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Welcome to the Vernon Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Asian Avenue Restaurant
4101 32nd St ( hwy 97)
Vernon, BC
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Rotary Women are Women of Peace and Women of Action
      Barbara Gatughen-Muller,  Rotary Action Group For Peace Chairwoman
The following is part of an article from the March RAGFP Newsletter
“I am a woman of peace and a woman of action in Rotary. I am so proud of the women in Rotary, we are women of Action."
Sometime last year, and we will post this as of September 2022, during a COVID-19 mask-up, three service club presidents came together to put up a sign by Optimist International to join the sign of the Rotary Club of Vernon and Lions International Vernon.
Brain Bikes are stationery exercise bikes specifically designed for use in classrooms as a tool to assist students with learning.  This $3,000 funding of Brain Bikes was made possible with the assistance of a Provincial Grant received by the Rotary Club of Vernon and $1,500 from fundraising efforts by the Club.
Brain Bikes provide significant benefits to students for learning and health. Exercise and raising the heart rate stimulates the brain in ways that improve memory, concentration and attention. Each of the Rotary Clubs in Vernon contributed $3,000 each for total funding of $9,000 to bring the total Brain Bikes in SD 22 to 60 Brain Bikes. 
Photo Bev Rundell
Rotary Club of Vernon member Janice Foster, right, presenting a $3,000 cheque for the SD22 Brain Bikes Project.
The Rotary Club of Vernon, a long-running service club that works locally and internationally, announced it is hosting a showing of the movie Breathe (2017) at the Towne Theatre in Vernon on  Wednesday, October 26th.

There will be two showings:  all-ages at 5:00 PM and 19+ at 7:45 PM   Tickets online  or in-person at the box office.
At his last Wednesday meeting at the Rotary Club of Vernon, he was lauded and honoured for his many years of exemplary “Service Above Self”, he was “hatted” with a complimentary cap and received the Club’s banner. 
In Vernon, Fred was an active Rotary volunteer at the Canadian Blood Service clinics and he participated in community service, some of which were social activities such as Oktoberfest.
2021 December 01 DG Richard and Official Visit    Our club is honoured with the Official Visit by D5060 DG Richard DeRock and Robin.
This is the first visit since, well, you know, March 2020 when the world stopped rotating on it axis and we all took a deep breath and masked up. With the borders somewhat opening, DG Richard was able to make plans to visit the Canadian Rotary Clubs.

2021 11 11 Rotary wreaths at Cenotaphs.
The Rotary Club of Vernon places wreaths in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Legion at the Vernon Cenotaph and at the Coldstream Cenotaph.
Attending in Vernon was Rotarian Derek Hall and Past Rotarian Bob Weatherill arranged the wreath in Coldstream.
Our Club awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship to Gary Soles for his assistance in obtaining our Global Grant. Derek Hall did the honours.
For the back story, see previous report on our clubrunner web page dated May 10, 2021 Rotary Global Grant – “A happy teacher receives bookshelves and chairs for her new library” by Stewy Stuart.
On a warm, okay, it was a HOT DAY in Polson Park at the Bandshell, a band had assembled and the usual crowd of Rotarians shuffled in.  The band consisted of Stewy Stuart as drummer, a keyboardist and three guitarists.  Great show guys and thanks.The occasion was the Rotary Club of Vernon usual Wednesday meeting except that that no lunch, no speakers, but cupcakes were served.

