox already has two response teams on the ground in the Philippines who are working with the help of Rotarians to provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The total cost of a Shelterbox is $1,000, but you can contribute a portion which can be gathered together with other donations to make up enough to purchase a Shelterbox.

Some 90 countries have received Shelterboxes. And more than 130,000 Shelterboxes have been deployed since the Rotary Club project since 2000.


For some more info, see:

It's Christmas Cake time again!


Each holiday season the Rotary Club of Brandon places delicious Christmas Cakes at various locations around the city.

The fundraiser helps raise money for our various projects while also providing buyers with a little taste of Christmas past with these time-honored treats.

Remembrance Day Ceremony











Remembrance Day Opening Prayer

The Rotary Club of Brandon Remembrance Day Meeting, Nov. 5, 2013

Most gracious God, we offer our thanks for the bounty of your providence and the renewing gift of your grace.


Especially on this special day of remembrance, we give thanks for all those courageous young men and women, whose lives were given in time of war so we may live in the freedom and peace we hold so dear.

Grant, as we remember these sacrifices, we resolve to work together to help make the world into a better place for our children’s children and the future generations of all the nations.


We pray leaders of all nations find ways to live and work in harmony, and the people of the world may do your will and live in your spirit.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,


Rotary Villas at Crocus Gardens


Brandon’s former police station on 10th Street will be transformed into a new seniors living complex called Rotary Villas at Crocus Gardens.

The anticipated opening date of the 55-plus, three-storey, 108-suite building is May 2015.

It’s independent living. The average age of individuals is about 85 years old. The suites range from 550 to 800 sq. ft.

Cookies to Softballs


(L-R) Brett Turner, chairperson of Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex Committee; Rhonda and Craig Pardy, Tim Hortons; and Barry Hartley, president of the Rotary Club of Brandon. (Photo submitted by Don Partrick)

 In the photo above, Craig and Rhonda Pardy, Tim Hortons, owners present a cheque of $14,980. to Barry Hartley, president of the Rotary Club of Brandon.

The Rotary Club of Brandon will present these funds to the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex fund raising program.

The Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex is located on the north side of Parker Blvd right across from the McKenzie Seeds warehouse.

The first phase is to construct two diamonds and the second phase is to construct Diamonds 3 and 4.

The complex is expected to be in operation for summer of 2015. The project is presently at site grade leveling stage.

Helping the Air Cadets take flight


(L-R) Lorne Mustard, treasurer of 82 Brandon Squadron and a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Brandon; Barry Hartley, president of the Rotary Club of Brandon. (Photo submitted by Don Partrick)

The Rotary Club of Brandon has again donated $3,000 cheque to 82 Brandon Squadron. 

This donation represents one-third of the annual budget of the 82 Brandon Squadron-Royal Canadian Air Cadets, and assists the squadron in providing leadership and personal growth activities for approximately 50, 12-18 year olds from Brandon and Westman area at no cost to the cadets.

The Air Cadets and their families raise additional funds with other various programs during the year. The Rotary Club of Brandon is a long standing mentor for 82 Brandon Squadron.

Wine and Dine for a good cause


Melanie Eldridge (right) pours some of Trialto's offerings at the 11th annual Westman Wine Festival Public Tasting. (Photo courtesy Brandon Sun)

The festival was again divided into two events at the Victoria Inn’s Imperial Ballroom: a Gala Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 16; and a Public Tasting on Friday, Oct. 18.

The Rotary Club of Brandon’s Westman Wine Festival was again a huge success.

The event was started The Rotary Club of Brandon 11 years ago.  In recent years, the Espeth Reid Family Fund (an extension of the Elspeth Reid Resource Centre) has been the beneficiary of profits from the event Since its inception, the festival has raised $100,000.

Details of revenue from this year’s event will be posted here at a later date.


Highway Helpers


Thanks to all who picked up at the Highway Clean‐up on Saturday, Oct. 5.

“A little cool, but by 9 a.m. we had 13 Rotarians and also (some families) of Rotarians,” Ron Jasper said. “Every kilometre on the Grand Valley Road was completed by 10:15 a.m. and then we all met for coffee and cinnamon buns at Smitty’s.”

On behalf of the team, Jasper expressed “a huge thank you to all who helped make another community project a success.”

The event is a regular community service provided by the Rotary Club of Brandon.

