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MARITIME KITCHEN PARTY DANCE on Dec 2, 2017 was such a good time for all that we are bringing them back again March 24, 2018!


JAN 28, 2018: John Heintz Cup Relay Race, hosted for Rossland Winter Carnival, is a Relay Race of 5-person teams who downhill ski, nordic ski, bike, snowshoe and run from the top of Red Mountain. Fun for everyone! Pre-registration at Bear Country Kitchen until January 27th and on event day from 10 am - 12 pm at RED Mountain Resort in the Conference Room. $50 per team or $20 for individuals. Awards ceremony to follow. Race will start and end at RED Mountain Resort. Details about all Rossland Winter Carnival events: www.rosslandwintercarnival.com COURSE MAP (same as last year)




MAR 1/FEB 15, 2018: Deadline for student applications for Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa was Feb 15, student will be chosen by Mar 1. We are looking for a top student that would like to attend this 4 day program April 29 to May 2. The trip is entirely paid for – no cost to students (Except maybe a gift for the host family). Some clubs don’t pay the flight –  OUR FLIGHT IS INCLUDED). An extraordinary experience for a student 16-18 years old (16 by May 2, 2018). Contact Steve Cutt for an application and more information: steve@rosslandrotary.org 2018 Brochure and 2018 Application Thank you to NDCU for co-sponsorying this program.


FEB 17, 2018: SPIRIT, an acoustic live-looping artist, entertained a sold out audience at the Old Firehall in a Coffee House style event (alcohol-free and therefore an all-ages event). Brought to you by GypsyRoseBud and the Rossland Rotary Club. Tickets $20 each at Powderhound Sports, Rossland, Rosemary Adamick and Michael Robbins. More info about the artist and to buy CD's at www.spiritcool.com. 



GREATER TRAIL ONLINE AUCTION ON OCTOBER 9-18, 2017 was a community fundraising initiative for the Rotary Clubs of Rossland, Trail and Waneta Trail Sunrise.

Many thanks to everyone for your participation in this important fundraiser for Rossland Rotary.



Adventures in Technology was April 23-28, 2017 in Saskatoon, a comprehensive, carefully planned four and one-half day event that allows Western Canadian Grade 11 and 12 students to explore advanced technology, research, development and applications. The experience enhances each participant's awareness and understanding of technology, the many ways it affects our lives, and the opportunities it holds for tomorrow.

During their visit, students tour an exciting array of some of Canada's finest corporations and research facilities such as the University of Saskatchewan, Areva Resources Ltd, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, and the Canadian Light Source. These organisations offer tours, provide hands-on opportunities and informative lectures. 

Students are also treated to the best in Saskatchewan hospitality. A varied social program promotes building friendships, goodwill and exercising leadership skills.




$20/ticket, purchase at Revolution Cycles & Service, Powderhound Sports, and The Red Pair Shoe Store. Draw was on Monday, Feb 27, 2017, 6:30pm, Rock Cut Pub, Rossland

Poster and Rules of Play

Problem Gambling Help Line: 1-888-795-6111 www.bcresponsiblegambling.ca

1st Prize: Rocky Mountain Blizzard-30 Fat Tire Bike, supplied by Revolution Cycles & Service, value $2,499

2nd Prize: Coreban 10'6" Stand Up Paddleboard, supplied by Gerick Sports, value $1,960

3rd Prize: MSR Snowshoes w/bag & LEKI Poles (bag and poles not shown), Powderhound Sports, value $480

4th Prize: Blundstones, The Red Pair Shoe Store, value $210

5th Prize: 2 Rounds of Golf & Cart, Christina Lake Golf Club, value $160

6th Prize: Gift Certificate, Ferraro Foods, value $100

JOHN HEINTZ CUP RELAY RACE 2017 (a Winter Carnival Event):

A FUN relay race with downhill ski, mountain bike, cross-country ski, run and snowshoe legs. Course starts at Red and finishes at Red. Teams of 5 or individual participation. Costumes encouraged! Awards immediately following the event. Printable Course Map

Loco Ladies team setting a good costume example and planning on a win in 2018!


2017 Overall Winners: Team Ontario


GREATER TRAIL ROTARY ONLINE AUCTION OCTOBER 3-12, 2016 (a community initiative by the Rotary Clubs of Rossland & Trail): www.gtrotary.ca

Many thanks to everyone who participated in this first online auction effort by this group. All donors, advertisers, buyers and volunteers are very important to the auction's success.

