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Kamloops, BC
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Did you know Rotary membership has advanced 

Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professional men with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. The concept was that one businessmen from each type of business, career or "classifications" would be granted membership. The members would have their meetings "rotate" (the origin of the name Rotary) from office to office. This would allow professionals to promote their particular profession and/or business while building friendships.

A lot has changed since then. As early as the 1950s there was discussion about women being involved in Rotary. Women were encourage to be a part of the organization through their husbands, but in 1972 more clubs started lobbying for women to be members. Finally, in 1989 after a Supreme Court ruling, women were welcomed into clubs all across the world.

As time goes on the concept of having one person from each profession has also changed. Although we are encouraged to have members from diverse backgrounds so that we may have richer, more meaningful interactions; build peace and develop stronger, more vibrant clubs there is no hard and fast rule we follow. 

We welcome members from all walks of life, all ages and professions; business owners, employees, home makers, retired individuals. More important is that our members want to be leaders who take action for community. If you know someone who has a bit of time, the desire to meet new friends and do good in the world why not invite them to one of our (currently online) meetings? 

The Stories of Poachers, Polluters and Politics: Our Next Guest Speaker

Retired fishery officer Randy Nelson's first love was catching poachers. That obsession, plus a devious mind and enthusiasm for marathon running, spelled big trouble for law-breaking fishermen. Thirty-five years in the field (and stream) netted a gold mine of stories: with hair-raising tales of grizzly bear attacks; angry axe-wielding, rock-throwing, shotgun-blasting fishermen and high-speed chases on dirt roads and through bush; Poachers, Polluters and Politics provides a rare glimpse into the lives of DFO officers and the communities in which they live. Here too are stories showing the lighter side of the DFO, like how Nelson honed his "psychic powers," and recollections of life in a rodent-infested, government-issue trailer--where his wife Lorraine once awoke to find a mouse chewing her hair.

Firm but fair, and always innovative, Randy Nelson usually earned the--often grudging--respect of communities and fishermen he encountered. Whether it meant carving a peephole in a hollow tree or teaching his dog to sniff for salmon, Nelson was constantly scheming up new and tricky ways to catch poachers and polluters, many of them known violent criminals. Nelson spent a career dedicated to protecting BC's waters and fish population and his passion for his work shines through with every word, drawing the reader into the exciting world of protecting wildlife and prosecuting bad guys.

Delight Your Special Someone 

Enjoy a fabulous chef prepared meal in the comfort of your own home.

Instead of cooking dinner, you can spend your time decorating, dressing up and making a romantic playlist for your sweetie.

Starfish Backpack Program – February 4th 2021
Our club is supporting the Starfish backpack Program this year. 6 of our Rotary Club members will have an opportunity to sign up and contribute with some hands-on help as volunteer drivers. This will take place in the morning on February 4th to help drop off the food stuffed backpacks to school routes with help from the Kamloops Food Bank. See Clubrunner for more volunteer information.
Learn more about the Starfish Backpack Program here:
Containers for PIT Stop
We are once again asking club members to supply us with food containers for PIT Stop if they wish to be a part of this effort. If you have leftover plastic containers & matching lids (ie. Yogurt or sour cream containers) please wash them out and save them. PIT Stop describes the types of containers/lids they can re-use in the attached image on this email. Please save both the container and the lid.
DROP OFF OPTION: If you would like to drop off a stash of containers, please do so by emailing Stan Fike: using the subject line "Containers for PIT Stop".
CURBSIDE PICK-UP OPTION: If you wish to have your containers safely collected from your curbside, please do so and schedule by emailing Clark Grieve: using the subject line "Containers for PIT Stop"
This effort contributes to both our community contribution for the PIT Stop program and to the sustainability focus of Rotary's Preserve Planet Earth.
Next PIT Stop event by Rotary West – Feb. 14th 2021
PIT Stop is our Club's commitment to cook and serve people in transition (PIT) 4 times a year.  This is a great event and we always have a lot of fun, so please consider coming to help out when you’re emailed the sign-up sheet this month. Thanks again to Greg Nalleweg for his leadership for our Kitchen team!
Spring Food Drive
Our first Rotary Food Drive of the year will be held this spring on the morning of April 24th, 2021.
We regret that due to COVID-19 our Rotary West Seniors Dinner has been cancelled for 2021. It has been held in February for the past three decades and hosted up to 325 guests for a free meal and entertainment. We look forward to hosting seniors in our community again when it is safe again and using our new club fundraising initiatives to support these types of Community Service efforts in the future.

Happy Holidays!

Here's a great seasonal picture from our last meeting of the 2020 year. Kristen Hamilton and their new baby.

Kamloops West Members manning the Kettle Campaign at Walmart Saturday December 19th 2020

It's that time of year...
Saturday December 19th at Walmart is a great day to fill up! This is the national Walmart match day for kettles. It is important to have friendly, dependable volunteers on that day and we are stepping up to the challenge! Kamloops West will be highlighting our Rotarians by taking part in the kettle campaign.
I believe all the spots are filled up for that day but you can show your support by donating and there may be other times and days that need people.
If you are interested in helping or would like more information they can go to or give Mary a call at 250-819-0843. You can learn more about the campaign here:
How we got there: WHO African region is certified free of wild poliovirus

In a challenging time, Rotary members and partners have shown drive in overcoming challenges.

What it's like to survive through two pandemics

What it’s like to survive polio and

Peacebuilding can be a matter of networks

Randall Butler is the chair of the peacebuilding committee of a club with more than a century of dedication to fostering peace.

Honolulu to host 2027 Rotary International Convention

Honolulu to host 2027 Rotary International ConventionHONOLULU (Feb. 18, 2021) — Almost one year after canceling its international convention in Honolulu due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Rotary announced it will

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 13th consecutive year

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 13th consecutive

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