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!
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 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.
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 BIDDNG IS OPEN!
ROTARY CLUB OF KITIMAT WEB AUCTION
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!  
 
 kitimatauction.ca
 
 
 
 
 
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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.
 
World Polio Day 2017-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
 

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!

George Melo, Polio Survivor 2017-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
 
Presenting 

Rylarians - Lakelse  left to right - Ethan Amos, Nolan Striker, Iris Striker and Isabelle Moretti.

 

September 26th was a special evening for Rotarians.  Our newest Rylarians brought their energy, enthusiasm and stories about their long weekend at Ryla Lakelse.  

Our RYLA Lakelse Rotarians 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
With an exciting opportunity coming her way, Janelle Hittel accepted the help of a visitor to our community, Valerie Christiansen, a performing arts professional.  As principal of Kildala, Janelle was delighted to see the children in her school learning the art of theatre as they spent the time available before September 15th learning their parts, where to be on stage and how to act for the 'production' The Little Prince.
 
 
 
The story is told of The Little Prince, the aviator, the desert, hot and dry, how wonderful it was to have water, the prince's single rose, the only one in his world, the prince's voyages through space, the people met along the way, those met on earth, the many rose on earth all with thorns, the same as his rose had. 
 
To know how the story continues and ends, read Antoine de Sainte-Exupery's The Little Prince.
 
The children performed in both English and French.  It was a delightful hour spent watching and listening to them and what a large audience!  Many parents were out to support their children enjoying the afternoon. 
 
The performance finished off with a song sung by a mini choir, all students singing with perfect pitch!
 
 
Kildala Elementary is our first Rotary Peace School in Kitimat.
 
Thank you Kildala for inviting our Rotary Club of Kitimat to your lovely presentation of this play!
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A few brave Kitimat Rotarians put on their boots, rolled up their sleeves and joined in the fun on a particularly stormy day to recognized Rivers.
 
 
 
Day.  Much credit goes to those who came out - Gareen, Cheryl and Doug, Sarah and Linda.  They were joined by the McLeods, buckets in hand and, kudos, high spirits.
 
Kitimat River Cleanup, September 10 2017-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

IF YOU'RE REALLY LUCKY AND YOU GET TO COME TO KITIMAT - THE THING TO DO IS FISH!!  Don and Marianne have some fun.

It’s always a special evening when a District Governor comes to visit.  Tuesday was no exception.  Don Evans and his wife Deb brought the sunshine with them along with their smiling faces.  An added plus was seeing PDG Art Erasmus and our AG Brian Downie joining us from Terrace.  Don shared his energy and Rotary understanding as he addressed our club with Good News from R.I. and our District 5040 team.  Membership growth worldwide in Rotary is looking a little better particularly in India.  Polio statistics for the number of reported cases continue to look promising.  Rotary persists in its work toward zero cases, add to this another 3 years – to be able to say ours is a polio free world.  Another piece of good news, RLI – our Rotary Leadership Institute.  Several hands went up when Don asked about it, those who had taken courses?  Come 2018, RLI webinars will be offered!  We talked about diversity for club meetings, looking for suggested examples, shared member burnout with Don, talked about the pros and cons with record keeping, attendance, makeups etc. The district’s newly formed Peace Committee, its role in 5040 and the overall RI vision for Promoting Peace, were shared along with the two conferences coming up on 2018, both highlighting peace.  Deb took good care of us by handing out this year’s theme pin to everyone and material for the conferences and Rotary itself.

After the meeting, Marianne, Art, Brian, Deb, Don and Eleanor did a mini tour of the different projects completed by our club here in Kitimat.  See photos.  A big thank you to Don and Deb!  We appreciated seeing you!

Visit of DG Don Evans and his wife Deb 2017-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
 
Another great time enjoyed by this year's Rylarians out at the farm in Thornhill.  This picture is of the super leaders.  You'll recognize Chelsea, 2nd on the left, from her picture in the story below.  Marianna Hammerstrom travelled from Squamish to chair RYLA.
 
From our club, Eleanor headed over on Thursday late afternoon to share Promoting Peace.  She is delighted to report the youths 'stepped up to the plate' answering questions and sharing their own thoughts on Peace.
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Our president Gareen Ball had the pleasure of presenting the Lynda Rocha Hammerstrom Scholarship to Chelsea Pacheco - Chelsea volunteered her help as a youth leader at last year's RYLA Lakelse and will do so again this year -  and the Rotary Club of Kitimat Scholarship to Ethan Mourgas - Ethan's grandfather is a former Rotarian of our club and a Paul Harris Fellow.
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Delta King Place's site coordinator Lucy Borges and board member Karen Klepsch were our guest speakers at our June 13th meeting.  Their mission: Supporting independence for seniors and people with disabilities in Kitimat.  The pair carried a vision with them!  The upgrade of the facility's kitchen.  The current kitchen is showing its age and falling short of code requirements for its use.  A proposal for financial support has arrived in Rotary's mailbox.  Preliminary quotes to complete this project are coming in around $60,000, the highest cost item in it is the upgrade to ventilation.  President Gareen explained Rotary's process for decision making for projects.  We will certainly get back to Lucy regarding Rotary support for their vision.  Rotarian Cheryl Rumley thanks Lucy and Karen for the valuable work they are doing in our community and for taking the time in their busy lives to present to us.
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On May 13th, several of our members headed to the Royal Canadian Legion for a memorable evening of entertainment.  Dinner was excellent, the talent shown by the actresses exemplary and the opportunity to share the evening wearing our "Rotary hats" special.  It was a polished performance.  Well done and our thanks Gareen.
 
Another talent of our President - May 13th 2017-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
 
Gillian Venman, Community LINK worker with the Kitimat Community Development Centre, came out to our meeting on May 9th to update us on how the "Thru the Cracks" lunch program has been going this year.  Gillian continues to provide nutritious lunches for youths in a friendly environment.  On occasion the teens bake muffins, enjoy fresh fruit and are encouraged to "eat healthy".  The program has been in existence for a few years.  President Gareen presented Gillian with a check for $1000 to help towards the purchase of food.  This service to children is one that our Rotary Club has provided in past years.
Gillian Venman, guest speaker 2017-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
 The Coalition for Riders Educating youth has been continuing their presentations to students in northern BC.  After the death of her 21 year old son Corey to a motorcycle accident, Denise Lodge started the project to tell Corey's tragic story.  Denise stresses the importance of having the right training when it comes to riding a motorcycle, passing a learner's test doesn't mean you become a capable driver.  She also points out a fact - riding a motorcycle is not as easy as it looks.  Students are challenge to answer a question - How is riding a motorcycle different than riding a car. Denise has been working with government to bring about a graduated license program.   In support of her work, President Gareen presented Denise with a cheque from our Rotary Club for $1000.
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Our orders for the St. Hubertus Estate Winery's award winning wines arrived. The winery partnered with Rotary for a specially commissioned label to represented the 100th anniversary of our Rotary Foundation.  40% of the proceeds from every bottle sold will be donated to Foundation by the winery.   On hand to pick theirs up were Edwin, Robin and Linda.  SMILES ALL AROUND.
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Four of us headed to the School Board office in Terrace, President Gareen, President Elect Marianne, Secretary/treasurer, Jo and P.R. chair Eleanor for the day long session. 
The day was chaired by Don Evans our District Governor elect.  Don moved smoothly through the PowerPoint presentation which covered district and club visions for 2017-018. 
 
Lunch was casual, a nice break from listening, a chance to meet with Rotarians from Prince Rupert, Smithers, and Terrace. 
Right after lunch District Governor Lyn Stroshin arrived bringing her energy and understanding to us all.  Eleanor Kendell presented Promoting Peace. 
 
It was busy and productive day.  Our thanks go to Brian Downie for organizing everything and certainly to Don and Lyn for coming far north to bring this to us.  Well done!!
 
 
April 1st's District Assembly in Terrace 2017-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
As always, the Tri-Club Foundation was a lovely evening.  Hosted by the Rotary Club of Terrace, the gathering took place at Terrace's Skeena Valley Golf Course the same day as 5040's District Assembly.  Organizers outdid themselves!  We enjoyed a wine pairing over a six course dinner.  Auction bidding was lively and profits were high. PDG Art Erasmus and our president Gareen Ball captured the energy around them!
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Nothing is better than a Rotary potluck dinner.  Lots of good fun, thinking chocolate :-) with a game brought by Jo (as in Easter eggs), loads and loads of good food, and virtually everyone out for the evening.  Our thanks go to Jo and Gareen for orchestrating a delightful evening.
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Prior to attending this year's PETS in Seattle, President Elect Marianne sat in on more than one training session.  Particularly memorable was the video she shared with up at our March 21st meeting.  We can look forward to many new resources, ideas and opportunities for new direction in Rotary.  One of these will be announced at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta.  Thanks Marianne!
PrePETS video shared 2017-03-21 07:00:00Z 0
AG Brian Downie was at our meeting March 14th to perform Sarah Twomey's induction ceremony into our Rotary Club of Kitimat.  Sarah works at Vitality Spa and Clinic.  Relaxation massage is her speciality.  Her young son Ben was a delight to see, particularly with his "Mom, we're goin' to Row wo right?"  Sarah's sponsor, Marianne Hemmy, rounded out the installation with some touching words of welcome.
 
We also had Michelle Martins on hand to give us an update - what's been happening at KUTE (Kitimat Understanding the Environment).  Michelle is a member of the Board of Directors. 
 
  Wondering about the shamrocks and green Beanie Babies?  With St. Patrick's Day coming up Friday, Jo brought them along.  Like mindedly Cheryl, chose to bring "wearing of the green" prizes for her Rotary Minute. 
 
She asked us March questions --Rotary's Water and Sanitation Month.
 
President Elect Marianne rounded out the evening with a well presented report from her PETS experience. 
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We actually had two presentation at our February 28th meeting.  The first was from two year old Elsie Sanghera.  When it comes to a birthday present for 'a child that has everything', Elsie's mom Devrie told us how her family talked it over and decided to make a donation to something she had learned about as a Rotarian.  There had been a presentation at a meeting by a fellow from Teck Resources, where Rotarians all learned the importance of zinc in children's diets.  Fact - 250 million deaths in children could be prevented with increased access to zinc.    Zinc strengthens the immune system and helps to fight dangerous infection.  Zinc is a life-saving treatment for diarrhea, which kills 600,000 children each year.  Devrie was moved as she learnt the story.  And so it was we saw young Elsie present a check for $350.00 to our president Gareen to support the work being done to distribute zinc to those children who need it.
 
The second was an update from our club's Eleanor Kendell, on the work that is going on by the members of our District 5040's Peace Committee.  PDG John Anderson chairs the committee, Gloria Staudt, Edwin Lee and Eleanor round out its numbers  Members of the committee will present at upcoming District Assemblies.  The one for our area is in Terrace at the School District office, on April 1st 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., the same day as Foundation Dinner.
 
