Rotary Club of Osoyoos

Business Meeting
May 25, 2017
Business Meeting
Jun 01, 2017
Preparing for the Golf Tournament
Anita Becker $ Ken Clarke
Jun 08, 2017
Desert Valley Hospice
Dave Foster
Jun 15, 2017
From Osoyoos Elementary School
Business Meeting
Jun 29, 2017
Discuss Pancake Breakfast
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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
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Mailing address: Box 695, Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0
Home Page Stories
Todays luncheon was a fun but 'still waiting for spring' meeting. Guests included Marie Angelica, Richard (Times), Dale (Oliver Rotary), our 2 YE students Carlo and Nina and Manine (Marize's daughter)  
Pres. Brian introduced our speaker Sarah Gilchrist from OSS. Sarah teaches Drama and Musical Theatre and English locally in various roles since 2012, having produced 4 musicals over that time, the most recent being Beauty and the Beast. 
Sarah is in the very early stages of tackling improvements to the Osoyoos Community Theatre, located at our Osoyoos Secondary School. She recognizes it as a great space and opportunity but it does need some upgrades. It is now mostly used as a venue for the Concert Series and choral presentations in addition to OSS student theatre.
The upgrades vary from small items, less than $1000 to major expenses like lighting which may run up to $100,000. We encouraged her to engage a theatre consultant to identify and prioritize the needs and then with that, develop an implementation plan. There are grants available and local fundraisers such as 'Adopt a Seat' - perhaps Rotary can get involved once the needs are clarified. 
Sarah was an enthusiastic, engaging speaker and it would be neat to think that we could work with her as plans firm up as it would be a worthy Rotary community project.
The meeting moved on to updates on our major fundraisers, the Golf Tournament and LOTB. Doug shared that the golf is starting to firm up with 60+ players confirmed and good progress on the huge support required for the day itself. The next two meetings will revolve around updates and assignments. Work your contacts for more teams/players and auction items but not to worry about the margarita machine any longer as Tracy donated one!
The vary best news though was Sandy and Tracy stepping up to co-chair the Lobster on the Beach event in September. What true Rotarians! There is still the co-chair position for pancake breakfasts available but batter hurry as there may be a rush!
A good meeting of 20 members and guests!


Today's lunch was a business meeting preceded by a Board Meeting so no speaker. Instead lots of discussion and information exchange around our goals and upcoming Rotary events.

Our guests included Mary Bellemare, a 9 year Rotarian from Dauphin, Manitoba. Mary shared an upcoming fundraiser for their Club that raised some $40,000 last year...the Manitoba MudRun. It is a 10km obstacle mud run in August in which we would be more than welcome to participate. Only an 18 hour drive from Osoyoos!

Jim shared that we are 94% there against our Foundation goal of $3000 and looking like we will make our Polio goal as well.  He led a discussion on community projects and the notion of taking on any more park projects would be put on hold until the natural playground is completed. There was strong support for trail projects identified around Osoyoos though, likely 2018/19  before we tackle them. 

Harold updated us on Save the Rhino backpack project with 5 of the 20 backpacks now funded at $300 each. Only 13 to go! He left the meeting to attend the District Conference in Kelowna at which he will man a booth to attract other club's support. The Chris Bromage 'concert' at JoJo's last week raised funds for more than 1 pack, in addition to being an incredibly well received/ entertaining performance.

In YE, the club needs to decide on the exchange program in 2018/19...we will not have an inbound in 2017/18. The process to allow this starts this June so think about whether we want it and how it will be supported and we will make a club decision in the upcoming weeks. 

That led to a discussion about chairs and co-chair volunteers. We need a chairperson for YE, co-chairs for LOTB, golf and pancake breakfasts. Members might want to think about taking on one before Lynda assigns them in her year!

Our Club will be hosting the YE students as they pass through Osoyoos on their week long bus trip through District 5060 and that translates into hosting lunch for them at the Golf Club next Thursday. So, no meeting at noon as we will share the time with the students...a more detailed message will follow.

Vaughn shared that Osoyoos Desert Society is holding a fundraiser for their much needed building project on May 6th. It is a Beer and Burger night at Sage Pub for $20 and will include a silent auction. He had tickets so let him know.

