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.
We're in the phone book!
Our new ad in the Brandon Large Print Phone Book.
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.
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: timhortons.com/smilecookie. 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: timhortons.com/smilecookie to learn more about the charities the Smile Cookie campaign supports across Canada or join the #SmileCookie conversation at: twitter.com/timhorton and at: facebook.com/TimHortons.
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
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.
AND THERE WERE PRIZE WINNERS!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.