Rotary Club of Penticton

"Serving Penticton since 1931"

Mailing Address: Box 563, Penticton, BC V2A 6J9 

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Aug 05, 2015
Randy Manuel
BC Day History
Aug 12, 2015
Brian Hughes
Mental Wellness Project
Aug 26, 2015
Sep 02, 2015
Kevin Hill
Malawi
 

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Penticton

Service Above Self

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

 
 
 
RIBFEST 2015 was a SUCCESS!! We held our 1st Annual Ribfest July 3 - 5th and the turnout was amazing.  Many people commented on how exciting it was to have this event in Penticton and how they would be back next year!
HUGE shout out to the RIBFEST committee who endured ALOT of hard work over the entire weekend and leading up to the weekend, and a BIG thanks to the members who showed up with bells on to help this event get off the ground.
 
To see more pictures go to Photo Albums of Ribfest or visit our Penticton Rotary Facebook page
 

 
Last night we held our Annual Installation Dinner.  Cheryle King, Asst. Governor, Area 5 presented our new President Sandra Curnow with a pin for the 2015/2016 year and thanked Cal Meiklejohn for his service for the past year and Cal will remain as Past President.  Secretary Judi Cassidy and Treasurer Jon Milligan were also given pins for their one year term.  Barb Hoolaeff will be the President Elect.  The Directors for the 2015/2016 year include:
Natalie Ferebee - Foundation
Don Michiel - Fundraising
Ben Amos - Membership
Justin White - Fellowship
Sandra Krauer - Club Service
Chris Barth - Public Relations
 
Our exchange student Irene Menegazzi did a fantastic presentation about her year in Canada.
Norma Brown was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship
To view more pictures see the photo album on the right of this website.
 
 

 
Warwick Parker was the recipient of the 2015 Rotary Bridge Club. The photos shows john Pankiw, last year’s winner, presenting the coveted cup on May 27th. Congratulations Warwick!
 

 
Erwin Ploner reported on the success and fun times enjoyed by all our member volunteers at the Shriner’s breakfast in May. Bruce Barker, the new potentate of Shriners of B.C. and Yukon, presented a cheque to our club for $1800 in appreciation of our hard work. The photo shows our President Cal Meiklejohn receiving the cheque on behalf of our Club from Bruce.
 

 
Another Lobster Feast has come and gone! This one was a whole lot of fun!  Take a look at the photos in the Photo Albums section to the right on the home page.  Here is a sample of what to expect. Erwin Ploner is attempting to sell the Lobster Feast Chair, Don Michiel, a few raffle tickets,
 

 
 
Our club is just that much better now that we have both Jan Rustad and Keith Johnson as our newest members.  Here President Cal is pinning them both with their Rotary pin.  Roy Phillips performed the induction.
 

 
The Rotary Club of Penticton is once again fundraising for the purchase of ShelterBoxes which consist of a tent, water purification, pots, pans, cook stove and dishes along with bedding and other items for up to 12 persons. Join us in raising money to help provide shelter, warmth and dignity to families left homeless due to disaster. This time it is for Nepal and the need in Nepal is great with so many villages completely destroyed. Families will be in desperate need of shelter as monsoon season is just around the corner. The tents that ShelterBox provides can withstand this particular climate challenge. The photo below shows member Erwin Ploner on his shift at Cherry Lane Mall on Saturday, May 2nd.  More volunteers will be there to assist in making donations in the afternoon and on Sunday.  Come on down and see what a ShelterBox contains and make a donation to this worthy cause. 

 

 
The day of our annual golf event started out wet, windy and cold but by the time 3 p.m. rolled around the rain had stopped, the wind dropped and the sun came out.  The first group teed off at 3 p.m., followed by 5 other groups for a total of 24 golfers. The weather held for next two hours and everyone enjoy a pleasant afternoon of golf and camaraderie.  The scores ranged from 2 below par to 4 over par. 
In the clubhouse everyone relaxed for a while, sipped a beverage and then sat down to dinner.  About ten spouses joined the golfers for dinner and so did our exchange student who also received a prize.
Following dinner were the award ceremonies with teams opening a whole variety of “Things you never want to see again”.  Garry Hoolaeff’s prize was an electric something or other (no idea really) and was probably the strangest of the prizes.  By the smiles on the faces, it seemed everyone enjoyed themselves.  See more photos in the Photo Album section of our webpage soon.
 

 
It was a special day for 175 Penticton "Pioneers" who attended our appreciation reception at the Seniors' Drop-In Centre this past Sunday.  Platters of sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, cookies and squares were replenished to make certain they all enjoyed the offerings.  Tea, coffee and wine was also available as well as a special cake in their honour.  The photo below is of President Cal Meiklejohn with a lucky "couple" receiving a bouquet of flowers as the pioneers with the most years in Penticton.  View the many photos in the photo album section to the right on our webpage.
 

 
President Cal presented our newest member Robert Trottier with a certificate of membership.  Robert transferred to our Club from Olds, Alberta. Welcome aboard Robert.
 

 
 
Our guest speaker today was Chief Clarence Louie and Joe McGinnis of the Osoyoos Indian Band.  Joe said grace for us in his native tongue. Chief Louie has been elected Chief 15 times.   He started his speech by saying that he loves Rotary’s 4-way test.   His reserve office is located in Oliver with a prime focus to create jobs and make money.  Oliver is on the verge of losing a school as people are moving away.  Chief Louie stressed the need for economic development to provide jobs that keep people here in the Okanagan.  One of his favourite quotes is "the economic horse pulls the social cart”.  We can't have hospitals, concerts, hockey arenas, community centres, etc. without a strong workforce.  Money equals opportunity and with that in mind, the main focus on the reserves is to make money.  Things like a winery, new prison and race track will bring millions of dollars to the area.
He reported that the original treaty relationship was a business relationship but over the years was turned into a dependency relationship but is working hard to bring it back to a business relationship.  He also wants his native language to be part of this land.  He encourages non-native people to come on the reservation and participate with their businesses.
After a few questions from the audience, Mayor Andrew Jakubeit thanked Chief Louie for his time to speak to us today and  the opportunities to work together in the future.  In the photo below, Brian Hughes is along side the Chief and Joe.
 

 
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).