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We were treated today with a presentation on the SOCC (South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce) by the President, our own Holly Plante! Holly gave us a really great presentation on a portion of all that the SOCC does to promote and support businesses in Osoyoos, Oliver and Okanagan Falls. The SOCC is a non-profit business association made up of 9 directors, 3 from each community, representing over 300 members. Holly shared stats with us that showed that 82% of residents believe that the COC does help the economy so a high level of credibility exists.
Priorities for 2013 include reaching out to the media; calling on businesses (each director will visit 25 member and 10 non-member businesses) to take a 'health check' and input; they will meet with all 3 Town Councils in support of economic development; build community ties between the 3 communities, promote a shuttle system, work to avoid protectionism while facilitating all stakeholders. They will also continue to support local events, such as the Slow Food Festival this weekend, including outlying communities like Keremeos and the Similkameen.
2013 will also see the SOCC raising awareness for a more 'open for business' policy for new businesses; promote the National Park and hosting and sponsoring a long list of events that bring prosperity such as the Festival of the Grape, Oyster Festival, business excellence awards, 10 annual B2B mixers, all candidates forum (last week) and business planning seminars. Whew....good thing they have such a talented, energetic President!
Other Rotary news included Cheryle announcing a wine sponsor for the Lobster Fest and a committee meeting for next Wednesday at 1 at the golf club; golf and Cactus Jalopy updates and a Board Meeting for May 1 at 5:00.
Craig and Janice are both members of the Oliver/Osoyoos Search and Rescue and Craig announced that there is a great fundraising dinner and auction at the Watermark on June 14, and we can get the tickets ($60) from them. Craig won the 50/50 so only needs to buy one more!
Finally, a reminder that our Isadora is starring in the school's musical performance on Friday and Saturday nights at the mini-theater and invites everyone to attend....admission by donation to the drama club.
Pres Dennis welcomed the 12 members and 3 guests to the meeting with special welcome to Honorary member Judy. Updates were given for the golf tourney, Lobster Fest and Cactus Jalopy, all moving forward under very capable leadership!! Jim introduced the $50 Splash Park tickets that will be available through Vaughn - we are expected to sell 40 tickets at a minimum as a club.
Brian introduced a return guest speaker, Nancy Katerenchuk, who is the President of the Osoyoos Festival Society. Nancy is in her 3rd year as President and she read us an update on the past year. This is a non-profit society of 16 members who sponsor 3 seasonal events in Osoyoos; the Easter Eggstravaganza (19th year), the Cherry Festival (65th year) and the Christmas Light Up parade (25th year). Obviously a tremendous amount of volunteer time has been donated for an amazing number of years. The focus of all events is on children and their participation is encouraged. They have a budget of $24m and have various sources of revenue including most service clubs in Osoyoos...except Rotary, evidently!
Isadora described her weekend in Naramata with all the inbound and outbound youth exchange students. Why do these all sound the same over the years when it comes to sleeping habits? They never sleep! There was swimming (yes, she did...I have pictures), games, social and the proverbial tears. She had fun! The picture included is of Isa and those members who wore anything resembling the Brazilian national colors of gold and green. Obviously not a wardrobe fav color of members!
In case you miss the Firemen's Oyster Fest Saturday, think about attending the Chamber of Commerce Osyster Brewfest April 19 at Spirit Ridge....$25.
Thanks for all you do in Rotary!
Today we were pleased to have Joan Chambers and Mary Kiviste with us from the Literacy Outreach Centre and Okanagan College. These ladies shared a frightening statistic with us that 42% of Canadians have challenges with reading. In order to support children with literacy issues these ladies go above and beyond to bring programs through Literacy Now to the South Okanagan and Similkameen. This is a partnership program with School District 53 offering key programs such as one on one reading to children who need additional support reading, tutoring, and also community bookshelves. Funding has been cut for this program and they are in need of $4600 in sponsorship funding to keep this program alive. Several Rotarians have stepped forward to volunteer which will be a tremendous help.
Marketing for the Golf Tournament is almost all printed so if you haven't picked up your sponsorship forms, posters, and brochures yet please do so at the next lunch meeting.
Pres Dennis opened this 1st April meeting with some reminders and updates. The District Conference is one month away, May 2-5 in Kamloops. The 2nd golf committee meeting yielded an impressive poster that everyone is encouraged to display and registration forms are now available....next meeting is next Thursday at 5 in Doug's office. The Lobster on the Beach committee met for the first time this week, confirming the Sept 7th date, same price of $65....Cheryle will advise us when the next meeting is. Jim will have the $50 tickets for the Splash Park at next week's meeting...oh yay!
A new notice from Isadora was for the OSS Musical Review taking place April 26/27 at 7pm at the Mini Theatre. Isa has a prominent role, is practising hard and feeling like it will be a very entertaining presentation. There is no charge but donations to the Drama Club would be appreciated. I'm going!
Brian introduced Lee Sappach, GM of the Osoyoos Golf Club, to give us a history and overview of the club. Lee's own golf history began in Prince George playing and working at the course until he turned pro there in 1986. 7 years later he took on the head pro job at Osoyoos and ran the pro shop until moving into the GM role in 2011. Over that time he saw the club move to 18 holes in 1994, 27 holes the next year and to a full 36 holes in 2000. The present club house was also added in 2000. In 2008, membership was over 800 at the peak - then the recession hit and golf everywhere suffered financially. Current membership is now only just over 500 but with dues increases and better green fee revenues, the club could show a minor profit. Lee shared a few other fascinating facts, such as there were 63,000 rounds played last year, they employ 85 full and part time employees at peak times, 1.4 million gallons of water (effluent!) are needed for one days watering, and the club can support 440 rounds of fun in one day!
Brazilian colors are gold and green....Dennis would like to see lots of gold/green at next meeting!
Marieze held the winning 50/50 ticket and thoughtfully donated it to the Osoyoos Scholarship Foundation.
It will always be a good meeting when we get to welcome a new member and this was the case today when President Dennis inducted Chris Lown. Linda is Chris's sponsor but as she had to miss the meeting, Brian represented her well ....we now have 21 members! Chris has already been very active in the club and will be a tremendous addition. Welcome Chris!
There was no formal speaker but unaccustomed as he is in public presentations (!), Ron stepped up and gave an interactive and informative update on how a snowbird keeps a perfect attendance record. Ron has been 100% in the six years with this club while spending a portion of the winters in either Mexico or California. Most of the make-ups are done with clubs local to where he was, often spreading the attendance around to various Rotary Clubs but this past year in Hemmit, he favoured one club, San Jacinto, and then when necessary Ron would access the online option for make-ups preferring E-Club 1100. Either way, Ron maintains the effort is totally worth it, enhancing his overall Rotary experience.
The balance of the meeting centered around notes from the Board Meeting minutes distributed earlier. Harold clarified the scholarship issue reminding us that the $1000 scholarship that our club gives each year goes directly to the receiving student on proof of attending post secondary school and while it can go through the Osoyoos Secondary Scholarship Foundation, it does not need to. Other donations to the foundation such as those given from individuals and the 50/50, go to the Rotary Club of Osoyoos account within the Foundation and is held there until we decide how to distribute it, and tax receipts are given for those donations. The next club social will be May 30 with an evening of BBQ and pool at Jim and Cheryle's complex. June 27th is the Club's new executive installation at Walnut Beach so mark your calendars. 2013 is the 10th anniversary year of our club and Ron is planning huge WOW celebrations for that night. Other reminders included the District Conference in May, a lobster dinner organizing meeting next Wednesday at 1:30 at Wildfire Grill and the Osoyoos and Oliver combined Mayors Breakfast April 19 at 0730 at Valley Congregational Church.
Very appropriately, Chris won the 50/50 ..... and donated it to the splash park fund.
Next week's meeting speaker is Lee Sapach from the Osoyoos Golf Club.
Pres Dennis opened this 2nd day of spring meeting with some business items. The Cactus Jalopy event needed a Co-Chair to shadow Cheryle and Linda beat the volunteer rush and took it on. The $100 Foundation donation expected of every Rotarian is due by the end of March....please? A sample of the Splash Park tickets were shared - these are the $50 tickets that we are managing in partnership with the SP Committee as a fundraiser for the park. Our obligation is to sell 40 of the 400 tickets and manage all the sales/receipts. A draft of the golf tournament poster was introduced for approval and input - it was well done! We were reminded of the district conference May 2-5 in Kamloops and the Rotary Club of Oliver's auction dinner and fundraiser on April 13.
Brian introduced our guest speaker Pastor Phil Johnson. Phil has lead the Baptist church in Osoyoos for the past 4 years, a Pastor for over 9 years and a former Rotarian. He gave us an update on the community activities that they manage and support. The meals-on-wheels program involves 16-18 volunteers and is delivering 130-150 meals per mo. The food bank operates once a month and delivers food supplies that last 4-5 days to families in need, 104 in February and over 1800 in 2012. The church manages the BC Transit operations and needs in Osoyoos. Ridership is up 17% and they are working towards the goal of a regular Osoyoos to Enderby transit capability. Phil also referenced a partnership with the Abbotsford Church to feed immigrant workers - they fed 6-700 workers dinner during one week last summer. He acknowledged the significant 'difficult attitudes' they encountered with the workers and will try to figure out how to reach them with the kindness that everyone deserves this next summer.
Phil had his 55th birthday yesterday. It was celebrated with a 'kindness intervention' which involved friends and family members gathering to give him direct feedback on all his good deeds and acts of kindness that they had witnessed - Phil challenged us to do the same with our members and friends. Great concept and something for us to 'remember'.
Happy Bucks included an invitation from 'just returned' snowbird Ron to participate in his Jazz Appreciation course beginning April 9th for 4 weeks ....see Ron for details but i can attest it is excellent!
Linda won the 50/50 - she is on a roll! It was donated to the splash park.
This Spring meeting had 13 members and 3 guests hear a very compelling, articulate Gem Munroe share with us an amazing humanitarian story. Gem, an author and school teacher, is the founder of the Amarok Society along with his wife and 2 children and they have lived in Bangladesh since 2005. There are 175 million people in Bangladesh living in an area 1/6 the size of BC, and it is home to some of the worlds worst poverty and slums. The Amarok Society brings a revolutionary solution to the chronic issues of illiteracy, poverty, and health in these slums by teaching the mothers how to read and write in their local language, English and math, and also life skills such as health, nutrition, child care, conflict resolution and more recently as the result of support from Canada, sanitation and water purification skills. The mothers, many of whom have never before even held a pencil, attend school every day for 2 hours. They in turn, teach their own children and those of neighbours....the vision is 'Teach a Mother, Change the World'.
Gem is back in Canada for 4 months on a tour to raise awareness (and money!) through the sale of his books and talking to organizations like Rotary....if Rotary can take on Polio, perhaps this project is just as worthy and doable? Prior to founding the Amarok Society Gem worked with families and communities in Canada's North.
In other business, it was noted that the Coyotes won their series against Kelowna with a victory in double OT ....record beer sales and tips! They now face the North Okanagan team with 2 away games, returning home for Monday and Tuesday Games. The Lobster Fest (Sept 14) and Cactus Jalopy (June) events were confirmed with Cheryle chairing both. And while we are on a Cheryle theme, she won the 50/50 draw!
The weather is constantly changing. When I go to school in the morning, there’s actually light in the sky! The days are getting longer and it feels like spring is not far away. There can be cold days, with the morning being below -10, or a huge fall of snow, or long sunny days.
Pres Dennis opened this last February meeting before spring happens next week! We ignored the wet, cool noon and wished all those members in warmer southern climes our very very best wishes! At least Judy finally returned from extended weeks in Cabo San Lucas with good stories and a great tan!
Our speakers were from the OSS Global Awareness Club. Natasha Schroeter, a sponsoring teacher and two students Kayla Turnbull and Shelby Schroeter spoke on the club and their activities. The club has 15 members and has been active for 5 years in the school... their mantra is to 'Think Globally-Live Locally'. They were so close to finalizing plans to go to Cuba to observe rural schools and the environmental and social issues they are facing but unfortunately their plans did not materialize. Fundraising is through Halloween for Hunger (they collect tinned food instead of treats), penny drives and an interesting dinner taking place April 8 where 100 guests representing the world's population attend and in reflecting that, 5 of them are drawn receive a 1st class dinner, 12 eat a 2nd class dinner and the remaining 83 representing the poor sit on mats and eat a rice and lentil dinner. The club addresses issues like bullying and diversity and fair trade and promote themselves in several multi-cultural days. Their current project takes place around Mother's Day and focuses on the micro wave issues. A good presentation and separately, Shelby identified herself as an eager candidate for our outbound exchange program next year!
The Coyotes are on a 3-1 role over Princeton but if they lose tonight away, we will need to staff the beer garden tomorrow night...Brian will let us know.
