Rotary Club of Penticton

"Serving Penticton since 1931"

Mailing Address: Box 563, Penticton, BC V2A 6J9 


Cindy Bertrand
May 31, 2017
Getting Old Aint for Sissys
Evening Meeting - 5 pm cocktails 5:30 dinner -
Jun 07, 2017
Bruna - Our Exchange Student
Lakeside Expansion
Jun 14, 2017
Upcoming Events
  • Lobster Feast
    May 27, 2017
    5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Rib Fest
    Okanagan Lake Park, Penticton
    Jun 30, 2017 1:11 AM –
    Jul 02, 2017 9:00 PM
Club Information

Welcome to Our Club!

Penticton Rotary

Service Above Self

Wednesday at 11:45 - 1:00PM. Except the first Wednesday of each month, which is at 5:00 pm for a Dinner meeting. Guests and Spouses are always welcomed to all of our meetings.
Days Inn
125 Riverside Drive
Penticton, BC  V2A 5Y4

(250) 809-1899
District Site
Venue Map
Rotary Gives and Receives!
Live Auction Items
The Live Auction will begin around 8 pm at the Penticton Drop in Centre - 2965 South Main Street Penticton
You do not need a ticket to come and join the Live Auction
Afghan by Fran Beulah
Made of Patton’s Disco 25% wool & 75 Acrylic yarn.  Reversible, made with kroknit needle - approx. 5 x 4 ft. in size
Penticton Vee’s club box for 12 guests, select any Vee’s game during the 2017-18 season includes a $350 food and liquor gift certificate.  Suite donated by White Kennedy Chartered Accountants & Food donated by Interior Roofing.
Bruno Mars Tickets
Experience the Bruno Mars 24 Karat Gold tour on July 26th in a suite for 2 with beverages and food, includes a one night stay in Vancouver at the Days Inn. 
Donated by Dynamic Mutual Funds.
Baseball Weekend Getaway in Seattle
2 games to the Toronto Blue Jays vs Seattle Mariners, Saturday June 10 7:10 pm game and Sunday June 11th 1:10pm game Overnight stay at hotel included for Friday night June 9th & Saturday Night June 10th
Donated by Canoe Financial and Ferebee Wealth Management
Beer Tower
Experience all beers from different walks of life.  Donated by Rotarians
Wine Cabinet with 30 Bottles of wine
A handcrafted wine cabinet filled with 30 bottles of delicious wine.  Wine Cabinet created by Rotarian Ryan Smith
(this picture is not actual replica of the wine cabinet - )
Helicopter Tour of Penticton with Lunch
HNZ Topflight Helicopter presents a Scenic Valley Canyon Flight for Four Through Ellis Canyon & over the City of Penticton & Skaha Lake, followed by a picnic with food & wine from Brodo Kitchen
Flight donated by HNZ Topflight Helicopter and Lunch Donated by Brodo Kitchen
Sparkling Hills Resort Getaway
Enjoy 2 night’s accommodation, 2 – 3 course dinners for two in the Peakfine Restaurant, includes two $150 kurspa credits towards any treatments, welcome cocktails, buffet breakfast, wifi and secured underground parking.
Donated by: Nick Hill of Ritchie Custom Homes
Las Vegas – Baby !!!
Three fun filled days & nights at the New York New York Hotel & Casino for two, includes all hotel taxes and airfare from Kelowna
November 26th – November 29th, 2017
Donated by: Doug Kenyon of Kenyon & Co, Scottsdale Concrete Contracting and Harvey Lister Webb
3 Night Stay at Apex Mountain
Choose any 3 nights between Jan 25-28th, 2018.  Maximum 5 people. Includes a 3 course dinner for 4 at the Gunbarrel Restaurant. 
Accommodations donated by Michelle & Robert McLennan, Dinner by the Gunbarrel Saloon
For the men - 18 holes of golf for four at the Penticton Golf and Country Club                                                                                                       
For the ladies - 4 passes at Melt Spa for manicures and pedicures
Followed by Chef Led Farm to Table Multicourse Dining at Bogners of Penticton using locally sourced wine, spirits and beer
Donated by Penticton Golf & Country Club, Melt Mineral Spa & Bogners of Penticton
One Week at the Oceano Palace Beach Hotel in Mazatlan Mexico
One week in the glorious sun and sand of Mazatlan Mexico
January 29th – February 5th, 2018
Step outside your door onto a bright beach, relax by the pool, play tennis nearby or enjoy the many watersports.   Unit has a partial kitchen with numerous restaurants in walking distance.    Hotel only, airfare NOT included.   Donated by Natalie Ferebee @ Ferebee Wealth Management.
Wheelbarrow & Food Raffle
Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3
Held at IGA, Safeway, Save-On, Superstore, and Walmart
Prizes drawn for at 4 pm on Saturday.
Proceeds to Soupateria and The Salvation Army Food Bank.
Contact Keith Johnson to help sell tickets.
2016/2017 Committees
Ribfest 2016 was an AMAZING event.  Our Rotary Club held this event at Okanagan Lake Park from Thursday, June 30th through Sunday, July 3rd.  
There were 4 Ribbers that came from all over Canada to cook the fabulous Ribs, a family Beverage Garden and a regular Beverage Garden.  There was music in the park the entire 4 days and fireworks on the Friday July 1st evening.
Ralph Oslund celebrated his 50th year of Rotary April 13, 2016 - 50 years to the DAY he joined the Rotary Club of Penticton
Congratulations Ralph on this amazing accomplishment! 
Join us on Saturday, February 13th for our Valentine Fundraiser
