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We helped run the concession at Tk’emulps on July 24 and July 25. We will be looking for more volunteers August 3rd and August 5th. 
Everything is provided and ready to go. All we have to do is show up and help with prep, serving, tidy up.
Can you help for an hour? The entire shift? Bring a friend!
Signup on Clubrunner or you can contact Dana Koch.

Welcome to Our Newest Members

Haydn Griffiths (Kirsty).  Haydn is originally from Sydney Australia.  Haydn is a personal action coach with his own firm Avid Action Coach.  Haydn and Kirsty have a dog named Books and have recently welcomed baby Phillipa to their family.  
Please reach out to Haydn and get to know him.
Michele Wedd-Santos (Jose).  Michele transferred to our club from the Rotary Club of Sun Peaks.  Michele is a wealth advisor for CIBC Private Wealth - Wood Gundy.  Michele and Jose like to golf and now that their children are grown up, they have two dogs Queenie and Mya at home.  They still maintain their place in Sun Peaks while their main home is in Kamloops.  Please reach out to Michele and get to know her.

Tune in July 15, 2021... Duane and Cjay Boisclair are our Next Guests

Duane and Cjay Boisclair started in the film industry in 2016 after a random opportunity to be an extra was presented. After falling in love with the industry and seeing the opportunities it could bring to the region, they started Askem Talent and Askem Productions and went on a journey to create film in Kamloops and the surrounding area. After a few years of building up their own skills and films, they have helped draw other productions to the area. Cjay has just finished producing the first two full length films ever filmed in the area and Duane has put Kamloops and surrounding talent on screens shown all over the world.
Cjay has written and produced a short film called Stood up which is currently in over 100 film festivals with over 60 nominations and awards! They are currently preparing to film Cjay’s next film called  The Bench, which will also  filmed in Kamloops

This week's speaker is one of our own members Orrin Lieuwen. Tune In July 22,2021

As the founder of Lionheart Leadership, Orrin is passionate about developing Leaders from the inside out.

His training is aimed at enhancing ethically good Leadership that deals with identity and mindset, and how to live wisely and skillfully and to connect with and influence others.
Orrin has spent 10 years teaching principles of faith and life with different churches and faith based organizations.
He has led, taught and served at summer camps, weekend retreats, soup kitchens and youth programs.
He traveled and served overseas for a period of 3 years in places like the Ukraine, Papua New Guinea and India.
Orrin has attended various faith based Colleges in Abbotsford, BC, Colorado and the Netherlands.
He recently received certification by the John Maxwell Team.
He joined Kamloops West Rotary November 30, 2020.
Thursday evening was the installation of our incoming board. We had a fun tropical, beach-themed zoom meeting (with weather to match). Special thanks to David Hughes, Dave Johnson and Whitney Mahar.
Although some of us weren't able to participated in the online trivial, watching and listening was very entertaining, the invitations were lovey and our hosts did a great job.
Thanks to our outgoing board members for your time, work and effort over the last year: Clark Grieve, Tom Johnson, Suzanne McCloy and Anthony Muzzillo. 
Special congratulations to out Rotarian of the Year Jim Chamberlain and President's Award winner Suzanne McCloy.
Congratulations to our newest Senators; Iris Davies, Ronald Newson and Ed Ungrin. Thank you for your service above self, leadership and dedication to Rotary.

Presenting Our Newest Senators...

May 20, 2021
Bryce Herman  Beekeeping
The exciting topic this week is Bees. All about the importance of bees.
Our presenter, Bryce Herman is an active volunteer and professional in the community of Kamloops. He has over 40 years of experience in Public Relations, Community Engagement, the Hospitality and Tourism Industry, and a long history working with several non - profit agencies throughout the City.
He is well known as the Marketing Director for the YMCA-YWCA Dream home Lottery raising over four million dollars over the past 24 years.
Bryce has also raised funds in support of several Kamloops events and volunteered as a Director of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the North Shore Business Improvement Association, President of the Kamloops Beekeepers club, chair of VK Advisors, and is committee member on several community fundraising events.
He is the Kamloops Daybreak Rotary Club's P.R. Chair and Rib Fest Spokesperson/Entertainment Chair......just to name a few!
JUNE 3, 2021
BIO - WJ (Jamie) Sterritt
Jamie began his professional career as the First Nations Liaison for an environmental consulting firm based in Vancouver, BC where he built a solid reputation in community engagement and consultation and commercial information technology applications.

In 2005, Jamie launched Sa’hetxw Consulting, where he has planned and delivered a wide range of successful projects for his clients.  

As a seasoned Indigenous Governance consultant and facilitator, who has a background in ICT as well as traditional and digital arts, Jamie brings a truly unique blend of expertise, a remarkably diverse skill set, and a wealth of experience to any project he takes on. He also brings his passion and boundless energy.