The handover included these boxes and bags. 
Dick Bartel from the Rotary Club of Vernon invited fellow Club member Otto Rieve to a bloodletting at the Canadian Blood Service donation event in Vernon, BC. Dick has been a constant donor, he has donated more than 120 pints of his blood.  
Otto Rieve had 112 donations before he was previously not allowed to donate because of his world-wide travel. Now, because of Dick’s urging in these Stay-At-Home Times, Otto was allowed to donate again for the 113th time.
A Local Partnership Aids Literacy in Rural Zimbabwe
The Rotary Club of Vernon and the Zimbabwe Project Society have teamed up to help approximately 7,600 school children in rural areas of Zimbabwe by putting in 25 libraries complete with books, bookshelves, tables, and chairs. Training of librarians will also be provided so that the investment can reach its full value to the local villages.  Cost of this project will be about 98,000.00 US.
Nicholas V Troll bought an ice cream cake to present to the Vernon RCMP on behalf of the Rotary Club of Vernon to thank the police for its service. To receive the cake and bars was Watch Commander - Colby Attlesey.
The cake was bought from Dairy Queen who responded by also donating a box of Dilly Bars.  Otto Rieve attended and photographed the event. 
Bob Blacker, PDG 5040 spoke on theWrite to Read Project. 
  Left to right - Aide-de-Camp Bob Black and Lt Governor Steven Point
The Write to Read Project BC is and equal partnership between participating indigenous communities, Rotarians, Government House, and the volunteers of the Write to Read Team. It brings together people who have an interest in increasing literacy equity through access to literacy materials for rural and remote indigenous communities.
President Angela led the discussion and asked each Zoom attendee to discuss the topic “What do you want the Club to look like in 2020/2021?”
Members shared their thoughts of the future of the Rotary Club of Vernon.  Some referred to past Glory Days, some wanted more members, a very few talked about the necessity to seize the opportunity to change and mould Rotary for the future.
Today’s Agenda as announced by President Angela: Some members telling stories around Christmas, some games, and no songs
Jack Peters recited a Christmas scene “I saw Christmas”, Stewy Stewart related a cherished family Christmas story about  family member Uncle Harry and the tradition of No, it did not end up being a Charlie Brown tree.

Some members of the Rotary Club of Vernon individually and the Club itself chipped in to raise $1,000 for the Salvation Army that operates the Vernon Food Bank.  Otto Rieve and Russ McMurchie posed for the virtual donations at a Salvation Army Kettle.
Sure, this has been an ‘unprecedented year’ and these are ‘extraordinary times’ particularly for those in need, alone, suddenly unemployed, or otherwise without means of support and homeless. It is concerning to note that within fifty (50) km of Vernon, there are nine (9) food banks.
During the photo op, shoppers noted the goings on and many more participated by putting money in the kettle. Thank you also for the kettle lady for posing with us.
Nicholas Troll has been attending our meetings, he looks forward to them, and was inducted today.  Nicholas is interested in Community Service.  I asked him to send me a picture and a little bit of information about himself and when he shares that with me, I will post and disseminate that.
Randy Wilson works in insurance (Classification is Insurance) and he has lived in Vernon for about twenty years.  He fears that the economy of Vernon and the North Okanagan will shrink along with population aging and numbers declining. For Rotary Service, Randy is interested in Community and International Service. 
SUSIE LOW – UNABLE TO ATTEND on Zoom and will be inducted later.
12:40 Otto Rieve introduced Wendy Aasen, Executive Director, Literacy Society of the North Okanagan.  The topic title was … Well, Literacy and the Work and Programs of the Literacy Society.
  • Literacy is important, it creates meaningful jobs, improves health, reduces crime, and raises inclusiveness
  • Builds Hope, Confidence, and Connection
PDG D5070 Tracey Vavrek our presenter via Zoom, a Zone 28 & 32 trainer's topic is “Transformative Change”.
Rotary is being reshaped and the transformation has been underway for some time, even before COVI-19. People (Non-Rotarians) want to give back.  We need more Rotarians to do the work that Rotary needs to do, but people work if there is a sense of belonging. What is the Value Proposition for Young Professionals? What will cause them to partner with Rotary or, better yet, become Rotary Members?

National Seniors Day is October 1

"This is an occasion for all Canadians to join in celebrating older adults across Canada—whether a parent, a co-worker, a neighbour or a friend. In these trying times during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is proud to acknowledge the lifelong contributions our nation’s seniors have made and continue to make to their families, communities and society."

