Help Feed Evacuees and Firefighters


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.
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Welcome to Our New Members

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.
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Our Next Guest Is...

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.
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Our Next Guest Is

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
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Installation Evening

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.
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Kamloops West Senators

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...

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June is Fellowship Month 2021-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

Our Next Speaker Is...

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!
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Our Next Speaker Is ...

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.
Our Next Speaker Is ... 2021-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

Hands on Social Saturday

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.
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May: Youth Services Month 2021-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

Food Drive a Success

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 ❤
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Chamber President this week's guest

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.
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Food Drive This Month 2021-04-14 07:00:00Z 0

Our Next Guest Speaker

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).

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Our Next Guest Speaker

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).

Our Next Guest Speaker 2021-04-10 07:00:00Z 0

Thursday's Speaker

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.

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Our Next Take-Away Dinner

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
Our Next Take-Away Dinner 2021-03-09 08:00:00Z 0

Who are Rotarians?

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? 

Who are Rotarians? Tracy McCall 2021-02-16 08:00:00Z 0

Poachers, Polluters and Politics

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.
Poachers, Polluters and Politics 2021-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

Valentine's Dinner

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.

Valentine's Dinner Tracy McCall 2021-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

Containers Needed for Pit Stop

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.
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Starfish Backpack Program 

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:
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Seniors Dinner Cancelled

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.
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Christmas meeting

Happy Holidays!

Here's a great seasonal picture from our last meeting of the 2020 year. Kristen Hamilton and their new baby.
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2021 / 2022 Board Announced at AGM 2020-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Collecting for the Kettle

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:
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They're Here! 2020-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

PIT Stop

People In Transition Dinner November 15, 2020
Thanks to all of the contributions to Kamloops Rotary West Club fundraisers this year, which allows our Club  the opportunity to contribute back to our community with PIT Stop on November 15th. Volunteers helped 175 take-away meals get distributed through the PIT Stop program’s great team and partners. As always, a big thanks to PIT Stop for hosting us and Greg Nalleweg from Kamloops Rotary West Club for leading the Kitchen crew!

Thanks Gang!

Left to Right (Linda Soles, Gary Soles, Don Fraser, Dave Johnson)

Rotarians at Work

Carol Tennessy and Fiona Chan
Stan Fike
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AT HOME WINE TASTING 2020-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

Oktoberfest Fun_raiser

Take Away Oktoberfest Dinner a Success!

In less than a week this committee organized and sold over 70 take away dinners.
The goal was 100 but for our first fundraiser of this sort in these times of small bubbles and social distancing, that's a great result.
Looks like they had some fun too! 
The October 16th meal featured sausages from Gary’s Deli, a special East German style sauerkraut, warm potato salad, a delectable German chocolate cake (all home made of course) topped off by a Münchener Helles beer from Kamloops’ original brewery the Noble Pig. Congratulations to the International Committee. And it was delicious! I can't wait to hear how much money was raised. They were hoping to direct funds raised to the Heritage Peace Walk project.


Oktoberfest Fun_raiser 2020-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day

As you may know this Saturday, October 24th is World Polio Day.
We are encouraging all members to take a photo of your meal that day and consider making a donation to the Club's fundraiser for Polio - linked below.
Host your own meal, have fun, and think about a different virus for the day. Thanks to Rotary, we are truly close to eliminating polio from the planet. Let's make it real.
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Oktoberfest at Home

Taste of Oktoberfest - Order yours now!

A Taste of Octoberfest – Take-Away Meal Friday October 16, 2020, 4:30-6pm
🥨A Taste of Octoberfest 🥨 – Take-Away Meal Friday October 16, 2020, 4:30-6pm
Sausages, East German style sauerkraut, warm potato salad, and German chocolate cake (all home made of course) 16 oz Münchener Helles beer from the Noble Pig. Expected minimum donation is $30 or $25 without beer.
Orders to be pre-paid, pay online with a credit card by making a donation to the Kamloops West Rotary club. All orders must be in by Friday Oct 16.
To order email or call 250-314-4468
Consider picking one up for a friend or neighbour.
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Cash for the Holidays raffle Dana Koch 2020-10-07 07:00:00Z 0

New Social Idea to Stay Connected

Hey Members! Contact Jim if you didn't get this email. You can meet face-to-face OR Zoom OR by phone. You have been assigned a name!!! Reach out this week!

