Rotary Club of Osoyoos



Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus, putting the country on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. The last case was reported on 24 July 2014 in the northern state of Kano. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nigeria is the last polio-endemic country in Africa. The continent is poised to reach its own first full year without any illness from the virus on 11 August. “...
Out of tragedy, some people create something good
From the August 2015 issue of The Rotarian What's the worst that could happen? For most of us, that's a simple question. We might be late for a train. We might miss out on a promotion, or even lose a job. But for some, the worst is unimaginably worse. An unfortunate few endure what Ani Kalayjian calls "true trauma." War. Fire. Flood. A daughter disappears. A son contracts Ebola. When faced with such disasters, "people feel anger, guilt, sadness, frustration – feelings that can poison the body and spirit," says Kalayjian, a trauma specialist at Columbia University. "Trauma survivors may think...
San Diego students tackle vaccine controversy
From the August 2015 issue of The Rotarian A group of teenage journalism students in suburban San Diego were in the early stages of a new project – an educational film funded by a Rotary grant – when their teacher's phone rang. A prominent blogger had caught wind of what they were doing from a local news story, and wasn't pleased. The fledgling film came under fire almost overnight as ripples of protest spread through the blogosphere. With calls pouring in before shooting had even begun, the advisers considered halting the project, questioning whether it would be worth the controversy...
What happens when what you know turns out to be wrong?
From the August 2015 issue of The Rotarian One evening, sitting in the back seat of the car, our two girls, ages six and eight, were discussing the show we were on our way to attend. Called The Illusionists, it featured seven of the world's top magicians. The debate consisted of whether there would be real magic involved, or just tricks. "When they cut the man in half," our younger daughter asked, "how do they keep the blood in?" She was convinced there was true magic. Her older sister, a little wiser, wasn't buying it. "Easy," she said. "R-o-b-o-t." She rolled her eyes at how obvious this...
A conversation with Caryl Stern
From the August 2015 issue of The Rotarian The six-day-old baby shuddered with convulsions. Her mother, Rosa, had given birth at home and cut her daughter's umbilical cord with what she could find – a sharp piece of metal. When the newborn contracted tetanus, Rosa walked miles to reach a clinic. That's where Caryl Stern encountered the pair. Stern was on a field visit with UNICEF in Sierra Leone and stayed with Rosa, trying to comfort her, until the child died. The image of the baby in pain, hypersensitive to light and sound, stayed with Stern as she got off the plane in New York and headed...

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Building Communities Bridging Continents

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

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The first meeting of the new Rotary Year under President Marieze was a good one...a harbinger of another great year for this club! Marieze commented on the District 5060 Rotary Foundation achievement of $157 per member and how that can be directed to the amazing work that it does.

Our guest speaker was Dr Malcom Patterson, current President of the Penticton Okanagan Rotary Club but speaking to us on his field of expertise of cancer research as a molecular oncologist. He is retired now but has an impressive resume of  40 years of research in 5 countries across 3 continents, authoring 168 scientific articles and he came across to us as a very credible scientist.  His message and concern today was around the proliferation of radio frequency devices (wireless) in our lives and the potential harm to our health that it presents now and even more over time as the number of devices will increase 7 fold in 5 years. He presented as fact that RF heats body tissue, impacts adult brain tumors, Alzheimers, sleep disturbances, memory, autism, dementia, male infertility and childhood learning. Children are more vulnerable than adults. While any wireless device emits RF, he specifically dealt with the topical smart metres as representing high impact and risk. These meters are powerful emitters with a range of up to 3.5kms so in a community there is a multiplier effect as they overlap. 

Also of interest is the claim that built in these new meters is a capacity to operate any and all of the wireless devices in your house if turned on. This lead to an interesting discussion of 'Big Brother is Watching' scenarios. 

Health Canada is the government agency that sets safe levels for this type of risk and is the authority referenced by our electricity providers proving the meters are safe. Dr Patterson showed that the levels set are some of the lowest in the world and are totally unrealistic and unsafe.

Certainly a stimulating and new learning for all of us in attendance and while he was not advocating any particular action or response, I assume he hopes the awareness will benefit us in decisions down the road. He closed with a reference to a 'Tsunamic scale impact on our health care system'.

Pres Marieze spoke to the results of our extremely busy month of June in which there were 3 fundraising events for the club. The golf tournament raised $14,000, the Canada Day pancake breakfast raised $2400 and the Cactus Jalopy breakfast and beer garden raised some $3000. That is a bunch of volunteering!

Our guest presenter Malcolm spoke to his Rotary Club's recent installation and gave accolades and thanks to our ADG Cheryle for her leadership role in their ceremony. 

Finally, the 50/50 draw was won by Harold and as a true Rotary guy, rather than put it towards the cost of his recent 10,000kms road trip, he donated it to the student scholarship fund.

Next weeks speaker is George Fraser, a long time Osoyoos Resident.

