Rotary Club of Nelson Daybreak Projects 2016-17

Posted: August 4 - 2017

Sometimes I get asked what our club does. I decided to escape the late afternoon heat and create this document. It sure makes you realize how busy our little club actually is.

Best regards - Sheila Hart

Rotary Club of Nelson Daybreak Projects 2016-17

Nelson Electric Tramway Society – donation
Road Kings Weekend Parade - volunteers
MS West Kootenay Glacier Challenge volunteers - Rest Stop, Massage, Organizing Committee & First Aid Team
Car Share Wheelchair Accessible Van Project donation
Rosemont Park/All Wheels Park – future planning
Skatepark Shade Shelter
Food Security Program Donations – Our Daily Bread, Salvation Army, Nelson Food Cupboard
Meals on Wheels Volunteers
Cyswog’n’ Fun Triathlon Volunteers
MIR Centre Peace Conference Volunteers
Camp Koolaree Work Party volunteers & donation
Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy donation and fundraising & book giving
Community Connect Day volunteering & goods donation
Cottonwood Bridge Painting
Polio Information Booth on World Polio Day
Shoe Bank Canada local financial support & volunteer assistance
Coldest Night Financial Support by individual members
Earth Day Highway Clean-Up
Hume Boulevard Garden Planting

LVR Grad Transitions
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park event attendance by member

Polio Eradication Funding
The Rotary Foundation donations
Shelterbox Funding
Haiti Arise Teacher Sponsorship
Rotaplast Quilt Transportation Sponsorship
HELP Honduras Market Children Sponsorships by individual Rotarians

RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Mount Sentinel Interact Club sponsorship and financial assistance
Celebration of Youth Co-sponsorship
Guiding Hands Recreation Society bursary

Club & District & Rotary International
D5080 Conference Planning Committee Participation; VP Aides; Apple Pie Contest
Rotary Friendship Exchange Committee
Rotary Friendship Exchange Hosting
District Trainer
Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitator
ITHF President-Elect
Shelterbox Ambassador

International Tasting Faire
Marketfest Hot Dog Stand
BC Float Plane Association Catering
Road Kings Weekend Hot Dog Stand
WACANID Bike Ride around Selkirk Loop
Easter Egg Hunt Hot Dog Sale
Open Jam Night of the Fat Tire Festival at Rosemont All Wheels Park
Banding Together Catering
Moulting Challenge
Grand Re-opening of Nelson Recreation Centre

Nelson Marketfest July 2017

Banding Together

Posted: May 29 - 2017

Banding Together – The ads for the Banding Together event have started to appear in the local press. This will be a 100 piece mass band consisting of musicians from throughout the East and West Kootenay. Show time for this free event is June 4 at 2 pm at Lakeside Rotary Park.

Work has already started for food preparation for this huge catering job for the club to fulfill. We will be catering to 94 people for lunch on Saturday June 3 and Sunday June 4 and 110 for supper on Saturday June 3; in addition, we are operating the bar on Saturday evening. The Nelson Community Band is thrilled to have us catering this event as they know all proceeds will support local worthy causes. 

Thank you to the following individuals who are providing leadership for this event: Marilyn Miller – Bar; Marie Berg – Sweets; Marilyn Miller – cobblers; Sandra England – meal prep supervision; Mary Lou Anctil – finances; Harry Pringle – menu and purchasing; Sheila Hart – ice, licenses, insurance and schedules. We are pleased that Chef Al Pollard will assist with dinner.

Skate Park Shade Shelter.

Posted: May 29 - 2017


Jim Reimer recently visited the skate park in Rosemont and reports that it is well used and that the construction of the shade shelter is coming along fine.

Rotary District Conference 2017 in Nakusp

Posted: May 29 - 2017


Rotary District Conference 2017 in Nakusp a Resounding Success

Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Nakusp for putting on such a wonderful conference. There were so many highlights that it is hard to identify them.

The venue looked great and the change for each component brightened the whole atmosphere. The new addition to the Rec Centre worked perfectly as a protected area for displays such as Shelterbox and the Iron Lung. The District Governors dinner, held in a spectacular lakeside setting, was an absolute work of art and food pictures will be treasured. The food at all of the events was delicious. The “Canadiana” element, provided by MC Pat Dion of the telling of the story “The Hockey Sweater” and his singing of Leonard Cohen’s “Halleluiah” was perfect to fuel home town pride. Many in the audience felt polio-survivor and speaker Joan Toone to be one of the best speakers ever at Rotary functions.

