Rotary Club of Osoyoos



May 28, 2015
Planning Session
Catus Jalopy
Jun 04, 2015
jacob de Raadt
Cell Tower
Jun 11, 2015
Jack Newton


Rotary, USAID collaboration improves sanitation facilities in Ghana
According to a 2012 report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, Ghana has made great strides in providing its people with clean drinking water. But access to better sanitation has lagged. Only about 14 percent of Ghanaians have access to improved facilities, compared with the 54 percent target set for 2015 by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Addressing the issue isn't simple, as pit latrines need emptying, toilets need maintenance, and promoting hygiene requires education. The H2O Collaboration, a partnership between Rotary and the U.S. Agency for International...
How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
Korean sailor makes waves for End Polio Now
Enjoying calm winds and peaceful Pacific waters, Seung Jin Kim dove off his 43-foot sailboat, the Arapani, to swim with some dolphins nearby. The serenity that day near the equator was a stark contrast to the 60 mph winds and 23-foot waves he had to fight around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. But Kim, a veteran sailor and member of the Rotary Club of Seokmun, in Chungcheongnam, Korea, expected such challenges when he set out in mid-October on a 25,600-mile journey around the world. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kim is using the trip to raise awareness and funds...
Monrovia club’s Ebola fight not finished
After the first cases of Ebola reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia, last June, local Rotary members feared that the city's limited health care system wouldn't be able to contain the highly infectious, often-deadly disease. Those fears were realized when infections quickly multiplied, underscoring the speed with which Ebola can spread in an urban center. It was the first time the hemorrhagic fever had threatened a major city since it erupted in West Africa last March. Now, after months of crisis-level response, and with the number of new cases declining, club members are looking to the long...
Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...

Club Information

Welcome to our Club!


Building Communities Bridging Continents

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

Home Page Stories

Past President Brian called the meeting to order since President Judy was absent. There were 15 members in attendance and 2 guests, Ely and Romero who look after our email club.
Brian introduced Ely Contreras – Vermeulen as our guest speaker for the meeting.
Ely told us about a book called “Children of Sanchez” which focused on the plight of a father of seven who due to the deplorable conditions had no choice but to work in the fields harvesting “White Gold” sugar cane. They average $15 per day, there are over 2.5 million people working these crops every day.
Alcohol, drug, spousal and child abuse are prevalent in their country. What is their FUTURE?
“Project Amigo” is a project that gives these children HOPE through education and medical supplies that help to change their lives. In order for the children to attend school they need to learn Spanish and attain an 8.5 grade point average out of 10 every year to stay in school.
Project Amigo was founded 30 years ago and volunteers are their life line. There are two weeks in 2016 that are Rotary Service Weeks. Jan. 24 -31/16, Cater a Humanitarian Work Week to the skills, talents and interests of your Rotary Club. Feb. 14 – 21/16, Cater a Humanitarian Work Week to the skills, talents and interests of your Rotary Club.
The club voted to turn over the proceeds of our 50/50 to the trust fund we set up at Interior Savings and Credit Union for Deb Peach who was the Burnt Out victim of the Sunshine Cove condos on May 1. Deb was the only victim that was left destitute and with no insurance. Unfortunately her husband died of Cancer at Christmas time. They exhausted their savings trying to find alternative ways to fight this terrible disease to go into remission and then have it come back. Ron won the 50/50 and donated it to the trust fund and so did Bill. Donations were received from Karen H and Pam C at the same time. I checked the bank when I made the deposit on Thur. May7, and there was close to $500.
If you have donations for the Golf Tournament please contact Brian. All members please contact the people you have previously gotten donations from since you have the repor. Make sure Brian knows so we don’t duplicate the contact.
Remember Fri. May 22, at Marieze’s for a social and induction of our new members. Let Judy know if you are coming.
Please let Jim King know if you are planning on going to Kelowna on June 19, coming back June 21 for the Rotary District Conference. He has made arrangements to have a bus to drive us if there is enough people going and if there is not enough we can offer a ride to Oliver.


