Brandon Rotary Club 

 

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The Rotary Club of Brandon was chartered in 1921
 
 
Join us for one of our weekly meetings! We're always on the lookout for potential new members.
And we're a super friendly bunch of folks from all walks of life!
 
Every Tuesday 11:45 AM
Canad Inns Hotel - Roadhouse 1125 18th St. Brandon, Manitoba
The yummy cash lunch includes dessert and coffee.
 
Contact the club at: 
(204) 725-3848
(204) 573-9618
clubguy39@outlook.com
 
 
 
For website inquiries, contact James O'Connor at (204) 720-5990
 
 
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More information on 55 Plus Games

 
The 34th annual 55 Plus Games is now less than a month away; competition dates are June 14-16.
 
The host committee in Brandon (Rotary and UCT members) continues to work diligently to ensure a well-run event but they are also planning for fun. A Tuesday evening variety night will feature three Brandon acts while Wednesday night’s banquet draws from outside the Wheat City. Both events will be held in the UCT Hall at Brandon’s Keystone Centre and both events are open to the public, not just participants in the games. Tickets are required for each evening; Tuesday’s can be purchased at the door ($7) but the Wednesday banquet ($25) requires a deadline so enough food can be prepared. To reserve your June 15 meal please call Irene at 204-728-3608 by May 31.
 
The variety show on June 14 begins at 7 p.m. Performers are Christina the Crazy Hooper, Matthew Zimmerman and Red Green (Daryle McCannell).
 

- Christina rocketed to international fame two years ago after she won the second annual Ellen Degeneres talent show on Ellen’s talk show, which is recorded in Los Angeles. Then 17, the teenager has since appeared on Canada AM, CTV Morning Live, MTS TV and Brandon’s own TV channel, Westman Communications Group. She’s performed at events throughout Manitoba, in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and while vacationing in South Dakota, Hawaii and Africa. The 73 hoops she sustained at one time while on the Ellen Show remains her record; you will be amazed at her ability to hula hoop with all parts of her body — wrist, arm, knee, ankle and waist.
 
- Matthew is originally from Steinbach but moved when he was a student at Brandon University School of Music, from which he graduated in 2014. A singer/songwriter, the acoustical guitarist performs original music as well as popular tunes from the likes of Johnny Cash, Hank Snow, Buck Owens, Bob Dylan, Leonad Cohen, Ian Tyson and more. Matthew embarked on a Western Canada tour last year and has opened for Aaron Pritchett. He headlined Clear Lake’s Canada Day celebration last year, has played at Winnipeg Folk Fest and is working with organizers to participate in Brandon’s Folk Festival this summer. He’s been on MTS TV, WCG-TV and CBC Radio.
 
- Daryle grew up in Elva but he also lived in Sanford for three years when he started his teaching career (1973-76). He took a hiatus from teaching physical education during his years as program director at Brandon’s YMCA (1981-87) but he returned to career roots in 1987 when he became a professor at Brandon University; the last five years he has chaired the physical education department there. His alter ego was born out of a tribute performance at a wedding in Michigan in 2002 but it wasn’t until 2004 that he started gaining popularity with his perfect imitation of Steve Smith (the TV personality Red Green). Besides Michigan, Brandon’s own Red Green has performed in Minnesota, where he won the Red Green Look Alike contest, as judged by Steve Smith! Daryle has also presented his comedy routine (each unique to the specific event) in Winnipeg as well as throughout southwestern Manitoba. Christina, Matthew and Daryle will each perform for approximately 30 minutes; the evening will wrap up by 9 p.m.
 
Wednesday’s banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. (cocktails) with the buffet supper starting at 6 p.m. Following the meal there will be a few dignitary speeches before the official guest speakers inspire and motive the audience with their tales.
 

- Kaitlyn Lawes is another MLL IMPACT member who hails from the capital city. She is a two-time Canadian curling junior champion (2008, 2009) and following world competition in those years, won bronze (2008 in Ostersund) and silver (2009 Vancouver). She now plays third with Jennifer Jones so was part of the team that won gold medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics; the rink was the first women's team to go through the Olympics undefeated and the first Manitoba-based curling team to win at the Olympics.
 

- Janine Stephens (nee Hanson) of Winnipeg is a retired rower from Canada’s national rowing team and is a two time Olympian. During 2012 competition in London, England as part of the women’s eights rowing team, she won a silver medal; her first Olympic appearance was in 2008 where she finished eighth in women’s quad sculls. After competition at the world championships in Karapiro (2010) and Lake Bled (2011), she returned to Winnipeg with two more silver medals, women’s eights. The mother of two-year-old twins is an IMPACT (inspire, motivate, participate, achieve, champion, team) ambassador for Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries (MLL), the major sponsor of the 55 Plus Games.

Following what will no doubt be amazing speeches, a band from Belmont will provide dance music for three hours (9 p.m.-12 a.m.); the Fugitives are a very popular old time dance band. 

 

 — Submitted by By Sheila Runions, publicity chair for Brandon Host Committee.
 

 

 

Brandon to host senior provincials

 


 

Nine months have passed since it was officially announced that Brandon would host the annual 55 Plus Games. Brandon Rotary Club and James B. Chrisp United Commercial Travelers (UCT) have partnered to host this  provincial sporting event which is sponsored by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. Brandon has a great history of hosting local and/or world events and this three-day competition for seniors will be no exception.
 
While several Rotarians and UCT members have already volunteered their time to work the games, more help is yet needed. If you would like to volunteer in any way, please contact Bea Storm (204-726-5740/stormwatch15@gmail.com) or Phyllis Elliott (204-728-6817/phyle@wcgwave.ca). The games will be held Tuesday-Thursday, June 14-16 at locations throughout the city and beyond, such as golfing at Glen Lea just east of Brandon.
 
The 55 Plus Games is the largest multi-sport event in Manitoba; more than 1,000 athletes from across the province will come to Brandon to participate in 22 different sports. From card games and walking to bowling and baseball, there are competitions for all ages and skill levels. Some games are open while others have play-off events in the 14 different regions of Manitoba, to qualify for competitions which can be general or age specific, such as 55+, 65+, 75+ and 80+.
 

Host committee chairperson Bernie Chrisp says, “It’s a wonderful honour to be selected as the host city. We know the entire community will look forward to welcoming athletes and visitors to Westman."
 
His crew of 16 executive committee members are thrilled to work together to bring the games back to Brandon; this 34th annual event will only be the second time Brandon has hosted and that was back in 1987. Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA) co-ordinates the games and is responsible for contacting all senior groups, via their regional representatives, to notify them of registration deadlines, etc. 
 
ALCOA’s executive director Jim Evanchuk says, “We were very impressed with the bid from the Brandon host committee and we are confident that the fine people in Brandon will set the stage for a memorable experience in June 2016. No matter what your age or interest, the 55 Plus Games have something for you!”
 
Plenty of information about the games can be found on ALCOA’s website, www.alcoamb.org. Registration opened last month and closes in May; as long as you are 55 years of age by Dec. 31 this year, you are eligible to compete in any event. The only sports having play-off games in order to compete are bridge, crib and whist. Games open to all are walking/running, bowling, golf, arts and crafts, duplicate bridge, floor curling and shuffleboard, horseshoes, lawn bowling, pickleball, scrabble, slo–pitch, snooker, swimming, track and bocce ball. 
 

