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Latest News & Events
Our Communities Need Your Help!
Over the past 35 years, our dedicated Kalamalka Rotarians (www.kalrotary.ca) have hosted the biggest gala event of the year in Vernon – The Kalamalka Rotary Dream Auction.
Through our efforts, the generosity of bidders, donors, and sponsors alike, we have collectively raised over $4,440,000 since 1985 with 100% of all donations going to organizations that support families in our community and around the world.
We have used your funds to feed children in the North Okanagan through the Starfish Program; built waterparks, skateboard parks and bike trails; funded hospital towers and Homes for Humanity; provided needed kitchens and transportation for those in need and supported countless other important projects.
Internationally, we have helped to provide clean water and jobs in Haiti; built schools in Nepal and Ethiopia and rebuilt communities after natural disasters (just to name a few).
Today, the world has changed – a lot!
What was once a lecture from your parents to wash your hands, is now a must. The stress and strain on families juggling priorities within a pandemic is growing. Visits with seniors is restricted and large social gatherings have been banned.
Our greatly anticipated Dream Auction cannot proceed this fall in its usual format. However, the needs of families that depend on this event have grown, not vanished. Now more than ever, we at Kal Rotary are committed to finding a way to continue to support them.
The Faces of Kal Rotary
Kalamalka Rotary is a vibrant group of 85 Rotarians of varying backgrounds, skills, knowledge and experiences. What we have in common is our passion for improving the lives of others, in our community and around the world.
If you enjoy the fellowship of like-minded people, who join together and make positive changes in people’s lives, join us!
Dr Tanner Udenberg
“It can be a challenge to keep up with kiddos, work, relationships and just the slowly increasing pile of 'stuff' we all have to do on a weekly basis. But somehow the 'stuff' seems be more manageable when we are connected to our loved ones, ourselves and our community. Rotary gives me that sense of community.”
“I knew nothing about Rotary when I was asked to join, 26 years ago. Since then Kal Rotary has been a source of inspiration, lasting friendships, and enormous fun. I’ve had the honour of being director, club president, and assistant district governor, not one of which has seemed like any chore at all. Rotary does wonderful work locally and internationally, and at the same time offers terrific social events. I’m hooked.”
“I joined Rotary shortly after arriving in the Okanagan. To me, Rotary means being part of a huge family that work together to support, educate and improve lives and living conditions not only in our community but throughout the world. If Rotary takes on a cause “it gets done”. I am proud to support and be part of that positive commitment to our community and internationally.”
"I personally love the way Rotarians get their hands dirty with work party initiatives. This is not just a group of people writing cheques. It is rewarding to help others with kind acts of service. As well, I particularly enjoy the way that our Rotary club is committed to social activities that bond members together."
“I am always amazed, humbled and inspired to see how Rotarians roll up their sleeves to get things done! The success of the Starfish Pack Program, the CMHA Kitchen Project and the Dream Auction is good examples of what committed Kal Rotarians can achieve by working together! I am proud to be a part of that.”
Rob and Miska
“The club does so many great things for the community and internationally as well. And the membership is very friendly, open, and forward thinking. It is good for business relationships, but it is also great for social activities too. It’s hard for me to walk down the street and not be able to greet a fellow club member with a friendly hello.
The thing about Rotary that I share with people all of the time is our efforts to rid the world of Polio. To me, this is an amazing and monumental project that has affected the whole world’s health and has pretty much eliminated a disease that doesn’t need to be on earth anymore. This is a “world” thing. The WHOLE WORLD! It’s amazing that a service club can have the power to organize and pull off such a feat that has such an important global impact.”
Kalamalka Dream Auction
Fundraising for Families
Kalamalka’s main fundraiser is the Kalamalka Rotary Dream Auction which is held in November each year. We’re proud to be entering our 36th year of this event! Since 1985, the Dream Auction has raised over $ 4,440,000 to help families in our community and around the world.
Starfish Backpack Program
Fighting Hunger in Schools
Kalamalka Rotary began the Starfish Backpack Program in 2016 to address food insecurity in the greater Vernon area. The Program provides a weekend backpack of non-perishable, easy to prepare meals for two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners, along with fresh fruit and snacks. With the support of program sponsors, Partners and Supporters, we now serve over 100 backpacks to 11 schools.
Kalamalka Around The World
Our International Relationships
Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever:
- Peacebuilding and conflict prevention
- Disease prevention and treatment
- Water, sanitation, and hygiene
- Maternal and child health
- Basic education and literacy
- Community economic development