Thank you! 2022-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian at Work / Earth Day Community Cleanup

Penticton Sunrise Rotarians did a Community Cleanup Project on April 19th to celebrate Rotarian at Work Day (last Saturday of  April) and Earth Day (April 22nd).  RI President Shekhar Mehta encouraged Rotarians to engage in a  "Day of Service" in 2022 to benefit their communities.
Rotarian at Work / Earth Day Community Cleanup 2022-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Emily Mottershead - April Student of the Month 2022-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

Unsung Citizen Award

Congratulations to Wayne Wood, recipient of Penticton Sunrise Rotary's Unsung Citizen!  President Alex presented Wayne with a Paul Harris Fellow for his work with the Peach City Beach Cruise and the Apex Ski Patrol.
Unsung Citizen Award 2022-04-07 07:00:00Z 0

Pen Hi Land Learn Project

President Alex Bodden presents Patricia Collins who is leading the “Land Learn” pilot project at Penticton Senior Secondary School with a cheque for $1000.00 that the Rotary club of Penticton Sunrise gave to the project for the purchase of binoculars and field guides.
Pen Hi Land Learn Project 2022-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

Penticton Sunrise Donation to Art Gallery Youth Program

Present Alex presents a cheque for $2500.00 on behalf of Penticton Sunrise Rotary  to Penticton Art Gallery on March 10, 2022.  Accepting are Carla O’Bee and Rebecca Britton, who are responsible for youth programming with the gallery. The art displayed in the background is by Dr. Michael Sime.
Penticton Sunrise Donation to Art Gallery Youth Program 2022-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club honours charter member Ron Mason

 The Penticton Sunrise Rotary Club bestowed its highest distinction, honourary membership, on Ron Mason, who was a member when the club was granted its charter from Rotary International in Jan 1990. Ron ascribed to Rotary’s service-above-self motto long before he joined the club.  While serving as Superintendent of Facilities for School District 67 (nee 15), he voluntarily provided expert advice on various community construction projects, including SS Sicamous Restoration and Penticton Yacht Club Renovation in the 1970’s and chaired the Building Committee for the new Penticton Community Centre in 1980-81. He was also a valued Penticton Regional Hospital Board member in the 1980’s.
Besides being Club President in Rotary Year 2002-03, Ron has assumed a leadership role on numerous club projects during his 31 years in Rotary, including construction of Penticton Soupateria in 2003 (Project Coordinator),  Iron Man Aid station, Rotary Wheels Car Show, Rotary Used Book Sale, and building (i) playgrounds in Dunant and Granby neighborhood parks, (ii) KVR walking trails, (iii) gazebos at Munson Mountain and Skaha Park and (iv) the Peace Park Wall as a tribute to past Rotary youth exchange students. In addition, Ron and his wife, Joan, have hosted five Rotary exchange students, each for 2-3 months during their 10-month stay.   Ron and Joan have also actively participated in TGIF, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and several other club social activities, not to mention co-hosting Potluck Supper/Breakfast at Apex and hosting Spring Breakfast at various times.
As one of our Club’s most respected and dearly loved members with a stellar community service record spanning a half century, Ron is eminently worthy  of honorary membership.
Submitted by Malcolm Paterson, Club President 2020-2021
Rotary Club honours charter member Ron Mason 2021-12-27 08:00:00Z 0

Uplands School Library Donation

The Uplands School Library recently received a donation of $2000.00 for their school library, presented by Rotarian Holly Stengel on behalf of the Penticton Sunrise Rotary Club. Principal Andrea DeVito accepts the cheque with Director of Instruction, Shaune Gowe. The school plans to use the funds to enhance in-class libraries. Basic education and literacy are one of the 7 Areas of Focus of Rotary and supported by the Sunrise Rotary Club.
Uplands School Library Donation 2021-12-13 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Peace Park Pollinator Garden at Youth Exchange Plaque Site- June 2021 2021-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to President Alex and the 2021-2022 Board of Penticton Sunrise Rotary 2021-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Installation of President Alex by AG Jean 2021-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Tahira Saeed,  Rotarian of the Year!