Westman Wine Festival always popular


The Rotary Club of Brandon’s Westman Wine Festival is again two tasty cultural events.

The first is a Gala Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 16 followed by a Public Tasting on Friday, Oct. 18. Both events are at the Victoria Inn’s Imperial Ballroom.

Funds raised at the event this year go to the Elspeth Reid Family Fund, part of the Elspeth Reid Resource Centre.

Since its inception 11 years ago, the event has raised more than $100,000 for charity.

Here's what the Brandon Sun's arts correspondent, Diane Nelson, had to say about a Westman Wine Festival in her Vine Lines column:

I need to say again that Rotary does just a stellar job of this event. I can’t count how many people I spoke to who said, "This is my/our first time here," and how enthusiastic they were about the festival. And there’s no arguing with the sentiment. It’s an invigorating, exciting, inspiring, educating, energizing — I could go on here, but you get the idea — occasion that encourages veteran wine-drinkers and novice ones alike to share not only the plethora of wines available, but also their thoughts and assessments of the provided beverages.

The Oct. 16 Gala Dinner starts at at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 a seat or $1,000 for a table. Tickets are available by phoning Tracy Baker at (204) 724-6576. It is a formal event.

The Oct. 18 Public Tasting runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Victoria Inn’s Imperial Ballroom. Tickets are $29.99 each and are available at Brandon Liquor Mart outlets.

Smile cookies for softball complex


(L-R) Greg Crisanti, Virden Tim Hortons; Rhonda Pardy, Brandon Tim Hortons; and Don Partrick, public relations chairman of the Rotary Club of Brandon.

Tim Hortons is bringing more smiles to Brandon with the launch of the annual Smile Cookie fundraiser.

For one week starting Sept. 23, Tim Hortons restaurant owners in Brandon will generously donate all proceeds from sales of a special smiling chocolate chunk cookie to the Rotary Club of Brandon to assist in the building of the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex.  

The $1 treat helps charities, hospitals and community programs across Canada in the cities where they are sold.

“On behalf of all restaurant owners and team members in Brandon, I would like to thank our loyal guests for their generosity and support of the Smile Cookie campaign,” said Craig and Rhonda Pardy, Tim Hortons owners in Brandon. “Tim Hortons is thrilled to support the Rotary Club of Brandon with the funds raised and bring smiles to so many people’s faces. We welcome everyone to come in this week to buy a delicious freshly-baked Smile Cookie in support of a great cause.”

“The Rotary Club of Brandon is proud to be involved with Craig & Rhonda Pardy, Tim Horton’s and their staff in helping us to make the Westman Community a better place to live, said Barry Hartley, Rotary Club president. "The proceeds of the Smile Cookie Campaign will be presented to the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex. Brett Turner, Chairman with the Softball Complex and I are elated with Craig and Rhonda’s community spirit and direct support of Youth in our community”

Turner added: “On behalf of the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex Committee I would like to thank Rhonda and Craig Pardy, Tim Hortons, their staff and the Rotary Club of Brandon for their wonderful support of our project. Developing this site along the south Riverbank and enhancing recreation facilities in Brandon would never happen without strong corporate and community support from generous partners like the Tim Horton’s and the Rotary Club.”

The Smile Cookie campaign started in 1996 to help raise funds for the Hamilton Children's Hospital in Ontario and has grown to become a major fundraiser at Tim Hortons restaurants across North America.

Last year, the campaign raised more than $4 million across Canada and the United States. Nationally, more than 350 local charities are supported each year through the campaign.  

New this year, Canadians can send their friends and family a virtual Smile-o-Gram by visiting: Simply choose from a list of messages or create a custom message for your Smile-o-Gram then share via Facebook, Twitter or email.

Visit: to learn more about the charities the Smile Cookie campaign supports across Canada or join the #SmileCookie conversation at: and at:

Read all about it: Book sale a big success!






 The Rotary Club of Brandon Book Sale, Sept 12, 13 and 14 in the Imperial Ballroom of the Victoria Inn was the 21st time the group has conducted the twice-a-year event. 

There was somewhere in the range of 70,000 books, covering a broad spectrum of genres. 

And it's all due to the generosity of the people of Brandon and Westman, that the Rotary Club of Brandon has this huge number of books to offer. 

As usual, all children visiting the book sale are entitled to pick up a free book of their choosing. 

One of Rotary International's ongoing mandates is the promotion of literacy and the initiative of giving a free book to all children promotes reading. 

