The first step leading up to the Spring Rotary Book Sale has been to get the donation book boxes out.
Book sorting area at the Brandon Sun
Ripple Effect and Education in Guatemala
Please be Patient with us!
Website under (Re)Construction
Rotary Club of Brandon honors one of its own
A Look at Rotary Youth Exchange
He became acquainted with Rotary, first through RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), a four day camp which has had only highly positive feedback from the participants, leaders and even those responsible for transport to the camp. From that he went to the Exchange Student program. Only two weeks after his graduation from Vincent Massey high school, he was on the plane heading for South Africa. As much as he thought he was independent (worked, saved for his own car, fought my own battles) you’ll never be as independent from your parents and friends when you step off that plane.
Words from our President give pause.................
Every year at this time, my thoughts go back to the days of marching from the elementary school to the cenotaph across the street. We would all line up and wait for the veterans and others, like my Grandmother, who had lost someone in the war as they paraded down Main Street. My uncle died fighting in France. As we stood, sometimes in deep snow, & blowing winds, I watched my father in his Royal Canadian Air Force uniform. He served overseas, in Gander, as a mechanic for the airplanes that were so much a part of WWII. One of the students would read "In Flanders Fields" and I would watch my Grandmother lay the wreath for the mothers who had lost their sons. Sometimes, during the two minute silence, I wept a little for the uncle I had never met.
I am so grateful to have these memories and to know that, while Canada has soldiers still, they are primarily peace makers. The majority of Canadians haven't had to send their young sons & daughters to war.
I am also grateful for all that Rotary does to keep Peace in the world. Our leadership programs for youth and our peace programs, centres & fellowships are helping bring & maintain peace in the world.
While we can't remember what we were not part of; we can be respectful of those who do. We can support those who remember too vividly and those who, like my grandmother, mourn for those lost while serving. As we go about our days, we can promote peace by respecting those we work with and those we meet in the street. Peace is needed everywhere, "lest we forget".
Cheryl Winger, President
Westman Wine Festival and Dinner
Westman Wine Festival
Wine Festival News Release
55 Plus Games
- BEEP (Brandon Energy Efficiency Program)
- Canada Moving and Storage
- CKLQ 880 / 94.7 Star FM
- Family and friends of Rotary
- Interact clubs in Brandon
- Poor Michael’s Emporium of Onanole
- Royal Canadian Air Cadets 82 Squadon
- Sigma Beta Phi (Preceptor Chapter) Sorority
- Westman Journal
And we say thanks
Rotary Supports Local Youth
Interact Club receives Charter
2016 Spring Book Sale sets another record! (March 31 update: Final numbers and more photos)
A Message from the President of Rotary International
2016 Spring 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 as its largest donor. 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
Support for families
Rotarians on Rotary
Interact President Rashmini Shunmugam
Rashmini Shunmugam was the featured speaker at this week’s regular luncheon meeting.
And the public came to taste ...
A visit to Rotary Villas
Brandon Rotary Club on display
Checking in on the cheques
Ripple Effect --Rotary and Education in Developing Countries
These kids are alright...
Wine Festival Gala Dinner
More memories from the 2015 wine fest
Putting the cork in until next time
For the love of the grape
2015 Westman Wine Festival
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
Wine festival in the headlines again!
Wine Fest Facebook Page
Rotary supports Westman Youth Choir
Meetings every Tuesday
Thanks to all who helped make sale a success!
Bookworms burrow into the 2015 sale
Cover to Cover
Cookies to Softballs
(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 Honours Victoria Inn's Brent Miller
Rotary recognized for YMCA donation
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
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/
BBQ in the park
The Rotary Club of Brandon recently held it's annual Burger Day at Princess Park.
All the money raised at the various Burger Days will be used in The Rotary Club of Brandon's various local community projects.
Our thanks to the various businesses that donated food and drinks, in whole or at reduced prices to the Fundraiser.
All unused hamburger and smokies were donated to Samaritan House.
A great big thank you to everyone who attended!
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.)
Helping the Air Cadets take flight
(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.
Rotary helps reduce times at WMCC
(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.
Thanks to all who picked up at the Highway Clean‐up.
“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.
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• Chairperson • Secretary • Representative from the Brandon Rotary Club Westman Foundation Committee • Representation from the Rotary Club of Brandon • Past President of the Rotary Club of Brandon