Anyone can register to bid. There are many advantages for bidders & donating businesses.

WACANID BICYCLE RIDE 2016: passes through the spectacular scenery of the International Selkirk Loop, through Washington, Canada and Idaho (thus the name WACANID) Sept 12-16, 2016, 370 miles/595 kilometers

Proceeds benefit the programs of the 8 regional hosting Rotary Clubs and we thank all participants for making this funding possible.

Rossland Rotary is excited and proud to participate in 2016 for the first time with 8 regional Rotary clubs in the WaCanId international bicycle ride September 12-16. Rotarians welcomed about 60 cyclists to our region from all over the US and Canada. Thanks to Tourism Rossland , local businesses and Rosslanders for giving a Rossland-friendly welcome to these riders arriving here September 13! For further information and to sign up for the ride next year, visit: www.wacanid.org


WACANID bicycle ride on the Selkirk Loop


Mishak Helberg attended Adventures in Citizenship (in Ottawa) May 1-4, 2016: Co-sponsored by NDCU and Rossland Rotary.

Mercedes Heckhausen attended Adventures in Technology (in Saskatoon) April 24-29, 2016: Co-sponsored by the KAST GLOWS program, KBRH Nuclear medicine staff  and Rossland Rotary.

Thanks to these sponsors, the student pays no airfare, registration or lodging for attending either of these events.      


Adventures in Citizenship Ottawa

Adventures in Citizenship (in Ottawa)


At Adventures in Citizenship, about 200 young Canadians come together to gain a better understanding of our country. Through meetings with political leaders, senior officials and others, they learn a great deal about the workings of our democratic institutions. Through meeting one another and having discussions among themselves, they learn to appreciate the diversity of Canada and the privileges and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship.

At Adventures in Technology, about 30 students from Western Canada participate in an intense exploration of advanced technology, research, development and applications.  Participants will be able to open the doors to an exciting array of some of Canada's finest corporations and research facilities including the University of Saskatchewan, Areva Resources Ltd, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron to name just a few. 

"What does being a Canadian mean to me"Annika Dixon-Reusz, 2015 participant in Adventures in Citizenship


Mike Pistak was asked to join the Rotary Club of Rossland just over 50 years ago. The Club was founded in 1951, 65 years ago.  At that time there were about 35 members in the Club and it was quite the privilege to be a member of the Club.  Of course Rossland was 1/2 again the size it is today and Teck was 5,000 employees versus today's 1,500.  The needs and funding options in Rossland were very different then, so the projects that Rotarians worked on in the earlier days of the club were different than today's Club projects, but the reason we are all part of the Club is exactly the same:  "it offers us the opportunity for fellowship and to contribute just a little bit to the community and to our country.", says Mike. Read more...


Mike Pistak

Mike Pistak, celebrating 50 years of service in 2016


Rossland Rotary has been involved in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program since 2001. See the District 5080 Youth Exchange website for details.

Hannah Klemmensen, 2015-2016 Outbound YE Student (to Brazil):

"Looking back on the last 6 months of my life is crazy. In such a short period of time I have experienced, learned, changed, gained, lost and grown so much. The person I was before arriving in Brasil is so different from who I am now, and I’m sure the person I will be 6 months from now, when I return, will be different as well. It is still just sinking in that all this is real, that this isn’t a dream but in fact my life. The amazing life of a rotary exchange student!" Read more...

Carla Herbst, 2015-2016 Inbound YE Student (from Germany):

Carla wrote a few words to share last fall when she first arrived, including "Back home I like to swim, go horseback riding, ski, play the piano and meet my friends. I am looking forward to all the snow in Rossland because in Homburg we don't have much snow. You have such a beautiful area, all the mountains, trees and lakes. And the people here in Rossland are so friendly and helpful. So far I really enjoy my time and my experiences in Canada. I am so excited that I have already seen two bears!" Read more... and we will post an update before she leaves us this summer.

