What a perfect day for a Rotary Meeting...ok, a perfect day as well for a lot of things other than saving the world through Rotary with the sun, warmth and at last, no wind.
Even Pres Brian took the time to recharge from the Lobster event so Jim King capably presided. He introduced our 2 guests Ken Campbell (guest of Gordon and prospective member) and Dale Cory (Rotarian with Oliver but now living in Osoyoos).
The meeting was primarily a recap/debrief from the hugely successful Lobster on the Beach event on Saturday. Accolades to the co-chairs Judy and Cheryl - what a job well done. This was by far the best of the 4 years as it ran so smoothly and the responses from the guests were uniformly and exuberantly positive, especially around the food and dancing.
AND according to Jim we made double the money over last year. Once the expenses are all in, it looks like we will make in excess of $15,000. So many Rotarians and supporters to thank for it all...wow! There were suggestions for next year for improvements and approaches but the thought was that if we were to start selling tickets tomorrow, we would be sold out again in short order. Check out Clubrunner as there are pictures of the evening taken by Gordon and posted by Jim - check them out.
Gordon reminded us of our social in 2 weeks (September 29th). There will not be a noon meeting and replacing that will be a gathering at the Owl Pub for drinks and appies between 4:30 and 5:00 followed later by coffee and a tour at the nearby Osoyoos Museum. Spouses and friends are encouraged to participate.
There was also a discussion around the Club supporting a elementary school program that would provide food for a young student in need over the weekend as the school/system provides something during the week. Something in the order of only $20/wk. It was unanimously supported that Marieze would present details at the next board meeting.
Vaughn has sent out a schedule for staffing the Coyote Beer Garden and everyone is encouraged to sign up. The games are predominately on the weekends so easy to make and they are fun to attend. Please sign up for a few games.
In youth exchange, it was reported that Carlo thrived the Orientation Weekend in Penticton and is doing really well in his Oliver host family and school environment. He and Nina will attend a meeting soon.
Marieze gave an update on the S. Africa trip that included more home hosting events side trips...sounding pretty wonderful.
Finally, Lynda won the 50/50 and promptly donated it to the S Africa project.
And Giselle was released to go golfing!