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Rotary releases $34.8 million for polio immunization activities worldwide
Rotary International released an additional $34.8 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, the three countries where the disease has never been stopped. The funds, whose release was announced 20 January, will be used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for polio immunization and surveillance activities in the 10 countries, as well as to provide technical assistance in several other countries in Africa. The grants include $8.1 million for Nigeria to support its final push to eradicate the disease. Nigeria...
President-elect urges Rotary members to ‘Be a Gift to the World’
Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year. Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life." "All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting...
Man in iron lung discovers Rotary
One might think a man living with polio in an iron lung would know about Rotary. But it wasn't until Paul Alexander had a business meeting with a member in Duncanville, Texas, earlier this year that he learned Rotary fights to eradicate the very disease that left him almost completely paralyzed. "I was completely blown away by the idea. For all these years, I didn't know the work they were doing," says Alexander, a practicing attorney in Dallas. "It's such a perfect fit for me." Alexander contracted polio during a major U.S. outbreak of the disease in the late 1950s when he was six years old...
Alumni recognized for expanding mental health services and supporting Rotary’s work
Dr. Geetha Jayaram has dedicated her life to helping people in her native India and the United States overcome the torment of severe depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and other mental illnesses. Jayaram is a psychiatrist and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Her work expanding access to mental health services is much needed. Depression affects at least 350 million people and is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. "In India, there is no mental...
Rotary’s innovative tribute to polio eradication in India breaks Guinness world record
To eradicate polio in India, Rotary members displayed impressive coordination and commitment. So it should come as no surprise that Rotary members in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, were able to mobilize more than 40,000 people to create the world's largest human national flag. The tribute to the polio eradication effort qualified as a Guinness World Records-breaking achievement. "What impressed me most was that all of Rotary was represented: Rotaractors, Interactors, and Rotarians," says RI President Gary C.K. Huang, who participated in the event along with his wife, Corinna, and other Rotary senior...

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Our third meeting of 2015...the year is flying by! Karen introduced our speaker Shannon Jolley, Team Lead, Annual Giving for the S. Interior Region of the Canadian Cancer Society. Working out of Kelowna, Shannon leads a staff of 3 and 1500 volunteers with an annual fundraising success of $1.5MM. She brought 16 years of marketing to her current role and was here to remind us of the work the Cancer Society does, their current strategies, the synergies with Rotary and the upcoming fundraising campaign. She was a very articulate, knowledgeable and entertaining speaker. 
She shared overall cancer survival gains since the Society began in the 1950's where they were 28% compared to the 63% of today. The short term goal is 80% with the longer term being eradication similar to our polio objective. The strategies to get there include research (consumes 1/3 of the spending), prevention (belief is that 50% of cancers are preventable) and earlier detection of the 200 different types of cancer. Shannon spent more time on the prevention component of the Society's work which is growing with a new cancer prevention center and overall increased funding. An interesting piece of this was the fact that it takes 17 years to get a new treatment/drug from discovery to the patient - they are working to shorten this dramatically!
In fundraising, some $35MM is raised in BC, $2MM in the S.I. and $60-$70M in Osoyoos. April is the big focus with pins and fresh daffodils and she was looking for help with both this year - Jeff stepped up and volunteered himself and his company to look after the pin campaign for, eh? 
There will not be a Relay for Life this year per se. There will be a 'Daffodil Dash' instead which will be a 1 or 5km walk with similar teams and sponsor sign up sheets...stay tuned!
Reminder that there is no meeting at noon next week - it is replaced by the fellowship evening at Marieze's on Friday evening. There is a board meeting on Thursday at 4 at McKia's, everyone welcome. 
The meeting ended with Karen winning the 50/50, claiming that it will not be used to offset the cost of her purchase of a ski cabin on Mt Baldy this week but instead will eventually go to purchase some daffodils in please!

A positive meeting to start 2015 as we met and heard from the new owner of our Mt Baldy Ski Resort, Fred Johnston. Myers introduced Fred, President of Baldy Capital Corp, giving us an insight into his very broad based, successful background that included software businesses, commercial real estate and a digital diagnostic center, primarily based in Calgary. Although he knew the previous owners of the resort from separate business dealings in Idaho, Fred did not seriously look at Baldy until August and wound up making an offer in October (he claims there was heavy duty arm twisting!). The purchase won't be completed until the property clears the bankruptcy process, likely sometime in April but in the interim, look for a portion of the hill to open tomorrow to start the process of reestablishing Mt Baldy as a viable ski resort.
He shared an interesting skier statistic that dates back to 1977 where there were 44,000 visits to Baldy, biggest year ever, and that skier visit number fell to only 7500 in 2012. The economy, real estate market and skihill competition all factored into that change but Fred is planning on a reversal of the trend and a return to close to 1977 numbers in his 5 year business plan. He noted that returning staff make up 80% of the employees and he has had very positive support and input from local businesses. 
A ski resort needs both a successful ski operation and real estate revenues to be successful and he plans on a good balance of the two. He has 2 partners in support and it sounded like Fred is expecting to have some fun reestablishing Baldy! A thorough, thoughtful presentation and we wish him all the best in bringing Baldy back.
Pres Judy recognized Marieze as returning School Board Chair and Brian announced he has a date of March 11 to donate one of his kidneys to a local recipient....the transplant process originally started with his volunteering a kidney to Judy Sloan and the matching process led to this date - well done Brian!
Reminders of upcoming events included the Board meeting on Jan 29th at McKia's at 4pm and the social hosted by Marieze on Jan 30th. Our program for next week is a speaker from the Cancer Society.
A good meeting!

President Judy introduced today's 3 guests, Bill Lawrence's wife Lenore, Gregor and David, although Greg and David are as clearly 'near-members'! The program was special in that 2 members were inducted and a Paul Harris was awarded. 
Pam Cann and Gail Scott are our newest members and before the induction, each gave a brief bio/vocational presentation. Pam has been a Prairie girl most of her life, born in Lethbridge but spending most of her years in Calgary. She has 2 daughters still in Calgary where she and husband Gord started several businesses. Pam earned her degree in Business Administration which obviously supported the successful companies. She suffered a stroke in '07 and retired to Osoyoos in '09. A year later Gord died but she has stayed with us clipping dividends from her Calgary company called Third Hand Caretaking Inc which is now managed by her daughter Natalie. 
Gail is our Managing Director of Destination Osoyoos and has been a self diagnosed workaholic through a career of economic and community development roles within various levels of government. She has her B of Admin Management from Uof C and more recently Certificate of Community Development. She is a mother of Reid and Laura who she raised as a single parent, which is where her volunteering and fundraising expertise originated. She has moved 17 times in 30 years and has the energy and creativity to add to Rotary and the business community in Osoyoos.
Judy performed the induction, including Cheryle and herself as the sponsors. Huge welcome to Pam and Gail!
A suprise Paul Harris award followed and it was to Lenore Lawrence! Bill had made the contributions and designated the recognition and award to Lenore who did not know it was coming and was thrilled and honored to recieve it. Well done sneaky Bill!
In other news:
-There will be a board meeting at 4:00 on Thursday, Dec 18th.
-Elly Contreras and Ramiro arrived safely in Manzanillo and wanted to remind us of the special E-Club meeting on Jan 5 with RI President Gary Huang. Even if you do not need a make-up, this would be a neat meeting - register for it at
-Gregor and John hold the new record for tips at the Coyote Beer Garden...challenge?
-Gail won the 50/50 and donated it accordingly!
-there will be a Christmas Social with Pres Judy and Myers on Saturday at 6:30 at unit 54 in the Casitas del Sol.
-no meetings until Jan 8th!
Have a great and safe  Holiday Season and Happy New Year!

Dear Rotarians,
Rotary Meeting Dec.4th.2014
President Judy conducted the meeting with 13 Rotarians in attendance and 5 guest including Sue Whitaker our guest speaker, Bobi Emblem a past member, Dave & Leann as well as Richard McGuire from the Osoyoos Times.
President Judy reminded us of the Light up this weekend where we will be serving hot dogs and hot chocolate. Please let Judy know if you plan on going to her house on Dec. 13th for a Christmas get together.
Vaughn introduced our guest speaker Sue Whitaker who sits on the Arts council board and is well noted in Osoyoos for her painting. She has also become well known for her Lantern Making, thanks to Moon Curser who asked her to teach lantern making at their lantern festival.
Sue conveyed the thank you’s from the Art Council for Rotary’s continued support and contribution to the community. She also thanked Rotarian Jim King for writing a grant that enabled the Art Gallery a badly needed face lift.
We were enlightened to the contribution that the Arts council gives to Osoyoos.
  1. Increases awareness in cultural activities in the area and promotes them
  2. Awareness that the sculpture in town square was a donation by Don & Aimee Dixon
  3.  The old mural that used to be on the packing house is being restored at the museum
  4. They sponsor the Osoyoos Concert Series
  5. Studio 89 is upstairs at the Art Gallery and that is where a lot of the artists do their work
  6. Cultural Heritage is fostered by the Arts Council
The Arts Council gives back to Osoyoos through several donations. They provide art classes to children through Sonora Centre on Thurs. afternoons. Sue’s daughter Jennifer was a youth exchange student to Mexico. She now lives in Australia and works for Price Waterhouse.
Sue said the Arts Council is looking for Board members if anyone is interested.
Neil and Elaine from Island View RV who bid on the tickets to the Grey Cup at Lobster on the Beach sent a letter saying what a great time they had and how well they were treated.
Next week we are having new member installation and awards. Mathew mentioned they are looking at Jan 30th for curling with it being a stick curling event for safety measures, (some of us can’t get down on the ice). Marieze is planning a get together at her house the 5th Thur. in January
 Gord was lenient on fines and Leann won the 50/50 and donated it to Honduras.
Judy asked all of us to consider what awards we will challenge our club to strive for this year.
Hope to see all of you for the induction of our new members on Thursday.

Lots of good news and dates to remember from a busy meeting so pay attention!
Pres Judy introduced guests Gary Doi, todays speaker, Geri Harker, Roger's wife and Keith Lacey of the Times. She then introduced Gary and he eloquently entertained us with a success story of his hopes and his passions. His talk today was on what has transpired since he retired 4 years ago from the public school system as Superintendent for 18 years out of Penticton. It started with his blog which was intended to build/promote hope and inspiration and became very popular (80,000 visitors) and led to his publishing two books of stories written by contributors of that blog. They are all around 'hope' as Gary defines it which is the belief and aspiration to be better. Hope gets you through life challenges and gives you a sense of accomplishment and purpose. The first book he compiled was 'Inspiring Hope', a compilation of 74 stories published in 2013 and the second is 'Fly Like an Eagle' which is what he shared with us today. The 28 stories are of real life from contributors around the world and Gary's hope is that enough readers will enjoy and be inspired to spread 'hope'...not like Matt's pyramid schemes (!) but exponentially all the same!
Gary was a Rotarian for 12 years and recognizes the analogy of the intent of these books to Rotary's Service above Self and suggested that members could use the books for recognition, clients and give-aways. They cost $20 each and the proceeds of the second book all go toward SORCO (South Okanagan Rehabilitation Center for Owls). It is a beautiful book and obviously appealed to several members. There will be a third book!
And speaking of Hope, Lynda brought us up to date on Judy S who now has her new kidney (Kenny?). She is recuperating well and will be test driving it for the next 6 mos in Vancouver. Absolutely the best news!
Lynda also let us know more about the Adopt a Family for Christmas in which our club will do just that with food and gifts once we know the number, ages and gender of a will all be anonymous and we all can participate. 
Gail announced she is recruiting for an Ambassadors Team for Destination Osoyoos. Volunteers will work for DO in projects, events and activities as hosts and ambassadors ...should be easy and fun! Let Gail know if you are interested.
Roger and Geri advised us of their last fundraising event for the school in Honduras. It will be an open house at the Rustic Roots Winery in Cawston this Saturday from 10 to 5 and everyone welcome. They will be selling 'building bricks' at $10 each to reach the $15m goal (they now have some $11m towards that). 
Reminder that the Festival of Trees is this Saturday at Spirit Ridge at 10 am...a tad early for wine but Bailey's and coffee work!
Harold updated the membership on the Scholarship Foundation for OSS students of which Rotary is a partner. Scholarships are being given, it is growing and we currently have over $3m in the bank. 
Another reminder for the Olive/Osoyoos Hospice fundraiser at Frank Venables Theater in Oliver on Saturday at 7pm...Cheryle has tickets. 
Lynda won the 50/50 AGAIN and also again, donated it to the S. African project. 
A good meeting!