New Social Idea to Stay Connected 2020-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

Peace Pollinator Garden

Peace Pollinator Garden

Rotary Peace and Pollinator Gardens working crew Saturday.  Attendees: Sherry & Jim Chamberlain, Gary Soles, Carol Tennessy, Barb Newson, Clark Grieve, Kara-Laughlin-Rylan Lemire, Stan Fike. 
Members are also looking into a possible new project we could do – which is to build a community gardens inside the park to feed the animals.
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A Distanced Social at the BC Wildlife Park

Saturday Social; Will be a Wild Time

For those that feel comfortable social distancing outdoors, please join us at the BC Wildlife Park for a Rotary experience.
Interested in getting your hands dirty? Come earlier and help clean up the Rotary Peace and Pollinator gardens. Bring your gloves and a garden tool.
Come earlier to stroll the park if you like.

Visit the animals in person!

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Get your tickets!!!

The 2nd Wine Paired Bubble Dinner Party on Wednesday, Sept 30

Dine in or HAVE IT DELIVERED! Post online photos of your event at home to WIN PRIZES!!!
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Fall Food Drive sees 57,000 Pounds

57000 Pounds of Food Collected!

Thank you to everyone in our club and in our Rotary family & community who were able to volunteer, contribute, and spread the word. Here is Bernadette and the Food Bank team's message of thanks:
Hi All.
Thank-you for delivering yellow bags beforehand, picking up donations, unloading on your own, sorting, carrying and cheerleading – the results are incredible.  
57 000 pounds was gathered this food drive and will go a long way ensuring we can feed over 7000 individuals and 54 community agencies.  
We are grateful for your dedication and compassion and truly demonstrating what service above self means.
(for those keeping tabs – this was the highest amount donated in a FALL food drive since 2012)
Fall Food Drive sees 57,000 Pounds 2020-09-20 07:00:00Z 0

Our technological future - apocalypse or utopia?

Thursday September 17th 2020

Our technological future - apocalypse or utopia?


Mark Abbott speaks to Rotary about Our Technological Future

Mark currently serves as the Managing Director of the Engineering Change Lab, which is as a catalyst for evolving the engineering community to reach its full potential as stewards of technology for the benefit of all.  Over the past 5 years, over 150 organizations and 350+ individual leaders (CEOs, VPs, Deans, Directors) have collaborated using the Lab’s platform, advancing understanding and action to evolve engineering.  Previously, Mark served as a member of the Executive Team at Engineers Without Borders for several years.  And before that, Mark spent fourteen years working for a heavy industrial consulting engineering firm based in Vancouver.  Mark and his wife Colette recently moved from downtown Toronto to Kamloops with their 6-year old Felix and 3-year old Stella.
Our technological future - apocalypse or utopia?
The Facebook-Cambridge Analytical scandal, nanoparticle impacts, CRISPR babies -- issues highlighting the negative consequences of technology are all over the news. Technologies have the promise to address key issues and create a better future, yet new developments often amplify inequities and create new kinds of risk.  Join us for a discussion about our technological future, capped off by an overview of how the Engineering Change Lab is seeking to make a positive difference.  
Our technological future - apocalypse or utopia? 2020-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY RAFFLE 2020-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Fighting Polio 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Presidential Citation



I am pleased to share with you that our Club, under the leadership of Past-President Tom Johnson, has been recognized with a Presidential Citation for the year ended June 30, 2020.  This award recognizes success in achieving a number of the goals set by Tom and his Board during the past year.
Congratulations Tom and thank you for your leadership and commitment to Rotary.
Carol Tennessy,
Club President
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Gearing Up for the Food Drive