Casey Bowman, 2000 Inbound YE Student (from Australia):

"As I sit reading over Mike’s amazing Rotary journey sipping on a fine cup of Tim Horton’s Hot Chocolate, thanks to a dear friend who recently returned from Canada, it has prompted me to reflect on my own journey with Rotary..... I was fortunate to be selected as an exchange student with District 9600 here in Australia. My dream was to travel and I had my sights set on Canada! After undergoing the rigorous selection process I was finally assigned my Club in District 5080...I was bound for a little town in British Colombia called Rossland. I was over the moon happy to be heading to my dreamland Canada but was unsure where my journey would take me as Rossland was a small speck on the map. The only information the internet offered back then was all about ‘Red Mountain Ski Resort’. Snow! YAY-I’d always wanted to see snow. Being a country girl from a small peanut farming town, Kingaroy –Queensland, it was exciting to be venturing into a white wonderland and leaving the dry, hot summer behind me. The year 2000 was set to be MY year! I was an Aussie Rotary Exchange Student and proud of it!" Read more...


Casey Bowman

Casey Bowman, inbound exchange student in 2000, with her family in Australia, 2015


Hannah Outbound Exchange Student 2015-16
Hannah Klemmensen and her Brazilian Family, 2015-2016


Hannah and Group of Exchange Students in Brazil
Brazilian Youth Exchange Students, 2015-2016


Rossland Rotary and the community have sponsored these students to attend school since 2008.  Today, the Club sponsors 5 students and one of our students recently graduated from high school.  In total, 17 students from grade 3 to 13 are sponsored by Rosslanders. The lives of these youth and their families are significantly changed from this invaluable program.

The Club believes this is one of our most important international programs and encourage your participation also.  See more information and donate here: www.helphonduras.ca  or contact a Rossland Rotarian.

Ron and Elaine Ross of Castlegar Rotary have done a remarkable job of funding and managing the program through the H.E.L.P. Honduras Society and its partner agreement with Alternativas Y Oportunidades (AYO) , a Honduran NGO. Since its start in 1990 this work expanded to include Rotarians in Kelowna and Castlegar, BC.

In Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the poorest of the poor families are working in the public markets and in the local dump.  The children of the mostly single women working in the markets were not attending school.   As these children became teenagers, some of the children drifted into gangs and petty theft or, at best, took over their mother’s stall in the market. The Rotarians of Tegucigalpa decided to break the circle of poverty by educating the children under the Tegucigalpa Market Children Program.   Read more...

HELP Honduras

In 2016 we are sponsoring 5 students in grade 3-11

Nayeli HELP Honduras


KENYA EDUCATION ENDOWMENT FUND Empowering young Kenyans: opening doors to the future.

The expenses of secondary school are beyond the means of many Kenyan families, but with education and confidence the bright young people that KEEF supports tend to become leaders in their communities. Without financial assistance, most of the students selected for KEEF scholarships would not continue to attend school.

In 2016, Rossland Rotary contributed to the project to improve school toilets and washbasins and these are now functional. The students are now able to use toilets and wash their hands close to the classrooms. This is especially helpful for those in wheelchairs.

2016 KEEF washroom improvement project

PANHANDLING FOR POLIO in downtown Rossland during Re-kindle for Christmas and Winter Carnival, 2015

During the next four years, the Government of Canada will contribute two dollars for every dollar raised by Rotary Foundation Canada in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Endgame Strategy, to a maximum contribution of $12 million. The funds will be provided to UNICEF to support the goal of eradicating polio worldwide by 2018.

Through 2018, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is matching 2-to-1 every dollar that Rotary commits for polio, up to $35 million a year. Local Rotarians are thrilled with this multiplier effect for every dollar that they raise to contribute to the Polio Fund of The Rotary Foundation Canada.

“We cannot wind down our efforts now. We need to continue immunizing until the last country is certified polio-free, and thereafter,” says Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus Committee. “As long as the virus remains anywhere in the world, it is only a plane ride away.”

Panhandling for Polio


The Rossland Rotary club and our community achieved “Shelterbox Hero Status” by helping send seven Shelterboxes to Nepal this year. We would like to thank all donors and special thanks to JL Crowe students, staff and Rotary Interact for their contribution of $3098 and Rossland Summit School fundraised $2240 towards the seven boxes. In the past we have also sent  ShelterBoxes to Haiti, Pakistan, East  Africa  and  the  Philippines  (Tsunami and Earthquake).