Brian won the 50/50....always suspect when the organizer wins but we are patient!
President Dennis opened this first March meeting of 12 members and 3 guests with some reminders; District Conference May 3-5, Cactus Jalopy beer garden confirmed for June 8th, the National Slow Foods Festival is April 25-28 for volunteers/donars and our board meeting is 5pm March 14.
Brian introduced our speaker Al Sismey, the Regional Crime Stoppers Coordinator, based out of Princeton. A good part of Al's role is to liaise with communities like ours to improve the awareness of how Crimestoppers works and he did just that! CS has been in the South Okanagan since 1992 and over the 21 years, has received 6,133 tips which led to 784 arrests and over $13 million in recovered property or drugs. Al stressed that they are not part of the police force but are a tested and confirmed anonymous conduit in which the public can supply information on a crime. And they can receive up to $2000 in cash awards for that information. It was noted that in fact, most tipsters (almost 80%) do not ask or receive monetary rewards but do value the anonymity. Al is the only paid employee in the organization and reports to a volunteer Board of Directors. It was interesting that tips can be given via phone, website, texting and even a smart phone app with all being safe and secure technology.
During Happy Bucks, Doug proudly announced the arrival of newest grandson, Allan Lesley Ferguson...might want to remember this for next meeting - something about testing who reads these newsletters!
Hello hello everyone,
Valentines Day! Pres Dennis introduced several guests including Ian Sesson from Penticton Rotary and Maureen Doerr from Oliver Rotary who attended enroute to Seattle with Brian to attend the 3 day Presidents Elect Training (PETS).
Upcoming commitments included volunteers for serving morning muffins to both the elementary and senior schools next week. Marieze is coordinating. Also the One to One reading program is moving ahead with Dennis and John to shadow Marieze in the elementary school over the next two weeks.
Our guest speaker was Bob Etienne, cultural leader, historian and Holy Man with the Osoyoos Indian Band. Bob is employed at the Desert Cultural Center where he gives the interpretive desert tours and leads the desert animal presentations, including the rattlesnake showing. He has worked with rattlesnakes for many years and trained others to work with them but still retains a great deal of respect for them! Bob brought us up to date on some OIB news including the 2012 revenue number of $40mm, the expansion of the RV park to 450 sites and peak employment in excess of 50 people and described a new environmental focus at the Cultural Center. Bob also talked at length about our common responsibility to respect and protect the land, for everyone.
It is Rotary Week all next week. Osoyoos Council has proclaimed it as such so must be! To recognize that and our 10 year anniversary of our Club, the noon meeting is cancelled in lieu of a social starting at 5pm for members, spouses, and several guests. Wine and appetizers will be served and several presentations to the community will be made. The intent is to have fun and generally raise awareness of Rotary in the community.
Linda won the Valentines 50/50 (how appropriate!) and then a board meeting broke out!
Today we had our club assembly with a small but mighty group of Rotarians.
We brainstormed ideas for what we could do for Rotary week February 18-24. Some ideas tossed around were:
- Serving breakfast at the highschool (Marieze will follow up)
- Small booth area at an Osoyoos Coyotes game (Jo will follow up with Randy)
Other items for discussion were:
- Peace through Service - Press Release and how this relates to our initiatives
- Splash Park - Well water testing is taking place and grant opportunities are being explored
- Photo op for Cheque Presentation with Shannon Miller
- Cactus Jalopy - Early June
- Golf Tournament - Brian, June 15. Brian distributed Action Items for all of us to review and update
- Lobsterfest - Cheryle is heading it up again - Sept 15
- Curling - Matthew and Holly - Fall
The last day/meeting in January! Evidently there are not a few of our members already in the sunshine somewhere and a few more have intentions of joining them, so not a large turnout but a 'mighty one'!
Only 3 more Coyote home games needing volunteers and Marieze and Greg will take the next one. Marieze updated us on the One to One Reading Program....a literacy program for elementary school children who will benefit from extra reading help. The Club is wanting to give support so 3 members volunteered to take the training February 8 (next Friday) from 9 to noon. If anyone else is interested, contact Marieze and she will provide the details.
Our guest speaker was the amazing Tamara from Desert Sun Counselling who updated us on changes over the past year since she talked to us last. The club budgets funds in support of all the programs Desert Sun offers to individuals and families and the community, all free of charge and confidential. Tamara noted that 223 women from the S. Okanagan at risk from violence utilized the Safe Home. She also advised us that last year's support from the club went towards the Men's Counselling Programs. Tamara suggested that this year's funding could go toward a new high school peer led program 'Media, Culture and Healthy Relationships' which is intended to help youths build awareness of media's influence by developing critical thinking and evaluation skills, informed choices and recognizing relationship abuses. We were impressed with the program, to be introduced to all 3 high schools in the area.
Pres Dennis advised there will be a Board Meeting following next week's meeting.
Greg shared 3 of his best Rotary moments with us, Janice won the 50/50 and John took the Concert Series tickets!
Today our guest speaker was Chris Wyse with Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. Chris has always been a entrepreneur at heart which fit in so well with his family's long term vision for Burrowing Owl. The concept for BOEW came from visits to Australia to create a full experience in wine tourism. When they first purchased their vineyard in it was abandoned but was full of opportunities and at one point was 370 acres of vineyard. They sold a portion to Sandhill vineyards and also developed a tasting room, guest house, and the Sonora Room Restaurant http://www.bovwine.ca/. They are the 4th largest vineyard in BC with 180 acres. They sell wines across Canada and are now getting into other International markets like the US. Part of their vision was to also give back and be mindful of the environment. The facility uses solar energy, geothermal heating and cooling, and all tasting fees goes towards a fund/society to protect the Burrowing Owl which is an endangered species in our area. To date they have raised over $400,000 for this society and SORCOhttp://www.sorco.org/
Chris gave us samples of a new line of wine they have launched called Calliope which are grapes from other locations.
Great news! The Town of Osoyoos has proclaimed the week of February 18-23 - Rotary Week! Rotarians will be asked to participate in a photo up for a Media Release in the Osoyoos Times.
Nina Kleissen was our guest speaker today from Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue which is a volunteer based organization which covers to the US Border, Grand Forks, Keremeous, and Okanagan Falls. This is one of the largest Search and Rescue areas in BC. They group varies from ages 16 to 73. They train every Thursday at the Community Services building in Oliver at 7:00. Deal with ropes, flat ice, swift water, ground searching...they have several trackers. They are hoping to get a dog to train for Search and Rescue as well. Everyone receives basic training which is Ground Search and Rescue. There are 9 new members ready for training. Avalanche awareness is huge this year, Mount Baldy has a ton of snow and there has already been 2 calls and a couple of people have gone missing. There are currently 35 active members and 14 that are involved every week. Nina encouraged us all to consider volunteers or aiding with fundraising projects.
Today we had a light agenda. We kicked the meeting off with Lynda Waynes giving us her bio and some more information about her. She was born in Montreal where she lived until she was 14. French was being forced on the English in the 60's so Linda's family moved to Calgary and then Linda later moved to Oliver on an orchard. After High School Linda got married and had children, the oldest being 38. Linda is engaged to Wade (we all know the story about how Peter tried to marry Linda and Wade on the spot at the Xmas party) who has 4 children. She is currently the Branch Manager for Interior Savings and has worked for the Credit Union for almost 30 years . Her and Wade love to travel and are off to Italy in September 2013. She looks forward to retiring in 5 years and doing even more travelling.
Our club has had a great year of contributions! Some of our accomplishments to date:
Lobster on the Beach, Curling Event, 3rd Year Partnership with the Osoyoos Coyotes, 3rd Year Festival of the Trees, Coyotes Bursary for an athlete, Shelterbox, Concert Series Donation, Poppy Fund to the legion, and Youth Exchange (Tianna and Isa).
We all shared our Christmas plans which was entertaining and great to hear everyone is excited to spend time with family and celebrate.
Kim Shur was our speaker today representing the Air Cadets for Oliver and Osoyoos. The Cadet Core has been around for 70 years. Every year they host an annual parade but they are looking to do more in Osoyoos. As part of the program students end up getting credits for leadership to work towards the education system. Right now the Air Cadets are headquartered at the Oliver Hanger. Components are air, army and navy. You are able to get your pilots license through the program. Similar to girl guides and scouts the kids get the opportunity to do weekend training involving camping and the outdoors. Kids must be 12 people to join and there is currently about 23 kids enrolled.
Today Isa our exchange student from Brazil was our speaker. Her confidence and passion for life is infectuous! She recently celebrated her 16th birthday. Here is a recap of her presentation on Brazil.
Food: Everyone eats rice and beans everday
Weather: Right now it is the end of spring in Brazil and about +40. In the summer the weather goes up to +50. Winter is about +11
Culture: Brazil is a lot like Canada in the way that they have a blend of many different cultures
National Passions: Soccer (best soccer teams and fans), Carnaval (biggest festival in the world)
She is grateful for this experience for the following reasons: friends, more independent, will try new things, she can make a difference, and speaking English well.
She is really excited to see the snow at Silver Star and learn to ski in December and is currently taking archery lessons, drama, and music. Isa has totally embraced Canadian culture! She is also volunteering at Mariposa with the seniors.
Jennifer G. Strong, DTCM (Alta), DAc (NCCAOM), MAc&OM, RAc
Strong has practiced acupuncture and Oriental medicine since 1996, after completing her medical training at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, www.ocom.edu, where she earned a graduate degree, Masters of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MAc&OM), following an undergraduate degree earned at Mills University near San Francisco www.mills.edu (BA). Upon successful completion of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine's three exams, she earned a DAc designation. Strong completed additional training in advanced acupuncture theory and methods, has studied and taught Sheng Zhen chi gong and currently practice and is certified to teach Kundalini Yoga.
Serving the public and her profession, Strong worked as president of the Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Society of Alberta, chair of the government’s Acupuncture Committee and Acupuncture Program Review Committee, on the government’s Board of Examiners and was a working member of the government’s Acupuncture Transition Steering Committee.
Strong is registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture of British Columbia, and has been a member of the National Sports Acupuncture Association, the National Qi Gong Association, the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong, the Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Society of Alberta, and the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute.
Jennifer enlightened us on why acupuncture is effective for numerous conditions but also for sustaining a healthy body and reducing the chance of illness.
Strong taught in the acupuncture program at MacEwan University and currently teaches weekend workshops for professionals in her field.
Strong enjoys writing and has had articles printed in several prominent publications including Canadian Living Magazine. Strong also enjoys public speaking for various community groups and has appeared on local ACCESS TV programs, broadcast nationally.
Today we two Rotarian guests all the way from Straftford, Ontario, Greg Read and Ian MacLean...Ian was even Justin Bieber's dentist!
Everyone is reminded to bring a Christmas gift to the Christmas Party and ensure the gift is gender neutral.
Councillor CJ Rhodes was our guest speaker today. CJ is married to life partner Lisa and the father of four children. He owns R&R Rentals and is a two term town councillor. He is currently the alternate director at the RDOS, chair of the Waterfront Steering Committee, a supporter of all projects that involve landfill diversion, advocate of shop local policies and projects and, proud to call Osoyoos his home. CJ filled us in on the plans for the effluent diversion system which is sensitive to the communities preferences. The boat and trailer storage lot has been very well received and also the dog park and dog swimming area. The recent charete for the Waterfront Master Plan was a huge success with attention to family, sports, and environmental impact. The trails along the new marina are a work on progress with additional park area. Councillor Rhodes congratulated our Rotary Club for our fundraising efforts for the new splash park. There is an excellent buzz in our community with a number of people and businesses looking to contribute.
CJ emphasized the importance of shopping local for our local economy and sustainability for local businesses and residents. It also generates more jobs and small businesses contribute 1/3 of the GDP in Canada. 80% of all new hiring is done by local and independent governments which is why business retention is so important. He is 140 days of shopping local which takes great discipline but he wants to set the example.
The Curling Fellowship event on Saturday was a huge success! There are many people that want to put more teams in for next year as it is great practice for Ladies and Mens Curling for the season kickoff.
The Walk for the Eradication of Polio was also a great success with all 100 handouts being taken. 7 Rotarians met at the Osoyoos Elementary School and next walked down main street to raise awareness.
Today's speaker was Eric Van Maren the developer for Osoyoos Cottages. Eric and his brother Bernie own the Van Maren Group of Companies, which has been active in all aspects of the real estate industry since 1973. They have been involved in the design, construction and development of over 20,000 homes in BC, Ontario, Washington State and California. Since 2004 Van Maren has completed 3 residential projects with a total of 460 homes on reserve land, and are currently building The Cottages on Osoyoos Lake, a 284 home development on 70 Acres of Osoyoos Indian Band land. All homes in the lower level will have easy access to the beach and the hillside homes will have exceptional views. Eric and his wife, Marion, have 6 children and live in Chilliwack.
