A great meeting today, so pay attention as there is a lot here to take in!
President Marieze introduced guests/near members Tracy and Elly, and speakers Ken Clarke and Tracy McFadden and Richard McGuire, following a riveting Oh Canada.
First of all, an update on our Fort McMurray donations. Last week Marieze passed a box around and the members present contributed $700 for the fire victims. Any additional donations this week will be added and the total will be matched by the club and forwarded to their Rotary District for distribution with matching grants. Well done!
Marieze also updated us on South Africa, both the project underway now and the visit by members next January. There are really good pictures on the Rotary Club of Franschhoek Valley Facebook. Check out the good progress on construction of the pre-school building (creche) on which we will be providing the toilet facilities. The first 3 toilets have been ordered and our club has sent the money.
In other undates, we are looking for host families for inbound YE student Carlo Geat - let Marieze or I know if you have interest or questions, and the VTT (Vocational Training Team) from Australia arrives next Friday for the weekend...there will be an opportunity for us to meet them at an informal social on the Saturday evening so mark your calendars and more information will follow.
Marieze also presented a Paul Harris pin and award to Bill Lawrence. This is his third! In his acceptance Bill confirmed that he and Lenore will be leaving Osoyoos soon to take up residence in Penticton to be closer to their 2 daughters and health resources. They both will be missed.
Harold then shared highlights of this past weekend at the Rotary District Conference in Yakima. He attended with Audrey and 500 other Rotarians to hear great motivational and humorous speakers, participate in fellowship events and watch a moving Youth Exchange presentation by all the inbounds, highlighted by a video presentation prepared by our own Camille. He also brought back a plaque and award given to one Rotarian in each club in District 5060....our humble and honoured recipient member was very appreciative!
An excellent speaker presentation followed. Tracy McFadden, Executive Director of the Desert Valley Hospice Society and Ken Clarke, President of the Board of Directors tag teamed an impressive and informative talk. Ken noted that the values of DVHS and Rotary have a good deal in common with health, activity and engagement being essential. DVHS provides hospice palliative or end-of-life care for those in need in Osoyoos and Oliver within Interior Health. Based in a supportive care centre in Osoyoos, the Society educates and trains some 35 volunteers in delivering care and programs to those on life ending journeys, their caregivers and the communities in which they live. They offer many programs such as advance care planning facilitation, bereavement and grief support.
Like most non profit groups, DVHS could use financial support from Rotary but Ken also suggested that there were other ways in which our 2 organizations could join to service the community...a worthy challenge to the club.
A good round of happy bucks and Elly won the 50/50, donating it to Fire victims.
For your calendar then:
May 27 Social for Ramiro's birthday
May 28 Social for the VTT
June 4 Cactus Jalopy Beer Garden
June 11 Rotary Golf Tournament
June 27 Club Installation of Executive
July 1 Canada Day Pancake Breakfast
Pres Marieze ended with the quote "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless" from Mother Teresa. Actually these were the close to the previous meeting but worth repeating!
The first May meeting was a good one...even if the singing of Oh Canada was abysmal! Pres Marieze introduced our guests which included our speaker Laurie Myres, 'near members' Giselle and Althea and our youth exchange was well represented with past outbound student Tiana Smith and of course Camille.
Laurie is the Support and Education Coordinator for the S. Okanagan/Similkameen (Summerland to Rock Creek) for the Alzheimer Society of BC. She is an excellent speaker and obviously very invested in her role as evidenced by the member interest and number of questions. Laurie first defined the scale of disease in BC, currently at 70,000 that are known with another 30,000 that are not diagnosed or identified and while we think of Alzheimers as an 'old' persons disease, 10,000 of those are under 65. Alzheimers is the most common form of dementia, which is an overall term for symptoms caused by brain disorders and it is irreversible, destroying brain cells and causing cognitive abilities and memory to deteriorate.
She stressed that at the earliest signs of potential dementia, seek medical help to both define what the disease is and if appropriate start a drug program (one of 4 available) that could help in slowing down its progression. People can be very high functioning in the early stages.
