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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
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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.
Please contact John for your comments, inquiries or future bulletin item suggestions.
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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No one wore shorts to the meeting.....ok, enough said about this abysmal weather. The meeting though was fun and very full (3 speakers?) and opened with a very saxy rendition of O Canada thanks to Gregor. It was noted that this is Gregor's last meeting with in this Rotary year as he heads back to Stratford ON next week - we will look forward to his return in the fall. 
Pres Lynda introduced our guests Barry Romanko, Richard McQuire and a later guest Jill Palmer and then Barry again as our keynote speaker. 
Barry has been our Town's Chief Administrative Officer for almost 10 years and from this unique leadership/overseer position gave us highlights  of last years accomplishments and then this years goals. He did say that the role involves a tetch more than sewage, roads and water and then proceeded to identify such a range of issues/projects that cross his desk continuously that it made retirement sound like a worthy option. From business planning to police cost negotiations to Resort Municipality funding and dealing with Counsel members (Jim?) his days are full and as he said, all of this is well documented on the Town website so I won't repeat them but of the 18 projects for this year, several were feasability studies and had public consultations planned, such as the pool and Gyro Park.  He did reference the influential role that he believes Rotary plays in the community and appreciated it. It would be great to have Barry share this overview on an annual basis - enjoyed it.
Jill Palmer then spoke to us representing the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The famous Big Bike comes to Osoyoos on May 9th as a fundraiser for critical heart disease and stroke research and she was suggesting that it would only take 29 Rotarians to ride the 2 kms in support? Last year the Bike appeared in over 200 communities across Canada and raised over $8 million.
Harold also took the podium and shared 3 things with us. Firstly, 8 of the Camelbak Hydration packs had been presented to the Rangers in S. Africa by Henry Tarr and they were evidently gratefully received and will be used as intended to reduce the role of poachers in the Parks.  Harold is still working on replacing the 12 other packs that went missing in transit. He was wearing a Winnipeg Jets jersey in honour of the Humboldt hockey team and was emotional as he told us about those that he knew in that crash and that the jersey itself was a duplicate of the one that had to be cut away some 1541 days ago for AED access on himself. Lastly he also presented 2 tapestries from very early Osoysoo Rotary days with banners from visitors worldwide - he and Audrey made one of those...back in the day!
Shari presented a much newer banner from the Rotary Club of Barbados that she met with earlier this year.
Harold appropriately won the 50/50 and will donate that into the Rotary Scholarship Foundation fund. 
As I said...a good meeting!

We are 2 days into Spring 2018.  So what is with this gray, chilly wetness out there? Good thing there is a cheery, informative Rotary luncheon to attend, eh? Much more preferable than a sunny tee time.

A good meeting. Jim King presided and as there were no guests to introduce (first time that I can recall a meeting in which there were no visitors), he introduced our speaker and one of our newest members, Bruce Hobin. Bruce spoke to us earlier in the year on his vocation as a Professional Agrologist and today, talked about a passion and volunteer as a provincial judge for the BC Communities in Bloom (CIB) program. He challenged us on what CIB signifies and it was apparent that it is impressively more that the 'flower blossoms' that came to most folks minds. 

CIB is a non-profit organization in Canada committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement. It began in 1995 in Canada but has roots before then in the UK, Ireland and France - their motto is "people, plants and pride....growing together". Bruce was a judge in Saskatchewan way back in 2006, then in Ontario between 2008 and 20015. The program consists of communities being evaluated by a  jury of professional judges like Bruce, on the entire community on many criteria some of which are landscape, tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation and of course, floral displays. An evaluation report ensues and while there is a competition involved with the participating communities, there are also ideas and encouragement on ways to move forward and enhance the community. Ratings run from a '1 bloom' to a '5 bloom' community. 

It appears that Osoyoos participated back in 1995 and ran to a '4 bloom' designation in 1999 but did not take part after that. Based on Bruce's well prepared and entertaining presentation, the members all felt this would be a worthy undertaking for Osoyoos and Jim recommended that Bruce present to the Council this fall. Thanks Bruce!

With a few minutes left in the meeting, Shari was just back from a Caribbean cruise on Windstar and shared some of that time just to make us envious. She brought back a banner from the make-up done with the Rotary Club of Barbados.

Reminder that next week's noon meeting will be a board meeting and everyone is encouraged to come and join in. There should be reports updating progress from the visioning committees. 

Easter pancakes are next weekend. The bacon pre-grilling is Thursday and we have great volunteers signed up for that. If you are thinking that you can help with the Saturday pancake event and have not let John know, please do so...still need some numbers/names.

The soup and sandwich buffet was excellent and seems to be a welcome change for our luncheon option?

Our Coyotes are now tied 2-2 with Revelstoke in the 3 round of playoffs so there will be a beer garden role for us on Saturday. Reports are that there are generous tippers attending!

The 50/50 was most appropriately won by Bruce and a quick donation to the Foundation followed.

Think Spring!

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