 
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We were fortunate to have Angie Maitland as our guest speaker at our meeting on the 21st.  Angie is the Early Childhood Education Coordinator for the Haisla Nation.  What a remarkable story!  She told us about the activities that were going to take place in the gymnasium at Kitamaat Village the next day, September 22nd, Pink Shirt Day.  Children from elementary and high schools in Kitimat were invited along with any people interested in this vision to end bullying.  With many activities to bring this to mind, and pink shirts for all highlighting one word RESPECT, the youths carried a strong message.  The pictures with this story were provided by Cameron Orr, Haisla Nations Communications Coordinator.
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Valentine's Day meant an evening to relax and simply enjoy the fellowship we have in Rotary.  We challenged ourselves with a few games, decorated with hearts and flowers, and spur of the moment song memories to think back on.  Thanks Paul "for the memories" and thanks also to Margaret and Eleanor for making the room festive.
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At our February 7th meeting, there were many smiling faces as we welcomed Mariella Castro to our Club.  Mariella is already bringing her enthusiasm and commitment to Rotary.  Her classification is Human Resources, the department she is with at Rio Tinto.  Area Governor Brian Downie travelled from Terrace to officially swear her in at the induction ceremony.
 
Welcoming our newest member, Mariella Castro 2017-02-09 08:00:00Z 0
 
A few of us joined with Robin's family, business associates, and close friends to celebrate his good news.  No more heading to the office.  Time to enjoy retirement.  Here's a couple of snapshots from the happy occasion.  All of us raise our wine glasses to him (and to Melanie) wishing him all the best in this new lifetime adventure!  February, 2017
Robin's retirement party 2017-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
What's the case today?  You're a teen thinking -- what to do when I'm finished high school?  The old message was that trades were the place to go if you were not smart enough to move on to university.  Not so today!  Geoff shared a few of the programs offered by the trade school -- dual credit programs, the Adult Dogwood program and an introduction to trades Middle School Program where middle school students are exposed to the trades during a three week trades course.  Geoff's colleague, Doug Brewer, then shared a program that he created (with one of the saw horse in hand) for students as young as Grade 4.  With local business donations and discounts on hardware for Terrace Home Hardware, he teaches students to build saw horses with the purpose of selling them for $30 a pair and then donating 20 percent of the proceeds to a local charity.  The remaining funds go back to the school clubs.  Hands on quickly sparked enthusiasm from the students, he noted. He saw this as a 'permanent' learning experience.
 
As a listener, we can certainly say, we are fortunate to have these two highly qualified, committed fellows instructing at the Northwest Trades And Employment Training Centre!
Geoff McKay, District Technical Skills Administrator 2017-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually write and publish your writing?  We were privileged to learn about Kathleen Cherry's experience into the world of a writer of children's books at our January 17th meeting.  Kathleen says, "You submit and you hope and you hope".  Two of her books have been published, Everyday Hero and Blowing Bubbles.  Kathleen is a councillor at Kildala Elementary now working towards her doctorate degree in psychology.  She loves working with children.
Kathleen Cherry - Kitimat teacher and published author 2017-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

 In 2008, the Rotary Club of Kitimat partnered with the Rotary Club of Whistler and the Rotary Club of Muyenga, Uganda to create a BC Pine Forest, planting 83 acres of pine trees with the goal to provide logs to a local sawmill in the community of Mpambire, Uganda.  Eight years, 3 International  Rotary Districts, 11 Rotary clubs and 3 Rotary Global Grants later, this initial project has grown to provide improved agricultural methods and access to water, created farmer’s cooperatives, provided resource for local schools, funds to start an egg and chicken facility and catering organization, bee keeping facility, greenhouses and water tanks in addition to sending to young local orphan girls to a 2 year nursing program along with providing computer software, sanitary napkins so that girls can remain in school, pit latrines for seniors and agriculture and sanitation training.  This is Rotary in action!

Jo, chair of the Uganda Global Grant committee for our club 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
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Our Foundation Chair, Robin Lapointe, walked us through the paces of our Rotary Foundation at our November 15th meeting.  This year the Foundation celebrates its 100th year!  Want to learn more, Google 2016 Rotary Foundation Video, an excellent look at the work being done through our Foundation.  Robin included it in his presentation.
Rotary Foundation - Robin Lapointe 2016-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Unicef and Rotary together...
We were there from the beginning of the fight.
Ending polio country by country
Vaccinating every child
Together we will make history
Together we will end polio
 
Each year we bring the importance of the goal to the forefront.  Rotarian Jo Ann Hildebrandt, who travelled to Ethiopia to vaccinate children, brought a cake to our pot luck.  We viewed a polio video and talked together.
 
 
World Polio Day, October 24 2016-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
What a pleasure it was to welcome Tom Smith, our District 5040 Membership Chair, to our meeting on October 18th.  Tom came from afar.  His home club is the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen so many miles logged on his vehicle.  His PowerPoint presentation along with his words left us chalk full of ideas to help meet our
goal Growing our Club 2016-1917  
 
Particularly memorable was a piece he shared from the Rotarian magazine, a snippet from John F. Germ, President, Rotary International - letter to Rotarians.
 
..An invitation is a gift.  It's saying to someone, "I think you have the skills, the talent, and the character to make our community better, and I want you to join me in doing that."
 
So simple, and yet perfect!
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Sunday, October 23rd, was another stellar day for our Telethon here in Kitimat.  Rotarian were on hand to help on the phones, in the counting room, kids zone, and more.  You'll see Rotarian Margaret Warcup with a big smile in this photo, also former Rylarian Michelle Wakita, why?  a very large donation received from LNG Canada.  The Telethon began in 1978.  Members of the Kitimat Foundation put on the event each year.
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  IT'S ALL ABOUT ROTARY.  What a nice evening.  Robin started us off with the start of Rotary story; how a few businessmen came together for fellowship, something that grew into helping in their city of Chicago, and their project, toilets!  Stories were told of our club's early days, projects done, Jo's trip to Ethiopia for polio vaccinations, Foundation and much more.  The goodies were great.  Our thanks go to Robin for hosting.  See the Photo Album for more pictures.
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Our meeting on Tuesday, October 11th proved to be particularly informative.  Our community's planners, Gwen and Ryan, presented us with drawings and precise information on a proposed redesign for Wakashan Avenue.  The plan includes widening of the street itself, curb and gutters on both sides of the street, some parallel parking, a change in position for the crosswalk allowing a more effective link between the library and its opposite side of the street.  New lighting  is also part of this first stage of development. Estimated cost is $3 million. 
D of K Planning Dept - Gwendolyn Sewell and Ryan Beaudry 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0

Another sunny day on September 21st 2016. the United Nations International Day of Peace!  The children at Kildala Elementary along with their teachers and principal Janelle Hittel celebrated peace with stories, poems and finally dance for peace at their afternoon assembly. 

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Posted on Sep 05, 2016

It isn't everyday we see a friend celebrating eight decades on this planet.  This surprise birthday bash was special for Eleanor...just check out the bling in the blue scarf we've flipped around her and, yes, there's feather in her hairband as well.  Lots of smiles for Rotarians, toasts and roasts from everyone.  We were joined by a few of her friends from Nechako Toastmasters.   Congratulation to our gal - Eleanor Kendell

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With the sun at its best on Tuesday, a few of us stayed after our meeting to enjoy the view from our meeting place, the Hirsch Creek Golf and Winter Club.
Our July 26th meeting Eleanor Kendell 2016-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Appreciating two remarkable Rotarians
 
In order to recognize our 2015-16 President for her many years of Service Above Self with our Rotary Club of Kitimat, members honored Lynda by establishing the Lynda Rocha Hammerstrom Scholarship.   A member of our club for more than 25 years, Lynda has served in most executive roles, president on six occasions, and chaired many committees, particularly memorable the Wine Tasting galas in January.  
Later in the evening it was Lynda’s turn to present, in this case, her choice for Rotarian of the Year - 2016.  Our club’s tradition is the awarding by the president of this recognition to the member who best exemplified our motto Service Above Self in their Rotary year.  Linda is certainly a deserving recipient of this recognition. 
 
 
 
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Rotarian Linda Campbell presented two $1000 Rotary Scholarships to MEMSS students Jewel Hall and Mathew Hammerstrom.  Congratulations!
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Posted by Devrie Lapointe on Jun 08, 2014

It was a wonderful start to a new year installing 2014-2015 club president Lynda Rocha and her team of executives over a beautiful dinner at The Chalet surrounded by Rotarians, friends and family.  This is Lynda’s fourth time as president of the Rotary Club of Kitimat and is her 24th year as a Rotarian and with the club. This year’s theme is “Light up Rotary” and there is no doubt that Lynda will do exactly that.  She has a passion for working with youth programs as well as community involvement. Please join us in welcoming Lynda as our new Club President.Image

Welcome New Club President, Lynda Rocha Devrie Lapointe 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Nov 26, 2013

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 November 22/23rd were a busy two days for Kitimat Rotarians.  The Rotarian action actually started a couple days before with the moves of tables, backdrops, and finally auction items down to the storefront in Mountainview Square.  The normal hustle and good humor followed as items were placed where they belonged (some 300 of them) on the bid tables.   Lyle did a great job as our Auction Chair and he has a few great ideas to share for next year!   Even though we had not planned to start our Saturday auction day at Constant Cravings everyone dealt with the “lost key” with a lot of goodwill and some great coffee. There was lots of laughter and community spirit that warmed up our Auction Headquarters for sure. Our dedicated auction participants were in great form and there were some new folks who really enjoyed the auction. The friends of Rotary volunteers were amazing.

Our sincere thanks go to all the businesses and individuals in Kitimat and Terrace who supported our auction with their donations of items or cash.  It is due to your support that we are able to help where help is needed.  A great example is "Between the Cracks" featured in the story below.

Credit for the photo above, taken on Friday night before the auctions goes to Walter MacFarlane of Kitimat Daily.  Thanks Walter.  The shot was taken in front of the bid boards where pre bids were taken.

Our 2013 Annual Rotary Auction Eleanor Kendell 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Oct 27, 2013

October 22 - What a glorious day to have our DG and his wife visiting us in Kitimat! 

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District Governor Garry Shearer and his wife Colleen spent the afternoon with our President Cheryl Rumley.  We toured the Rotary high spots, the Soccer Field (our concession stand), The Rod and Gun Club (Rotary Kitchen), the Gazebos at the Chamber and finished off at our Rotary Peace Rock.  We also drove out to Kitamaat Village, stopped to see Kitimat Works in the distance then back to the Chalet for a very short rest time before Rotarians arrived for our meeting and dinner.  Past DG Art Erasmus and his wife Lesley, our Area Governor, and Rotary peace committee chair Eleanor Kendell, joined them for lunch and the afternoon. Garry shared our District’s vision for this year and one of his personal stories.  He then presented Joann Hildebrandt with a Paul Harris fellow on behalf of our club.  President Cheryl presented Garry with a Four Way Test print after Lynda Rocha described the meaning of the artist’s rendering of each of the test and what it means in the Haisla ‘language’.  It was an evening filled with good fellowship.  Many thanks go to Garry for travelling north to meet with us.

