Rotary Club of Penticton

"Serving Penticton since 1931"




Apr 01, 2015
Rob MacGregor
Sun Country Highway and an electric vehicle recharging station network
Apr 08, 2015
Chief Clarence Louie
Update on projects the Osoyoos Indian Band is involved with such as prison, race track and others.
Apr 15, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
Dr. Mureli Venkataraman
Potential International and microloan project near Mysore India.

Upcoming Events


Club Information

Welcome to Our Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Days Inn
125 Riverside Drive
Penticton, BC  V2A 5Y4
District Site
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Rotary Gives and Receives!

Rotarian Dave Smith presented a cheque for $1500 to our guests Adolf Stefan and Barb Schneiderat of the SS Sicamous. (Seen below on either side of President Cal Meiklejohn).  A portion of the proceeds raised at our Octoberfest fundraiser provided monies that will be used to purchase furniture for a salon in the SS Sicamous.

In memory of our cherished member who passed away yesterday.  Carl Tymm was a great Rotarian who had been active with our club since 1971 and club President in 1977.  He was appointed District Governor in 1989.  I knew of two hats he wore both as a Rotarian and a Shriner and I am certain there were many more.  Just 10 months ago Carl posted his comments to the editor of the Penticton Herald that really says it all about Carl’s view on volunteering.  Rest in peace dear friend.  Here is his post:
Dear Editor:
I was pleased to read Harvie Barker’s article “The joy in giving to others” in Monday’s Herald. His reference to “giving to and caring for” is in my books just doing good.
Support your favourite charity or service club and be a volunteer. I have been a volunteer and active in community service work for many years and can attest to feeling good doing good. A major spinoff that wasn’t mentioned in his article was, the side effects of “the joy in giving to others” is of feeling good. I’m sure that the medical profession will attest that this good feeling translates into good health, both physical and mental.
Doing good is a win-win situation but I always felt that I was the greater winner.  My motto is, “be good, do good and have fun doing it”. Try it, you’ll like it.  Carl Tymm

Judge Gerry Pash paid our club a visit and spoke of his new career as a citizenship judge.  He was a former member of our club and a Paul Harris Fellow before moving to Victoria where he now resides.
Following a 27-year career in radio broadcasting, he worked for the Department of National Defence for 22 years as a public affairs officer at the Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters, in Victoria, B.C.  In his civilian occupations and as a Canadian Forces reservist, where he held the rank of Lieutenant-Commander upon his retirement, Mr. Pash has received several awards in recognition of his commitment to active, engaged citizenship.  These include the Greater Victoria United Way Bronze Leadership award, the Rotary Foundation Fellowship, the Royal Canadian Legion National Media Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.  Citizenship judges are appointed for a three-year period and are responsible for making decisions with regard to citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens.  Todfay Judge Pash administered the oath of citizenship for all Rotarians in attendance.  He also presented certificates to a few of our long standing Rotarians.

Both inbound and outbound exchange students enjoyed a recent weekend in Revelstoke, BC.  Lots of fun for our exchange student Irene Menegazzi.

posted Feb 5, 2015 by Mark Brett, Penticton Western News.

The Penticton Rotary Club is hosting the Dancing the Night Away fundraiser in support of the club's mental wellness initiative. The fun evening will take place on the S.S. Sicamous Saturday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 250-486-0367 or at 101-100 Front St. (RBC Dominion Securities Inc.).There will be a cash bar and chocolate fountain on site the night of the dance.


Story from Castanet News, by Deborah Pfeiffer, Jan. 24th
The Penticton Rotary Club is partnering with School District 67 to create a program focused on enhancing mental wellness amongst youth in the community. The goal of the program is to reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues through open dialogue and community support as well as create resources for youth, parents and teachers to contribute to mental wellness.
Fellow Rotarians are busy selling WestJet raffle tickets for the draw for two tickets anywhere that WestJet flies, The draw will take place on February 15, 2015.  This photo shows Bob Gibbs (R) and Chris Barth (R) joined by Carl Tymm at the Cherry Lane Mall on the morning shift on Saturday, December 13th.

Four teams of volunteer Rotarians and students, lead by Committee Chair Craig Dusel and his wife Audrey, sold raffle tickets for 4 wheelbarrows filled with goods from Safeway, Save-On-Foods, IGA and the Real Canadian Superstore. Here is a photo of the manager at the Real Canadian Superstore drawing the winning ticket at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday December 6th.  75% of the monies raised will go to the Penticton Soupateria and 25% will go to the Salvation Army Foodbank.   Thanks to everyone for making this a successful fundraiser.

Rotarians were up early to help with the Toys for Tots toy drive at 7:00 a.m. at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.  Featured in this photo are three of the Penticton Rotary lady members: Judi Cassidy, Sandra Curnow and Sandra Krauer. 