Since so many ROTARY members are in the Very Mature category, we, The Rotary Club of Vernon, join in recognition of the contributions made by our seniors. The Rotary Club of Vernon has for many years hosted 67 consecutive Spring Breakout for Seniors, a dinner, entertainment, and dancing event cost-free to Seniors.  The 2020 event would have been the 68th time that the Rotary Club of Vernon held this event.
2020 August 12 Meeting – Jennifer E. Jones RI Pres for 2022-23; PDG Shery Chamberlain, Carin Smith on HANWASH
Today, Otto shared the great news that Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in Rotary’s 115-year history.
Presenters PDG Sherry Chamberlain (Kamloops West)and Carin Smith (Wenatchee) informed us on HAMWASH, WASHRAG and Rotary International and their activities on clean water and sanitation.
Our first meeting in person for a sit-down lunch after many months in Social Distancing or even Physical Isolation. As to handshakes, there were some, particularly for the PHF award presentations and the usual "Grip and Grin".
Still, it was a pleasure and a great relief to meet again.
PDG Jack Peters, Multiple PHF
Also to Collin FIEGUTH and Richard McCumber
10 Members and two guests meet online for a Wednesday meeting of the Rotary Club of Vernon
This was billed as a promotion of the Zimbabwe Project Fundraiser "Dinner" and that is what most of this meeting was about.  The fundraiser for Zimbabwe Project is on Facebook Saturday June 06 from 7PM to 8PM.
Rotary business was an update on the progress of a Global Grant application to apply for Rotary International funds and the use of District funds for the Zimbabwe project. 
No picture being available to the writer, I include a picture as the RC Club of Kaloor D3201 distributes COVID-19 supplies.jpg FROM RI
Essentially eight (8) club members were on the online meeting moderated by President Angela. My summary is:
Zoom meetings – Access is always the same.
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) – Global Grant application is underway by Rtn Gary Soles of some Kamloops Club.
Blood bank – still one, need only on member per shift at the Blood bank
Directors’ meetings – Janis will circulate minutes to all members.
Finances and Expenditures – Stewy will prepare an Outlook for the club’s status of cash at June 30, 2020 year end.
Agenda – Angela will report on the structure or routine of the Zoom meetings.
The Rotary Club of Vernon, BC will continue with its traditional kickoff to the Christmas season by hosting the 67th Rotary Carol Festival.

“Start your holiday season off with the magic and beauty of the 67th annual Rotary Carol Festival, taking place at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre this December 7th and 8th“ , announced Festival Chair Klaus Grieser.  Mobile 250.540-4956 

"Come and bring your family and friends to one of three shows and hear the holiday songs of over 40 local talented choirs and solo artists”.
The first 3 editions of Ride for Rotary were a great success; approximately 50 participants from 12 countries attended and had a wonderful experience.
For January 2020 we are planning to make it bigger and better by adding a four-wheel drive option. Our aim is to promote International Fellowship and exchange Rotary views.  The funds raised by this event will completely go to The Rotary Foundation.
In January 2019 Otto Rieve participated in Ride 3 when the ride route was from Mumbai (Bombay) to Mangalore. "Aside from Rotary Fellowship, Friendship and Fun, it is great value for the price and supports Rotary in India. I was amazed by the way Rotary is done in India and the results that they achieve", enthused Rieve.
For Otto Rieve, the presentation of a “Multiple” Paul Harris Fellowship is a special event in a Rotary Club and Otto was surprised to be the recipient of such a pin from our club’s past president.
Otto knew about Multiple PHFs and knows his donations to The Rotary Foundations but since he had not asked for his pin to be sent, he had not expected to be presented with another Multiple PHF pin.
North Okanagan Neurological Association (NONA)  
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Paddlewheel Hall, 7813 Okanagan Landing Road, Vernon, BC V1H 1H2 
Cocktails at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30
$80 Per Person 
Or call ticketseller at  250-549-7469. 
Please get your tickets soon for an entertaining evening and help support your community at the same time! Bring family and friends! We have 150 tickets, 3 corporate tables and one title sponsor table to sell.  
The Rotary Club of Vernon hosts an annual Lobsterfest – a great dinner paired with live music. This year’s event will feature the music of Cod Gone Wild and will take place at Paddlewheel Park Hall on Okanagan Lake in Vernon. 
Lobsterfest proceeds will be directed to the North Okanagan Neurological Association (NONA). NONA provides a variety of child development services to over 700 children and their families in the North Okanagan.
For more information on this event, call Brian Butt at 250-549-6656
The Rotary Club of Vernon, BC will continue with its traditional kickoff to the Christmas season by hosting the 66th Rotary Carol Festival.
“Start your holiday season off with the magic and beauty of the 66th annual Rotary Carol Festival, taking place at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre this December 1st and 2nd , announced Festival Chair Klaus Grieser. 
"Come and bring your family and friends to one of three shows and hear the holiday songs of over 40 local talented choirs and solo artists”.

Motorcycle Ride supporting PTSD treatment for Military personnel and other First Responders.

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The Rolling Barrage is a Canadian coast-to-coast motorcycle ride that started in Halifax NS and ends in Victoria BC.  The 2018 ride went through Kamloops and I, Otto Rieve, joined it there and, the next day, rode with the group to Aspen Grove before I broke off and headed home to Vernon.

