Rotary Citation Award

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The Rotary Citation awards recognize the hard work clubs do throughout the year. Taking action toward achieving the citation goals helps clubs engage members, stay relevant in their communities, and run more efficiently. A welcoming and engaging club also reflects the values of Rotary. When clubs achieve citation goals, they contribute to the overall health and culture of Rotary for generations to come.
Our Club earned a Rotary Citation for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and our club. Goals include increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community.
Congratulations to our past-president Natalie Garbay for achieving this in her presidential year!
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Serving People In Transition - In Person

PIT STOP Tracy McCall 2022-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Kamloops West Fireside

Getting Fired-Up for Rotary

More than a dozen members attended our first fireside in quite some time. It was great to hear about the various committees and what they do, share some ideas and enjoy fellowship. Join us at the next one to learn about special projects, fundraisers and service Kamloops West members participate in.


Kamloops West Fireside Tracy McCall 2022-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Marvellous at Mason's

Kamloops Rotary West Installation Dinner

We had a good turn out of approximately 50 people. The theme was Black Tie and Blue jeans - dressed up with a country twist. Live music from Dave Coalmine and sidekick Rusty. The delicious buffet included: Beef Roast, Ribs, Skewed Shrimp. baked beans, corn, coleslaw, potatoes and more. Yum. 
The presentations were moving. There is lots of enthusiasm for the new Rotary year. New and renewed goals combined with a reinvigorated club and board after the trials of the pandemic last two years seem to can created some pent up desire for action, connection and doing more. Awards Included: Rotarian of the Year, Dana Koch; President's Award Brant Hasanen, Award of Appreciation Greg Nalleweg. Here's a collage of the evening.

Embodiment of Service Above Self


Party Pics!

Marvellous at Mason's Tracy McCall 2022-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Donation to Support TRU New Nurses Building

Donation to Support TRU State Of The Art Nurses Building

Soon to be President Elect Tracy McCall presents a $5000 cheque to Bradley Bostock, Director of Development | Advancement University Relations Thompson Rivers University.
This cheque is part of the 5 year commitment our club mage towards the building. This facility is known to be state of the art and among the very best if not the best in North America. The club will be touring the facility at one on our luncheons this summer. All the the Kamloops Rotary Clubs have made contributions to this facility.


Donation to Support TRU New Nurses Building Tracy McCall 2022-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Y not Spruce Up for Summer?

Rotarians at Work planting and painting

Earlier this month Stan organized a work to to garden and paint at the Y Women's Shelter. This is why we are Rotarians! Giving back to the community. Connecting People With Purpose. (We also had some friends of Rotary helping out) It was a fun few hours. Nice to do a little work and share some fellowship.
Y not Spruce Up for Summer? Tracy McCall 2022-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Our New Members

Welcome to Our Newest Members

Crystal Imrie, Fresh Inc.
Jeff Masigan, Pixel Architect
Marketing Manager, Director of Operations at Fresh Inc. Branding Marketing Digital
With a background in Brand Marketing, Crystal Imrie is the Marketing Manager/Director of Operations for Fresh Inc. with over 18 years of extensive experience in advertising, multimedia, online marketing and web design, 16 of which have been with Fresh Inc. Crystal has a broad understanding of the development, production and placement of advertisements in digital media, SEO and online campaign strategies. Crystal is highly skilled in client communication, project management, online marketing consultation, presentations development and website audits. She is a passionate and inventive creator of innovative marketing strategies and campaigns for Fresh Inc. clients
Jeff is about building authentic connections through engaging online experiences.
Jeff is an experienced Web Developer, Business Analyst and Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry. Currently focused on creating human centric online experiences with his company Pixel Architect.
Welcome to Our New Members 2022-06-09 07:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now Award

Countdown to History Contribution

Assistant District Governor Devon O'Toole presents Past President Carol Tennessy a Foundation award for our 2020-21 financial support of End Polio now: Countdown to History Campaign.

End Polio Now Award Tracy McCall 2022-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Black Tie & Blue Jeans - not to be missed

Rotary Installation Dinner

After being cooped up for so long, this is the perfect way to celebrate Rotary and all you do. Come out and enjoy a Western themed dinner and night of entertainment. Don your best garb, throw on your favourite boots, buckle or hat and be ready for a good time. Installation is a time to thank the previous board of directors, usher in the new board and recognize all our members for all they do!
Join us at Mason's at Sun Rivers
1000 Clubhouse Drive
Thursday, June 16th 5pm - 10 pm
Get your tickets online (registration emailed by Dana)
$50 per person includes dinner and live music from Dave Coalmine
Who to bring: Family, future Rotarians, Past Rotarians and Friends of Rotary
Black Tie & Blue Jeans - not to be missed 2022-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Legacy Gift