President Judy introduced our guest for this April 23rd meeting, Keith Lacey of the Times and recognized Jeff and Roger for their 12th anniversary with Rotary....they were both charter members of this club in 2003. Great to see Elly and Ramiro back with us. She also shared the award given to our Club as the Outstanding Community Group Award by Osoyoos Council...well done!
John gave an update on youth exchange, spending the weekend in Chelan with our outbound student Nina and 45+ other inbounds/outbounds and was reminded why this program is so successful and worthy. Also our inbound coming in August, Camille Buisson, was confirmed so we are now in touch with her and setting up the host families. 
Brian commented on how well the large auction item at last year's golf tournament was received by the successful bidder, was the Grey Cup tickets and accommodation supplied by David Perehudoff who really went over the top to make it so great. 
Our speaker was CJ Rhodes who spoke to us in his capacity as a succcessful 3rd term Osoyoos Town Councillor. His stated vision in his role is to maintain and improve the quality of life locally through leadership and he described how he approaches this with principles of transparency and clarity, collaboration in decision making and conscious sustainability planning. 
CJ brought us up to date on 3 current issues which were the future of the airport, the retaining of the Home Hardware Bldg business through 2019 and finally the National Park, of which he is a huge proponent. A good presentation!
Roger is recently returned from Honduras and gave a positive update us on the school project. He will speak at a future meeting but when he left, the school was 75% completed and fully funded for the balance.  
The Chamber of Commerce Business to Business session that replaced last week's meeting was a huge success. McKia's appetizers were great, as was the wine supplied by Maverick. The Times has a good story on that in this weeks edition.
Finally, add July 2nd to your calendar of a busy May/June for Rotary events as it is the Installation dinner for the new executive. 
Enjoy the sunshine!

Our Easter Meeting in honor of bunnies and pancakes everywhere! Even our Pres Judy was in the spirit with the cutest wabbit ears! 
First on the agenda was a welcome to 3 new members, Donelda Wood, Jean Velyan and Eileen McGinn. Yay! Our guest speaker was Tamara Aspell and 'regular' guest Richard McGuire who received positive reviews from members on his coverage of last week's speaker Chief Louie. 
A reminder that the club is hosting the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce Business-to-business event on Wednesday April 16 at 5:30, in lieu of Thursday's noon meeting. 
Tamara Aspell talks to us annually but this is the first in her new position of Executive Director of Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Center. Our club has supporting the center with funding for some time as well as some programs directly and Tamara's talk confirmed that we clearly should continue that support. She manages directly and indirectly 13 community programs from a safehome for women and children, to counselling for women, men and children, to the Better at Home program. Funding is a huge part of these programs and Tamara's job and despite the constant cutbacks, she presents a very positive, upbeat attitude and somehow makes it all work. Amazing! She is currently working towards her BA in Child Youth Care at UVIC. She has 3 kids, the oldest of which is Teagan, Osoyoos Royalty Queen and will be a strong applicant for our outbound YE student next year. Tamara is a good friend of Rotary!
April is Cancer Awareness Month and Jeff is leading the local effort for fundraising with sales of Daffodil Pins. They will be readily available at most local businesses so Jeff is giving fair warning that pins must be visible at this months meetings...or dire consequenses!
Also the Daffodil Dash is on April 26th starting at 10am from Lions Park and is a 1km walk, 5km and 10km run for individuals and teams. Check their website for more details.
Finally, the Easter pancake breakfast is evidently on task for an 8am serving time on Saturday. Special thanks to Ron and Cherle for extra volunteering in getting the grills and coffee there early...may be a 'crispy' temerature at the start. Also Karen H for juice donations from Buy Low and then volunteering to refrigerate the cooked bacon....if only her attendance were better she would be a shoe in for Rotarian of the Year, eh?
The 50/50 was won by Eileen...hope she doesn't get the impression that Rotary is an income source!
Happy Easter!


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Membership Director
President Elect
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Programs Director
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President Nominee 2016-2017
Youth Exchange
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