If you plan to participate and will require lodging in the city, you are asked to inform the motel/hotel/B&B you are a games participant. The host committee has worked with Brandon First to secure funding based on number of beds booked for these provincials.
 
The games have been in operation since 1983 and have grown from 365 athletes to more than 1,600 people participating, at its record-setting year.
 
Because both service organizations have blue as their primary “corporate” colour, that will be the colour promoted throughout the June 14-16 competition. The title sponsor is Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MLL) so plenty of recognition will also be given this crown corporation. 
 
The Young at Heart volunteers will be easily spotted in their blue shirts with MLL logo. The 16 executive committee members will “sport” a slightly different shirt, to distinguish them as perhaps more knowledgeable than the everyday volunteers who may be working at any number of the dozen venues in and around the city.
 
     — Submitted by By Sheila Runions, publicity chair for Brandon Host Committee. Photos sourced from previous games.

 

 

Play ball! (OK, not right now)

 
The Rotary Club of Brandon is proud to be a Diamond Donor ($100,000) towards the construction of the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex in the city’s North End.
 
In addition to helping out this excellent project for the city's sports community, this type of large donation provides the Club with significant exposure, to help raise our profile and hopefully attract new members and/or donations for our work.
 
To date, and after surveying the ANSC site (pictured below) the Club’s PR committee and other members of the executive have selected the No. #4 site on the southeast corner of the complex to be the Rotary diamond.
 
This diamond is the furthest from being constructed, but will provide excellent exposure for our signage once it's in operation. We are now in talks with the ANSC committee to determine the size and placement of our logos.
 
For more information on the ANSC project: http://www.ashleyneufeldsoftballcomplex.com
 
(Photos by Rotarian James O'Connor.)
 
 

Rotary sprouts up at Seedy Saturday

 
Our Rotary Club (Susan, Reta, Chris, Roger ( and Cheryl) initiated a pop-up book sale setup at the Seedy Saturday event and were very successful in selling some more of our cooking and garden books, which were cycled there from our recent book sale. 
As Cheryl said, "can’t knock getting our books back into the community." 
 
Our set-up at the event also promoted Rotary with Rotary Club signage and also some signage explaining some of our Rotary projects. 
Of all the boxes of books loaded from our recent book sale for this event, only two boxes of unsold books were returned to our storage. 
Congratulations for the initiative taken and the great effort by everyone making this possible.
 

 

Mmmm ... Burger Day is back!

 
This year's annual Rotary Club of Brandon Burger Day BBQ is scheduled for Friday, June 24 in Princess Park.
 
John Nesbitt is organizing the event and Lorne Mustard (good name for a burger day volunteer) had tickets printed up. Members are encouraged to sell tickets. While there are always many, many walk-up diners, selling tickets in advance will help secure revenue in case the weather doesn't co-operate. Those who purchased tickets can still be content that they made a donation to Rotary, which will help fun community projects.
 
Oh, and it's not all about burgers, there are also other delicious BBQ favorites on the menu.
 
Thanks in advance for your assistance in selling tickets and making this years BBQ another success — as was last year's event, pictured below — for the Rotary Club of Brandon. It's a fun event for the Club and also a fantastic community event for downtown Brandon.
 
(Photo by Rotarian James O'Connor.)
 
 

Sort of bookish members

 

The first training for the new Book Sale Sorting Team was on Sat April 23. As the Rotary Book Sale continues to be wildly popular and the main fundraiser for the Club, we are moving to providing training to streamline the processes, communications and provide continuity.

There will be a "Sorting Schedule" circulated soon for people to sign up, just like the "Book Bin Pick Up" schedule.

Reta Saborowsi is the new chairperson, and Susan Spring will work as her back up and administrator. Lanney Backham is organizing the sorting.  Bernie Chrisp is still staying on as well. Other committee members will be listed in the new Roster Book.

Thanks also to the book bin and location pick up teams!

(Photo by Rotarian Susan Spring.)

 

And we say thanks

 
The 2016 Spring Book Sale is a wrap at the Victoria inn. The 26th event — it's held twice each year, spring and fall — raised $32,759 after expenses and was the largest overall book sale to date. The 26 events over the years have raised approximately $540,000. And this 'thank-you' ad ran recently in local print media.
 
 
 

The Club welcomes a new member!

 
Lanny Backham provided an interesting and personal "who I am" and then received her Rotary member pin from sponsor Reta Saborowski via President Eric Lawson. As is tradition, Lanny was then greeted by the members in attendance at the regular Tuesday luncheon. Welcome and congratulations!
 
(Photos by Rotarian James O'Connor.)
 
 

Interact Club receives Charter

 
Harvey Laluk, sponsoring Rotary Club advisor, conducted the Charter Presentation ceremony to officially welcome our new Interact Club, based at Vincent Massey High School. Rotary Club President Eric Lawson also participated. Assistant District Governor George Horton presented the Charter to Interact President Demiana Ekladious, witnessed by attending Interactors and teacher advisor Ashley Davidson.
 
The meeting was held offsite at Brandon University and President Gervan Fearon talked about Rotary's Mandates and how Rotary's goals are about personal development and giving back to the community.
 
(Photos by Rotarian James O'Connor.)
 
 
 

2016 Spring Book Sale sets another record!      (March 31 update: Final numbers and more photos)

 
The 2016 Spring Book Sale is a wrap at the Victoria inn. The 26th event — it's held twice each year, spring and fall — raised $32,759 after expenses and was the largest overall book sale to date.
 
The 26 events over the years have raised approximately $540,000.
 
"It was a perfect storm," club PR chair Don Partrick said, noting the event benefited from Good Friday and good weather. "We also have to thank our readers who come out for books each year and the people who donate used books."
 
Needless to say, the base support of all who continue to contribute their books into our collection boxes around Brandon provides the resources for our continued success.
 
This success has not been achieved magically — it is a huge logistic exercise.
 
Partrick wanted to thank the volunteers — both Rotarians and non-Rotarians -— who helped with all aspects of the event. Rotarians from our club work tirelessly, behind the scene, all year around to sort, file and prepare our inventory of books for readiness to present our two sales per year.
 
Just prior to each sale and while the sales are in progress, we have a significant number of people and organizations stepping up and giving of their time to help make our sales a fun, productive reading experience for young and old, Partrick notes.
 
Literacy has been and continues to be a major priority for Rotary. Literacy and reading are the stepping stones to creating better education, more social conscience and a better society.
 
Proceeds from the book sale help fund a variety of community projects, from play structures in daycare centres to major donations to the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex.
 
The 2016 Fall Book Sale runs Sept. 8 to10 at the Victoria Inn’s Imperial Ballroom.
 
Judging from the amount of books sold this past sale, there will be an amazing selection of new titles for avid readers to choose from.
 
The five locations for the drop-off boxes are: Sobey's West End; Co-op Marketplace; Home Hardware; Michael's in Corral Centre; and Superstore. 
 
Please take the time to go through your libraries and consider 'culling the herd' to donate some books to the twice yearly Rotary Book Sale.
 
