There is a plus to getting tickets early - a $10 saving.  Why not bring a BIG smile to friends and put them into an envelope to go on their tree?  What a special Christmas gift.  Do stop into the BC Liquor Store to make your purchase soon.  
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Rotarians took turns manning a table in the City Centre Mall for the Love Kitimat evening.  People came out to support local businesses and see what they had to offer.  Food, beer, kids zone.  A busy, happy evening for all.  We sold tickets for our Wine Tasting with the help of Kitimat Valley Housing Society's members.   Two smiling Lindas are pictured above Linda Thomson and Linda Campbell.  With a little persuasion, a passerby held up one of the mask , just getting into the Mardi Gras mood.
November 24th, a day to be remembered for those of us stopping by Delta King Place to deliver cookies for the residents and put up Christmas decorations. Maryann gave Santa a call at the North Pole.  Could he make it?  His answer was sure.  Big smiles from both of them for this picture.
There was lots of laughter, standing on tip toes, humming a Christmas hummm, and nibbling on goodies. 
Residents were smiling as they appreciated the trays of cheese and cold cuts sent along by Meghan, and the fruit and veggies tray from Maryann.  The rest of us saw the table finished off with sweets. 
Jo, Gareen and Maryann packed little Christmas bags Saturday full to the brim with our home made best loved Christmas cookies for all 17 residents. 
And what a special feeling it was for us to see delight as Santa passed them out calling each resident by name. 
It was heartwarming  to hear stories about Christmas' past, and have the background Christmas music. 
We wish our Delta King friends the very happiest of Christmas.
The gym at Riverlodge was overflowing with children brimming with excitement at the The District of Kitimat's Halloween Howl.  Photo credit for the above picture goes to the Northern Sentinel's editor, Gerry Leibel.  Hundreds and children and some parents were out for it, all dressed in their Halloween costumes.  Eleanor, Linda and Meghan added to the atmosphere and there's Jon in the background applauding Hula Pumpkin Toss tossers.
Rotarians and guests were happy to start off our day on October 17 to meet at the Chalet for breakfast with a particularly knowledgeable woman, Isabel Mackenzie.  Isabel heads up the work done by the Office of the Seniors Advocate for British Columbia.  The office is in Victoria.  We learned how they look at five key areas when it comes to seniors: health care, housing, income support, personal support and transportation.  They are ready to listen to and record any seniors concerns.  For us in the north, there is an appreciation when it comes to the significant differences we experience to those in the lower mainland.  The report to the Ministry of Health yearly, more frequently in matters of concern.  They also provide information; sending inquiries in the right direction when areas of concern come their way.
What a great way to start off our morning on Sunday October 20th!  We were on the phones at the Aluminum City Telethon.  And there was an added plus.  The bands from MEMSS were right in front of us, a high energy performance, certainly a treat to hear.  On occasion we were challenged to catch what callers were  saying, asking them to hold for a quieter moment.  Much credit goes to its organizers in the Kitimat Community Foundation.  Another reflection of our community of Kitimat coming together in the supporting spirit. 
September 21st was Employee Family Day at Rio Tinto.  Kitimat Works was alive with activity, a Kids Zone, BBQ, live bands and displays to showcase different departments at the plant.  One of the opportunities provided to a few people was an actual walk through to see the lines (how aluminum is produced).  Jo Hildebrandt was one of them.  Here she is with Linda Campbell and Gareen Ball.  What an effort to put on the protective clothing used by those working with hot metal. Jo was thrilled to have this experience.  A few Rotarians came out to volunteer their help.
Fellow Rotarian Robin and his wife Melanie hosted "Living room live" on September 15.  The two Musicians are Nicola Davies and Swayer Craig, Soprano both from Winnipeg.  It was a beautiful night of music and socializing.  Pianist Nicola Davies divides her time between opera & musical theatre, playing recitals, teaching, and working behind the scenes making art things happen.  Her theatre work emcompasses well over thirty productions as musical director and pianist, including Carmen with Opera Kelowna, La boheme with Opera NUOVA as assisted conductor, and many musicals with various BC companies.  She works with the University of Manitoba Musical Theatre Ensemble and with the nine to twelve year olds at Manitoba Theatre for young people. Nicola has toured throughout western Canada with cello piano duo Nate & Nina.  