A full house....26 members and guests! President Dennis introduced District Governor Doug Everett and his wife Jackie from the Chase Club and ADG Dennis Jacobsen and his wife Jean from Penticton. Pres Dennis reminded us of upcoming dates including the Christmas Party on Dec 6, fireside on Nov 29th and to join him in the wreath laying ceremony Nov 11, Remembrance Day.
ADG Dennis introduced DG Doug who spoke to us as he does to all 59 clubs in 5060 this year...an impressive task! DG Doug is from Chase where he retired as school principal, having also served as Chamber of Commerce President. His talk focussed on the Power of Partnerships, a theme that will extend into the District Conference May 2-3 next year in Kamloops. He cited the partnerships that led us to where we are in the successful fight to eradicate polio, the partnerships with that led to Rotaract being successful with 8400 clubs in 74 countries in suggesting that only successful partnerships will enable us to succeed in the Peace Through Service objectives of RI President Tanaka. He challenged us to avoid 'fixed mindsets', to keep a progressive culture and to continually renew our visioning process.
DG Doug also was also asked to participate in the presentation of two popular awards. The first was a Paul Harris award to Past Pres Cheryle in recognition of all of her tremendous contributions in leading our club to such a positive year in 2011-12. The second was to accept Judy Sloan as an Honorary Member, joining Peter Steele and Jason Bartsch, for all that she has contributed since being a charter member back in 2003 in championing so many fundraising and service projects. Well done to you both! Neat!
Isadora tried to help us in pronouncing the first of the Four Way Test in Portugese, 'Is it the Truth' ....'E a Verdada'...ok, you try to find the 's' and z's' in that! We will work on that and the ensuing Three Tests and she will work on O Canada. Cheryle very appropriately won the 50/50 and donated it to offset Isa's piano lessons.
An great evening Board Meeting broke out later over dinner with our guests.
Jim King gave us an update that the Osoyoos Splash Park is a guaranteed go from the Town of Osoyoos. A company has been selected to build the park and the committee is thrilled to be putting the Park Plan into action.
Today our speaker is Chris Purton his bio is as follows:
Chris Purton, is professional astronomer at the Observatory at White Lake. Received training at the University of Toronto and at Cambridge University in England, coming to the Okanagan as a graduate student from England in 1964 when eldest daughter was three weeks old (the Professor in England chose me to come and work on the project in Canada "because I spoke the language"). Returned to work full time at the Observatory in 1981, had a three year interlude when I was seconded to work at the radio telescope in Hawaii, and retired in 1998 although still actively involved with the Observatory.
During that time he was also an active member of the community, with a particular concern for the future of the region.
When the National Park was proposed in 2003 he joined the South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Network, a loose organisation of people who support the Park and actively promote the idea, with a focus on getting out information about the proposal that is as accurate as possible.
Chris gave us a summary of the following update regarding the National Park status:
This aspect is looking good, and is a major step forward. The ranching community, as represented by their associations, have been mostly negative in the past, but now are interested in more dialogue as a result of a) revisions to the park concept and b) a willingness on the part of Parks Canada to meet their concerns. This aspect is looking better.
At present the Province of British Columbia is the main obstacle. In February the Minister of the Environment, Terry Lake, announced that the Province would no longer support the idea of the proposed park, at least “not at this time”. Support from the Province is essential. Out of respect for the Province’s position, Parks Canada cannot do anything public about the park.
The Province has since been besieged by local organisations insisting the Province must re-engage in the process. This includes First Nations, the Regional District, Town Councils, Chambers of Commerce, Tourism Associations, local businesses, and conservation groups . . . a very strong local push forward.
There remains a local group dedicated to opposing the park, a small group with loud voices.The Feasibility Study, resulting from years of study and huge effort on the part of many organisations, was submitted to the Province in early 2011, and recently made public in response to a Freedom of Information request. It found the park to be feasible and recommended continuing the process of working toward it, backing up the recommendation with much data. The park concept has changed significantly since the draft of 2006, for example in being less than half the size and in meeting the concerns expressed previously. Overall, it is difficult to understand the Province’s action in light of this document.
President Dennis led todays meeting off with reminders about upcoming events and what members need to do about them. First was the Curling Funspiel on Oct 20 - remember this is a fun event for all levels of curlers, especially beginners. There are 6 teams already and we are looking to have up to 20 so register yourselves and guests with Matthew. Next was the Rotary Development Weekend here in Osoyoos Oct 26 to 27. Members planning to attend need to register online and let Vaughn know so he can cut a chegue to cover the costs. Finally, Oct 24 is Polio Awareness day and we will be gathering at the elementary school with Polio signage at 0800.
Ron introduced Ken Favrholdt, Curator of the Osoyoos and District Museum for the past 3 years, as our guest speaker. Ken spoke on the War of 1812, on the 200th anniversary, and how it impacted the west. In 1812, the USA declared war on Great Britain and at that time, most of BC, Washington and Oregon were all included as part of the Oregon Territory and was managed by various fur trading companies with the largest center being Fort Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River. The Territory changed hands between the Canadians and the US until the end of the war at the Treaty of Ghent in 1814 without a shot being fired. The major impact of the war on the West then occurred in the 1846 when all this came together in the Oregon Treaty when the 49th parallel became the border between Canada and the US. And we all agreed that Canada won the War of 1812!!
This was the first meeting or our new exchange student, Isadora Bastos. She was enthusiastically welcomed and spoke about her first week here - she is excited about the year and is working hard at school and making good friends. Isa is hosted by Marieze until early January.
The 50/50 was won by Judy and she generously donated the winnings to Isadora....like Bill and Ron before her!
Roger also presented us with an excellent tip sheet on the signs of a stroke. In his case he was lucky enough to get to the hospital in time. It is essential to get treatment within 3 hours. He was able to walk out the hospital without any paralysis or long term damage. Thank goodness!
October is Polio Awareness month. On October 24 we will be doing our Polio walk with signs.
What everyone says about the Finns is true: they are so shy! They won't come up and talk to you, so I go and introduce myself, but they won't respond unless I ask a direct question. Despite this, I have made some great friends! I am taking a Finnish course every Monday and Wednesday evening and I can understand a surprising amount of what I read, as long as it's about vocab or everyday things. When people speak to me though, I haveno idea what they're saying, because everyone speaks really fast....School here is different from Canada and it's so great. Next week I will have new courses, therefore new people for me to meet. There are also free school lunches, potatoes, meat, salad, a guaranteed warm meal every day! I am of course taking English courses, but also Photography (so fun, we made our own cameras!), Music (playing the guitar and bass for the first time!), French (I can't believe how much I've forgotten since last January) and History (We are studying the World Wars and the Cold War, but I have no idea what the teacher says, even when she talks about Star Wars and Han Solo in the middle of class. Or about her 3 boyfriends all named Mike in the 80s...).I have been to many different events with my host family, hockey games, historical museums, art museums. I saw the King and Queen of Sweden! It was for an event of the Scouts, of which the King is a member or someone high up.My Rotary club here is very supportive and the Rotex are very active, we plan to do something each month. I thankfully got my residence permit, it was so easy to go to the Police Station here, and a week later it arrived in the mail.Yes, I have heard that it is very warm and nice there. Here, it is now officially autumn. It's dark when I wake up in the morning! I will have to start searching for winter boots soon.I do have a blog, but I don't update it, but I will send you emails.I have met so many amazing people here and had many great memories!Best regards! (I would say warm, but you've got that covered),
Yet another warm sunny day in Osoyoos for today's meeting! President Dennis presided and opened with the disheartening news that Roger had a stroke on Monday. He is recovering well though in the Penticton hospital. October is a very full month with the curling event Oct 7, District Training sessions, Rotary Development weekend and Polio awareness week Oct 21 to 27. Ron introduced Chris Stodola as our guest speaker....Chris, a native son, is the Publisher/owner of the Osoyoos Times, founded 65 years ago by his parents in the same building the Times is in today! 1947 was the year and with the finishing of the Hope Princeton highway then, Osoyoos was just beginning to become a town. Chris is a believer in the ongoing need for hardcopy community newspapers even in this electronic era. He shared with us just what a community newspaper is and what it is not. He emphasized the local focus of content and readership and the need to be so selective in the stories covered. Interesting that the newspaper has been fed into Princeton or Wenatchee for printing for some time. He was thanked by members for the support and coverage that the Times has provided for the club recently.
It was announced that Isadora is almost on her way here, arriving on Sunday after 2 long days of travel. Anyone wanting to greet her arrival should be there for her 5:16 flight. Also, be sure to read Tianna's message in this newsletter.
Bill Lawrence won the 50/50 draw for the second week in a row! He made amends by donating it to Isadora.
A debrief of the Lobster on the Beach event broke out following the meeting. Good constructive input into next years fest was noted.
We made a motion to send 2-3 local students to jr RYLA in West Kelowna the weekend of October 11.
The Osoyoos Coyotes 2012/2013 Season Kicked Off last Saturday. All Rotarians are reminded that we will each need to work 2-3 games in the Beer Gardens. Please contact Brian with your availability.
Membership Report: Congrats last month we accomplished 94% attendance last month and our year average is 86%, 14/20 members are at 100% attendance. Doug reminded us that there are many ways of doing a making up. We are all working hard to invite new members to Rotary.
Treasurers Report: Vaughn shared that both of our accounts are doing great and we will net way more than we expected from the Lobster on the Beach event.
Programs Report: Booked right up to the end of December, Brian will take over for Ron while he is away
New Generations: Isadoro is still working on getting her Visa's sorted out but should be here soon and we should have an update from Tiana soon regarding Finland.
The Rotary District also sent medical supplies to Uganda and next areas in need are Armenia and the Phillipines.
We finished the meeting with our happy buck session and all members were exceptionally happy with how well the Lobster on the Beach event went. Big thanks again to Cheryle, Jim and Jo!!! Way to go team!
October 26 and 27 we will be having Rotary Conference at Spirit Ridge! Right in our back yard. We tried really hard to get this conference so it would be much appreciated if our club supported.
Our meeting today was dedicated to Lobster on the Beach planning.
The Game Plan:
10:00 or 11:00 set up and corn shucking - Jeff, Jim, Judy MB, Marieze, Brian, Cheryle, Ron, Craig, Janice, Ryan, Roger and Bill
5:00 Cooks - Ryan, Harold, Dennis, and Mike Plante
Check ins - Danielle, Cheryle, Myers, Judy MB, Dennis
Bar 6:00 pm - Brian and Diane, 9:00 Ron, 10:00 Jeff, 11:00 Doug
Ticket sales - Vaughn 6:00, Roger 7:00, Holly 8:00, Jim 9:00, Cheryle 10:00
Wine Bar - Jo and Jennifer Busman
6:00 - 7:30 all Rotarians not doing another shift will be serving food
Big thank you to Dan from the Penticton Joey's! Go see him at the restaurant and thank him.
Jim reported on the Splash Park project. We have been successful in acquiring a $1500 grant already. The water testing has been very positive on quantity and quality of water and next steps will follow a Council presentation Oct 17. The park is planned to open on July 1st next year!
Ron introduced our speaker, Ryan Sidorchuk. Ryan works for Interior Health, working in the area of patient safety for the past 8 years. He gave us some unsettling statistics on the risks we are exposed to in our healthcare system .....20 thousand patients a year in Canada die from preventable issues in hospitals, that is 2 per hour! Entering the healthcare system there is a 1 in 13 chance that you will have an issue, from infections to human fallibility. His job is to investigate all of these instances and recommend changes or improvements to reduce or eliminate them. His message to us was that we must take some of that responsibility for our own safety and do not necessarily accept what we are subjected to but question, question, question. Don't be adverse to conflict in accepting care...be assertive and protect yourself!
Jeff gave the Rotary moment, giving a past history of fundraising....great ones, good ones and ones to avoid!
Happy bucks followed and then a popular win on 50/50 ....myself! Harold immediately confiscated it for Rotary Scholarships!
-Community Police Enforcement Group (create a new one that involves all community members - businesses, youth, senior volunteers)
-Illegal Drugs (drug prevention, D.A.R.E., drug enforcement)
-Border Control (smuggling issues, organized crime)
-Transient Issues (The Town of Osoyoos agreed to give the RCMP more money for overtime and within a day there was an extra policing dedicated to beach patrol. Important to note that this means that the local officers are putting in a considerable amount of extra time to deal with these issues)
-Gang Issues (RCMP works with local hotels to give a heads up when gangs and Hells Angels are in town)
Reminder! There is a board meeting next Thursday instead of our regular meeting. Instead Cheryle and Jim are having us over for a pool party at 5:00 with dinner to follow at 6:00pm. Everyone please bring a salad. Parking on the road is best.