Ken let us know that the Area 27 racetrack has their grand opening on June 2-4th...more information to come.

Doug advised that the June Golf tournament is officially our top priority for the next 6 weeks. Sponsorships, auction items and participants require our attention and he will be emailing needs and updates regularly. Each member is expected to round up a foursome so lets get that one attended to first!

Most folk's happy bucks wished for warmer days - no surprise! Mike won the 50/50 and will assign that massive windfall to Rotary Foundation. 


Have some fun!

Better late than never? Especially as the meeting was so good, those who were there would enjoy reliving it and for those not attending, this is what you missed.

Pres Elect Lynda presided over her first Rotary meeting and was outstanding, setting the tone for the many, many more to come.  There were a number of guests, presumably all coming to take in the featured/famous guest speaker and they included Kathy Lee and Regis from Dauphin Man, Kim and Mark from Oroville, Gary from Abbotsford, Richard (Times), Cory (Oliver) and YE Carlo and Nina. 

Ron Leigh was our luncheon entertainer. As unaccustomed as he is to public speaking (!) our own Honorary Rotarian spoke eloquently on his very obvious love and expertise of jazz. April being jazz appreciation month,  Ron led us through some fascinating stories and history of jazz. He is a self professed jazz junkie, having hosted a jazz radio program in Calgary and still plays around with guitar, drums and alto saxophone. He has met many of the famous jazz artists and knows their stories intimately - he shared one large 1958 photograph of 57 notable musicians of players entitled 'Great Day in Harlem' and he could talk about all of them. 

Hope this is an annual April event...well done Ron.

In updates, Dave shared that at the Rotary Million Dollar dinner last Saturday, $2 million was raised that will go to Foundation and primarily to projects in the Okanagan Valley. Very impressive! Elly spoke about the Project Amigo project at which she and Romaro volunteer at and also where Ken Campbell participated as the auction winner at LOTB. She will be presenting at a future luncheon and will introduce a Canadian component to it in which members may want to participate. Stay tuned!

Also Harold reminded us of the performance coming up on April 21st at JoJo's where our own Chris Bromage will play from his album End of Empire. Chris will donate the first $300 to Save a Rhino backpack are limited so hurry. See you there at 6:45.

Under Youth Exchange, Carlo, Nina and I spent this past weekend in Penticton at a gathering of current inbounds and rebound students meeting with next years outbounds and giving them  and their parents coaching and encouragements. There was a new exchange program introduced as a complement to the existing one which will be for a shorter time (one month) and focus on a family-to-family exchange...more to come in September but does sound promising.

Finally there was talk about an upcoming Easter Pancake breakfast. The advantage of a late newsletter is that we can share that it did indeed take place and was an amazing success. It always continues to blow me away how folks flow to what needs to be done, do it so well and make all the breakfast guests make money! We sold 319 breakfasts which was our highest Easter volume and just as the bell chimed at closing time, we served the last cup of coffee and last strip of bacon - perfect. Thanks everyone!

Remember, no noon meeting this Thursday as there will be a fun social at the Golf Club that evening starting at 6.

The 50/50 was drawn by Gary of Abbotsford...he said he needed it!

A good pre-spring meeting! 25 members and guests thorougly enjoyed tons of fellowship and a very informative guest presentation by Ernie Dumais and Gail Barriskill from Highway to Healing. 

Pres Brian recognized all guests including Honorary members Roger C. and Ron L. who the latter is just home from snowbirding in Az. As usual Carlo was in attendance and it was noted that his 18th birthday is this Saturday. Harold, can you say '18'?

In updates, our PE Lynda and Oliver's PE Dale spent the previous weekend in Seattle at PETS (president elects training) and reported that the event was superb and welcomed by all the 700 attendees. The training, the speakers, the food (wine?) and networking all worked. Evidently the message that Lynda heard was that Rotary was expecting her to break a few traditional boundaries and do what she damn well wants to do in her upcoming year as President..... bring it on! The core message is to stretch the traditional boundaries in Rotary everywhere ~ a welcome message indeed.