Nicola has instigated various projects over the years including Secondary Characters Musical Theatre, for which she was Co-Artistic Director for nine years.  She is now the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Living Room Live, a house concert touring organization founded in 2018 to create intimate live music events for classical musicians and audiences.  As a perpetual student, studies have included a Masters in Collaborative Piano, Diploma in Voice Performance, Certificate in Conducting, and a Bachelor of Science.  
Many thanks to the Lapointe family, and the performers,  for a wonderful evening!
Kitimat Rotarians had a fun filled day August 27th.  It started out with a potluck bbq at Delta King Place, Kitimats Assisted Living Facility.  Rotarians brought their favourite salad or treats and shared with the residents that reside there.  The greatest part of the day was having a visit from District Governor Bala Naidoo, his lovely wife Vasi, and Chad Sallenback, Assistant to the District Governor.  Chad was busy at work bbqing the hotdogs and hamburgers for everyone, thanks for that Chad!  Lots of socializing took place, and lots of questions answered about how Assisted Living facilities work.  We were able to show the District Governor, Chad and Vasi, how we spent fundraising monies in the last year.  Kitimat Rotary donated twenty thousand dollars to the  kitchen renovation project.     Kitimat Rotarian Eleanor Kendell told residents the background story of the peace crane, and gifted all residents with their very own crane.  
The Bbq was followed by a meeting at the Hirsch Creek Golf Course, where some great conversations and brain storming took place regarding membership growth.  We thank Bala, Chad, and Vasi for the visit, and hope to see you all again soon!
Thanks to all that attended our Nibblers and Wine event June 18th.  Rotarians wanted to thank all the volunteers and businesses who donated items, and those who helped put together our wine tasting evening in May.  
Teresa Windsor sent us the following schedule for an excellent weekend coming up at Kitamaat Village!  Unfortunately the watermark graphics were lost with this copy and paste.
Guatlap Days Agenda 

Friday, June 21st, 2019 
11:00am- “Walking for Strength,” parade  
          Our communities have been hit hard with a lot of troubling times and  losses. Let walk beside one another as a community to build our collective strength. 
12:00pm– Indian Taco Luncheon, fried bread + taco toppings 
1:00-4:00pm– Cultural dancing (detailed performance agenda to come) 
5:00-6:00pm– Community Potluck, please bring a main dish or dessert 
      Kitimat LNG  will be supplying BBQ Burgers, Hotdogs, chips, broccoli salad  6:00pm-10pm– Cultural dancing (detailed performance agenda to come) 
Vendor/Information Tables: Face painting, Kitimat LNG sponsored H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Star Lab,  Kitimat Disability Services-Sensory Friendly Tent, Haisla Nation Council  program information tables.  
Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 
9:00am-10:00am– Pancake Breakfast, put on by the Haisla Lightening Women’s Soccer team, sponsored by HNC 
10:00am-12:00pm– Reading by Haisla Author, Joseph Starr Day School Research 
12:00pm-1:00pm–  Lunch Refreshments served 
1:00-2:00pm- Soapberry Making Contest 
5:00pm– Guatlap Dinner 
6:00pm– Guatlap Awards Ceremony, Honoring our Language teachers, community      merits, Staff merits 
Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 
2:00pm– Movie Matinee showing– Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole 1hr 10mins 
         -Totem: Return and Renewal 23mins 
Bus transportation (JUNE 23rd only) sponsored in kind donation of LNG Canada 
  Kitimat Rotary celebrated 60 years running in Kitimat.  To celebrate and mark the day, Rotarians purchased a bench that was placed below the Haisla centre, right beside the beautiful totem pole in down town Kitimat.  Much credit goes to Rotarians Gaureen and Jo for starting this project off, and carrying it through.
What's Kitimat about, This lady is the answer!  Much has been happening at the Chamber over the last year or so.  Anyone passing by will see the bright paint job at the Gazebos.  Walk inside and the vivid colours are there too.  We now have a "slogan" Kitimat Bound.  Focus has been placed on workforce attraction.  An amphitheatre will be going up this coming summer.  A carver will be working on a Welcome sign.  Access for the disabled is being addressed.  Kayaks can be rented from the Chamber this summer.  Members are working  on a new strategic plan.  Our thanks go to Jill for sharing so much information with us and for doing a bang up job at the Chamber.  