Dear Rotarians,
Rotary Meeting Nov.13/14
Brian opened today’s meeting and introduced Tara Burton, manager of the Osoyoos Museum and Richard McQuire from the newspaper as our guests today.
It was interesting to find out that Tara was a Rotary exchange student to Africa when our club and Oliver were one in the late 90’s.
Tara explained that they would be taking over the Home Hardware building in “2016” and hopefully be open in “2017”. Tara is the only paid employee so being a Not for Profit they look for outside sources for funding. They get funding from BC Gaming, Arts Council and donations .The Museum is looking for a matching grant that could be 1 ½ million. They are very proud of their Military Collection which has a lot of local artifacts that have been donated. They have commissioned 7 local artists to depict the history of  Osoyoos and area. The main floor is the only display area planned at this time. A multipurpose room and archives for downstairs.
The art students from the high school are creating a Mom & Pop Fruit stand which was so popular back in the history of this area. Our own Gord McIvor is a volunteer at the Museum. The United Church and the Curling Club are having milestone anniversaries this year and they have the Museum searching their archives for information and pictures.
Matt gave a report on a possible curling fun night and Gord mentioned to Roger that the federal gov’t has 1 ½ million targeted for Honduras that Roger might be able to tap into for the school.
Cheryle mentioned the Caring Hands, wine & cheese fundraiser next Sat.Nov.22, .at the Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver for the Desert Valley Hospice. The Rotary Club of Oliver is their biggest supporter and it would be nice if a few of us bought tickets and showed up to by some incredible gifts for Christmas presents. The wine available for the live auction and silent auction are some great vintages. I have tickets.
A count was taken for the attendance at the Christmas Party and it looked very sparse so the board was to discuss cancelling it at the meeting this afternoon.
John Robertson won the 50/50 today and generously donated it to the scholarship fund.
Take care,

A sunny October 23rd lunch meeting! Introduced guests were Rotarians Elly and Ramiro (e-club of Canada one), Trevor Leigh and guest speaker Paul McCavour and partner Julie Turner. Event reminders were of the District Training at Spirit Ridge Oct 31-Nov 2, our board meeting at 4:00 and that tomorrow is World Polio Day (everyone can join a Rotary Livestream Polio event at 4:30 tomorrow at
Karen H. introduced speaker Paul McCavour to talk on solar energy, although some might remember Paul as the local leader on the HST protest. He spoke enthusiastically about the solar opportunity for individuals, hoping to inspire us to dot the local landscape with solar panels and help ourselves and the environment. Paul identified the environmentally damaging impacts of the alternative energy options of coal and oil and even natural gas that are absent with solar energy. Canada is way behind developed countries in conversion to solar energy and it makes $$$ sense to do so, even to consider abandoning the Site C hydro project in favor of solar! He stressed it is easy to install on our own homes and there is local expertise to connect it to Fortis (Argon Electric in Penticton will supply the panels and do as much of the installation as you need). The cost is $6-800 per panel and you can start with a few panels and add as you need/want so depending on your house design, you can spend between $10 to $20,000. The payback is in the savings on your power bill plus the option to sell unused electricity  from your panels back to Fortis, with payback time being 6-8 years. It was a thought provoking talk, worthy of our individual consideration.
Happy Bucks broke out with the best good news coming from Brian that he and Judy have found matches and sometime in the next 6 mos in Montreal, he will give a kidney and Judy will receive good is that?
Remember, no lunch meeting next week in lieu of a fellowship evening of bowling...details to follow. The speaker the following week (Nov 6th) is Randy Bedard of the Coyotes. 
Also, when you are doing an online make-up, there is now a link on the website directing you to the Rotary E-Club on Canada one or use This is Elly and Ramiro's club and we will be making a contribution to them soon.
The District Development weekend is at Spirit Ridge next weekend and while we have several members and partners registered, more would be merrier, even if just for the dinner/social on Friday night. 
Have a great fall weekend everyone!


There was a theme through Happy Bucks around folks being grateful for the sun and warmth outside...unlike 'anywhere else' - except for maybe Panama and Palm Springs! Guests today were Richard McQuire of the Times and Randy Bedard, owner of the Coyotes. Pam Conn was there in her first meeting as a member and Gregor Reed will be foreafter treated as a member in his snowbird status. 
Brian introduced Randy to give us his annual update on the Coyotes. Timely that the team is on a 16-3-1 start to the season, just 3 months into its 3rd year of operation. Randy reminded us that this is the 6th attempt at junior hockey here in the past 18 years and looking good! The KIJHL, in which they play, is a junior B league made up of 4 divisions of 5 teams each, a total of 20, playing 52 games in their regular season. The players come from all over NA, housed locally for 6-7 months, hoping to move up to Junior A or receive scholarships to colleges/universities - usually 8-9 players attend OSS for the grade 12 year. 
There are 120 season ticket holders and the attendance ranges between 325 and 350 per game. A very affordable event ticket, not just a game! Randy reminded us that the Coyotes is a business and is run accordingly and there are spin off dollars that come to the community, and in that vane, there are 170 corporate sponsors supporting the team in some way...quite impressive.
Randy recognized what Rotary contributes with the Scholastic Achievement Award we give each year to a Coyote player and the beer garden staffing for each game..well done Vaughn! He left several pairs of tickets to be given/auctioned at our Christmas function.
In other Rotary business, Pres Judy asked us to bring in our read Rotarian Magazines for local re-distribution. Note your calendars for:
Christmas Party Dec 13
Light Up Dec 5th - we will provide hot dogs/chocolate and maybe collect food bank
Tree Decorating Nov 22nd at Spirit Ridge at 1:00pm. 
Board Meeting Nov 13th at 4:00 at McKia's
​Well dones to Judy and Brian for preparing appies for the Rotary Training Conference on the weekend...13 from our club attended the Friday events.
John passed on a cheque for $850 from the Challenge Penticton Triathalon for which we mangaged 2 bike aid stations in August. 
Linda won the 50/50 which was quickly deposited into the African project fund.

A full Oct 9th meeting! Pres Judy introduced the many guests starting with our DG Bruce Falkins and Donna and ADG Dennis Jacobsen and Jean, guest Cindy Doucette then visiting Rotarians Elly and Ramiro from E Club Canada (next weeks speaker!), Joan Peggs from Oak Bay and Gregor Read who is returning to us for the winter from way back east! Also introduced for the first time as our newest member was Pam Cann!
ADG Dennis introduced DG Bruce from Kelowna...both had met with our Board earlier in the morning in a great session of information exchange. The District Governor visits each of the 59 Rotary clubs in the district at least once a year and this visit was the 58th on his tour - something about the best for last?  Interesting that the membership range of clubs varies from 9 to 315 so no surprise that one of his focus areas was attracting and retaining members. Bruce talked to polio plus, now in its 3rd decade, and stressed that while it is not yet completed (3 countries remain at risk) the effort must be continued and with the Gates Foundation still matching Rotary funds at 3:1, it will be and must be as more the 11% of our children are no longer immunized so are at risk to the new viruses. 
Bruce asked for our club and individual support for the upcoming RLI event here in Osoyoos Oct 30th and then the District Conference June 18-21 next June in Kelowna at the UBC campus. He also recognized Pres Judy and Cheryle with awards for their great efforts in bringing in new members. 
A fun session of fines and happy bucks followed with Cindy winning the 50/50.
On a follow up to last week's meeting notes where Roger spoke to the Honduran school projects and his need to raise a further $6000, he received a check for $4000 of that from one of our Rotarians...he was thrilled!
Next week Elly will speak on her E Canada Rotary Club...she and Ramiro moved permanently to Osoyoos just last week!
A good meeting! Have a great weekend!
Have a great weekend

Luncheon Oct 02,2014
Our speaker this week was Roger Clinton along with his lovely partner Gerry (Roger is one of only 2 remaining active charter members of our club back in 2003!)  They spoke to us about their exciting and fulfilling Kindergarten School project in Honduras. Honduras is a rather corrupt country with a robust drug trade and shady banking system. Many of the locals cannot afford the cost of $500 for a home, so are left living in shacks with several families communally sharing space without a roof.   Please take a look at the pictures on this facebook page.  
First thing was to build a road into the community of Esperancita. They were able to bring in a  cat in which helped save weeks of work. Then came hydro electricit for the village. $500 worth of food was brought in, which fed 35 families for 2 months. Amazing… The kindergarten has now been completed and 26 students attend the school. It has running water, proper toilets and concrete walls and floors. The children all look very happy and well taken care of. 
The next project for Gerry and Roger will be a school for children from grades 1-10, expected enrolment will be 40 children, in a  2 room school building. 
So far, the cost for the kindergarten was $8,000 which was all donated by Roger and Gerry. The high school is expected to cost $15,000. They have already raised $6,000 with the $9,000 yet to be raised. Rotary is collecting donations for the project. Bill kindly donated $100 today, and Ron donated his 50/50 towards the project. Yes Ron won yet again… 
Anyone interested in helping out in Honduras is very welcome. Roger leaves December 5th and will be working on the school until April. Very inspiring. 
Brian took over today as fine master, and fined those who have not yet registered for the conference at spirit ridge the 30 and 31 of October. Please remember to register for the event. The club will pay up to $50 for each attendee at the conference. No excuses guys, it will be a great seminar. 
Karen Summerset has kindly offered to make rotary business cards for each club member. 
Karen Hawitt spoke about the Child Care centres fundraising event Harvest Dance November 8th, asking if the rotary will volunteer again managing the security. Ideally 6 members helping out that evening. 
Have a great week guys. 

Pres Judy opened this first week of fall meeting by introduced guests Stacey Gagno (Oliver Rotary), Heather O'Coin, Richard MaQuire (Osoyoos Times), Gail Scott (DO), Blake Somersett, Dinelda Wood and our speaker Grant Stevely which was followed by a 'decent' rendering of O'Canada...dubious but best yet!
Jeff introduced Grant Stevely from the Dubh Glas Distillery and he proceeded to give us an entertaining/informative talk on his new venture in Gallagher Lake. He will be craft distilling several spirits but kept this presentation on scotch whisky which has consumed (?) a good deal of his time. He is owner/operator of the business presently under construction and while he is planning a grand opening next June, he hopes to be open for business in 4-6 weeks. 
The ingredients for scotch are water, barley and yeast....the water locally is excellent (Dubh Glas means 'from the deep water') as is the barley from Armstrong - we sampled malt barley and peat barley (smoked). The yeast, distilling equipment, fermentation and maturation processes all impact the flavor and quality of the spirit and Grant believes that the art of distilling can produce the highest quality of scotch in 3 1/2 years, rather that the  traditional 20 years or longer. He will distill in smaller barrels of 100 liters which shortens the time and increases the flavor...the barrels were previously used to make bourbon. 
Obviously, there will not be scotch available for some time, so the business plan calls for the distilling of other products that do not require the same time to mature and the first will be his Noteworthy Gin, again made from barley with some 'local' flavorings. You can also invest now in a barrel of scotch for only $2000 which is expected to give you product plus a return on your investment!
Look for his opening and drop in for a visit....good guy and excellent presentation. Ron thanked Grant for the talk, promising to be his best customer!
The 50/50 was won by Heather.
Next week's speaker will be Roger Clinton talking on the Honduras project

Pres Judy opened today's meeting introducing Rotarian guests Bill and Barb from Calgary and reviewing the hugely successful Lobster event on Saturday - the revenue from that could approach $10,000! Judy reminded us to note October 31 on our calendars as that is the District Rotary Development  event to be held at Spirit Ridge which is Friday afternoon and Saturday. At a minimum, please think about attending the Friday evening dinner session as there is an incredible speaker/entertainer that is really worthwhile - you can register online on the 5060 website and if you need help in doing that, let me know. 
The luncheon speakers were 2 Rotarians new to our club giving their bios/vocational talks, Karen Somerset and Gordon MacIvor. In the short time with Osoyoos Rotary, both have committed significant volunteer time (with their partners!) and added huge capacity and fellowship and are very welcome additions. Highlights from Karen included her marriage to Blake for 28 years, 2 sons, and a successful 35  year career with Exxon in the Alberta petroleum industry, most recently developing apps for the heavy oil component that are in use worldwide today. Karen is broadly active in the community with one volunteer function in support of FAS (Foreign Accent Syndrome) which is a rare medical condition resulting from strokes, affecting speech...she shared that she has FAS herself. 
Gordon's bio was also fascinating to hear. He has been married to Roberta for 45 years, 3 sons, a banking career (RBC and HSBC) that spanned the world (21 different homes?), a past Club President (Ft McLeod), and retired last year from as Economic Development Officer for Ft McLeod. Whew! He is a history buff and like Karen, has a long history in leadership in Scouting. Gordon is our club Sergeant at Arms - potentially a very annoying finemaster!
Matt gave a summary of his wedding at the consummate on Saturday - well done! - and is off to consummate it in Hawaii tomorrow.
Roger won the 50/50 and off it went to the Honduras project.
Good week is the Distillery guy!

9/11, now 13 years ago...sobering!
Today's meeting was focused on the Lobster on the Beach event just 3 days away! Before turning over the meeting to the Lobster committee, Pres Judy had Dave Perehudoff introduce his guest Adam and then reminded us of the need to think about attending the District Rotary Leadership weekend Oct 31st here in Osoyoos at Spirit Ridge. Our club should be well represented (it is our backyard!) and the agenda is packed with good fun and information so please think about it.
Cheryle then brought us up to speed on Saturday night's spectacular lobster event! It is sold out! And then some, as she is expecting 256 guests to attend. Cheryle and her committee (Judy/Karen) have done an incredible job pulling this together and we are ready to go despite some significant 'hiccups' along the way that she has managed in her very capable way! Cheryle laid out the program for the evening that starts late morning and ends at 1:30am and will be emailing Rotarians their assignments for the day/evening.  Cheryle recognized the many donors of service and product from the community and was excited to get the 3rd live auction item from Dave (2 tickets to the Grey Cup with accommodations at the Rosewood @Georgia Hotel). 
Should be a quite a party!
And huge thanks to Roger for volunteering to pick up the live lobster early on Saturday morning off an inbound flight in Kelowna. 
If attaching the picture works, it is Ron, Brian and Vaughn performing impressive clean up services at our Rotary Boardroom at Lions Park...well done guys!
A good meeting...even if it cost us $$$ in fines for not knowing there are 1.2mm active Rotarians around the world!
Enjoy the party!


Aug. 28,2014


Luncheon 16 members and 3 guests
Guest ,Pam Conn, Ramiro and Elly from Edmonton area, both are Past Presidents and Elly was a Dist. Govenour.

 John talked about the Challenge Cup and how great it was that we had such great participation from our club members.

Coyotes schedule is out and we are looking for volunteers for the beer garden . Vaughn said some members have responded to their availability but there are still lots of dates open.

Next week Brian Highley from the Okanagan Sun will be our guest speaker.

Cheryle talked about the Lobster Festival on September 13, tickets are going fast and would like all tickets paid for by next Thurs. Sept.4. About two hundred have been sold or committed to.

John introduced our guest speaker Karen Hawitt,he was as witty and charming as ever
Karen is a head hunter for the oil & gas industry as well as the
Karen is getting married in June 2015 to Trevor Leigh , Ron's son.
Karen & Trevor started a property management company in the last 2 weeks.They have 2 Laba Doodle dogs, Traveled Europe in a camper this past Summer with their daughter Zoe. Karen is on the board  of the Child Care Centre here in Osoyoos.