A good meeting/start to the year!


Isadora Bastos- Grad Picture 2015

A very full and scintillating meeting for the 18 members and 7 guests. Pres. Judy asked Jeff to introduce our much anticipated guest speaker, Jack Newton. Jack is an accomplished and decorated astronomy expert living with his wife Alice on Anarchist. Their house is a B&B as well as housing one of his telescopes, the others being in Arizona which are remotely operated. Jack talked about the astronomical world with passion, humour and amazing knowledge. He was recognized by his peers by having an asteroid named after him...the JackAlice asteroid. He shared some of his photographs including the Northern Lights, the sun's surface and various lightning shots (some members were fascinated to learn that 50% of lighting is initiated from the ground and shoot up to the sky so if you are golfing and feel electricity in the air...lie down!). Jack talked about outer space and used numbers for size and distance that boggled our minds. For example, our sun burns 600 million tons of hydrogen every second. Another was that one tiny empty space in our sky was recently examined and with new technology revealed over 2000 entire galaxies could be seen through it. Telescopes today are looking at stars that are 100 to 300 million light years away and there are over 100 billion galaxies out there, including many that have habitable environments. Fascinating talk...we need to have Jack back before too many moons pass!
Guests were introduced and included Barbara Propp (extraodinary bacon server at Saturday's pancake event), Richard from the Times, Lenore Lawrence, and 6 Rotarians from the Penticton Okanagan Club. They were here to promote their Ribfest taking place in Okanagan Park July 3-5. They were inviting us as visitors and/or as volunteers so check out if you can attend or participate.
There was a quick review of the Cactus Jalopy event last Saturday in which we served our pancake breakfast to 140 guests and manned a beer garden afterwards. Early numbers indicate we will exceed $3000 for the day to be used for our projects. Vaughn applauded the strong member turnout that made it successful.
Next was an update on the 2015 Golf Tournament coming up this Saturday and what a positive report it was. Doug, Jeff and Brian and their committees have done an extraordinary job as it is completely sold out with 86 golfers and 36 more attending the dinner and auction. Lots of volunteers are signed up so it should be a huge success and as Brian pointed out, he has over $12,000 in silent and live auction items donated already! Lots of work to get this far- well done!
Finally a boisterous happy buck session from which we learned that one year ago today, Gordon attended his first meeting and then Vaughn scored the 50/50 with $50...we haven't heard where that is going as yet.
A great 3rd to last meeting for President Judy's year!

Standing room only.....18 members and 6 guests on this first day ahead of a long stretch of forecasted sunny days. Pres Judy introduced guests including speaker Mike Safek, Richard of the Times, Glen and Susan Sorko, and Richard and Barb Propp (guests of Eileen). Pres Judy recognized Pam's birthday today and a couple of notable anniversaries, Bill and Lenore are celebrating their 60th while Ron and Lorraine must be younger as they are only at 50! Wow! Congratulations!
Harold introduced Mike Safek, Principal of Osoyoos Senior Secondary, noting that he and Mike shared a common recent history - both survived serious heart attacks, Harold's in a hockey rink and Mike's in a lake. He also commended Mike on the strong working relationship Osoyoos Rotary has enjoyed with OSS with scholarships ($23m this year from the Foundation), youth exchange, student travel and Interact. We all then thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated Mike's update and information sharing on the strengths and successes of OSS. He has been Principal for the past 2 years but had earlier tenures as both Principal and VP at this school. There are 240 students this year (looking like a few less next year) and obviously Mike is very proud of them all. In academics, our students in grades 10-12 did exceptionally well in Provincial exams in February placing ahead of the District as well as the whole Province in several courses. In sports both the girls and boys had Provincial successes in soccer and basketball and as Mike shared the extensive list of extra-curricular programs offered, we could readily hear his pride in the efforts of the staff as well as the students. He was especially chuffed with the range of alternative courses offered to students challenged with social/family issues that engaged them sufficiently to allow them to graduate. These included online and apprenticeship options. 
I suspect one of Mike's objectives in speaking to us was to build and connect the school and community and in this presentation, he was very successful! 
Other updates included Cheryle reporting that the  trust fund for Deb Peach (recent fire victim) has reached $2100; District Conference is in Kelowna June 18-21 - we have 6 registered so room for more!; Summerland Rotary is holding their Golf Tournament July 10th and Penticton Rotary has their Ribfest July 3-5 and would appreciate participants and volunteers. Updates to the Golf Tournament (looking good!) and Cactus Jalopy were given and will be emailed separately.
The Board approved 2 roadside cleanups this year so stay tuned for fun garbage collection dates.
Karen H. won the huge 50/50 draw and because she is such a model Rotarian, she donated it immediately to the Rotary Scholarship Foundation fund. 
A good meeting, eh?


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Membership Director
President Elect
Club Administration
Service Projects/International
Programs Director
Sgt At Arms
Public Relations
Youth Exchange