Barb Newson and Mark Bertoli honour the late Ron Newson with a presentation to the Rotary Foundation accepted by Linda Soles.
A Kamloops West Rotary Senator and 50 year member, Ron bequeathed this legacy gift to the Rotary Foundation for Polio Eradication Efforts.
This generous gift with supply thousands of polio vaccinations and save countless lives. Rotary is grateful.
Legacy Gift Tracy McCall 2022-05-30 07:00:00Z 0

Food Drive Thank-you

Kamloops Food Bank Executive Director Bernadette Siracky wishes you all:
Thank-you all for the continued support – you collected 52 000 pounds of food – amazing!
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Annual Senior's Dinner Reimagined

Senior's Tea; Terrific Turnout

The Rotary Club of Kamloops West hosted a Senior's Tea on April 2 at the Kamloops Curling Club. The facility showed a good turn out of 14 full tables. With over 130 Seniors contacting us to attend we landed with approximately 105-110 in attendance.
Kamloops West members and friends totalled around 25 volunteers. We served delicious sandwich platters made in house by our hard working volunteers who produced over 525 pieces. The well-appreciated sweet treats, all donated, filled 125 dessert plates. 
This year seniors included those aged 55+, which meant we saw groups of seniors with their adult children. It was a lively mix and all were happy to be able to socialize in person. There was lots of laughs, and fun to be had thanks in part to our MC and his surprise side-kick, (the son of a volunteer Rotaract member.) Musical entertainment was provided by performer Whiskey Jack. 
The décor was Spring-themed with table planters give-aways and 17 doors prizes. Although we were still limited under some health restrictions, with vaccine passports required at the door, the luncheon was a wonderful event and this new spin on our annual Senior’s dinner was a great way to us get back to in-person functions and out in the community! We owe a special thanks to Chartwell as well as KTW for getting the information out. The organizers and volunteers are too many to name (and we don’t want to single anyone out lest miss someone), but know your efforts are hardily appreciated. Bravo!
Annual Senior's Dinner Reimagined Tracy McCall 2022-04-20 07:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Award Recipients

Four Paul Harris Awards presented to Members

At our April 7th, lunch meeting Foundation Chair Linda Soles presented three of four members with Awards from The Rotary Foundation.
Adam Popein received his first Paul Harris Fellow. Iris Davies received her Paul Harris +7. While Anthony Muzzillo received his Paul Harris Society award. Natalie Garbay received her Paul Harris +3. (Although she was not able to attend Linda presented it to her in person)A Paul Harris Fellow is given for $1000 USD or more in your lifetime, while becoming a member of the Paul Harris Society requires you elect to give $1000 or more annually.
You may wonder why it’s so commendable to receive a Paul Harris Award. This represents your gift to the Foundation. The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.
You can become a Paul Harris Fellow over an extended time by contributing around $10 a month, or $100 US a year (This initiative is called Every Rotarian Every Year), or if you’re keen on joining the Paul Harris Fellows, why not 100 a month? Contact our Foundation Chair for more information. We have at least 37 members who have received Paul Harris Awards.
On behalf of The Rotary Foundation we congratulate you all on your awards and on your generosity and commitment to making this world a better place to live.
Paul Harris Award Recipients  Tracy McCall 2022-04-20 07:00:00Z 0


Don't miss this event for the Rotary Foundation. The TRF GALA February 23rd 5pm PT on Zoom. 
Entertainment, Speakers, Auction
Raise money for TRF - Your $120 registration will help those in need. $100 will be credited to your Paul Harris account with Rotary.

New Hospice Home Pathway

Creating a Path Home

Gary, Sherry, Brice and Stan worked to remove sod and dirt along a pathway at Hospice Home. Brice's Bobcat Service donated company labour and base materials. Once the Rotarians tidied up the path, Brice and his crew installed pavers to make a new pathway.  
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Each One Bring One

Bring a Friend and Grow Membership

As a club we are looking to take up the Challenge that RI President Shekhar Mehta's has given all Rotary Clubs and that is to increase membership this Rotary year. We can accomplish this by; “Each One Bring One”.  We want all members to do their best to keep their eyes on people you believe would be a great addition to our club.
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ClubRunner Webinars

Learn how to use ClubRunner

Just in case you missed these training webinars provided by the good folks at ClubRunner,  here is a link that takes you to every one of them. 
The webinars cover many topic areas that surface when using ClubRunner - whether a new club member, club executive, ClubRunner administrator at the club level, or District leader. 
ClubRunner is used extensively in District 5060 and links directly to the Rotary International database. Having current and synchronized databases is essential for District communications and membership data management.  These webinars provide useful training to address some of the existing challenges. 
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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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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.


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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!

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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!

A Distanced Social at the BC Wildlife Park 2020-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

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.  
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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


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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

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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!
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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


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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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
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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. 

Kamloops West Rotary Has a FACEBOOK PAGE: LIKE US... Sherry Chamberlain 0