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Tara Triance
Mar 05, 2024 12:00 PM
Kelowna RCMP
Phillip Barker
Mar 12, 2024 12:00 PM
UBCO Research
Catherine Comben and John Walker
Mar 19, 2024 12:00 PM
Members Sharing Personal Stories
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BREAKING NEWS!
Tournament Chairman Robin Smith is pleased to announce that Traine Construction & Development will be the Title Sponsor for the 30th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Kelowna's Pro-Am Golf Tournament. Rotary thanks partners like Traine and the dozens of other local businesses and individuals whose support allows Rotary to continue its amazing work in our community and beyond. The tournament is scheduled for May 14, 2024 at the Harvest Golf Club.
WE SUPPORT YOUTH AND EDUCATION!
Today's program was all education-related! We had an update on the Club's Strive Scholarship program, including a visit by two RSS graduates who told us how much the scholarships meant to them; followed by information from Catherine Comben on the success of the Gateway Program with Central School and Okanagan College; and by Dick Dumond with an update on how the programs are financed and the nearly $200k dollars awarded and used to date. 
 
The "all-education" program was wrapped up with an address from Co-Presidents Elisabeth and Ari (pictured l to r above) on the KSS Interac Club, including their fundraising and their global and local humanitarian projects.
 
What an inspirational meeting!!
Update from Catherine Comben, President of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Foundation:
Gateway is one example of our financial support for scholarships and programs in School District 23, Okanagan College and UBC O. Support is enabled through the Club's fundraising efforts, the Foundation's resources and, in part, from the endowments of past Rotarians such as the Reichwalds, Vern Nielsen, and the Telford family donation. 
 
This program is now in its 13th year and has seen 190 students through the program with 60% of those students returning to Okanagan College after high school to continue with higher education. This is truly a success story in which we have had a special part over these many years.
 
Guest speakers, Cliff Serwa and Pam Prentice addressed the club Tuesday on theThrive Here campaign to build a new Recreation and Wellness Centre on the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College.
For more information, use the following link:
https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/oc-foundation/thrive-here-campaign
Membership
Tom Smithwick (second from right) of Freedom’s Door receives a cheque from (l to r) Rotarians Robin Smith, Sheldon Paulger, and Bill Redmond following the 2023 Rotary Pro-Am Golf Tournament.
 
Freedom’s Door Kelowna proudly announces the completion of four new bedrooms in the carriage house at Ethel Glen, facilitated by the generous support of the Rotary Club of Kelowna. This expansion, from 10 to 14 bedrooms, marks a significant increase in the capacity of our sister society, BC Life Builders, to support individuals in need.
The new accommodations will primarily benefit graduates from Freedom’s Door who are seeking ongoing support with their mental health challenges. The Rotary Club of Kelowna’s contribution has been instrumental in making these additional resources available, demonstrating their commitment to supporting the community and enhancing the support network for those working towards mental health stability.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Rotary Club of Kelowna for their kindness and generosity. Their support not only aids in our mission but also strengthens the foundation of care and assistance we provide. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of many, offering them a path towards recovery and well-being.
Rotary Club of Kelowna Facebook Feed
 
Foundation Moment Jan. 24
WHAT ARE THE ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIPS?
Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders to study at Rotary Peace Centers at universities around the world
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Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, these professionals develop their capacity to become effective catalysts for peace. Rotary Peace Fellows earn either master’s degrees or professional development certificates in subjects related to peace and development.
 
Since 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,500 fellows who work in over 115 countries in education, in government roles, and at international organizations.
 
Rotary members like you can shape the next generation of peace leaders by identifying and interviewing potential candidates.
Learn more about the Rotary Peace Fellowships and the Rotary Peace Centers at Rotary.org.
 
Rotary International News
New film tells story of Sir Nicholas Winton, World War II hero and humanitarian

Rotarian saved hundreds of children at risk of being killed by the Nazis in the lead up to World War II

Rotary projects around the globe March 2024

Learn how Rotary clubs are taking action in the United States, Canada, Hungary, South Africa, and India.

Customize your Rotary convention with tours

The Host Organization Committee has organized tours that Rotary members can experience before and after the Rotary International Convention.

Polio mapping goes high tech

Geotracking improves polio outbreak response targeting, ensuring fewer children are left behind

Engineer follows the science of water

Rotary scholar Isis Mejias dedicates her education and expertise to providing an essential human need — water.

From farm to food pantry

Harvest Against Hunger rescues a staggering amount of produce from Washington’s farm fields and fruit trees to nourish hungry families. But it never works alone.

A barter baron with a knack for recruiting Rotary members

The ‘barter baron’ of Syracuse, Bernie Bregman, has a knack for recruiting Rotary members.