He’s a member of the Gitxsan Nation. Currently, He sits on the Board of Governors for Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and Creative BC. He relishes the overlap between various disciplines and fields of knowledge, embracing both the traditional and the modern.
You and your family are invited to our next hands on and/or social.
Physically distanced and following all rules!
Where: The BC Wildlife Park
When: May 8 Saturday
11am-12pm  Hands on to plant pollinator plants and weed gardens. Bring your gloves and hand tools. (large rakes/hoes and bins supplied)
12pm-1pm  Lunch - picnic in the park - beside the Rotary gardens on the grass area, bring your lawn chair/blanket and lunch
1pm -  Enjoy the park animals
Meet inside at the Rotary gardens and mention you are with Rotary.
We had another very successful Rotary Food Drive last week. Thank you to everyone who pitched in somehow. Here is a message of thanks from the Kamloops Food Bank:
WOW what a day!!!
We received 62,000 pounds of food and over $3500!
Thank you to each and every person for giving so generously ❤
Thank you to our volunteers who helped receive, sort and stock these donations ❤
And a HUGE thank you to the Rotarians for hand delivering and collecting these thousands of yellow bags in support of the Kamloops Food Bank ❤
Dan Carroll is the President of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce.  Dan works with his fellow directors at the Chamber to support Acacia Pangilinan, their dynamic Executive Director and her fantastic Chamber team, as they work to serve Chamber members and promote prosperity and business in Kamloops and the Thompson Nicola region. 
Dan grew up in Kamloops, graduating from KSS before leaving Kamloops for University.  Dan got his law degree at UVic, practiced law for a time in Vancouver and then came home in 1998 where he has practiced law ever since.  Dan is a court room lawyer and a law partner at Fulton., the oldest law firm in British Columbia.  As a partner, Dan is a business owner, responsible along with his other law partners for 70+ staff and lawyers.
Dan is an avid mountain biker and snow boarder.  He and his partner, along with their dog Flynn, enjoy the outdoors and feel lucky to be able to call Kamloops home.

Join us April 15th to meet Dr. Robert Hanlon

Topic: Human Rights in Emerging Economies


Robert Hanlon is a political scientist, author and consultant whose research explores the links between corruption and human rights in emerging economies. His work on corporate social responsibility (CSR) has appeared throughout scholarly publications and media. Hanlon has two forthcoming books, including one on bribery in Asia and a co-authored book on human security with Royal Roads Prof. Kenneth Christie. Hanlon is a contributing editor for the Anti-Corruption Research Network and an occasional analyst for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He regularly serves as a consultant to major multinational corporations on issues of business and human rights. Hanlon also teaches international politics at Thompson Rivers University.


Prior to joining Royal Roads in 2011, Hanlon served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, for three years. He has taught at the University of British Columbia, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Simon Fraser University. Outside academia, Hanlon has worked for the Asian Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, as well as the High Commission of Canada in Australia.


Hanlon holds a PhD in international relations and Asian politics from City University of Hong Kong. He earned a master’s degree in peace and conflict resolution from the University of Queensland and a BA in political science and philosophy from the University of Victoria. He has been a visiting scholar at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (Oxford), the Liu Institute for Global Issues (UBC), and the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration (Chulalongkorn).

Join us Thursday to meet our New Fire Chief

City Announces New Fire Chief

Posted from the City of Kamloops Website.
Release date: 
February 1, 2021

Kamloops BC – The City of Kamloops is pleased to announce to Steve Robinson as the new Fire Chief for Kamloops Fire Rescue (KFR). Chief Robinson has been Acting Fire Chief since Chief Mike Adams retired this past December.

Chief Robinson has been in leadership with KFR since 2016, when he relocated from Surrey Fire Service to Kamloops as an Assistant Chief. Robinson began his career in the fire service as a firefighter in Surrey, BC, in 1992, and later became the Assistant Chief in charge of Operations, Dispatch, and the Fire Prevention Office. In his role overseeing Surrey's Fire Prevention Office, he was involved with creating a HomeSafe program that focused on increasing the number of homes protected by working smoke alarms. That program was so successful that it is now being used by fire departments across Canada, including KFR.

"The City is fortunate to secure Chief Robinson in this position not only for his demonstrated leadership but along with his dedication to the fire service, team building skillset, and overall professionalism to lead as Fire Chief during these critical times," said Byron McCorkell, the City’s Community and Protect Services Director.

Another great Take-Away Dinner from the Noble Pig!
$5 from every meal goes to Rotary. Email Lee Morris to arrange your curbside pick up.
Curbside Pickup
between 4:30 and 6:00 pm
March 17th

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:
Africa’s Agents of Change

The arrival of the first peace fellows at the new peace center in Kampala, Uganda, heralds the beginning of a new era for Rotary and the continent.

Rotary 2022 International Convention to be held in Houston

Rotary 2022 International Convention to be held in HoustonThe event will bring more than 20,000 participants from around the world and deliver $30 million in local economic

Rotary projects around the globe

Rotary projects around the

Former refugees help defectors adapt to South Korea

In 2016, North Korean immigrants chartered the Rotary Club of Ulsan Freedom — a fitting name for those who risked their lives for their freedom.

Meet Rotary’s New President

Our new president, Shekhar Mehta, envisions Rotary’s next chapter – and is ready to make it a reality.

Upcoming EVENTS
Neil van Dine
Jul 29, 2021
Water to Haiti
Club Matters
Aug 05, 2021
Aug 12, 2021
Committee Meetings
Aug 19, 2021
Dr Nancy Flood
Aug 26, 2021
Kamloops Naturalist Club
Sep 02, 2021
Club Matters
Sep 09, 2021
Committee Meetings
Sep 16, 2021
Tamara Vukusic
Sep 23, 2021
Life Lessons...Obits..
Oct 07, 2021
Alison Bowman
Oct 14, 2021
Power Start
Committee Meetings
Oct 21, 2021
Nov 04, 2021
Committee Meetings
Nov 18, 2021
Club Matters
Nov 25, 2021
Jan 06, 2022
Club Matters
Jan 13, 2022
Committee Meetings
Jan 20, 2022
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Community Service
Club Service - Meetings
International Service
The Rotary Foundation
Public Image
Youth Services