Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Shuswap (Salmon Arm)

'Service Above Self'

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Upstairs First Community
Okanagan at 5th St.SE
Salmon Arm, BC
Upcoming Programs
Tuesday Meetings 6PM
April 2  Meeting
April 9  Exec. Meeting
April 16  Meeting
April 20 Rotary Food Drive 9am-12pm
April 23 Meeting
April 27 Haney Spring Clean up  9am-1pm
April 30 Club Social
Happy Environment Month!
Club Executive
Past President
Community Service
Community Service - Youth
Club Service - Social
International Service
The Rotary Foundation
Club Public Relations
Peace Building Committee Chair
Shuswap Rotary Club Links
District 5060 Website:
Rotary Youth Exchange Website:
Rotary in Salmon Arm:
Shuswap Rotary was fascinated with the program tonight by Rajula Gupta who is a tea taster. He told us about tea, how it's grown and marketed, and how to brew a perfect cup.  Pre-heat the pot. 1 tsp of tea per cup, plus one for the pot, brew one minute, serve! (It gets bitter and acidic after that, and then you'll need sugar and milk for it to be palatable). If you've bought a brand of tea in one country, and thought the very same brand in another country didn't taste the same- you're right! Even the big companies blend for the local market.
Rajula has the Foods of India store in downtown Salmon Arm, across from Askews and next to Acorn Music.
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Current Assistant Governor Chris Davis visited Shuswap Rotary on March 19th to tell us about himself and show us his tie signed by incoming Rotary International President Stephanie Urchick which he purchased at President Elect Training in Seattle for a donation to the Rotary Foundation.
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Past Assistant Governor Penny Brown honoured Shuswap Rotary member Rita Greggor with an individually sponsored Paul Harris Award for Rita's community volunteerism. Rita is active in many organizations besides Rotary where she is our Club Service chair. Rita shows up with enthusiasm and gets things done!
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Debbie Cannon, President of the Salmon Arm BC 55+ Games committee brought a team to present to Shuswap Rotary this evening.  The games are coming to Salmon Arm Sept 10-14, 2024 and they're going to need lots of volunteers and are looking for sponsors, as well.  You can learn all about the opportunities to support this  amazing event from their website.

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February 27 Shuswap Rotary welcomed representatives of School District 83 to tell us about Pink Shirt Day and the district policies and practices to support anti-bullying and to promote kindness in the schools and community.  Gillian Dawes-Taylor SD83 Director of Student Services explained the 9 focus areas to ERASE negatives and EMBRACE positives.  
e.g. erase cyberbullying, embrace online safety; erase bullying, embrase kindness; erase racism, embrace diversity. 

Ariana Scholinger, Jackson Science and Student Leadership teacher spoke to the specific way the policies play out in the school and what leadership that's student led looks like.  We have very inspiring young people in our schools! 

Photo: Prez Jody, Gillian Dawes-Taylor, and Ariana Scholinger

Shuswap Rotary welcomed author Patti Shales Lefkos on Feb 20.  Patti gave an inspiriting presentation about trekking 800 km of the Great Himalayan Trail with her husband Barry Hodgins last fall at the ages of 77 and 76.  Patti has a charitable foundation that built a school in Nepal. They have sponsored students' education and building school libraries.  Patti is the author of Nepal One Day at a Time and Grounded by Granite.  She is currently writing an account of the 2023 trek to be entitled, Nepal: It's Never Too Late.  Patti is a member of the Kalamalka Rotary Club of Vernon, BC.

Here Patti is thanked by President Jody.

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Shuswap Rotary sponsored Salmon Arm Secondary Jackson and Sullivan campus wrestlers to attend the recent Chilliwack STORM Wrestling tournament.  We were delighted with their thank you letter which celebrates that 12 of the 20 students who attended earned top 3 medals in their weight classes.  Well done SAS wrestlers!