Some of our members who volunteered to greet attendees at the annual Wine Festival on October 10 and 11 shown here.  All dressed up as is the tradition for many years by our Rotarian volunteers.  Thanks to Roland and Sandra Curnow, PDG Carl Tymm (organizer of the volunteers) and Mrs. Krushel and Dale Krushel.

Today we welcomed our newest members Chris Barth (L) and David Keir (R) who were inducted by our member Roy Phillips (centre).  Welcome to our club.

Natalie Ferebee, Foundation Chair, presented fellow member Erwin Ploner with his Paul Harris Fellow award. Congratulations Erwin.

The members who purchased tickets and attended the "Taste for the Arts" evening at the Shatford Centre this past weekend were treated to some fabulous food!  I personally walked away with many business cards of restaurants that I will frequent now that I have tasted some of their delicious fare.  The evening included a silent auction, music and great social time while you enjoyed your tasty morsels at your shared table.  Here is a photo of the cake to kick off the kick off the community kitchen.

Well there were many busy Rotarians at the Yard Sale today!  Barbara Hoolaeff accumulated a huge amount of items that were quickly going off the shelves!
Thanks to all those who helped price the items, set up the displays and walked tirelessly throughout the curling rink helping would be purchasers make that special deal.  I for one spoke to two people about Rotary and invited them to come by to one of our meetings. More photos are available on our Facebook page (see link above).


Today we had a chance to meet our DG Bruce Falkins and his wife Donna who spoke to us on some of the happenings in the District as well as the strong network of Rotary.  The theme of "The Family of Rotary" will be celebrated at the upcoming Rotary District 5060 conference on June 18-21, 2015 at UBCO in Kelowna.  Five of our members received pins for recently sponsoring a new member and DG Bruce Falkins presented them: (left to right) Roy Phillips, Jim Henderson, Barb Hoolaeff, Gerry Karr and Ken Davis.




Fellow Rotarians gathered for a seafood meal in appreciation for Joey's supplying and serving at the annual Lobsterfest fundraiser.  Rotarian Peter Beulah gives thanks to Dan, the manager of Joey's. To view more photos, look in the "Photo Albums" on the right of this home page.




Our new exchange student 16 year old Irene Menegazzi arirved on Sunday August 24th. She is from Sacile, Italy.  We hope to see lots of Irene and extend our warmest welcome from our members.

The photo shows Sandra Krauer, Irene, past exchange student Viviana Black Guffanti and Barb Hoolaeff upon her arrival at the airport.





We are so happy to welcome Dale Krushel as our newest member!  Dale is seen here with Roy Phillips, Sandra Curnow and Jim Henderson (who was the sponsor for Dale).




Now Past President, Dave Smith is presented with a plaque to honour his year as our President and all his accomplishments during his very successful year.  He was also presented with a Paul Harris Fellow award for his dedication and service to the silent auction components of both the annual Lobsterfeast and Oktoberfest.  Great job Dave.  We will miss your Newfie jokes.




District 5060, Area 5, Assistant Governor Dennis Jacobsen presided over the installation of our new board of directors for the 2014/2015 Rotary year at our dinner meeting.   Note all the smiling faces!





Members joined our exchange student Dinal Mehta and her family for a tree planting in her honour at Skaha park.  A stainless steel plaque will be placed with her name shortly.  Barb presented Dinal with a framed maple leaf for her to take back home.  View more photos in the Photo Albums on this website.




Our Exchange Student Dinal Mehta was an outstanding co-chair today!  She was also our featured speaker, giving a power point presentation on her year as an Exchange Student with our Club.  She showed many photos including her special host families of members Cal Meiklejohn, Paul Varga and Jim Henderson. Her best friend Zoe Perritaz, fellow exchange student with the Penticton Okanagan Club, was in attendance today. We will miss her smiling face at our future meetings and wish her a very successful, healthy and fulfilling life ahead.




President Dave presented a cheque for $500 to member Heather Buzzell for the Penticton Library Lego Club, a new activity aimed at pre-teens.





Bruce Barker, Potentate of Shriners of BC & Yukon, presented a cheque for $2,000 to Erwin Ploner who organized a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 24th.  At least ten of our members helped at this breakfast - thanks for coming out so early!  Of course Erwin then presented the cheque to President Dave Smith for deposit to our club's bank account!




At our meeting today, we were privileged to be entertained by Fred Penner who is in Penticton for the Okanagan Children's Festival.  Also, being a long time friend of our member Gord Osland may have something to do with him attending our meeting!  Fred's has had an outstanding career publishing 12 albums, TV shows, and honoured with an Order of Canada, Order of Manitoba and a Paul Harris Fellow.  He has been singing his songs for 42 years! He shared a story with us about Gord where Fred has lead a conversation with "and lead us not into expectations" and Gord quickly responded "but deliver us from ego".  That's our Gord!  He also lead the club in singing happy birthday to fellow Rotarian Barb Hoolaeff.



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