 

 

Area Governor's visit Eleanor Kendell 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Sep 29, 2013

Kitimat people joined with millions of other people around the world to

CELEBRATE PEACE DAY

This is our 5th year to mark the United Nations International Day of Peace with the making of a HUMAN PEACE SIGN

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September 21st, 2013 dawned with gloomy clouds and a significant amount of rain.  Not to be discouraged by this, Robin Lapointe and his wife Melanie, braved the storm along with their two beautiful golden retrievers to mark the circle and lines on the pavement in back of the theatre for our Kitimat Human Peace Sign.  While they were busy outside, Jo Hildebrandt, Linda Campbell and Eleanor Kendell setup the displays inside that showcased past Peace Days and our Rotary Peace Schools.  Dan Huisman arrived at 10:00 to set up the Shelter Box:  Jo was his Number One helper.  Peace cranes and peace signs were hung in the cafeteria with a great deal of help from Dan, who is tall, and the Mount Elizabeth Theatre tech teens.  Much credit and thanks go to Susie Smeader who took care of everything tied into food preparation.  She also conducted the youth choir and brought the band for Peace Day.

 Shortly after 1l:00, the Salvation Army’s mobile kitchen arrived on the scene.  Culinary students from Northwest Community College cooked up a storm of Beef on a Bun ready for lunchtime at noon.  Brian Downie, from the Rotary Club of Terrace, arranged their coming, a nice addition for this year’s Peace Day.  People mingled in the cafeteria and talked with Dan about Shelter Box  over the lunch hour then moved into the theatre for the program. Girl guides starting things off with a mini parade of nations flags.   It was a delight to see the Portuguese children dance, the Spirit of the Kitlope dancers, and the Kitimat Dance Academy’s dancers.  The youth choir brought us peace songs as did the band.  We heard from Mayor Monaghan, Shelley Bolton, Brian Downie and Dan Huisman.  As it our tradition, we finished off the program with the singing of Let there be Peace on Earth.  The giant peace dove puppets,  flag bearers, spirit of the Kitlope dancers, led us outside into blowy, stormy weather, to make the peace sign.  Much credit goes to Dwight Magee our photographer for climbing the fire department truck’s ladder to get the peace sign shot. 

Everyone was happy to head inside to the cafeteria to enjoy hot chocolate or coffee and a piece of the huge Peace Cakes.  The Luso Ladies served the cake for all of us.  This certainly was a great way to warm up and to share good stories with friends and strangers alike. 

May Peace Prevail On Earth.

Please see pictures in Photo Album to the left

 
UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY 2013 Eleanor Kendell 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Sep 18, 2013

A memorable day

Mayor Joanne Monaghan, our 2012 President Margaret Warcup and Peace Committee chair, Eleanor Kendell were together at Centennial Park for the unveiling of the Peace Rock just before for September 21st Peace Day.  Mayor Monaghan remarked on the importance of the Rotary Peace Credo and council's commitment to it from last year.  She also thanked Rotary for its work tied into Peace in our community.

 

 

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Unveiling of the Peace Rock Eleanor Kendell 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Jun 29, 2013

ImageOur club had a remarkable evening on the 18th when Deva and her husband Wayne joined us to tell the story of the Nightingale Declaration.   Particularly memorable were the real life stories of women dying in childbirth.  The following is a cut and paste from the Nightingale Declaration website.  Deva would value our support by adding our signatures to this declaration. 

 

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Wayne is the Director of Global Communications, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH).  As one listened to his and Deva's stories one appreciated there are world travelers having worked in many, many countries of the world.  Their experience is vast.  The following is also a cut and paste from NIGH's website regarding Wayne.  Tapping this background, he is the primary architect of NIGH’s grassroots-to-global Signature Campaign and the related proposed United Nations General Assembly Resolutions, the 2010 International Year of the Nurse and the 2010-2020 UN Decade for a Healthy World. Wayne Kines is co-founder of the World Media Institute (WMI), a network and fellowship of professional communicators devoted to the emergence of global citizenship and has also organized world media seminars on health, heritage, rural development, human settlements, and water and ocean pollution.

Our club was privileged to have them visit us.

Dr. Deva-Marie Beck and her husband Wayne Kines visit on June 18th Eleanor Kendell 2013-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Jun 28, 2013

ImageGuests and members of our Rotary Club were treated to an unique experience on June 9th, Afternoon Tea at Kitimat's beautiful Minette Bay Lodge.  Ladies were invited to where "fasinators' and a few did--chapeaus appropriate to the occasion. 

Installed as officers for our 2013-14 year were: president, Cheryl Rumley, Past President, Margaret Warcup, Secretary, Robin Lapointe, Treasurer and President Elect, Lyle McNish, Directors, Lynda Rocha and Eleanor Kendell.   Each year our club's president chooses the Rotarian of the Year, his or her decision as to who has shown the qualities we live by as Rotarians.  Margaret honored Eleanor with this title and a perfect presentation--a delightful window hanging with two tiny peace cranes.   ImageWe also recognized two outstanding Kitimat citizens, one a Rotarian, Jo Ann Hildebrandt the second, Cliff Yoland, an active member of the Kiwanis Club, Child Development Centre Board, and so much more.  Jo is a strong supporter of Polio Plus having travelled to Ethiopia to administer Polio vaccines to children.  She's a past president of our club and current president of the Kitimat Child Development Centre.

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The food was AMAZING, the weather 'spot on', conversation lively, smile galore!  Do check out all the photos taken by Robin (or on his camera) in the photo album for this year's installation--many, many great pictures!

Our Installation of Officers at Minette Bay Lodge - June 9th Eleanor Kendell 2013-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 15, 2013

Congratulations go to the following Mount Elizabeth Secondary 2013 graduates.

Zachary Sohm

Zachary has a challenging goal.  His plan is to become an Ophthamolgist.  Throughout his years at Mount Elizabeth he has consistently excellent, an honor roll student with awards in mathematics and social studies/  He has spent countless hours behind the theatre curtain working a member of the technical crew.  He's also with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue and a volunteer with the Fire Mountain Shooting Club.  Zachary's comment on his application reads, "The most important thing has been time, to get anywhere, to manager any accomplishment, all that is required is the dedication of time.  This is the principal by which I will reach my career goal."

Anna Canil

Anna has shone when it comes to helping others, particularly when she helps with children.  She has volunteered in her church, at the animal shelter, with the Riverlodge Summer Program, at the hospital, as a leader at a Bible Camp.  She's helped at the museum and the CDC and she is a buddy with the LINK program.  She's always worked with children so it comes as no surprise to see her pursuing the Early Childhood Education program at the Northwest Community College as she starts off on her future career goal.

Navjit Pannu

Navjit also has an impressive volunteer base.  His has taken him further afield.  He has helped at the Surrey Urban Mission serving food for homeless people.  He has helped with fundraisers at the Sikh Temple, been a RYLA leader, showcased Bah-ang-ra at various events in Terrace and Kitimat, while also working at Overwaitea Foods.  He plans to pursue his academic career in Business at Northwest Community
College, then on to studies to become a Chartered Account.  After this, the plan is to open his own firm.

Rotarian Lyle McNish represented Rotary at the Scholarship Committee selection table.  Eleanor Kendell presented the scholarships on Thursday, June 13th at the Mount Elizabeth Theatre.

 

 

Rotary Club of Kitimat Scholarship Winners 2013-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Jun 06, 2013

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Marianna is a Rylarian having attended both RYLA Lakelse and RYLA North.  This year she took it a step further volunteering her to be a leader at RYLA South.  She has just completed her first year as a student in Business Administration at the Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.  With an energy and vision coming out of a RYLA experience as a leader, she and other leaders came together to establish Rotaract in their university.  The story of their accomplishments is truly remarkable.  Accolades aplenty go their way.  Marianna told us their story at our June 4th meeting.  She has promised to send it to us so it can be posted with this story.

Marianna Hammerstrom tells about Rotaract in Nanaimo - June 4 Eleanor Kendell 2013-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on May 29, 2013

ImageColton Szmata and Nathan Furtado, grade 12 students from Mount Elizabeth Secondary School, were sponsored by our club to attend this adventure.  The many hours of commitment to make it a success, certainly showed.  Thanks go to organizers Bob Killbery and Leah Robinson. 

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The youths certainly saw the port!  Starting at the Port Interpretive Centre, they toured B.C. Ferries, MV Northern Adventure from the bridge with all its navigational equipment, to the huge motors and repair area below decks.  Then it was on to the water for a tour where they saw logs loaded onto a vessel for shipment to foreign ports.  Next came Fairview Container Terminal with the day ending with a BBQ at Kiolya Bay and a chance to try sea kayaking. 

Thursday included a visit to Quickload Container Examination Facility to see the huge 'scanners' where all containers are off loaded then boxes scanned for illegal product.  Kristoff Trucking was next, with its huge warehouse where product is stored for short terms before moving to its end destination.  The students learned about work opportunities at Prince Rupert Grain, saw Ridley Terminals and the road/raid and utility corridor.  The day finished with a particularly informative tour of the North Pacific Cannery and delicious dinner. 

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Friday started with a tour of the Canadian Coast Guard Base in Prince Rupert.  Learning how vast the scope of this organization's facility was enlightening.  Particularly eye-catching was the rescue helicopter and hearing its pilot's story.  The next stop was Northwest Community College and a fun experience for the youths.  Everyone tromped into the heavy equipment simulator trailer and each traded places as they tried moving controls on a backhoe, etc. while watching  the results on computer screens.  The afternoon was spent touring Broadwater Industries facilities, then Western Canada Marine Response Corp, another impressive business, with a place for everything and everything it its place.  Several trailers equipped for spill response move in tandem to make quick response to on the water spill disasters.

The youth helped out the environment to finish things off, some shore clean up in front of the Port Interpretive Centre.  Pizza took away the 'hungries' and then they were on there way back home.

William Koldenhoven was also registered from Kitimat but illness took over so he could not attend. 

Nathan and Colton expressed their sincere thanks to all of us for this excellent opportunity to participate in "Adventures".  Please see pictures in the Photo Albums taken on the tour.

 

Adventures in Industry in the Port of Prince Rupert - May 21st to 24th Eleanor Kendell 2013-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 29, 2013

May 27th, 2013.  Our club was treated to another Rylarian's story.  An experienced Rylarian, having attended RYLA Lakelse and also acted as a leader there, Nav returned from RYLA South with enthusiasm about his experience.  He appreciated the opportunity to be with students from other countries, Rotary Exchange Students, and said the difference in ages between the two camps did make a difference. Image Although the programs were much the same, experience showed in the workshops, and in the challenges.  An additional day was added to this year's RYLA South which allowed the youths to have an enlightening experience.  They helped in a soup kitchen to feed homeless people.  One of them talked with Nav, telling that he had been a Rylarian in years gone by.  He even knew the RYLA cheer.  With a crash course in dancing (a matter of hours to learn it) the group Flash Danced in front of the Vancouver Library.  What a fun ending.  Navjit send his thanks to our Rotary Club for sponsoring him to RYLA.  Without question, he is committed!

