Rotary Club of Kitimat

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Erika Loucks, chairperson of Nechako Elementary School's PAC joined us at our March 6th meeting to share their fundraising story for a new playground at the school.  Looking at photos of the planned playground surface, brightly colored, a product made from recycled tires and playground equipment designed to accommodate students with mobility challenges, one could appreciate how much this will be appreciated.  The project has already received significant financial support from industry and business in Kitimat.  Students are also doing their bit, each class collecting different coins for the days of the week, nickels, dimes, loonies and toonies.  It's a contest!  David Mill, principal, was on hand to introduce Erika.  Wondering what the surface could look like?  This picture will give you an idea.
Later in the evening we heard from Brian Downie, our area governor--all about the Presidential Environmental Sustainability and Peace Conference in Vancouver. Ian Riesley, 2017-18 President, Rotary International brought this year's Make a Difference theme home.  Building peace through environmentally sustainable effort at home and around the world was showcased in a fashion those attending will remember.  Speakers, the House of Friendship participants, organizations from the world beyond Rotary and those from within, left motivated and inspired.  
 Brian also brought along Rotary's upcoming year's club banner--an impressive theme for Rotarians to follow Be The Inspiration.
The results of the study based on data and statistics developed from April 2017 to October 2017, were presented to our club on February 20th by the chair of the steering committee, Devrie Sanghera, Kitimat Valley Institute.  the summary report is 23 pages in length: available soon on the KVI website at  Those involved looked at key economic drivers, labour demands, skills and training requirements, addressing future shortages of qualified workers in the region.  Presentations have been made at Chamber of Commerce luncheons, Rotary club meetings and other regularly scheduled events. 
Rotary Clubs are shown as Implementers Action 1.4, a pilot employee recruitment and customer service excellence "Starter Pack" program for small service industry businesses. Action 2.1, Action 2.2, a leadership training program, training for new and existing businesses with Volution Canada.
February 13th, Shrove Tuesday, members headed over to the Anglican Church to enjoy a tradition, pancakes and sausages, always a fun, relaxing evening. 
No doubt about it!  If you want a treat that's great head to the Legion for the Mason's Dinner on a cold winter Friday night in Kitimat!  Enjoy steak or chicken hot off the barbeques, delicious salads, home baked beans, Ron Burnett's secret recipe, and so much more.  Here we are waiting for the food to arrive!  Friday, January 26th
Members of our club were pleased to accept an invitation from the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce to hear a presentation at their dinner meeting on January 23rd, our regular meeting night.  Guest speakers were: Chris Montgomery from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and Gillian Robinson from the BC LNG Alliance.  We were provided with an excellent overview by Chris, and many current detail specific to LNG by Gillian. Opportunities are many and challenges certainly exist.  Cam Sorenson, Advisor, Community Engagement, was on hand to assist.  Questions from the floor were answered from an obvious knowledge base, making for an evening well spent.  Our appreciation for the invitation goes to the Chamber from all of us able to attend.
What a great way to start 2018!  We were joined by Brian Downie, our Area Governor, who came bearing a nice surprise.  Here we are with the certificate he presented to us that recognizes our club's support of Shelterbox. 
Right now, around 85 million people around the world have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict. ShelterBox is working to change this.  By providing emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster, despair is being transferred into hope.  ShelterBox and Rotary are official Project Partners in international disaster relief.
Saturday, December 9th It is time to relax, enjoy one another's company, and the 'being pamper' feeling that comes from a dinner out and glass of wine with friends. It is snowy.   Joined by a few Friends of Rotary and our family members, we head down to Coor's Restaurant where he spreads the royal carpet for us.    The food is excellent, beautifully presented, the room festively decorated, candles burn on the table. 
It was a not soon forgotten evening.  Three cheers to the club for providing us with the wine, excellent choices!
Thank you Coor for providing perfect service.  Merry Christmas's was shared and best wishes for 2018.
What a delightful evening for children!  Snow on the group, Santa's visit, places to explore and treats! 
A few of us stopped by to help by manning Rudolph's house.
The project is now championed by the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce.  It is of interest to note, the idea to start it off came for Rotarian Cheryl Rumley the year she was president of our club.  No question, there is power in an idea.
This picture allows a glimpse of one of the walls filled with tables (there were 3 of them) at our 2017 Kitimat Rotary Web Auction.  As always, the day with filled with action.  People stopped by to check out the items up for bid, some were tried on for size, comments were heard "It would be perfect for...", and questions were answered (how to mark an item for reminding from an interested bidder). 
Linda Campbell was at her laptop ready to check the online action and report and answer any questions.  That's Cheryl Rumley beside her, also ready to help any people stopping by.  Our Rotary Club of Kitimat extends sincere thanks to businesses in Kitimat and Terrace for their support.  This year we will be using the funds coming in from this event to meet the commitment made by Rotary, $15,000 to Delta King Place toward the refurbishment of their kitchen.
Our thanks go to all who signed up and bid and, once again, to our business supporters!
November 25, 2017
Rotarians have been busy on the phone making calls to the businesses who make our auction successful.  Their donations are excellent, not just for Rotarians but also for every person who signs up to be a bidder and see how well you do!

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