Brian taught us how to say hello, good day in portuguese which is Ola, bom dia so that we understand some of the language for our incoming exchange student.
Today's speaker is Jack Newton who is a retired Marks and Spencer store manager. He has always had a passion for astronomy and built the Observatory Bed and Breakfast http://www.jacknewton.com/canada.htm which is deemed to be some of the best star gazing areas in the world. He has over 90 supernova discoveries, 6 books that have been published and has received numerous awards including having an asteroid named after him and his wife called JackAlice (3080). He shared some interesting facts with us around the Big Bang Theory which was 13.64 Billion years ago when the universe was created. Also that there is a likely possibilty that there are multiple universes and over 60 planets in our galaxy. He can see 300 stars even in the daytime with his high tech telescope.
Check out some more of Jack's pictures at http://www.jacknewton.com/image_gallery.htm
President Denis opened todays meeting introducing our guest speaker, Brock Paton, past exchange student Corina (2009-10) and outbound Tianna Smith who leaves Saturday for her year in Turku, Finland.
Reminder that the August 16 noon meeting is cancelled in favor of the BBQ social at Cheryle and Jim's place. The Board will meet at noon instead with Denis having to promise Judy it will only be one hour! Also keep that Sept 15 date open for the Lobster Fest. Cheryle will need some volunteers and will be sending sign up sheets for the cooking and bar.
Brock then gave us an entertaining, enthusiastic and professional presentation on the Osoyoos Traditional Archery School. This is a non profit organization that held their first class May 3 of this year at the Rod and Gun Club facility. They started with 8 members and have grown to 49 in their first 3 months, ranging in age from 5 to 77! Brock came from a very successful culinary background on the coast to Osoyoos in 1987 for health reasons and has thrived here. He gave a history of the long bow with interesting stories of wars and hunting going back centuries, stressing that this is not the modern compound bow commonly used today for hunting and competitions but the traditional long bow, and he shared 3 of his own bows with us. He has represented Canada in many meets but is not alone in the club with medals....Shelly has drunk the cool aid and is an avid archer along her 2 sons and is acquiring a trophy case of her own! Brock has a goal of introducing this individual sport to the schools, teaching not only the shooting skills but making the arrows themselves. They have evening classes twice a week and new archers are very welcome.
The keeper of the monies, Vaughn, won the 50/50 to shouts of 'fix, fix'.
We had an update on all of our wonderful events planned for the remainder of the year. Some of the highlights for the Osoyoos Celebrate were shared by Jo. The dinner is going to be a red carpet event at Spirit Ridge with lobster and wine on the Saturday night. The sabering event will be a morning event with sparkling wine and is not to be missed. The whole package will be sold for $150 which is excellent value! More infomation will be available next week along with ticket sales on http://www.destinationosoyoos.com/calendar/141/1163-Osoyoos-Celebrates-Wine-Festival
Watch Facebook for updates on the Osoyoos Funspiel coming up this fall!
Abigail shared with us some of the fundraising her Rotary club is doing for East Vancouver. One of the poorest zip codes in Canada. They have sent a Christmas event for seniors and also a basketball/sports scholarship for youth. They also funded a school in Mexico to support children to produce marketable products which are mops.
Eva and Jeff are doing the Warrier Dash together at Mt. Seymor. Check out the website to see what challenges await them
Ryan is heading to a family reunion with his doggy Charlie to Clear Prairie, Alberta.
Matthew gave us update for our Curling Funspiel. We would be looking at a maximum of 20 teams so 80 people and cost range would be between $20 to $25 per person. The proposed dates would be October 19th and 20th. If each Rotarian is able to find a team and introduce some new people to curling and Rotary this will be a win/win for Rotary awareness and awareness for the Curling Club.
On August 16 we will be having a fellowship BBQ at Cheryle and Jim's place. Mark your calendars and bring your swimsuits and families.
Updates on the Splash Park - 3 quotes have come in with the intention to bring the best quote in front of Council in September to seal the deal.
Our speaker today Patrick Turner the newly elected President of the SOAP, the South Okanagan Amateurs Players. He has been an Osoyoos redisident for 27 years but became involved with SOAP 4 years ago. The first drama group for Oliver and Osoyoos started in 1941. To promote and foster interest and skill in the South Okanagan by public presentation and public involvement in community theatre and productions. They put on two productions per year. They are currently in rehersal for a new performance in October and are already thinking about next springs project. Productions range from Dramas to Comedies to Action. Costs can range from $15,000 or more with at least a 3 month waiting process to get the rights to performances like the Sound of Music. They perform and practice at the school theatres in Osoyoos and Oliver and are excited for the new theatre to be built in Oliver. The current facility in Osoyoos at the secondary school is not ideal due to inadequate bathrooms, soundproofing etc. SOAP is excited for the new Oliver theatre which will serve as a much better venue with the ability to have larger productions with 400 seats.
President Dennis begins his year! 19 attended, including 4 guests, and a club assemblybroke out! A good start to the year with an update and review on the various functions and activities of the club. Pres Dennis opened with comments from RI International President Tanaka on his goals for peace through service.
Vaughan gave his treasurers report, stating that we have in excess of $14m in the bank which is positive but needs additional fundraisers in order to reach our annual goals and budget. He couldn't help himself and reminded us that our annual dues are payable!
Doug will be assuming the Secretaries role soon from Jason...he reported that 8 members had perfect attendance in this past Rotary Year and overall attendance exceeded 80%.There are 18 active and 2 honorary members in the club with several prospective members in the process.
One component of the high attendance is the high quality programs that Ron manages for our meetings. He reported that he has speakers lined up for meetings through September and was looking for a volunteer to look after the bookings when he morphed into a snowbird for the winter months.
Brian reported on the golf tournament and what a huge success that was. The committee did an exceptional job delivering a fun and profitable venue with net proceeds at $15,700.
The Youth Exchange program is in good and active times....Alessandra returns home to Italy July 14, Tianna will be in Finland by the first week in August and Isadora will be arriving for her year by the end of August. There was discussion about the program for the 2013-2014 student given the annual costs and home hosting families and the club will need to decide on that by early September.
PE Brian asked us to note August 16 on our calendars as being the next fellowship event, likely an evening social in lieu of a noon meeting but details to follow.
Cheryle reported that the Aug 4 beer garden fundraiser has been cancelled but the Lobster on the Beach dinner is set for Saturday, Sept 15. Jim and Brian are investigating how the club might provide dispensing at future beer gardens.
Matthew introduced a fun curling bonspiel which will take place in October that we will participate in...more information to come from next weeks meeting.
Doug won the 50/50 .....again!
Pres Dennis opened the meeting on this very warm/hot Thursday to 19 members and guests plus Tianna and
Alessandra. He reminded us of two upcoming dates to remember....August 16 for an evening fellowship at Cheryle and Jims which will be a BBQ/potluck/swim and Sept 15 for the Lobster on the Beach event we are sponsoring with DO.
There was also an update on the water park with positive results on the water testing at Jack Shaw park and it is on the Town Council meeting agenda Mid Sept.
Our guest speaker was Carol Youngberg, speaking to us a president of the Desert Park Exhibition Society. Carol has been a long time resident and active in the community (PP of Osoyoos Chamber of Commerce, and Citizen of the Year in 1994, plus being a charter member of our club in 2003). She led the society to become a non profit which led to the town granting them a 5 year renewable lease which includes all but the center field and grandstand buildings. There are 11 RV sites generating $400/mo.
She laid out their 5 year plan in which this is year 1 and the biggest test involving work on barns, power, water and a new office. There is also a huge effort required to bring the track surface up to standard. The 120 horses occupying the stalls imply this is a success already. Year 2 is planned to have races as a B track along with Princeton and Heritage Park (both Vernon and Kamloops have withdrawn from future racing) plus the construction of a multi venue building to house the betting machines and various functions. Years 3, 4 and 5 are growth and development plans. Ambitious but very doable according to Carol and a large benefit to Osoyoos. Several members signed up to the society.
Judy won the 50/50 draw for an incredible 78th time.....and once again donated the proceeds to the OSS Scholarship fund! She also let us know in Happy Bucks that she was promoted to head all 3 Credit Union branches...congrats!
The picture included is of course Alessandra as she headed back to Italy Sunday morning. A very self confident, lovely girl who had a perfect exchange year... and claims she will return!
Congrats to the Golf Committee for planning our most successful golf tournament in years!
Today's meeting was presided over by PE Dennis - guests included Allan from Grande Prairie and Brian and Chris Rothwell, Alessandra's host parents.
John introduced Ale as the luncheon program - our 9th consecutive exchange student, suggesting it took too long for us to get to Italy as our source! Ale did a wonderful presentation of her year in Osoyoos...only one month left. It was a heartfelt review by a confident young lady in excellent English. She reviewed and thanked her 3 host families and the club. Her year was a full one, beginning with the volleyball team play and travels and included all the trips with the other 5060 exchange students and Seattle (twice), Victoria and Vancouver. She will come back!
The District Conference this past weekend was deemed a huge success....excellent speakers and programs. Our club was represented by Cheryle and Jim, Dennis, Harold (and Audrey), Bobi, Brian (and Diane) and John. Captain Kite Harold was rewarded for his kite building expertise by taking second place! Well done! Thanks to all those who home hosted the visiting 23 Rotarians ....the guests, and hosts, had an incredible evening!
Then there were the reminders for the upcoming club events:
-Saturday is the Show and Shine beer garden event. Fencing needs to be picked up Friday and set up Saturday morning. Let Dennis know if you can help. Then the 2 shifts on serving the beer: noon to 4 has Vaughn, Jo, Brian, Jim and Cheryl and then 4 to 8 shift has John, Judy, Marieze, Ron, Shelly and Jim/Cheryle. Should be fun.
-Golf Tourny next Saturday. 84 golfers to date and while we need more, we need to get folks out who may not want to golf but can attend the dinner and auction.
-June 28 is the installation of the new executive for the Rotary year at the Walnut Beach at 0600.
Finally, Ryan spoke to us about his current circumstances and address stories and concerns anyone might have. Bottom line is that he is proud to be a Rotarian, adheres to the 4-way test and has no litigation issues. While he needs to work through personal issues, he looks forward to being in Rotary and continuing to contribute to our club.
Put on your list to bring next meeting....all your hoarded penny collection (to be donated at the District Conference to Azur Lake, which I think is a youth camp) and still those Buy Low grocery receipts that go to support Desert Sun Counselling.
Councilman Michael Ryan was the program this Thursday and he updated us on council changes since he last addressed us a year ago. He began with a thanks to Rotary for all that we do in the community. He stressed the positive working relationship in council and believed it to be open and transparent environment and sited all the consultative task forces with the community as examples. Sounded like one more is coming with engaging the public on the waterfront development.
His own priorities included recruiting and forming a non-profit housing society to address affordable housing and looking at how the Chamber of Commerce and be more involved with the Town in growing business and the community.
Good discussion followed around the affordable housing issues and the loss of camping capacity in the area.
The golf committee met following the meeting and you will have received a list of reminders from them but the urgent, urgent need is for all members to bring in their foursomes .....we need golfers!
Pres Cheryle presided, reminding everyone that district conference is only 2 weeks away so everyone planning on attending should register online soon. Also the Cactus Jalopies needs volunteers for serving beer June 9th...there will be another sign up email soon. Guests included Assistant DG Chris Southern and his wife and our outbound Tianna Smith.
Ron introduced Councilor Sue McKortoff as our guest speaker and she shared some of her varied community background and first months on the council. Sue is a retired school teacher, a 44 year resident of Osoyoos and her list of volunteer contributions was extensive...most centered around her focus on kids and health and included Chairing the Hospital Board, chairing the Cherry Festival and starting the Farmers Market. Sue was also proud of her involvement and participation as a Soroptimist.
The early time on council has been learning how to be a politician. Lots of surprises! Her two special interests have been championing the repositioning of the weather station to reflect more accurate readings and the creation of an outdoor fitness circuit...both are works in progress. Council responsibilities included representing us on the Regional Library Board.
ADG Chris commended the club on succession planning with Brian stepping forward as PE following Dennis. He also congratulated Bobi on her contributions at the District level, leading both jrRYLA and District Roundup.
A golf committee meeting broke out after the meeting!
Kim Kirkham joined us today from the World Financial Continental Cup Penticton – North America versus the world. This will be 24 of North America’s best curlers against 24 of the best curlers in the world. Organizers are predicting that this event will help put Penticton on the map and will attract over 30,000 people to the area and 9 million viewers. The event is in need of 250 volunteers and would ask our members to consider volunteering. Big name curlers like Martin, Howard, and Jones will be at the Cup. For tickets visit www.curling.ca/tickets or call 250.276.2144. To volunteer please contact Kim at 250.488.5215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tianna also attended our meeting and shared with us some of the Finish she is learning. She is yet to hear which city or town she will be leaving in. Unfortunately Tianna tore her ACL so she is waiting to have surgery and then will need to go to physio for several months. On a happier note - she received her Rotary Blazer with all of her pins which she wore to our meeting.