Three of the city's new Interact Club members also helped out during the sale. With them are primary Rotarian advisors Nicole Wang and Harvey Laluk. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Brandon, and based at Vincent Massey High School, the Interact Club receives its official charter on Tuesday, March 29. 
 
A couple of birthdays were also celebrated at the end of the sale, as Allan Little and Bernie Chrisp cut a cake.
 
Treasurer Ernie Kempthorne was a happy camper counting the proceeds.
 
(Photos by Rotarian Don Partrick.)
 
 

2016 Spring Book Sale 

 
As of Friday, the three-day 2016 Spring Book Sale was on pace to set record sales. It wraps up tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Victoria Inn. Here are a few images from the Imperial Ballroom on Victoria Avenue. Full results and more photos will be posted on this site after the sale. The first photo here features three of the city's new Interact Club members. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Brandon, and based Vincent Massey High School, the Interact Club receives its official charter on Tuesday, March 29.
 
(Photos by Rotarian James O'Connor.)
 
 

Spring Book Sale is this week!

 
 
 
 

Plaque presentation

 
 
The Rotary Club of Brandon # 1344 presented a plaque to Rotary Villas March 1st on the first anniversary of the opening of the facility. The Rotary Club was recognized for its 95 years of service to Brandon in the naming of Rotary Villas. 
 
Pictured from left are Harvey Laluk, chair of the club's liaison committee with Rotary Villas; Katelyn Rempel, General Manager of Rotary Villas; Chuck Larocque, Past-President of the Rotary Club; and Eric Lawson, President of the Rotary Club.
 
 

Rotarians welcome Wheat Kings' royalty

 
 
 
Kelly McCrimmon, owner, general manager and head coach of the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings, spoke at a recent Rotary Club of Brandon meeting.
 
He has helped the Wheat Kings to four Memorial Cup appearances, once as a player (1979), twice as General Manager (1995, 1996) and once as Head Coach and General Manager (2010). McCrimmon is the Wheat Kings All-time winningest coach, having won over 400 games behind Brandon's bench.
 
McCrimmon covered a number of topics during his Rotary presentation, including the team’s current successful season, his recent stint as assistant coach for Canada for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland and his high-profile decision not to leave Brandon to join the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.
 
“The Wheat Kings have been my life and I just didn't want any regrets,” he said of his decision to remain in Brandon.
 
McCrimmon also discussed the team’s lease with the Keystone Centre. That five-year agreement, now in its fourth year, required the Keystone Centre to make several upgrades to its main 5,102-seat arena, Westman Communications Group Place.
 
McCrimmon referred to the Keystone Centre as a “tremendous economic engine” for the region that requires more stable supportive funding from the province.
 
Upgrades have been completed to the arena, such as new lighting and sound system.
 
McCrimmon said that “ongoing challenges” in the Keystone arena will be replacing the seating, which was acquired from the old Winnipeg Arena when it was demolished, and a better glass/board system that helps absorb players impact and helps reduce injuries. This new glass system is seen in NHL arenas and has been installed in some WHL venues.
 
(Photo by Rotarian James O'Connor)
 
 

City craves chocolate charity

 

As a Platinum Sponsor of this year's For the Love of Chocolate gala at the Keystone Centre, the Rotary Club of Brandon received three pairs of tickets to to the SOLD OUT event. 

A draw was recently held at the club's regular Tuesday luncheon meeting. To be eligible you had to have contributed to the Golletz Challenge, contributing $1.00 for each year that you have been in Rotary.

The winners were: Barry Hartley, Allan Little and Al Moulin.

KidSport Westman Region believes that no kid should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports.

KidSport provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.

 

Book sale date announced!

 
This Spring Rotary Club Book Sale, March 24 to 26, will be our 26th edition! The Rotary Club of Brandon, with it’s past 25 Book Sales, has raised (after expenses) $503,000 for community projects. We are expecting another very successful event at the Victoria Inn's Imperial Ballroom and are asking for your support for the Spring Book Sale by The Rotary Club of Brandon #1344.
 
 
 

The book boxes are back 

 
The Rotary Book Sale collection boxes are back — and they look better than ever! A couple of weeks ago, new graphics were applied on all five freshly painted boxes. 
 
The five locations for the boxes are: Sobey's West End, Co-op Marketplace; Home Hardware; Michael's in Corral Centre; and Superstore. Please take the time to go through your libraries and consider 'culling the herd' to donate some books to the twice yearly Rotary Book Sale.
 
A record amount of money — $33,000 — was recorded at the Rotary Club of Brandon's Fall Book Sale.
 
 
 

Cadet commander commands crowd

 

Dan Fontaine recently accepted command of 82 Brandon Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, a terrific organization which is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Brandon. He recently spoke at a Rotary Club of Brandon meeting.

Dan moved to Brandon from Saskatchewan in 1985. He was a cadet in 82 Brandon Squadron and is on the CO’s Honor Roll, the Jack Stacy award for top cadet instructor 1988 and the Jack Selbie Memorial waard as the top senior cadet 1990.

Dan attended Penhold in 1986, was awarded the Glider Pilot Scholarship in 1988, private pilot Scholarship 1990, going on to work as a staff cadet and an officer in Penhold in 1989, in Winnipeg 1992 and 1994, also at CFB Borden 1993. CO Fontaine completed BA in Bus. Admin (BU) in early 1995 and moved to Alberta with Cargill.

Dan has had a very active extensive roll in the Cadet Program while residing in Alberta. CO Dan and wife Charlette moved back to Brandon in late 2014 to be employed by The City of Brandon in Economic Development.

Dan’s return to Brandon offered the Rotary Club of Brandon the opportunity to seek his return to 82 Brandon Squadron. CO Dan Fontaine will be in his 30th year in the Cadet Program and is committed to giving his best to his new role as the Commanding Officer of 82 Brandon Squadron.

The Air Cadet League of Canada is a civilian, non-profit, community-based and volunteer-led organization that in collaboration with the Department of National Defence and our other partners, is dedicated to supporting the objectives of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program.

The purposes of the League are to advance the education of the Air Cadets and to promote an interest in the air element of the Canadian Forces.

For more information on the Air Cadet League of Canada and its 75th anniversary celebrations this year: http://aircadetleague.com

(Photography by Rotarian Don Partrick.)
 
 

Support for families

 

The Rotary Club of Brandon #1344, recently donated $9,500 to Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba to provide funding for their Parent Child Home Program.
 
Eric Lawson, President of the Rotary Club of Brandon (right) presented the monies to Dave McGregor, CEO Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba. 
 
The Rotary Club of Brandon is a long time supporter of Child and Family Services and continues support CFS’s great work with this contribution.
 
 
 

BeatleMania at Knox United!

 

UPDATE FROM CLUB PRESIDENT ERIC LAWSON: 

We had a sellout crowd and the concert was excellent.

We will have a formal update on monies raised, but we believe we will clear about $3,000 for the club, ultimately to be donated back to the community.

A lot of people helped make this work, so please forgive me if I miss anyone, but thanks go out to:

Cheryl, for coming up with the idea and getting the ball rolling; Don for his help with PR; Roger Winger, Al Moulin, and Nicole Wang for their help getting the church put back in order last evening; Pam Stacey for helping with the door and ticket sales; Marty and Elaine Snelling for their help getting the choir set up at the church; and Nicole Wang, who did a great job stepping up to organize many of the final details, including ticket sales.