Elly talked about Email membership and that if you are going to be traveling a lot that you might like to join this chapter of Rotary so that you can have perfect attendance instead of taking a leave of absence or worrying about make-ups.

Harold Cox won the 50/50 and Harold and Audrey celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary .


Board meeting  Oct 9,-10:30 am meeting with our new District Governor and he will be our guest speaker that day.


Aug. 28,2014
Luncheon 16 members and 3 guests
Guest ,Pam Conn, Ramiro and Elly from Edmonton area, both are Past Presidents and Elly was a Dist. Govenour.

 John talked about the Challenge Cup and how great it was that we had such great participation from our club members.
Coyotes schedule is out and we are looking for volunteers for the beer garden . Vaughn said some members have responded to their availability but there are still lots of dates open.
Next week Brian Highley from the Okanagan Sun will be our guest speaker.
Cheryle talked about the Lobster Festival on September 13, tickets are going fast and would like all tickets paid for by next Thurs. Sept.4. About two hundred have been sold or committed to.
John introduced our guest speaker Karen Hawitt,he was as witty and charming as ever
Karen is a head hunter for the oil & gas industry as well as the
Karen is getting married in June 2015 to Trevor Leigh , Ron's son.
Karen & Trevor started a property management company in the last 2 weeks.They have 2 Laba Doodle dogs, Traveled Europe in a camper this past Summer with their daughter Zoe. Karen is on the board  of the Child Care Centre here in Osoyoos.
Elly talked about Email membership and that if you are going to be traveling a lot that you might like to join this chapter of Rotary so that you can have perfect attendance instead of taking a leave of absence or worrying about make-ups.
Harold Cox won the 50/50 and Harold and Audrey celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary .
Board meeting  Oct 9,-10:30 am meeting with our new District Governor and he will be our guest speaker that day.

 Thursday July 3rd 2014
Fellow Rotarians
Our first meeting of the Rotary year was conducted by our new President Judy Miller-Bennett
And she kept us all on track. With 12 members and two quests, Dave and Gordon we had a business meeting.
Pancake Breakfast:
Served almost 800 breakfasts, kudos to John and the committee for a job well done and all the Rotarians with their friends and family who pitched in? Members suggested we put a thank you ad in the paper to the Community partners who helped us make our first Canada Day Breakfast a huge success.
Pizza Factory, JoJo’s, Buy Low, Mckia’s and Balogh Electric
 Roughly $13,000 was made this year, our golfers were down but Auction was up. There will be a post mortem to make suggestions for improvements in certain areas. Great turnout from club members for the Cactus Jalopy, the golf tournament and the Pancake breakfast we truly performed
“Service above Self”
Lobster on the Beach:
 Saturday September 13, 2014. Tickets $60 including wine on the table. Every Rotarian has committed to a pair of tickets and selling a pair. This will guarantee that we cover our costs.
We have raised over $180,000 over the last 10 years that has been given back to the community and surrounding community projects in the South Okanagan and Internationally.
See you next Thursday. July 10th 
Pres Brian introduced our 2 guests, Bill's son Bob and Tahn Towns, today's speaker to the 11 members in attendance. Reminders and updates followed on Lobster on the Beach (bring in ticket money) and upcoming meetings: next week is club day where we will hear reports from all the committees and generally share club information and the following week, August 29th is the club social. This one is at the Desert Center starting at 5:30, tour at 6 and dinner at 7. The District Govenor and Assistant DG will be there for their annual meeting with us and Ron and Brian are working on making this a fun event so plan to come. There will be a board meeting at noon that day in lieu of the normal lunch meeting - everyone is welcome to attend that one as well. 
Reminder that next week in the club reports we will be deciding on whether we will take in an exchange student in 2014 and that will be dependant on whether we have Rotary home hosting volunteers. If you think you can do some hosting of the student but won't be at the meeting, please let John, Marieze or Harold know as with no potential hosts, we will not commit to taking on an inbound. 
You may be on the recieving end phone calls from Bill....if you have caller ID, please accept the calls anyway as he is our phone committee!
Chris and Erik have been approved as potential new members so they will be approached this week to see if they will join us.
Ron introduced our guest speaker Tahn Towns. She is an 8 year resident here with a varied background covering veterinary work, carpentry, massage and holistic therapy but her topic today was her current work in helping horses through the use of Probiotics. A good speaker, Tahn explained what probiotics were, where they come from naturally and as a supplement primarily for the digestive tract of horses. Basically, they live in the horses system and support enzyme growth there that stabilizes and supports several basic animal functions. The fact of the day was that the digestive track of a horse is 95 feet long and in volume is the equivalent of a 45 gallon drum! Who knew?
The club will be helping man an aid station for the Penticton Classic Triathalon on Sunday August 25th. It will be at the Osoyoos airport and John will be sending more details for volunteers on the weekend but mark the date on your calendars now...may need as many as 30 volunteers!
Happy bucks followed and Pres Brian won the 50/50.

We had an interesting guest speaker and topic today. Zena Ryder is the Assistant Branch Manager of the Kelowna branch of the Canadian Centre for Inquiry, which is an educational charity with a mission to question and combat the harms of superstition, pseudoscience and religion through education, activism and community. Whew!
Definitely secular in their views but they do claim to apply scientific and reasoned thinking to unseat 'truths' proposed by psychics, homeopaths and religious extremists. They do offer an option to AA through their Secular Sobriety Group that provides support without the religious element and do programs with kids that focuses on science and skeptical topics.  I am not sure how large the organization is but they have 10 branches in Canada and a good website and media presentation. If you are a natural skeptical person, CFI may be for you!
Remember no luncheon next week as it is the Istallation dinner in the evening. There are likely to be 48 persons attending including political dignitaries and many of the past presidents of this club as it is our 10th anniversary. Dennis's last hurrah and the start to Brian's year. Should be fun.
It was noted that the Splash Park construction has begun and should be in operation by early August. Need more ticket sales!
The golf tournament on the weekend was a great success - it looks like $11,500 will be the final number and that is a huge credit to Brian and all the committee, considering all the alternative venues that were out there. 
Vaughan organized the 50/50 draw and...won it himself! Surprise!!


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.



ImagePres 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 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.



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. 



EREY-EN-cIt 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.



Gem for media page
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!



Moi moi, 

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. 

School gets easier now that I understand more.  I am hanging out with my Finnish friends more, whether it’s at cafes, or a museum or a movie.  Also during PE class we have done skating, ringette, running and volleyball.  We are planning to do some sort of dances lessons, Finnish baseball, laser tag and different kinds of sports.  The teacher is so energetic, and I always look forward to the classes. 
There was a winter day with Rotary, where we went skiing or snowboarding with the exchange students in the district, and the host families were also welcome to come.  Before Finland I hadn’t skied for 5 years, and now I am remembering the joy of it, but I think this is the last skiing for the year. 
And Easter is coming!  There are Easter candies on sale now, like Angry Birds chocolate eggs (like a Kinder Surprise, but Bird style!), and Fazer Mignons.  Fazer is an old Finnish chocolate brand and the Mignon is a real eggshell with chocolate nougat filling.  I was so astounded when my friends told me about it!  And another, more traditional Finnish Easter food is mämmi.  It is a rye thing…if you look it up, and as I’ve been told, it doesn’t look that appetizing, but with cream and sugar it is supposed to be good.  I always want to try new foods, so bring it on!
There are 2 Australians in Turku, one of whom, Elliot, is in my school.  It is so strange to be an oldie, and I don’t quite know how to be one.  These 7 months in Finland have been so great, I have learned so much about myself and the world, there have been the great points, and the low points, sadness, joy, confusion.  I can be on top of the world, but then I might feel like it’s my first month here.  I want to share all of these feelings and knowledge, but I know that the newbies have to experience all these things for themselves.  And their exchange is so much different than mine, everyone’s is different.  Thank you for allowing me this extraordinary opportunity.  Some people say that exchange is the best year of your life, and I somewhat agree.  Right now, this year has been the best, but it’s taught me how to live life more fully so that next year can be the best, and then the year after that.  
I hope everyone is doing well!
From Russia Finland with love



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!



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!



Hello hello everyone,

Well now is the Hiihtoloma, the skiing holiday.  I am staying with a temporary host family for a week and a half, and we went to the mökki, the cottage for a few days.  I went cross-country skiing and long-bladed skating for the first time!  I did around 10 kilometres for both.  And then I also did regular downhill skiing.  We had sauna, and since most cottages are located next to a lake, it makes it really easy to have a hole in the ice to dip into.  And it was cold!  We went to sauna each night for the 4 days we were there and I went to the avanto every time.  It’s so refreshing, and all the Finns are so amazed that I went so many times.  But really, the first time is the worst; it gets easier and more enjoyable the greater number of times you go in a night.  We also went to Tampere, where I saw the cityscape from the big tower, ate mustamakkara (black sausage made with blood! But it was actually pretty decent), played Angry Birds, and went to a hockey museum!

Before the holiday was the Wanhojen Tanssit, which went pretty well!  Everyone looked so amazing in their dresses!  Well except the guys, they just wore tuxes, because the dance is all about the girls.  We performed once for the parents and twice the next day for the junior high and high school.  Also on the day of the dance was the Abi Penkkarit, a celebration for the 3rd years who are leaving the school.  We had this formal coffee and cake party, where teachers got presents from the students, then the Abi’s dressed up in costumes and drove around the town in trucks throwing candy to people.  

The classes have changed again at school, now I am taking Art, Music, French, Psychology, English and History.  My schedule does seem to be the same all the time…But in Art we are doing charcoal sketches of Greek or Roman statues while in Music we sing and learn about old Finnish music.  I actually took a French exam, and I think it went pretty well.  I will find out my mark next week for sure.  Psychology is really interesting.  We are learning about the brain and how people think.  Even though it’s in Finnish, I can understand around half of the notes, mainly because we did the brain in Biology in Canada.  But my Finnish is okay, I have classes where we are speaking more, and I’m trying to say things in Finnish with my friends. 

I have been in Finland for 6 months.  It has passed by quickly it seems, but I look back at the things I’ve done and I’m so glad to be in Finland.  I know the time will pass by even quicker now, and June doesn’t seem that far away…

Just to end on a happy note, as any exchange student will tell you, they gain weight on exchange (this isn’t the happy part).  From the different foods, to the host families who stuff you, and the favourite candy or chocolate in your host country, it is inevitable.  But a word of advice: Eat whatever you want, and if someone tries to lecture you about your weight, eat them too.
I hope everyone is doing well; spring is coming sooner or later!  Regards, Tianna



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 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 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 SORCO

Chris gave us samples of a new line of wine they have launched called Calliope which are grapes from other locations.



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

Committee Reports

  • 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






Desert Sun Counselling

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!


Hyvää Uutta Vuotta Kaikille!
It is crazy to think that I have been in Finland for 5 months now.  I say this all the time, but I am having the best time of my life.  Christmas and New Years was spent with my friends and family (most of the time in our pajamas).  The inevitable weight gain has happened, but the more pressing issue is how am I going to bring back all the stuff I've gotten here!  This month everything is changing.  My oldie Australians are leaving, new ones will be coming at the end of the month, and I am leaving my family.  I am caught between 2 minds, first, I want everything to stay the way it is now: the loving family I'm part of, the quirky Aussies, but then also I want the sense of adventure, of something new.  And, it's just really hard to say goodbye to people I love.  
At the beginning of December was the Lapland trip.  So 15 hours on a bus to get to Muonio, where we arrived at 11 am and went directly to the skiing slope.  For many of the people it was their first time snowboarding and skiing.  I stayed around a fire and sculpted an ice throne, and you can now refer to me as Tianna the Majestic, or just Tianna.  Whatever you wish.  We also fed reindeer, learned how to lasso one, went for a sleigh ride with them and even saw them on the side of the road.  In Lapland, reindeer aren't wild, but they can wander around on their own.  We also went for a husky ride!  My sled had a crazy driver so we nearly ran off the track a couple times, but it was so fun.  Then, we performed at a public school event, well each country did something.  Us Canadians sang 'The Hockey Song' by Stompin Tom, yes typical, while the Brazilians and Mexicans danced.  We were in a gym hall, and there were some Finnish people there, and also some bands played and a church group performed.  We went to sauna one night, and of course rolled in the snow.  Which is one of the best things ever!  When you go back into the sauna you can feel the blood pumping through your body.  Unfortunately there was only a river nearby, which we couldn't go in, so no swimming in a freezing lake for us...
Since Muonio is right on the border between Finland and Sweden, on one of our trips from the hotel, we stopped by the border and walked across a bridge, so for a short while we were 'in' Sweden.  Then we went to see Santa Claus!  He lives in Rovaniemi, which is a 4 hour drive from Muonio.  So we got pictures with Santa, saw Santa Claus Village and the Arctic Circle.  We also had a Sami sing to us!  The Sami are the indigenous people of Lapland, not just Finland, but also Sweden and Norway.  Their singing is called 'joik' which is very similar to the Aboriginal singing.  Lapland is incredibly beautiful, and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to go.  
The day after coming back to Turku was Itsenäisyyspäiva, Finnish Independence Day.  Which consisted of watching part of 'The Unknown Soldier', a movie about WWII based on a book, and also the President's Ball.  And the President's Ball was just watching him and his wife greet the important people of Finland: politicians, sportspersons, entertainers, previous presidents and many others.  Then we went to Högsåra and Farmor's Cafe, where we prepared for Christmas by making cards, meringues, muesli and many other gifts.  I have changed classes, so now I am taking media arts, dance, French and English.  The dance course is practicing for the Vanhojen Tanssit, which is 'old dance'.  There is tango, a princess dance, a Russian dance, Square dance and many others which I can't remember.  Me and a German exchange student are in the class, but the teacher just speaks Finnish, so we have no idea what's happening.  Which actually isn't that different from the Finnish students, because a lot of them have no idea either.  We learn the steps slowly, and everyone thinks 'Well great, I can do this!' Then the teacher puts on music...which is ridiculously fast so it doesn't work.  But we're getting the hang of the dances!
Then Christmas time!  Lounging around eating gingerbread and delicious food in our pajamas. Excellent. We watched many different movies over the break, romantic comedies, a really good Eastern Finnish film, a slightly strange french film, British movie.  Then for New Years we went to Högsåra again, where we had tons of tasty food, with games, fireworks and rain!  There were Swedes and Swedish Finns, everyone is so welcoming and the atmosphere wonderful.  
I went skating and played ringette with friends from Chile, Mexico, Italy, Germany, and some other countries.  It was really fun to teach the ones who hadn't skated before, and they did really well! 
Just before school was out for winter break, there was a Christmas party there.  We had some traditional Finnish Christmas food - piparkakku (gingerbread), ham, glögi (a really good hot drink, perfect for cold nights with friends and family), vegetable casseroles and Christmas bread.  There is also riisipurro, rice porridge, at school and at home.  With sugar and cinnamon it is so good!  Then the 3rd year students, who are graduating this year, they organized a show, mostly just making fun of the teachers and general Finnish pop culture references.  I didn't understand most of it, but I was mainly there to watch the Poro Tanssit, the Reindeer Dance.  So the 3rd year guys work out for months in advance, and then dance around in their underwear, best thing of the year!  
There seems to be so much happening, yet at the same time, it feels like nothing is happening.  I'm just living in Finland, and I just feel happy.
So Happy New Year, I wish everyone good food, family and friends!  Not work though, who needs that?
Until next time!