The weather changed back to sunshine, perfect for our Installation of Officers for the 2019-2020 year at our President Robin Lapointe’s home.  On hand to do the honors at our installation were current Area Governor, Bill Parmar, Past Area Governor, Brian Downie and incoming Area Governor, Chad Sallenback.  It was a delightful evening filled with Rotary goodwill.  Robin even launched a drone that flew overhead taking pictures of all of us out on the lawn.  Steaks and chicken on the BBQ, salads, dessert, wine compliments of all of us.  Our best wishes go to Gareen Ball, president for Rotary Connects the World.  We will connect J.   Our thanks to Robin’s wife Melanie for taking photos.
Congrats to our Secretary/Treasurer  Jo Hildebrant, as she received her third sapphire pin from AG Bill Parmar , the recognition for her support of the Rotary Foundation. 
Rotarians were on hand to help with registration, and to give direction to any other help needed to Kitimat Grade 12 students who headed to Christ Church Anglican Church to receive  MCV4 shots against Meningitis A, C, Y, and W135.  
Brigit Manninen, Manager at Douglas Place in Kitimat, greeted Rotarians Linda and Eleanor warmly when they stopped by to see the new mattresses that were purchased for use in the two units now available for housing of the homeless when winter is upon us.  Each unit contains a bathroom, shower, toilet, sink, ect.  Clients are given toiletries, towels, blankets, for their nights stay then, for the most part, sent on their way with Tim Hortons gift certificates.  Manninen searched for where to find the best mattresses for the purpose and found the answer through the Salvation Army in Fort St. John.  They are easy to clean, bed bug proof, etc.  Bridgit and Linda are proppoing one up.  Linda is holding our Rotary Club of Kitimat check for $500.00 which went  toward the purchase of 4 mattresses.
May 21st, what an interesting evening,  Haisla Nation Council community cultural coordinator Teresa Windsor walked us through a good deal of Haisla history backed by an excellent PowerPoint slide show.  We learned about the clans at Kitamaat Village.  Theirs is a matriarchal society, one where families are closely knit together.  Teresa grew up in Kitamaat Village.  She was sparked to research and share  the Haisla culture when her son came home from school reciting a prayer that he had learned in the Haisla language.  As we listened, her story 'came alive'. Now JHaisla kids are learning their language.  Like all of us, she shares the simple truth, they are our future.  Teresa invited us to come out to a gathering on the June 21st weekend.  It's called Guatlap Days (to help one another).  More to come from her later. 
Gareen, a few flowers for your desk, a small thank you from all of us for being our Nobel Wine Tasting Leader.
Guests started arriving early on Saturday, May 4th, not surprising!  What a perfect night, lovely sunshine to walk in, summertime clothing even sandals, a great start to the evening.  This was topped off by the welcoming decor in the Christ the King Church Hall.  Wine barrels, grape arbors, Kerr mason jars and cross cuts of tree trunks on the tables. 200 wine glasses set out for the tastings.  Not to be overlooked the smiling faces of Rotarian greeters.
Background  music by the man himself, D. of K. councilor, Edwin Empinado, time for a couple of Rotarians to 'breath' before the action begins,
the behind the scenes action in the kitchen, exemplary staff of Seven Tables! 
We were pleased to have our former Club Member Lynda taking the time from her busy schedule to to bring us up to speed on the youth programs offered in our District.  Using an excellent PowerPoint presentation, she showcased the programs that exist.  Lynda now lives in Squamish.  She's a member of our the District's Youth Committee.  Whenever possible she heads north to participate at RYLA Lakelse.  We learnt about the newest program Earlyact, ages 5-12, Interact - middle/high school age youths, Rotoact, young adults up to 30 years of age.  RYLA, Youth Exchange, ROSE, Adventures programs, New Generations Service Exchange.  Lynda brought along a SURPRISE.  We were delighted to see her present young Luca and Eva Columbo with a certificate of recognition.  The children gave their stuffies to the Korle Bu Neurocience Foundation in West Africa.  How very special of them to do this.  

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