District conference is scheduled for the last weekend in May – please consider registering!
Our curling bonspiel is back on the table for October and Matthew is in conversations with the Curling Club to get more details.
Today we had a follow up to our visioning session led by our very own Jim King. We have already has such great wins such as leading the fundraising for the new splash park, new events like lobsterfest, and increasing our membership from 20 to 24 members.
He reminded us as to why we did the visioning session and recapped on the 7 categories we worked on. Some action items:
· Bobbi can get more business cards printed
· Holly will look into Welcome Wagon program to work in conjunction with business attraction
· Possible alliance partnership with the OIB to integrate a Rotary Kids Camp with the Spirit Ridge Kids Camp
· Marieze to look into scholarship program for Trades
PP Ryan presided at today's meeting and opening with the reminder that our District Conference is only 4 weeks away and we need to register for attendance and think about the home hosting opportunity on Friday June 1st.
Our golf date is only 57 days away! Forms for golfer registration were shared by Bobi for input and Brian suggested we have a slow start to the donations/sponsors that needs attention.
Our garbage pick-up is Saturday April 28th and we will meet at the Interior Savings parking lot at noon. There will be a social gathering afterwards.
Our speaker was Roger Clinton, just back from his volunteer stint in Milo, Haiti. He joined the Rotary Club of Wenatchee in a water project as many communities in Haiti have desperate issues with contaminated water resulting in too many illnesses and deaths, especially in the young. He reminded us that Haiti is the 4th poorest country in the Western hemisphere and needs our help. They were based out of a hospital and addressed both individual family water needs by distributing plastic buckets with sufficient filtering to provide daily clean water for small families and then a larger filtering system for multi family access. The family system costs $72 and the larger system $800.
He observed a micro lending organization ($50 to start a small business) that appeared to be successful and worthwhile.
There was also interest expressed in chartering a new Rotary club in Milo - would make project work much easier to fund and support.
Roger is planning to return to Milo in April of next year and is hoping to make this one a Canadian contingent. He will be bringing pictures and more information on how we might get involved.
Relay for Life (cancer run) will be held in Gyro Park noon to midnight on June 23rd. Rotary will put in a team so let Shelly know if you can participate.
Judy won the 50/50 for the umpteenth time in a row!
Cheryle introduced Dick as our speaker. Over the past 17 years Dick has served in a number of parliamentary positions. He proudly refers to himself as the constituency focused MP and ever year hosts the Dick Harris Golf Tournament and to date has raised over $500,000 through this event. He was pleased to join us to day to explain that he plans on retiring in Osoyoos so he always looks forward to spending time in our town. Back in Ottawa he makes a point of telling everyone how Osoyoos really is paradise. He is currently on a tour of Canada heading back to Ottawa in a week. One of his major focuses has it been to eliminate the pine beetle infestation and fortunately these beetles were stranded in the North East section of BC and tempuratures we -35 and as a result there was a 95% kill.
He provided us with an update with regards to the recession and how he that we are in great shape in comparison to other countries in the world. We are fortunate to have had a really strong financial foundation in Canada and have managed to build on that and have come out really strong. We have had some substantial job losses but are admist the third stage of our ecomonic action plan which has helped reduce the unemployment rate. Since 2009 there has been over 600,000 new jobs recorded. Being in the 3rd part of the Action Plan we will begin paying off debt and it is forecasted this debt will be paid off by 2015.
President Cheryle opened the meeting on this very sunny Thursday to 13 members. She introduced Ron Leigh as our speaker and he gave a humorous account of his experiences as a snowbird both as a Rotarian and tourist. Ron is serious about the 100% attendance so does make ups wherever he is and if he can't find a local Rotary meeting, uses the online e-meeting alternative. He believes that these make ups truly enhances his travel experiences....where else would he have found the new rules of golf according to 91 year old Rotarian Leo?
Ron led us through the process for doing a make up online, which can be done 2 wks before and following a missed meeting. The link is on our home page and there was a reminder that our club donates $100 to e-meetings so that when we are asked online to contribute, there is no need.
Teagan Adams then joined us to receive a check for $265 raised from Happy Bucks for his Giving Guys fund to build a school in Kenya. Teagan had spoken to us some time ago about his intent to raise $9000 for a new school that he and his family would help build and he let us know that he now has $7,700 raised so is well on his way. A neat project to support!
Mark April 28th on your calendar as our Community At Work project day. Members will meet at 1:30 in the Destination Osoyoos parking lot and we will do our highway cleanup task, followed by a BBQ at Cheryle and Jim's. Many hands make light work!
Reminders for the Oliver Club fundraiser auction next Saturday...would be great if our members could make up a table for a fun night, recognizing that they support our Golf Tournament event.
Also the Desert Hospice Society which is supported by our Club is holding a Hike for Hospice event on May 6 starting at 1:00 in the Oliver Lions Park.
Next week has MP Dick Harris speaking and it sounds like there will be good representation from our local politicians attending....a great meeting to bring a guest!
Jeff's ticket was drawn for the 50/50.....again!
Pres Cheryle opened the meeting of 11 members plus 2 guests with a request that Rotarians submit their annual Foundation support and it was intimated that this may add to potential club citations in addition to the one of 100% retention of members. There was also a reminder to register online for the District Conference which is local (Penticton) and always fun.
Councillor Mike Plante was our guest speaker and he did an a great job of bringing us up to date on Council activities in general and his areas of focus in particular. Evidently there is an orientation venue made available to new electorates (?) in Western Canada as an introduction into the new world of 'politics' which Mike participated in and after exposure to Osoyoos processes and procedures, he is ready! Mike brought us up to date on the very current capital projects and then commented on his areas of focus on Council this year. Those are Child and Youth Committee (chair), Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC ....Jason also serves on this one) and the Pedestrian and Traffic Safety committee.
There was good discussion and updates on the Splash Park. Mike is a champion of this and appreciates the Rotary commitment, letting us know that there is $10m in this year's budget for planning and promotion and then the $94m in the reserve for construction next year. Other questions and discussion centered on the National Park which has positive direction generally and Mike is optimistic and supportive.
Sounds like we can look forward to frequent updates to the club....we know how to reach him!
Ron's ticket was drawn for the 50/50 ....a coincidence? Hmmmm...
A golf committee meeting broke out once the meeting ended!
This week we had a packed Agenda!
Dennis announced our President nominee will be Brian! A big thanks to Brian for stepping up to the plate to follow Cheryle and Dennis.
Brock Jackson from Astral Media and EZ Rock was our speaker for the day. He does the morning show for EZ Rock/Sun FM and manages sales and marketing for the area. He has worked for Astral Media since 2003. Astral has about 80 radio stations across the country.
He has lived in Osoyoos for several years now and has had a chance to build key relationships and has received a lot of support from the local community.
Radio has evolved so much through the years to integrate web sites and social media. This makes communication with the audience more interactive. For example listeners can tune into SUN FM at www.sunonline.ca which links directly to the live radio and also gives the ability to watch videos to compliment the music played.
Cheryle also inducted Jo Knight, Judy Miller-Bennett to our Rotary Club. Welcome ladies! Judy shared that she is really excited to be a part of our projects and club. Jo Knight thanked us for the opportunity to be the first corporate sponsorship membership. From her days as a scout she scared a beautiful poem with us.
Bill his daughter shared and Irish Blessing with the Club.
Dennis also gave us an update on PETS. He talked about the rewarding feeling Rotarians shared being involved in projects abroad when families are so gracious and appreciative of Rotary's support. He also learned more about programs to bring in more membership so that we can take on bigger projects. He challenges all of us to do a little bit more this year and to stick to our services above self motto.
Cheryle wrapped up the meeting by with an update on our projects and events.
Today our committees did their reports. Everyone is encouraged to check their emails for informations on businesses to contact for door prizes for the golf tournament.
March is literacy month in Rotary and they engaged Dolly Parton to be an advocate.
Will be planning an event for April/May for fellowship since the curling event is cancelled.
Year to date our attendance is over 80% and we are hoping to improve our percentage even more.
Year to date we have 9 members maintaining perfect attendance. Nice work!
Treasurer's Report - All is good and we are on side. Dennis and Vaughn will go through the budget for next year.
Foundation Report - It is difficult to make a donations online so we have shared this concern with the powers that be so hopefully this will be fixed soon.
Show and Shine - June 9
Golf Tournament - June 16
Installation Dinner - June 28 (tentative)
Red and White Dinner - Annual Lobster Fest - September 14 (tentative)
See you all next week!
Today was our club assembly
Reports: Judy and Cheryle creating a committee for the Splash Park. First meeting is on March 13, 2012 will find out what the town’s commitment is and what Rotary’s role is. Astral will give us free advertising for all of our fundraising initiatives for the Splash Park. We will need to put together a Press Release for the Splash Park once we have more details.
Not going ahead with the Curling Bonspiel but will do it in 2013
Lobster Fest on September 14, 2012 – Destination Osoyoos have offered to do all the promotions and advertising for us and we keep all the profits for Rotary. Will be at Gyro Park. Cheryle and Bobbi are coordinating.
Kite Committee – Harold and John
Golf Committee update – Want to create a theme to make it more attractive more golfers. Will look at doing more marketing for 2013. There will be a silent auction again and prizes will be donated. Prices won’t be on registration. Would like to increase the amount of registration prizes like (golf balls, snacks, bags). Hole sponsors are $100/hole and look at having signage done professionally. Title Sponsor will be $1500 this year to make it more accessible for businesses.
Also today was the last day for Happy Bucks for Teagan and our club raised over $300!!!
Janice Perrino from Summerland was our speaker today to talk to us about the brand new High Acuity Response Team – HART Program. HART is like a portable ICU unit because we don’t have an emergency trauma unit. Making health care more accessible for rural areas like Osoyoos. This program is based out of Penticton and is transported out as needed and works in coordination with ambulance service. HART will act like a Dr and nurse to stabilize so Drs and nurses don’t get removed from hospitals
Other updates: Happy Bucks $168 to date will continue until March for Teagan
Rotary Leadership Training in Kelowna – 3 separate Saturdays, March 17, March 31, and April 14District Conference – In Penticton, May 31-June 3 – Still time to sign up.
Jim brought in a check for $1000 that he and Cheryle received on Saturday as a result of the Shelterbox display at the Coyote game. Mal Turner was the donor and the amount covers the cost of 1 shelterbox.
After 3 meetings with happy bucks going to Teagan Adams, the contribution stands at $168.25. Jeff won the 50/50 and contributed that to the fund....the next two happy bucks will also go to grow the fund.
Shelly reminded us that next Friday is the start of the playoffs for the Coyotes and we will need to staff the bar once we know the schedule. She is kinda proud of her 'Yotes finishing first in their division!
The program was our newest member Judy Bennett sharing her vocational experiences. She did bring her husband Myers for support - he is a Rotarian with the Penticton club. The listing of companies, hotels, marinas that Judy owned or was involved with was exhaustive both before and after retirement. A successful and busy career! She spoke of the life changes that came from Dale Carnegie exposure and the work that she and Myers do with triathalons - Myers is a long standing rules official.
The attached picture is of the Weekend in the Mountains last weekend attended by Alessandra and Tianna. Can you find them?
These talks are such a neat way to learn about a member and there is always a 'who would have guessed!' component. Brian is a Certified Management Accountant by vocation but has an extensive list of fields of endevors that include road construction, safety management, landscaping, building vineyards and pizzas, fire fighting and United Way. He hails primarily from the Prairies but is well travelled including a 7 mos hitchhiking experience through Europe in his youth but settled here 4 years ago and is loving it. He loves his game of squash and is good at it. Doug is his sponsor.
Dennis reviewed the Board Meeting notes and reminds us all of the upcoming events and fundraisers that are now all listed on the website and this bulletin. The upcoming event is the March 31 Rotary Curling funspiel and fundraiser. He advised that all meetings will now be noon sessions, eliminating the once a month evening meeting.
The picture included is of President Cheryle on Saturday night at the hockey game where the Shelterbox tent was displayed (click on it to enlarge). Our club purchases one or more of these each year to aid in international disaster relief around the world. The cost of each one is $1000 and it supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and essential living equipment while they are homeless. Cheryle and Jim manned the tent and sounds like she attracted some donations...well done guys!
Last regular home season game on Friday and one volunteer is needed to help Brian in the beer garden. Let Shelly know.
Our last evening meeting! And it was a good one with 9 year old Teagan Adams and his mother Chantelle speaking to the club about his incredible project to raise money to build a school in Kenya. With his brother and friends, Teagan started The Giving Guys Club after learning about school issues for children. He shared some statistics:
-26% of Kenyan children aged 5 to 14 are working in child labor
-1 in 10 Kenyan children die before they reach their 5th birthday and 1/4 of girls are married before they reach their 15th birthday.
