Rotary Club of Osoyoos

Nov 26, 2015
Dec 03, 2015
Dec 10, 2015
Gary Doi
Dec 24, 2015
Dec 31, 2015
Jan 07, 2016
Lee Chic
Special Olympics
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Club Information

Welcome to our Club!


Building Communities Bridging Continents

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
McKia's Restaurant
Best Western Hotel
5506 Main St.
Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0
District Site
Venue Map
Mailing address: Box 695, Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0
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President Marieze welcomed the 16 members/guests to this Nov 12th meeting.....little did we know, the date was significant separating Remembrance Day and the horrific Paris and Beirut terrorist atrocities. 

Our guest speaker was Denise Blashko, executive Director of the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce. Denise took over the role in early September, coming from a Community Futures position in Penticton and a range of regional economic development roles in BC and Alta.  She came at a busy time with the Festival of the Grape event upcoming and the strategic planning time of year at hand. She has an affinity and passion for making a difference in rural communities and small towns so will meld in nicely here!

Denise led us though the many roles that the Chamber plays in Osoyoos, Oliver and OK Falls and there is a bunch of them! Included were the business walks, the AGM and Awards evening, promotion of business nights (9 so far this year), benefit plans for small businesses to access, production and distribution of business maps (20,000 this year), and the Harvesting Diversity event recently hosted. 

It was noted that membership in the Chamber by business is only at about 30% of total businesses here and in Oliver, slightly higher in OK Falls. More members in general and new board members would be welcomed! Also noted was that profit dollars from events goes back to members in the form of training, promotion and advertising. 

The next Business to Business meeting is next Wednesday, Nov 18, at the Osoyoos Museum and everyone is welcome.

A good presentation and message from a comfortable and talented speaker...we would hope to see Denise at many more of our meetings. 

In other updates, it was announced our club will not be hosting and inbound youth exchange student next year  as we could not find an appropriate outbound student from OSS. We will try again next year!

Food bank donations were received at the meeting and it was discussed and decided that all members would be asked to donate $10 at the next meeting to help the food bank out for the holiday season. Also Linda will investigate taking on a family for Christmas as we have done before. 

Dates to note are the Board meeting Nov 26th following the noon meeting and the Christmas Party on Dec 4th to be celebrated with the Oliver Club. 


Have a great week!


And if I could have put the French Tricolor overlay on this in honor of Paris, I would have.



Thursday's noon meeting on a spectacularly warm, sunny October day.


Pres Marieze introduced our speaker Ted Osborne, who gave us a very professional and entertaining talk in his capacity as a director in the South Okanagan Amateur Players Society (SOAP).  In his work life, Ted was a drama teacher which led him to a love of community theater. He pointed out the significant contribution it brings to towns like Oliver and Osoyoos in the form of building a sense of community and civic pride on top of just plain good entertainment. Soap has performed 50 plays and musicals over the last 45 years which is quite amazing. Ted has directed 9 of those plays over the last 15 seasons and will also be directing the next play, Noises Off,  in the New Year on Jan 21, 22 and 23. SOAP is unique in that most performances are given in both Osoyoos and Oliver but Noices Off will only be in the Venables Theater in Oliver due to the complexity of the set. 

Noises Off is a great comedy so mark those dates on your calender now with the bonus being  one of the leads will be played by our own thespian Trevor Leigh!

Ted also announced that SOAP is hosting a festival of theater groups bringing 5 plays over one week again at the Venables Theater at a date in the spring yet to be set. They are looking for volunteers and sponsors to help out with staging, admin etc...might be fun?

Camille gave us an quick update on her first 2 months (almost) here. In school she is taking History, English and Law and is active in both the drama club and volleyball. She has been to Vancouver once and would love to go there again (anyone going?). She is still with Marieze with Karen on deck as next host family. 

Thursday was Credit Union Day...yay! In recognition of that, Interior Savings held their 'Day of Difference' in which all 21 branches locked up early and each chose on area of service to perform. Lynda and her staff chose to work with Rotary and help with our highway cleanup project so with 6 1/2 Rotarians and 6 Int Savings volunteers, designated sections of hwy 3 and 97 were cleansed later that afternoon. Great job!

Neat week will see 2 members (Eileen and Ron?) give their vocational talks. 

Our President closed the meeting noting that in order to thrive in life, it requires 3 bones....the wish, back and funny bones! 

Have a great week! 



Club Executives & Directors

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