Our Rotary Food Drive is only a few weeks away. In true Rotary fashion let's get ready, gear up and share this information with as many people (use your social media channels) as possible. Let's have a little competition to show everyone #kamloopswestiswest! Something new... In addition to sharing details on how to participate in the food drive, the food bank will be introducing a new ‘text-to-donate’ feature. Starting September 1st people will be able to Text FOODBANK to 45678 to donate $10 or $25 to the Kamloops Food Bank.
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Our Next Guest - Tracey Vavrek

Topic: Innovative Rotary Clubs from Tracey Vavrek

Our speaker Thursday August 27, 2020 is Tracey Vavrek. Tracey joined Rotary in 2006 and has been past president of the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie Sunrise and currently is an active member of the Grande Prairie After Five club.  She served as 2019-20 District Governor for District 5370, not only promoting community involvement, volunteerism and service above self but truly living it.  She currently sits on the Zone committee for Innovative Rotary Clubs. 
Tracey has been involved in a number of  important initiatives in her own community, the community at large and Rotary, which we will hear more about tomorrow.
Our Next Guest - Tracey Vavrek Carol Tennessy 2020-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

Stay out of trouble in your bubble

Wine Festival will come to You in "your bubble"

We are partnering with Judo Basso for this modern version of the 2020 Kamloops Wine Festival. The new format offers a good time no matter your (virus safety) comfort level.

Kamloops Wests will be the food and wine delivery service for guests participating in the Festival from the comfort of their "home bubble."

See the poster below. The festival series begins July 22, 2020

For more information or to get your tickets: or


Stay out of trouble in your bubble 2020-07-13 07:00:00Z 0

Sad to see him go

Bye Mort. Thanks for the laughs!

Our Rotary exchange student Mort gave a reflective presentation last Thursday. True to form, there were some good jokes by Mort, coupled with the weight of the year of personal growth and unusual Covid19 circumstances.  Mort commented on the differences between Canada and Denmark, how glad he was about choosing Canada over the US, our educational system, the timeliness of BC Transit to mention a few. He headed back to Denmark on Friday July 10. On his return he's going to take some time off to relax and catch up with friends and family. He will be required to complete grade 12. He said he will do a year of university studies abroad, but most at home (it's free)
By all accounts, Mort was a pleasure to host, helpful, considerate and we all enjoyed his wit. We will be keeping in touch.
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The Topic of Privilege

It was our pleasure to have Bill Sundhu speak to our club about privilege. Thank you Bill for speaking on this timely and important topic.
Bill Sundhu is a Kamloops lawyer & former judge with more than 35 years experience in working in the courts.   He was born in New Westminster and raised in Williams Lake where his father was the first person from India to permanently settle in the central Cariboo in the 1950’s.
Bill has three university degrees including a Masters Degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.  He practices in Canadian & International Human Rights law.  His work is recognized by appointment to the List of Counsel for the International Criminal Court in the Hague, the Netherland’s (that deals with mass crimes of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity) and selection to a panel of
International Experts to train Judges in Tunisia, in 2013-2014 in human rights and administration of Justice. 
Bill has extensive experience working on minority and Indigenous rights.  He is the criminal law duty counsel for the Haida Gwaii court circuit and was a founding member constituting the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies of BC.  And, he is on the Board of Governors of UBC.  
Bill and his family have made Kamloops their home for the past 24 years.  He is a Member of the Rotary Club of Kamloops.  Here is an impactful video Bill has shared with the club
The Topic of Privilege 2020-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

Our Next Guest: Chad Shipmaker

Former Peace Scholar joins us to talk about his experience


Our guest speaker this Thursday is former Rotary Peace Scholar Chad Shipmaker. Chad lives in Salmon Arm and will be speaking to us on his Peace Scholar days and his work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well with the United Nations and the Buffet Foundation.