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.


Randy Bedard was our speaker today the owner of the Osoyoos Coyotes. The cost to run the team is over $300,000 and the benefit for our community is substantial as a major recreational opportunity for families and businesses to come watch as well the athletes and families support our local schools and businesses. This is Randy's third year with the Coyotes and Rotary's third year running the beverage garden. He and coach Ken Law work hard to recruit players from all over North America who are billeted with host families. Ken mentioned this years group of players is the nicest group of guys. They are on the ice every day + helping out in the community. At any given night there will be 5-6 scouts at a game representing other teams. Ken has been coaching for 36 years and has been fortunate to have many guys he has coached make it to the NHL. Randy is confident that the team is peaking at the right time this year. The Coyotes are holding a remote camp in Terrace BC which is a great opportunity to attract new recruits and well as a camp happening in Osoyoos in April. The KIJHL has 20 teams and it is an excellent entry level for Junior Hockey. Osoyoos has an opportunity to host the Cyclone Provincial Event in the coming years. There are about 150 season ticket holders and the Coyotes are one of the top teams for spectators, volunteers and business support. The Coyotes also has one of the best facilities in the league. Randy presented a cheque to Rotary today for $500 to the club with more to come later in the year.


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.




Hello all,

During the autumn break near the end of October, I moved to the island of Hirvensalo for a week, because my host family at the time and my family now were away.  The woman I stayed with, Ulla, her daughter is in Canada right now, in Barrie, Ont.  I didn't stay with her longer because she is travelling lots due to her job.  She was actually in New Orleans and she found out that alligators love marshmallows!  Ulla arranged a party where she invited some Swedish speaking Finns over and we cooked food from around the world.  There was like 16 of us, children (young adults really, there were 5 in university and just one in highschool, then me) and adults cooking up a storm!  We made Kraft Dinner (the various reactions to the ‘cheese’ were hilarious), ravioli, delicious chocolate cake that might have been French, a Russian dish, Jamie Oliver’s amazing satay sauce (aptly named) with chicken skewers, many others including a guest appearance by blueberry pancakes. 
There was also a Rotary Camp in a town called Laitila, about an hour away from Turku.  Basically most of the students in the district hung out, ate food, didn’t sleep and went to sauna.  Jumping in the lake after a sauna is one of the best and most horrifying things ever.  Let me paint the scene: it’s a dark, beautiful night, when suddenly, screams puncture the peaceful countryside as unwitting exchange students subject themselves to the icy clutches of the lake in a daring show of Finnish sisu.  As they clamber from the dock onto solid land, they start running back to the warm comfort of the sauna, heedless of any sharp debris littering the ground.  Are they laughing or crying as a wave of muggy air envelops them as they open the door?  Actually, I’m just kidding, it was great!  I think in Lapland there will either be a hole in the ice to jump in the lake or just rolling in the snow.  There will be snowboarding, cross-country or downhill skiing (or in my case, neither, for health reasons).  I am so excited for Lapland, despite the forecasted temperatures of -20 degrees, seeing all the other exchange students will be a blast!
I absolutely love my family now.  Everyone has their own schedule, but we’re all pretty laid back.  When Famu (Dad’s mom) comes over, then I really have to speak Finnish!  Some of the time we don’t quite get our messages across, but she is so patient and such a sweetie.  We watch Swedish, Finnish, British shows, with a little sneak at Osoyoos. 
I have taken up Zumba and running, due to my sister and dad respectively.  I persevere through the last kilometres with my mantra of ‘ravioli and a nap, ravioli and a nap,’ neither of which I do after the run, but it helps enormously. 
I went to Helsinki with my Dad and it was amazing to see the capital.  I wandered around the centre, saw some really cool churches and buildings and I went to an island fortress, Suomenlinna.  I still prefer Turku though! =) 
School is well, school.  I have fun making really horrible art (a statue recognizing Remembrance Day and a self-portrait as a chair.  And they were horrible because of my lack of painting and statuing (of course it’s a word) ability, visiting museums, listening to the History teacher talk about funny things I can’t understand, and making up nonsensical stories in English.
And the Christmas season is upon us!  There’s Christmas songs in the stores (or so I’ve been told, since I don’t recognize any of them), there are beautiful stars, a Christmas market on the weekends showcasing all the crafts and foods available, with a light dusting of snow to finish it off.
I can hardly believe that I have been in Finland for almost 4 months now.  Some of the changes I have accepted – sauna and cheese slicers (seriously the best things ever!) are very evident, but I won’t fully realize how much this year and the culture of Finland has affected me until I come back to Canada.  Although I do realize I try to fancy up my words to hide the fact that I sometimes can’t remember basics English words, like noon.
Picture is of my Halloween Rotary Party!  Guess who I was?
Best wishes,



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,, where she earned a graduate degree, Masters of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MAc&OM), following an undergraduate degree earned at Mills University near San Francisco (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.



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 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. 



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.



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:

The process of working toward a National Park stalled several years ago, largely because First Nations withdrew. They have since re-engaged, and seem to be serious about working with Parks Canada toward mutually beneficial protection of the area.

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.



Some of the things that I have been up to: hockey games (when I say Finns are shy, I do not mean in hockey, there is always a section that is cheering the whole game and this guy is always there with a drum).  I have been to many different museums – modern art, famous Finnish artists, historic museum with old buildings from the 1700’s, a ship museum and to Turun Linna (Turku Castle).  I don’t have photos because 1. They won’t let you take photos of the art and 2. My camera decided to take a plunge into the sea.  I tried sending it home, but it can’t go through the post because of the lithium battery.  
I went to a rehearsal of the musical ‘HAIR.’  I tell you that I wasn't expecting much and didn't even know what it was about, but it was so awesome!  The dances and singing and 60’s costumes were superb (now I’m sounding like an art critic from being to so many museums) but the only thing was…it was sung in Swedish (because it was at the Åbo Svenska Theatre, the Swedish theatre).  Despite not understanding a word (I kinda got the story) I wanted to see the whole show. 
So it is definitely autumn here, this weekend has been great weather, crisp and sunny, with the leaves in brilliant colours, but last week there was so much rain.  The rain isn’t so bad (despite not being used to it) because it’s usually not that windy or too cold.  Most Finns have a summer cottage and my host family took me to theirs on Sunday.  It was amazing, so peaceful and beautiful.  I can see being a kid and spending the whole summers there (like my host family did) while sailing on the lake, growing vegetables and exploring in the forest and finding many different kinds of mushrooms.  The summer cottage is about an hour away driving through Finnish countryside and seeing the villages.
The school system is a bit different; there are 5 periods/semesters per year, so that means 5 sets of different classes.  Each period is 5 weeks with a week of exams after.  Last week, the exam week, I went to different levels of English classes and gave a presentation about Canada and Osoyoos.  I spoke to Grade 7 and 8s (12 and 13 year olds), and also to 3-6 Graders, (from 10 to 13) in my host mother’s school.  All of the children really liked the pictures of Osoyoos and Spotted Lake that I showed them.  I also spent time with 1st and 2nd graders, and since their English was limited, I played games with them or asked their favourite colours. 
My new classes are: Arts 1 (I’ve heard there is a self-portrait as a chair painting), History (again, but this time it’s about Finland’s history), English, and Physics 1.  Next period is dance practice for this Vanhojen Tanssit, which is like prom, except people are waaay crazier about it.  It is in February, so 5 months away, but everyone is talking about getting a dance partner and dress already!  I’m not too worried about the date, because if you don’t have one, then you get a sailor to go with!  Hopefully I can rent a dress for cheap or borrow one from somebody. 
I think it is the Y chromosome or something because none of the guys will talk to the exchange students, but if you are put together in English class as a speed dating exercise, then they are willing to talk.
I will be switching host families when the autumn break comes up on October 18-21, which will be interesting to see a different family and home.  I absolutely love living basically in the center of the city and being able to walk to downtown and school.  But I also want to see different parts of the city too.
Here is a picture of my school with my host sister and I, then a picture in front of a summer cottage (a different one than the one I went to on Sunday.  This one is their grandfather's I think and it's on an island, Hirvensalo just a 15 minute drive away.) Cheers...until next time!


Today we welcomed Myers Bennett as our newest member. Ron Leigh introduced Jonathan Smith. He has many years experience retail and hotel management. He is currently the proud new owner of Wine Kitz. His wife Gail is a chef by profession but is a key partner in Wine Kitz. Currently Wine Kitz is one of the largest and most well respected wine producers in the world under the Peller Estates umbrella. His winemaker is based on niagara and is sourcing the best grapes and juices. Production of wine is done is St.Catherines, Ontario and then shipped throughout Canada. Each kit purchased at Wine Kitz provides the right tools to produce the wine. The kits range from 4-8 weeks for various varietals. The wine making stage at every process is carefully monitored. They offer a wine of the month promotion where wines are offered at 15% off.

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.



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 Bill and Ron before her!


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),

Today was our Club Assembly Meeting.
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!


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.

Today we welcomed 4 new members! Bill Lawrence, Linda Waynes, Craig and Janice Tucker. Also Natalie Lymbery was here visiting us. She was our inbound exchange student in 2007.

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.

Today our guest speaker was Kevin schur from the Osoyoos RCMP Area Commander. He provided us with an overview of priorities of Osoyoos and area. These included:
-Traffic Safety
-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)


2012ThemeLogoPresident Denis opened this last meeting in August with reminders about 2 upcoming Club events. Cheryle has Lobster on the Beach sign up sheets for various duties but the one duty that everyone will do is serve the lobster at 7. Please wear Osoyoos Rotary shirts for this portion of the evening. Ticket sales are going well so let her know soon if you need more. Jeff, Harold and Matt reported on the the Oct 20 curling fellowship event and it is looking like a real fun event so make sure you mark your calendars and plan to attend. Then there is the Oct 26-27 District Rotary Development weekend to be held right here in Osoyoos and we are required to have 2 delegates attend in order to access District funding money. We do have Brian and Jim attending but it would be great if others wanted to participate.
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 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!

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 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


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'. 


Today our speaker was not able to attend so we had a casual meeting. We had Abigail visiting from the Sunrise Club in Vancouver, Jim Kings nephew Jeff visiting from Vancouver and Gail Husel, Holly's mom visiting from Edmonton.

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

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.


Corina our German exchange student from 2010 and 2011 came to our club as a guest! So great to see her and to hear about her latest adventures in Germany. She plans on going to University and taking NeuroScience. She was inspired by the work ethics of Canadians and noted that this is likely because of Canadian kids having to pay for their post secondary education whereas in Germany post secondary is paid for by the government. When Corina went back to Germany she worked at a bakery and next worked in a bar to save enough money to come back to Canada to travel for 6 weeks in the Okanagan, Vancouver, and Victoria. She recently visited another exchange student Marietta in France. She has also recently travelled to Spain and Holland. Her family hosted an Austrailian exchange student and loved being back connected to the exchange program. She missed the friendliness and openness of the people in Canada. Corina is looking for a ride August long weekend to Vancouver. Anyone able to make that happen?

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.


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! 



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! 

Today we had Mari-Ann the Nordic Goddess come and speak to us about her vision to position the Town of Osoyoos as an international health mecca. She represented Team Canada in 2007 in Greece and came in 4th place in the World for Body Building. She grew up in Scandanavia where it wasn't unusual for a 2 year old to go on skis for an adventure. She stressed the importance of adults leading by example moving away from processed foods and genetically motified foods which is one of the leading caused of illness. Her programs are open for people all ages and feels that age is just a number. She feels passionate about teaching people how to eat healthy and heal their own bodies. Thank goodness McKia's served salad today for lunch! Mary Anne offers boot camps but offers many value added elements like healthy nutrition and a fitness plan. For more information please visit

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. 


Unfortunately our speaker for the day CJ Rhodes was not able to attend due to a family emergency so we took the liberty to have a "fireside" style meeting. We shared some last minute ideas and details about the golf tournament. Currently we have 93 golfers and 130 people for meals. Cheryle also mentioned that the ToO has offered to have Rotary work the Beer Gardens for all ToO events for the rest of the year. The Elks made $24,000 every year at the Cherry Fiesta so the thought it that there is potential for Rotary to make more money at the August 4th Artisan in the Park event. The club has a vote based on who could volunteer for this event. Moved the Red and White dinner for Lobsterfest is now Saturday, September 15. John gave us an update on Tianna who is having her knee surgery today. Our Brazilian student is really excited to come and she is working on getting her visa.

