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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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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!

A very crisp day for this business meeting in late February...both the lake and the golf course are frozen! But it was warm inside and good fellowship prevailed.

Pres Lynda presided and we all lamented the absence of Greg to lead O'Canada - not our worst but up there somewhere. Lynda shared a discovered guest book dating back to the earlier Osoyoos Rotary Club in 1974 which will be used by our Club to record visitors from now on - there were no guests today!


Lynda led a discussion on recognizing community businesses/organizations and individual supporters of Osoyoos Rotary.  It was decided that we would hold April 26th open with a reception to present cheques to those service organizations to which we are donating and recognition awards to those folks who in turn have supported our service efforts and fundraising. Likely a 5-7 evening with appies and wine at a venue to be determined, either the golf club or Inkameep. Interesting to note the large numbers in both categories.


The balance of the meeting revolved around updates and news and a few calendar items to note:

-Marieze is speaking to the Oliver Rotary at their noon meeting at the Firehall Bistro on March 13....neat if all of us could do a make-up there? 

-Harold is meeting with a Kelowna Rotaract Club on April 4th to talk about ways to support or supplement the South African backpack program. He also advised  that 10 of the packs were 'lost' in transit to SA so we may be re-energizing the project!

-Sandy confirmed that she has taken on the position of Wine Ambassador for Vin Amite. That is like being President! She also recommended the upcoming SOSS performance of Rock of Ages at the Frank Venables Theatre next weekend...Lauren will be performing!

-In other people moves, Dale Cory will be taking on the morning news function for Penticton's EZ Rock radio and Keith Lacey is leaving Osoyoos Times to lead a new Penticton Now news website.

-Easter Pancake Breakfast is early this year...we will be serving on March 31st!

Finally, after an extended badgering/promotion/threats from Gordon that his grand daughter"s 3 piece band 'Bardic Form', was performing at JoJo's this night, several Rotarians acquiesced and were treated to a brilliant, professional and entertaining evening...really a wow!


Next week's meeting is the next step in our Club's visioning process where the 3 working committees will offer recommendations/findings on next steps for our Club. Please try to make this one.


That's it! A fun meeting- Lynda won the 50/50 and in a very Presidential form donated it to Foundation.


Ok..one more. Ron Leigh goes South for the winter - not sure why? He thrives on attending the local Rotary meetings and I suspect is a great ambassador for us at all of these. Here is his latest offering:

Attended the Rotary Club of La Penita Jaltemba this morning.
A great group. Discussion centered around what is called the Bridge of Life. A cable and wooden bridge between The towns if La Penita and Guaybitis. It was built in 2003 because too many people were killed walking on the highway between the 2 towns. It needs some upgrading and the club is considering it. Maybe we can be of assistance?
I have been conducting a study of the attitude of the many seniors spending their winters here.After attending many happy hours and other events and watching how they deal with each other, the music and the libations I have come to the very positive conclusion they are all party animals!


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