Can you believe we are already at the half way point for Jons year?  Time flies
Message from your President
Hello everyone.  The Rotary year so far has been great! We have been able to meet in person for the whole 6 months and it has been nice to see everyone.  The lunch location at the Match has worked out pretty well.  If you haven't been out in a while, come on out for lunch in the new year.  From a projects perspective, we have successfully had our Ribfest, Lobster on the Run, Pints for Polio and weekly meat draws at the Barley Mill.  We have participated in the Ironman aid station, had a very nice BBQ party at John's (thank you John and Barb) and locker clean up (thank you Barb and Gary).  Hosting Honzik was a pleasure for the past 3 months.  I am looking forward to the next 6 months and all the wonderful things we do as a club to support our community.  JON
So what has happened this year so far……..let’s take a walk down memory lane..
The year started off with Ribfest in July,  our club made $14,000 from Ribfest and it was held at Skaha Lake park, different venue, different weather this year…..
Then we had Lobster Feast on October 1st, the event this year was run at the Seniors Centre , still with a drive thru and online auction.   The event raised $24000 for the club, the weather was warm and the Lobsters were juicy
November 2nd Pints for Polio happened at the Cannery – We had a great turnout and raised $2257.40 for Polio through silent auction and ticket sales. 
Our weekly meat draws are running at the Barley Mill every Sunday from 1 pm - 3 pm and Rotarians have been helping Tracy Comber out by taking a Sunday to do the meat draw – this years meat draw $ will go to a local project – volunteers are always needed and so are baskets - come out and enjoy the meat draw Sunday at the Barley Mill !
Starfish is going strong and Tracy Van Raes is bringing in money for this.  To date we are feeding 94 kids in over 11 schools!!! 
Our club volunteered for Ironman in August with the morning club at an aid station by the Petro Canada in Kaleden , a lot of fun was had !
Also in August Rotary Club of Penticton Kailyn Brown represented our club at the Penticton pageant
August our Rotary club donated $5000 to the Okanagan College daycare  - they offer infant and toddler care, preschool and after school care
Also Honzik our exchange student from Czechia joined our club in August for the year
In October our club got together and cleaned up the Seniors Centre – and then had a celebratory drink after of course
We continued this year doing Sowins kits for the South Okanagan Women in Needs Centre – to date we have done 39 kits since 2019 – these are valuable tools for women fleeing abuse and they are very happy we are able to donate these
In December our club donated $500 to One Sky Family Hamper program – which helps a family out for Christmas.
Members and club info
So far this year we have had Robert (Bob) Leslie joined our club from Saskatchewan (go Riders ! ) and Harpreet Sidhu who has been volunteering with our club for a while now finally joined our club. 
Dr. Brigitte Sonnendrucker also joined our club this year, Curtis Parsons joined our club, then Cathi Sacidis and Heidi Harbison, and Andrew Bitcon who came from Calgary.  Welcome all new members!!
Brian brought some interesting speakers this year with Steve King, Anthony Hadded, Aaron McRann, Chief Clarence Louie, Todd Manuel from School District 67, Blake Laven from the City of Penticton, Tam Dinh from Junior Achievement, Superintendent Brian Hunter, Prema Harris, Alison Gibson, Antoine Martel, Michael Magnussen, Mayor Julius Bloomfield, Jane Kaczmarek, with more to come in the new year.
Fun and Frivolity
September we had our annual BBQ at John and Barb Vassilakis with beautiful weather and wonderful food
December our club joined the morning club and we had a joint Christmas party at the Bufflehead with good food, games and good fellowship.
A big thank you from myself to Karla and Tracy, who send me pictures when needed if I miss meetings to keep you all informed, especially when I am away visiting other countries.! Irene says HI!
As we close the year this year for 2022, wishing your families health and prosperity and all the best for 2023.