Sandy shared that there was a 'Taste of India' fundraising dinner by the Westbank Rotary April 7th and suggested that we might make an evening of it with an Osoyoos Rotary table and she would organize transportation and coordinate tickets. Let her know if you are interested as it sounds like great fun and of course supports one of our fellow clubs. 

It was also confirmed that the March 16th meeting will be an evening social at which we will get to learn more of the amazing S. African trip, the project, travels and next steps. Mark your calendar for this evening and times and location will come luncheon meeting will be held on that day.  Now on to this day's presentation topic;

Highway to Healing (or H2H) is a charitable organization formed in Oliver in 2013 to compassionately assist families who have a child requiring medical care not available locally. It was initially formed to service the Oliver community but has just this week have expanded the area to include OK Falls and Osoyoos. Gail and Ernie are both directors of the Society - Gail was just recently named as President which is simply serendipitous as her sister will be President of our Rotary Club in June!

The concept grew out of a community vision idea by the Oliver Rotary Club and grew into a separate society in order to gain charitable status. It was modelled after two other successful organizations in BC performing similar functions, in Comox and Nelson. Basically, H2H  provides up to $5000 of funding per child under the age of 19 for travel expenses to obtain medical diagnosis and treatments and also serves to provide information about any other organization whose services can benefit the families in need. 

The list of fundraising events and donors is lengthly and impressive. Ernie and Gail were not openly soliciting financial support (but would not turn a donation down!) but did request that we think about someone who might represent Osoyoos in the newly expanded mandate. 

A good presentation and an organization that is worthy and could use our support.

Coyote hockey returns to Osoyoos with the first game in the 2nd round on Tuesday...Vaughn could always use more volunteers in the beer garden. 

Happy bucks was split between those loving the fact the ski season is still full on and those who were vibrating with news that the golf course opens on Saturday. The 50/50 ticket was drawn for Dale, our frequent guest from Oliver Rotary. 


Continue to think Spring!

Today's meeting saw the return of our South African team and along with several guests they heard a fascinating luncheon speaker on this cloudy, near-spring mid-February day. Team members Marieze, Mike and Anne Marie, Brian and Harold all sported good tans and gave us snippets of their very successful trip to be shared in much more detail at an evening social soon. Carlo, Vaughn, Richard (Times) and a couple visiting from Canmore, Dana and Percy, joined in to make a decent Oh Canada!


Pres Brian introduced our guest speaker Richard Walker. Richard has been a farmer, herbalist and food forester for over 40 years, taking a degraded land site in Grand Forks in 1985 to a the first food forest in Canada. He now lives and practices his art in Osoyoos. He shared his passion about soil health and its link to nutritious, diverse food, human health and sound economics. He has been instrumental in the growth of small and large scale food forests across Canada.

It was fascinating to listen to Richard describe what is possible in our own Town of Osoyoos in the way of planned canopied forests of Chestnuts and Pecans at the top down through several layers of tree nuts and fruits/berries down to ground cover of herbs, vegetables, medicinal plants to even below ground plants. Planned, diverse plantings can be accomplished in small garden lots, boulevards and parks. They can be adapted to taking up CO2,  heavy metals and even tackling invasive species. He sowed his ideas and thoughts to the crowd and judging from the response and questions, found fertile ground and maybe even a Rotary sponsored community project? One immediate takeaway is to investigate including some portion of a food forest in our sponsorship of a natural playground near the elementary school.

Richard has published a small paperback book 'Food Forestry North of the 49th' which I can attest to is a great read. I think we will hear more from him.

Cheryle spoke about the recent passing of Vern Neilson, our current District Governor. He will be honoured at the District Conference April 28-29 in Kelowna.

Carlo is off to Revelstoke Friday for 3 days with all of the other inbounds from 5060...a fun time.

Vaughn spoke to the Coyote's winning ways with the playoffs games starting here on Feb 24th and 25th. Think about coming out to help at the beer garden and watching great hockey.

Harold won the 50/50 and is donating the proceeds to the next S. African project that the team will be presenting.


Think spring!

Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
President Elect
New Generations Director
Membership Director
Foundation Director
Sergeant At Arms Director
Programs Director
district grant writer
district grant writer