Wyn Spiller, a District Trainer for D5190 and Assistant Rotary Coordinator simply sparkled as she reviewed the work of The Rotary Foundation in its’ Centennial year. What a delight the RI President’s Rep Aziz Menon was along with his beautiful wife Dr. Samina; they travelled from Karachi to tell us the story of the many challenges faced by Pakistan to eradicate polio including meetings with Taliban leaders.

The whole team of “youngsters” i.e. Dave Douglas, Greg Ehman, Bruce McKenzie, Alysia Garmulewicz, Bolek Radomski and Catherine Howell, brought the message of the value of youth involvement to the audience. The fundraising for Polio was exemplary with over $100,000.00 raised including matches by the District, Government of Canada and the Gates Foundation. Fund raising included the End Polio Now bicycle ride from Colville to Nakusp. It was interesting to hear many in attendance say that they have never heard a performance like the Yamabiko Taiko Drummers from the Okanagan; so enjoyable! Dancing Castlegar Rotarians kept Elvis impersonator Vito Neverol busy late into the night.
Special commendations to Nelson Rotarians who helped make this conference a success; they included Program Chair PDG Norm McCarvell, Treasurer Jeanette McCarvell,  Ed Edmondson & Sandra England & Lorne Westnedge who served as Aides, Sheila Hart & Sandra England & John Dooley who organized the Apple Pie Contest , John Ferguson Golf Tournament organizer and former Nelson Daybreak member Andi Gabb who served as Registrar. Congratulations to Rotarian Partner Bill Hart who won second place in the Apple Pie Competition.

Governor Line - 
Bob Quay 2019-20, Bev Reid 2018-19, Jerri Anderson 2017-18 and DG Kees van der Pol

ShelterBox display

RI Presidential Rep Aziz Memon at Nakusp

Apple Pie Competition Winners -

Pictured left to right: Irene Furey (3rd place), Bill Hart (2nd place), Mayumi van der Pol (first place) with announcer John Dooley and Committee Chair Sandra England.

Presentation to Nelson Tramway Society

Posted: May 29 - 2017

The Club was pleased to present a $500 cheque to 93 year old Walt Laurie, President of the Nelson Tramway Society. This will be used towards the purchase and installation of a wheelchair lift, costing $12,000 at the tramway stop at Lakeside Rotary Park. The Nelson Tramway Society is now 26 years old and has 70 volunteers who assist with keeping the tramway running for 18,000 happy visitors a year.

Shoe Bank Canada Annual Shoe Drive in Nelson has been completed - final sort was on May 2nd

Posted: May 29 - 2017

Shoe Bank Canada Annual Shoe Drive in Nelson has been completed

Many thanks to Rotarians from both Rotary Clubs and a team of Friends of Rotary and friends of Jackie Nedelec who helped out with the collection of shoes from boxes located throughout town, sorted and banded shoes and prepared them for use. Our few hours of volunteering does not nearly meet the hours spent by local Shoe Bank Coordinator Jackie Nedelec. This year, the best of the best of shoes collected will be distributed to the Transition House, Women’s Centre, Cicada Place,  Kidsport, Stepping Stones, the Club House, Bigbie Place, Kootenay Kids and Work BC.  Fifteen boxes of winter boots have been set aside for distribution at Community Connect Day in November.  Jackie will be holding an event for the unemployed, homeless and street people in the form of a free shoe give away on Friday May 11 from 10-3 at Expressions. Thanks to Nelson Becker for providing space and posters for this event. Over 100 large bags of shoes are in the process of being delivered to the Shoe Bank Canada warehouse in Kelowna for distribution to points throughout Canada.  Any shoes not worthy of distribution are being shipped to India for recycling.  A special note of thanks goes to Ascension Lutheran Church that provided a space for Shoe Bank to work in.  Thanks to the local merchants who have assisted this collection by having Shoe Bank collection boxes in their place of business.

Volunteers on May 2nd

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