Laurie suggested that all of us can initiate a brain health program ourselves..now. They include protecting the brain (helmets etc), challenging it (doing things differently), monitoring heath as in knowing your numbers ( blood, sugars etc) and exercising, staying social. Sounds like Rotary...except for the helmets.
We should have her back...note to the new Program Chair (Mike) and in the meantime check our their website at www.alzheimerbc.org.
One final note of interest is that the countries with the lowest incident rates of alzheimers are India and Pakistan and the notion is that there is a relationship with diet, so bulk up on your tumeric and cumin!
Tiana updated us on her time since Finland 4 year ago. She just completed her 3rd year at UVIC in kenisiology and has some upcoming decisions on specialization in her field. Great to see her back. Camille reported some prowess in soccer with 2 goals in the past week and then a goal in hockey...and she does not play either!
Linda won the 50/50 and yet again donated it to the S. African project. And speaking of that project, 3 toilets (of the 20) that we are sponsoring are being installed this month.
Following the meeting Marieze led an initial planning session for members thinking of travelling to S.Africa to inspect our international project. Looking very positive with 13 members/friends considering it, leaving later in January next year for 3 weeks.
Dates to note:
June 4th - Cactus Jalopies
June 11th - Rotary Golf Tournament
June 27th - Installation
July 1st - Pancake breakfast
A great meeting and one of the first in Osoyoos history in which we did not have at least one guest! I am not suggesting anything around our guests but the 'Oh Canada' was better than the norm.
On notices, this Saturday night is the Oliver Club fundraising dinner and there are a few tickets left - we have at least 2 members attending. Also, the Cancer Daffodil Dash fundraiser is on this upcoming Sunday and are looking for volunteers - contact Eileen McGinn if you can spare a few hours. Also, our District has designated local food banks as a priority and we agreed to support the notion and bring donations to both the meeting next week and the social which follows...stay tuned!
Our scheduled speaker bailed so we were fortunate to call on Mike Brousseau to give his vocational talk...very short notice but job really well done. Mike is our newest member. Despite his good looks and demeanor he admitted he was an Ontario boy...northern originally. Sports played a large part of his life with; basketball, both as a player and coach in which he excelled, wind surfing in which he was very proficient, golf in which he shows strong promise, and squash in which he sucks. If pancake flipping ever gets to be an Olympic sport, we have a contender!
Mike was a teacher, primarily in PE until the AID's issue arose in the 80's where, after an teaching exchange for a year in Australia, he became the poster child for health and sex education, developing and delivering a curriculum to a needy teacher audience. Some fun stories. He retired to Osoyoos with Anne Marie (but really to ski with Harold and I ) and to enjoy his 3 kids who also chose BC as more desirable to live in than....
So, now pay attention to next week's schedule. There is a noon meeting with guest speaker NDP Education critic Rob Flemming PLUS an evening social at the Osoyoos Yaught Club at 5:00 at which Marize will present our first $5000 to Janice Perrino of the SOS Medical Foundation for the new Patient Care Tower in Penticton. This is our major community project for the next 5 years so a good start.
So, plan to attend both but only bring a salad/desert to the evening function..it would help if you let you Marieze know what you are bringing so we don't duplicate. Brian will bring the BBQ protein and Mike is coordinating the venue. Some prep and cleanup is requested.
There was an update on this past weekends Youth Exchange event in Chelan where our club's outbound student Sylvia and our inbound Camille (plus sister Albane) participated. All 3 did great! It was noted that our Rotary District is the largest and strongest participant in YE in North America...safe and successful exchanges. Sylvia is heading to Heiligenhaus in Germany in August. AND, our inbound student for next year is Carlo Geat from Trento Italy. His bio sounds fantastic so think about home hosting? Note also that Camille will be 17 this Saturday...we will celebrate at the BBQ!
Lynda won the 50/50 and promptly donated it to the SA project (Marieze will be sending out a meeting announcement for those thinking of participating in January).
Marieze closed with the quote 'nothing can dim the light from within'. Worthy!