Today's speaker was Mayor Stu Wells with the Town of Osoyoos. He spoke to us about how pleased he is to work with such an enthusiastic new council who have already launched and completed numerous projects this year such as the new traffic light at cottonwood, upgrades to 62nd Ave, and the Marina. He explained about the 2% tax and how it is matched by the Federal Government for Town Improvements which is where a lot of the funding for the Marina. This funding has been renewed for 5 years which is great news. The goal is to get the 2% tax to 3% return like other communities such as Golden are receiving. He also gave us an update on the signage by-law which has caused a lot of controversy with local businesses. The Town of Osoyoos is working with local businesses to come up with a by-law that is a win/win for the Town and local businesses with a comfortable transition period. Stu wrapped up sharing that he feels such a positive energy from our town and that things are going in such a great direction.


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!


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



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 or call 250.276.2144. To volunteer please contact Kim at 250.488.5215 or email .

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.


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!

Today we had a packed meeting! We welcomed guests Tiana, Alessandera, Blaine from (Oliver Rotary), Keith Lacey (Osoyoos Times), Honourable Dick Harris and his wife Annie, John Slater, CJ Rhodes, and Sue McKortoff.

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!

Today we had the Oliver Rotary Club join us. We started the meeting by doing introductions and reminding our club that the Oliver Rotary Club is having their Auction on April 14th at the Oliver Community Centre. Gail Erickson spoke and gave us a history update that she has been in Rotary for 21 years; and has been a member in Oliver since 1998. She also told us about the original club which was Osoyoos and Orville which was started in 1974. She she presented Cheryle with our club records to keep during our meeting. This club began with 24 members and the cost was $10 to join. What a deal! Our club has 24 members now with two pending. After Gail's presentation we spent the rest of the meeting visiting and networking.


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 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.

Upcoming events:
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.


PE Dennis presided ......a good meeting with the best O Canada ever! There were updates and a few business items to start the meeting. First, a reminder to bring in grocery receipts from Buy Low and Family Foods as a fundraiser for the Hospice Society. Then Harold volunteered to lead the kite building committee for the district conference (with some help from John and volunteers yet to be named)! The lists of past golf tournament sponsors will come out soon and members will be asked to follow up in contacting them for this year's prizes. 
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?


On short notice, Brian Rawlings shared his bio/vocational talk with us as the speaker scheduled was forced to bail. The six guys and 1 guest present were enthralled!
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

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 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



 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. 

Thanks Judy! 


 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!

Good meeting! 





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.






 Jaxson congratulated mom Amy and Dad Jason on providing him his first sibling. Blaine Alexander Bartsch arrived November 8, weighing in at 6 lbs 11 oz at the Penticton Regional Hospital. 

Everyone is doing great at home.

Congratulations Jaxson! 



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 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!

 Happy Thanksgiving! 




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 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:

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 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! 


Sara kicked off our meeting by giving us an excellent presentation of her adventures in the Okanagan. She gave us an overview of life with her 3 gracious host families and highlights of her year in Canada. Some of these highlights include: learning to snowboard at Mount Baldy, learning to golf, playing on the volleyball team and raising money with the team to play in Hawaii, discovering hockey at the Osoyoos Coyote games, graduation, and prom. Sara's vibrant and outgoing personality enabled her to make life long friends here in the Okanagan. We will all miss Sara tons and wish her well back in Belgium next month.


 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 

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. 




 June 11th was a huge day for our exchange students. Their graduation ceremonies were held at the school and Sarah Benali and Avry Coutu received their diplomas in a very moving ceremony. Avry, our outbound selection for this year going to Thailand, was the co-validictorian speaker with Marina, who was our other nomination, and they did a great speach. President Ryan presented our Rotary Scholarship Award for $1000 to Brock Anderson. Marize gave awards on behalf of the School District and another host mom for Sarah, Charlene Fernandes was there to give awards as well so a large Rotary presence in our school. We should be very proud of both Sarah and Avry!


 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.


We had the pleasure of having Richard Walker as our guest speaker. Richard is a Food Forester, Designer, Herbalist and Organic Farmer. He walked as through some amazing plants, herbs, and fruits that he has grown in a self sustaining forest garden. Some examples include echinecea, ginseng, ginkgo, and schizandra. We all left the meeting surprised to know how many plants and herbs can be grown right here in our climate.

 Hi John,
This will be my last report home for the year. As of today I have 19 days left of my exchange. Sorry that the emails have become a bit more sporradic over the past two months. Things have gotten incredibly busy. The family that I live with now is treating me really well and I love staying at their house. We travel all the time to Manila because my three host siblings go to school there and we've been busy getting ready for the new school year. We've all been on vacation since march and school will start again this June. If I'm not in Manila or travelling then I'm at our giant house situated near the irreputedly most beautiful volcano in the country. Since the other rotex started going home on the 16th of May there have been lots of trips planned for us to go to eachother's cities to get in some last minute visits. Currently there are only 3 of the original 5 left and the next will leave June 1st. My life here is so set now that I can't imagine going back to Canada. Everything will be completely different. I won't eat with the same cutlery, shower the same way, cross the street the same way, everything. Over the past 10 months I've learned to be completely different in everything I do, from my actions to my thinking. I know that when I chose to come to the Philippines I was hoping for an experience that would be completely different from anything I had ever seen before. Nothing could have been truer. My world has been turned upside down and rebuilt from the ground up and I'm a better person for it. I'm excited to come home but at the same time worried to leave my life. I feel like I'm about to start an exchange all over again. Thank you all for allowing me the chance to have this experince. I'll be able to properly thank you all back home but nothing truly can ever express how great this exchange was. 
Diyos mabalos po sa gabos at ingat po kamo pirmi.
Thank you for everything and take care all of you, 



This week Denise Eastlick came to speak to us from the Desert Society with some new updates.

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.



Darlene and Dennis opened up their amazing home to all of us Rotarians and the GSE team. What a view from their home! We got to test our skills with darts, horse shoes, slow bike racing, hula hooping, and trivia. We all had a lovely meal and a great time visiting and getting to the know GSE team. Thanks again to our wonderful hosts Dennis and Darlene.

Today we welcomed the GSE team from Bangladesh which consisted of a team of 4. Shohid Ahmed Chowdhury is the GSE team leader who has been a Rotarian for 22 years. He owns a Furniture Manufacturing company and is the proud father of two daughters. Next, Ms Ishrat Akhond who is a Human Resources and Leadership Consultant, Md. Shariful Islam who at the young age of 25 is a successful Occupational Therapist, and Md. Ishrat Ibne Ismail who teaches in the Department of English at Shahjalal University. Each of the team members prepared an informative presentation about their families, jobs, and they also gave us an overview of Bangladesh. We are all encouraged to watch Beautiful Bangladesh


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. 


This week welcomed the Osoyoos Royalty which consistented of Kathy (leader), Shelby (Ambassador), Harmen (Princess), and Brianne (Princess). All four spoke to us about the importance of the program and the extra time spent travelling to other communities. They highlighted their involvement in Toastmasters which they all disliked and the start but grew to love towards the end. They have asked our club to contibute $100 for each of the 3 girls to participate in the Royalty Speech Competition


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



PE Cheryle presided over today's meeting that was highlighted by 2 programs. In the first, Mat Hassen and Ken Favrholdt spoke to the upcoming June 4th referendum on the potential new home for the Osoyoos and District Museum. The current site is a 57 year old curling rink which would be prohibitive to renovate. The referendum is to request a $21 /household annual tax to purchase the existing Home Hardware building on Main St. They are asking for all of us to support them in motivating both the rural and town folks to return a positive vote. Kai ByeJensen spoke next encouraging everyone to register as an organ donor. Kai himself had a heart transplant 14 years ago when he was 57. He is 71 now and golfs and skiis ...amazing. He volunteers for the BC Transplant Society and stressed the need for more men to register, evidently women outnumber the guys! Great to see faces not seen at meetings for awhile; Holly, Peter and John C., welcome back. Cheryle advised we are manning a beer garden event June 10/11/12 as a fundraiser. Help is also needed for the golf tournament and we are looking for host families for Alessander over the next school year. Sarah drew the 50/50 ticket but somehow missed drawing the joker!

Happy spring to the Okanagan! The last month/month and a half has been really busy here. I changed to my last family this past march and have been really happy so far. The whole family is really nice and they try hard to include me in everything they do. School ended just before I switched families so as soon as I got there we started taking some trips around the area. We went to a private resort on an island in the middle of nowhere. It was the kind of place where we met senators and wealthy foreign vacationers. A couple days later we went to the most southern tip of Luzon island to see whalesharks. Whalesharks are the worlds biggest fish and can grow to be up to 13 meters long. To find them everyone goes out on the ocean in a boat manned with a captain, diver and whaleshark spotter. They drive around untill the spotter sees one and then quickly the tourists jump in and swim alongside the whaleshark for about 2 minutes. It's impossible to describe how big the whaleshark is when you're right beside it. The first time is scary as all hell when a giant head just suddely pops up infront of you. Swimming alongside a whaleshark is like swimming with a car beside you. This april 6th-12th I was on the resort island of Boracay for our district conference. Boracay is in the Visayas region of the country which is a lot of small islands in the middle of the country. The area is famous for tourists and i found out why. The sand is white and powdery like flour and the water is blue and crystal clear for as far as you can see. During the day families are walking up and down the beach and the boardwalk while eating or buying souvenirs. At night the young people- especially those students from manila- begin to come out and the whole beach is filled with music for about 6 km of beachfront. It's stranger to be in silence than to hear dance music at night. People from all over the world come to Boracay. I even managed to meet a few Canadians! Summer time is here in the Philippines and holy its hot. Yesterday was 35 and today 37. Our summer trip here is getting planned right now but we still dont know anything for sure yet. Its getting really surreal to think that I only have 2 months left here. This is home now and I'm not sure how I'm going to leave. I'm so adjusted here now that things in Canada seem strange. Sacha

Todays meeting featured the highest attendance of the year and a great speaker. 15 members, plus Sarah and Avry heard an inspiring and informative talk by Tana Silverland . Tana is 10 months into a 2 1/2 year bicycle tour across Canada to raise awareness about SOS Children's Villages. She has been riding since last June, 2800 miles, starting out from Whitehorse and now heading East to share her passion about this international charity. SOS Children's Villages is currently raising over 78,000 orphaned and abandoned children in more than 508 Villages in over 130 countries. They provide a home, a SOS mother, siblings and a future to children at risk and in need. There is one village in Canada and that is in Surrey where PE Cheryle once served as a director. Tana concluded her talk with the notion that 'there is no task nobler than giving children a better future'. Pres Ryan presented Tana with the proceeds of Happy Bucks. Check out this worthy charity at Thanks to Jim and Cheryle for hosting Tana while in Osoyoos. Have a great weekend in Naramata Sarah and Avry! Remember, no noon meeting next week - instead there will be a bowling social at 6 on Friday at the Kobau Lanes.

Past two weeks in Mexico left me behind in newsletters - this catch up would have been in Spanish then but John Cooper would cringe at the linguistic atrocities! The March 24th meeting saw 12 members 3 guests hear Janice Perino (Rotarian and past Mayor of Summerland) present on the South Okanagan Similkameen Foundation. Janice talked about the Foundation and Health Care in general and thanked the Rotary Club of Osoyoos for their generous donation of $25,000 a few years ago. The Regional Hospital in Penticton currently services a population of 90,000. Osoyoos, Oliver and OK Falls area population is 48.3% over the age of 65 years which tends to clearly identify who is in most need of Health Care. Janice also spoke to the lack of any more Government funds to support health care, 49% of the provincial budget in 2010 goes to Health Care and the current rate by 2017 it will be 71% of the budget. The Foundation goals for this year are 1) Urology Campaign 2) Radionthon 3) Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment equipment. Shelly then lead the cheer leading for the Osoyoos Coyotes and mentioned beer sales were over $1,000 for the first two games against Castelgar. PE Cheryle chaired the Mar 31st meeting and introduced Bobi Emblin to the 9 members in attendance as a guest for the last time as she is now our newest member. Ron Leigh was the program and he shared his 13 make up meeting experiences in Southern California and Mexico. He had quite a time and enjoyed them all. He met authors, wine makers and was always made welcome. These make ups kept Ron's 100% attendance record intact! Cheryle had two housekeeping items. 1) Reviewed the motion made at our board meeting and called the question to the group as to whether they would choose OGCC or McKia's as a year round menu and McKia's was the choice 2) The Town has asked us to get involved in running beer gardens for a couple of events coming up (Show and Shine & Water Festival) - these should be a great fund raising event for us and our reputation for alcohol association grows! Shelly asked the group to get involved with the Coyotes appreciation day. We would be flipping dogs and burgers and running our banner of support. More details to come from Shelly. Dennis brought up the Fellowship Social for April 15th at Kobau Lanes starting at 6PM. All members, spouses and family members are welcome. The Thursday April 14th meeting will be cancelled and make way for the social on Friday at Kobau, more details to follow.

This St Patricks Day meeting was at the Best Western - talk about full circle as this club was chartered as a morning club at this spot in 2003. Harold was resplendent in full Paddy colours! Ryan advised that Rotary's exchange students in Japan were all safe and heading home. Our guest speaker was our outbound student Avry, who brought us up to date on his Rotary experiences to date which included the Weekend in the Mountain at Revelstoke - an amazing time! He has not heard where he is going to in Thailand as yet but wherever it is, he is looking forward to language and religion studies (and NO MATH!). In the meantime he is enjoying coaching in the Rattler basketball rookie camp. Jeff gave us the Rotary minute, giving much sought after prizes for correctly guessing many tough Rotary questions. Shelly bragged about her amazing Coyotes and nailed down volunteers for the bar - this series with Castlegar is the last one in which there will be home games. Harold was the draw winner on behalf of our 2 exchange students but luck. One more meeting at the BW and then back to the golf club. Reminder for the Board Meeting on Monday March 28th at Doug's office at the Osoyoos Credit Union - everyone welcome to attend.

