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We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
McKia's Restaurant
Best Western Hotel
5506 Main St.
Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0
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It may have been hazy outside but inside it was bright and scintillating!
Pres Jeff and ADG Cheryle/Jim were away basking in a resort in Chelan taking in District Assembly….report to follow?
PP Lynda introduced guests Jim and Judy Burns, annual visitors to our club while they take in the Summer Curling Bonspiel,  Lionel from the Oliver Chronical, and our speaker Liesel Reimer. Elly and Teresa got honorable mention in the most frequent visitor category.
Seldom do we get a speaker that can generate such traction with the membership. Some of that was because the subject matter was new to us and some because the speaker was so engaging. Liesel represents the Canadian Mental Health Association as Community Educator for the S Okanagan Similkameen region and her focus was on suicides, and the resources, intervention training and support available through the Penticton based CMHA office.
The belief is that all suicides are preventable.  The goal is to build a suicide safer community through awareness and training. The means are resources, the workshop training and awareness and CMHA provides support for that in terms of courses (online and in class) and 24/7 phone response resources. Be alert for potential suicide events and connect with resources. There is a hotline 1-800-Suicide.
In Osoyoos and playing with expectation numbers, we should expect 1-2 suicides each year. While that does not sound significant, it very clearly is. One life is so important and in suicide, there is an average of 20 people involved in the event that are also heavily impacted. 
Interesting to note that 75% of suicides are male and half of those are in the 40-54 year old segment….hmmmmmm! Youth was the second highest age segment at risk for suicide.
There is a Clubhouse in Penticton for Mental Health member support with meals and activities but the outlying communities need to rely on the outreach programs and services.
There was an excellent question and discussion time that followed and clearly everyone was engaged.
In other news…LOTB was discussed at length and a variety of directions determined. There are 26 tickets remaining and Judy implored those that need tickets to respond to her by next Tuesday as she goes away for 2 weeks of unapproved vacation.
Harold stole Elly’s ticket to win the 50/50…according to Ramiro.
Next week is a scheduled business meeting to work on LOTB and the following week is a social TBA.
Have a great week...no smoking!
Jeff Duguid our new President of Rotary of Osoyoos with Cheryle King Assistant Govenor of Area 7 ,District 5060
Welcome to our weekly bulletin. We are still making adjustments and like to hear from you, how we can make it more informative and fun.
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Thursday's Meeting
Several guests braved the heat and fire haze to attend today’s meeting and helped make it a fun/informative one. Pres Jeff introduced Lional (Oliver Cronicle) and Jean Jacobsen, Mike Watkins, Barry Reid, Joyce Erickson and Tahira Saeed from the Penticton Sunrise Rotary Club. 
Pres Jeff commended the members who participated in serving dinner to the migrant workers on Saturday at the Baptist Church….evidently it was fun and worthy of supporting again.  He also shared a letter of thanks from the recipient of our Club high school scholarship, Sarah Smiley. Two excellent community contributions!
Tahira was introduced again as our guest speaker and she proceeded to inform and entertain us all in her capacity of Executive Director of SOICS (South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services).  Tahira was born in Pakistan but actually immigrated to Canada from the US, so well qualified for this role.  SOICS is a non-profit organization providing free services to immigrants, temporary foreign workers, international students and refugees to a large area in the S. Okanagan from a head office in Penticton and a branch office in Oliver. They are funded primarily by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.  She has a staff of 16, speaking 9 languages, delivering an impressive range of services – I believe she said they annually serve over 1500 clients coming from over 80 different countries. My mind boggled at the paperwork that must be involved, such as rules/regulations, cultural diversities and the training they provide. Check out their website at www.soics.ca to learn more about the impressive range of services they provide and the difficulties they face.
Tahira also spoke briefly about International projects the Sunrise Club is working on in Bangladesh. I understood two award-winning projects in villages needing sanitation and income generation (sewing machines and cattle) are completed and they are moving ahead on another two. Impressive projects in addition to a very impressive speaker. 
Barry Reid, a PP of the Sunrise Club, shared with us three fundraising events that they are hosting and invited our participation.  The first was the 23rd antique car show on August 4th at Rotary Park on Okanagan Lake; the second was the 35thannual Sandcastle competition at Skaha beach on August 9th; and the 3rd a Scotch Tasting evening on November 3rd at the Penticton Golf club. Entrants are welcome at all three or just come to watch the cars and sandcastles. 
The 50/50 ticket was drawn for Barry Reid and he promptly donated the $35 to Rotary Foundation….good lad!
Next week's Meeting 
will be a business meeting with the focus on the upcoming LOBT.
Lobster on the Beach Ticket are available
Since the announcement on Facebook indicating that tickets are now available, we already received several inquiries.
Please contact Judy at judymillerbennett@hotmail.com or phone at 250 485 8876 for tickets.
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Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
New Generations Director
Membership Director
Foundation Director
Sergeant At Arms Director
Programs Director