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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.

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. 
 
 
Ilona Berbeker spoke to the club on Monday about her company Safer Spaces Pro and the services it offers to business to disinfect their premises with a non-toxic product that is Health Canada approved and 99.99% effective in killing germs and bacteria, thus assuring the customers they are entering a "safer space". 
 
Rotarians Colleen Fennell and Marvel Holmes took on the five kilometre Coldest Night of the Year challenge.  Our Rotary club did donate directly to the CNOY fund-raiser, but Colleen and Marvel also took on a personal challenge of matching club donations, which they achieved. . They chose to have part of their walk take in the Rotary Trail, one of the first official trails in Salmon Arm. 
 
75 years ago today - February 18th, 1946 - The Rotary Club of Salmon Arm was chartered.  The Club has been continuously active in our community since then.  We've listed on the next page just some of the things we were able to accomplish..
 
We could never have done any of this without the support of individuals and businesses in our community.  Thanks to everyone for coming out and supporting our fundraisers - like our annual Wine Festival, Casino Royale, Double Up Your Gift Campaign and - coming up soon - our Be Canadian Proud Flag Program, which you can sign up for by clicking the News Story in the left column of our Home Page.
 
Read More to see some of the projects we've been involved with over the years.
 
 
Today's speakers were four students from the Jackson Campus of Salmon Arm Senior Secondary School who are responsible for planning and organizing the Shuswap Youth Launch,  a virtual leadership event. It will include a host of local celebrities as well as four noteworthy speakers who will speak  on topics of interest to high school students. Retired NHL'er Coey Hirsch will speak on mental health and motivation; inspirational speaker Wali Shah from Toronto will speak on his personal experience with Covid; Ashley Bendikson from the US will talk about healthy dating relationships; and local entrepreneur Missy MacIntosh will discuss what it's like to have a dream, to follow it and make it work. 
 
You can learn more at their website - 
Staff Sargent Scott West was our featured speaker  on Monday 1 February. He brought members up to date on policing matters in Salmon Arm. Calls for service  were down in 2020, but there are many more major files that take longer to process.  The Salmon Arm detachment, almost full with only 2 vacancies, consists of 20 members, and serves an area that includes Blind Bay to Salmon Arm,  Grandview Bench, Ranchero,  & Larch Hill area, Silver Creek, Sunnybrae, & White Lake,  as well as Adams Lake Indian Band, Neskonlith Indian Band and Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band. 
 
 Covid has changed the way service calls are handled - more phone connections than in-person visits. Collisions, drug issues, and child pornography cases are up since 2019.  Thefts from cars are up slightly, as are  business B & E's. Transients are creating high demand for calls-for-service downtown. RCMP is using a variety of techniques to deal with them, along with local services.
 
At our Zoom meeting on January 11, two honourary Paul Harris Fellow awards were given by the club to Rotary member Gary Carder and Community member Phil McIntyre-Paul. This award is a recognition of the efforts of these two men, who both work tirelessly in their own fields to contribute  to the betterment of Salmon Arm. 
Speakers
Tomas Raboch
Mar 08, 2021
1996-97 Youth Exchange Student (Czech Republic)
Rafael Palacio Zenora (Rafa)
Mar 15, 2021
2003-04 Youth Exchange Student {Spain}
Alex de Chantal
Mar 22, 2021
Rail Trail
Joran Kuijper
Apr 12, 2021
2005=06 Youth Exchange Student (Netherlands)
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