A great success - and in case I have missed anyone - thank you to everyone involved.

 

Spreading Christmas Cheer!

 
The Rotary Club of Brandon held its annual Christmas Luncheon at Rotary Villas with a large turnout of spouses and residents. Carols were sung after a turkey dinner. There was also a draw made for prizes. For more photos: https://www.facebook.com/rotarybrandon/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rotarians on Rotary

 
The first in an occasional series of short videos featuring Brandon Rotary Club members discussing why they joined the club and what keeps them motivated. This is also on our Brandon Rotary Club facebook page.
 
 

Our Holiday message

 
Look for this ad in local media:
 
 
 

Interact President Rashmini Shunmugam

 

Rashmini Shunmugam was the featured speaker at this week’s regular luncheon meeting. 

The president of Neelin Rotary Interact centred her talk about how she is inspired by Dr. David Suzuki, who recently presented to a large audience in Brandon. 
 
The world-renowned environmentalist founded the Blue Dot movement that lets ordinary people come together to press for a municipal declaration respecting people’s rights to live in a healthy environment, with clean water, air and soil. 
 
Rashmini is a Grade 12 student at École secondaire Neelin High School.
 
 
 
 
 

A visit to Rotary Villas

 
The Rotary Club of Brandon is proud, honoured and excited to have our Rotary name on this great project, which opened this year on the site of the former Brandon police station on 10th Street.
 
Our club sees the incorporation of the Rotary name as a recognition of our 95 years of service and contribution by Rotary in Brandon and Westman. We intend to work with residents and staff, assisting where we can, to make this a remarkable and lasting experience for all the residents in their new home. 
 
The three-storey Rotary Villas comples opened on March 1, 2015. It offers 108 well-appointed apartments. Residents can choose from a variety of layouts, including studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom suites, and larger 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom villas featuring 3-season sunrooms. All suites and villas are wheelchair accessible and feature kitchenettes; open concept layouts; large, spacious bedrooms; and full bathrooms.
 
While the club usually holds its regular weekly meetings in the Roadhouse at Canad Inns, we also hold off-site metings for educational purposes, or if our home venue is busy during major events at the Keystone Centre.
 
This week’s regular meeting was held at the club’s namesake venue.
 
 
 
 
 

Brandon Rotary Club on display

 
Don Partrick, chair of the Communications Committee, spent several hours recently in the Main Concourse of the Keystone Centre sprucing up the club’s display cases.
 
The cases, gratefully provided to the club by the Keystone Centre, now offer the public updated information about our club and its ongoing activities in Brandon and Westman.The display also contains some of the club’s cherished artifacts, such as our original Charter, signed in 1921.
 
“If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to check it out, possibly you might find some time to take a look,” says Don. “I think you will find it interesting. The display cases graphically encapsulate just how active The Rotary Club of Brandon #1344 is.”
 
Any questions or comments are welcome, Don notes.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Come all ye kettlers...

 
Rotarians, please read this letter from Janice Cameron, Christmas Kettle Coordinator in Brandon, and consider volunteering some time for this very worthy charity over the holidays.
 
 

Checking in on the cheques

At the Nov. 17 regular meeting, club President Eric Lawson (right) presented; a $3,000 cheque to Ron Adams of 82 Brandon Squadron (far left) and a $5,000 cheque to Al Little of Brandon Rotary Club Westman Foundation.
 
 
 
 

Ripple Effect newsletter Fall 2015

 

Please find attached the Ripple Effect Fall Newsletter detailing activities and successes over the past few months. It also outlines some gift ideas you might consider honoring special people in your life over the holiday season. It is a good & quick read! (Just magnify the page on your computer.)
 
Ripple Effect is a Rotary District 5550 program through which Rotarians and other organizations and individuals in Canada can reach out to countries where children’s education is at risk. The program works in partnership with Rotary Clubs and communities in Guatemala to help build, equip and support schools for children in grades K to 6. Your donation to the Ripple Effect Program will help build and/or equip a school in Guatemala.
 

These kids are alright...

 
Every summer in District 5550 (Western Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan), Rotary clubs sponsor young people to go to summer camp on the south shores of Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park.
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a program developed between Rotary International and the local Rotary districts. RYLA is split into two weeks: the first week includes Junior high students; the second week is senior high students.
 
At its regular weekly meeting, The Rotary Club of Brandon welcomed three of this year’s RYLA camp participants: Kendra Maxon; Vanessa Smith; and Braden Cancade.
 
 
 
 
(Photography by club member Don Partrick.)
 
 
 

Come and get it!

 

Rotarians fill their plates at the soup and salad bar recently prior to getting down to business at a regular meeting of the club. The meetings are held at The Roadhouse in Canad Inns Brandon, part of the Keystone Centre complex on 18th Street. Members and guests can choose from simple coffee or tea, up to a full plated meal. Contact the club and come down and join us!
 
 
 
 
 

More memories from the 2015 wine fest

 
Wonderful coverage of the 2015 Brandon Rotary Club Westman Wine Festival, with presenting sponsor Liquor Marts, in the Brandon Sun from Mariah Phillips and her All Dressed Up social column.
 
 

2015 Remembrance Day Luncheon

 
The Rotary Club of Brandon's 2015 Remembrance Day luncheon. The Program featured: a bookmark “In Flanders Fields”; a hat from Honfleur, France; and an actual poppy from Beny-Sur-Mer-Reviers Canadian cemetery (near Juno Beach).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Photography by club member Don Partrick.)
 
 
 

Putting the cork in until next time

 
Thank you to everyone who either attended at or volunteered for the 13th annual Brandon Rotary Club Westman Wine Festival, with presenting sponsor Liquor Marts.
 
As usual, the festival featured two events at the Victoria Inn: The Gala Dinner on Wednesday and the Public Tasting on Friday.
 
A total of 540 people attended in total, making it possible for The Rotary Club of Brandon to provide the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre with $6,000.
 
Other proceeds will go to Brandon Rotary to help fund community projects, such as the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex and Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation’s Room for Renewal patient ward renovation campaign.
 
This will bring our total to more than $160,000 over the 13 years the Wine Festival has been running.
 
The Wine Festival Committee has already met to review this year’s event with an eye on increasing attendance and improving the experience at next October’s festival.
 
 
 

And the public came to taste ...

 
The 13th annual Westman Wine Festival, presented by the Rotary Club of Brandon with Liquor Marts as a presenting sponsor, drew a large crowd to the Victoria Inn for the Public Tasting. A larger selection of photos is posted on the wine festival's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WestmanWineFestival/
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Photography by Rotary Club member James O'Connor.)
 
 

For the love of the grape

 
A great crowd turned out for the 13th annual Westman Wine Festival's Public Tasting at the Victoria Inn's Imperial Ballroom. Look for information of how much was raised and for more photos later on this page.
 
 

Wine Festival Gala Dinner

 
The 13th Annual Rotary Westman Wine Festival Gala Dinner was enjoyed by all last night at the Victoria Inn. The popular Public Tasting is Friday night at the Vic Inn's Imperial Ballroom. Get your tickets for the Public Tasting at any Liquor Mart location. A larger selection of photos is posted on the wine festival's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WestmanWineFestival/
 
 
Brandon Rotary Club President Eric Lawson and wife Linda are photographed by the Brandon Sun's Social Columnist Mariah Phillips.
 