RCPS Rotarian of the Year Award
Tahira Saeed
As President, I am most pleased to announce the selection of Tahira Saeed for our club’s Rotarian of the Year award for RY2020-2021.
Her selection was based on the same criteria as was used for the Rotarian of the Month recognition program, namely, the recipient exemplifies the ideals of Rotary; reliable; supportive of club activities; thoughtful of others; first to volunteer; goes well beyond the call of duty.
As I alluded to in naming Tahira as the ROM for July, she has fulfilled each criterion in spades.
First and foremost, Tahira enthusiastically stepped up to fill the critical position of Club Secretary when a vacancy occurred in late July. In addition to carrying out the demanding secretarial duties, she somehow found the time to provide yeoman service in overseeing the agenda for each of the 48 regular Tues. morning meetings, held via Zoom platform, during the Rotary Year. A major component of the latter task involved timely coordination with the 44 guests who greatly enriched our meetings this past year, comprising 27 guest speakers (15 local; 7 national; and 7 foreign), 8 Student of the Month awardees, 6 past exchange students and 1 Unsung Citizen awardee.
The Club Executive recognized from the outset that a major challenge to successfully “weather the COVID storm” would rest on membership engagement, retaining current members and attracting new ones. And to meet this overarching challenge, it would be imperative that our meetings be well-organized with a diverse slate of informative, stimulating and entertaining speakers. Judging from an amazing weekly attendance record consistently running at ~ 75% of our membership (surely one of the highest in the district), this goal was achieved. And for this accomplishment, we have Tahira to thank.
In short, Tahira represents the very embodiment of the time-honored Rotarian service-above-self motto, cheerfully and faithfully carrying out her many duties with dogged determination and quiet efficiency.
Unquestionably, Tahira Saeed is a most worthy recipient of our Club’s Rotarian of the Year award for RY 2020-2021.
Mac Paterson,
Rotary Club of Penticton Sunrise
Congratulations to Tahira Saeed, Rotarian of the Year! 2021-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotarian Magazine Annual Photo Contest

Congratulations to M A Taher - Rotary Club of Sonargaon Dhaka, Bangladesh for this photo that received Honourable Mention in The Rotarian Magazine's Annual Photo Contest. The photo is taken in a farmer's field in Sonargaon. The RC of Sonargaon Dhaka and Penticton Sunrise Rotary have partnered on a number of projects over the last 10 years to improve water and sanitation, education, and economic development in 4 villages in Bangladesh.
The Rotarian Magazine Annual Photo Contest 2021-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarian at Work Day Spring Clean up Project at OSNS 2021-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation Gala Fundraiser 2021-04-14 07:00:00Z 0

Unsung Citizen Award 

President Mac Paterson presents Harvie Barker with a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award,  the Penticton Sunrise Rotary's "Unsung Citizen Award".   Harvie has written his inspirational Penticton Herald columns  "A Good Word in Season" over 18 years and published them in 9 books.  Through sales of the books, Harvie has donated $28,000 to the Pathways Addictions Resource Center and the Penticton Herald "Be An Angel" Campaign for the local food bank.   Thank you for your service to our community!   
Unsung Citizen Award 2021-04-07 07:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Fellow Award 2021-04-07 07:00:00Z 0

World Rotary Day 

Happy 116th Birthday to Rotary on February 23rd!
Image courtesy of Rotarian Evan Burrell
World Rotary Day 2021-02-21 08:00:00Z 0
Pizzas & Parkas for Polo by Zoom on Oct. 24th - World Polio Day  2021-01-16 08:00:00Z 0

Penticton Sunrise Rotary Shares!

Rotarians left non-perishable food items and toys on their door steps to be picked up by a few club members and delivered to Penticton Secondary School.  Penticton Provides is an amalgamation of Toys for Tots to Teens and 10,000 Tonight, both of which were revamped due to updated Provincial Health Orders.
Penticton Sunrise Rotary Shares! 2020-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker on December 8th 2020-12-06 08:00:00Z 0