- 30% of all Kenyans live in extreme poverty (under $1 per day)
These facts sparked a need in Teagan to help so the Club began selling lemonade, doing magic shows, bottle returns, a bake sale and they have raised $2200 since last summer! They need $9000 to build and furnish a school. Their next plan is to introduce Early Entrepreneurs Experiments to schools- they will give classes $100 and challenge them to raise $500 through their own creative projects. Teagan's family plans to go over to Kenya and help in the construction.
We later decided to donate all the proceeds from Happy Bucks to Teagan for the next 3 weeks....$55 was the contribution at this meeting!
Pres Cheryle reminded us that the club will support the Hospice Society by bringing grocery receipts from Buy Low and Family Foods to future meetings as a fundraiser for them.
A board meeting broke out following the regular meeting.
Avery came to our meeting to offer his apologizes for what happened in Thailand and being sent home early. He said he had th best 5 months for his life and made long lasting friendships. He offered Tianna our new outgoing student headed to Finland advice to Tianna to learn from his mistakes in order for the full experience. Avery is taking a job in Penticton with Peters Bros paving.
Our very own John Robertson presented on New Generations: the fifth avenue of service to Rotary. The other four avenues being: Club, Community, International and Vocational. New Generations brings the focus onto youth with emphasis on leadership within Rotary and outside. What is does is it takes existing programs and brings them into the new generations umbrella. Interact (14-18) 10 in our district with an opportunity to start one in Osoyoos, Rotartact (19-30 university based our district has 4), RYLA May 18 to 20 in Narramata (19-30) around $200-$300, Jr RYLA (Pilot Program within district in October, we sent 3 both years, Bobbi is District Coordinator) and Rotary Youth Exchange. Our club is proud to recognize that we have sent an exchange student abroad every year since starting the club in 2003 and we look forward to beefing up our participation with New Generations.
Last week we had Nancy the President of the Osoyoos Festival Society as our speaker. She has been living in Osoyoos for over 4 years now and loves heading up the three major events put on by the Society. These events include: Easter Eggstravaganza, Cherry Fiesta (Canada Day), Christmas Lite-up. The Society raises funds for these events by selling Lucky Draw Tickets, Volunteering at Elks Bingo, and through Town of Osoyoos Grants. There is always a need for more funding as these events grow every year with parades, activities, and entertainment costs. We should all be proud to live in a community where we have had: 17 years of Easter Eggstravaganza, 24 years of Christmas Lite-up, and 64 years of Cherry Fiesta.
Alain Cunningham from the Town of Osoyoos was our speaker. Alain is the current Director of Planning and Development and has been with the Town of Osoyoos for 7 years. He is an extremely well educated man with his Phd in Community Regional Planning and has been a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners for 25 years. Alain and his wife have 200 acre ranch up highway 3. The Waterfront Master Plan was the main focus of Alain's presentation. We each got to keep a copy of the plan images which showed the progression of this plan from 2007 to now. The Marina slips have arrived and now the Marina Plans are moving foward at a steady rate for a spring 2012 completion date. Our club was in favour of more 96 slips as opposed to the current 34 slips. The Town of Osoyoos are in the process of creating the Marina Operational Plan which should answer many of our questions for this next phase. For more information please contact:
Alain Cunningham, Ph.D., MCIP
Director of Planning & Development Services
Town of Osoyoos
Box 3010, 8711 Main Street
Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0
Here is a Press Release we submitted to the Osoyoos Times
Rotary International is a Major Player in the Eradication of Polio in India
Osoyoos Helps End Polio in India
For Immediate Release
January 12, 2012
Today marks a special day in global history. India, until recently an epicenter of the wild poliovirus, has gone one full year without recording a new case of the crippling, sometimes fatal, disease.
Rotary has been the leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since 1988, along with WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is an enormous contributor to this Initiative by matching every dollar raised.
On a local level the Osoyoos Rotary Club raises thousands of dollars every year for Rotary International to help support the overarching goal to raise over 200 Million dollars to end Polio in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria which are the remaining three countries worldwide which desperately need to put an end to this disease.
Non-endemic countries remain at risk for cases crossing over from endemic countries, and therefore immunizations in India and other endemic and at-risk countries must continue. Neighboring Pakistan, which has reported 189 cases so far for 2011, is a major threat to India’s continued polio-free status. Last year, an outbreak in China, which had been polio-free for a decade, was traced to Pakistan.
Cheryle Richardson, President of the Osoyoos Rotary Club comments “We are pleased to be a part of the success of the Eradication of Polio in India but there is still much work to be done and money to be raised to ensure we reach our 2015 target to eliminate Polio worldwide”. The Osoyoos Rotary Club is involved in a number of fundraising initiatives throughout the year such as the Rotary Golf Tournament. These events raise thousands of dollars for local causes and International causes like the End Polio Now Campaign.
For more information please visit www.rotary.org
To get involved please contact Cheryle Richardson at 250.495.7751.
First meeting of 2011! And Alessandra's birthday! An evening meeting (being the first Thursday of the month), Cheryle first welcomed Jo Knight as our newest member and advised that Judy Bennett also been approved. There was a brief discussion around continuing this evening meeting and we will have further reviews with the membership at upcoming noon sessions so give it some thought.
The program was committee reports and updates. Dennis reviewed next years executive and only needs volunteers for Sargeant At Arms and Phone Committee to fill his slate. Dennis reported that we are still well solvent (money in the bank!) but suggested we need to make progress on getting our name out in front of the public in the form of a project and another fundraiser in addition to the golf tournament. Work is proceeding on both fronts with meetings scheduled for the splashdown water park and the bandshell as projects and either a lobsterfest or curling bonspeil as fundraisers.
Pres Cheryle gave an update on the District Conference to be held May 31 to June 3rd. While it is in Penticton, we are part of the hosting clubs so will need to be involved with the meetings and home hosting event. She is expecting to see a large number of members register as the site is open now. Also, a volunteer to head up the kite building committee is needed. Anyone? In Youth Exchange, it was announced that Avry was sent home just before Christmas from Thailand. Also the Weekend in the Mountains event for Ale and Tianna is coming up in early February. Pres Cheryle also encouraged every member to bring a guest to next Thursday's noon meeting to hear Alan Cunningham speak on the waterfront re-development.
There is the dismantling of the Christmas tree Jan 9 at 4:00 followed by a reception.
Today welcomed Charlie and Omak rotarian as our speaker. Charlie was a past president and is currently the District Annual Giving Chair. He shared with us he definiion of annual giving which is giving a minimum of $100 which works out to less than $3 per week. It is very simple to get set up to give annually on the website and all Rotarians are encouraged to consider this option.
The Rotary Foundation is the cement that binds everyone together. The Foundation was established in 1917 with a simple goal...to do good in the world. We are proud to acknowledge the Foundation donates $100 million dollars a year world wide for the eleviation of poverty. To making the money stretch further many grants applied to fund. Half of the money is invested for 3 years so earnings pay for admin and half goes back to district to programs like exchange and scholarships. The other 50% goes to causes like:
$100 mosquito netting for 35 homes to prevent malaria
$1000 deep well in India clean water for 300 people (Did you know - 1.5 million children die a year due to poor water or dehydration)
If anyone has any questions regarding the Rotary Foundation please visit http://www.rotary.org/EN/ABOUTUS/THEROTARYFOUNDATION/Pages/ridefault.aspx
The Dec 1st (can you believe it!) meeting was the monthly evening meeting - 4 guests joined the 10 members for an entertaining meeting.
Bev Grant was introduced as our guest speaker representing the Therapy Dog Visitation Program, a St John's Ambulance volunteer program that provides the benefits of pet companionship to those who are hospitalized or residing in long term care facilities. Bev lives in Osoyoos and provides the dog evaluation and training to the volunteer teams. There are 34 teams in the S. Okanagan but Bev is the only local provider so if anyone is interested in volunteering with their dog, Bev would love to hear from you. The dogs must be at least 2 and have up to date veterinarian papers. She shared several cute stories on the interaction between dogs and seniors.
Our outbound student, Tianna Smith was introduced, giving a summary of her District interviews on the weekend. Obviously she did well and was confirmed as our next years outbound, hoping for a country selection of Norway, Finland or Sweden. She should know which one within 2 weeks.
New member! Pres Cheryle inducted Brian Rawlings into the club .... Doug Matthews is the sponsor. Welcome Brian! Look forward to hearing Brian's bio/vocational talk to learn more but I can share that he does like his wine and plays a mean game of squash so he will obviously fit in well! His 50/50 ticket was drawn by Tianna and they split the $100.
P Cheryle reminded all that the Christmas Party is on Dec 15th at Walnut Beach, is $25 and the Oliver Club will join us. There will be entertainment and one gift/per couple under $20 is required for a gift exchange.
A board meeting broke out after the regular meeting with much needed refreshments provided by Jason.
At Thursday's meeting Pres Cheryle presented Judy with her first Paul Harris certificate and pin. Judy becomes our first female fellow?? Congratulations and well done Judy!
Judy has been contributing since joining the club in 2003 so nice to see it finally come to pass. She looked pretty chuffed with the certificate and the pin looked good on her! Our club now has several PH Fellows including 3 multiple recipients.
As November is Foundation month, it was very timely and appropriate that Judy receive the award now as a large portion of the funding for all the good that Foundation does is from Paul Harris donations.
On this US Thanksgiving Day we enjoyed an excellent presentation by Robert Linttell. Robert is a Penticton Rotarian of 25 years, a land developer with an impressive resume that includes the SOCC and he spoke to us very passionately about the Osoyoos Airport Expansion Opportunity.
Robert began by pointing out the tough economic issues we are experiencing in Oliver and Osoyoos as resort municipalities. He also identified the tremendous growth being experienced in Northern BC and Alberta and the need to take advantage of that growth here if possible. He is currently actively supporting a notion that with appropriate air infrastructure, workers in the oil, natural gas, mining and hydro developments could 'live in heaven and work like (in?) hell' anywhere in the north....heaven is of course Osoyoos! The idea came from Osoyoos resident and expert Tom McHale who owns a business in Edmonton that does just that. He runs charter flights directly to the places of work and believes that if the existing aiport in Osoyoos could be upgraded to handle charter aircraft, families could locate here and commute. Does make sense.
The idea is being pursued and it appears there are no 'insurmountables' as yet. The Oliver airport is not an option due to airstrip restrictions.
Robert asked for our support in letters to the Osoyoos Council - he left support letters if anyone not at the meeting wanted to send.
In Happy Bucks, Doug announced Nicole accepted his proposal!
Last Thursday after our meeting several Rotarians went to Nk'Mip Resort to decorate our Rotary Christmas tree for the Second Annual Festival of Trees. There is no better way to get into the Christmas Spirit this year then to head to the resort to vote on your favourite tree out of 40! In order to vote you can donate $2 which goes to the BC Children's Hosptial Foundation. Last year over $10,000 was raised. Let's see if we can raise over $10,000 this year.
Cheryle also confirmed our Christmas Party on December 15th at 6:00. Dinner will be at Walnut Beach and the cost will be $25. The group voted that Rotarians will each bring a gift for $25 or less to be put under the tree.
Last week our guest speaker was Larry Boan from the Osoyoos Citizen's Patrol. Larry joined the RCMP 1960 and spent 30 years before retiring in 1990 in Osoyoos. Soon after moving to Osoyoos he initiated Citizens on Patrol which is sanctioned under the RCMP. When on patrol most duties involve observation such as vandalism and break-ins. Often the Patrol gives a heads up to the RCMP regarding suspicious activity and tickets to issue. This is a volunteer based program operating from April to October with lots of action in the summertime. Volunteers have radios in the car to call the RCMP. Right now their biggest challenge is getting volunteers. Currently Citizens Patrol advertises in the Osoyoos Times and through word of mouth. Normally they have around 22 people but currently only 13. Anyone can join from age 16 and up. They really enjoy getting the youth from the high school because they have excellent information on offenders.
Roger also gave us an update on the Rotary International Foundation. Of the money we donate 90% goes to projects which are a high percentage. All donations can be done online. The easiest way in monthly contributions $10 to $15 per month.
Mike from the Royal Canadian Legion was our speaker and gave us some excellent background information about the Legion. In 1949 Mike started off as an Airport Electronics Technician. He spent an impressive 32 years in uniform. Mike was able to shed some light for us on how important the Legion is in supporting Veterans in need, raising money on Remembrance Day, and creating over 4500 housing units for Seniors in BC.
Membership is open to all Canadian Citizens providing they pay $5 to join and $40 annually.
Mike is also known as Santa in our community this time of year.
