Rotary Club of Osoyoos



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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
District Site
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Mailing address: Box 695, Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0

Home Page Stories

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?

A sunny day for a Rotary meeting and Pres Judy opened this one to 13 members and 2 guests. Rotarian Grace Wagner from Sherwood Park joined us as did Kendi Clearwater as a guest of Donelda. This was a business meeting given the several fundraising events looming in the next few weeks and maybe explains the absenteeism! 
Pres Judy announced that we are within a nudge of meeting the Club goal of $2500 for Foundation donations by members....likely would be there this week so well done everyone! Also, it is Trevor Leigh's birthday!
First up for discussion was the Cactus Jalopy event on June 6th in which Rotary will be serving breakfast to an expected 300 visitors until 11:00 am and then serving beer/wine until sometime in the evening. Volunteers for serving the breakfast looks good but a few more for pre-cooking the bacon on Friday and then later on Saturday in the Beer Garden would help. Please let Vaughn know if you or friends are available...the more the merrier! 
Next up was the Golf Tournament on June 13. Brian pointed out that this is our largest fundraising budget item and we are at risk in supporting all of our worthy causes if we fall short so we are in the stretch run now. Refer silent and live action items to Brian but the focus is going to be on attracting golfers over the next two weeks so put your sales face on and let Doug know when and who you can add to the list. Still need more volunteers to help during the day of the tournament so let Doug know those as well.
Carol Youngberg dropped in on the meeting to promote the Desert Park fundraiser this Saturday at the evening of dinner, wine, auctions and horse racing! She has 20 tickets left. 
The Rotarian magazine is out this week and a good read. A reminder to bring it to any noon meeting when done for redistribution by Pres Judy. 
The speaker next week is Mike Safek, Principal of OSS. 
Bill won the 50/50 and redistributed that to Roger's Honduran project. 
Have a great weekend everyone!


Club Executives & Directors

Past President
Membership Director
President Elect