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Navjit Pannu, our 2013 RYLA South Rylarian 2013-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on May 27, 2013

May 27th was an exciting day for the students at Nechako Elementary School.  Linda Campbell, chair of our club’s Peace Schools Committee, was on hand to recognize their outstanding efforts outlined in their submission to become this year’s Kitimat Rotary Peace School.  Students gathered in the school’s gymnasium for this recognition where Linda told them how happy she was to see what they have done throughout the year.  As one walks through the school, you see drawing done by students, their expression of kindness to others.  The Rotary Four Way Test is also posted.  Particular emphasis went to the younger students who certainly showed how much they cared.  They reached a goal to raise sufficient funds to purchase a Trail Rider so one of their student friends would be able to get outside and be with them on long walks through the woods.  Linda also praised their teachers and principal for their enthusiasm and commitment toward this Rotary initiative.  Donated by Luiza and Orland Couto, the cedar peace pole was then carved with the words “May Peace Prevail On Earth” by Riel Levesque.  Rotarians gave each student Peace bracelets.  The District of Kitimat topped off the happy occasion by giving the school a pass to Sam Lindsay Pool.  What fun for all the students!  Councilors Rob Goffinet and Edwin Empinado were there to join with all of us in Rotary to say, well done Nechako Elementary.Image

Nechako Elementary School - 2013's Rotary Peace School Eleanor Kendell 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 13, 2013

2013 District assembly - May 11, 2013

President elect Cheryl Rumley, Jo Hildebrandt and Eleanor Kendell joined with club representatives from  our Rotary Area for an upbeat District Assembly chaired by our 2013-14 President Garry Shear. 

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 Garry’s professional career in marketing opened our thinking tied into the way we do business in Rotary.  The new Rotary International theme will be Engage Rotary, Change Lives.  This certainly provided food for thought and action as we move forward. 

 

Art Erasmus took us though an interactive Rotary Foundation challenge, several questions to answer that tested our knowledge.  This picture is of Art leading the discussion.

 

 

 

2013-14 District Assembly at Terrace School Board meeting room 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 06, 2013

ImageMay 4th shone with all the glory that the sunshine can bring.  We were in Terrace along with our friends from Skeena Valley and Terrace Rotary Club, keen with expectation, we had all been told how GREAT Rick King was as a speaker.  Happily, Rick saw Terrace at its best.  Even more so, credit goes to Chris Oatway for 'going for it' and asking "will you come?"  Well done Chris, because the answer was 'yes'.

I know there were tears as we were touched by the story of Rick's R.I. president friend, whose tiny grandbaby had been born, fought for life in hospital, was on a machine with tubes everywhere, a so, so helpless.  They word came come see her, we don't know whether she will last.  And they did.  The cry inside his friend's heart went out, help, help her, anyway I can but how.  And then he looked at the machine, and in a small corner there was a Rotary wheel, and a plaque.  The machine had been donated by his own Rotary Club. 

Of such is Rotary.

There was humor in the tales, of Las Vegas, and a young Rick working both ends of the stick, a talented singer on stage in Vegas, and a lawyer starting off in his fiend in those early days.  Rick moved his story through his first involvement through our organization, his role as our Rotary International President, how he knew our own Art Erasmus, our District 5040 president, the year he orchestrated the wide world of Rotary.

What a privilege and pleasure it was to hear Rick's story and to have this opportunity meet him.  Chris's committee chose to decorate the tables with origami Peace Cranes, such a nice reflection of this year's theme Pease Through Service. 

We had several of our members present that evening.  Sincere thanks go to our Rotary friends in Terrace for the invitation to join in this celebration evening.

 

 

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Posted on Apr 23, 2013
ImageWhat an excellent presentation!  Brad gave us his thoughts on the adult experience of RYLA North.  He has seen presentation from other younger Rylarians and knows all about the energy of RYLA.  The RYLA North story is different, not in the content of what was done, but in the way it is presented.  Everyone is an adult and treated as such.  Good things happen at RYLA at all levels.  Brad certainly enjoyed his time there, in particular discussions and outlooks shared and the super leaders in Prince George.  Here he is with our president Margaret. 
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Posted on Apr 06, 2013

April 2, 2013 meeting. 

Sincere thanks to our president-elect Cheryl for arranging to have Pat Mouland speak to us.  Pat teaches the students in Grades 2 and 3 at Nechako Elementary School.  Her students have been fundraising for the purchase of a TrailRider (see picture).  ImageThe TrailRider will allow a person unable to walk long distances to get outside and enjoy time with their friends.

The good news is the students have reached their goal!  The students will also make it available for community use.  The Lions Club was the first to donate with $7000.00, sufficient funds to meet their goal.  Still dollars kept coming in, resulting in a grand total of $16,000.  The additional fund will be set aside in an endowment fund.

  
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Posted on Mar 24, 2013
ImageOnce again, we had the privilege to hear from Kitimat Museum's Louise Avery, an update of this year's activities with Museum in a Classroom.  We have enjoyed the opportunity to support this excellent program for a few years now.  Jo Hildrebrandt presented Louise with a check for $500.00 to support the program.  The drawing are by Kildala and Nechako Elementary students.  Image
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Posted on Mar 23, 2013

ImageCheryl, Jo and Eleanor headed over to the School Board Office in Terrace to learn some great Membership Building Ideas presented by our District 5040 Membership Chair, Hans Doge.  Particularly memorable was a video showing young new Rotarians and their reasons for being Rotarians.  And then there was a thought from Hans.   Want a novel idea to open the door when approaching a person about Rotary?  Take along a Rotarian magazine with your Rotary business card attached.  I'm a Rotarian and I think you would enjoy our organization.  I'm leaving this with you so you can check us out.  The key is to go back again in a weeks time, and talk Rotary up, then again a week later to  invite them to a meeting.  Hans says he has seen more than one businessperson join Rotary after this approach. 

Lunch was catered by Linda, the gal who also takes care of all the food for our Rylarians at Lakelse.  Abolutely great!

 

Another well worth thinking about approach was that of networking - the what's in it for you in your business life?  We did a lot of sharing of ideas, were challenged by thought provoking questions, brainstormed with our colleagues from the Terrace and Smithers clubs, and came away with genuine vibrant energy for Rotary.

 

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Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Mar 08, 2013

 

In October 2012, Rotarian Joanne Hildebrandt , member of our club,  joined a team of US and Canadian Rotarians travelling to Ethiopia to take part in a National Polio Immunization Day.  Polio immunization has been a  Rotary Foundation Program since 1987.  At that time there were more than 350,000 cases reported annually.  As of 2012, that number had been reduced to 212 cases.  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and most recently Bloomberg Philanthropies have joined the global efforts to eradicate polio with their donations of millions of dollars.  This picture is one she took of a polio survivor. The second, Jo giving the vaccine to a child. 
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Joanne’s trip was one she will never forget.  With a tiny bottle of vaccine, two drops to each child, she gave a welcomed ‘special gift’ to mothers.  Their children would be protected from the dreaded disease – polio.  When asked to sum up her experience, Joanne said, “ It was a great honour to take part in this humanitarian effort.  Our group was divided in two and my group flew to Asosa to immunize in the city and surrounding villages.”  The photos she shared with us showed  two things: the humble living conditions of the villagers, and their generosity even though they had very little.

 

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    Joanne continued by saying “The RC of Kitimat has assisted two Terrace Rotarians, Lesley and Art Erasmus, with funding to support a water supply and library in Legge Taffo village aka Yeka Taffo.  I was so touched.  The school children were a delight to behold and the staff so appreciative of all that we have done for them.  Quite the contrast for me, to see a class of 64 grade 1 students and class of 70 grade 8 students, sitting in barren rooms intent on learning with extremely limited school supplies and resources.” 

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            Joanne is a special education elementary school teacher.  She is a past president of the Rotary Club of Kitimat, and president of the Board of Directors of the Kitimat Child Development Centre.  Persons volunteering to assist with this program take on the responsibility for travel and other costs tied into their commitment.  

Our club celebrates Joanne’s commitment to this Polio Plus vision to END POLIO NOW!

 

    

 

Ethiopia's children Eleanor Kendell 2013-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Jan 02, 2013

November the 25th was an action packed day for club members.  Several people stopped by earlier in the day to walk through the many items that would be auctioned, some placing prebids.  Once the clock 'chimed' noon, action began with action certainly lively on those that caught the eye of bidders. 

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The size, shape, variety of pieces appealed to different interest.  There were close to 300 opportunities to bid, all due to the generosity of Kitimat and Terrace businesses, and some from as further afield, out of town accomodations, Via Rail passes, and, why not, a ticket with Hawkair.  And then there was the stunning diamond necklace from Cooks Jewellers.  What an impressive list of auction items!   

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 All of us in Rotary send our sincere thanks to the many businesses who so generously gave their support to this Rotary year's auction.  Some $17,000+ was generated after all expenses paid.  These funds will be used to support projects here in Kitimat, scholarship, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Museum in a Classroom, Peace Day celebrations, immediately come to mind.  We also support international projects like the reforestation project in Uganda, a container shipment of medical equipment to the Philippines, and Polio Plus.

 Again, our sincere thanks to local and out of town businesses for your support. 

2012 Rotary Club of Kitimat Silent Auction Eleanor Kendell 2013-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Jun 13, 2012
Rotarian Linda Campbell found herself in the gymnasium of Kildala Elementary, one filled with excited, happy students, when she stopped by in June to present this year's recognition of their efforts that, once again, saw them receive the award as the top school in Kitimat for peace.  Councillors Rob Goffinet and Edwin Empinada (also a Rotarian) were on hand, as well as our club president, Bryan Salsbury and peace committee chair, Eleanor Kendell.
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Kildala Elementary 2012 Peace School winner Eleanor Kendell 2012-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bryan Salsbury on Apr 10, 2012
Our normal Tuesday meeting will be cancelled and instead will meet at the Hirsch Creek Gold Club Thursday April 19, 2012 with fellow Rotarian Jim Dahl from the Ketchikan, Alaska club. Please join us in fellowship and welcome our guest to Kitimat.
Tuesday April 17, 2012 meeting change. Bryan Salsbury 2012-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bryan Salsbury on Apr 10, 2012
Our normal Tuesday meeting will be cancelled and instead will meet at the Hirsch Creek Gold Club Thursday April 19, 2012 with fellow Rotarian Jim Dahl from the Ketchikan, Alaska club. Please join us in fellowship and welcome our guest to Kitimat.
Tuesday April 17, 2012 meeting change Bryan Salsbury 2012-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Feb 07, 2012
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On February 6th, filling in for committee chair Linda Campbell, Eleanor Kendell presented a framed recognition certificate to Paul Cornthwaite, principal of St. Anthony's Catholic School for their participation in the 2010-2011 Rotary Peace School's project.  There were lots of smiles in the room when Kendell asked if anyone recognized her.  Hands went up everywhere - Mrs. Claus.  On that date, anyone climbing to the top of the stairs would have seen a cork board filled with photos, and words from the students and large letters LEARN, BELIEVE, PRAY. 
This, along with the welcome sign on the door, stood out as fine examples of the many things St. Anthony's students and staff are doing that fit with the scoring on the Peace School's scoring sheets.  Sincere congratuation to all the students and staff from all of us at Rotary


Recognizing St. Anthony's Elementary School Eleanor Kendell 2012-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Jun 23, 2011

The children at Kildala Elementary celebrated their achievement as our community's first peace school on June 21st.  Members of our Kitimat council were on hand for the occasion as well as representatives from our club.  Students gathered in front of the Peace Pole, one class holding Pinwheels for Peace, to mark this happy occasion.  The pole was imprinted by Nicholas Sluyter, Mount Elizabeth Secondary School's woodworking teacher and donated by Orlando and Luiza Couto.  Each student was given a peace bracelet with the words "Give Peace A Chance" imprinted on it.   Thanks to a District of Kitimat Grant, the students enjoyed a visit to our pool the following day, an well deserved treat for this fine students.  Our Rotary Club would like to recognize Agnes Casgrain, school principal, along with her staff, for their outstanding efforts for peace in their school.  The school was also presented with a plaque that will be held in the school to mark their accomplishment.