Raising funds and creating awareness for 


  • Soldiers and veterans, 
  • LEO's (Law Enforcement Officer), and,
  • First Responders (Fire fighters, Ambulance, etc.)


with PTSD. 


Some sufferers, to relieve their suffering, commit suicide but more of that later.


Most of these types of rides of which I am aware are US rides, a lot of them are for Viet Nam veterans and, laterally, Afghanistan vets.  The idea of these rides is to take to PTSD sufferer and help take them out of their isolation and to integrate them in civil society.  See 


In Kamloops we rode off from the meeting point and were escorted by RCMP vehicles which leaped ahead and stopped all traffic at intersections.  Once on the road to Merritt, one cruiser lead the Rolling Barrage to Merritt where we were received by an honour guard of Canadian Legionnaires and firemen with the biggest Canadian Flag that I had seen. 


After the welcoming ceremonies and time for coffee and doughnuts (Oh Yes!) the ride set off for Langley BC.  When I left the ride I felt sad for the sufferers and hopeful. 


SUICIDES - Since the start in Halifax – August 06, 2018– There have been seven (7) suicides 

    Six (6) Canadian Forces

    One (1) Police

as of August 21, 2018.


 I hoped that I had done something useful with my time and the money that I donated. 



Four teams set out to play this 9-Hole golf course but after their rounds and when the golfers came into the clubhouse, there were numerous Diners waiting for them and waiting for their meal.
Ahh, golf - yes, a good walk ruined.  Why do so many golfers hate themselves, their clubs and the course?  Can these people be trusted to "Truthfully" report their low scores? But, yes, we have a test for that.

The Rotary Club of Vernon hosted our annual Lobsterfest on Friday, June 1, 2018  This great dinner paired with live music from Cod Gone Wild took place at The Schubert Centre in Vernon. For the fourth year in a row, Lobsterfest proceeds will be directed to the North Okanagan Neurological Association (NONA). NONA provides a variety of child development services to over 700 children and their families in the North Okanagan.





NONA Child Development Centre 


Friday, June 1, 2018
Schubert Centre, 3505 3oth Avenue, Vernon 
Cocktails at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30
$75 Per Person 

Purchase tickets at Ticket Seller:

The Rotary Club of Vernon hosts an annual Lobsterfest – a great dinner paired with live music. This year’s event will feature the music of Cod Gone Wild and will take place at The Schubert Centre in Vernon. Get your tickets for an entertaining evening and help support your community at the same time! 

For the fourth year in a row, Lobsterfest proceeds will be directed to the North Okanagan Neurological Association (NONA). NONA provides a variety of child development services to over 700 children and their families in the North Okanagan.

For more information on this event, call Jacqueline Brooks at 250-540-5218.


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Welcome to the Vernon Rotary Clubs newest member, Pat Brochart, who was inducted into the club on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018.

Pat is a proven community leader, specifically interested in working with youth. He has volunteered at many community fundraisers and events over the years and is currently in a leadership role with the Leo’s Youth Group.

Welcome Pat, we look forward to a lot of fun and fellowship while doing good work in our community.



The Spring Online Auction is now live and ends at 3:00 pm on April 30, 2018.  The Auction has something for everyone: advertising, jewelry, beauty treatments, dining out, fitness, getaways, gravel and golf, PLUS gift certificates, baskets and cards of all descriptions.  I have attached a poster.
Here is your link to the auction site:
We invite you to register an account and check out all the items.  We will be adding new items throughout the month so check back often.
Please bid in round numbers only – NO CENTS. 
If you have any problems registering, please contact me.
Please forward this email to all your friends & family!
Sylvia Arneson
Office Administrator
United Way of North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap
3304A - 30th Avenue
Vernon, BC  V1T 2C8 
Tel: (250) 549-1346  Fax: (250) 549-1357


Attached are the photos of the 2018 March 14 Seniors Breakout. .  Another successful event and number 65 Seniors Breakout.



Rotary Club of Vernon

PRESS RELEASE November 16, 2017

Three Great Concerts of Seasonal Songs & Christmas Carols Feature Local

Performers December 2nd and 3rd, 2017

Vernon, BC: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - A long standing and popular pre-Christmas tradition in Vernon since 1952, the 65th Annual Rotary Christmas Carol Festival returns to the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre on December 2 and 3, 2017

The three concerts are on Saturday, December 2nd at 2 pm and 7 pm, and on Sunday, December 3rd at 2 pm. Admission is by cash donations only rather than by food donation. Entertainment will be provided by more than 20 groups including a cross-section of local children’s, church and community choirs, as well as musicians and vocal ensembles.

