Rotary Club of Osoyoos



Feb 26, 2015
Sue McKortoff
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Building Communities Bridging Continents

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
McKia's Restaurant
Best Western Hotel
5506 Main St.
Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0
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Mailing address: Box 695, Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0

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Rotary Meeting Feb. 19, 2015
President Elect Marieze conducted the meeting with 13 Rotarians in attendance and 2 guests including Councillor Mike Campol our guest speaker, Eva Duguid, as well as Keith Lacey from the Osoyoos Times.
Marieze introduced Councillor Campol and told us he hails from Ontario and has been in Osoyoos for almost 4 years.
Mike told us he came out on a 4 month contract in 2011 to help out at Spirit Ridge but after 2 months he fell in love with Osoyoos and told his wife Becky to put their house up for sale in Ontario and they were moving here. Mike became General Manager at Spirit Ridge for three years and left their employment the fall of 2014. He has since become the Manager for the Owner’s Association for all the Owners’ in the hotel pool at Spirit Ridge. In Nov. Mike got elected to Town Council.
Mike started Spirit of the Game which is a Not for Profit that helps young people who can’t afford to play organized sports with a hands up. They have $30,000 in the bank and have helped 19 kids to play sports.
Mike is Council’s representative on Destination Osoyoos (DO) and reports to the Council on their progress. He also gave us an update on Area 27, Jacque Villeneuve’s development for professional car racers. It is at the end of the Black Sage Rd. on OIB land. It is an initiative that started 2 yrs. ago and now has 150 members. It will have a retail component and eventually condos owned by race enthusiast. This project will be privately owned but have a few public events yearly.
Mike would like Osoyoos to have training for the Hospitality Industry locally which is our bread and butter as well as see the future of Osoyoos embrace sustainable businesses that will entice families to move here on a year round basis.
Marieze offered a deck of Osoyoos Coyotes playing cards and Councillor Mike Campol double the offer with an autographed deck. Let the bidding begin, Eva Duguid and Karen Hawitt had quite the rivalry going and Karen had the winning bid of $30. Eva ended winning the 50 -50.
Next week our guest speaker will be Mayor Sue McKortoff see you then.
Your‘s in Rotary,

PastPastPres Cheryle opened the meeting with introductions, welcoming 9 guests: Sam Samaddar, GM Kelowna Airport (YLW), Fabio and Birgit Santana, owner/operators of Let's Go Transportation, Norm Lecavalier, Chair Greater Westside Board of Trade, Ellen Walker-Mathews, Market Specialist TOTA, Jack and Dawn, Enderby snowbird Rotarians, Keith Lacey from the Times and Ron Stevens, guest. Whew!
First off was an update by Gail on the Cactus Jalopy Society meetings and plans for the June 5-7 event.There is now an event coordinator for the Friday (wine tour), Saturday (pancake breakfast, car show, beer/wine garden) and Sunday (races). Rotary is to put on the breakfast and host the beer garden so save those dates!
The speaker topic was around the linkage between air travel, ground transportation and hospitality for S Okanagan residents and tourists. Sam led the presentation with the air flight component in his capacity as GM with YLW for the past 7 years. He was an excellent speaker, referencing a wealth of data and statistics to show that YLW is a key economic engine for the entire valley. They have experienced a 75% growth over the period of their 2005 master plan and continue to be the lowest cost airport in Canada. There are 10 air carriers flying 1.6mm passengers annually to 20 scheduled destinations. His detailed data shows where travelers start from and where their eventual destinations are, allowing for planning new flight routes and attracting customers. He works closely with marketing associations like TOTA and the Board of Trade and the ground transportation partners to make it easier for travellers to choose local airport services, like YLW. 
Fabio and Brigit Santana then spoke to the connectivity they provide to the traveller with a shuttle service to the airport called Let's Go Transportation, operating from Salmon Arm to Osoyoos. They both spoke from extensive experience in the transportation and hotel management sectors, founding Let's Go in 2010 and expanding it to include Osoyoos in 2013.
Their initial business model, based on a scheduled service, did not work - very limited ridership. They then moved to an on-demand service where travelers would call for pick up at home in time for departures and this has caught on and they are experiencing better growth. The cost from Ooyoos is high for 1 person at $174 but decreases to $65 with more riders. Actually very cost effective when the drive, hotel and times are considered. Let's Go has 18 employees, new shuttle vehicles and offers tours and destinations other that just YLW. A young and engaged couple!
This weekend is the Revelstoke event for our outbound exchange student, Nina - she will have fun!
For the second week in a row, the 50/50 was won by a guest, in this case Ron - we were pulling for Jim K as he claims he has never one...but is it the Truth?
Next week's speaker is rookie Councilor Mike Campo.