There were 8 special guests attending our meeting today. Sarah and Avry of course and from the Legion, Wayne Lundin and Wayne Knight, from the Elks CLub, Ken Usher and Leroy Olson, and from the Lions, Brian Chadsey. There was also a visitor from Gimley Manitoba, Bobbi Emblin. Ryan presented the group with the signage project for service clubs and all where very interested and it appears we may have lift off by the end of the month. It was suggested we apply for all directions which would mean 4 signs. Harold Cox was back and loved his trip to New Zealand and suggested all add this trip to their bucket list. Coyotes are still undefeated going into the 3rd round of the playoffs. The Lions, Legion and Elks gave a mini presentation of what their goals are and all the many contributions they make to our community. Bill Lott gave the Rotary Minute using the S word. (Synergy)

Happy 25th anniversary of the Peoples Power revolution! 25 years ago today the people of the Philippines went out into the streets and peacefully told the Marcos regime that enough was enough. Many places were shut down today and crowds gathered in Manila to remember the event. The tv has been doing specials all day. Street poles are tied with yellown ribbons to remember Corazon Aquino the leader who came after the Marcos family. The current president is the child of Corazon. Every Filipino is so proud on this day to think of how far their country has come since such dark times. The revolution is parallell to the protests which just occurred in Egypt and Tunisia. I just really wanted to write home to you because I was having one of those special exchange student moments where you're doing something really ordinary and yet you just realize its the most spectacular thing ever and that you NEVER would have dreamed to do this back in Canada. I was just sitting around a small table with a lady who does the laundry in the house and Chang. Chang is a 60 something year old lady who wanders around the house and cooks and sings to herself. We were just sitting there and taking apart a HUGE jackfruit, and when I say huge it was probably twice as big as a large watermellon. Chang is telling me storries about the old days and her home and all the delicious fruits they grow there and her father. 6 months ago I never could have had this conversation or ever dreamed that it would have been something so normal. It feels like I just got here yesterday and yet I have to leave in three and a half months. Everything is good here. School ends in a month and then comes the good stuff(travelling)! Ingat, Sacha

Lots of whining about the cold -7C temps outside but it was a cool meeting inside! The scheduled speaker failed to show so it was up to Bill Lott and Sarah to fill in. Bill did his bio and vocational talk and entertained us with stories of his moves with CIBC. He joined them when he was 20 and lived in Comox, Kelowna, Penticton, Grand Forks and Ocean Falls and loved them all .... his wife maybe some places less so! He retired from the bank at 59 and has worked for Edward Jones since and heads to Belize next week in his first official act in retirement.... that he is telling us about! His wife, 5 grandkids and 1 dog will keep him busy. Marieze took our Belgian traveller to Vancouver 2 weekends ago and Spokane this weekend. Last weekend was in Revelstoke and next weekend back to Vancouver before heading off to Hawaii in Mid March. Buses, cars, planes don't faze Sarah a bit. Jeff's number was drawn but alas, no joker. Cheryle and Jim gave us a summary of PETS this past weekend - evidently a huge success, but long! Everyone is welcome to the Board Meeting tonight.

The Feb 17 meeting was short on members but large on content. 10 members and 2 guests were treated to an insightful presentation by Tamara Aspell representing the Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Center. With offices in Oliver and Osoyoos, Desert Sun provides services and outreach programs to women in the community suffering from abuse, with a short-term safe shelter, counselling to women, children, juveniles and men. Funded primarily by various government agencies, Tamara pointed out the limited hours they have to work with clients but still manage to provide an incredibly valuable community service. Sarah talked about her great weekend in Vancouver with Marieze and now heads off this weekend with Avry to Revelstoke with all the district exchange students. Cheryle and Jim are on a junket to Seattle to take in the president-elect training. Have fun! Doug Mathews somehow won the jackpot - start again next week! And Bill Lott announced his retirement ... at last and soon- well done!

Dennis presided today in his capacity as incoming president elect (ok, that means he has agreed to be our President following Cheryle's year). He introduced 3 guests, Sarah and Avry and the speaker, Mayor Stu Wells. A self-professed braggart about Osoyoos, Stu gave a wide ranging update on progress and issues affecting the town. The budget is taking up much of the current agendas and he announce he is hopeful for a 0% increase, the only outstanding issue being the CUPE negotiations. He emphasized the low commercial tax rates and legal 2nd suites as attractors to business and affordable housing. He gave updates on the OSSS closure, DO changes, sustainability study, Okanagan Basin Water Board and the Marina progress. The latter was making good progress until a worker found a painted turtle in the mud ... stay tuned for when work starts again! Today was Shelley's birthday - Kurt was there to lead the singing! Happy bucks revealed that spring was on the way and Marieze is showing Sarah Vancouver this weekend. We will be needing volunteers for beer sales once we know when what the playoff schedule will be for those incredible Coyotes.

This week Doug and Dennis presented to us as "new" members. Although Doug was born in Ontario Doug has spent almost his entire life living in BC. He went to high school in Summerland, went to UBC, and spent several years in Vancouver before returning to the Okanagan. He is proud to have assisted the Osoyoos Credit Union with the launch of the Wealth Management Division. Doug loves working with people of all stages and walks of life. Doug has two children who also live in the Okanagan. When he isn't working you are likely to find him golfing. Dennis was born in England and spent many years living in different cities before laying his roots in Osoyoos. He and his wife were high school sweethearts and have been married for 40 years this November! They have two kids and a grandbaby on the way in June. Dennis has always been attracted to commission sales. He started off working in a bakery, then sold office equipment, launched a Xerox shop and in 2009 he started his career in real estate. Dennis loves life on his acreage. I think we should have our next Rotary social/party at his place:) We ended the meeting with Dennis acknowledging each of our members and how we all contribute something different/unique to Rotary. It was really nice to see how we are all so involved and passionate about Rotary.

This week we had Dianne Richard present for our group for CASI Osoyoos. Dianne started her presentation by thanking our group for our generous donation to help purchase their shuttle. She told us some great stories of how their services have helped seniors in our area with simple tasks like getting groceries, doctors appointments, all the way to social outings. CASI offers transportation, companionship, referral service, and youth match for seniors. They are all for enabling senior's independence. They are in big need of more volunteers so for more information on volunteering please contact Dianne at 250.495.6925 or email her at

Our meeting started with an update from Sara in regards to a new fundraiser she is doing for her Grad selling raffle tickets. One of her goals for 2011 is to get John out snowboarding. Sounds like fun! Avery also gave us the update that he was accepted as our 2011 outgoing exchange student destined for Thailand. Already Avery is making progress with his confidence levels speaking to our group and seems extremely excited an appreciative to be a part of the exchange program. Ryan also shared with us a video from PETS featuring Rick King who is quite the comedian. Rick's overall message was that in todays world being "uncommon" is being "extraordinary". He explained how those that go above and beyond as leaders are uncommon. When we are sick we want an uncommon doctor. When we are in trouble we want an uncommon lawyer. Ultimately being uncommon is something we all strive for as Rotarians in stepping up and making a difference. Our meeting turned sentimental in a hurry and we all shared some positive vibes. You just had to be there:)

PE Cheryle presided and introduced our guest speaker, Joan Zennstrom to the 10 members - plus Sarah! Joan entertained us with her 30 years history as a Customs and Immigration Officer, with 20 of those in Osoyoos so you should recognize her! She retired in 2009 and now owns a consulting business here. She provides Immigration services to independent applicants and businesses in Canada and oversees. A neat lady and a good presentation. Happy bucks revealed that Harold was off to NZ for 6 weeks van camping with Audrey and we only later found out it was his birthday! Good news from one of our snowbirds ... Peter was elected Czar of Recycling at his park resort! Evidently it was because he could actually bend over and then had a truck! Congrats!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Everything here is going well. December has been a month full of travel for me. In early December my club went to a small town in the mountains called Currey. This village was actually built and funded by rotary so that the inhabitants could live within an area which would provide stable land for them to grow sugarcane as their source of income. The club donated gifts, clothing and small treats to the local children while also giving a small amount of money to each family. The families were so grateful for the goods, especially clothes. I have never before seen anything like that in my life. As soon as the rotarians said ,"Clothing for young girls", there was a line 20 deep of children hoping to just get a t-shirt or a pair or shorts. Earlier this year a volcano erupted in the province of Sorsogon. The inhabitants of the city near the volcano were affected by the ash and also the lahars that followed. (A lahar is like a mudslide but caused by the mixing of (rain)water and volcanic ash. Usually much more dangerous) A few members of my club and myself went with other rotarians from the surrounding provinces to distribute care packages to the families of the closest Barangay to the volcano. A Barangay is the smallest form of Filipino government. Each city or town is divided into Barangays which have some power to govern themselves. In case the families have to evacuate the area they now have some nonperishable goods which will last a family for a few days until they are able to get more. I was able to talk to the children about what it was like when the volcano erupted and what plans they have for the future in case the volcano does erupt. From the 17-22 I was at the house of one of the exchange students from Brazil. We had a lot of fun and her host club was really nice. On the last morning I was able to climb a gorgeous mountain and see the view for miles around. Christmas here is different from Canada in a lot of ways. At midnight on the 24th everyone goes to church for Christmas mass. Right after that everyone goes home eats a big dinner and exchanges gifts. At my house we went to mass then ate dinner and had a gift exchange, like secret santa, with the workers of the house and family business. After that not much happened. From most peoples accounts of Christmas it was a bit more subdued than usual. On the 25th we do nothing so it was a bit hard for me on Christmas day. I skyped back home to my family but that's about it. On the 27th I went to the town of San Jose which is where my host grandmother lives. Its a very small rural area and the people there live in really traditional ways. Some of the houses are still constructed from bamboo and fronds. On her birthday Lola(grandmother) invites lots of children to her home and gives them a hot meal for the night and any old clothes, toys or useful things she has around the house. The parents each go home with a package of food for their families. A host uncle of mine used to be the Barangay chairman in the area and so he was telling me a lot about the people who live there. Most of the farmers don't actually own their land and as such they pay rent or a percent of the profits to the true owners. Some people lend money to the farmers but if the crop fails, due to weather reasons, they are left in huge debt and have to sell their land to the debtor. Another hard thing for the people is that after planting their rice there is little work to be done until three months later in harvest season. Most people don't have skills to practice between planting seasons or the work is just so sparse that it can't be shared between everyone. It's saddening but its really the reality here. The more you know and see the more depressing the situation of the country becomes. Anyways! A new year approaches and so does the second half of my exchange. I'll be changing families in January for the first time so it's a fresh start for the new year. Hope all of you are doing well. Take care on the slopes!
Ryan asked me if I would give a positive personel story from my years in Rotary. With 30 years in Rotary there are many. The highlight for me is Rotary's campaign to end polio worldwide. I was asked to chair this committee in Calgary West when it was first introduced. No one in my club knew that I had a special interest in this campaign as I am a polio survivor. I contracted polio in 1953 when I was only 10 years old. Spent weeks in hospital with some in a iron lung. Lost a year of schooling. I have few side effects from polio, I was lucky, my roommates brother died the day I was admitted. Polio took many lives. All this to say Rotary and Partners have made a huge impact not only on polio eradication but in many other ways. It's a privilege to be a Rotarian.
Another fun meeting - this one presided very confidently by PE Cheryle ... 14 members and 4 guests heard Jim Newman, Manager of Community Development for Osoyoos speak to us on his role and the upcoming integrated Community Sustainability Plan. Jim has been in this position since August of last year and brings a wealth of experience from successful roles most recently in Edmonton. In addition to the Community Development role, Jim has been charged with economical development which he views as the attraction, retention and expansion of businesses in Osoyoos. Jim stressed the importance of the upcoming meetings January 14 (7:00 - 9:00pm) and 15 (9:30 - 3:30) at the Sonora Centre at which everyone is invited to attend and express their vision of Osoyoos, what is most important and critical to each of us. This input will go a long way in defining the strategy that will guide our Community. This is a great opportunity for us to participate in a community action plan so please attend if you can. Holly is a member of the Community sustainability Action Team that is sponsoring this event. A good Q&A followed an excellent lunch. Sarah attended the meeting sporting her Coyotes jersey - the club's Christmas present!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Everything here is going well. December has been a month full of travel for me. In early December my club went to a small town in the mountains called Currey. This village was actually built and funded by rotary so that the inhabitants could live within an area which would provide stable land for them to grow sugarcane as their source of income. The club donated gifts, clothing and small treats to the local children while also giving a small amount of money to each family. The families were so grateful for the goods, especially clothes. I have never before seen anything like that in my life. As soon as the rotarians said ,"Clothing for young girls", there was a line 20 deep of children hoping to just get a t-shirt or a pair or shorts. Earlier this year a volcano erupted in the province of Sorsogon. The inhabitants of the city near the volcano were affected by the ash and also the lahars that followed. (A lahar is like a mudslide but caused by the mixing of (rain)water and volcanic ash. Usually much more dangerous) A few members of my club and myself went with other rotarians from the surrounding provinces to distribute care packages to the families of the closest Barangay to the volcano. A Barangay is the smallest form of Filipino government. Each city or town is divided into Barangays which have some power to govern themselves. In case the families have to evacuate the area they now have some nonperishable goods which will last a family for a few days until they are able to get more. I was able to talk to the children about what it was like when the volcano erupted and what plans they have for the future in case the volcano does erupt. From the 17-22 I was at the house of one of the exchange students from Brazil. We had a lot of fun and her host club was really nice. On the last morning I was able to climb a gorgeous mountain and see the view for miles around. Christmas here is different from Canada in a lot of ways. At midnight on the 24th everyone goes to church for Christmas mass. Right after that everyone goes home eats a big dinner and exchanges gifts. At my house we went to mass then ate dinner and had a gift exchange, like secret santa, with the workers of the house and family business. After that not much happened. From most peoples accounts of Christmas it was a bit more subdued than usual. On the 25th we do nothing so it was a bit hard for me on Christmas day. I skyped back home to my family but that's about it. On the 27th I went to the town of San Jose which is where my host grandmother lives. Its a very small rural area and the people there live in really traditional ways. Some of the houses are still constructed from bamboo and fronds. On her birthday Lola(grandmother) invites lots of children to her home and gives them a hot meal for the night and any old clothes, toys or useful things she has around the house. The parents each go home with a package of food for their families. A host uncle of mine used to be the Barangay chairman in the area and so he was telling me a lot about the people who live there. Most of the farmers don't actually own their land and as such they pay rent or a percent of the profits to the true owners. Some people lend money to the farmers but if the crop fails, due to weather reasons, they are left in huge debt and have to sell their land to the debtor. Another hard thing for the people is that after planting their rice there is little work to be done until three months later in harvest season. Most people don't have skills to practice between planting seasons or the work is just so sparse that it can't be shared between everyone. It's saddening but its really the reality here. The more you know and see the more depressing the situation of the country becomes. Anyways! A new year approaches and so does the second half of my exchange. I'll be changing families in January for the first time so it's a fresh start for the new year. Hope all of you are doing well. Take care on the slopes!
We had the pleasure of two members of the Omak Rotary Club come visit our club meeting. Bob gave us an overview on the Omak clubs initiatives. Two of their major events are their annual wine and cheese where they auction off creative desserts and the Omak Stampede. You'll never guess how much money their club raises!!! $30,000 for the Wine and Cheese Auction Event and $9000 just in beer sales from the Omak Stampede. It was great to hear them share areas of focus and to see how many things our communities have in common such as: limited opportunities for youth, water quality, schools needing support. They suggested we request to have the district send out a team to do a Visioning Exercise with our club. Everyone who attended the meeting seemed keen on this idea. Always great to be open to new ideas. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Christmas Party tonight at Walnut Beach at 6:00!

