BRHCF's “Room for Renewal” Project
Chuck LaRocque, President-The Rotary Club of Brandon #1344 with the help of Cindy Buizer, Exec. Director Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation (BRHCF) places a plaque of thanks and recognition on the 5th floor of Brandon Regional Health Centre to acknowledge The Rotary Club of Brandon #1344 contribution of $50,000  to the BRHCF’s “Room for Renewal” project.
Rotary is always seeking opportunities to support community service.  The Brandon Regional Health Centre will touch almost every family in Westman at some time and The Rotary Club of Brandon is proud to have supported the “Room for Renewal” campaign, once again showing their commitment to our community!
November Evening Meeting

2019 Adventure in Citizenship
Applications are now being accepted for our youth leadership program - Adventure in Citizenship.
Please contact our Youth Coordinator for more information and an application form.

16th Annual Rotary Westman Wine Festival and Dinner

Rotary Westman Wine Festival and Dinner
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Victoria Inn
Reception: 6:30 pm
Dinner: 7:00pm
Public Tasting
Friday October 19, 2018
7 pm to 10 pm
Victoria Inn
The Rotary Westman Wine Festival  has been running since 2002 and has had a variety of beneficiaries over the years.  2002-2006 proceeds went to the 2006 Special Olympic Summer Games and since 2007-2015, proceeds have gone to the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Center and Rotary Club of Brandon charitable activities.  The total amount of money raised by the Rotary WWF over the years in $150,000+
2018 Rotary Book Sale
Adventures in Citizenship
Our 2018 Adventures in Citizenship student Kayla Burt gave us a presentation of her trip to Ottawa at our July 10 lunch meeting. Kayla joined 199 other High School students in Ottawa to learn about Canada's parliamentary democracy and its institutions. The visit included tours of Parliament, the Senate, the Museum of History, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, and the Library Archives of Canada. They witnessed a Canadian Citizenship Ceremony on July 1, and were able to reaffirm their citizenship. The real eye-opener for Kayla was when she participated in an Aboriginal blanket exercise. Kayla thanked the Rotary Club of Brandon for giving the her this amazing opportunity.  
2018 Adventures in History student Kayla Burt  is flanked by her mom - Patti Jo (L) and Past President Cheryl Winger (R)
Our 1983 Rotary Exchange Student Returns!

At our June 26 lunch-time meeting, we were delighted to be visited by our former Rotary Exchange student - Joao (John) Lopez and his family.  John was a 16 year old exchange student from Brazil who was hosted by The Rotary Club of Brandon in 1983-84 when club president was Ed Jarvis (later District Governor). John attended Vincent Massey High School.  John made many lasting friends and has carried on a very long lasting communication with Will & Jane (Harding) Lamont. In fact, their friendship is a large part of John and his family’s visit back to Brandon. 

John decided to bring his family to Brandon and show them where he spent a year learning English, Canadian culture, and making life-long friends. Pam (pictured below) and Jack Stacey were one of John's host families in 1983. John told us that even after 35 years, he still gets emotional when describing his experience to his children. 


(Back row L to R): Cheryl Winger (past-president), Chuck LaRocque (2018-19 President), Joao (John) Lopez, Pam Stacy*, Cinara Lopez
(front row L - R): John A Lopez. and John F Lopez.
* Pam Stacy hosted John, acting as his host "Mom", for a few months during his stay with us in 1983. 
2018 BBQ Days
Just in Case Clinic
Book Sorting Location Move
On Saturday, May 26, we had to move from our staging area at the Town Centre, where we do all our book sorting for our bi-annual book sale. Fortunately we didn't have to move very far - from one end of the Town Centre to the other!
A big thank you to all Rotarians who came out help! Many hands made light work! 
Packing up the loads for transport.
Moving the collection boxes.
Getting the new location organized.
Slowly getting everything organized.

2018 Paul Harris Fellowships

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

Many notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, Mother Teresa, Pearl Bailey and Jonas Salk.  

On Tuesday, May 8, the Rotary Club of Brandon bestowed Paul Harris Fellowships to two members - Susan Spring and Marty Snelling. Susan Spring made her contribution in recognition of Brandon’s Champions of Change, the Manitoba Metis Federation’s Brandon Housing First team of humanitarians: Marilyn Shinegoose, April Heide and Kris Desjarlais.


(L - R): Paul Harris Committee Chair Simeon Norton, Club President Cheryl Winger, Marilynn Shingoose and April Heide


(L - R): Paul Harris Committee Chair Simeon Norton, Club President Cheryl Winger, new Paul Harris Fellow Susan Spring



(L - R): Paul Harris Committee Chair Simeon Norton, Club President Cheryl Winger, new Paul Harris Fellow Marty Snelling

International Peace Garden 
9/11 Memorial Site Clean Up

On Sunday, May 6 members from the Brandon and Minot Rotary Clubs met at the International Peace Garden for a morning of gardening at the 9/11 Memorial Site. The 9/11 Memorial Site was created in May 2002 in memory of those who lost their lives in the events of September 11, 2001. Ten pieces of steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center form the centrepiece of the memorial.

Brandon Club members were Cheryl & Roger Winger, Bernie Chrisp, Marty & Elaine Snelling, Michelle Fortin, Bill Anderson, Pam Stacey, Jane & Norm Neil, Rick Felstead, Chuck LaRocque, Ron Adams, and daughters Hannah & Carsyn. From the Minot Club were Kevin Harman, C. J. Craven, and two others (names not recorded). Also participating were International Peace Garden staff Tim Chapman, CEO and Connie Lagerquist, Horticulturist.