Linda Campbell chaired  our Rotary committee for this.  The pole is beautiful. 

Kildala Elementary School - our first Rotary Peace School in Kitimat Eleanor Kendell 2011-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Jun 07, 2011

June 6th, saw the members of the Vancouver Men's Welsh Choir perform in Kitimat on two occasions, an afternoon concert for Kitimat elementary school students and the evening performance.  Rio Tinto Alcan was the major sponsor for performances on this northern B.C. tour of the choir.  Our Rotary club was the local sponsor, providing the fellows with refreshments during the intermission.  The music was a joy to listen to, filled with a love of singing, and smiles on the faces of listeners and performers alike.  The choir was joined for the final song by our Mount Elizabeth Secondary School Glee Club--the song--Let There Be Peace On Earth.  This song is used in Rotary as our official Peace Song.

 

 

Vancouver Welsh Men's Choir Eleanor Kendell 2011-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Apr 24, 2011
 

Our April 19th meeting was a celebration as we welcomed our newest member Edwin Empinado.  The induction ceremony was read by past presidents, Gareen Ball, Lynda Rocha, Robin Lapointe and I as this year’s president.  We are indeed fortunate having Edwin’ joining us as our fifth new member of the Rotary Club of Kitimat for this year.     We know he brings an enthusiasm for service and happiness in living that is contagious.

Welcome again Edwin!     

Edwin Empindo's induction Eleanor Kendell 2011-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Apr 17, 2011

Lyle McNish, Bryan Salsbury, Jo Ann Hildebrandt, Margaret Warcup and Eleanor Kendell attended the Saturday District Assembly.  This year our incoming District Chair Hans Doge decided to do things differently.  Lesley Erasmus called a few of us to ask if we would facilitate different modules of the workshop.  Hans was a fountain of Rotary knowledge something that helped to make the sessions great.  Participation was the order of the day.  Many thanks go to Lesley for all the work she did organizing the Assembly.  Kudos also go to our club Rotarians who took the two days to attend this and the Future Vision workshop.

  

District Assembly, April 16, 17 Eleanor Kendell 2011-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Apr 16, 2011
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Our April 12th meeting featured Louise Avery from the Kitimat Centennial Museum speaking on a subject that is valued by all of us, the Museum in a Classroom program.  Our Rotary Club if Kitimat has been a proud supporter of the program since its inception.  Eileen Hutson is the artist that facilitates these opportunities for children.  Teachers book sessions through the museum.  The students learn to create artwork using different materials, charcoal, watercolors, and pencil crayons as examples.  These supplies are of premier quality.  As such the costs to provide them are significant. 

Museum in a Classroom Eleanor Kendell 2011-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Apr 09, 2011

Each year the three Rotary clubs in our area join together to host an evening of fun and lively bidding to raise dollars for our Rotary Foundation.  The hosting of the event moves from club to club.  This year we kicked up heels to country music on the dance floor of the Skeena Valley Golf Course. 

A large crowd was on hand with a good many cow gals and guys dressed to the nines.  One fellow even carried his lasso and was set to ride, chaps and all.  Gerry Martin made the evening that much more fun as our auctioneer. 

 Zelda and Steve Kietzmann sat with Jo Ann, Bryan and I.  They are from South Africa, a place in this world that Jo had visited.  My there were stories to tell.  Steve was a youth exchange student with the Terrace Club some years back. 

Kudos to our club's president elect Bryan Salsbury for moving his body so well in the Macarena.  The appetizers served were EXCELLENT.   We expect the dollars generated from the auction should be quite high, all in aid of our Rotary Foundation.

 

We look forward to 2012 and another evening of memorable Rotary fellowship!

Wild, Wild West Foundation Fundraiser in Terrace Eleanor Kendell 2011-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Apr 09, 2011
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Edwin Empinado shared his experiences during his visit home to the Phillipines where he met with Rotarians from his country who coordinated the containers move at their end.  Highlights in his photos were the children with the computers in the makeshift classroom; the smiling faces of so many Pilipino people with many different items that they would be putting to good use in hospitals, schools and more.  Remarkable also was the photo of the area filled with items that actually went into the container.  It was good to hear how the Rotary World Help Network (RWHN) took care of this inventory.  Edwin was certainly impressed.   Finally there were the huge banners for RWHN and our Rotary Club of Kitimat there for all to see.

 

 

Rotary World Help Network in the Philippines - Edwin's story Eleanor Kendell 2011-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Apr 09, 2011
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It was great having Art and Leslie Erasmus join us for our Fireside on Friday.  I know of no Rotarians who can tell a better story about the Rotary Foundation that they do.  Art is a fountain of knowledge about our Foundation.  Not wanting to bog us down with details, he shared the reasons for his personal commitment, also highlighting the accomplishments of Polio Plus.  Of course, Lesley brought the personal touch to the story, the joy of seeing water spouting from the water well, the children’s love generously given, and more. 

Fireside with Art and Leslie Erasmus Eleanor Kendell 2011-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Mar 25, 2011

Brandi Thornton, adult literacy coordinator, was our guest speaker at our March 20th meeting.  Now located across from the Bank of Montreal, the new home for the Kitimat Community Service Society’s literacy program is brightly painted and welcoming. Both the staff and the public are happy with the new location.  We were told how their programming is now much broader than reading, writing and arithmetic.  The organization has programs at Delta King Place, and the senior’s centre.  

Brandi Thornton – Kitimat Community Corner Eleanor Kendell 2011-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Rob Eby and Casda Thomas were our guest speakers at Tuesday’s meeting.  As expected, their message about the RYLA Lakelse camp experience for our youth was excellent.  During their presentation, a question went out about Dragon Boats, doing this again this year, was there anyone in our club who was a Dragon Boater?  Hands went up from both sides of the table. 

Rob Eby and Casda Thomas - RYLA LAKELSE Eleanor Kendell 2011-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Our president-elect, Bryan Salsbury, has now returned from the Rotary training sessions for incoming presidents. PETS was held in Seattle: some 800 plus president-elects were in attendance   The three president-elects from our region (two from Terrace) travelled together.  In true Rotary fashion, good fun was the result.  Bryan describes the workshop sessions as informative, plenary sessions inspiring with excellent motivational speakers, and the District 5040 hospitality room as one to remember.  He was particularly inspired by a video that was show of our new Rotary International President's message for this year.  RI president, Kaylan Banerjee. is from the Rotary Club of Nai, Gujarat, India.  Reach Within to Embrace Humanity is the theme for Rotary's 2011-1012 year.

Bryan's PETS experience Eleanor Kendell 2011-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Induction of new members, Tina Slanina and Bonnie Rendell Bryan Salsbury 2011-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
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THE ROTARY CLUB OF KITIMAT'S

FOUR WAY TEST PRINT 

Rotarian Lynda Rocha shared the story of the Rotary Club of Kitimat Four Way Test Print at our February 1st meeting. how It began, how long it has been going for, how many prints we have sold and have left, and the wording in the original agreement between Haisla artist, Mervin Windsor and the Rotary Club of Kitimat.  The club is not quite half way with the sale of the prints (400 prints were made).  Anyone interested in reading more about the prints can check the downloads for the print to the left of this story on this website.

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Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Feb 07, 2011

Our Valentine's Social on Friday the 4th was a great evening!  Prizes were fun, particularly the googley Valentine red glasses with heart ‘earrings’ dangling down.  It was FUN cheering everyone on as they either strummed the guitar are rattled away on the drums.  And then there was the good natured laughter for dancers and singers.  No question is was a super evening.    Thanks to Linda Lester for taking care of the organization and all the fun prizes. 

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Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Feb 06, 2011

 

Our 2010 Wines of the World evening 

The evening of Saturday, January 29th saw the Community Room at our Riverlodge Community Centre filled with some 180 happy wine tasters.  The atmosphere was upbeat and the room colorful. Wine tasters soon were laughing and sharing stories--how their palettes did (or did not) enjoy each of the wines that were showcased.  This year's wines were from Italy, Venezuala, Spain and South Africa.  Appetizers were plentiful and well received.  One again, the chocolate fountain was a hit.  Winners of the draws for the theme baskets and the quilt were thrilled to be taking them home.  All in all it was an excellent evening.  Proceeds for the evening have now been tallied.  We are pleased to be able to say they are excellent, a little higher that $2600.00  Sincere thanks to to all those who supported our clubs efforts with this fundraiser. 

Wines of the World Eleanor Kendell 2011-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Jan 16, 2011

December 7th found all of our members heading out into the snow with Santa hats and song sheets to sing Christmas songs in Kitmat.  We visited the Super Valu, Overwaitea, Kiwanis Village and Delta King Place. 

It was certainly fun and well received by everyone who heard our music!

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Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Nov 28, 2010

Books for Babies

Karin Grossman came out to our meeting on November 21 to tell us all about a program Kitimat Public Library facilitates—their Books for Babies.  Small books are given to mothers for reading to their babies when they leave Kitimat General Hospital with their newborn child.  We learned that reading to an infant does build a strong foundation tied into their ability to learn and their  

developmental skills.  In the past, funding for this project came from government sources.  With cuts to literacy programs funding, the program no longer receives government support.   The library is looking for financial support from clubs or organizations in Kitimat so they will be able to continue the program.

Books for Babies Eleanor Kendell 2010-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Nov 11, 2010

More than just soldiers to remember…

Art Erasmus , former District 5040 District Governor, shared a thought provoking and touching story at our meeting just before Remembrance Day.  It was of a mother fleeing with six children, a 16 year old girl, and the advancing troops close on their heels.  There was a profoundly difficult decision that she had to make, and a need for strong determination  and love as she labored on. The story made us all realize how families, through no fault of their own, were hurt by the atrocities of war.

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Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Nov 11, 2010
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All of us send congratulations to Jeff Sherstabetoff, Bryan Salsbury, and Lyle McNish, the newest members of our Rotary Club of Kitimat.  Our very best wishes go to them for a rewarding time in our club.  We are looking forward to having them as players on our team.

Induction of new members Eleanor Kendell 2010-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Nov 06, 2010

 


The 2010 Rotary International Convention in Montreal

We were previleged to hear Brian Downie’s stories from the the June Convention on Tuesday. The kick off to his presentation was probably the number one passion for Brian, Polio Pluls and the inroads that have been made toward its eradication in the world.  Our partnership with the World Health Organization is succeeding.  The next story was about a woman that Brian said we all would admire, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan.  Her understanding of and dedication to resolving conflict on a global level is one to be revered.  Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, a man who has built schools in the remotest parts of Pakistan for children’s story came next.  Greg’s reasoning is if we can educate children, particularly girls, we will be starting them off with learning that will make a difference in their lives and those of their future families.  Some 14,000 Rotarians attended the convention.  This in itself had an unforgettable impact on Brian, a testimony to the commitment of Rotarians from all parts of the world to come together in fellowship.  If we every get an opportunity go to to an internatonal convention, Brian says “go”.  They are a memorable and inspiring expereince.