Peter Steele was also honored as 4th year Paul Harris donor. Way to go Peter!
As it was the first Thursday of November, this meeting was a dinner meeting followed by the board meeting. Pres Cheryle introduced Marieze as the program..... she gave an excellent and entertaining update on her role as a 10 year survivor as our School Trustee.
Marieze is obviously passionate about learning, both in her own life and those of children as evidenced by her 4 terms as Trustee and her leadership in the Roots of Empathy program.
We learned of the funding process by the Government that supports our local schools and the changes that are being contemplated. She also reviewed the options that were/are considered by the board to address the $750m shortfall in annual funding. She stressed that the one option of closing OSS would have a huge demographic impact but the current enrollment of 276 students appeared to be stable and can sustain the schools ongoing viability. Marieze concluded with the notion that our community needs to work together to attract young families with the necessary employment opportunties and affordable housing that goes along with that.
It was also noted that Marieze is now the host family for Alessandra.
Our Pres drew the 50/50 draw ticket but somehow missed the joker!
The board meeting followed ...even though the Canucks were playing!
PresElect Dennis presided at this meeting, welcoming 9 members and 6 guests. Guests included Bill Lawrence, Brian Rawlings, Ale and 3 from Penticton Okanagan Club (Bea Smith, Pat Evans and Mike Watkins). Banners were exchanged.
It was noted that Bobi and John were attending jrRYLA in Naramata.
The meeting highlight was the recognition and presentation of a Paul Harris award to Jeff. Well done JD! Timely, in that November is Foundation Month and an important source of funding for all the great work that Foundation does are Paul Harris donations. One of Pres Cheryle's goals this year is to have every member of our club enroll is recurring giving, which goes toward a PH fellow award. (Please turn your screen on it's side to view the photo....sorry Jeff!)
The program was a review of committee reports.
Bea Smith won the $100 pot and generously donated $50 back to our club to be used on a project of our choice.
Pres Cheryle welcomed guests Bill Lawrence, Ale and Chris and Brian Rothwell (home hosts later in the year and pictured here with Ale) plus 13 members.
Alessandra gave us a very confident, informative talk and slide presentation on herself, her family and home town of Thiesi, Italy. Thiesi is a small inland town in Northwest Sardinia, a little smaller than Osoyoos. Apparently cheese is the major product of the area and Ale's family owns one of the cheese factories. Sounds like some samples are in our future? Ale shared several of the areas traditions and architecture and we enjoyed pictures of her parents, three sisters and brother.
Ale loves her reading and volleyball. She plays on a district team at home, so no wonder she is the star of the school team here. She is in the academic program at a high school outside of Thiesi so buses every day....11 subjects! There is one year left when she returns (equivalent to our grade 13) and then on to University ....engineering? She loved her first Thanksgiving here (apart from the b. sprouts!) which she spent in Vancouver with her host family, Stan and Wendy.
A very well done program Ale. We look forward to your end of year presentation.
Judy was recognized for all the great work done on the signage for all service clubs which are now up on all the entrances to Osoyoos. This weekend is the District Leadership conference in Penticton and Pres Cheryle and Jim, Bobi and Dennis are attending. Interviews for our outbound YE student also take place.
Finally, Vaughn's ticket was drawn and with only 3 cards left for the $100 ....he missed the joker! 2 cards next week!
Being the first Thursday of the month, this was a evening dinner meeting, followed by the club Board Meeting.
Pres Cheryle presented a $500 cheque to Tamara Aspell of Desert Sun Counselling on behalf of the club. Tamara spoke to the various programs and needs of the organization and will direct these funds to either the Safe Home or the Men's or Women's counselling programs.
In lieu of a formal program, there were brief updates on club activities and following dinner, we moved on to the Board Meeting. The major and local projects continue to be defined and more information is being gathered. The major projects continue to be the pool, water park and the assembly area (formerly known as the bandshell but needs a more fitting name!).
The Coyotes beer garden license is currently month to month so Shelley took volunteers and has emailed a volunteer list.
The information session for this years YE outbound student was held the previous evening and was well received ....3 girls and parents came to learn about the program and were encouraged to apply. The applications need to be in soon as the interviews are on Oct 15. Ale is off to Vancouver with Stan and Wendy this weekend ....have fun!
Jason's ticket was drawn but alas, no joker!
Ron presented a $1000 cheque to Tina for the Osoyoos Concert Series which was a great help towards the last concert. The Osoyoos Concert Series plans 4 concerts over the course of the year.
Carl Tim joined us from the Penticton Rotary Club. He was a past District Governor and encouraged our club to attend the District Conference in Penticton on May 31 - June 3, 2012.
I also did my member presentation and did my best not to put everyone to sleep. Here are the coles notes on me:
At the ripe age of 23 I started a marketing agency called Freckle Creative. Marketing has always been a huge passion for me...I tend to think in strategy. In 2010 when I was expecting my daughter Hope, an agency I had been working with for a few years called Pulse Group offered to buy me out. I took the buy out option. Now I do contract work or a few agencies like Pulse Group, Niche Media and also do local contracts for Destination Osoyoos, the Town of Osoyoos, South Okanagan Modular Homes, and many others.
In March 2010 I gave birth to my mischieviously brilliant daugther, Hope Alexander Plante. She is wild just like her father and keeps us all on our toes. Most of you have met Hope at Rotary events and you all know Hope's two favorite babysitters...John Robertson and Jim King.
In my spare time I am a Board Member for the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Osoyoos Community Sustainability Action Team, a member of the Oliver/Osoyoos Marketing Consortium, Campaign Manager for my hubby Mike Plante (running for Council) play soccer, and of course I am a Rotarian.
Something you all don't know about me...I a notorious for talking in my sleep and sleep walking. Are you still awake? Haha
Reminder: Tomorrow's meeting is a dinner meeting!
Rick Jones from the Osoyoos Fire Department came to visit our club. He was able to share some interesting statisics with us. Over the last year there has been 196 calls which consist of false alarms, lifts, motor vehicle accidents, possible gas leaks or CO2, and fires.
It was a busy spring for the fire department with two house fires and the main street fire. In April, the Osoyoos Fire Department planned and hosted the annual Oyster Feed selling 400 tickets this year and raising $28,000 for charities such as the Burn Ward at the Vancouver Hospital, Oliver Hosptital, and Penticton Hospital.
A construction proposal has gone out to tender for the new fire hall being built on Highway 97 and 74th.
Currently there are only 20 volunteer firefighters and 32 is ideal. Anyone interested in joining can pick up an application form at town hall. Applicants must have good endurance, strength, cardio and their place of work must be supportive of the volunteer firefighting program. All volunteers carry pagers and are on call 24/7. Volunteers are paid $18/hour for calls and training. Training is every Wednesday night from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm. Please spread the word if you know of anyone who might be interested.
When you click on the embedded photo you will see 35 YE students together for the first time in Kelowna at their orientation this past weekend. Alessandra thoroughly enjoyed it! This is where they get to introduce themselves to the district with the their clubs and learn about the upcoming year complete with expectations and lots of rules! Evidently there are 6 'D's to avoid now.
Ale is with Wendy and Stan Coutu for Sept and Oct but is looking forward to days, evenings or trips out with our Club Members so don't forget to include her in your plans. She can be reached at email@example.com or at Wendy's 250-485-7149.
We begin the search for next year's outbound student this week at OSS. The successful candidate must be selected by Oct 23.
It is sounding like our outbound Avry is thriving in Thailand. His latest note follows:
Things in Thailand are becoming easier as I start to pick up the language and venture out more and more. Already the things that seemed so alien to me are becoming normal. As I just finish my first month here the Homesickness is weaning and I'm becoming more and more open to new things, except the blood and guts soup...that just seems a bit too much right now. I've updated my blog and made it easier to read the new posts. I've been doing video blogs of my adventures in Thailand and they can be found at this address: http://www.youtube.com/TypicalGam3r
I apologize in advance for the few curses in some of the videos. They really are only meant to be seen by my friends who wouldn't care, so viewer discretion is advised. But there will be a new video up sometime this week of me doing a tour of my house here and maybe some of my family members. You can see I've made some friends and I'm having a blast over here. Hope everything is going for yourself and our club back home.
Nine members, one guest and YE Alessandra braved the heat to attend. The scheduled speaker for the meeting was unable to make it so Pres Cheryle led a club assembly with the committee chairs reporting out to the club on activities. So this will be a true newsletter, giving a brief summary of those reports.
There are currently four projects being considered for the major club project. The community swimming pool, a Rotary bandshell for Gyro Park, a water park for the same area and water slides. All need much more data and studying before Judy and her committee can bring them to the club but she is hopeful that will be soon.
The 2011/12 budget was presented and voted on, msc. Vaughn has copies if anyone needs one.
The Christmas Party will be on December 15th at the Walnut Beach Resort so mark your calendars.
The fundraising events are again primarily the golf and Coyote beer gardens. The Coyote games start this weekend and Shelly will be sending out a schedule for volunteers. Club signage is progressing ....just have to reign those Elks in!
Membership is looking good with July at 82% and August at 86%!
An active time for Youth Exchange with Alessandra now in her second week and and we begin to seek out next year's outbound student. Alessandra heads to Kelowna this weekend for her Orientation with the other 34 students in District 5060.
Guest Bill Lawrence drew the lucky ticket but no joker ....he donated the $5 won to Ale!
Pres Cheryle opened the meeting with presentation to Bobi ....her name tag at last! Click on picture attached to verify!
The speaker was unable to make the meeting so Dennis was tagged to share his whirlwind trip to Japan with us in which he and Darlene saw their first 3 month old grandson Noah. Toes and fingers added up and Noah was healthy/happy. There were several fascinating customs to observe and participate in for Japan and in particular to the Shinto religion ....like the 100 day ceremony to introduce Noah to solid food, and shoes and hankies and dogs! The impacts of the Tsunami on power usage were evident. Thanks Dennis and congratulations!
Information sharing followed. One of the outcomes was notice that there will be a meeting of the Project Committee following next weeks noon meeting. Open to everyone, it will initiate the decision process on the major project that the Club will undertake so any and all that can take the time should attend and provide input. Reminders for the first evening meeting Sept 1 at 6 pm with board meeting to follow at 7 and the highway cleanup on Aug 26 at 3:45 at the Visitors Center with a BBQ to follow at Cheryle and Jim's place at 6.
Past Past Pres Ron presided (was in fine form!) and introduced the program which was vocational/bio talks by 3 of our club members. These talks are always entertaining and made so fascinating by the recognition that all our members are so well travelled, broadly experienced, dedicated and fun! Bobi was first up (yes Bobi, your nametag will arrive soon!) She is currently managing the guests and the guesthouse at Burrowing Owl which is consistent with her background in Hospitality Management. She has lived in Western Canada from Vancouver Island to Gimely Manitoba and all points in between. The latter city was where she was President of the local Rotary club. Lots of volunteering throughout her career and was even nominated as Woman of the Year in Kelowna.
Judy gave a vivacious tour of her background which started in Singapore and Bombay, then Vancouver and finally landing in Osoyoos in '93. Judy is a charter member of our club which started out as a morning club in '03. She has a financial background where she started with Interior Savings in Osoyoos, then moved in 2006 to manage the OK Falls branch before returning here as Manager. I think Judy is on 46 committees in our club alone!
Jim was the closer which was appropriate as he was the last of 7 siblings. Vancouver was his base where he thrived in the Carnival business which must have been successful as he retired from it when he was a pup of 42. A series of volunteering followed that included Chamber of Commerce and Crime Fighters and so many other interests that he was named Citizen of the Year for Surrey in 2008. He continues with that strong sense of community involvement here in Osoyoos......could there be a Councilman in our midst soon?
Bobi is missing from the speaker photo .....evidently off searching for her name tag!
Pres Cheryle opened the meeting with perfect attendance pin awards to Bobi, Ron, Dennis and John. Lots of make-ups in that group....well done!
Matthew Tolley was introduced as our club's newest member ....welcome Matthew!
Our outbound student Avry then spoke on his Thailand exchange plans. He leaves Aug 9th for his host city of Udon Thani in the Northeast region. He is (relatively) near the Laos and Viet Nam borders so we hope he gets to tour them both. Maybe even Cambodia! Have a great year Avry. He will let us know his progress and how to access his journal or blog.
Most members brought their laptops or notebooks so we spend the rest of the meeting touring the website and especially demonstrating where to go for a make-up e-meeting so that everyone gets 100% attendance pins next year! Not everyone was able to sign on to the restaurants network so there was some work-around. Fun!
Pres Cheryle announced our first evening meeting will be Sept 1 running from 6:00 to 7:00 followed by the board meeting. This is a trial of evening meetings on the first Thursday of each month and is intended to expand our membership to include Corporate Memberships and those that find it difficult to make noon meetings. At Makia's of course....dinner at same price as lunch.
