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The last meeting in August was held indoors 'cause the fire smoke outside is becoming tiresome! But we had fun. Former Rotarian Bobi Emblum and Richard McQuire joined us as guests to hear luncheon speaker Greg Luring, our District Governor address the club. Greg was joined by his wife Jan, both are Rotarians from the Yakima, WA. club.
DG Greg had met with our board before the meeting and shared goals and updates from the District as Pres Marieze did in return about our goals and plans.
Cheryle ably introduced DG Greg in her capacity as ADG and was later recognized in his talk for the strong role she is playing in assisting him in his year. Neat!
Greg and Jan were Ohio State Buckeyes in the '57 class and talked about the next 13 years in nuclear subs in the US Navy, the MacDonalds organizations where they own 13 franchises and now Rotary. He used his exposure to all three large organziations to talk about leadership and specifically where work actually gets done....the naval ships, the MacDonalds outlets and then in Rotary, the individual clubs like Osoyoos. He is a great proponent of bending the rules, asking for forgiveness in lieu of permission and just moving forward. He used our success in spousal membership as an example of that...thought we were legal! Not a surprise then was his focus on membership. He shared that the #1 reason for joining Rotary is for friendship, the #2 being for local impact.
The DG then showed a cute video promoting next years District Conference in Yakima having the theme 'Footsteps, Fellowship and Fun'.
Greg and Jan will be back in Osoyoos for the District Training on Halloween...I think they enjoyed their visit to our club!
Karen S gave an encouraging update on the Lobster on the Beach which is going well with only 23 tickets remaining. She will be looking for volunteer sign-ups for the evening soon.
The Challenge Penticton Triathlon bike stations that we will be manning is on track for this Sunday and exciting blue T-shirts were distributed to those volunteering. In now looks like we will have sufficient folks to hand water/nutrients to the 220 riders. Thanks everyone!
Other updates included confirmation that our inbound exchange student Camille will arrive Sept 1 and spend her first stay with Pres Marieze. Our outbound Nina arrived in France on Wednesday and you can follow her year on her blog at http://ninasfrenchexchange.blogspot.fr/. It is good!
ADG Cheryle talked about the plight of the fires, specifically in the Rock Creek community and the support that some clubs are doing to assist them.
The 50/50 was won by Bobi who donated it immediately to the fire victims.
Next week's speaker is Sgt Randy Bosch with the RCMP.
Today was a typically informative, full and fun summer meeting. Guests included Rotarians Tim Cawdell (Quesnel) and John Oldham (Spruce Grove), Kendi from Work BC and guest of Donelda. Also of note was the return of Elly and Ramiros to their Osoyoos home (and our club!) who came directly to this meeting even before seeing their home...how dedicated is that?
Announcements included the arrival date of our inbound student Camille in the evening of Sept 1st. More details to come for those that may want to greet her at the airport. Also for those attending the MacLean golf tournament, there is a $50 discount for us as the lobster event that night means we would miss dinner.
Pres Marieze shared information on new Federal Government matching funding support announced for Rotary Polio and International projects...very postitive for our South African project next year!
Our speaker was Steve DiCastri who gave an excellent update on the Okanagan Correction Center (OCC) in his capacity as Warden. Steve is a 30 year veteran of correction centers and this posting may well lead into retirement and we gain a permanent resident. OCC is a maximum security designation and will be the largest correction facility in BC. It will have 378 cells and will hold inmates who have been sentenced or in reman for maximum 2 years less a day as felons with longer sentences are sent to Federal prisons. There will be a staff of 300 and Steve estimated that 50% of those will be hired and trained and the rest will come from within the corrections system. Only the 3 Deputy Wardens have been hired so far.
Steve talked about the education or skills/tools building component of an inmates time. In addition to the potential of gaining a skill for a job, participation in programs shortens time spent inside and a full 70% of inmates will be assigned to programs. Most are inside and include wood and metal shops, greenhouses, kitchens and sewing/tayloring facilities and some are outside where low risk offenders can aid in trail building, snow removal, fire fighting support type projects.
There was a good question session in which 'some' members wished it to be noted that only 20 of the cells are designated to female offenders and also that an increasing number of guards are female because of inherent and superior empathy, listening and verbal skills! Hmmmm....Also of note was the fact that property offenses and personal assault were the top two sources of convictions for these inmates.
Steve promised to come back and will be a welcome speaker again as the center becomes closer to opening in Jan of 2017.
Pres Marieze clarified the noon program change starting in Oct which will see the 4th meeting in the month become more of an opportunity for fellowship with no speakers scheduled and short business updates and perhaps a vocational/bio talk by Rotarians.
Virtually everyone signed up for helping at the bike aid station for the Pentiction Challenge Triathlon on Sunday August 30, 7am to 11am, and John will send out an email with sign up instructions...soon!
Happybucks broke out and then Pam won the 50/50! A good meeting!