 
 
 
(Photography by Rotary Club member James O'Connor.)

 

2015 Westman Wine Festival

 
 
And here's what a ticket for the tasting portion of the very popular annual fundraising event looks like:
 
 

Wine Fest Dinner Menu Looks "Simply Scrumptious"

The Brandon Sun's wine expert raves about this year's dinner menu in her column this week. Diane Nelson also makes note of some of the offerings to look for at the public tasting. 
 
 
Westman Wine Festival Dinner Menu 2015
 
Reception Wine:  La Marca Prosecco – Italy
 
Egyptian Pea and Lentil Soup with basil leaf garniture
Dr. Zenzen Gewuztraminer - Germany
 
Lamb Shortloin Chops with a brush of mint-infused mustard sauce
Les Jamelles Pinot Noir - France
Falernia Carmenere Syrah Reserva - Chile
 
Lobster Ravioli with a Manhattan clam sauce
Casillero del Diablo Collection White – Chile
Mission Hill 5 Vineyards Rose – British Columbia
 
Beef Striploin with house Béarnaise, sweet potato garlic and honey 
mash with a seasonal vegetable medley
Ravenswood Zinfandel - California
Catena High Mountain Malbec - Argentina
 
Chocolate Mousse Torte with pomegranate coulis
Riebeek Cellars Cape Ruby – South Africa
 
 
 
 

Rotary continues to play ball!

 

Brett Turner, chairman of the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex project, receives a cheque from Eric Lawson, president of the Rotary Club of Brandon. 

The Rotary Club of Brandon originally committed $100,000 to the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex and is a Diamond level donor. Rotary's funding is being disbursed to the project in stages and recently the Rotary Club provided another $20,000 towards its total commitment. The funding requirements for the project has received tremendous support from the community.

Here's a link to the project's webpage for more info: www.ashleyneufeldsoftballcomplex.com

 

 

Saturday, Oct. 24 is Rotary World Polio Day

 
Rotary Club of Brandon Sunset president Lois Horton, Rashmini Shunmugam of Neelin Rotary Interact, Elena Santin of Rotary Rotaract, Brandon Rotary Club Westman Foundation Inc. chairman Eric Carlson and Rotary Club of Brandon president Eric Lawson, look on recently as Mayor Rick Chrest signs a proclamation recognizing Rotary World Polio Day. 
 
We are extremely close to making history, eradicating one of the world’s most devastating diseases: Polio 
 
PolioPlus the global immunization effort shows the tremendous impact being had on the terrible disease.  New polio cases which once paralyzed more than 1,000 children every day has dropped more than 99% since the 1980s.
 
There are fewer cases in fewer places than ever before and only three countries (Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan) haven’t stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus.
 
Currently, a funding gap means immunization campaigns are being cut in high-risk countries, increasing more vulnerability to polio for children. If polio isn’t stopped now, the disease could stage a comeback, potentially affecting more than 200,000 children per year.
 
Rotary has nearly 34,000 clubs in more that 200 countries, having made polio eradication its top priority since 1985. Rotary has since contributed US$1.2 billion and its members have logged countless volunteer hours — having immunized more that 2 billion children in 122 countries.
 
Recently, Rotary announced the release of US$40.3 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.  The funds will build on gains Rotary and its partners have been making in the fight to iradicate the desease.  
 
Nigeria hasn’t had a case of wild poliovirus since July 23, 2014 and the World Health Organization could remove it from the list of polio-endemic countries as soon as this month if no new cases are reported. It would take another two years without any new cases for the African to be certified polio-free.  
The progress is fragile, and much work remains to reach the goal of a polio-free world.  
 
Rotary’s recent contributions include US$9.9 million in Nigeria, US$12.2 million in Pakistan, and US$2.3 million in Afghanistan. In addition, the money will support immunization activities in countries still at risk of importing cases, such as Cameroun, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Niger, Somalia and South Sudan.
 
If polio is eliminated from the planet, dozens of other diseases could follow.  This is an historic moment, one that is meaningful to people – especially children the world over.
 
The world stand on the verge of victory over polio, it is important to recognize amazing things can happen when forces join together for the common good. Your can join the fight to end polio now, by visiting www.endpolionow.org.
 
The Rotary Clubs of Brandon are ongoing contributors to the PolioPlus program.
 
 
(Compiled by Don G. Partrick chairman, Publlc Relations (Communications), The Rotary Club of Brandon #1344. Photo by James O'Connor.) 
 
 
 

Wine festival in the headlines again!

 
Some more much appeciated media coverage of the upcoming Westman Wine Festival. This week features an interview by Westman Journal's Terri Eger and event co-chair Tracy Baker. 
Tickets are selling well for the two events that comprise the festival. And both have limited supplies. So get yours soon! Dinner tickets are available by contacting Tracy at 204-724-6576. Tickets for the Public Tasting can be purchased at any of the four Brandon-area Liquor Marts outlets.
The festival committee has also aranged for print and radio promotions in local media and don't forget about the Westman WIne Festival's own Facebook Page. It's getting lots of traffic and will help to inform people of both the fun aspects of the Wine Festival and the good deed to be done, with proceeds going to the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre.
 
 
 

Wine Fest Facebook Page

 
The Westman Wine Festival now has a Facebook page. Please visit and 'Like'
 
https://www.facebook.com/WestmanWineFestival
 

Rotary supports Westman Youth Choir

 
 
The Rotary Club of Brandon is thrilled to have supported the Westman Youth Choir for 35 years.
 
The choir's final performance of its 2015 tour is Tuesday, October 20 at Central United Church. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $8.
 
Western Manitoba Youth Choir was formed in 1980 to provide a high quality experience in choral singing for high school students who demonstrate musical ability.
 
The singers have the opportunity to upgrade their talent in an intensive choral setting with experienced conductors. In order to qualify, the singer should be entering Grade 10-12 in the 2015-16 year.
 
For more information: http://wmyc.ca/schedule
 

Meetings every Tuesday

 
Our club meets every Tuesday at the Roadhouse in Canad Inns on 18th Street. You can purchase a full lunch, or something lighter. There is fellowship before the meeting is called to order. Then club business is attended to. Following that, there is a guest speaker from the community. There is also a 50/50 draw. There are greeters at the door to help out anyone visiting the club. Below is a sample cover of a meeting bulletin. Don Partrick is interim bulletin editor.
 
 
 

Thanks to all who helped make sale a success!

 
 

Record Set at 2015 Fall Book Sale!

 

A record amount of money — $33,000 — was recorded at the Rotary Club of Brandon's Fall Book Sale.

The Sept. 10-12 event at the Victoria Inn was the club's 25th book sale. The sales of donated books are now held twice each year and have netted more the $500,000 since 2003.

As readers of the Brandon Sun will have read on Sept. 15, book sale chair Bernie Chrisp noted the last sale tallied $30,000.

“We’re really quite happy with the amount that we took in,” Chrisp, told The Sun.

He told the news outlet that this year's three-day sale also had its best opening day ever, with $20,000 being raised.

Chrisp expressed his gratitude to the community and the countless volunteers who came out in support of the event, which helps the Rotary Club fund community groups. 

