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Club Events by Year
2014 In the 2014/15 Rotary year, we welcomed three new members. On a sad note, two long-time members passed away. We continued to support youth programs including Adventures in Citizenship, J.L. Crowe Interact Club activities and hosting students in the District Youth Exchange program. Community Service programs included local highway cleanup, the annual Carol Fest in support of the local Salvation Army Christmas Hamper fund, providing emergency comfort funding for patients in the Daly Pavilion of the Trail Regional Hospital and annual scholarships for graduating students. These projects were made possible with funds raised from Rotarians making and selling Kettle Corn at various locations and from very successful raffle ticket sales. We are grateful to Friends of Rotary who assist with our many tasks.
2012 In this Rotary year, the Club partnered with the local Interact club to each provide $1,000 to an Arts Education program in San Miguel, Mexico. Through the annual Christmas Carol Festival, $3,015 was donated to the local Salvation Army. The Club continued their sponsorship of the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship program with a contribution of $625. In this Rotary year, Oct 2011, the Club provided $1,000 to support the downtown White Garden project. Amber Oosthuyzen was the recipient of the 2011 Walter & Hildegard Siemens Rotary Service Scholarship ($1,000). In August-2011, the Club sent $1,500 to Disaster Aid Canada in support of Africa Relief needs.
2011 This Rotary year continued to support many projects: $500 in support of he Trail Ambassador (Pageant) program, $410 for a refrigerator at Sanctuary (Generation to Generation Society), $250 in support of a kitchen renovation project at Sanctuary, $450 for community signage, $4,000 in support of Rotary International's Polio Plus campaign, $4,400 to support a cooking stoves project in San Miguel d'Allende, Mexico, $450 in support of Rotoplast and $1,500 in support of Shelterbox. During this year, the Club also took on an "Adopt a Highway" project for a section of highway 3A leaving Trail in the direction of Castlegar.
2010 Club projects continue to support inproved lives for citizens of San Miguel d'Allende, Mexico: $1,600 for hospice beds and $4,000 for a safe water project. The Club also contributed $450 this year in support of a school project in Afghanastan.
2009 In cooperation with the previous Rotary year, the Club contributed $10,000 to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in support of a "negative pressure" pediatric care room. In support of the Rotary International Polio Plus campaign, the Rotary Club of Trail contributed $4,000.
2008 The Club contributed $1,800 to a child "Safety Square" project in the Gulch; this project was in support of teaching children safe bicycle riding skills. A number of other projects were supported in this year: $1,000 in support of literacy in Guatemala, $5,000 in support of a Computers & Software project, $1,000 to support Rotary International's Polio Plus campaign, $1,000 in support of Rotoplast and $2,000 in support of a school for the deaf in San Miguel D'Allende.
2007 The Club achieved record levels of personal member contributions to the Rotary Foundation, in excess of $100 per member. Under the leadership of Bruce Fawcett, we've also undertaken the task of hosting the District Conference this year. More details...
2005 The Club contributed $20,000 to the Generation to Generation Society supporting the purchase of the building housing the Sanctuary program for Children. This project included the establishment of two suits (including the Leslie Gallie Suite), offering affordable accommodations for out-of-towners using the services of the regional hospital. ...more details
2004 An Interact Club was established at J. L. Crowe secondary school. ...more details
2003 The Club completed its Rotary International 2005 centennial project, the construction of a gazebo in Rotary Park. Members voted to raise $25,000 in support of a "Hospital Accommodation Project." The club played host to international student Patarin Beau Amaralikit from Thailand and arranged for local student Katie Moorhead to spend the year in Mexico. ...more details
2002 $8,000 was donated to Polio Plus this year. Events included carol festival, diamond raffle, silent auction, breakfast with Santa, dinner theatre, a hole-in-one shoot out, daffodil and tree planting, and a mystery bus tour. ...more details
2001 Donated $20,000 from the Erickson Trust Fund to the TRH for a new Wheelchair Van. Our club was represented by Elaine Overton on the GSE team to India. Celebrated our 75th Anniversary with a Banquet. Inducted a total of 20 new members: a distinction of being the #1 club in Zone 22 and in the top 100 in the world for membership growth.
2000 Rotary Park opened thanks in large part to the work of Marc Marcolin.
1999 Sponsored Castlegar Sunrise Club. KBS Radio Survey ranked the Trail Rotary Club as the Best Civic Club. Trail Club was also recognized for achieving 3rd place in the District 5080 Membership Growth Drive.
1998 Trail Club received a Presidential Citation for outstanding club participation in the Four Avenues of Service.
1997 George Swanson named Trail's Citizen of the Year. Local Rotary Clubs raised $3,000 for disabled athletes in the "Why Not Marathon". The Trial, Beaver Valley, and Rossland Clubs raised $85,420 for the Cancer Society Lodge Project in Kelowna.
1996 Cominco celebrated 100th year of operation in Trail. 5000 trees ordered for spring tree planting project.
1995 Proceeds from the Charity Ball donated to the Trail Regional Hospital. Hosted a GSE Team from England. Laurie Pettijohn initiated the fall Daffodil planting project. First female president of Trail Club : Linda McDermid.
