Rotary makes dreams come true

One of Vernon’s social events of the year has paid off for non-profit activities in the community.

  • Feb. 8, 2011 11:00 a.m.

One of Vernon’s social events of the year has paid off for non-profit activities in the community.

The Kalamalka Rotary Club has approved funding of $130,000 for 27 projects. The money was raised during the annual Dream Auction in November.

“We’re very pleased to have been able to support so many worthwhile projects,” said Peter O’Callaghan, club president.

Kal Rotary received requests this year from 48 clubs, festivals and organizations totalling $344,000.

“It’s always a challenge to decide which applications to fund,” said Jerry Tellier, donations committee chairperson.

The committee looks at donations by category, for instance, youth, sports, health and wellness, education and seniors.

The club also maintains a donations history so that the committee can determine whether applicants have received past funding and, if so, to what level.

“Kal Rotary also funds its ongoing commitments, including Vernon School District scholarships, adventures in citizenship and the international student exchange program which accepts an inbound international student each year while, at the same time, sending a Vernon area student to study abroad for the year,” said Tellier.

In addition, Dream Auction funds allowed Kal Rotary to complete its pledge to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s Tower of Care campaign with a final $50,000 donation.

To date, the club has raised more than $175,000 toward the maternal child wing of the new patient care tower.