 

Record 

 

Bookworms burrow into the 2015 sale

 
Here are some images from the Fall Book Sale that ends tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Victoria Inn's Imperial Ballroom. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cover to Cover

 
 
Rotarians and volunteers are hard at work Wednesday setting up for the 2015 Fall Book Sale. The fundraising event starts Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Victoria Inn's Imperial Ballroom. Please see the poster below for more information. 
 

 

2015 Fall Book Sale!

 
 
 

 

Rotary Honours Victoria Inn's Brent Miller

 
 
 
Brent Miller (l. to r.) receives award from Ken Krebs, District Governor- Rotary District 5550
Brent Miller, general manager of the Victoria Inn in Brandon, has recently received the prestigious Paul Harris fellowship award from the Rotary Club of Brandon in recognition of the absolutely tremendous support given to the Rotary Book Sale by the Victoria Inn and staff. 
The Paul Harris fellowship recognition program was established in 1957 and it acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have had contributions of $1,000 in their name to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. 
The Rotary Foundation is a registered charity supporting the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational and cultural exchange programs. It’s supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share the vision for a better world.
Every Paul Harris fellowship recipient receives a certificate when he or she becomes a fellow, which identifies the recipient as an advocate of the Foundation’s goals of world peace and understanding.
 
 

Welcome back

We've refreshed our website and will be adding content to it regularly. Look here for information on upcoming events and meetings coverage of those events with stories and photos. 
 
You can also follow activities of the club on Twitter: @rotaryclubofbdn We will be using the Brandon hashtag with our tweets: #bdnmb
 
We do not have a Facebook page at this time.
 
Below on this site are some of the club's previous activities. 
 
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And a BIG thank you to all who helped at the 22nd Rotary Book Sale

 

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Spring book sale a bestseller!

The club's 22nd Book Sale broke all records with gross sales of $28,800.

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Rotarians and volunteers came together to make the spring book sale a huge success. (Photos by Don Partrick)


Our 22nd Book Sale broke all records with gross sales of $28,800. The sale was held April 17, 18 & 19 at the Victoria Inn.

The book sale is the premier fundraising event for our club. To date, the 22 sales of donated mostly used books have had gross sales of $465, 570, of which $421, 423 has been net profit.

Most, of that money is returned into the community to support all of the Rotary Club of Brandon’s projects. 

It's estimated this most recent book sale had a minimum of 1,135 individual sales. Many of our customers walked out with a huge supply of reading material, some single sales exceeded $100.

Members of the Rotary Club of Brandon, friends of our club, and 82 Brandon Squadron, all helped to make this project a great success.

Our thanks to the members of our community for their continued supply of books to our five collection bins, and also for their additional support by visiting the sale and purchasing books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotary helps reduce times at WMCC

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(L-R) Cindy Buizer , executive director, Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation; Barry Hartley, president Rotary Club of Brandon; Scott Kirk, operations manager Western Manitoba Cancer Centre and Harvey Laluk, past president Rotary Club of Brandon around the Bladderscan Untrasound unit. (Photo supplied by Don Partrick.)  

 

The Rotary Club of Brandon has donated $20,000 to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for the purchase of a BladderScan Ultrasound machine for oncology clinic and radiation therapy treatments at the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre. 

A BladderScan machine is used regularly to enhance the care provided to patients by decreasing the frequency of more invasive procedures. The machine will measure urinary output or bladder volume and can be used to assess bladder volume prior to radiation therapy treatment, which is vital to avoiding and minimizing acute and long-term radiation complications in pelvic patients.

The BladderScan will reduce needless catheterizations of all patients because they can be scanned to determine their issues. Also, as previously mentioned, radiation therapy patients will be scanned to ensure their bladders are full prior to entering the treatment room – saving both time for the patient and staff to do multiple images to determine if the bladder is full.  Bladder volume is very important for radiation therapy treatment as it is vital to avoid and minimize acute and/or long term radiation complications in pelvic patients.  


 

 

Rotary Club of Brandon Spring Book Sale 2014

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Books for the sale at the Victoria Inn are sorted and stored in an area of the Brandon Sun's warehouse.

The 22nd Rotary Club of Brandon Book Sale will be held mid-April at the Victoria Inn on Victoria Avenue West in Brandon.

Times for this major fundraising event for the service club are:

• Thursday, April 17 from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

• Friday, April 18  from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

• Saturday, April 19 from  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Virtually all money raised from the very popular sale is retuned to the community through Rotary funded projects. To date, the book sales have returned almost $400,000 to Rotary projects. The Rotary Club of Brandon thanks the people of Westman for their continued donation of books and to the Brandon Sun for its generous donation of space to store and sort the thousands of titles.

For anyone with some extra books they would like to donate, Rotary book collection boxes are located at:

• Home Hardware

• Heritage Coop

• Winners

• Sobey’s West End

• Superstore

 

For further information about the event, you can contact:

Bernie 204-726-8978 or Don 204-727-0493



 

 

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(Note... the free book is for kids 12 and younger.)



 

 

 

A healthy lunch

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Daryle McCannell of BU's department of physical education, gets Rotarians up and moving at a weekly luncheon meeting.


Throughout the past quarter-century Brandon University's Daryle McCannell has promoted active lifestyles and healthy communities in the Westman area.

McCannell believes that laughter and humour are good for the body and soul and that philosophy has put him in demand as a speaker, motivator, and presenter at community, provincial and national health initiatives.

During the 25 years McCannell has been with BU, he has held various positions including: athletic director and recreation director. McCannell is currently chair and assistant professor in the department of physical education.

His early experience included five years as a public school physical education teacher followed by five years as program director of Brandon YMCA.

At the luncheon, McCannell thanked the Rotary Club of Brandon for its continued support of the institution. He then put those in attendance through a few fun drills designed to get their blood flowing.

McCannell stressed that any movement is healthier than simply sitting stationary. 

 

 

 

Rotary recognized for YMCA donation

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RCB past presidents Harvey Laluk and Nonny Cancade accompanied Rotary Foundation Chair Eric Carlson at the special invitation evening by the YMCA for all sponsoring organizations.

As a result of a significant contribution to the Dood Cristall Family YMCA in downtown Brandon, the Rotary Club of Brandon has been recognized with a very user-friendly play area in the lobby of the new complex.

 

 

 

 

 

Rotary Shelterbox Program

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The Shelterbox program is an unbelievable program to give the opportunity to an individual or a group to be able to step up and give a huge amount of help to people in need.

For example, the Shelterbox provides sustained shelter for people dealing with disaster in the Philippines.

Shelterbox already has two response teams on the ground in the Philippines who are working with the help of Rotarians to provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The total cost of a Shelterbox is $1,000, but you can contribute a portion which can be gathered together with other donations to make up enough to purchase a Shelterbox.

Some 90 countries have received Shelterboxes. And more than 130,000 Shelterboxes have been deployed since the Rotary Club project since 2000.

 

For some more info, see: http://www.shelterboxcanada.org/


 

It's Christmas Cake time again!

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Each holiday season the Rotary Club of Brandon places delicious Christmas Cakes at various locations around the city.

The fundraiser helps raise money for our various projects while also providing buyers with a little taste of Christmas past with these time-honored treats.