Please join us this Thursday - sign in just before noon at Zoom link:



Our Next Guest: Chad Shipmaker 2020-06-23 07:00:00Z 0

Prohibition Installation Night

Service Above Self: Rotary Club Kamloops West Installation Night
Despite being "prohibited" from having our usually Installation Celebration, Kamloops West hosted a successful prohibition themed Zoom Installation Night. We were grateful to our incoming DG Richard and Robin who installed the board and like many, were dressed in 20's theme. It was a swell time and these guys and dolls sure know what they're doing.
During the event our previous president and board members were thanked and recognized while also welcoming our 20/21 president, new board and second term directors. Over 30 members attended our virtual speak-easy MC'd by "The Doctor" Stan Fike. Awards were presented out to Natalie Garbay for her countless contributions, honoured as Rotarian of the year and Wilf Epp was honour for his outstanding service with the President's award. Congratulations and thank you for both of you for your dedication and commitment!
Thanks to 2019/2020 crew: President Thomas Johnson aka "Copper Tom" Past President Gwen Ginter, President Elect Carol Tennessy aka "Dame Carol" Vice President Natalie Garbay "The Stinger", Secretary Cindy Piva, Treasurer Suzanne McCloy, Community Service, Clark Grieve, International Service Adam Popien, Youth Services, Steve Wade, Membership Director Anthony Muzzillo, The Rotary Foundation David Hughes, Meeting Services Wilfred Epp. Club Public Image Tracy McCall. Of course we also want to mention these directors cannot do it alone. There are many other exceptional members that sit on various committees and work tirelessly to help our club stay strong, meaningful, vibrant in our community in Kamloops and world-wide all in the name of Rotary.
Why you 'otta check out these mugs...
Looks like trouble: Watch out, there's a copper around here somewhere!
Luckily there were no patty wagons call but check out more photos....
Prohibition Installation Night Tracy McCall 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Pit Stop: Nourishing People in Transition

Making Dad proud: Taking care of others on Father's Day

Our Rotary West members and family pitched in on Sunday June 22 along with the great team from PIT Stop. It was such a fun afternoon with a delicious pulled pork meal plus sides that fed over 150 community members. A big thanks to Rick from PIT Stop and Greg Nalleweg from Kamloops Rotary West Club for leading the way!

Nourishing People in Transition

Pit Stop: Nourishing People in Transition 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Prohibition Speakeasy

Tonight's Party
Natalie “The Stinger” Garbay here, reminding you the Kamloops West Rotary Installation is tonight!  We are looking forward to having you join us, covertly of course, at 6pm in the Zoom Speakeasy Lounge. 
Getting Ready
Since we are going underground in this time of prohibited gatherings, we have a few treats for you to create an authentic experience. Perhaps you’re sitting in a booth, in front of the bar, near the stage, or near the washrooms.
Of course there’s music.  Jazz music. Just click on this link to share in the music we’ll all be listening to:
Our bartender will be making drinks, and you can make your own Dame Carol’s Pink Martini or Copper Tom’s  Ward 8, or a Prohibition SourMocktail.  Just grab your recipe card and if you don’t have one, you know how to reach me.
The Big Night
Because of the current situation, large gatherings are prohibited.  However, cool cat Dr. Bonnie Henry has said that chilling with a few close people can be OK. If you would like to bring on the ritz with a small number of people that you are comfortable with, please do so. And remember: be kind, be calm, be safe.
The lounge doors will be open as of 5:20 pm on the 18th so come join us when you have your glad rags and pearls on!
Topic: Kamloops West Installation 2020!
Time: Jun 18, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

See you tonight!
Prohibition Speakeasy 2020-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

Golf at a Great Price

Get Your Golf Cards

It's that time again! Who is going golfing this year?? 🌞

2-4-1 golf cards for sale! $30 each and good for the season at 6 courses. One use and it's paid for! ⛳
All the funds raised remain in Kamloops and go towards local projects. Let me know if you'd like one for Father's Day. Or a golfer in the family! 🧔👴
See the image below for more details.

To get yours go to


Golf at a Great Price 2020-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

Magical Meeting

Thanks Rod Boss

Today Rotarians and guests were delighted by a very special guest; comedy magician Rod Boss. What a wonderful way to spend lunch time. Thank you! Just another great time at Rotary Club of Kamloops West! 
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Rotarians at Work

A #feelgoodfriday moment brought to you by these folks who have spent hours sorting through donations from the Rotary Food Drive. We had members young and old, new and longstanding, throw on their “Rotarian at Work” shirts and pitch in to finish the job!