For the snowbirds reading this, you will be pleased to hear that today's meeting weather was low cloud, grey, +3 and rain in the forecast so enjoy your sunshine wherever you are. Our perverse pleasure is the 80.4 Cdn dollar!
President Judy introduced our guests. Jack and Dawn Erickson from Enderby Rotary (in Osoyoos for February as snowbirds!), Audrey Cox, Keith from Osoyoos Times, and our guest speaker Carol Youngberg. Judy also noted it was Matt's birthday and her 3rd year anniversary in Rotary. 
First up was a report by Cheryle on the Cactus Jalopy meeting yesterday. The Cactus Jalopy Society, DO, OOWA (Oliver Osoyoos Wine Association) and now Rotary are moving forward with plans for an expanded, annual event. In addition to the Rotary Beer Garden, we are to put on a pancake breakfast on the Saturday (note that Gordon and Brian have volunteered to lead...yay!). The Golf Tournament is going ahead for June 13 in a modified format so mark your calendars for June with these two events plus the Canada Day breakfast. While you are at your calendars, mark Friday March 20 for a curling social, March 26th for Chief Clarence Louie as the luncheon speaker. Somewhere in there in June Karen H marries Trevor but obviously she will be too exhausted from Rotary functions to participate! Finally, Jim announced that Spirit Ridge had asked Rotary to help out with some volunteers for their Mardi Gras event on Valentines Day evening in return for an evening of fun and a stipend for the club. Pam volunteered to help them out. 
Brian introduced Carol Youngberg as our speaker in her capacity as newly elected councillor in the Town of Osoyoos. Carol has an very extensive background in this community going back 37 years with a long list of successful business, real estate and volunteer contributions. She had spoken to us at a previous meeting as the Chair of the Desert Park Exhibition Society that brought horse racing back to Osoyoos in each of the past two years. While she has stepped down from Desert Park, she shared some of the planning underway and her belief that it will always be an economic driver and factor in this community. She then shared some of her learnings and experiences gained in the first few months as Town Councillor. The learning curve has been steep, a larger job than she had thought and the huge volume of mail/information that flows to each of the Council members from staff, vested interest groups, committees etc is staggering. Her concerns and interests continue to center around housing, childcare, the youth and the library. In spite of all this, she continues to learn and be excited about the next four years!  Carol's real claim to fame though is that she was a charter member of this club!
The 50/50 was won by our guest Jack, which was appropriate as it was his birthday too!
A good meeting!

Our third meeting of 2015...the year is flying by! Karen introduced our speaker Shannon Jolley, Team Lead, Annual Giving for the S. Interior Region of the Canadian Cancer Society. Working out of Kelowna, Shannon leads a staff of 3 and 1500 volunteers with an annual fundraising success of $1.5MM. She brought 16 years of marketing to her current role and was here to remind us of the work the Cancer Society does, their current strategies, the synergies with Rotary and the upcoming fundraising campaign. She was a very articulate, knowledgeable and entertaining speaker. 
She shared overall cancer survival gains since the Society began in the 1950's where they were 28% compared to the 63% of today. The short term goal is 80% with the longer term being eradication similar to our polio objective. The strategies to get there include research (consumes 1/3 of the spending), prevention (belief is that 50% of cancers are preventable) and earlier detection of the 200 different types of cancer. Shannon spent more time on the prevention component of the Society's work which is growing with a new cancer prevention center and overall increased funding. An interesting piece of this was the fact that it takes 17 years to get a new treatment/drug from discovery to the patient - they are working to shorten this dramatically!
In fundraising, some $35MM is raised in BC, $2MM in the S.I. and $60-$70M in Osoyoos. April is the big focus with pins and fresh daffodils and she was looking for help with both this year - Jeff stepped up and volunteered himself and his company to look after the pin campaign for, eh? 
There will not be a Relay for Life this year per se. There will be a 'Daffodil Dash' instead which will be a 1 or 5km walk with similar teams and sponsor sign up sheets...stay tuned!
Reminder that there is no meeting at noon next week - it is replaced by the fellowship evening at Marieze's on Friday evening. There is a board meeting on Thursday at 4 at McKia's, everyone welcome. 
The meeting ended with Karen winning the 50/50, claiming that it will not be used to offset the cost of her purchase of a ski cabin on Mt Baldy this week but instead will eventually go to purchase some daffodils in please!

A positive meeting to start 2015 as we met and heard from the new owner of our Mt Baldy Ski Resort, Fred Johnston. Myers introduced Fred, President of Baldy Capital Corp, giving us an insight into his very broad based, successful background that included software businesses, commercial real estate and a digital diagnostic center, primarily based in Calgary. Although he knew the previous owners of the resort from separate business dealings in Idaho, Fred did not seriously look at Baldy until August and wound up making an offer in October (he claims there was heavy duty arm twisting!). The purchase won't be completed until the property clears the bankruptcy process, likely sometime in April but in the interim, look for a portion of the hill to open tomorrow to start the process of reestablishing Mt Baldy as a viable ski resort.
He shared an interesting skier statistic that dates back to 1977 where there were 44,000 visits to Baldy, biggest year ever, and that skier visit number fell to only 7500 in 2012. The economy, real estate market and skihill competition all factored into that change but Fred is planning on a reversal of the trend and a return to close to 1977 numbers in his 5 year business plan. He noted that returning staff make up 80% of the employees and he has had very positive support and input from local businesses. 
A ski resort needs both a successful ski operation and real estate revenues to be successful and he plans on a good balance of the two. He has 2 partners in support and it sounded like Fred is expecting to have some fun reestablishing Baldy! A thorough, thoughtful presentation and we wish him all the best in bringing Baldy back.
Pres Judy recognized Marieze as returning School Board Chair and Brian announced he has a date of March 11 to donate one of his kidneys to a local recipient....the transplant process originally started with his volunteering a kidney to Judy Sloan and the matching process led to this date - well done Brian!
Reminders of upcoming events included the Board meeting on Jan 29th at McKia's at 4pm and the social hosted by Marieze on Jan 30th. Our program for next week is a speaker from the Cancer Society.
A good meeting!


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