Second spin as Rotary boss
Rob Gibson - Jul 20, 2022 - Get Involved

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(L to R): Bill Redmond, Lenetta Parry and Steve Thomson.

The Rotary Club of Kelowna has a new president.

Bill Redmond became the new boss on July 1. Redmond takes over for Steve Thomson, who served for a year before passing the gavel to Redmond.

“I served as the president for the Rotary Club of Kelowna from 2000-2001,” Redmond said. “It was an honour to serve then, and I am looking forward to serving again.”

Redmond has been a member of the Rotary Club for 38 years and is the only member to take on the leadership role twice.

Redmond is the founder, president and CEO of HRI Supply and spent 40 years building his career in the wholesale food industry. HRI was launched in 1978, and Redmond guided its growth until it merged with Sysco in 2001. After the merger, Redmond continued his career as president and CEO of Sysco Kelowna until he retired from the company in 2004. Until recently, he was also still involved in business as a partner at Dockside Marine.

“My career in business has brought me a lot of joy. We are a growing club, and I am looking forward to sharing everything I have learned over the years to help our club move to the next level,” Redmond said.

Redmond says his key goals as Rotary Club president is to set up a strong succession plan for key leadership positions in the club and to increase membership.

“Now that we are meeting in person, I am hoping to attract new members,” he said.

The Rotary Club has also installed a new board of directors: Lenetta Parry, Dick Dumond, Dave Cullen, Randy McBride, Gordon Charles, Bruce Henderson, John Walker and Thomson as immediate past president.

The Rotary Club of Kelowna meets every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at the Coast Capri Hotel. Anyone interested in being a guest is welcome.

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