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The Summerland Royalty Blossom Tea was held at the Summerland Waterfront Resort this afternoon. Congratulations to all of the candidates, including our very own Miss Rotary, Jessica O'Gorman, for a job well done! Each candidate served tea and treats to those in attendance then walked down the runway, modeling two different outfits - one outfit from the Suburban Princess and another that they chose to wear from their closet. Later on in the program, each candidate gave a 2-3 minute speech about their sponsor. Jessica did a wonderful job and we could not have been more proud of her. Congratulations on a job well done, Miss Rotary!
L-R: President, Chantelle Meriam, with Rotarian, Paul Barber
Congratulations to Rotarian, Paul Barber, on being named "Rotarian of the Month" for the month of December!
Paul has been a key member of our Club, taking on many major projects over the years. While Paul always seems to have so many things on the go, he is always willing to lend a helping hand. Paul is proactive in his role of Director of Membership Services. As well, Paul is always keen to encourage new members to take on a leadership role. You are a great asset to our Club, Paul. Thanks for everything that you do!
We had a great morning breakfast meeting at Second Home Restaurant (formerly Santorini's) on Tuesday, January 16th, where we received various updates from a number of individuals: 
  • Rotarian, LeeAnna Binder, addressed the Club and provided her Rotary Moment about the importance of wearing your Rotary pin and making it known we are Rotarians
  • Miss Rotary, Jessica O'Gorman, invited the Club to the Summerland Royalty Blossom Tea taking place on Sunday, January 21st at Summerland Waterfront Resort. Jessica and her fellow Blossom candidates will be serving tea to attendees, presenting a 2-3 minute speech about their sponsor and showcasing a few outfits in a fashion show
  • Rotary Exchange Student, David Wu from Taiwan, provided an update to the Club about his past week in review. David has moved from the home of Paul Barber/Charlotte Burley and is now staying with Preston and Kerry Mott.
  • Rotarian, Paul Barber, spoke about the Summerland Rotary Sunday Market. Paul is seeking a volunteer or two to take the lead on this year's market.
  • Rotarian, Ellen Walker-Matthews, reminded the Club about our upcoming Giants Head Grind - Christopher Walker Memorial Race. This year will be the 5th annual race. Registration for this year's race is now open with a special early bird price! Purchase your tickets for this event by visiting the Giants Head Grind website here.
  • President-Elect, Mirjana Komljenovic, spoke about the upcoming Rotary $100 Challenge and requested volunteers of those Rotarians that would like to mentor a group of Summerland Secondary Leadership students in this year's challenge.
Later on in the morning, Past District Governor, Garry Hollingshead, presented several Rotarians with Paul Harris Fellow pins.
First time Paul Harris Fellowship recipients, Les Brough, Aart Dronkers, and Chantelle Meriam, received their pin and certificate. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Garry also presented Bob Van Balkom with his third sapphire pin. Treasurer, Doug Carnegie, received his fourth sapphire pin.
Congratulations to all of those that received this honour!
The Pageant Tea is very soon – SUNDAY,21st JANUARY AT 1.30 pm at the Summerland Waterfront Resort.

This will the first public speech that the Blossom Pageant candidates will be presenting.    They each, in approximately 3 minutes, talk about their sponsoring organization.  So come on out and hear how wonderful Rotary is from the perspective of a 16 year old young lady. This is a judged event, so is just one of several things that goes towards their final marks.  Not only do you hear good speeches, you will have an excellent tea served to you by the candidates.  They have a busy afternoon as they also put on a little fashion show in between the speeches.

Miss Rotary, Jessica O'Gorman
I hope some of you will be able to come and support your Miss Rotary, Jessica O’Gorman.  TICKETS: $12 each.

Available from me, Ann Kemp at or 250-494-9667 or Jessica at or 250-494-1521.

Tickets go quickly, so if you would like to come, please don’t delay.

Happy New Year.
Top (L-R): LEFT: New Rotarian, Megan McLeod, with fiancé, Tim Gray, with President, Chantelle Meriam, and Past District Governor, Garry Hollingshead / RIGHT: David Wu
Bottom (L-R): LEFT: Lisa Jaager / RIGHT: Paul Barber, Megan McLeod, Tim Gray, and Garry Hollingshead
Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us for our first Rotary meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, January 9th, at Second Home Restaurant (formerly Santorini's) in Summerland. 
Top (L-R): LEFT: Roch Fortin with New Rotarian, Nancy Wilson, and her husband, Mike Kosmack / RIGHT: Carolyn Huston, President of CLAP
Bottom (L-R): LEFT: President-Elect, Mirjana Komljenovic / RIGHT: Bob Van Balkom with David Wu
We had over 35 Rotarians, spouses, and guests in attendance for an exciting dinner meeting where we:
• Heard from Rotarian, Lisa Jaager, as she opened up the meeting with her Rotary Moment
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