Osoyoos Rotary sent 2 strong candidates to Kelowna last weekend to the outbound student exchange selection process. Avry Coutu was selected and will represent our Club abroad next year. Avry was also one of the jrRYLA students we sent to Naramata in October and followed up with an excellent presentation on it 2 weeks ago. Well done Avry! Our other candidate Marina Hiebert is the 1st alternate in the District so we are hopeful that she will get a placement as well. Avry learns which country he will be going to next week.
The first meeting in December and only 3 weeks to Christmas! Of course Cheryle and Jim have already gone ahead and celebrated with a marriage last week! How do we top that? Congratulations guys! 14 members and 2 guests enjoyed lunch and a great presentation and discussion by Susan Brown from Interior Health. Susan is an RN and a senior administrator with Community Health Services and one of 18,000 Interior Health Employees! Susan shared trends and changes that affect us as we think about health services. One priority is strengthening primary health care ie more family doctors as a way to reduce overall costs and improve health care delivery. Another was the emphasis on care outside the hospital which allows more elderly to receive care at home. Good question and answer session. El Presidente Ryan had his ticket drawn and then proceeded to win the $150 pot. We are all confident Rotary Foundation will be pleased with his contribution?
I can't believe it's coming on four months since I arrived here. Right after I last updated you was the world's most evil RYLA. The other exchange student from my city and I went to Manila two days before the RYLA so we could get to the venue quite easily. We stayed in the condo of her host mother who of course accompanied us. The night before the RYLA we both became horribly ill and spent the evening exchanging places in front of the toilet to puke. So the next morning we arrived at the RYLA and proceeded to involve ourselves while not throwing up. We were sleeping in tents on top of a mountain and the first night it rained. When it rains here, it RAINS. So the whole campsite became a quagmire. My sandals broke in the mud and I gave up to walking around barefoot. The showers were pipes protruding from the walls and about 5 inches of flooded water at the bottom at all times. Toilets, were non flushing. We laugh about it now but I can remember waking up three mornings in a row very angry. After that was a fantastic trip to a resort about an hour from Manila. It's theme is Native Filipino and so we spent a day and night sitting in a hot tub or going around the grounds. We returned home around the 25th of October to find that the christmas tree had been put up already which is really quite regular. Some businesses have been playing christmas music since september. Second semester started around the first week of November so I chose my classes which are: Chemistry, Filipino Literature, Logic, Values Formation and Peace Education, Personality Development and Love, Courtship and Marriage. So a really ecclectic mix of classes and I've really yet to attend most of them! Three of my classes fall on saturdays and my club or family often has activities on saturdays. Then on the 17th of November I left with my Tita and Tito to go to Manila. On the 18th we, and 22 other rotarians/rotarian affiliates, flew to Bangkok. What a beautiful city. From the the ideas that one usually gathers of Bangkok it would seem to be a city of sin, poverty and lots of transvestites. Only the last one is true! The city has drugs and prostitution absolutly, but like any city its only there is you are looking for it. Compared to Canada there are obviously areas poorer and dirtier in Bangkok but as compared to Manila is a much cleaner and modern city. I felt like i was back in Canada there, which is strange because it's still thousands of kilometers away. The other student I was with agreed with me that we really got what we asked for when we went to the Philippines if we feel at home in Bangkok. We had both asked for a country which was nothing like our own and would give us a huge culture shock. The temples of Thailand are gorgeous and the people are so friendly. If you take out a map people will come within seconds to ask if they can help you get to where you want. Now I'm back at home and going to school. I've had to adjust to my new schedule because this semester my weekday classes are all 2 PM and later. So now that my morning's are free I have to find a different schedule. It's been hard to keep track of friends from school after semester change because if your schedules don't coincide at all you will really not see them. Now it's time for the current geographical updates. The big island here(Luzon) was hit hard in the North by a class 4 typhoon (bagyo) This is the poorest area of the country with many people still living in traditional ways or at least heavily agrarian and in poverty. Thousands of people were homeless afterwards. As the maids in the house said, "If there is a typhoon we will have no more houses. They will be FLAT!" at which point they clap their hands and laugh because it's happened to all of them before. Every Filipino knows that after a bagyo you just pick yourself up and fix what's left or build it again. There was an earthquake in late October which is really rare for this area. It was a 6 which is still quite strong and very exciting. Lots of things were going *thunk thunk* and my mattress was sliding around on my bed with me on top. Right now, about three hours away, a volcano is erupting plumes of ash but shows no signs of doing anything more. My club might be going down to distribute masks to the citizens of the city at the foot of the volcano because they are a poor community and are experiencing health problems from the ash. If they do plan on going I will be right there too! December will be dry season so there's no more typhoons or rain for a few months. It doesnt feel much like christmas or winter here. Apparently it's cold now but if I can still sweat in a t-shirt and shorts it's not THAT cold. I don't envy you though. One year of perma-summer is just heaven. I think that's all the news for now. Ingat. take care and talk to you soon.
PP Ron introduced Deputy Mayor Michael Ryan as the guest speaker. Michael first recognized the many community contributions by Rotary locally and then gave us an update on the plans and priorities for the town. A large component of the plans is the focus on sustainability in the areas of water, environment, waste reduction and energy useage. There are task forces requiring volunteers on affordable housing, lake useage, sustainability action planning and agriculture. The recommendations from these will be incorporated into the long term plans. Questions followed and the issue of affordable housing was high on members concerns. 10 members plus Sarah attended with Ron winning the 50/50 but missing the joker - there are only 3 cards left! Following the meeting several members stayed on to decorate the Rotary Christmas tree (click on it to enlarge) with decorations donated by Jeff/Roger/Bill and Marieze. The tree can be viewed with many others making up the Festival of Trees - well worth while taking a family tour at Nk'Mip.
Sarah (our amazing 'Girl Belgium' exchange student) gave a wonderful presentation on her home country, city, school, family, and herself. Did you know Sarah is from the Kingdom of Belgium of 9 million people? She is into kick boxing? Her younger brother Simon will also be a YE student? Wearing the Belgium flag as a sash, Sarah concluded with a solo singing of her national anthem. We were also presented with a summary of the successful jrRYLA camp in October where the club had sent 3 leadership students from OSS. Avry Coutu spoke and was very appreciative of the exposure and learnings - he is also one of our 2 outbound candidates for 2011. 14 members plus Sarah and 1 guest attended - Holly's ticket was drawn but alas, no joker!
The highlight of the Rotary Year is always the international conference and if any member has thoughts of attending, consider that our club is prepared to help you with finances, at least to the extent of the registration fees! In May 21-25 2011, New Orleans will host the conference which is likely to be attended by more than 25,000 Rotarians from around the world. The rebuilt city with the legendary French Quarter, Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street jazz, Cajun and Creole cuisine is planning quite a celebration. Just let Pres Ryan know of your intentions and he can help with conference information, registration forms and available financial support.
At our last meeting Randy and Ken spoke to us about the Osoyoos Coyotes. Both Ken and Randy are extremely thankful for all the support the Osoyoos Rotary Club has offered the Coyotes. Support from spectators and businesses has far exceeded their expectations... not to mention the Coyotes are in first place in the KIJHL with an 8-1-0-1 record on the season. Randy and Ken shared with us that the players are a great group of boys both on and off the ice. For more information please visit

Thursday's meeting was Past Presidents night and it was fun! The venue was Passatempo (where our noon meetings will be held for the next 5 months) and they did a superb dinner presentation ...thanks Paul! I did note that the other customers joined in on O'Canada! Pres Ryan presented PP Ron with a plaque and much deserved congratulations for the past year ... enlarge the photo here to see the presentation and catch the neat tie too. 10 members and 8 guests attended.

Scott Arthur, Facility Manager of the Sterile Insect Release Program (SIR) gave a fascinating presentation on Thursday. This is an area-wide and environmentally friendly approach to managing the codling moth, one of the BC tree fruit industry's most damaging and costly pests. The SIR Program operates in the fruit growing areas of the Okanagan, Similkameen and Shuswap Valley. 252,000,000 sterile moths are released each growing season to protect apple and pear fruit. This was the last luncheon to be held at the Golf Club this year - next week is an evening meeting (Past Presidents Dinner) at the Passa Tempo restaurant and the future lunches will also be there. 12 members and 3 guests attended - Vaughn drew the ticket but not the joker. The picture is of Scott - turn your laptop on its side!

An excellent presentation by Michael Newman on World Neighbors, a Canadian chapter of a virtual NGO organization. They have projects in Nepal, Honduras and Ghana. WN Canada supports local organizations that build on traditional knowledge and values to help people to analyze and solve their own problems, spending 3-6 years in each project. Funds are raised here, matched with CIDA funds and every cent goes to the projects, mainly in the form of salaries and loans. Our club has donated several thousands over the past few years. El Pres Ryan encouraged all club members to attend the Coyotes home game on October 22 where the iron lung will be on the ice before the game to promote our End Polio Now campaign. 11 members and 3 guests pulled for Vaughn Denis to draw the joker but alas...

September and October have been busy months. So last I updated you it was the end of Penafrancia which was almost a month ago today. So a few days after Penafrancia there is MORE fiesta. It's a period of about 3-4 days where people are constantly visiting others and eating. My tita and tito told me this year they were going to try and make sure they knew who was at the house because last year the neighbour's, neighbour's, neighbour's, friends were comming over. Apparently people are always asking for cash advances to pay for enough food to entertain any guests that come over. People even pawn off jewlery and buy it back later so they can have a stocked table. So for these three or four days there is food everywhere and drinks everywhere and people constantly in and out of the house. We hired a chef and a team of cooks to handle all the food. Ah then there is the fluvial procession! they carry the image of Ina along the river while she is pulled by dozens of boats of men paddling. Its very beautiful and people are calling to Ina and waving white hankerchiefs or burning candles. Helecopters even fly by and pour confetti into the crowd. Just a few days ago I went along with my Tito's biking club. I rode in the back of a truck but we were going up and down a mountain road right beside the ocean. This road isn't very used and people were coming out of their houses to stare at us. Some people were still living in the nipa huts which are built from sticks and fronds. They have electricity there but no poles to cary the wires on so they hold them up with bamboo. Bamboo is used for everything here. To get water to the side of the road to do the washing these people were using giant 20 foot pieces of bamboo as piping. I even saw an extra thick 20 foot piece used as the arm blocking entrance at a gaurd station yesterday. I've joined the Rotaract Club at my school and was actually voted officer of international affairs. This weekend is our local RYLA and its very exciting because the major schools now all have Rotaract clubs to attend now. At the end of the month is the district RYLA so I'll be travelling north for a few days then. I find myself becomming really relaxed here about all sorts of situations. If you tried to fight all the new things here you would just be so upset and frustrated. I've made lots of friends at school and am always joining in their events so no matter what there's something to do. My family is amazing and my eldest host brother will be comming home soon for his semester break. I think we'll go on a small vacation when he gets here. My parents went to Hong Kong last week to visit some friends and it was very nice to have them back. The house feels almost empty with only about 10 people here. I've started exploring the town a bit more now and I really love it. Small back streets and wooden houses. Barbeque on the streetcorner. the man on his bike who sells bread. It's home! Words aren't enough to even express a fourth of everything I've seen here. I wish I could bring every Canadian here just for two weeks. The things they would see and learn are amazing. This country is beautiful but it also makes me think a lot about life. Your perspectives really change here on what "life" is. Time to head over to the other Exchange Student's house we're going to open a coconut tonight. oh, there's even three words for coconut depending on its age. a buko is a young green cocnut with sweet juice and soft flesh. A macapuno is mostly ripe and the meat on the inside is still soft enough to eat with a spoon but it looks more like the older coconut and is quite oily but delicious with sugar. The old coconut that you can find in Canadian grocery stores is called a nyog(o as in bog) and it is scraped from the inside of the shell by a rotating electric grinder or by hand with a metal point attached to a stick you sit on. Nyog is always cooked with vegetables and 70% of all vegetable dishes are cooked with nyog. So that's the coconut lesson! I hope you are all doing well even though it's so terribly cold there right now. I am getting the weekly updates from the club without fail.