24 Days of Christmas Raffle

The "24 Days of Christmas Raffle" starts today and every day thru to Dec 24th at 1pm  at the Sandman Hotel!  Thank you to the Sandman Hotel for providing a venue for our draw!  
Congratulations to all the winners!  
December 1st - Ticket #516  -   Perry Grago      - $100.00
December 2nd- Ticket #027  -   Aiza Regala      - $100.00
December 3rd- Ticket #029  -   Jean Makosz     - $100.00
December 4th- Ticket #130  -   Sandra Paterson  -$100.00
December 5th - Ticket #576 -   Kaila Leclerc        -$100.00
December 5th - Ticket #202 -  Frank Regehr       - $500.00
December 6th - Ticket # 163 - Diane Corbishley  -$100.00
December 7th - Ticket # 454 - Pete Kaufhold       - $100.00
December  8th - Ticket #036 - Pat Evans               -$100.00
December  9th - Ticket #483 - Bonnie Bodtker     -$100.00
December 10th -Ticket #470 - Sandra Paterson    -$100.00
December 11th - Ticket #154 - Susan Brown         -$100.00
December 12th - Ticket#301 - Gail Moisey            -$100.00
December 12th - Ticket #283 - Julia Ledingham   -$500.00
December 13th - Ticket #288 - Jill Wrigglesworth -$100.00
December 14th -  Ticket #487 - Chris Venning      -$100.00
December 15th -   Ticket #094 - S. Winter              -$100.00
December 16th -  Ticket #195 - Pat Armstrong      -$100.00
December 17th -  Ticket #142 - Sterling Campbell -$100.00
December 18th -  Ticket #155 - Susan Brown          -$100.00
December 19th -  Ticket #446 - Dan Jones              -$100.00
December 19th -  Ticket #528 - Don Logan             -$500.00
December 20th -  Ticket #363 - Virginia Surkan    -$100.00
December 21st -   Ticket #521 - Barb + Keith Pollock - $100.00
December 22nd - Ticket #153 -Aggie Stevens          -$100.00
December 23rd -  Ticket #40 -  K. + D. Paterson     -$100.00
December 24th -   Ticket #408 - GM Achtem           -$100.00
December  24th  - Ticket #583 - Desirae Martin    -$1000.00
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for supporting Rotary!
24 Days of Christmas Raffle 2020-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

Penticton Sunrise Rotary Shares!

10,000 Tonight and Toys for Tots to Teens has been revamped to Penticton Provides - "Caring During Covid."  Several club members will be picking up items from Rotarians on Dec 3rd. Our goal is 10 items per Rotarian- non perishable food, toys or cash.  Please support this Covid friendly campaign Nov 26th- Dec 10th through Rotarians or by donating directly at one of the local grocery stores, Canadian Tire or any school.   For more information click on the link
Penticton Sunrise Rotary Shares! Jean Jacobsen 2020-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
10,000 Tonight 2020-11-23 08:00:00Z 0
Join us on November 10th by Zoom 2020-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day 2020 Jean Jacobsen 2020-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

"24 Days of Christmas Raffle"

Get your tickets now for Penticton Sunrise Rotary "24 Days of Christmas Raffle."   Multiple chances to win December 1-24!  Only 600 tickets for sale!
Proceeds to OSNS,  Student of the Month,  Grade 4 Dictionary Project,  Youth Leadership Training. 
Email to purchase tickets or call 250-493-6565.   Payment via e-transfer,  VISA, MC or cash.
Thank you to the following businesses for supporting our raffle:
Bogner's of Penticton Restaurant, 8th Generation Vineyard, Matheson Creek Farm, Sherwood Trophies Apparel & Promotions, Cannery Brewing Co., Riverstone Estate Winery, Peter's Bros. Construction Ltd. and Grape Friends Lounge and Tours Inc. 
"24 Days of Christmas Raffle" 2020-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
Gabriel visits Penticton Rotary projects 2020-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
DG Richard DeRock + Robin ; RI President Holger Knaack + Suzanne 2020-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Club Zoom Meeting!

President Joyce welcomed 29 members and 4 guests to the meeting.  Our guests were Past District Governor (PDG) Sherry Chamberlain from Kamloops West Rotary Club,  Carin Smith from Wenatchee Rotary Club, Inbound student Gabriel and future Outbound student Alex. Greetings to our club members not able to attend the Zoom meetings. 
Welcome to Club Zoom Meeting! 2020-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Zoom Meetings

We continue to meet by Zoom every Tuesday with a good turnout of members.   
Zoom Meetings 2020-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
RI President Mark Maloney and Gay & DG Peter and Susan Schultz 2019-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
Royal Scotch Tasting 2019-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
36th Annual Sandcastle Competition  2019-07-16 07:00:00Z 0
2nd Annual Royal Scotch Tasting 2018-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome to Monica, our inbound exchange student from The Canary Islands, Spain 2018-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
Sandcastle Competition 2018-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Wheels Car Show 2018-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarian of the Year 2018-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

Thank you for supporting our booksale!