 

Remembrance Day Ceremony

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Remembrance Day Opening Prayer

The Rotary Club of Brandon Remembrance Day Meeting, Nov. 5, 2013


Most gracious God, we offer our thanks for the bounty of your providence and the renewing gift of your grace.

 

Especially on this special day of remembrance, we give thanks for all those courageous young men and women, whose lives were given in time of war so we may live in the freedom and peace we hold so dear.

Grant, as we remember these sacrifices, we resolve to work together to help make the world into a better place for our children’s children and the future generations of all the nations.

 

We pray leaders of all nations find ways to live and work in harmony, and the people of the world may do your will and live in your spirit.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen

 

Westman Wine Festival always popular

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The Rotary Club of Brandon’s Westman Wine Festival is again two tasty cultural events.

The first is a Gala Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 16 followed by a Public Tasting on Friday, Oct. 18. Both events are at the Victoria Inn’s Imperial Ballroom.

Funds raised at the event this year go to the Elspeth Reid Family Fund, part of the Elspeth Reid Resource Centre.

Since its inception 11 years ago, the event has raised more than $100,000 for charity.

Here's what the Brandon Sun's arts correspondent, Diane Nelson, had to say about a Westman Wine Festival in her Vine Lines column:

I need to say again that Rotary does just a stellar job of this event. I can’t count how many people I spoke to who said, "This is my/our first time here," and how enthusiastic they were about the festival. And there’s no arguing with the sentiment. It’s an invigorating, exciting, inspiring, educating, energizing — I could go on here, but you get the idea — occasion that encourages veteran wine-drinkers and novice ones alike to share not only the plethora of wines available, but also their thoughts and assessments of the provided beverages.

The Oct. 16 Gala Dinner starts at at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 a seat or $1,000 for a table. Tickets are available by phoning Tracy Baker at (204) 724-6576. It is a formal event.

The Oct. 18 Public Tasting runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Victoria Inn’s Imperial Ballroom. Tickets are $29.99 each and are available at Brandon Liquor Mart outlets.

 

 

It wasn't really BBQ weather, but...

 

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The Rotary Club of Brandon recently held it's annual Burger Day at Princess Park.

Unfortunately, our weather did not cooperate just at the peak of lunchtime and discouraged the usually great attendance and support.

In spite of the weather, Rotary was still able to raise $890 - unfortunately well below our normal fundraising levels for this event.

All the money raised at the Thursday, June 20, Burger Day will be used in The Rotary Club of Brandon's various local community projects.

All unused hamburger and smokies were donated to Samaritan House.

A great big thank you to everyone who attended in spite of the weather!

Watch for next year, we'll be back!

(In the photos above: Rotarians Len Schneider and Barry Hartley cook up some delicious food; a look at the complete set-up; and Marilyn, Mary, Hilary and Eddy enjoy a visit after lunch.)


 

 

 

 

 

Rotary Villas at Crocus Gardens

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Brandon’s former police station on 10th Street will be transformed into a new seniors living complex called Rotary Villas at Crocus Gardens.

The anticipated opening date of the 55-plus, three-storey, 108-suite building is May 2015.

It’s independent living. The average age of individuals is about 85 years old. The suites range from 550 to 800 sq. ft.


 

Cookies to Softballs

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(L-R) Brett Turner, chairperson of Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex Committee; Rhonda and Craig Pardy, Tim Hortons; and Barry Hartley, president of the Rotary Club of Brandon. (Photo submitted by Don Partrick)

 In the photo above, Craig and Rhonda Pardy, Tim Hortons, owners present a cheque of $14,980. to Barry Hartley, president of the Rotary Club of Brandon.

The Rotary Club of Brandon will present these funds to the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex fund raising program.

The Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex is located on the north side of Parker Blvd right across from the McKenzie Seeds warehouse.

The first phase is to construct two diamonds and the second phase is to construct Diamonds 3 and 4.

The complex is expected to be in operation for summer of 2015. The project is presently at site grade leveling stage.


 

Helping the Air Cadets take flight

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(L-R) Lorne Mustard, treasurer of 82 Brandon Squadron and a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Brandon; Barry Hartley, president of the Rotary Club of Brandon. (Photo submitted by Don Partrick)

The Rotary Club of Brandon has again donated $3,000 cheque to 82 Brandon Squadron. 

This donation represents one-third of the annual budget of the 82 Brandon Squadron-Royal Canadian Air Cadets, and assists the squadron in providing leadership and personal growth activities for approximately 50, 12-18 year olds from Brandon and Westman area at no cost to the cadets.

The Air Cadets and their families raise additional funds with other various programs during the year. The Rotary Club of Brandon is a long standing mentor for 82 Brandon Squadron.


 

Wine and Dine for a good cause

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Melanie Eldridge (right) pours some of Trialto's offerings at the 11th annual Westman Wine Festival Public Tasting. (Photo courtesy Brandon Sun)

The festival was again divided into two events at the Victoria Inn’s Imperial Ballroom: a Gala Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 16; and a Public Tasting on Friday, Oct. 18.

The Rotary Club of Brandon’s Westman Wine Festival was again a huge success.

The event was started The Rotary Club of Brandon 11 years ago.  In recent years, the Espeth Reid Family Fund (an extension of the Elspeth Reid Resource Centre) has been the beneficiary of profits from the event Since its inception, the festival has raised $100,000.

Details of revenue from this year’s event will be posted here at a later date.


 

 

Highway Helpers

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Thanks to all who picked up at the Highway Clean‐up on Saturday, Oct. 5.

“A little cool, but by 9 a.m. we had 13 Rotarians and also (some families) of Rotarians,” Ron Jasper said. “Every kilometre on the Grand Valley Road was completed by 10:15 a.m. and then we all met for coffee and cinnamon buns at Smitty’s.”

On behalf of the team, Jasper expressed “a huge thank you to all who helped make another community project a success.”

The event is a regular community service provided by the Rotary Club of Brandon.


 

Cookies to Softballs

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(L-R) Brett Turner, chairperson of Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex Committee; Rhonda and Craig Pardy, Tim Hortons; and Barry Hartley, president of the Rotary Club of Brandon. (Photo submitted by Don Partrick)

 In the photo above, Craig and Rhonda Pardy, Tim Hortons, owners present a cheque of $14,980. to Barry Hartley, president of the Rotary Club of Brandon.

The Rotary Club of Brandon will present these funds to the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex fund raising program.

The Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex is located on the north side of Parker Blvd right across from the McKenzie Seeds warehouse.

The first phase is to construct two diamonds and the second phase is to construct Diamonds 3 and 4.

The complex is expected to be in operation for summer of 2015. The project is presently at site grade leveling stage.


 

Rotary Golf Day 

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Everyone had a great time at our recent Rotary Golf Day, at the beautiful Oak Island Golf Resort west of Brandon.

AND THERE WERE PRIZE WINNERS!
- Shortest Drive: Don Partrick. And no, it did not hit a tree and bounce back.
- Longest Drive: Mike Reichert.
- Longest Putt: Mike Reichert.
- Closest to the Pin: Mike Reichert (a prospective Rotarian).
- Most Honest Team: Carlson’s Crew (Eric Carlson, Susan Spring, Ray Baker, Glen Chapman).
- Champions: The Radics’ Revival (Larry and Derek Radics, Nonny Cancade and Mike Reichert).

