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Penticton Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
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Penticton, BC

(250) 486-0367
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COVID 19 Announcement
Rotarians and Friends of Rotarians
Due to the COVID 19 outbreak we will be cancelling all Club meetings until further notice.
We will continue to update you as this progresses.
Thank you for your consideration and be kind to one another.
Natalie Ferebee
President - Rotary Club  of Penticton 
Our Westjet Raffle was held on December 18th and the winners are:
3rd prize - 2 nights at Above the Beach Bed and Breakfast and a Wine Tour for 2 from Grape Friends Lounge and Tours - Ticket #657 - Chris Garwal
(pictured with Rotarian Liz McLeod)
2nd prize - $1000 cash - Ticket #69 - Patty Ottsom
(pictured with Rotarian John Kurvink)
1st prize - 2 tickets anywhere that Westjet Flies - Ticket # 1036 - Lenore Gosse
A BIG THANK YOU to WESTJET ,  Above the Beach Bed and Breakfast and Grape Friends Lounge and Tours
Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone that purchased tickets
We held our Annual Wheelbarrow Raffle this weekend at 5 different locations, Save-on Foods, IGA, Walmart, Safeway and Superstore
Congratulations to all of our winners and Thank you to Rotarians and Friends for selling the tickets
A BIG Thank you to Save On Foods @saveonfoods, IGA Penticton @igastoresbc, Walmart @walmart, Safeway @safeway and
Real Canadian Superstore @realcanadiansuperstore
All proceeds go to the Soupateria and the Salvation Army Food Bank
Save On Foods prize being presented to the winner by Rotarian Lori Lalonde and
Save On Foods Manager Mike Jakubowki
Karla Ziegler won the IGA Penticton Wheelbarrow - Her husband Chad picking it up
Sam Der won the Safeway Wheelbarrow
He is pictured here with Rotarian Derek Blaszak
Real Canadian Superstore winner was Teri Brant
Shown here are Teri, her daughter, Superstore Manager Rick Dunsmore and 
Rotarian George Gordon
Arnie Atkin won the Wheelbarrow at Walmart .
Arnie is kindly donating the groceries to Soupateria
Our Starfish Fundraiser was held on November 7th at the Barley Mill 
The event was sold out for the 3rd Annual Starfish Fundraiser held at the Barley Mill.
Andy Virk – owner of the Barley Mill gave us 100 free roast beef dinners so that we can sell tickets and have 100% of the proceeds go back to Starfish Pack Program
(backpacks full of food for the weekends to support kids in need in our community)

The event raised a whopping  $18,462 in one evening!! That’s the equivalent of over 35 backpacks for one year. 
The cost to sponsor 1 child for 1 year is $525.
Rod Ferguson from Brentview Developments and a bunch of his associates gave the Starfish pack a cheque totalling over $13,000

Starfish Pack Program is a Rotary Initiative.
Thank you to 
  • Rotary Club of Penticton
  • Barley Mill Pub – all of the staff. TIP – donated 100 meals tonight. Andy & Kori
  • Will Schakl – Rock Skool
  • Save-On Foods (partner)
Generous donations from these businesses for their raffle items:
  • Total Restoration
  • Okannoggin Barbers
  • Silver Grizzly Crafts and Gifts
  • Alkaloid Networks 
  • Local Security – Adam Power
  • Neil Wyper – Wyper Law
  • Natalie Ferebee – RBC Dominion Securities 
Thank you to our Rotarians who donated their time to volunteer at this event and some of them also donated liquor or raffle items:
  • Jas Garib
  • Barb and Gary Hoolaeff
  • Karla Ziegler
  • Don Collins
  • Keith Johnson
  • Jennifer Taylor
  • Tania Schultz
And also Thank you to our Rotarians that deliver backpacks on a weekly basis
  • George Gordon 
  • Drew Nagy 
  • Kevin and Lee Smith 
  • Don Michel and Erwin Ploner
  • Tracy Van Raes 
Our World Polio Night was a Great Success with our Rotary Club raising over $2500 towards polio eradication
Drew Nagy - the Foundation Chair of the Rotary Club of Penticton spoke about the Polio initiative and what it means to our club
Today, on World Polio Day, Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners announced that wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) has been eradicated worldwide. WPV3 is only the third infectious human disease-causing pathogen to be eradicated in history, following smallpox and wild poliovirus type 2. This achievement means that two of the three wild polio strains have now been wiped out, an important marker of progress against the disease.

The announcement comes on the heels of recent news that Nigeria has gone three years without a case of wild poliovirus, which means that the entire African region could be certified wild poliovirus-free in sometime in 2020.

“The eradication of wild poliovirus type three is a critical step in Rotary’s fight to eradicate polio,” said Michael K. McGovern, Chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “Even as we’re addressing major challenges in Pakistan and Afghanistan, we continue to make historic progress that shows us that eradication is possible. Today is World Polio Day—a time to reflect on our efforts, how far we’ve come, and the work that still needs to be done to fulfill our promise of a polio-free world. It’s important that we remain optimistic and harness the momentum of this good news as we tackle the remaining challenges in the global effort to end polio.”

The fundraiser had great food, games and fellowship
Thank you to Drew, Neil and Rhonda for organizing the event
Fresh start for 20 women fleeing abuse in Penticton area
The Rotary Club of Penticton earmarked $10,000 for hope chests for SOWINS’ clients
Twenty women fleeing abuse in the Penticton area are getting a hand-up from the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS), thanks to a generous donation by the Rotary Club of Penticton.
The club earmarked $10,000 for the non-profit society in order to build 20 hope chests or starter kits for women who are starting over after leaving their home. Debbie Scarborough, executive director of SOWINS, explained that these kits contain much more than just the necessary items for the women, and possibly their children, to get by.
“What it’s going to is women that are finally getting free from abuse, that have permanent and safe, affordable housing, they often walk away with nothing. Sometimes when we leave from home, we have a hope chest,” said Scarborough. “These women did not have that opportunity so the Rotary is giving them a hope chest. And it’s more than that because it’s giving them hope, because someone is supporting them on their journey.”
Natalie Ferebee, president of the Rotary Club of Penticton, and club member Lori Lalonde have already assembled and delivered six of the boxes to the club, which contain items such as dishes, bedding, cleaning supplies and other home essentials. Scarborough said three of the boxes have already been earmarked for specific clients and three will be kept on-hand at the society’s administration office.
“Everything that we raise through the Rotary Club, we give back to the community. So SOWINS being one of them is huge, because it helps our community members to start their new life, and then hopefully come join our Rotary,” said Ferebee. “If they want to do the same thing for others, then that’s another way they can give back to the community.”
All three women agreed that starting from scratch and furnishing a home in these instances can be extremely costly and that these kits would make all the difference in the lives of the women and children that SOWINS helps. Scarborough said the society currently serves 3,400 women and children a year and she’s seen the desperate circumstances they’ve been forced into.
“I know women that will go into public washrooms and take as much as the toilet paper as they can, because it’s costly. When you think of you and I, we just add toilet paper on our grocery list,” said Scarborough. “We know women that will share one bowl and one plate with their children. Pillows are a luxury, they sleep on the floor.”
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