Getting the soil ready for new flowers (L-R: Hannah Adams, Ron Adams, Carsyn Adams, Bernie Chrisp, Bill Anderson, Elaine Snelling, Roger Winger).
Connie Lagerquist (blue jean shorts, back to camera) discusses strategy with Peace Garden Board member and Rotarian Rick Felstead.

A Look at Rotary Youth Exchange

The Rotary Club of Brandon was fortunate to have two guest speakers this week, Gabrielle Ramos from Brazil, an exchange student who will stay with three Rotary host families. She spoke very well about her opportunities to come to Canada and offered some facts about Brazil, her pride in her home country, and the differences between Canada and Brazil.  Expect to see this young lady becoming a strong advocate for youth and international cooperation in the years to come.
Her host family also has participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange program albeit 15 years ago.  Nathan Peto, presently the Manager of  Corporate Initiatives for the City of Brandon.  The contrast (and similarities) between the two participants was remarkable.
Nathan had gone to South Africa in 2001 and he stressed how important the trip was for his development into a young man. His parents talk about Nathan before and after the trip and the profound impact it had on his outlook on life.  When he returned, he was more confident, independent, goal driven, focused and worldly. He felt he became a better global citizen, and a better leader.

He became acquainted with Rotary, first through RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), a four day camp which has had only highly positive feedback from the participants, leaders and even those responsible for transport to the camp.  From that he went to the Exchange Student program.  Only two weeks after his graduation from Vincent Massey high school, he was on the plane heading for South Africa.  As much  as he thought he was independent (worked, saved for his own car, fought my own battles) you’ll never be as independent from your parents and friends when you step off that plane. 

You have to learn to communicate effectively (English/but many are not), you have to have a voice (cant be passive) you have to network and make connections. Your exchange is what you make of it….take ever opportunity you can… saying Yes to learning opportunities – he helped with Durban sharks (releasing them from safety nets), bungee jumping, playing Cricket and Rugby or learning about sewage treatment facilities. 
You have to think for yourself with no safety net.  You had to be your own person!  At 17 I had to make decisions for myself that I frankly don’t see some 23 year olds making in a world of helicopter parenting.  
Don’t get me wrong it was hard – BUT THAT’S WHEN YOU GROW – WHEN Comfortably Uncomfortable
it was empowering as a young person.  And had a profound impact on my development.
Our thanks to both of these remarkable individuals and we are pleased to have gotten the opportunity to hear them speak.



Brandon Rotary Club on Display

Don Partrick, Chairman, Public Relations (Communications), spent several hours recently in the Main Concourse of the Keystone Centre sprucing up the club’s display cases.
The cases, gratefully provided to the club by the Keystone Centre, now offer the public updated information about our club and its ongoing activities in Brandon and Westman.The display also contains some of the club’s cherished artifacts, such as our original Charter, signed in 1921.
“If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to check it out, possibly you might find some time to take a look,” says Don. “I think you will find it interesting. The display cases graphically encapsulate just how active The Rotary Club of Brandon #1344 is.”
Any questions or comments are welcome, Don notes.

Ripple Effect --Rotary and Education in Developing Countries

Ripple Effect is a Rotary District 5550 program through which Rotarians and other organizations and individuals in Canada can reach out to countries where children’s education is at risk. The program works in partnership with Rotary Clubs and communities in Guatemala to help build, equip and support schools for children in grades K to 6. Your donation to the Ripple Effect Program will help build and/or equip a school in Guatemala.
The Rotary Club of Brandon, along with other Rotary Clubs in Ontario and the Prairies have worked together to build a school in San Miguelito, to help reduce the incidence of illiteracy and poverty among the people of the area.  Guatemala is not only one of the poorest countries, (Guatemala is geographically south of Mexico), but has the lowest literacy rate in Central America. The school has taken several years to build, with all work done by local people and supervised over all by local and Canadian Rotary clubs.  Presently there are 5 classrooms, a computer lab, kitchen, washrooms, principal's office, storage along with a cemented playground, fencing and retaining walls.  Needless to say, the school has become the meeting place of the town with a market and place for sports and recreation. 

Meetings every Tuesday

Our club meets every Tuesday at the Meeting Room at Rotary Villas. You can purchase a full lunch, or something lighter. There is fellowship before the meeting is called to order. Then club business is attended to. Following that, there is a guest speaker from the community. There is also a 50/50 draw. There are greeters at the door to help out anyone visiting the club. 
Sally & Peter Dell, visiting Rotarians from Australia, dropped by to say "G'Day Mate!".
(L to R) Sally Dell, Marty Snelling, Peter Dell, Cheryl Winger, Brandon Rotary Club President
Rotary Shelterbox Program



The Shelterbox program is an unbelievable program to give the opportunity to an individual or a group to be able to step up and give a huge amount of help to people in need.

For example, the Shelterbox provides sustained shelter for people dealing with disaster in the Philippines.

Shelterbox already has two response teams on the ground in the Philippines who are working with the help of Rotarians to provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The total cost of a Shelterbox is $1,500, but you can contribute a portion which can be gathered together with other donations to make up enough to purchase a Shelterbox.

Some 90 countries have received Shelterboxes. And more than 130,000 Shelterboxes have been deployed since the Rotary Club project since 2000.


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2019 Adventure in Citizenship
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Please contact our Youth Coordinator for more information and an application form.
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