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RENT A FLAG FROM ROTARY!  OR ... MAKE A GIFT OF A FLAG

The Great Canadian Rent-a-Flag program for 2021 is now ready for sign-up.  Click the Flag graphic above to go to the signup page.  If you want to make a gift of a flag to family, neighbours, or friends, you can sign up with your name and contact information, but use your gift recipient's address instead of yours.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Rotary Canada Flag program for 2020.  The funds raised have been donated to the Shuswap Food Action Society for their Shuswap School Box program (providing fresh local food to needy families).

In 2021 the club will install a large flag on a 10 foot pole on your front lawn over four long weekends in 2021.   For a donation of $60, we'll put the flag in the week before and remove it the week after the following Canada holidays:

May 24, Victoria Day
July 1, Canada Day
September 6, Labour Day
November 11, Remembrance Day

The registration fee of $60 covers ALL FOUR instances.

 

See our sponsors here

 

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Linda Soles of The Rotary Club of Kamloops West was our guest speaker on Monday 19 April. She gave an overview and update of the work of Brian and Karen Shaben from her club, who  live and work with orphaned and abandoned Hill Tribe girls in Chang Rai, Thailand.  The Shabens currently have five girls living with them. By being provided a homelike family  atmosphere, the girls gain life skills and self-confidence.  Our club has supported these girls in the past. Their successful graduation guarantees their freedom from human trafficking in the Thai sex trade.
 
 
 
Our guest speaker on Monday 12 April was Joran Kuijper, the club's 2005-6 inbound Youth Exchange student form the Netherlands.  Joran was delighted to be able to see and speak to his host parents.  He  reviewed (in pictures) the highlights of his stay in Salmon Arm  and updated us on his life since returning home.  Joran is now living in Amsterdam and works as a university lecturer and researcher in architecture. 
 
 
Our speaker on Monday, March 29, was Corey Hirsch, former NHL goalie and now mental health advocate.  We watched a taped video of his presentation to the Shuswap Youth Launch  on the subject of mental health and his own personal struggles. 
Our speaker on Monday 22 March was Alex de Chantal, Fundraising Strategy Coordinator for the Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail. He updated the club on the plans to develop and construct the rail trail between Sicamous and Armstrong. The program has now moved to the fund-raising phase, which includes community fund-raising as well as federal and provincial grants.  The committee is hoping to gather funds quickly so that work can begin as soon as possible. 
For the second week in a row, we were privileged  to hear from one of our former youth exchange students. Rafael (Rafa) Zamora  spent a year in Salmon Arm in 2003-4. After his exchange, he returned to Spain, where he attended university, graduating in chemical engineering. Since then he has travelled extensively, and now, given the current situation with Covid-19 in Spain, he is living in Lahore, Pakistan, where he is helping a friend set up a fashion business. Also trained in yoga, Rafa is working on setting up a yoga studio in Lahore. He considers his year in Salmon Arm as the best of his life as it opened so many opportunities and experiences,  and gave him a wider view of life. 
The club was privileged on Monday to have a Zoom return visit  from 1996-97 Youth Exchange student Tomáš Raboch, who hails from Pilsen in the Czech Republic.  All of his former host parents attended the meeting and were delighted to hear him bring everyone up to date on his life since the exchange. Tomas claims that his year in Salmon Arm was  the best year of his life. He has travelled extensively since then and has worked in the tourist industry, initially with Pilsner Urquell and later with his own tourism company, Enjoy Pilsen.   Since Covid destroyed the tourism business, he has developed interests in marketing and communications. Tomas is married to Monika, and the couple have two daughters.  
Our speaker on March 2 was Kathryn Vennard, a partner at Brooke, Downs, Vennard LLP in Salmon Arm.  She  updated members on new Land Transparency Legislation, spoke  on the importance of  having up-to-date wills and making sure the executor knows where the will and other relevant information such as passwords or accounts is located.  She also pointed out the dangers of putting others on bank accounts and property titles, advising that power-of-attorney is the best route to managing finances & property. 
 
 
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Serena Caner
Apr 26, 2021
Shuswap Food Action Society
Karla
May 03, 2021
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Kimberly Rees
May 10, 2021
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