We truly appreciate their kindness and energy - and staying safe by keeping social distance with their household while helping!


Rotarians at Work

Rotarians at Work 2020-05-03 07:00:00Z 0

70,000 lbs of food collected

Spring Food Drive: 70,000 lbs of Food Collected

Jim Chamberlain
Sherry and Jim Chamberlain
Dave Johnson
Max Patel
On Saturday April 18th, 2020 our Kamloops community and Rotary West club volunteers came together to collect 70,000 lbs of non-perishable food!!! This was the 24th consecutive Food Drive, and we support them in the Spring and Fall every year.
The Kamloops Food Bank ran out of boxes before the end of the day and filled 7 sea cans full of food due to this stunning display of compassion and generosity. They are set for the next 6 months to serve the needs of this community. It would be estimated that at $2.60/lb that our contribution would be about $182,000 worth. This will help contribute to families in need and partner organizations accessing the Food Bank during COVID-19
Thank you to all Rotarians from our clubs who volunteered, put donations on their curb, shared photos, and helped spread the word.
70,000 lbs of food collected Clark Grieve 2020-05-03 07:00:00Z 0

Seniors Dinner was a hit again in 2020

Seniors Dinner was a hit again in 2020! A huge shout out to the organizers and volunteers this year. We had a full house of 300 last Saturday attend for dinner and entertainment!
Thank you to our sponsor KAMLOOPS SENIORS VILLAGE, to our Rotary community, and support from People in Motion who helped to transport and serve some of our guests.
Seniors Dinner was a hit again in 2020 Clark Grieve 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Bequest

Planting a seed that will keep on giving

Foundation Director David Hughes presents Jim and PDG Sherry Chamberlain with a Rotary promise crystal and Bequest Society pins in recognition of their recent donation to the Rotary Foundation. By leaving the Foundation $25,000 in their wills, Sherry and Jim were able to create the Sherry and Jim Chamberlain fund, which will be used to support Rotary’s Peace Centres at seven universities around the world. What a way to plant a seed that will keep on giving – congratulations Sherry and Jim!

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Dr. Len Hunt

It's not things that upset us, it is our judgement of them

Feb 27th presentation by Dr. Len Hunt.
Dr Len Hutt has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Psychology from Queens University, and both a Masters and Doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto.
Len first joined Rotary and became a Rotarian and board member for the North York Rotary Club (Toronto) in 2000, where he also chaired the District Convention.
After moving to Kamloops and sampling the various Clubs, Sherry Chamberlain asked him to join Kamloops West. Len has served on several Club committees and at District level making  presentations at no less than 3 District Conventions in Canada ans USA.
Len has written and published The Faces of Respect: Service above Self.
An other book in progress is: Not Your Fault: The Bane of Kneejerk Reactions.
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Paul Harris Fellows recognized

Building a Foundation

Three Paul Harris Fellows where recognized and presented with their pins on Jan 9.
David Hughes our Director of Foundation is seen here presenting to Natalie, Ed and Brant.
This is Natalie's second pin and for Ed and Brant, this will mark number 6.

Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 


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Mexico Volunteers 2020-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

Kamloops West travels to Mexico to help 100+ school children


Kamloops West travels to Mexico to help 100+ school children

Rotary Club of Kamloops West members and friends will be traveling to Bara De Navidad, Mexico Jan 17-31st 2020 on a volunteer project that will improve the lives of 100's of school children.
Thirteen volunteers will be renovating a school in a poor rural agricultural area just outside Bara De Navidad.
The Rotarians and friends will be improving the school's kitchen; providing a new fridge, counters, cabinets, electrical, plumbing as well as painting classrooms and other miscellaneous repairs as needed around the school.
Kamloops West travels to Mexico to help 100+ school children Tracy McCall 2020-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