Our first annual Past Presidents dinner was brought to us by current President Sandra C. along with help from Pres-Elect Barb H. The two ladies put on a fantastic celebration. We were pleased to dine with over 18 past presidents.
Here you see a wonderful group of our Past Presidents. Their hard work and guidance helped paved the way. It was fun to hear each of them tell short stories about what made their year special.
We had our Annual Thank you to Joeys Seafood Restaurant and Dan the Owner.  The place was packed with Rotarians who enjoyed good food!  Thank you to all that attended this event.
Our 3rd Annual Diamonds on the Deck event was a success and this year finally a woman won the Diamond!
Red Rooster hosted us for this event and Darin Paterson (Bogners) and the Pecking Room provided delicious food for the event.
The diamond was won by Meghan Dimma from Oliver who actually was a Rotary Exchange Student back in the day.
A HUGE Thank you to Don Nguyen from Gold Dust Jewellers who provided us with the diamond for the event.
Other financial sponsors included Shawn Olma from Mortgage Alliance West, Canoe Financial, Fidelity Investments and TD Asset Management.
Blue Mountain Winery provided the Champagne for all of the guests.
Every person received a door prize and enjoyed a nice Friday night with wine and food.
We hope to see you at next years Diamonds on the Deck Event!
We had the pleasure of welcoming District Governor Greg Luring and his wife Jan Luring from Yakima, Washington to our Club on Wednesday August 26, 2015
Also joining them was Assistant District Governor Cheryle King
Cal Meiklejohn presented a cheque to Georgia Krebs and Randy Manuel for the completion of our $110,000 commitment to the Shatford Centre for the Penticton Rotary Learning Kitchen
RIBFEST 2015 was a SUCCESS!! We held our 1st Annual Ribfest July 3 - 5th and the turnout was amazing.  Many people commented on how exciting it was to have this event in Penticton and how they would be back next year!
HUGE shout out to the RIBFEST committee who endured ALOT of hard work over the entire weekend and leading up to the weekend, and a BIG thanks to the members who showed up with bells on to help this event get off the ground.
To see more pictures go to Photo Albums of Ribfest or visit our Penticton Rotary Facebook page
Last night we held our Annual Installation Dinner.  Cheryle King, Asst. Governor, Area 5 presented our new President Sandra Curnow with a pin for the 2015/2016 year and thanked Cal Meiklejohn for his service for the past year and Cal will remain as Past President.  Secretary Judi Cassidy and Treasurer Jon Milligan were also given pins for their one year term.  Barb Hoolaeff will be the President Elect.  The Directors for the 2015/2016 year include:
Natalie Ferebee - Foundation
Don Michiel - Fundraising
Ben Amos - Membership
Justin White - Fellowship
Sandra Krauer - Club Service
Chris Barth - Public Relations
Our exchange student Irene Menegazzi did a fantastic presentation about her year in Canada.
Norma Brown was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship
To view more pictures see the photo album on the right of this website.
Warwick Parker was the recipient of the 2015 Rotary Bridge Club. The photos shows john Pankiw, last year’s winner, presenting the coveted cup on May 27th. Congratulations Warwick!
Erwin Ploner reported on the success and fun times enjoyed by all our member volunteers at the Shriner’s breakfast in May. Bruce Barker, the new potentate of Shriners of B.C. and Yukon, presented a cheque to our club for $1800 in appreciation of our hard work. The photo shows our President Cal Meiklejohn receiving the cheque on behalf of our Club from Bruce.
Another Lobster Feast has come and gone! This one was a whole lot of fun!  Take a look at the photos in the Photo Albums section to the right on the home page.  Here is a sample of what to expect. Erwin Ploner is attempting to sell the Lobster Feast Chair, Don Michiel, a few raffle tickets,
Our club is just that much better now that we have both Jan Rustad and Keith Johnson as our newest members.  Here President Cal is pinning them both with their Rotary pin.  Roy Phillips performed the induction.
The Rotary Club of Penticton is once again fundraising for the purchase of ShelterBoxes which consist of a tent, water purification, pots, pans, cook stove and dishes along with bedding and other items for up to 12 persons. Join us in raising money to help provide shelter, warmth and dignity to families left homeless due to disaster. This time it is for Nepal and the need in Nepal is great with so many villages completely destroyed. Families will be in desperate need of shelter as monsoon season is just around the corner. The tents that ShelterBox provides can withstand this particular climate challenge. The photo below shows member Erwin Ploner on his shift at Cherry Lane Mall on Saturday, May 2nd.  More volunteers will be there to assist in making donations in the afternoon and on Sunday.  Come on down and see what a ShelterBox contains and make a donation to this worthy cause. 