Attendance at meetings is a right and requirement of Rotarians. The minimum attendance is 50% of meetings in each half year. What makes this so doable for all Rotarians are all of the options available in addition to our regular noon luncheons. The most ready option is to attend other Rotary Club meetings anywhere in the world. We have the Oliver Club as the closest option (they meet Tuesday evenings at 6pm at Air Cadet Hanger, 34444 93rd St) but any club meeting will suffice .... even in Palm Springs! Then there are all the functions our own club has such as board meetings, committee meetings, golf tournament, Polio marches ..... any session in which 2 or more Rotarians meet for an hour or more count and all you need to do is let Holly or John or Jason know within 2 weeks of the meeting you missed and a make-up will be recorded as attendance. Easy, eh? And another option is to attend a Rotary emeeting online from wherever you are .... just go to the District site from Clubrunner and find the tab for Cyber Make-ups, chose an E-club and follow directions. It' actually fun! In September there were 14 make-ups recorded which helped bring our club attendence 65% - well done!

PP Ron presided today introducing 5 guests to the 10 club members attending. Highlight was our speaker Peter Steele who spoke yet once again on Rotary Foundation. Peter focused on 'Our World - not as it is, but what it could be' .... given all that Foundation does and the collective commitment of Rotarians to help make our world better. Foundation has a goal of $100 contribution per member and Peter promises us to show us how to do that so that it is painless and we won't notice? Stay tuned! District Governor Elect Garry Hollingshead spoke briefly in support of Foundation and also jrRYLA - a camp later this month in Naramata for our younger leaders. We will be sponsoring 2 students from Osoyoos. Ron held a draw for the Concert Series the club is sponsoring and congratulations to both Sarah and Harold who won 4 tickets each.

Last week we went through a list of recommendations made by the Board. This included: having a lobster bake next fall, signage for our club, possibility of our club buying the building behind the school from the Town of Osoyoos. Ryan circulated minutes from the last Board Meeting so for more information please review the minutes. Sara also spoke to us all about her current host family the Fernandes', about her volleyball tournament in the Kootenays, and in Hawaii. Sara is settling really well at school and made tons of new friends. Her vibrant personality seems to be rubbing off on all of us. We adore Sara:)

We had an excellent turnout for the END POLIO NOW walk. Our club met at Interior Savings and the following is the route we took: we stayed on Highway 97 intersection for about 15 minutes, went to Tim Hortons, the Elementary School and then looped back. A few of us dropped signs off at the Highschool as well. You will notices signs along the highway too if you travel to Penticton. Great job team! Way to build awareness!

The ladies from Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre had a special surprise for us at last weeks meeting! They brought in a rattlesnake named Goliath. He was quite large compared to most rattlers in our area. Even though Goliath has been showcased to the public often he is still not a tame snake and needed to be handled with extreme care and caution. Barb Sabian went through some very interesting facts about rattlesnakes such as: -Rattlers are quite shy and won't strike unless they are threatened -Snakes shed their skin twice a year and it takes about two weeks. During this time the snake is extremely vulnerable to the point where it eyes turn a bluish colour and they go blind -Snakes can see heat and they use this extra sense to hunt -Snakes can't hear so if you are ever in the bush looking for a golf ball tap the ground to make a vibration to let them know you are coming...they won't hear you. -Baby rattlers are most dangerous because they are too young to know to release only a small amount of venom...instead they release almost all their venom. -Best thing for a person to do if bitten is to get to the hospital. Do not cut the wound, suck the poison, ice it...just leave it be and get to the hospital for anti-venom -In the last 20 years only 3 people in Canada have died from rattlesnake bites The Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre does information sessions on rattlesnakes very often through the busy season here. Best to check the Program Schedule at

Our speaker for tomorrow's meeting is Barb Sabian with the Nk'Mip Cultural Centre. Everyone is encouraged to attend as Barb has a special surprise for us.

We had many special guests at our last meeting. Dave and Jan Stambaugh - Dave is our District Governor and Chris and Peggy Southin - Chris is our Assistant Governor. Dave gave an inspiring presentation and spoke to his experience with Rotoplast, United Way, and the Food Bank. He reminded us all how blessed we are and we all have a choice to share our gifts with others. Dave's piece of advice was to do one thing and to do it well. He challenged us all to step up our role with Rotary and to use our gifts and strengths to pick thing within Rotary and to do it really well.

El Presidente Ryan was on his honeymoon so PP Ron presided. It was a Youth Exchange bonanza .... our brand new inbound student Sarah Benali arrived for her 1st meeting to hear our 2010 outbound Kaya Cogenali (middle) entertain the meeting with a slide presentation of her year in Germany. Great pictures of the trips,cities visited, host families and the many YE lifelong friends made there. Kaya is off to UBC next week and is hopeful for a return to Germany for work or just a visit down the road. Kaya displayed her mastery of the German language! There were 11 members and 4 guests and the draw was won by Shelly who drew the joker and then generously donated the $200 to Polio Eradication efforts! Click on picture to enlarge and see our girls ... and Ron!

El Presidente Ryan returned from a reportedly incredible wedding (congrats Ashley!) to preside. Peter Steele spoke to the Rotary Foundation in his capacity of Foundation Chair. Peter laid out many of the programs Foundation supports such as Youth Exchange, Group Study Exchange, Ambassadorial Scholarships and the many grants to support community and overseas projects taken on by clubs like ours. The theme of 'Every Rotarian, Every Year' references the need for each of us to contribute financially and Peter led us through the various ways we can do that. Thanks Peter! The club goal is $2000 this year. There were 9 Rotarians and 4 guests taking it all in with Vaughn Denis winning the draw (but not the pool!) - 5 cards next week!

11 Rotarians and 1 guest attended today's meeting on a gorgeous day. Past Pres Ron presided and was very entertaining as he filled the time left as our scheduled speaker missed the meeting. Judy presented the history of the Rotary wheel in the Rotary Minute. Guest Ron Newson from Kamloops West talked about hands-on projects they do both internationally and in the community and this resonated with the crowd and discussion followed on how we could participate in Osoyoos. Cheryle advised that the golf tournament is set for June 18 next year and there followed a good discussion on fund raising for the year which will be continued at a future meeting. Jeff won the ticket draw but missed the $100 joker. Only 6 cards next week!

Last week we had an informative presentation given by the ladies at the Penticton and Area Women's Centre PAWC is a referral, resource centre, offers advocacy for people with low income, education, and public awareness. The Centre draws from resources such as Fundraising Events, the Advocacy Outreach Program, and Volunteer Programs. More support is always needed especially since the government cut all funding in 2002. Ways in which we can help include: collecting women's toiletries as a club and providing them to Buffy the Osoyoos Coordinator (Holly will coordinate this), volunteering to be an Advocat for needed services, and support events.

Our program tomorrow will be Reasha Wolfe. Reasha will be presenting on the Penticton & Area Women's Centre, which works towards achieving social and cultural equality in the South Okanagan-Similkameen through the alleviation of poverty, violence and discrimination and promotion of cultural diversity and optimum health. Hope to see you all there!!

Corinna gave her presentation today to our club. What an amazing year for her in Osoyoos. Corinna's presentation had lots of cute jokes and a wide range of photos showcasing her friendships and adventures. This included excursions with other exchange students such as a bus trip throughout Washington and BC and snowboarding. Corinna also became very attached to her gracious host families and vice versa. It made us all proud to see how involved Corinna got with our community coaching basketball, planning events such as dances, and being involved with Rotary. We will all miss Corinna and El Presidente Ryan said it best..."our next exchange student will have huge shoes to fill". Now we all just need to make it to Germany to visit Corinna!

There was a meeting! On occasion in months where there are 5 meeting dates, the last will be used for an evening meeting or social but today there were 12 members and 3 guests who welcomed Dennis Smithers to Rotary as our newest member. Payam proposed Dennis. Pres Ryan also recognized Roger Clinton with a saphire lapel pin for becoming our 4th multiple Paul Harris contributor. Holly spoke on Clubrunner asking everyone to get onto the site, edit their profiles and generally play around with it. There will be another session later in which the projector may actually work! Finally, Corinna spoke about her recent trip to Quadra Island with Roger and Jeri - she thoroughly enjoyed it and did swallow that oyster raw! Thanks Roger. No 50/50 draw .... Ron paid the fine!

Youth exchange ... what Rotary does best! 14 members heard from this year's outbound student Sacha Papadimetrious and our 2007/8 inbound student Natalie from Australia (see picture attached with Corinna). Great presentations! Sacha leaves in 2 weeks for Naga City in the Becol Province of the Philippines. Did you know there are 7107 islands there? He has already met his first host family and seen pictures of the colorful 'doll' house in which he will live (with 2 maids and a driver!). Sacha has prepared himself well for his year. Natalie spoke about her time since Osoyoos which included projects in Indonesia, time on a tall ship and her passion of Queens Scouting. Her plans are to go to vocational school and take courses in tourism. Ron won the 50/50 but fell short of the big one. Note the speakers for the next four weeks ... interesting!

Gorgeous day for a great meeting! 10 members and 3 guests heard Dr Ken Tapping from the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory speak on the history of Earth ... needed some extra time to cover it all! Fascinating. Of particular note was the fact that there have been 3 periods of mass extinction of life. The paleozoic, the mesosoic (lost the dinosaurs in this one) and the present period (we are losing more life forms now than in any previous time). Cheryle had the winning ticket in the 50/50 but missed the joker. Welcome back Holly!

President Ryan Erickson conducted a well run meeting. The 50/50 draw was won($5.00) by Judy Sloan. The pot continues to grow. Upwards of $100.00. Guest Speakers, Esther Kubryn and Claudia Sauder spoke about Community Action for Seniors Independence (CASI). The program is designed to assist senors stay in their home surroundings longer. Surveys have been done to establish what services are required and what is available. This is a new program to Osoyoos and will greatly assis seniors in need. Next meetingJuly 15. The guest speaker will be Astronomer Ken Tapping.

We made $450.45 at the garage sale for the eradication of polio and a big thanks to all my neighbours and the Rotarians for your support. I feel proud of what we did together and how the expectation is out there for someone to pick up on another fund raising effort in the community even if it only raises a small amount. e.g.. a bake sell, a bottle drive, or Peter cooking a meal at someone's place (hell you get a meal and entertainment). So, you can help again by signing a soccer ball online that will be presented to the four organizations that are working with eradication polio at the end the the FIFA world soccer tournament is: I hope everyone takes the time to sign - it is fun and it is very important!

A wonderful Rotary evening June 23 in which outgoing Pres Ron presided over the istallation of the new executive under Pres Elect Ryan for 2010 -11. Ron reviewed an impressive list of events and successes of this past year and handed over the gavel to Ryan. PDG Sally Roberts led the installation with some sage words for the club and the executive. Ryan thanked all for coming and spoke to his plans for the club for the next year - it will be rewarding and fun! Many thanks to Ron for organizing the evening and Cheryle for hosting it at Walnut Beach.

President Ryan has identified the working committees for the 2010-11 year. They are: CLUB ADMIN / FOUNDATION Peter Steele ( Chair),Bill Lott, John Cooper, Ron Leigh, Jeff Duguid and Jason Bartsch PUBLIC RELATIONS: Payam Sanai (Chair), Paul Everest, Holly Plante and Dennis Smithers YOUTH EXCHANGE; John Robertson (Chair), Jim Gardner, Shelly Lozinski and Harold Cox. SERVICE PROJECTS; Cam Wright (Chair), Judy Sloan, Marieze Tarr, Phil Johnson and Doris Grey FUNDRAISING: Jim King (Chair), Cheryle Richardson, Roger Clinton and Paul Legrange. Each of the Chairs will be getting the committees together soon to plan for the year.

No formal program today so the 14 members and 1 guest first heard sorry jokes from Prez Ron and then good updates on the Golf Tournament, Roots for Empathy celebration, Relay for Life and the Eradicate Polio garage sale at Harold's. Reminders were given for the Installation Dinner at Walnut Beach on June 23 (PDG Sandra Roberts will install the new executive) and the Club Board meeting next Wednesday on June 16 at the OGCC. Cheryle's number came up on the 50/50 but no joker!

President Ron presided over his last noon hour meeting! He has next Wednesday's installation evening yet to run but this was the end of one jazzy era! Congrats on a well done year Ron! In honor of this occasion we allowed him to win the $100 50/50 draw! There was a banner exchange with guest Hans Henning of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East. 13 members plus 3 guests heard Bonny Dancey, CEO of the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce talk about the initiative to get older people to come back into the workforce; their efforts to address the excessive business property tax rates and the progress in the amalgamation of the Osoyoos/Oliver/Okanagan Falls Chambers. Judy gave a golf tournament summary .... we will make something in the order of $14-16m when all is in and that is extraordinary! Judy, Cheryle, Shelly and Randy are to be congratulated with huge thanks. Harold reported he was pleased to present a $1000 Rotary scholarship check to Sandev Mann on the weekend. Also a reminder that donations for the Polio eradication garage sale at his house is still receiving sale items. The Rotary RELAY FOR LIFE team takes to the track on Saturday for a 6 pm start. No noon meetings on June 24 (installation dinner on June 23rd at 6:00pm at Walnut Beach Resort) or the July 1st holiday.

Our outbound student this year, Konstantinos (Sacha) Papademetrios, had learned that he heads to Naga City in July. The city lies on the southernish tip of Luzon (the biggest/main island of the Philippines) and has a population of 160,000. He will be attending the University of Nueva Caceres. Look the city up and you will see why he is excited about the choice. Sacha will be down for the tournament on Saturday and will help out with Corinna. Also our current outbound Kaya Colangeli is winding down her year in Germany and has 4 new posts on her blog in past 2 days so catch up with her at

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