Special thanks to Oak Island Resort and Marty and Elaine Snelling for organizing and providing golf balls for everyone.

Meanwhile, Barry Hartley, Susan Spring, Nonny Cancade, Glen Chapman, Marty Snelling are very much appreciated for providing prizes for the group.

 

Rotary helps reduce times at WMCC

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(L-R) Cindy Buizer , executive director, Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation; Barry Hartley, president Rotary Club of Brandon; Scott Kirk, operations manager Western Manitoba Cancer Centre and Harvey Laluk, past president Rotary Club of Brandon around the Bladderscan Untrasound unit. (Photo supplied by Don Partrick.)  

 

The Rotary Club of Brandon has donated $20,000 to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for the purchase of a BladderScan Ultrasound machine for oncology clinic and radiation therapy treatments at the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre. 

A BladderScan machine is used regularly to enhance the care provided to patients by decreasing the frequency of more invasive procedures. The machine will measure urinary output or bladder volume and can be used to assess bladder volume prior to radiation therapy treatment, which is vital to avoiding and minimizing acute and long-term radiation complications in pelvic patients.

The BladderScan will reduce needless catheterizations of all patients because they can be scanned to determine their issues. Also, as previously mentioned, radiation therapy patients will be scanned to ensure their bladders are full prior to entering the treatment room – saving both time for the patient and staff to do multiple images to determine if the bladder is full.  Bladder volume is very important for radiation therapy treatment as it is vital to avoid and minimize acute and/or long term radiation complications in pelvic patients.  


 

 

 Rotarians help welcome WestJet

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The Rotary Club of Brandon provided volunteer support to the City of Brandon's organizing committee to help with the celebration to welcome WestJet to the community at the Brandon Municipal Airport on Sept. 3

About 1,200 people came out to welcome the first 78-seat turboprop from Calgary.

People from Brandon and from all around Westman came out to the family-oriented event.

The Rotarians helped with traffic flow and refreshments.

Mayor Shari Decter Hirst was on the flight, along with several city officials.

Daily flights leave Calgary at 9:50 a.m. MT for the two-hour flight to Brandon, arriving at 12:50 p.m. local time. The return flight from McGill Field takes off at 1:20 p.m. and arrives in Calgary at 2:35 p.m. MT.

 

 

Read all about it: Book sale a big success!

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 The Rotary Club of Brandon Book Sale, Sept 12, 13 and 14 in the Imperial Ballroom of the Victoria Inn was the 21st time the group has conducted the twice-a-year event. 

There was somewhere in the range of 70,000 books, covering a broad spectrum of genres. 

And it's all due to the generosity of the people of Brandon and Westman, that the Rotary Club of Brandon has this huge number of books to offer. 

As usual, all children visiting the book sale are entitled to pick up a free book of their choosing. 

One of Rotary International's ongoing mandates is the promotion of literacy and the initiative of giving a free book to all children promotes reading. 

The first day (Thursday) the gross sales were $18,000. The second day (Friday) the gross sales were $6,000. The third day (Saturday) our gross sales were  $3,500.

The 21 editions of The Rotary Club of Brandon Book Sale have raised, after expenses, almost $400,000.  These funds have been used to fund all the various community projects the club supports.
 

 

 

 

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Thanks to all who picked up at the Highway Clean‐up on Saturday, Oct. 5.

“A little cool, but by 9 a.m. we had 13 Rotarians and also (some families) of Rotarians,” Ron Jasper said. “Every kilometre on the Grand Valley Road was completed by 10:15 a.m. and then we all met for coffee and cinnamon buns at Smitty’s.”

On behalf of the team, Jasper expressed “a huge thank you to all who helped make another community project a success.”

The event is a regular community service provided by the Rotary Club of Brandon.


 

Spring book sale a bestseller!

The club's 22nd Book Sale broke all records with gross sales of $28,800.

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Rotarians and volunteers came together to make the spring book sale a huge success. (Photos by Don Partrick)


Our 22nd Book Sale broke all records with gross sales of $28,800. The sale was held April 17, 18 & 19 at the Victoria Inn.

The book sale is the premier fundraising event for our club. To date, the 22 sales of donated mostly used books have had gross sales of $465, 570, of which $421, 423 has been net profit.

Most, of that money is returned into the community to support all of the Rotary Club of Brandon’s projects. 

It's estimated this most recent book sale had a minimum of 1,135 individual sales. Many of our customers walked out with a huge supply of reading material, some single sales exceeded $100.

Members of the Rotary Club of Brandon, friends of our club, and 82 Brandon Squadron, all helped to make this project a great success.

Our thanks to the members of our community for their continued supply of books to our five collection bins, and also for their additional support by visiting the sale and purchasing books.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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The Rotary Club of Brandon’s

Rotary Roses 2013

(proceeds to Brandon Rotary Club Westman Foundation)

                    

Bouquets of Roses (18) with baby’s breath, $25.00 (tax incl.)

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Variety of perennials and bulbs at assorted prices (tax incl.)

                

TO ORDER:

 

PHONE: 204-728-0945  ljhume@mymts.net

            204-728-4838

                    

Last Day to Order: Bulbs, Perennials - Friday, April 19

    Roses - Tuesday, April 30

 

   
 

 
 

Welcome back

We've refreshed our website and will be adding content to it regularly. Look here for information on upcoming events and meetings coverage of those events with stories and photos. 
 
You can also follow activities of the club on Twitter: @rotaryclubofbdn We will be using the Brandon hashtag with our tweets: #bdnmb
 
We do not have a Facebook page at this time.
 
Below on this site are some of the club's previous activities. 
 

Welcome back

We've refreshed our website and will be adding content to it regularly. Look here for information on upcoming events and meetings coverage of those events with stories and photos. 
 
You can also follow activities of the club on Twitter: @rotaryclubofbdn We will be using the Brandon hashtag with our tweets: #bdnmb
 
We do not have a Facebook page at this time.
 
Below on this site are some of the club's previous activities. 
 

Record Set at 2015 Fall Book Sale!

 

A record amount of money — $33,000 — was recorded at the Rotary Club of Brandon's Fall Book Sale.

The Sept. 10-12 event at the Victoria Inn was the club's 25th book sale. The sales of donated books are now held twice each year and have netted more the $500,000 since 2003.

As readers of the Brandon Sun will have read on Sept. 15, book sale chair Bernie Chrisp noted the last sale tallied $30,000.

“We’re really quite happy with the amount that we took in,” Chrisp, told The Sun.

He told the news outlet that this year's three-day sale also had its best opening day ever, with $20,000 being raised.

Chrisp expressed his gratitude to the community and the countless volunteers who came out in support of the event, which helps the Rotary Club fund community groups. 

 

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Rotary Book Sale contacts:

The five locations for the boxes are: 
Sobey's West End; Co-op Marketplace; Home Hardware; Michael's in Corral Centre; and Superstore.
 
If you prefer to have your donations picked up, please contact:
 
Until June 10: Reta Saborowski: 
retaandchris@gmail.com
 
After June 10: Susan Spring 
726-4887 
sspring2012@hotmail.ca
 
Thanks for your donations! the Book Sale is our club's largest annual fundraiser.