Ron announced the highway cleanup is on Aug 26. We are to meet at the Visitor Information and he will have the tools for us to clean up our assigned roadsides in both directions. After the work there will be playtime at Pres Cheryle and Jim's place with a BBQ and perhaps a swim?
Ryan pulled the joker and for the second week in row the $100 was paid out!
PP Ryan presided and introduced speakers Barb and Gary from the Penticton Rotary Club who spoke on their International project in Nothern Thailand.
They are supporting the Akha Hilltribe children with money and a hands-on construction of a school at the refuge site. There are 320 children at the site and while there is a public school system, it cannot handle all the kids in the way that they need to be taught. Education is the key to survival there and without it, the children are subjected to all kinds of abuses including child labor and sexual slavery. The school cost is $12,000 and their club will provide that and the labor to build it. They have 9 members committed and 9 others yet to decide and will head over there in mid-January for a week to help construct it. Barb suggested that our Club might want to be involved either with financial support or even some of our members might want to participate. They pay $27/day while there for food and board. Coincidentally, this is the same refuge at which I spent volunteer time over 5 years so it was neat to see that the kids were still being looked after.
In the picture are Barb and Gary and Sarah ....this was the last meeting for her as she flies home next Thursday.
Jeff's ticket was the lucky draw and he then proceeded to pick the joker and win the $100! He is on holidays and suspects he will find a use for it!
Next week is Clubrunner awareness day so bring your notebooks, laptops, ipads etc. Also outbound Avry Coutu will speak on his Thailand plans.
During our meeting we also honored Phil Johnson and Ron Leigh with Paul Harris Fellowship Awards. Very few people are honoured with this award and it is given only to those who live the highest example of "service above self".
Current Rotarian Ron Leigh has been been an essential ingredient in the success of the Osoyoos Rotary Club. He has been our past president, has served on numerous committees and is currently our Sergent at Arms. Ron was also the President of the Osoyoos Toastmaster's Club in 2005/2006, helps run the Osoyoos Concert Series and is is involved in numerous other activities. Congrats and thank you Ron!
Past Rotarian Phil Johnson was also honoured with this esteemed award during our meeting. Since 2003 Phil has been a Pastor at the Osoyoos Baptist Church. Some of Phil's amazing contributions to our community include: Running the Foodbank, Meals on Wheels, helping the homeless, launching the South Okanagan Transit Society, assisting families from abroad, opening up his home to those in need, Annual Christmas dinner, 4 day event for Picker's, winter emergency housing, and initiating the affordable housing strategy. Phil is the perfect example of someone who walks the walk when it comes to "services above self". Congrats and thank yo Phil!
President Cheryle introduced guests Itala Charur and Wayne Holoboff. Itala was our club's first Exchange Student in the inaugural year 2003 from Mexico and Wayne was a charter member then and a host family to Itala. She gave a summary of what has gone on in her life, finishing school this year, and was delighted to be back in Osoyoos. Sarah was off to Yellowstone with Marieze and Garnett so missed her.
This was a club business meeting with Club Committees as the main discussion. Cheryle reviewed the Committees, the chairs and who had volunteered to each so far. They are Fundraising, Gifting/Granting, Service Projects, Public Relations and Youth Exchange - if you haven't indicated your preference as yet, you might want to do so in the next week before you are assigned to one. A list will then be published by the end of the month.
There was some discussion on Fundraising with the outcome that we will take on the Golf Tournament ($13,000+ last year), Coyote beer concession ($1000), the Cactus Jalopy beer garden ($1200) and the Desert Half-Iron ($500) over this year.
Harold shared pictures of his antique car entry in the Canada Day parade emblazoned with flags and the Rotary emblem. He and Audrey looked very spiffy dressed in period costumes ... well done Harold!
There were 7 volunteers from our club helping out with the Osoyoos Desert Half-Iron event on the weekend. Good fun, although chief cheerleader Harold is to work on Vaughan's enthusiasm! This was a shared staffing with Oliver - all ours next year!
Itala drew Jim's ticket but alas.......
Board meeting is next Thursday at 6:00 at McKia's....everyone welcome.
President Cheryle's first meeting! Somehow past El Presidente Ryan appeared to enjoy it?
Prior to the meeting, District Governor Garry Hollingshead and his wife Marion met with Cheryle and the 2011-12 board. He reviewed the club's past year and the plans for this year. He appeared comfortable with our current status and future plans and offered counsel and several areas of support from the District.
President Cheryle introduced Garry as the program and his first duty was to present a 'Pin of Gold' to the silent heroes of the club as identified by Cheryle. Dennis, Jim and Jeff deservedly received the award - well done guys!
DG Garry then brought a message from RI President Kalyan Banerjee who urged all Rotarians to embrace humanitarianism, community and change. He emphasized support for the youth, introducing Rotary's 5th avenue of service which is to be named Future Generations - Youth Exchange will fall under this umbrella. This change should be considered as a catalyst to world peace. Poverty and safe water will continue as focus areas. Garry concluded with the message to 'reach inside and find the spirit and then reach out to embrace humanity'. He set Oct 24 as Polio Awareness Day.
Dennis won the draw but not the $$$$. Aaaaaaah! Next week's meeting will be a club assembly with the committees being laid out and assigned.
A great first meeting Pres Cheryle!
This years Golf Tournament is over and all things considered we had
great success. Great weather and a good job by the OGCC staff helped.
Thank you, to all the members who entered a golf team
and encouraged others to golf. We were short golfers at 57 but we were able
to bring in an extra guests 20 for dinner.
A huge Thank You to Jim, Judy, Shelly, Bobi, Jocelyn and Doug for all
your help and hard work. Without your help there would not have been a
Special thanks to Ron and Vaughan for all the silent auction items you
brought in and Harold, Roger and Geri for looking after our Hole-In-One sponsors.
We had 20 out of 22 Rotarians participate which means when we need to
work together for a common goal we do.
Our club and guests had a wonderful evening at Walnut Beach for Cheryle's installation dinner on June 30th. Ryan gave a great speech acknowledging how much he has learned and grown over the past year. Our new Board was also introduced. Such a great team! Cheryle also gave an excellent speech sharing her enthusiasm and dedication to our club. It was nice to see Rotarians from other regions in the room also showing their support and we were honored to have District Governor - Garry Hollingshead and wife Marion also in attendance. We have many exciting things ahead for the Osoyoos Rotary Club.
Rebbeca from Summerland spoke to us about her GSE trip to Bangladesh. She was overseas for 5 weeks including travel time. She stayed with Rotarians who also acted as her guide travelling the country by bus and train.Rotary has been in Bangladesh since 1937 and have over the years supported many schools and hospitals.
PE Cheryle was out of town and PED (ok that is President Elect Designate) Dennis chaired the meeting. The 50/50 number was won by Jeff Duigud. The $100 will be waiting for a winner next week.
Randy Bedard from the Osoyoos Coyotes came to our luncheon to present us with a cheque for almost $1000 from alcohol sales at the Coyotes hockey games. Over the year the Osoyoos Rotary Club raised approximately $2000 at the games. Special thanks again goes out to all of the volunteers from our club who worked shifts and especially Shelley!
Also 16/22 of our members volunteered to sling beers the Cactus Jalopy's beer garden. Special thanks to everyone who helped!
We also had an update from our visioning session. Bobi took the initiative to get business cards made for us with our new mission statement on the back. Ryan reiterated some of our objectives such as:
-create a more diverse group of osoyoos rotarians (ethnicity, gender, and age)
-Cheryle set forward a great challenge for all members. Each member is to recruit new rotarian every 6 months.
-We also need to decide on our legacy project
For a full list of the result from our visioning exercise please review the newsletter archives or review your email Jim sent with the summary.
More updates coming from our Golf Tournament next week.
President Ryan introduced Ray Renault as the luncheon speaker. Ray is the Chorus Director of the Desert Airs Men's Chorus and he led off with a marvelous video of the world winners of men's chorus groups. The Desert Airs are a local group originating 5 years ago now having 20 singers coming from Osoyoos, Oliver, OK Falls, Naramata and Penticton. They meet once a week in Osoyoos or Oliver to work on singing techniques, music instruction and practice repertoires to be performed in various local venues such as Senior Centers, Canada Day celebrations, and clubs .....perhaps even at Rotary Installation dinners? While singing is the main focus, there is also fun and the camaraderie of men singing music together in harmony. Our own Ron Leigh is a member of the chorus! There were 13 members and 3 guests to enjoy the presentation. Cheryle, Jim and Sarah gave rave reviews of the District Conference last week in Ellensburg and implored all to plan to attend next year's in Penticton. Holly drew the winning ticket and then the joker! She generously donated the winnings.
This week Denise Eastlick came to speak to us from the Desert Society with some new updates. www.desert.org
In summary here is what the Desert Society is all about
· Workshops, lectures, and special events
· Habitat restoration
· Promote native plant landscaping
· Conduct research projects
· Educational programs for schools
· Partner with other conservation organizations
· Operate Osoyoos Desert Centre
o 67 Acres
o 1.5 km boardwalk
o Guided and self-tours
o Interpretive Centre, Native Plant Garden, and Bluebird Trail
Last year Rotary donated $3200 to go towards protecting an endangered amphibian and creating a viewing deck. This deck has now become the most popular spot for guests to stop.
Ryan welcomed Bobi Emblim and Jocelyn Doucette as new members. These two ladies will be an excellent addition to our club! Welcome!
This week’s program was John Cooper who spoke to us on wills and estate planning. A will is your way of deciding how your assets are allocated once you pass. He gave us an overview of different legislation in BC such as the Wills Variation Act. He told us how it is important for people to think long-term when it comes to writing a will. John also explained to us the importance of having an Executor of your Will and also a Power of Attorney and Enduring Power of Attorney (medical treatment and personal care).
Also a quick reminder about the BBQ tonight at casa Dennis. The BBQ will start around 5PM on the 19th (this is when the GSE team will probably arrive) We have a few games in mind to start with to loosen everyone up. Again Western theme so wear your jeans and COWBOY UP. We will start the BBQ around 7PM and the event should wrap up around 9PM.
110 Chapman Road is the address. Pull over at the Best Western and check your odometer. We are approx 10.2 km's up highway 3. Once you past Observatory B&B you are close, make sure you are in the left hand lane as it goes into the passing lane and put on your left turn signal to turn left onto Chapman Road. We are the 1st property on the left (Fenced) and Dennis wll put out a couple of directional signs.
You can Google 110 Chapman Road Osoyoos and a map will come up with a Street View.
See you at lunch today and at the BBQ tonight:)
We were pleased to see 17 Rotarians come out for our visioning session. Patricia began the session by sharing the process for the visioning exercise. We had an open discussion about our goals for the next 5 years. These goals were categorized into different sections and as with any democracy we all had the chance to vote with stickers in each section for what goals we felt were most important.
Here is a sneak peak at some of the results:
-Our mission for the Osoyoos Rotary Club is to make a difference locally and internationally with the needs of children being a specific focus
-Our goal for 2016 is to have 50 members
-We would like to see the overall attributes of our club to include a more diverse range of members (ethnicity, age, gender) and we would like to achieve and maintain 90%+ member participation
-Other goals include creating/updating a strategy to recruit and mentor new members
-Encourage 75%+ meeting attendance
-We would like to increase school scholarships to 5+ and also increase student awareness of Rotary
-We would like to create an effective Business Attraction Strategy to help attract younger families and new businesses/industry to the area
-In 5 years we see our club completing our Legacy Project
-We would like to continue to keep our Youth Exchange Program going strong and adopt a community elsewhere in the world in need and be extremely hands on with support
-Our annual golf tournament is to be well maintained and grown and we would also like to explore the possibility of co-championing a community pool project
-Over the next few years we see more of our funding going towards local initiatives such as the Legacy Project but in 5 years we would like a 50/50 split between local and international projects
-We would like to sustain 100% of our members
-We would like to increase the profile and awareness of our club and our initiatives by doing a montly newspaper article, social media, and storefront Rotary window stickers
Thanks so to everyone for their excellent ideas and participation.
Marieze spoke to us about Roots of Empathy which is an organization dedicated to helping children understand how their actions affect other students. The program has been a success across Canada since 1996 in classrooms from Kindergarten to Grade 7. The results of this program are life changing for children! Children receive increased emotional knowledge, better social understanding, learn "pro" social behaviours, reduce agression with peers and reduce bullying. The program involves bringing a baby aged 2-4 months into the classroom for regular visits and sessions. Currently this program is run 100% by volunteers and funding has been substantially cut. Local Roots of Empathy in Osoyoos is looking for Rotary's support by contributing$1000 towards the program to ensure Roots of Empathy can continue in our local schools. For more information please visit www.rootsofempathy.org