This season’s special guest entertainer and headliner will be Brandon Schmor. From “Brandon Schmor developed his technique and signature playing style with inspiration from other artists and the piano itself. Schmor’s performances meld elements of wild Jerry Lee Lewis style boogie, with timeless blues, jazz, and classic rock to create a lively show for everyone to enjoy.

The Carol Festival enables the Rotary Club of Vernon to provide a venue for the many talented singers in the North Okanagan and to provide partial financial support for the annual Spring Breakout for Seniors held every March. Net cash donations plus funds from the Rotary Club of Vernon provide the funds for the Seniors Spring Breakout. The Breakout is a free dinner and dance with entertainment and live music organized for over 500 local seniors and is very popular in the Vernon community.

Since it was chartered in 1925, the Vernon Rotary Club’s sponsored community assets such as the Rotary Pier including train travel; student scholarships; and improvements to local historical sites, museums, parks and playgrounds. More recent projects include activities include the Vernon Regional Hospital “Tower of Care”, Salvation Army Food Bank, Hospice House, and North Okanagan Neurological Association (NONA).

The Rotary Club of Vernon has participated in and made contributions to Rotary International projects such as Polio Eradication, Haiti earthquake relief, peace and reconciliation, women’s health and global access to clean water. Visit and for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.

“Through the support of generous local sponsors and volunteers from the Rotary Club of Vernon, the Carol Festival’s net proceeds go directly to the Breakout for Seniors”, said Festival Chair Klaus Grieser.

For more information, please visit or @RotaryCarolFestival or contact Carol Festival Chair, Klaus Grieser Mobile 250.540-4956 

Back to where it all began, the 55+ BC Games are back in Vernon for another year.

The 55+ BC Games is an annual multi sport event produced by the BC Seniors Games Society for 55+ population of BC to participate in the 20 to 29 individual Sports. 

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Vernon stepped up and volunteered to serve the athletes with food and drink.

PS Otto was there and cooking, he was just the photographer and no one took his picture.  wink

Calling all Vernon Rotary Club Members. You & your spouse/partner are invited to attend
the induction of our new 2017-18 President, Aidan Northcott.
this very special dinner will be held at the Castle at Swan Lake, at the log cabin. 
Cost is $25.00 for a lovely steak dinner, cocktails at 5pm and dinner to follow
around 6pm.
Please park in the lower Atlantis parking lot directly to our north and enjoy the easy walk
from their up to the cabin
BYOB, see you there.
SAVE THE DATE AND GET YOUR TICKETS BEFORE THEY ARE ALL GONE. You wont want to miss this, Vernon Rotary's annual Lobsterfest is coming up quickly, Saturday June 3rd to be exact. With a great Lobster or steak dinner and lively dancing to Cod Gone Wild, you can go wrong. This years event will be held at Paddle Wheel Park, cocktails at 5.30 pm and dinner at 6.30pm. For more information or to get tickets visit
 President Jacqueline announced to the club that this years winner of the "Friendship & Fellowship" award that is extended at the District Conference went to none other than our own Pamela Owen. President Jacqueline was happy to accept the ward on Pam's behalf at the Conference and as seen here was expressing her concern over having not been able to present it to Pam yet as she was afraid she was going to accidentally break it before it could be handed over.
Pam shows integrity both in her work and personal life. She is always positive and a real team player. She gives 100 % even when she doesn't have it to give. She is so deserving of this award and we are blessed to have her in our club.

For over 64 years Vernon Rotary has hosted the popular Seniors Spring Breakout. This event provides an evening of fun, food and fellowship to about 500 seniors each year. This year Spring Breakout will be run in partnership with the Halina Center, a partnership that we hope will continue for a long time to come.

By joining forces with the Halina Center, Vernon Rotary will create an experience for seniors who are ready after a long winter of being shut in, to get out and enjoy some fun and fellowship. “The Halina Center offers so many services and opportunities for seniors in our community and they understand their needs” notes Vernon Rotary President Jacqueline Brooks “The partnership is a natural fit.”

This year Rotary-Halina 55+ Spring Breakout will be held March 8th at 5.30 pm. Please note due to Rec Center renovations to the front (east) entrance, all drop offs and entries will be at the west entrance.