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our recent Used Book, DVD, CD Sale.    A special  thank you to the Penticton Curling Club,  Windward Software,  Discovery House,  and our non Rotarian community volunteers.  The Grade 5 Class at Queen's Park Elementary walked over the sale and had fun choosing books, DVD's, games and puzzles.
Thank you for supporting our booksale! 2018-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
RI President Elect-Barry Rassin and Esther with District 5060 Governor Elect Sherry Chamberlain and Jim 2018-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
Scotch Tasting 2017-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
2017 Sandcastle Competition 2017-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

A Special Tuesday - Vern Nielsen Award & Accelerate 

Alex Reid spoke to the club about the tech innovation scene in the Okanagan on Tuesday April 25th.  As part of Accelerate Okanagan, Alex shared how growth in new and developed companies in the tech sector is benefiting the economics of the entire valley.  Accelerate fosters tech innovation through building community and helping businesses with their specific needs.  
Alex is a special friend of the club having been a club sponsored Rotary Exchange student and the daughter of member Barry Reid. It was a special meeting as the club honored Barry Reid for his outstanding service to Rotary with the Vern Neilsen "Local Hero" award and a Paul Harris. Barry has been a valuable member of the club for many years and his contributions include writing global grants for the Bangladesh project and his numerous club contributions. So nice that his wife and daughter could be on hand for the tribute.
A Special Tuesday - Vern Nielsen Award & Accelerate 2017-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

Thank you

Thank you, Penticton, for your support of our Used Book, LP, CD & DVD Sale.  A big thank you to Penticton Curling Club,  The Cannery,  Discovery House,  Penticton Herald,  Rona Home Center,  Cherry Lane Mall,  Windward Software,  Rexall Pharmacy,  Marketplace IGA, Quality Greens,  Penticton Western News,  Castanet,  InfoNews and volunteers.    All proceeds will go to Penticton-Okanagan Rotary Club projects. 
Thank you 2017-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
Book Sale Thank You 2017-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

Unsung Hero - Tracy Fehr

Article published in the Penticton Western News on March 18th, 2017

Fehr receives Rotary’s Unsung Citizen Award

Penticton-Okanagan Rotary Club recognized Tracy Fehr for the work she does to support charities

Unsung Hero - Tracy Fehr 2017-03-19 07:00:00Z 0
Meet Adam Gamblen, March Student of the month 2017-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

Holiday Party: December 6th 

The Club Holiday Party is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec 6th at 6 pm at the Sandman. Mark your calendars and plan on having fun! Aksel and Rotary exchange student friends will be joining in the festivities and making it extra special.  They will be fundraising  for Shelter Box too.  Your ticket will include entry into a prize raffle and there will be a 50/50.  
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Recognizing Local Heros: Alan Dawkins

Alan Dawkins was recognized as a community hero last week with the presentation of a Paul Harris award. Alan has been generous with his time for decades, including leadership in Scouting, volunteering at the Souperteria and fostering cultural understanding with the Pentiction sister city of Ikeda Japan.   There was a nice write-up in the Penticton Western News November 5th. See the story here: 
Recognizing Local Heros: Alan Dawkins 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Week Success

Rotary Week was celebrated with End Polio Now sign waving on Monday, fireside meetings in small groups, and great coverage in Friday's Penticton Herald. The articles spanned two facing pages with articles about the student of the month, the exchange students and a proclamation by the mayor. Click here to see what you missed:
Rotary Week Success 2016-10-30 00:00:00Z 0

Opportunity to promote Rotary and local business

The club has been looking for opportunities to promote Rotary in the local community and one way is to take out a page in the Penticton Herald.  In order to cover the printing expense business card ads will be sold. This will give local businesses a chance to show they support the good works in the community by Rotary and their business at the same time.  Ads will be the very reasonable price of $50 for a business card size.  Please ask your friends and businesses where you are a customer, if they would like to participate.  We are targeting an October 28th printing. Please let Sandra know if you or a business you know would like to participate by October 19th. 
Opportunity to promote Rotary and local business 2016-10-16 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Connections

Coming soon in November,  the club will have fun "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" events where you won't know who you will be dinning with until you arrive. Dinners will be in small groups in member's homes.  Please let Joyce know if you will be a host or guest.
Rotary Club Connections 2016-10-09 00:00:00Z 0

Garden Clean Up Success

The Penticton Okanagan club spent a beautiful morning cleaning up the Rotary gardens adjacent to the Psychology wing of the hospital on Oct 15th.  Weeds were removed, pathway rebuilt and the area beautified.  It looks great and it will be fun to see it come up fresh in the summer.
Garden Clean Up Success 2016-10-09 00:00:00Z 0

Musical Instruments for Students

The Penticton Okanagan Rotary Club is working with the community to gather and refurbish musical instruments so they can be used in school music programs.  The goal is to gather instruments that are being under utilized and get them in the hands of interested students. Sometimes the price of instruments or even the repairs a donated instrument need can keep an interested student from being able to pursue a music program.  Please connect with Sandra if you have a good bulletin board for posting the new poster outlining the project.
Musical Instruments for Students 2016-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
A chair and a half for the Penticton Public Library Liz Serendip 2016-10-02 00:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0