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Luncheon
Aug 24, 2017
Update on the Lobster Festival Event
Kisment Restaurant
Aug 31, 2017
Social starting at 5:30 (drinks) East Indian Buffet at 6:30
 
 
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Welcome to our Club!

Osoyoos

Building Communities Bridging Continents

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
McKia's Restaurant
Best Western Hotel
5506 Main St.
Osoyoos, BC  V0H 1V0
Canada
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Mailing address: Box 695, Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0
 
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A well attended, entertaining meeting!

Jim King presided and introduced guests Jim (31 years in Rotary) and Judy Burns from Vernon Rotary, here for summer curling, and regular attending friends Cory and Debbie. Mike then took over and introduced his delightful daughter Megan, our guest speaker and her partner Jeff. 

Megan recently received her MSc from UBC School of Kinesiology and spoke to us on spinal cord injury (SCI) in general, ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries) more specifically and then PARK (Physical Activity Research Centre) where she  is the Operations Coordinator. All of this is located at UBC which is one of two facilities in Canada, the other being in Toronto. Megan led us through SCI and the injuries that leave a person paralized to various degrees according to where in the spinal cord the injury occurs.  She shared that there are some 86,000 Canadians living with SCI now with about 4,300 new cases each year and the cost of traumatic SCI runs at an estimated $3.6 billion per year. Those with injuries are likely to additionally suffer from obesity,  cardio diseases, bone density losses, pain and depression. 

It was evident from her enthusiatic, informative and entertaining presentation that Megan loves her profession from the perspectives of working with the folks with injuries and also all the associated research and innovations.  Megan is also program coordinator at BC Wheelchair Sports Assoc.

Megan brought Jeff into the conversation as he is paraplegic ....paralyzed from the mid chest down. Very upbeat and independent and obviously coping well as he is ranked #2 in wheelchair tennis in Canada and #3 in ping pong....very active with a sports focus. 

With Dad being the program coordinator, we are hoping that he has an 'in' to bring Megan back and speak to us again on SCI and her research...maybe even more Olympic full contact wheelchair rugby videos!

Sandi gave us a short update on LOTB - there are only 47 tickets remaining which is excellent. Next week's meeting will be devoted to planning the event. 

Harold shard that he has 19 Camel Backpacks purchased for the Save the Rhino project and the money for the 20th, which was the goal. Well done! He is now looking for anyone going to South Africa who would be able to take a few with them to ensure they get to the proper destination. Let him know..

Mike needs to know numbers for the August 31st evening social at Kismet Winery so let him know directly or respond to the email he will send out. There will be no noon meeting that day. 

Finally, special recognition to Tracy and Gordon celebrating birthdays today!

 

Think LOTB!

A fun meeting on a very hot Thursday...more heat to come according to the forecast but as several referenced during Happy Bucks, no local fires!

Pres Lynda introduced guests Katy Branson, a development officer for the Credit Union from Kelowna, Dr. Larry Demco, our resident Thai Rotarian, and Sylvia Mott, our recently returned exchange student from Summerland via Germany. She also shared a letter of appreciation from the Osoyoos Concert Series Committee for Rotary's support.

 

While there was no scheduled speaker (last meeting of the month is a business meeting), there was no shortage of willing podium seekers. First up was Katy who gave a lively talk on her role in the Credit Union...we think we talked her into joining a club at home in Kelowna. 

Next was Sylvia who was called on for a full blown presentation of her year in Germany which came as a bit of a surprise to her but no surprise to us, she entertained us all with an informative, humorous and insightful summary of her year. Sylvia only just returned home last Sunday so the excitement and successes were very evident in her talk. I would encourage everyone to go to her blog http://smgermanyexchange.weebly.com and share her year and make sure you include the photos and 'fun facts' segments. She had only one host family (2 host brothers aged 2 and 10 and 1 host sister aged 13 - another older sister was away on her own exchange) and has captured them beautifully in the photos so check them out. I am hopeful that we will see her at a few more meetings before she heads off to university. 

We all agreed that Sylvia and Carlo together epitomized the best of what Rotary youth exchange is all about.

 

ADG Cheryle asked us to mark the evening of Sept 13th on our calendars for a 'Cluster' (?) meeting in Penticton. This event will replace the traditional meeting that the District Governor has had with each club each year with a multi club session. This year's DG is Bill Jenkins....more information to come, including the possibility of bus transport.

 

And finally at the podium, our LOTB co-chair Sandi Summers presented an update on the committee's progress on the lobster dinner plans. The tickets have only recently been printed and already 17 of the 35 tables have been sold and as they can only be purchased from Judy, best get on it! Other than looking for gold sponsors, it sounded like they are on task?

 

The 50/50 ticket was won by Larry and he will direct the funds to his project in Thailand which means a family will have access to potable water. I am looking forward to his presentation to us on August 10 on the same project. 

 

Next weeks speaker is Carey Bornn, executive director of the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation....should be good so plan to be there!

 

Keep cool.

Smoking hot outside but a very cool first meeting inside for Pres Lynda...goin' to be a good year! 

In addition to regulars Elly and Larry, Lynda introduced guests Elliot, a visiting Rotarian from Prince Albert and his father in law Jerry. Jerry lives in Osoyoos now and Elliot will be moving here in 2 years time which makes him an automatic new member for whoever the President is that follows Giselle...Sandi, do you know what PEN means? 

The guest speakers were from the Community Foundation, South Okanagan/Similkameen, Aaron McRann, Executive Director and Kim English, Regional Development Officer. This foundation started in 1991 in Penticton and includes Osoyoos but we know so little about them. They operate much like our own Rotary Foundation in which the principle in endowed and only the interest earned is distributed to worthy charities, but they represent such an large opportunity for our community. In the 25 years since incorporation, some $11 million has been raised in the foundation and $3.4 million has been distributed throughout the S. Okanagan and Similkameen without touching the principal.  There are some 191 similar foundations across Canada that give back to the community as CFSOS does. Administration costs are a very low 1.5% of earned income. 