The first day (Thursday) the gross sales were $18,000. The second day (Friday) the gross sales were $6,000. The third day (Saturday) our gross sales were  $3,500.

The 21 editions of The Rotary Club of Brandon Book Sale have raised, after expenses, almost $400,000.  These funds have been used to fund all the various community projects the club supports.



 Rotarians help welcome WestJet




The Rotary Club of Brandon provided volunteer support to the City of Brandon's organizing committee to help with the celebration to welcome WestJet to the community at the Brandon Municipal Airport on Sept. 3

About 1,200 people came out to welcome the first 78-seat turboprop from Calgary.

People from Brandon and from all around Westman came out to the family-oriented event.

The Rotarians helped with traffic flow and refreshments.

Mayor Shari Decter Hirst was on the flight, along with several city officials.

Daily flights leave Calgary at 9:50 a.m. MT for the two-hour flight to Brandon, arriving at 12:50 p.m. local time. The return flight from McGill Field takes off at 1:20 p.m. and arrives in Calgary at 2:35 p.m. MT.


The Rotary Club of Brandon's Gigantic

Fall Book Sale at the Victoria Inn's

Imperial Ballroom



The club is currently accepting book donations for the sale at these drop-off points. Just look for the big yellow boxes:

- Home Hardware,  Winners,  Sobeys West , Brandon Co-op Food Store on Richmond Avenue, and Real Canadian Superstore on Victoria Avenue.

The fall sale takes place at the Imperial Ballroom, Victoria Inn.

- Thursday, Sept.12, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Friday, Sept.13, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Please note the afternoon closing time on Saturday.)
Hope to see you there! The money raised at this and other events helps Rotary fund many important and needed community projects.


Rotary Golf Day 





Everyone had a great time at our recent Rotary Golf Day, at the beautiful Oak Island Golf Resort west of Brandon.

- Shortest Drive: Don Partrick. And no, it did not hit a tree and bounce back.
- Longest Drive: Mike Reichert.
- Longest Putt: Mike Reichert.
- Closest to the Pin: Mike Reichert (a prospective Rotarian).
- Most Honest Team: Carlson’s Crew (Eric Carlson, Susan Spring, Ray Baker, Glen Chapman).
- Champions: The Radics’ Revival (Larry and Derek Radics, Nonny Cancade and Mike Reichert).

Special thanks to Oak Island Resort and Marty and Elaine Snelling for organizing and providing golf balls for everyone.

Meanwhile, Barry Hartley, Susan Spring, Nonny Cancade, Glen Chapman, Marty Snelling are very much appreciated for providing prizes for the group.


It wasn't really BBQ weather, but...






The Rotary Club of Brandon recently held it's annual Burger Day at Princess Park.

Unfortunately, our weather did not cooperate just at the peak of lunchtime and discouraged the usually great attendance and support.

In spite of the weather, Rotary was still able to raise $890 - unfortunately well below our normal fundraising levels for this event.

All the money raised at the Thursday, June 20, Burger Day will be used in The Rotary Club of Brandon's various local community projects.

All unused hamburger and smokies were donated to Samaritan House.

A great big thank you to everyone who attended in spite of the weather!

Watch for next year, we'll be back!

(In the photos above: Rotarians Len Schneider and Barry Hartley cook up some delicious food; a look at the complete set-up; and Marilyn, Mary, Hilary and Eddy enjoy a visit after lunch.)





2013 Burger Day BBQ


Thursday, June 20

From 11 a.m. - 2 Princess Park

Tickets $7.00 each or 3 for $20.00

For more info phone: 729-3554


(Photo courtesy Brandon Sun)



The Rotary Club of Brandon’s

Rotary Roses 2013

(proceeds to Brandon Rotary Club Westman Foundation)


Bouquets of Roses (18) with baby’s breath, $25.00 (tax incl.)


Variety of perennials and bulbs at assorted prices (tax incl.)




PHONE: 204-728-0945



Last Day to Order: Bulbs, Perennials - Friday, April 19

    Roses - Tuesday, April 30



To all who supported our Book Sale. We will see you again.






President Chuck LaRocque
Treasurer Ernie Kempthorne
Secretary Fredrick Eslinger
Director Cheryl Winger
President Elect Eric Lawson
Past President Barry Hartley
Director Lorne Mustard
Director Allan Little
Director Susan Spring
Director Don Partrick
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