Service club seeks members

Rotary Club offers community involvement, camaraderie

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett

The Rotary Club of 100 Mile House has been in service for almost four decades.

But, do you know what membership involves, and what it offers?

Chartered in November 1976, it currently has 28 active and honourary members.

However, some folks may still not yet know that the Rotary Club of 100 Mile House supports business interests, says its current president Maureen Pinkney.

Its members include people from the local business community, she explains, and that has been the case since its inception.

Rotary clubs are part of a worldwide organization of business professionals and community leaders providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations and helping to build good will, friendship and peace throughout the world.

Now, the 100 Mile club offers a new corporate membership, at the same rate as an individual membership, for $15 quarterly ($60/year).

A corporate membership allows businesses to send a different individual from their company to attend meetings, luncheon presentations and business events, rather than only a single person per membership.

Currently, the club is actively seeking new members, Pinkney says.

“They can certainly call me [at 250-395-0462], or any of the Rotarians, if they want any information on Rotary and what it’s about.”

For another great way to find out more, its 2014 membership drive kicks off with an open house on Feb. 4, she says, and members are going around to invite local businesses that are not yet members to drum up interest. Call Pinkney for time, location and more information.

The club president also suggests asking a member to take you as a guest to a weekly (Thursday) lunch meeting, which are $15, by invitation only.

That meeting is the one of the best ways to get a feel for what goes on, she explains, and see if the club is something you want to get involved in before “leaping in with both feet.”

Its current board members are Pinkney (president), Darrell Warman (treasurer), Keith Greenhalgh (finance director), Peter Helfer (international director), Ursula Helfer (vocational director) and Shawna Norton (community club director).

Other local Rotary Club members are Donna Barnett, Beverly Harris, Ralph Fossum, Doug Dent, Elke Kappie, Daryl Silverton, Scott Saito, Craig Lee, Chad Wolstenholme, Sherry Stewart, Stephen Pellizzari, Konrad Schmid-Meil, Bob Beaton and Karl Gimse.

Honourary members are Larry Pinkney, Arla Driver, M-J Cousins, Chic Grinyer, Sandy Foster, Ian Gunn, Wolfgang Paasche and Jim French.