The day of our annual golf event started out wet, windy and cold but by the time 3 p.m. rolled around the rain had stopped, the wind dropped and the sun came out.  The first group teed off at 3 p.m., followed by 5 other groups for a total of 24 golfers. The weather held for next two hours and everyone enjoy a pleasant afternoon of golf and camaraderie.  The scores ranged from 2 below par to 4 over par. 
In the clubhouse everyone relaxed for a while, sipped a beverage and then sat down to dinner.  About ten spouses joined the golfers for dinner and so did our exchange student who also received a prize.
Following dinner were the award ceremonies with teams opening a whole variety of “Things you never want to see again”.  Garry Hoolaeff’s prize was an electric something or other (no idea really) and was probably the strangest of the prizes.  By the smiles on the faces, it seemed everyone enjoyed themselves.  See more photos in the Photo Album section of our webpage soon.
It was a special day for 175 Penticton "Pioneers" who attended our appreciation reception at the Seniors' Drop-In Centre this past Sunday.  Platters of sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, cookies and squares were replenished to make certain they all enjoyed the offerings.  Tea, coffee and wine was also available as well as a special cake in their honour.  The photo below is of President Cal Meiklejohn with a lucky "couple" receiving a bouquet of flowers as the pioneers with the most years in Penticton.  View the many photos in the photo album section to the right on our webpage.
President Cal presented our newest member Robert Trottier with a certificate of membership.  Robert transferred to our Club from Olds, Alberta. Welcome aboard Robert.
Our guest speaker today was Chief Clarence Louie and Joe McGinnis of the Osoyoos Indian Band.  Joe said grace for us in his native tongue. Chief Louie has been elected Chief 15 times.   He started his speech by saying that he loves Rotary’s 4-way test.   His reserve office is located in Oliver with a prime focus to create jobs and make money.  Oliver is on the verge of losing a school as people are moving away.  Chief Louie stressed the need for economic development to provide jobs that keep people here in the Okanagan.  One of his favourite quotes is "the economic horse pulls the social cart”.  We can't have hospitals, concerts, hockey arenas, community centres, etc. without a strong workforce.  Money equals opportunity and with that in mind, the main focus on the reserves is to make money.  Things like a winery, new prison and race track will bring millions of dollars to the area.
He reported that the original treaty relationship was a business relationship but over the years was turned into a dependency relationship but is working hard to bring it back to a business relationship.  He also wants his native language to be part of this land.  He encourages non-native people to come on the reservation and participate with their businesses.
After a few questions from the audience, Mayor Andrew Jakubeit thanked Chief Louie for his time to speak to us today and  the opportunities to work together in the future.  In the photo below, Brian Hughes is along side the Chief and Joe.