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Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Oct 23, 2010
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We had a pleasant evening at the City Centre Motel's meeting room with invited guests as we shared information about Rotary International and our Rotary Club of Kitimat.  Cheryl Rumley did an excellent presentation enhanced by the use of a PowerPoint slide show.  As always there was excellent food to nibble on, and good conversation.  It was our pleasure to bring the news of Rotary to some excellent Kitimat people. 
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Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Oct 23, 2010

ACT Telethon

Service Above Self came into action at the Sunday airing of this year’s telethon for several Rotarians.  Margaret Warcup chaired this year's telethon.  Linda Lester check off the acts as they came in for rehearsal, JoAnne Hildebrandt was in the backroom “counting out the money”, and Eleanor Kendell helped with decorations, Lynda Rocha was there supporting as well.  The auction funds came in around $42,000, very well done indeed.  Another year to say thank you Kitimat.

ACT Telethon (familar faces) Eleanor Kendell 2010-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Oct 21, 2010

Harold Danilkewich – speaker at our October 19th meeting

Harold now travels with passports from two different countries, Canada; his birthplace was in Saskatchewan, and Australia, the country he has chosen to adopt as his own.  Harold made the move to Australian when he was chosen to be a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.  We learned of his experiences visiting Rotary Club’s in Australia in this capacity (there was an occasion when he heard the debate on whether to allow women into Rotary).  And then there was stories about Harold work experiences in many countries of the world.  He is a mechanical engineer.  It was particularly interesting to find out about Australia’s wealth of natural resources   Harold is now the Area Superintendent for the Rio Tinto Alcan Modernization Project.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar visits our club Eleanor Kendell 2010-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Sep 23, 2010
Sept 21, 2010 dawned with clear blue skies, a delight for all of us who remember last year's rainy weather.  This year's making of our human peace sign was done in the Riverlodge parking lot.  The stage was large and beautifully decorated, we had hot chocolate for anyone who was interested, the music was perfect (as always) and the crowd of people all had smiles on their faces.  Our MLA, Robin Austin, was on hand to say a few words along with our Mayor Joanne Monaghan.  The success of Kitimat's marking of Peace Day goes far beyond Rotary: the Masons, Snowflake Seniors, Bandstra, Rio Tinto Alcan, our fire department, Riverlodge's staff, Kitimat Iron, T L & T Electric, Rylarians, MESS students, photographers Dwight Magee and Noel Gaucher, Shelley Jackson, Virginia Charron, and Monica Rigoni to name a few.  The highlight mentioned by many people was the releasing of the balloons to finish off the gathering, each one sending our message for Peace out to our community and further
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Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Sep 14, 2010
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Well done to the staff at our Kitimat Public Library.  The window display as you walk in the door is outstanding!  They have chosen several books about peacemakers, and showcased John Lennon and Yoko Ono's song--All We Are Saying Is Give Peace A Chance.  Our thanks go to librarian, Virginia Charron.
Support for Peace Day from our Library Eleanor Kendell 2010-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Sep 07, 2010
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The Kitimat Centennial Museum's  Program for young children used their small hands to create peace artwork this summer.  When we suggested the idea to Louise Avery, museum curator, she was quick to say, sure.  We’d be delighted to do this.  The drawings were hung in the City Centre Mall.   A big thank you to Rotarian Linda Campbell for getting this up and for her enthusiasm as a Rotary Peace Day ambassador! 
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Posted by Eleanor Kendell on Sep 07, 2010
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Our 2010 Rylarians from RYLA Lakelse, Carly Roberts, Sarah Khan, Joshua Alcaserba and Navjit Pannu shared their experiences at RYLA and what stories they were! They certainly were challenged in many ways, from writing and singing their teams RYLA cheers, to making use of a carpentry talent, in many cases having an electric drill in their hands for the first time. Team banners were created and of course team names chosen.  Lots of color and all very different.  It seemed the hot water ran out in the showers so cold was an unwelcomed happening.  Without questions the youths had FUN.

Rylarians tell their story Eleanor Kendell 2010-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
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September 21, 2014 brought a welcome change to Kitimat – SUNSHINE.  Yes, we were able to head outside for the Human Peace Sign photo with short sleeved shirts and no rain gear.  This was our 6th year to mark the United Nations International Day of Peace here in Kitimat and what a celebration it was.

Partnering with the Kitimat Public Library was outstanding!  Virginia Charron, Library Director, applied for and received a grant from Veterans’ Affairs Canada, allowing us the opportunity to bring two outstanding entertainers to Kitimat; Phyllis Wheaton and Tom Poole from Calgary.   Phyllis is the author of In the Mood for Peace a remarkable story of a Canadian Peacekeeper Soldier deployed to remove land mines, his death by a freak accident, and the little dolls he gave to children in war torn lands.  The story grew with the little dolls.  Today 1000s of Canadian women make Izzy Dolls which are sent to give comfort to children where they are needed.   Their performance told the story with Powerpoint pictures, songs and the simple telling of tale.

 The day showcased a Flash Mob orchestrated by young women from the Dance Kitimat involving children from this year’s Kitimat Peace School, St. Anthony’s.   Louise Barbetta said a welcoming prayer recognizing the Haisla Nation, our Mayor Joanne Monaghan spoke, we were touched by the singing of a children’s choir, Jamie Marcial’s band’s  music was savoured by all of us, youth’s from the Girl Guides of Kitimat and also Kitimat schools carried the flags of nations.  The event was also accompanied by muffins, hot chocolate, face painters and also some special door prizes.  

Many people made the day what it was.  Mayor and council for the use of Riverlodge’s gym, Susie Smeader. Hueylin Guizzo, the students from St. Anthony, Dance Kitimat, Dwight Magee for taking the peace sign photo, James Marcial the video, Leavitt Machinery, Daudet Contracting, the Library staff and many more.  Those of us in Rotary who championed the day, Linda Campbell and myself send our sincere thanks to our other ‘committee member’ Virginia for moving this salute forward.  

Eleanor Kendell, chair, 

Rotary Club of Kitimat Peace Committee

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This year will see Kitimat marking the United Nations International Day of Peace at Riverlodge.  Start time is 2:00 in the afternoon.  We will look forward to welcoming guest entertainers, Phyllis Wheaton and Tom Poole from Calgary, AB.  Phyllis is the author of In the Mode for Peace, the story of a United Nations Canadian Peacekeeping soldier who was killed when he and his fellow soldiers were attempting the removal of land mines in Croatia.  It is the story of the Izzy Doll and the impact on our world's children who so need caring, a remarkable story.  Phyllis and her band have traveled the world with their music.  We are fortunate to have them with us on Peace Day.  Credit goes to Veterans Affairs Canada for financial support and the vision of our Kitimat Public Library's administration for their being with us.  We'll finish with the making of our 6th Kitimat Human Peace Sign.  Hot chocolate and goodies for all!

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We heard from Gillian Venman, Community Link Worker and Mount Elizabeth Principal, Janet Meyer at our November 19th meeting.  Support for the school's Between the Cracks Food program  has been encouraging.  At the end of the day, every dollar donated to the program is spent.  Effort is also made to keep costs down while ensuring students are eating 'healthy food choice' foods.  There are some 36 students who take advantage of the program.  We have supported this program previously and hope to do so again. Left to right, Janet Meyer, Margaret Warcup, Gillian Venman, Cheryl Rumley and Joann Hildebrandt.

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Past District Governor Art Erasmus joined us for our November 5th meeting as we began Rotary Foundation Month.  We learned about ways to make a difference through the Rotary Foundation.  

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We learned that Rotary International serves over 33, 000 Rotary clubs Worldwide. Rotary Foundation serves by giving, collecting and dispersing funds in six areas to serve the world. They are: Promoting Peace, Fighting Disease, Providing clean water, Saving mothers and children, Supporting education and Growing local economies.  We also enjoyed hearing about a Bee Project, Bee Keeping in Ethiopia. This is being championed by Art with the support of  his club, the Rotary Club of Terrace.  The goal is to receive financial support by partnering with other clubs in our District in an application tied into this project for a Rotary Foundation grant. 

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August 24 was a big day for our Rotary Club!

Mathew Stephen, Jeff Wilken, Kevin Minaker. and Brian Wakita spent the morning moving giant rocks. 

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 The guys from Wakita Construction Limited arrived at the site  at 9:30 with Brian already at the controls of an excavator.  Two rocks were there for us to see, stacked on top of one another, most impressive but too curvy for easy placement of the plaque.  Others were selected, moved into trial placement, and finally we were happy, this will look well.  Brian then loaded them onto a flat deck, guided by the guys.  We had picked two sitting rocks, one larger for adults, one smaller for children, the big rock and smaller rocks to support it.  Then down to Centennial Park to move them into place.  A second excavator, smaller than the first one, was used to move the rocks up over the lawn.  Protection material was laid before the tracks to offset any possible damage.  The process continued with the huge jaws of the machine able to hammer rocks into place.  Here is the end result.  Smiling faces of all the guys.  Rotarian Robin Lapointe orchestrated this exercise from Rotary's end, with Margaret Warcup, Brad Hildebrandt and Eleanor Kendell on hand to add their help where needed.

All of us in the Rotary Club of Kitimat send our sincere thanks to them.  What a great team!  This is a huge in-kind donations to the club and it is so appreciated!  Thank you Wakita Construction Limited.

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ImageRather than our regular meeting at the Golf Course to end off our 2012-13 year, members decided to take in an Open House hosted by LNG Canada.  It proved to be a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the proposed project.  Good visual were posted on the wals, a video told the story, there were a good many Shell employees available to answer questions, along with literature for the taking.  It was a festive occasion, tents with abundant seating, burgers or hot dogs, chips etc. to satisfy appetites.   Rob Seeley, manager for this project, gave us an update of where the project is now, and just how long it will likely take for it to come to fruition.  This is a proposed project that his team is working hard to see realized.  The timeframe anticipated is a ten year one.  Hereditary Chief, Sammy Robinson, spoke for the Haisla, while Mayor Joanne Monaghan spoke for council.  For those with a sweet tooth, a giant cake cutting finished off the celebration.  LNG Canada is located in the former Methanex administration building.
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April 9th was certainly a treat evening for us.  Rotarian Agnes Casgrain, principal of the school, gave us a tour of this beautiful resource centre.  Moreover, she spoiled us all with dinner, chicken, salads, veggies and more!  We learned the significance behind this room and of its importance, particularly to Haisla children.  The room showcases outstanding Haisla artwork and photos with their stories of Haisla role models.Image
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 Our Christmas brunch at Lynda Rocha's was WOW - special.  Great fun, lots of delicious food, silly gifts, yes, so many laughs.  What a nice memory of Rotarian's having a good time together.  We were particularly blessed to have Ava and Lucca, our Queen Lucy's two children with us.  So impressive having you with us Lucy - Ava, was is just a week old?  She is a beautiful new member for your family.  Of course, Lucca stole the show again.

An added unexpected happening ended the day, Lynda presented Eleanor with a Rotarian of the Year recognition, a lovely hand etched wooden box created by Heidi Born.  Here we all are smiling happily together!

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After Joanne's presentation we were inspired to group together this shot, our We are This Close to ending polio now.

