Year 2002 Summary -composed by Lana Rodlie
The club's goal of raising $8,000 for Polio was reached fairly early in the year. The Carol Festival, diamond raffle, silent auction, Breakfast with Santa, the first dinner-theatre and the Hole-in-One golf tournament (won by Rotarian Brian Yeo ($20,000) were all extremely profitable fundraisers. The club planted daffodils and trees as greening projects and sold a few Peace Roses for the Communities in Bloom project. Elizabeth Cytra was nominated for district governor but was not successful. The issue of a second club (morning) was put on hold for half the year and then given over to a committee of Rotarians to pursue. By year end, there was nothing started. Extra effort was put into getting delinquent Rotarians back into the circle, which resulted in increased numbers at meetings. The club had a great time cohosting with Beaver Valley club, a GSE team from Brazil. We also hosted an exchange student from Japan and sent a student to the Netherlands. In addition a student was heading to France for a summer exchange in July 2003, and we hosted a student to the RYLA camp which was held at Selkirk College in Castlegar this year. By year end, the club was committed to building a gazebo at Rotary Park as a pavilion for the Trans Canada Trail which will be our Rotary centennial project. Fellowship was great - a barbecue welcoming the exchange student was held at Lana's, a large group of Rotarians saw more than they'd seen before of the West Kootenay during the Mystery Bus Tour, the Silent Auction brought in more people and money than ever thanks to organizer Martha (Gay) Stewart, the dinner theatre was packed, and the annual barbecue at Birchbank was blessed with the company of a GSE team from Brazil. A pub night was initiated on the first Friday of each month and though not many have showed up to date, the executive voted to carry on, perhaps with a later meeting time. The club honoured Sheena Durkin with an honorary membership for all the donations she has made to Rotary, and we lost two dearly loved Rotarians: Douwe Ybema and Rex McMeekin. The club also said good-bye to president Elmer Verigin as he leaves for a club in Castlegar. Under new president Ray Masleck's slate, the club is committed to pursuing a Rotary House adjacent to the hospital so out-of-town families using the hospital will have a cheap convenient place to stay. And a separate committee was formed for the Erickson Fund to try and fund needy projects to sponsor.