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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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Jeff commented that our opening Oh Canada was the worst singing in his 14 years of Rotary...hard to argue! Where is Ron Leigh anyway?

Jim King presided over the meeting that clearly improved from there and started with introduction of guests that included Sheila Hawkins, a Rotarian recently moved to Osoyoos in a new business and just may swell our ranks, and Gordon and Liz Daly from Falkirk Scotland. Gordon is a Rotarian and they are in the midst of an incredibly long drive starting in Anchorage and eventually winding up in San Francisco. He shared a little of his home club and exchanged a club banner with Jim.

Our speaker was Ramiro giving a vocational/bio talk. I realize that members always appreciate and enjoy learning more about each other through these presentations and Ramiro's was one of the very best at doing this as he gave us peeks/insights into his life of hard work, family, Rotary, kindness and humour. Highlights included immigrating to Saskatchewan from his birth country (1947) of Chile where he worked in the forest industry. He moved to Whitecourt with the industry and went to school for his millwrights ticket before eventually branching out into the retail sector with antiques and then printing businesses. He met and married Elly in '81, evidently to keep track of all the grandkids names and birthdays! They had sold their businesses and home by 2014 and moved to Osoyoos. Between he and Elly, there has been a long and engaged Rotary history including leading a GSE team to Chile in 2004, club presidencies, RI Foundation contributors and even a DG term by Elly. Also 12 (?) RI Conferences so far! Volunteering hasn't lessened a bit as they are so involved with Project Amigo in Mexico for the winter months now and Ramiro works weekly with the Thrift shop when home. An impressive talk and an impressive member of our club...thank you Ramiro!


Next week is our business luncheon and the focus of that will be the LOTB debrief and Sandi will be looking for input from everyone as to next years event so please try to attend. 


Sandi and Marize left early to initiate this years school backpack program for the Club.


The search for a good outbound student for 2018-19 begins this week at both SOSS and OSS so if you know of appropriate grade 11 or 12 students, make them aware it is happening.


Enjoy this Fall season...it is going to be a good one!

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?


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