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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!
Here's your chance to see the many excellent items going up for bid thanks to the generous support that Rotary has received from businesses in Kitimat and Terrace plus a few from further away.
They are now in the windows at Skeena's MLA Ellis Ross's Kitimat office (the old Wings Travel location).  Here's a couple of snapshots to spark your interest!
 It was snowy a winter day on November 11th. 
We bundled up, took along our umbrellas, and joined many, many other Kitimat people to pay our respects around the cenotaph in Centennial Park.  Friends from the Royal Canadian Legion greeted us as we arrived.  Soon we saw the colour party heading towards us, veterans, search and rescue members, the Girls Guides, Sparks, Boy Scouts, Beavers, marching in unison to take their places by the cenotaph.  The familiar lone bugler played, The Last Post and The Rouse
Wreaths were then placed on all four sides of the cenotaph by representatives of businesses and organizations in our community.  Rotary's president Marianne Hemmy placed our wreath for us.   After the ceremony the color parade marched the two blocks down to the Legion to join with others in the warm hall where Legion members opened the doors to everyone.

Hearing our guest speaker, George Melo, tell his story at our meeting on October 24th was a memorable happening.  George is a  polio survivor.  At his young age of 1½, George’s parents learned the grim news.  It was summertime, the time of the year when the people in his home town in Portugal’s fears always grew, the season when polio struck.  George lost the feeling in his side, couldn’t walk and needed care every day.  He told of his sister’s loving hands, how for weeks on end she would massage his leg and side, and how suddenly, there was feeling and with it great joy.  The heeling path was a long one, and he was left with ‘scars’, a skinny deformed leg.  He was and is strong in spirit.  His family has shown great love to him something he is grateful for to this day.  George took us through his younger days at school, unkindness, little understanding, teenage years, right to his days today.  He now comes close to being called a senior.  George loves music, karaoke is a passion.  What a privilege it was for us to hear his story.  All of us say thank you George!

Always an ambassador for Rotary's End Polio Now's vision, our fellow Rotarian Jo Ann Hildebrandt put together a display and marked the day with a cake for all of us to enjoy.  Jo has made the trip to Ethiopia to administer the oral polio vaccine.  Listening to her tell the story, how mothers bring their children for their  "2 drops of vaccine", how there are no words to describe how happy they are when they know there child is protected against polio.  We always have a jar on the table so we can send off the dollars collected to the Rotary Foundation's polio fund.  World Polio Day is a yearly event held on October 24th.

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