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Shuswap (Salmon Arm)

'Service Above Self'

Meetings are held every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
The Prestige Harbourfront Hotel
251 Harbourfront Drive NE
Salmon Arm, BC  V1E 2W7
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Our new exchange student, Guillermo Hernandez arrived safely Thursday night (August 23) from Alicanté, Spain. He is a charming boy and it’s been a pleasure getting to know him. 15 years old with a birthday on Dec 28th. He will be attending SASS in grade 11. His English is fairly good and he likes to eat anything. He plays the drums & piano. He rows back at home and likes soccer & basketball. 
At Barani Primary School in Kenya 24 girls, aged 7 to 9, have been singing and dancing their way through various levels of school music festival competitions and winning each to reach the National finals in August 2018.  As part of their school music program they learn to perform tribal based songs which include dancing and acting out traditional stories. These girls, who have never travelled farther than they can walk from their simple mud homes near the city of Mombasa, now find themselves travelling 700 km with 2 teachers to compete in the country’s top educational music festival. 

In a country where most families and schools do not have funds to pay for travel and costumes, these girls received financial assistance from generous individual Rotarians and Friends of Rotary which made going to Regional finals and National finals possible.  These young girls, through their winning performances, are gaining confidence, self respect and self esteem which are foundations for future leaders in Kenya, one of the aims of Shuswap Rotary through its Kenyan projects.
Shuswap Rotary provides 550 lunches daily for needy students at Barani Primary School.  It also sponsors 20 students to complete Grades 9 to 12 in a country where there is no government funding of secondary schools.
 
With deep sadness, Shuswap Rotary regrets the passing of Madame Alice Mugwe, teacher at Barani Primary School at Mtwapa, Kenya.  She passed suddenly on Monday, May 7, 2018.  Mme Alice will be remembered for her warm heart, her love for the students of Barani Primary, and for her amazing coordination of the Shuswap Rotary food program that fed 550 students daily. 
"On April 21st, our Rotary Clubs collected 6000 lbs. of food on our 1st Annual Food Drive.  More than 60 volunteers participated, including some from the food banks and churches, and also our three Interact students and two inbound Exchange Students.
 
Over 6600 pounds of food was collected.  The food was distributed to the Salvation Army Food Bank, the 2nd Harvest Food Bank, and the Safe Society.
 
A big thank you to the people in the community who supported the Food Drive by leaving their bags of groceries outside for us to pick up."
 
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The Shuswap Rotary club is very pleased to welcome MJ Berezan
as its newest member.  MJ formerly the President of the Merritt Rotary Club came to our club after relocating to Enderby BC.

MJ is jumping in to club activities, having recently participated in the Salmon Arm Tri-Club Food Drive and participating on our newly formed Social Committee.

Welcome, MJ!
Susan Washington, President of the Salmon Arm Community Market presented details to our club pertaining to the BC wide Nutrition Coupon  Program in conjunction with the BC Farmers' Markets and the Family Resource Center.  This program targets seniors, pregnant women and low income families through education "Healthy Foods and Food Preparation" is available from local Farmer's Markets.

$320.00/$15.00 per week per person in coupons are available to qualified individuals from May - Oct.

Currently 44 families participate in this program while another 60 are on a waiting list.

The Club requested a formal funding request be submitted to the club for consideration.
 
A long term member of our club, Linda Wilson, returning for a brief visit is joined by some of our club members for brunch on Good Friday morning.  From left around the table Sherry Gilroy, Linda Wilson, Janice Ross, Veronica Pederson, Rita Greggor, Shawn Bird, Vahlleri Semeniuk and Jody Boudreau.
 
  
Janice Ross, Foundation Chair, awarded Rob McKibbon the Paul Harris Plus 5 award last night, April 3, 2018.  In addition to being an enthusiastic Youth Exchange Officer, Rob is a huge supporter of all our fund raisers and work  parties.  We were proud to see him receive this award.
 
D'arcy White, a local audiologist, spoke about many aspects of hearing loss on Tuesday, April 3.  Causes of hearing loss range from inner ear, outer ear and brain function issues.  She emphasized the importance of testing hearing and getting hearing aids if necessary, to avoid future difficulties. 
 
 
Last Tuesday, March 6, our speaker was Shirley Deglan from RCMP Victim Services, shown here with Acting President John Hansen.  She works closely with RCMP and local agencies to assist victims or families of victims through traumatic, emotional and often heart breaking situations.  Shirley and her highly trained volunteers provide a very important service in our community, assisting victims of crime.  They serve as a referral source to get the victims the help they need. They assist with finding funding for services that have a cost.  They support the victims right through the psychological, social, legal and cost issues.  
Three Rotarians are shown with students from Ranchero Elementary who are demonstrating how brain bikes are used.  Rotarians are Dave Woolliams, Fred Good man and John Hansen (left to right)  Brain bikes are used by students for short exercise intervals that are improve learning and self-regulation.
 
 
Shuswap Rotary members annually staff one of the Aid Stations at the Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet.  This year, on Saturday, February 20, 2018, our volunteers were Mark Ellis, Vahlleri Semeniuk, Sherry Gilroy, Rita Greggor, Shiv Mehta, Gene Tymkiw and Janice Ross.  (shown from left to right)
This week, Nan Dickie spoke to our Club about Mental Health. She focused on understanding how best to deal with those struggling with depression.  Ann runs a column in the Shuswap Market News called "Opening our Eyes".  She also facilitates supports groups for those experiencing mood disorders, for more info contact Nan at ndickie@telus.net
 
Nan Dickie (on the right) is shown with Rotarian Shawn Bird. 

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September 25
Greeter - Sherry Gilroy
Invocation and Rotary Moment - Fred Goodman
Sheriff and Happy/Sad - Rita Greggor
 
October 2
Greeter - John Hansen
Invocation and Rotary Moment - Rob Johnson
Sheriff and Happy/Sad - Doug Leatherdale
 
October 9
Greeter - Andree Maxwell
Invocation and Rotary Moment - Rob McKibbon
Sheriff and Happy/Sad - Raul Poole
 
October 16
Greeter - Joan Ragsdale
Invocation and Rotary Moment - Janice Ross
Sheriff and Happy/Sad - James Smith
 
October 23
Greeter - Patti Thurston
Invocation and Rotary Moment - Eddie Turner
Sheriff and Happy/Sad - Gene Tymkiw
 
 
 
 
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