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 Councillor Rob Goffinet accepted the framed Peace Declaration, signed by all members of council and Rotary Club of Kitimat, at a recent District of Kitimat Council meeting.  Eleanor Kendell made the presentation on behalf our Rotary Club

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2011

Awakening to heavy rains, the day did not look promising!  And the rain continued on.  Good news came mid afternoon when the fellows were setting up the trailer.  The tents went up, rain now reduced to a steady drizzle, with small glitches addressed by the boys taking care of the stage.  A couple of hours later the stage was ready for our musicians to take over.

The Sikh Temple fellows arrived with their delicious samosa and more, and soon the Filipino ladies were on hand with their kabobs.  Families started arriving for food and the good feeling of Peace Day began  The Peace Doves mini parade started off promptly at 6:45 .  The doves were 'carried by Girl Guides and their leaders.  What a joy it was to follow the Spirit of the Kitlope Dancers as they led us in our parade around Riverlodge.  Where drumming motivates!  When we arrived at the stage, the music was playing.  John, Nadia and Susie were out again this year.  Mayor Monaghan was on hand to give thoughts from the United Nations president and also wishes for peace that come from our community.  Our Rotary Rylarians (youths who  have attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camps) read the meanings behind the letters of PEACE and also the 4Rs of the Rotary Peace Credo.  Then we heard from our Rotary president, Bryan Salsbury.  Bryan talked about our international theme for this year, Reach Within to Embrace Humanity and its fit with our Kitimat Club's vision to make Kitimat a Rotary Peace Community. 

 And there were balloons galore again this year.  Many smiles on the faces of young and old alike.  After picking up our balloons from our Rylarians, we moved across the parking lot to where the human peace sign markings had been laid out on the ground by the fellows from the Masons.  They moved us into position, we listened for the word from photographer, Dwight Magee up in the bucket truck, and soon the word went out, three, two, one, go.  Such a sight to see them fly up so quickly. And our firemen were out again this year to cheer us on!  

When all was done, we passed our handshakes or hugs for peace.  And the wish went out - MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH. 

For more photos of Peace Day please view our photo album.

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What's that saying?  Better late than...

With vacation time, business commitments out of town and more, our club found itself doing our installation of officers far later than originally planned.  Still, the occasion was an impressive one.  We gathered at the City Centre Motel, room provided thanks to Lynda Rocha.  The lasagna was "the best", great salads and desserts, not surprising made by Rotarians.  Lesley Erasmus, our Area Governor, officiated at the ceremony.  Sworn into office were, Margaret Warcup, President, Robin Lapointe, Secretary, Lyle McNish, Treasurer, Cheryl Rumley, President Elect, Eleanor Kendell, Director of Public Relations, Jo Hildebrandt, Director of Club Administration.  Gareen Ball was Master of Ceremonies for the evening.  The star for the evening was, once again, young Lucca, Lucy Zanardo's son.  What a delight to have him with us!  Unfortunately missing from the evening was Bryan Salsbury, our past president.  With the heavy snowfall on the Terrace-Kitimat highway, he was in an accident where his truck was completely totalled.  The good news is he came out of it with headaches and scratches but no serious injuries and is now back pretty much fully recovered.

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 Our club in association with the Kitimat Phil-Can Society organized a Pinoy Fiesta to help raise money for the container of medical supplies that was sent to the Philippines last year. It was a very successful evening thanks to the hard work of Lynda Rocha, Edwin Empinado the Dragon Cafe and all the volunteers. Together we celebrated with great food, dancing and music along with a special presentation on the container project. Sharing the impact of the container project with the 125+ community members in attendance truly a magnificent addition to the night. 
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What a beautiful day to have Hans visiting our community!  August the 9th was spectacular!  Hans had an opportunity to see a little bit of our community and the different projects that our club has done.  Hans was taken out at Hospital Beach Park, a spot where our club has held picnics.    We moved on to the Rotary Gazebo in Centennial Park.  During the summer the two gazebos were painted by youths from a group called SHARE, a project coordinated by the Baptist Church.  The youths were a happy lot to work with and certainly dedicated to sharing. 

We gathered at Robin Lapointe's home for a barbeque, and yes we had fresh caught salmon on the grill.  Our Area Governor Lesley Erasmus along with her husband Art joined us from Terrace.  Hans shared some humorous stories and certainly an inspiring message.  Memorable was a Rotary challenge, one we all are aware of, the Bill Gates initative and what Rotarians are doing to match it.  Hans also encourage to not be afraid of change, essentially to consider anything and everything that will advance our organization, its membership and its value to everyone.  We were credited for all the work we have done as a club and told his 'door is open any time'.  All we have to do is 'knock'.

The evening was brightened with a visit from young Lucca, Rotarian Lucy Zanardo's new son.   Not surprisingly, his visit caught everyone's attention. 

Thanks go to all Rotarians for bringing along delicious salads, desserts and appetizers. 

 

 

 

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 At our October 9th meeting, members of our Rotary Club of Kitimat were pleased to witness the installation of Agnes Casgrain by our president Margaret Warcup and president elect Cheryl Rumley.  it was a time for celebration with everyone sharing their own stories afterwards - why I came into Rotary?   Below is a snapshot taken at our meeting place with Margaret, Cheryl, Jo Anne Hildebrandt, Agnes's sponsor, and Agnes.  A warm Rotary welcome to you Agnes!

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KITIMAT – THE THIRD ROTARY PEACE COMMUNITY IN CANADA

(CLOSELY FOLLOWED BY PEMBERTON ON SEPTEMBER 22nd)

Roger Cram was the first speaker at the Rotary International Peace Summit back in 2008.  Reading the program before leaving Kitimat I wondered where Modeling Future Heroes would take us.  The answer—a voyage of learning and rewarding experiences.  Today I have three of the 14 Attributes of Heroes for Peace in front of me that Roger sent along at my request. They are on the wall above my desk—Perseverance, Change and Vision.  All three have cheered me along the way.   It is “Vision” , however, that gave our Rotary Club of Kitimnat the goal, gave us the stepping stones, and in its pursuit gave us success. 

Here is Roger’s quote for vision:

 (Vision) Envision things as wonderful as they can be, not as they are, and then strive to create positive change toward these envisioned goals. All great accomplishments started as a vision that others could not see.

On September 21st, 2012, our Rotary Club of Kitimat saw a vision for peace brought to us by other Rotarians at that Summit—Rotary Peace Communities—become a reality.  Kitimat is now a Rotary Peace Community. 

ImageOur Rotary Peace Community Declaration Agreement is signed by Mayor Joanne Monaghan, Councillor Mario Feldhoff, Councillor Edwin Empinado, Councillor Ro Goffinet, Councillor Corinne Scott, Councillor Philip Germuth, and Councillor Mary Murphy.  Signing for our club are our President Margaret Warcup and Peace Committee Chair, Eleanor Kendell. 

In the agreement we have pledged to each other that we will promote “Peace, Understanding and Goodwill” between people residing here and in communities around the world, by making the following resolutions:

Share our time and material resources in a spirit of generosity to put an end to exclusion, injustice and, political and economic oppression;

Promote consumer behavior that is responsible and development practices that respect all forms of life and preserve the balance of nature on the planet;

Contribute to the development of our community, with the full participation of all people and respect for democratic principles in order to create solidarity together.

Rotary Community Peace Credo

Respect for cultural diversity, and the life and dignity of every person,

without discrimination or prejudice;

Rejection of violence towards all people in all its forms;

Resolution of conflict within local and global communities;

Reconciliation of differences in the pursuit of harmony.

In spite of windy weather, the evening ran smoothly.  Smiling faces were everywhere, music filled the air with a delightful children’s choir adding their charm and talent.  The Spirit of the Kitlope dancers lead us out of the theatre for the making of our fourth Kitimat Human Peace Sign.  Our two giant peace doves, made by following Jane Goodall’s pattern from Roots and Shoots, were also front and centre.  There were excellent messages from our MLA Robin Austin, Shelley Bolton speaking for the Haisla Nation, our Mayor Joanne Monaghan and Rotary president Margaret Warcup.  The evening finished off by everyone sharing a peace handshake with friends around them and the singing of Rotary’s “Peace Song” Let There Be Peace On Earth.

Thanks go to so many Kitimat businesses, organizations and people for making the evening a success.

For the end Rotary Peace Community result, long distance thanks go to Rotarians from afar who answered our peace questions, peace school questions, cheered us on.  First to Anna Jurak, who chaired the committee that saw Windsor become a Peace Community.  and Jennifer Jones, chair of the 2008 Peace Summit (Windsor ON).  To Roger Cram, who shared all 14 attributes with me and allowed me to use portions of his PowerPoint when we started this all off.  And then via e-mail Geoffrey Little (Wagga Wagga, Australia), the fellow who started Peace Cities rolling and his definition for the letters of P E A C E  Jeffrey Reiss, (Koh Samui Thailand), who I first found with his website for Rotary Peace Communities, a fine Rotary Peace Ambassador.  (both Jeffs are now friends now that I’ve met them at the Bangkok Conference) to Dean Rohrs, who was the District Governor that encouraged us to go to the Peace Summit. For this I will always be grateful.  Bob Blacker, Penny Offer and Hans Doge (Vancouver BC), Rebecca MacPherson (Quesnel BC), all District 5040 Governors, excellent supporters for this peace initiative, Wilf Wilkinson, (Woodstock ON), Rotary International President at the time of the summit and the fellow who tells me “Go for it” and does it with his infectious smile, Roger Cram (Hiram, Ohio), I’m already mentioned Roger, Bashir El-Khalafawi (Parksville BC), how also started me on our way with Parksville’s Peace story—the first Rotary Peace Community in Canada, Pramila Sinha (Edmonton AB), who, along with husband Shall, a Peace Model sharing her personal inspiring stories  Nancy Wilson (Prince Rupert BC) and Lesley Erasmus (Terrace BC), our Area Governors during this time and  most recently Kalyan Banerjee (Vapi India)

 

Eleanor Kendell

Chair of the Rotary Club of Kitimat Peace Committee

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The first weekend in July is always a great one at Lakelse Lake.  This year was no acception.  Youths from several different communities in our District came together to be part of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards experience.  Without question, they shone!  Our 2012 Rylarians were Jamie Marcial, Isaiah Fos, and Brittany Hawkins.  It was great to see them in action, part of different teams making RYLA banners, working together to build an outdoor armchair of wood, carry 5 gallon jugs of water so they had a feel of what it would it would have been like to do this as a child in Ethiopia where water was carried long distance each day so the village has water.  The camp ended up with a chance for everyone to try Dragon boating, certainly something you need to do as in sync.  Rotarians and Dragon Boaters from Kitimat helped out with this and a couple of us stayed for the most part of the weekend. 
Here we our with our Rylarians in front in blue, RYLA leader from Kitimat, Navjit Pannu, from our club Lyle McNish, Josh Callahan, Cheryl Rumley, Eleanor Kendell, Margaret Warcup and Lucy Zanardo.  Dragon boaters complete the picture.  See photo album for more pictures...

