Rotary Gives and Receives!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
President Dave presented a cheque for $500 to member Heather Buzzell for the Penticton Library Lego Club, a new activity aimed at pre-teens.
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.
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.
The rain held off for a very successful pancake breakfast at Skaha Lake's new children's playground, Discovery Park. Here is fellow Rotarian Gord Watson preparing the batter mixture for our mouth watering pancakes! Thanks to all the Rotarians who helped today. More photos will be added to the Photo Album section as they become available.
Our Foundation Chair, Natalie Ferebee, presented both Gordon and Jo-Ann Herle with a Paul Harris Fellow Award. For Gordon, it is his third award and for Jo-Ann, her first time receiving the award. Congratulations!
Rotary members Barb Hoolaeff (Left) and Natalie Ferebee (Right) are seen here with President Elect Cal Meiklejohn's wife, Jacinta Ferrari (middle), sporting our upcoming Ribfest t-shirts. They look fantastic and what a great marketing tool to promote our 2015 event at the District 5060 conference.
Andy Virk is introduced by his sponsor Jim Henderson. We are delighted to have Andy as our newest member.
The weekend was perfect weather for our exchange student Dinal Mehta to meet with other District 5060 exchange students in Revelstoke. Our member Sandra Krauer was on hand to help with the activities.
At our meeting today we were fortunate to have as our guests Frank Conci, Ann Brewster, Daryl Clark, and Ron Ryde who spoke to us about the industries in Penticton and the Penticton Industrial Development Association (PIDA). Our member Keith Bevington also spoke of his involvement with PIDA. Below President-elect Cal Meiklejohn thanks Frank Conci for his informative presentation.
Roy Phillips led the induction proceedings for our newest members Linda Chabot and Gordon Watson. Welcome to our Club.
Rotary Member Judi Cassidy and President Dave Smith presented a cheque for $2,100 to Bill Coulter, from Octoberfest, for the SS Sicamous. These funds were raised through our Club's silent auction event at the 2013 Octoberfest.
Today was a very special day for our Penticton Rotary Club with 9 members and 4 Friends of Rotary recognized to receive a Paul Harris Fellow award. For some it was their first time to receive this award, but for others it was their 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and even 7th! Congratulations to all the worthy recipients!
Back Row, L-R: Justin White (1st), Brian Hughes (2nd), Roy Phillips (4th), Neal Davies (2nd), Gerry Karr (6th), Ralph Oslund (2nd), Peter Beulah (4th), Don Michiel (7th)
Front Row, L-R: Natalie Ferebee (1st), Marlene Phillips (3rd), Marian Henninger (Honorary 1st), Daisy McAlpine (2nd), Frances Beulah (2nd)
Absent: Geoffrey Willers (1st), Bob Gibbs (5th)
Our Rotarians manned shifts on December 6 and 7th at Safeway, Save-On Foods, IGA and Wal-Mart to sell $2 raffle tickets for our wheelbarrows full of goodies. Monies raised were in excess of $3000. There were also two eager students from Penn High who volunteered for a shift. Looks like they enjoyed themselves!
Rotarians and their spouses helped out with the toy donations and breakfast at the Penticton Lakeside Resort today from 6:00a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Looks like they were having lots of fun!
Here is just one of many photos taken at our annual Christmas Party at the Penticton Lakeside resort. Great food, lots of dancing and a good deal of socializing! View more photos under the Photo Album section on the right side of the Home page. A big thanks to Barb and her committee, Grant and Jackie, for organizing the event.
Sponsored by Ken Davis, Ron Perrie became our newest member today. Welcome aboard Ron.
The Rotary Club of Penticton is sending help to Philippine storm victims by way of purchasing ShelterBoxes to ship to the affected zone.
ShelterBox is a solution in disaster response that is as simple as it is effective. ShelterBox deliver the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, groundsheets, water storage and filtration equipment, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.
Penticton Rotary was asked to help to marshal the Stanley Cup for display at the Gyro Band Shell. Shown are Rotarians Roy Phillips, Garry Litke and PDG Carl Tymm with Boston Bruins #2, Brandon Kieth #2.
UBC students visited our club on the weekend of September 20 to 22nd. Jim Hare and Rory McIvor worked diligently to find host families for all the visiting students from the members of the Penticton Rotary Club. It was a fun weekend for all. View more photos in the photo album on the right of the Home Page.
Rotarians Ralph Oslund, Sandra Krauer and Dave Smith along with Sue Chaudry heated up the barbecue and cooked some goodies at a Huber-Bannister event on Saturday, 21st. A cheque for $500 was donated to the Rotary Club of Penticton for their community project.
Rotarians Brian Hughes and Natalie Ferebee, both with RBC Dominion Securities, are shown in the photo along with RBC coilleagues presenting a cheque to Rotarian Keith Bevington for $5,000 for our Shatford Centre Community Kitchen Project.
Rotarian Ben Amos presented Donna Lomas of Okanagan College with a cheque for $5,000, which is the final payment for a total commitment of $15,000 over the last 3 years. Donna thanked the Penticton Rotary Club for their donation and pointed out that the proceeds not only benefited the students but also the community.
Rotary Community Kitchen Proposed Project (Motion to be voted on by the club on May1 2013)
The Shatford Centre's main floor classroom in the south-west corner is being converted to a commercial community kitchen. The room is adjacent to the Shatford Auditorium and is 768 sq ft in size. The capital budget for the kitchen is $220,000. The proposal is for the Penticton Rotary and Okanagan School of the Arts, Shatford Centre to raise $110,000 each for this project.
President Brian Hughes recognized a Rotarian who had contributed greatly to our Club including recruiting several new members and stimulating our International Projects, as well as personally raising funds for an operation for a child in a third world country. Barbara Hoolaeff was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Award. Well deserved Barb!