ShelterBox  is  an  official  project  partner of Rotary International. This past year ShelterBox Canada sought aid to support victims of the Nepal earthquake. With the support  of  rotary  clubs  throughout  Canada and many other donors, over 1.4 million dollars was raised. The Rotary Club of Nelson Daybreak sponsored a ShelterBox as did the Rotary Club of Nelson, with assistance from Interactors attending the district conference. Read more...


FAT BIKE Raffle! Draw Date on December 14, 2015

"Thank you to Rossland Rotary and for all that you do for our community!" says enthusiastic fat bike raffle winner Christine Finke.  "It's a family bike, and Aaron is over the moon about the win because he will use it in the Fat Tire Enduro at Winter Carnival".    Christine, Ian, Aaron and Sam Finke are all very happy about winning the fat tire bike supplied by Revolution Cycles and the Club.

Rossland Rotary thanks all of Rossland and each of the donors for supporting the fall Fat Bike Raffle and draw on December 14.  Through fundraising events such as this, the Club can then support many local and international programs (see www.rosslandrotary.org). This support cannot continue without the generous support and help from the community. 

Rossland Rotary appreciates your support and congratulates the following additional winners:

Back Country Pack & Accessories from Powderhound: Alistair Lornie
A Long Board from Ross Vegas: David Ferraro
Blundstone Shoes from A Red Pair: Terry Miller
Ferraro's Gift Certificate: Allison Brown

Fat bike winner

Fat Tire Bike Raffle Winners Christine Finke and son Aaron.

SKI BUM SNOWBALL on December 12, 2015

Saturday, December 12, Rossland Miners Hall 8:30pm

Celebrate Red Resort's opening day at the Ski Bum Snowball with the Foggy Goggle Boys and the Rossland Rotary Club! Wear your best ski bum outfit, and test those ski legs in an evening of great dancing music!! All funds raised contribute to Rotary's fantastic programs!
Tickets $15 at Powderhound or Alpine Grind

AN EVENING WITH VALDY on March 14, 2015

Thanks to all attendeees - it was a sellout!
Saturday, March 14, 2015, Rossland Miner's Hall 7:00 pm Doors, 8pm Concert
Tickets $25/person - $30 at the door and sold at at Powderhound (Rossland) , Mallard's Source for Sports (Castlegar) on Feb 28, 2015
A Rotary Club of Rossland benefit

Juno award winner Valdy entertained us at the Rossland Miners Hall on Saturday, March 14, 2015.  Part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 30 years, Valdy has four gold albums and Juno awards for Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year. 
This is an evening not to be missed:
"Valdy remains one of the country's purest and most credible storytellers." Toronto Star. 
"One of the best evenings of entertainment Confederation Centre has ever seen....a man of formidable talents." Charlottetown Evening Patriot.  

A Rossland Rotary event, visit www.valdy.com to learn more. Proceeds of the event will go to Rossland Rotary community and youth projects. Thank you to the Rossland News for sponsoring ad space to publicize the event.

Tickets are $25/person - $30 at the door, available at Powderhound Sports, Rossland, and Mallard's Source for Sports,  Castlegar by Feb 28. Doors open at 7pm and the concert starts at 8 pm. 

"Valdy is Coming to Raise Money for Rossland Rotary!" explains the importance of this fundraising event.




SLOPES FOR HOPE team "Rotary Wheels on Skis"

Rossland Rotary Club members continue to support the Slopes for Hope Canadian Cancer Society fundraising event, as team members, sponsorships of teams and as the team "Rotary Wheels on Skis". Slopes for Hope was designed by BC residents and has seen hundreds of people hit the slopes to support the Canadian Cancer Society at many winter sports venues in BC. Since it began, Slopes for Hope has raised over $160,000 to help eradicate cancer and support Canadians living with cancer, while providing an enjoyable and memorable experience for hundreds of participants.

Learn more about the 2017 event (and donate) at Slopes for Hope - Canadian Cancer Society.

Slopes for Hope 2015




  President: Kevin MacPherson, kevin@rosslandrotary.org
Past-President: Fred Behrens, fred@rosslandrotary.org
Secretary, Pres-Elect: Cheryl Darrah, cheryl@rosslandrotary.org
Treasurer, Foundation: Tina Kenyon, tina@rosslandrotary.org
Public Relations: Sheree Sonfield, sheree@rosslandrotary.org
Youth Exchange Officer: Pat Carson, pat@rosslandrotary.org

Rotary Club of Rossland, PO Box 2106, Rossland, BC V0G 1Y0