There are various means by which it distributes support to the community, several dictated by the donators themselves - Osoyoos has been receiving funds directly even without a substantial local endowment. Aaron and Kim described these opportunities very professionally and caught the interest of many in our Club. Cheryle, Vaughn and I give input from Osoyoos so expect more information as opportunities come up. 

Cheryle gave an update on Rotary clubs in our District that are impacted by the wildfires and will keep us apprised as opportunities are identified in which our club can provide support.

Sandi also updated us on the significant work done already for the Lobster on the Beach event Sept 9th - delegation is her forte as Judy Miller-Bennett is assigned the sole keeper of tickets and Elly was given 2 roles over lunch!

The third update came from Chris who described more completely our fundraising opportunity with the 2017 Super Saver coupon book - easy sell with the AG or Buy Low coupons alone. 

It was noted that Carlo made it safely to his plane home to Trento yesterday - what a year! 

Finally, this was Ramiro's first meeting as a new member of Osoyoos Rotary and he was rewarded with the 50/50 winning ticket. As a side note, it was Angelica's first meeting too but she won diddly....now is that Fair to All Concerned?

 

This weekend we celebrate Canada's 150th and certainly is a busy time for Osoyoos.  Rotary was equally as active these past few days.

Starting with the Thursday meeting. As PE Lynda pointed out, this was Brian's last meeting to chair as President in the Rotary year. An exceptional year for the club! 

Debbie Dow was our speaker (we know her well from this years S. Africa project) and she presented a water project in Tazania that she lead. I found it to be a particularly fascinating project in many ways but particularly as the idea and need came from a 2014 safari, research and funding followed and 3 years later last month, the vision came to fruition with 2 producing water wells in place to support a local Maasi community in their lifestyle. Completed and sustainable. Debbie listed the support from individuals, organizations and Rotary clubs around Prince George through the process but it was obvious that she was the driver and very emotionally connected. A huge accomplishment and a neat presentation!

 

Of note from the meeting is the need to respond to Cheryle's email regarding attendance at the annual Installation event next Thursday at 6 at Spirit Ridge. This is a significant Club event at which the new board will be installed along with our new President Lynda and 3 new members will be inducted. There will be no noon meeting next week. 

 

Gordon gave us an much appreciative  update on Roberta's progress in her cancer trek and we wish her continued progress. We tried to support Gordon by allowing him to win the 50/50!

Vaughn reported out on the Club's Coyote beer garden support of the year and it was a very successful one as the fundraising more than covered our costs for public skating for the year. Vaughn recognized everyone's time and efforts, when really it was his efforts that made it all possible. Thanks Vaughn.

 

Then there was the Friday make-up meeting at the Pizza Factory where 7 truly dedicated Rotarians (plus one friend) pre-cooked 122 lbs of bacon....hardly any mess at all! Thanks Giselle, Sandi and Lynda supported by Larry, Brian, Jim, John and Mike Spears. 

 

Next was very early Saturday morning where the now highly skilled Pancake breakfast team of 22 Rotarians and friends/partners cooked and served well over 600 breakfasts to appreciative (and patient) Canada Day celebrators. Wow...went so smoothly - well done to all!

31 Osoyoos Loop Super Saver coupon books were sold at the breakfast as well.

 

So, a busy week and testimony to service above self!

If you are feeling that you are not receiving the newsletters from each meeting, not to worry as you likely are....it has been noted that the author has been AWOL on occasion!

Today was an excellent meeting as they always seem to be when Youth Exchange are involved. Guests Larry, Cory, Rob and Debbie joined members in hearing Carlo give his final presentation of his year in Osoyoos. He was very ably assisted in the visuals by Nina, last year's outbound to France.

Carlo was very relaxed and thorough in his talk, giving evidence to his overall growth over the year. In addition to the hair and facial growth, Carlo recognizes the personal maturing/growth  in himself over the time - an impressive young man!

And what a year. Travel included Vancouver x3, Disneyland, Lethbridge (Banff), a bus tour through our 5060 District and will hit Victoria next weekend, celebrating Canada Day there and the US July 4th day in Roche Harbour. 

His many 'firsts' in Canada included CFL and NHL games, fishing, snowshoeing, hunting and camping/trailering, and golf and squash games. His loved his school year, all in Oliver and we are so very proud that both he and Nina will be fully graduating next week. He is thinking that the whole graduation thing is pretty cool with Prom, Commencement Ceremonies and Dry Grad..and it is!

Performing in front of the school on his violin was clearly a highlight there as well and another would be his 'giving back' project which was fundraising with other local YE students raising $1300 for a Shelterbox. 

But the most memorable and significant component of his year was the time with his 3 host families (Melina Bondorin, Dianna Williams and Charlene and Boyd Turnbull) and all the host brothers and sisters that came with them. Wonderful people/families to live with and share their homes for Carlo and also very much appreciated by our Club for welcoming him into their homes and hearts. 

Well done Carlo!

Reminder that there is no noon meeting on July 6th, instead there will be a dinner at Spirit Ridge at 6:00pm where our new Club executive and Board will be installed. Mark your calendars - this is important!

Also for that calendar, note the pancake breakfast on July 1st at 7:00am for everyone and the bacon pre-cook at same time on June 30th at the Pizza Factory. 

Pam won the 50/50 (again!) and promptly donated it to Rotary Foundation (again!).

 

Have a great week everyone...now that summer has just arrived.

 

 
 
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