This column is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Harold Henderson, a Kelowna Rotarian and former Rotary Club international vice president. A distinguished father, husband and Rotarian, Henderson passed away peacefully on Dec. 30 at the age of 94 with family at his side.

A member of the Rotary Club of Kelowna since 1950, Henderson was club president in 1955, district 5060 governor 1967-68, director of Rotary International 1976-78, a nominating committee member for president of Rotary International four times and third vice-president of Rotary International in 1977-78.

In addition to his Rotary service, Henderson was recognized in the community and country, awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 1977, the Key to the City of Kelowna in 1986 and in 1997 was named the Male Citizen of the Year for Kelowna.

Dennis Campbell from the Rotary Club of Kelowna reports the club is off to a roaring start for 2015. Club members were busy over the Christmas

season with the setup, maintenance and tear-down of the Rotary Festival of Lights Christmas display in Kerry Park.

The club has had its youth exchange students (ages 15-18), Rotaract Club members (18-30), and their Interact Club members (students 14-18) attend a number of meetings and social functions.

Many of the teens seem seem curious as to why Kelowna Rotarians seem not to act their age very well. Campbell suggests that this might have a lot to do with a high level of enthusiasm, creativity and fun. Living up to the Rotary mottos “Service above Self,” and “Doing Good in the World,” can be therapeutic, enjoyable and age-defying.

Okanagan Mission Rotary Club President Laurie Gaymer presented Lieut. Darryl Burry of the Salvation Army a cheque for $1,000. The club also collected over $800 while ringing the kettle bells outside Save On Foods in the Mission.

On Jan. 12, the Okanagan Mission Rotary Club had a joint meeting with the Sunrise club, with a talk on the district conference by conference chairman Paul Mulvihill.

The Kelowna Morningside Rotary Club also helped man the Salvation Army kettles at Superstore. Also in December, the Morningside club made cheque presentations to 10 organizations in Kelowna.

On Jan. 21, club president Terance Coderre made a large presentation of food to the Salvation Army food bank.

Capri Rotary members, along with volunteers and other Rotary officials, helped out at the 46th annual Cottonwoods Christmas party at the Coast Capri Hotel. “Mr. Cottonwoods,” Ron Becker, has organized this event for the last 15 years.

The Capri club had a lot going on in December. The Festival of Lights was an unqualified success as comments were all positive.

The club vows to begin earlier and work closely with the downtown business association and Festivals Kelowna to have another great Light Up and New York New Years Eve in 2015.

The club thanks Jerry Budnick for donating the display and the city for helping defray some of the costs.

Also, thanks to Argus Industries for donating a workspace to put the displays together and warehouse them the rest of the year. The Kelowna Rockets were first to step up and sponsor a display. Kelowna Flightcraft, too, saw the benefit to the community immediately.

Other major sponsors included Crowe McKay, Prospera Credit Union, Fortis, Rayburn Marine, Telus, Northern Auto Exchange and Okanagan Tree Sales. Prosign did all the signage.

The club thanks Lockie Bracken and Buzz Howie for spearheading the project. Donations have been distributed to the Gospel Mission, Inn From the Cold, Kelowna Community Food Bank and Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.

The GetToKnow contest is looking for sponsors in at least five schools.

The Capri club is financially helping to build a Youth Resource Centre at the Boys and Girls Club.

Lake Country Rotary Club’s campaign for a new food bank home has been boosted with a $100,000 win in the Aviva Community Fund competition.

Bob Rymarchuk and friends made a presentation to Lake Country council, asking the municipality to cover any shortfall in funding up to $250,000. The money might not be needed, but they can’t sign contracts for construction if it is possible they might run out of money partway through.

Vern Nielsen is district governor nominee for the Rotary Club.

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