Shuswap Rotary welcomed Tim Gibson and Monica Kriese from the Shuswap Children's Association to tell us about the many programs they have that serve nearly 600 children from Enderby to Revelstoke. Visit their website to see how they're helping kids and their families thrive.  President Jody presented Tim and Monica with coveted Shuswap Rotary mugs and will fund  20 children to be innoculated against polio in their honour.  
The three local Rotary clubs are inviting the community to help us raise $150,000 to install a rubberized walking track in the arena.  This surface is much safer for the folks of all ages who walk in the area, and will last for many years.  Shuswap Rotary (the evening club), Salmon Arm Daybreak Rotary, and the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm (the lunch club) are working together on this iniative. Please contact rob_marshall @ shaw. ca if you'd like to contribute to this project!
At our January 16, 2024 meeting, Shuswap Rotary was pleased to welcome Howard DeLong from Shuswap Theatre to hear about their renovations, and to provide a cheque to cover installation of much needed air conditioning for the Green Room.  Presenting the cheque was Rotary Ralph Owens who, along with his late wife Norma, was a very active member of the Shuswap Theatre community in the 1970s and 80s.
Shuswap Rotary welcomed former member and Friend of Rotary Vahlleri Semeniuk to tell us about the Second Harvest in Salmon Arm, which each week helps ~300 folks facing food insecurity.  Second Harvest has an interesting shopping model, where folks can choose items from the shelves that meet their specific needs.  They are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday.  You can find more information on the Shuswap Second Harvest website.  
Shuswap Rotary was delighted to welcome Ben Gartner, president of the Salmon Arm Horseshoe Club and present him with a donation to support the Horseshoe Club's preparations for the upcoming Seniors' Games.  
Image: Ben Gartner and Rotarian Doug Cole
150 people enjoyed a great night of Music, Food, Games and Bidding all for the projects our Community gets assisted from Shuswap Rotary.
OurAuctioneer Marvin Crown and MC Rob McKibbon.
Wonderful Job Gentlemen!
John Hansen, spoke on Support to the Arts, Mike Boudreau,  Kathy Dunfield, on Barani Elementary and Secondary School, Gene Tymkiw on Seniors Services.
Back at more participation in Shuswap Rotary now she has retired, Past President Steve Genn presents Shawn Bird with her Paul Harris award.
                 International cooperation between The Dolly Parton Imagination Library
          and LASS, the Shuswap partner. Shuswap Rotary presents a cheque to Terra Stephenson                         and Thomas Briginshaw. Rotarians are Ria Greggor, James Bowlby and the Chair of                                   the Application Committee, Kathy Dunfield.
Local Program Partner The Literary Alliance SS promotes the program, finds and enrolls children, secures funding and pays a small community portion per child per month. Community-raised funds go 100% to serving children in this community. Shuswap Rotary is excited to donate over $7,000 to ensure children get books in November and December.
One of the Societies Shuswap Rotary Supports Is the Family Resource Centre.
 Executive Director Of Shuswap Family Resource Centre, Patricia Thurston, receives three members of Shuswap Rotary, James Bowlby, Rita Greggor, and Kathy Dunfield, Chair of Applications.
Thanks to Fred Goodman for these photos.
Everybody loves a parade and Rotarians do too.
Fred Goodman gets his Ninth Paul Harris Award
Past President Steve Genn Pins Fred Goodman with his Paul Harris Award.
The award is named after the founder of Rotary International.
Rev. Jenny Carter - for being an inspirational leader and bringing the United Church in Salmon Arm to the forefront of equality for all, helping those in need and supporting all aspects of the community. One of the highlights of her ministry has been a focus on The Future, “Sharing What We Have,” and always being aware of the Environment. As a chef, she has organized the ‘Catering Crew at First.” Hundreds of people attend and enjoy the free Wednesday lunch. She has also gained praise from two Rotary Clubs which enjoy meals at their meetings held at First.
A number of organizations have found a home on the second floor of the Community Hall: Voice of the Shuswap, LGBTQA2S+, The Metis Office, and others.
Steve Genn is pictured here with Fernando Castro, a former Exchange student in Salmon Arm a number of years ago. His visit was so good he came back.
This is a fitting photo as Steve is an activist of the Exchange program.
Steve Genn received the Paul Harris for being an awesome president by taking on the role and carrying our club through the year. Generous and supportive of the club and the community. Besides his personal generosity at Shuswap Rotary’s auction, Steve has been an incredible supporter of our Exchange student program, encouraging new students by visiting new and old exchange students in Europe this summer.
Shuswap Rotary is so Proud of the Dance Team of Barani Elementary
We are so glad we could help them with funds to get to the Coast Region of Kenya Music Festival
The Faithful Few attended the Opening of the Playground area that many Shuswap Rotarians worked on. Fred, John, Sherry, Rita and Janice celebrate the event.
The club over a 2 year period conceptualized, designed, crafted & installed the various elements of the outdoor portion of the Children’s Discovery Centre.     
What are we doing for homeless people?
A very Informative presentation was given by Glenda  Cooper. We have a real problem and there are solutions in the works.
New Covered Space.
Shuswap Rotary members. Fred Goodman, Rita Greggor, James Bowlby and New President Jody Boudreau. are shown the new indoor out door space at the Family Resource centre  by Patti Thurston who used a Shuswap Rotary Grant.
Always ready with a camera, Past President MJ Johnston with Patti Thurston.
The Three Salmon Arm Rotary Clubs worked together on an area Food Drive
Top Photo: Councillor Kevin Flynn, Director of Second Harvest, Vahlleri Semeniuk,  Rotarians Fred Goodman and Mark Ellis. Bottom Vahlleri and Rich Smith.
Food is going to Chase, Second Harvest Salvation Army and Women's Shelter food Banks.
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