First day of February meeting....we are almost there! Only days left until the Golf Course opens, eh?

PE Giselle presided, introducing guests Robert Fisher (Saskatoon Rotarian) and Frederick White and our guest speaker David Adamson. She also referenced the work that would be done this month coming from the Visioning session by the 3 action teams (Membership, Fundraising and PR/Youth). The results will be shared and discussed at the March 1st meeting.

David had spoken to us before at the early stages of the School After School tutoring program, now giving us an update and 'report card' after 3 years of operation. David and several other retired educators responded to a need by students for a some extra help/guidance and by most measures, it has been a tremendous success.  With funding  from Rotary (Brain Rawlings has been instrumental in support) and a facility provided in the Baptist Church, David had 35 students registered in the last semester and expects more in the upcoming one. From a beginning of 2 days a week from 2:30 to 5:00, it is now a full 5 days a week. There were students from Grade 2 all the way to 1 in College but the large majority (29) were Grades 8 to 11 with an equal mix of girls and guys. 

New in this past year was the offering of free online courses, primarily math and 12 students took advantage of that, earning school credit. David has worked with the South Central Interior Distance Education School, SCIDES, to provide the courses. There was some discussion around potential negative impact to OSSS in terms of student funding though. David referenced interest by Grade 12 students for math tutoring but he and the other 3 educators did not have the capacity to take these on and he is working toward a solution to provide the help next year. 

Also new was the move to form a society to direct School after School. One of the things this would enable would be soliciting funding that would allow tax receipts.  Monies raised would be for more computers and drinks/snacks for the students coming directly from a full day in school.

This is all volunteer tutoring by David and his crew - a huge and very worthy commitment!

 

The 50/50 was won by Ken and wearing his large Rotary hat, he donated the proceeds to School after School.

 

Nest week's speaker will be Daniel Bibby, GM of the new Hyatt/Spirit Ridge branded resort. 

 

And for those of you wondering where Ron Leigh is, he is alive and well in Mexico as per this recent message:

Had the pleasure this morning, Jan 24, of attending the Rotary Club of La Penita des Jamhalta.
There were about 40 people attending including 4 guests and my friend Tom Boucher from Sundre, Alta..
The meeting  started at 7.30 am with the Mexican pledge in both Spanish and English followed by the objectives of Rotary read in Spanish. Next meeting they will be done in English. There were several reports brought forward followed by questions in both languages. I sat next to Gordon Herle from The Rotary club of Penticton who is the brother of Wilf Herle of Smitty’s in Osoyoos. Small world.The meeting finished about 9.00 am. Looking forward to the next meeting.

Best to all. Ron