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With the help of our Rylarians and members of the MESS Glee Club, Rotary flew two Peace Doves in the July 1st Parade.  Everyone was in good spirits in spite of the rain.  It was great having friends cheer us on as we walked and also humorous to overhear the doves called BIG BIRDS and even parrots.  But there were many who called out Peace Doves.    A big thank you goes to Bonnie Rendell for making the frames for their heads, also to Lois Godfrey for her work sewing sheets together and drawing out a template.  Margaret Warcup and Eleanor Kendell had fun sewing or pinning their bodies and wings in place the day before the parade.  Robin Lapointe did the "Join us on September 21st" sign to mark the United Nations International Day of Peace.  There is a potential for having our doves in the Riverboat Days parade in Terrace.  Our Rotary pals there have expressed interest.

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Another night for celebration! Our installation of officer for the upcoming year took place at the Kitimat Rod and Gun Club

Lesley Erasmus, our 2011-12 District 5040 Northwest Area Governor came from Terrace to present the pins to our incoming board members and lead them in the installation formal procedure.  And we are:

 

President – Bryan Salsbury

Secretary – Luci Leite Fossl

Treasurer – Lyle McNish

President Elect – Margaret Warcup

Past President – Eleanor Kendell

Director of Membership – Cheryl Rumley

Director of Club Service – Jo Ann Hildebrandt

Director of Administration – Lynda Rocha

Director of Foundation – Eleanor Kendell

Director of Public Relations – Josh Callahan

 

We were treated with pasta done by Lucy and her Mom, an indulgence that we always delight in, salads and deserts organized by Margaret with everyone pitching in to help with setup and takedown.  Credit goes to Luci and Gareen for taking care of all the many

details that went into the preparations that made this evening such a success.  It was delightful having Sara Weeres on hand to play the piano for us.  Then add to this the Curry in a Hurry dance that included Navjit and Harjit Pannu, what talent in our youth.  All three are Rylarians. Rotarians joined us from both Terrace clubs.  We also welcomed several guests from our community and friends.  It was our honor to have Mayor Joanne Monaghan in attendance. We wish the incoming executive every success as we move into our new Rotary year!

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June 28th saw many of us at Radley Park for a very special occasion, Josh Callahan’s induction into our club.  The ceremony was read by past presidents Robin Lapointe and Lucy Zanardo along with president Eleanor Kendell.  The words are meaningful, very much a reflection of Rotary, what it stands for, and a sincere welcome to Josh as he joins our ranks.  Of course, we enjoyed great food and a happy atmosphere.

 

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 When it comes to the perfect place for a relaxing, friendly atmosphere, there's nothing like a back yard BBQ.  Such was the case when we got together to wish Linda and Don all the best as they head off to their new home in Merritt.  Their stories make it sounds beautiful and we know it will be great for them to be close to family again.  Still it is with sadness that we bid our Rotarian Linda a fond fairwell.  She will certainly be missed.   
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Dance and band students join with organizers of the Arts Festival WeekSparked by a request for help from our committee organizing the VMWChoir's visit, members of Kitimat Arts for Youth were inspired to think, why not see if we can have an Arts Festival?  From this, ideas flew via e-mail, meetings were held, and the organization began.  There would be a dance performance, MESS school play, music, performance. a display of drama costuming from On Cue, readings and more at the museum, A display of children's art work and also one for secondary school students, an opening reception, finishing off with an evening with the Naden Band.  Many thanks go to Bechtel and the District for their strong support.  This first ever happening was a fine success.  We look forward to a 2nd Arts Festival in 2012.

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November 26th's Rotary Auction found many enthusiastic bidders out to our storefront location across from Big Jim's Spirit Store.  The bidding was energetic, particulary on popular items.  Margaret Warcup, chair for the auction says profits were around $10,000, a sum that will be used to support several ungoing initiatives in Kitimat.  Notable among these are scholarships for youths, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Kitimat Arts for Youth, the United Nations International Day of Peace, Rotary Peace Schools, and Museum in a Classroom.   We also support the Rotary Foundation, and have been part of  projects in Uganda, Mexico, Ethiopia and Haiti.  We recently sent a container to the Phillipines through the Rotary World Help Network.  The idea for the project to send dental equipment to the Phillipines came from Edwin and Doris Enpinado and was chaired by Rotarian Lynda Rocha. 

The members of our Rotary Club send sincere thanks to all the businesses and individuals who gave so generously with auction items and financial support.  It is this help that allows us to contribute to our community and the world beyond

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As luck would have it, rain clouds appeared on Tuesday and with them a damper when it came to touring Kitimat.  In true Rotary fashion the negative was turned into a positive.  Margaret, Lynda and Eleanor joined Penny and Chris at the golf course for lunch.  Lynda and Eleanor then took Chris and Penny to see projects that our club has done, the Gazebos, Soccer concession, Rod and Gun kitchen, etc.  The meeting with our executive went well with everyone well prepared going in, then it was over to Eleanor's place for food and fellowship.  Penny gave us an inspiring message where she looked at Rotary as a garden with so many blooms in it, all very different, all adding their something to make the garden special.   We were challenged to continue to promote the excellence of our organization. 
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We were honored to have 3 unexpected visitors at our August 17th meeting, Stacey Brown, Sadish Kulkarni and his wilfe Savitri.   Sadish was president of his Rotary club in Bombay, India in 1988-1989 when our club sponsored Stacey Brown’s exchange to India.  Their story begins with a snapshot taken during that year, Sadish with shocking black hair and mustache, his wife “Sazsy” their two young daughters and a teenage Stacey.  A note from Stacey asked for a commitment--you will come to my wedding--and the answer was 'yes'.  Years passed and the word came to come to the wedding.  The story continued with the Kulkarni's being at the wedding celebration in Hazelton, paddling up the river in canoes and more. Stacey will always be close to her "Daddy".  This trip is the Kulkarni's second to Canada. 
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What great food! What great company! And excellent story telling.  Although our numbers were few on the 27th, I must say it was a fine time together.  Sincere thanks to Linda Lester for arranging the evening.  We were treated with chrysanthemum on the tables, delightful lime green and turquoise blue tableware—such a nice atmosphere.  Rylarians Ting Ya Guizzo and Maytel Runions joined us giving us a chance to catch up on their year away at university and plans for the future.  Don Lester and Doug Rumley were also out for the picnic.

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Without question, RYLA Lakelse shone in more ways than one. The youths were great, filled with energy, insight,and fun. Their teamwork shone! The sun shone! The water sparkled and with a little practice it wasn't long before Rylarian paddlers shone! Rob Eby, the Rotary Club of Prince Rupert, was its excellent organizer, assisted by Casda Thomas from the Rotary Club of Smithers and our own Kitimat Rylarian, Meghan Marshall. District 5040's District Governnor Penny Offer, along with RYLA South organizer Angi De Stefanis, were also on hand for RYLA. Look for their pictures in the photo album.
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New officers begin their year

Secretary Bonnie Spry, Foundation chair, Luci Leite Fossl, Club Administration Chair, Linda Lester, Membership Chair, Cheryl Rumley,Service Project Chair, Lucy Zanardo, President-elect, Margaret Warcup  and president, Eleanor Kendell--all for a one year slate, along with  Treasurer for two years slate Jo Ann Hildebrandt and showed their commitment to the Rotary Club of Kitimat when they took their oath of office.

 

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The best of Eleanor's pictures taken at the "Catch a Rainbow" District Conference May13-16th are posted in the Photo Album. We sold four of our club's 4-Way Test prints at our booth.
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Dean Rohrs took the time to visit with us in Kitimat for a couple of days after our District 5040 Conference in Prince Rupert. She shared thought provoking Powerpoint presentation that included statistics about our club and some forward thinking questioning about Rotary and where we think we will be fifteen years from now.
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President Jo Ann Hildebrandt presented Louise Avery and Huey Lin Guizzo with a check for $1000.00 on behalf of the Rotary Club of Kitimat at our May 11th meeting. Kitimat Arts for Youth is a program that supports all visual and performing arts in Kitimat.
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Thursday, April 22nd, saw Jake Bilash, Page Gould and Elyse Gairnder climbing on board the Hawkair flight to Vancouver, the first leg of their jouney to RYLA South. The students overnighted with Rotarians in Vancouver before heading to Camp Jubilee.
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Dennis shared some history about his hobby: an aged book describing each bird, then a newer large volume that followed, and moving into today an easy to carry book with colored drawings of birds and their habitat. We had the good fortune of seeing beautiful slides of birds, all of them taken in our region, mainly by Dennis.
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The Council of Legislation ratified the vote for Resolution 10-71 regarding Rotary Peace Communities with a majority vote 405 in favor, 101 opposed. 506 representative voted.
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The daily voting results are being posted on the Rotary International website. Check them out - file tab MEMBERS then Policies and Procedures. Since the results will shape Rotary's future, and the voting results are interesting tied into the resolutions, they are are a worthwhile read. The Council is now in session through to Friday, April 30rd. District 5040's Past President, Chris Offer, is our representative. 531 Districts will be represented. The Council takes place in Chicago.
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Linda Lester, Margaret Warcup, Cheryl Rumley, Jo Ann Hildebrant and Eleanor Kendell have now completed 158 cranes from the 200 we need for our contribution to the District Convention. We've had a lot of fun doing this. Linda is SO creative. We hope these tiny "ambassadors of peace" will bring good memories to mind when fellow Rotarians hang them at home. in their window when they return home.
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Margaret Warcup expects to be finishing off the paperwork and sending off the $2500.00US that will see our club's partnership with the Rotary Club of Juarez Integra FEED FOR LEARNING project becoming a reality. The project is to provide food supplies for voluteer parents to prepare 32,000 healthy means for 160 chidren for a full school year. According to the Juarez University's Social Work Department, the cildren of the Justo Sierra elementary school have difficulties to learn because of malnutrition. This project involved three countries, Mexico, Canada and the United States. Credit for intitiating this Matching Grant goes to our Past President, Gareen Ball.
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Linda Lester, Jo Ann Hildebrant and Eleanor Kendell attended the Future Vision training on Sunday the 18th. With two people from our club having attended this workshop, our club is now eligible to move forward toward participation in this pilot. A Memorandum of Understanding will need to be signed by our 2010-2011 club president and club president-elect. Past District Governor Kevin Conway, who hails from Tsawwassen, facilitated this workshop. He chairs our District Rotary Foundation Grant's program (DRFC). Vice-chairman, Past District Governor, Art Erasmus, from Terrace has agreed to tell our club all about it at one of our upcoming meetings.
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Hosting Melanie, Alvin and R.J. along with team leader Elvie, was certainly a privilege for our club. Their presentation at our April 20th meeting was informative, both for ourselves and our guests from Kitimat's Phillipine community. Sincere thanks go to Lynda Rocha and Lucy Zanardo for coordinating the schedule for this visit. Needless to say, the dessert sundaes after our meeting were a hit with everyone. The team left early Wednesday morning to travel by train to Prince George. We wish them well and look forward to seeing them again at our District 5040 Conference in Prince Rupert.
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Linda Lester, Jo Ann Hildebrant, Margaret Warcup and Eleanor Kendell attended our District 5040 District Assembly in Terrace on Saturday April 17th. They left with this key messaging, BIGGER, BETTER, BOLDER clubs. Clubs were encourage to think "outside the box" and try something new. The assembly was facilitated by our District Governor Elect Penny Offer, District Trainer, Dean Rohrs, and Mary Watson, Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair
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