2013 RLI Programs Provide Excellent Leadership Development Experiences for Rotarians
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) continues to provide Rotarians on the Canadian side of District 5060 with opportunities for leadership development. This fall, with program offerings in Kamloops and Penticton, the RLI Leadership Team facilitated sessions that enabled 28 Rotarians to graduate from the three day program. As a result, the program has now graduated a total of 143 Rotarians since the program was first offered in 2008.
Graduating this fall were the following Rotarians:
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Chase - Doug Everett; Kamloops - Matthew Dundas and Chris Rose; Kamloops Aurora Centennial - Dorys Crespin-Meuller, Nandi Spolia, Kariin Sykes, and Kim Cooper; Kamloops North - Roger Plested and Angela Rigby; Kelowna - Dennis Campbell and Kent Harris; Kelowna Capri - Peter Spek; Kelowna Ogopogo - Catherine Goheen; Kelowna Sunrise - Bruce Brown, Linda Frandsen, Maria Reyes and Bill Reynolds; Merritt Sunrise - Sandra Labermeyer and Shelagh Lytle-McGhee; Penticton Okanagan - Frank Estey, Mac Paterson, Tahira Saeed and Bea Smith; Salmon Arm - Norman Brown; Summerland - Denese Espeut-Post and Linda Metcalfe; Vernon Silver Star - Janet Green; and Westbank - JoAnne Blau
Tony French (Areas 3-5) and Ed Kolybaba (Area 1 & 2), Coordinators for the two programs held in Penticton and Kamloops, congratulate the 28 dedicated Rotarians who graduated from the program and express their appreciation to the RLI Leadership Team who organized the venues and facilitated the various sessions.
Typhoon Haiyan - District Clubs Step to the Plate with ShelterBox
Our District 5060 ShelterBox Canada Ambassador, Marjolein Lloyd, has reached out to us all to remind us that the ShelterBox advance team is already on the ground in the Phillipines, and Rotarians all over the world will be helping to provide long-term relief for many in need. The ShelterBox kit is $1000, and it is primarily a tent (that can sleep 10) with many other supplies that can help to protect and sustain a family for many months. Of all the aid sent to other disaster zones (e.g. Haiti), ShelterBox accomodations are still in evidence.
Clubs donating to ShelterBox Canada will of course be matched by the Canadian Government's doubling program, and most clubs in the District are considering their own contributions. Below are direct statements from ShelterBox Canada, but for more information please go directly to their website (www.shelterboxcanada.org) or contact Marjolein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"ShelterBox Canada is appealing for donations to support the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort.
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Rotarian Went 24 Years Without Shoes!
Murli Pendharkar, a retired Kelowna teacher, hopes that the Soles4Soles program will mean fewer children will have to go through what he did.
He lived without shoes for 24 years of his life in India, where he grew up. “Once in a blue moon I used to have a pair of flip-flops but they usually got lost or stolen.” Pendharkar’s first-hand experience is why he supported the campaign #Barefoot4Them on October 10th, which succeeded in raising over $10,000 for getting shoes to children in need.
“We’re very spoiled in this country in [these] terms… now I can’t even walk around my living room without something on my feet,” said Pendharkar, whose Rotary Club (Kelowna) joined him by hosting their last meeting barefoot.
The $10,000 came from over 10,000 people across 9 countries participating by posting pictures of themselves online with the hashtag #barefoot4them. The money was raised because Kindrunner, a U.S. company, donated $1 for each post.
“It was life changing,” said Jim Belshaw, Past President of the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club and chair of Soles4Souls Canada, “to see the difference a new or used pair of shoes makes on a young child’s face and demeanor… they come shuffling into their church or community centre… then they run out skipping to show the shoes off to their mom and/or dad.”
Belshaw’s efforts are doing far more than providing safety and comfort. It’s also enabling education. “Without a pair of black dress shoes, they cannot go to school,” he said, explaining that Haiti requires a strict uniform to allow children in. “A white shirt or blouse is a little easier to get, but shoes are not.” It’s not just Haiti either; Belshaw says there are many African countries with similar rules.
Belshaw left for Haiti Saturday October 19. “We’ve got half a dozen orphanages lined up to visit,” he said, which range from 15-200 kids each. “We’re going to try to put shoes on all those kids that need them.”
The work doesn’t stop there. You can contribute to the 350k shoes that have been given out so far by visiting https://soles4souls.org/donate. Shoes go to the needy in Canada, the U.S., and all over the world.