1994 Rex McMeekin named Trail's Citizen of the Year. Donated $5,000 towards installation of automatic sliding doors to the Trail Regional Hospital. The Rivervale power line right of way was planted as part of the greening project. The City of Trail honored the Rotary Club with a nomination for a Canadian Environmental Achievement Award.
1993 3000 trees planted.
1992 20th anniversary of the Annual Tree Planting project.
1991 Trail Rotary sent an exchange student to Belgium and hosted a student from Germany. Trial Greening project began with the laying of 10,000 sp. ft. of sod.
1988 Rotary was a sponsor for the BC Championships for the physically disabled. Donated money to help establish an emergency response system for Trail seniors.
1987 Trail Rotary sponsored Business Seminars for students at JL Crowe High School. Rotary Anns donated $1,300 for renovations to Kiro Manor.
1986 Local Rotary Clubs donated $3,500 towards purchase of Mobile Eye Unit for India.
1985 Rotary raised $15,000 seed money to help start a major extension construction project at Kiro Manor.
1984 District 5080 Conference held in Trail.
1983 Rex McMeekin District Governor of District 5080. A Charity auction was held as a fundraiser.
1982 Registered the Trail Elderly Citizens Housing Society as an initial step towards construction of Jubilee Manor. The unit has 35 self-contained apartments.
1980 Australian GSE Team visited Trail area. RYLA camps begun by District 5080 to commemorate Rotary International's 75th anniversary.
1978 Newspaper Bingo started as an important fundraiser.
1977 Trail Club celebrated 50th anniversary. The club had 85 members on this date.
1974 Derrill Thomas went to Australia with a GSE Team.
1973 Donated a park bench to Spokane Expo Park.
1972 Donated $5450 towards Extended Care Fresh Air Patio at Trail Regional Hospital
1971 Trail Rotarian Austin Fraser led a GSE Team to New Zealand.
1970 Rotary Anns celebrate 25th .
1969 Kiro Manor dedicated July 4. Hosted Group Study Exchange Team from new Zealand.
1968 Kiro Manor construction started. Donated $15,000 to the project. Supplies lost in the flood. Assisted in "Flood Walk" on March 31. Assisted Canada Manpower in Career Exposition at Selkirk College.
1965 Sponsored Grand Forks Rotary Club. Society formed to build a Seniors Home(KIRO).
1962 Trail club first became involved in the Kiro Manor project with the Kiwanis Club.
1961 Text books sent to Fiji. Participated in Trail Festival.
1960 District Conference held in Trail. President of Rotary International visited the Trail Rotary Club on August 1.
1958 Home Show a successful fund raiser. Villa housing was completed.
1957 Hosted a Rotary Exchange team from New Zealand.
1956 Sponsored a Hungarian refugee family.
1955 Crown Point meeting room was flooded. Lost many Rotary items. Transferred nine Shavers Bench lots to Senior Citizens Villa Society and donated $8000. Tree Planting project began.
1954 Sponsored the Beaver Valley Rotary Club. First formal Rotary Charity Ball was held at the Trail Armories.
1953 Sponsored the Castlegar Rotary Club
1952 Trail Club 25th Anniversary. Offered nine Shavers bench lots to the Senior Citizens Village Society.
1951 Sponsored the Rossland Rotary Club. Raffled a chest of Silver Dollars.
1950 Sponsored the Nakusp Rotary Club.
1948 Donated an Inhalator for use on the Castlegar Ferry.
1945 The Rotary Club Bulletin was born. A meeting was canceled to celebrate VJ day.
1946 The Trail Rotary Anns was officially organized. Lots at Shavers Bench were sold to the Government for construction of the Trail Armory.
1941 Radio station donated Friday nights for Rotarians to promote the sale of Victory Bonds to assist the war effort.
1940 Donated $3648 to the Trail District Welfare Society.
1939 Donated $1000 to Meteorological Services of Canada to erect a balloon for smoke testing.
1938 Donated portable iron lung to the hospital.
1937 Purchased an Electrocardiograph for the hospital.
1936 Acquired 19 lots from Mr. Shaver for $600 and 32 lots from government for $160 in the area now called Shavers Bench.
1935 Sponsored a free Christmas Skating for children. Donated $1000 toward a Comfort Station at Cedar & Eldorado.
1931 Donated a pole, flag & playground to Butler Park.
1930 First major project: Building a Fresh Air Camp for children at Robson on land donated by Cominco.
1929 Donated a wading pool in Victoria Park. Land acquired from Consolidated Mining and Smelting in the Castlegar area for a FRESH AIR CAMP for mothers and children of Trail.
1928 Initiated Misdemeanor Fines (Rackets), 10 cents for being late or calling a fellow Rotarian Mister.
1927 Charter Night dinner, June 10. Held Grand Carnival to raise money for children crippled by Polio. Trail Charter Date, April 20 Trail Club sponsored by the Nelson Club, first luncheon meeting March 29.