2019 Brewloops raises $16K

Rotary West partners with Brewloops at Music in the Park each summer, providing the manpower to serve beer to park-goers. This year, our part of the proceeds totalled $16K. Rotary West will use this money to fund various projects in our community. Representing Brewloops are Greg Klohn and Tyson Andrykew (who is also a Rotarian), and Carol Tennessy, president-elect and fundraising chair.
2019 Brewloops raises $16K Dana Koch 2019-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Power Start thank you

Allison and Meghan from PowerStart dropped in to thank our club for the help we give the program. The kids created a great piece of art as a gift. We love this program! PowerStart provides breakfast to school children around the city.
Power Start thank you Tracy McCall 2019-12-05 08:00:00Z 0

Remembrance - Hill 70

Posted on Nov 07, 2019
Our club was fortunate to have 3 representatives of our military for our Remembrance meeting on Nov 7. These gentlemen were recently in Europe for the dedication of the Hill 70 memorial where Canadians played an integral role in WWI. Local hero Freddy Lee was in the spotlight throughout the presentation. 
Mark Bertoli says thank you to our guests: LCol Amadeo Vecchio, Maj (ret) Gerry Jones,  and Mike Young.
Remembrance - Hill 70 Dana Koch 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Learning Institute in Kamloops

Posted on Oct 26, 2019
Rotary Learning Institute hit Kamloops Oct 25, 26! 
27 Rotarians from clubs in our area gathered for in-depth training about Rotary programs. This is a must-do course for any Rotarian -- new or well-seasoned! Great presentations, group work, and a chance to see what other clubs are doing.
Rotary Learning Institute in Kamloops Dana Koch 2019-10-26 07:00:00Z 0

Club meeting at Kamloops Food Bank

Posted on Oct 24, 2019
Our club loves visiting businesses and other organizations! On Oct 24 we had our meeting at the Kamloops Food Bank to hear see the new facility and hear more about their programs. Thanks for hosting, KFB!
Club meeting at Kamloops Food Bank Tracy McCall 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Interested in an evening Rotary Club?

Posted on Oct 03, 2019
Members from all the Kamloops Clubs met at Sun Rivers to discuss interest in a new evening Rotary Club. This new club is just in the idea stage but there is already interest from new and current members for a meeting time that fits better with their work schedule. Interested in an evening club? Talk to any of the daytime clubs for information.
Interested in an evening Rotary Club? Tracy McCall 2019-10-03 07:00:00Z 0

30K pounds of food collected for Food Bank

Posted by Clark Grieve on Sep 21, 2019
Kamloops Rotary West Club is so thankful for the nearly 30 Rotarians and over 20 additional friends and family of members who contributed to the all clubs Rotary Food Drive on Saturday September 21, 2019!
30K pounds of food collected for Food Bank Clark Grieve 2019-09-21 07:00:00Z 0

Osprey House revitalization

Posted on May 29, 2019
Osprey House revitalization project - May 2019
Kamloops West was pleased to join Kamloops Aurora club in revitalizing of the Phoenix Centres' Osprey House. Osprey House is is a day program (Monday to Friday) for youth currently involved in our legal system. Our clubs responded to need by replacing fences with cedars, installing underground sprinklers, planting gardens in the front yard, and removing dying trees. A huge amount of effort was invested with excellent results!
Osprey House revitalization Stan Fike 2019-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
GOLF AND RESTAURANT CARDS 2019 2019-05-24 07:00:00Z 0

