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Thursdays at 12:00 PM
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Kamloops, BC
Help us reach our fundraising goals to support our community!
JOIN US FOR ONLINE BINGO! Games are Sundays at 4:00pm PT
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:
Inaugural Programs of Scale Grant Honors Those Leading Malaria Treatment Efforts in Zambia

By building on a proven concept — such as efforts to stamp out malaria in Zambia — Rotary’s new multimillion-dollar Programs of Scale grants help make good better.

$15.5 million gift will fund new Rotary Peace Center in Middle East or North Africa

The Otto and Fran Walter Foundation has pledged $15.5 million to The Rotary Foundation to start a Rotary Peace Center in the Middle East or North Africa.

11 eco-friendly service projects around the world

Through the years, Rotary has carried out thousands of projects to protect the environment.

Canadian Rotary members assist with COVID-19 vaccinations and feeding families

Volunteers work to keep the community of Kingston, Ontario, healthy and safe.

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May 20, 2021
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May 27, 2021
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Jun 03, 2021
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Orrin Lieuwen
Jul 22, 2021
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