Presidents Elect Training Seminar in Seattle

PETS is a weekend long event where president elects from approx. 700 Rotary Clubs of 9 districts converge for training.  They are from California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, BC, Alaska.  Assistant Governors attend, which is approx. 180 of them, as well the Governor chain from The Designate, to the Nominee and the Elect.  As well there are approx. 20 facilitators who elect to perform 6 x 1.5 hour sessions for the PE's.  They train for this job and it is one of the more intense jobs at PETS.
Then there is the OPCOM committee who put the whole event on, planning and implementing all year long.  This is made up of PDG's from the nine districts.
DGN's and DGE's sit on the board of directors for OPCOM. Operations Committee for PETS.
Then we must not forget the speakers, like Rick King and Dean Rohrs who always inspire us.
Aspire to be a President, or a Governor!!! it is a fun job, a rewarding job and you get to meet a lot of really great people.
Proud of our crew from Kamloops West:  Jim, AG Suzanne, Facilitators Anna and Cindy, DGN Sherry, PE Kelly.
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Rotary Club of Kamloops West Foundation Dinner was superb.
Featuring African entertainment from the students of TRU and a powerful story by
RI Director Dean Rohrs.
Many Paul Harris Fellows were presented including PH+8 to Ed Barker.
A sincere thank you to RI director Dean Rohrs for her time and grace at our event Saturday night, where all proceeds will be dedicated on behalf of her to the Rotary Foundation.
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION 2016-11-21 08:00:00Z 0


District Interviews to decide 2017 outbounds.  Club YEOs hard at work all weekend interviewing students wanting to go on exchange.
Youth Exchange Students from Italy, Boliva, Czech and India make food from their country and fundraise for Shelter Box.
Bringing youth from around the world together for themselves and for us, brings peace and understanding.
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE Sherry Chamberlain 2016-11-21 08:00:00Z 0


Someone many years ago made this cute little guy, not sure who.
Maybe Bryan, Anthony, Stan or Ed can clarify. 
The human Orval Dove was a wonderful Rotarian, Friend, Husband and a mentor to many.  Orval served his country alongside the lovely Olive Dove. If you didn't get a chance to meet them, you missed some fine folks. 
One day someone created this little guy.  A mascot for our Rotary Club.  Take him with you and three other Rotarians to another club visit. Ask the visiting Rotary club if they will take good care of him and bring him back to our club. But they have to come back with four of their members.
Pretty neat eh?
I have Orval at my house now, as he got forgotten in the club's storage room.
If anyone is up for the challenge, let Jim and I know and we will start this fun adventure all over again.
Toast to Rotary. Or like Orval might do, salute.
PROMOTING FELLOWSHIP Sherry Chamberlain 2016-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
Don Fraser attends Club Meeting in Bangkok Sherry Chamberlain 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z 0


Can't make our club meetings, go online and do a makeup. Spend 30 minutes, fill out the makeup form, include our secretary's email and the makeup will be sent to her.  Go to:
then include Iris's email in your makeup form.  Easy and you will learn lots.
MAKEUP A MEETING HERE Sherry Chamberlain 2015-03-01 00:00:00Z 0


Kenya’s Women Beekeepers
Traditionally, Kenyan women have not been in the business of beekeeping...
Our club has set aside funds for you to go to, find someone to help with their business by donating $25.00.  This $25 gets repaid by the recipient over time.  I have done this and $8 has already been paid back into the account. Once this all gets paid back, we can use this for someone else. Microcredit loans help those to help themselves.
HAVE YOU MADE YOUR KIVA LOAN YET? Sherry Chamberlain 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0

This is Rotary

Posted by Sherry Chamberlain AG1 on Apr 25, 2011

I was searching Rotary videos and started watching this one and lo and behold, the images from our CGT project in Thailand are used. RI had a video person and photographer  attend our project in 2005 and took some of the images you will find in the video of myself and others.  Enjoy.

This is RotaryEN from Rotary International on Vimeo.

This is Rotary Sherry Chamberlain AG1 2011-04-26 00:00:00Z 0

Community Service

Posted by Sherry Chamberlain


A much needed sprucing up of the Rotary Schubert Drive lookout. 

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Kamloops West Rotary Has a FACEBOOK PAGE: LIKE US...

Posted by Sherry Chamberlain


The more of you that go and LIKE this, the faster we can build the communication among our members and friends, we will then be able to promote our events better and eventually achieve a better URL for our Facebook page.  To LIKE this page doesn't mean that anyone can access your own Facebook account if they are not your "FRIENDS".

This just means that now we can better and easier communicate in a much broader sense, what is going on in our Club and attract new members.

Try it out. 

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