Tickets can be purchased for 2.00 each at the Halina Center or the Schubert Center, this will include an evening of dinner, entertainment and dancing.

Alright its time!! The Site is up and open for BIDS!! Grab yourself a cup of coffee, sit down, register and let the bidding start on some great items that have been donated by members and businesses of our lovely community.

All proceeds go back to help programs/projects in the community

Two local organizations join forces for a good cause

Its almost March which means two things:

1. Its almost spring
2. Its Online Auction time.

This year we have partner with the United Way to bring you one spectacular Online Auction.

Your donation to this event is something that will continue to provide our community with much needed services.

The Spring Online Auction will run from 9 a.m. Wednesday to 3 p.m. March 31 .

There will be services, products, items, experiences and gift certificates donated by local merchants and community members.

Watch our facebook and Vernon Rotary website for the link to the auction as well United Way website....

Countdown is on.....


Great time had by all at Halina Senior Centre's Traditional Christmas Luncheon catered by "Topping Expectations" back in December









Join us Wednesday November 23rd as we have Amy Webster from Volinspire joining us! 

Happy to have Amy Webster from Volinspire come join us for our Rotary Meeting as our Guest Speaker.  Volinspire is a  is a Community Engagement platform that brings volunteers, charitable organizations and businesses together to build stronger and more connected communities. They feature inspiring people and businesses who volunteer their time and/or money to make an impact in their local community.  The stories on their webpage are so inspiring and I cannot believe how much people in the Okanagan do for the local community as well as Internationally. 


The Annual Jail and Bail !! The event starts off with an Off-duty RCMP members arresting local perpetrators before they face judge Mike Caira in a kangaroo court, and then they’ll be thrown in the slammer to raise bail in the form of donations for Cops for Kids ! Money raised from this event will help Cops for Kids fund much needed medical equipment, specialized therapies, learning tools and mobility aids for children within southeastern B.C.!! Vernon Rotary was happy to help with Inspector Gord Stewart-the Operations Officer at Vernon North Okanagan Detachment Bail- ... Hope he made bail before dinner ....

Upgrades Completed For Boys & Girls Club

The west entrance of Vernon's Okanagan Boys and Girls Club has received a face lift and some access control improvements.
The 43-thousand dollar project was funded by the regional district, the province and a 15-thousand dollar donation from the Vernon Rotary Club,
Along with an expanded front office area, the upgrades include a redesign of the west entrance to provide the Boys and Girls Club staff the ability to control who comes into the building.
“Access control allows us to better manage and safeguard the kids in our programs,” says Kirstie Blanleil, Okanagan Boys and Girls Club Area Director. “We are grateful that the Province of British Columbia was able to help supplement the funding from the Regional District to make this project happen.”
Vernon Monashee MLA, Eric Foster, is delighted with the outcome. “The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club provides such a tremendous service to our community,” says Foster. “I am happy to hear that these improvements will make such a significant difference to the Club’s day to day operations.”
“The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club provides a number of important community services, including after school care and low-cost recreation programs,” said Juliette Cunningham, Chair of the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee to the Regional District. “These services meet a real need in the community, and the Regional District recognizes the importance of ensuring that they remain strong and effective.”

Wednesday November 23rd- We have Sue Beaudy as our Guest Speaker! 

This Wednesday's meeting, Nov. 23, will feature Sue Beaudy who is the Director of Development at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. She will talk 
about The Light and Bulb Campaign as we kick off the Christmas Season!

64th Rotary Carol Festival

A most beloved Christmas tradition and definitely the kick off to the holiday season, the Carol Festival returns to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre in early December. 
Since 1952, the Annual Rotary Christmas Carol Festival has provided a performance venue for many local community choirs, musicians and vocal ensembles to perform.
Admission for the general public is by donation and proceeds provide financial support for the Rotary Spring Breakout for seniors held every March. 
This year there will be three live concerts of seasonal songs and Christmas Carols, with two concerts on Saturday December 3rd at 2pm and 7pm, and one on Sunday, December 4th at 2 PM. 
Our special musical guest this year will be Anita Baturin, accompanied by Brian McMahon on bass, Jim Leonard on piano, and Greg Baturin on drums.
 You won’t want to miss it!
For more information, check out our Facebook page at or @RotaryCarolFestival
You can also contact Pam Owen at 250-260-0008

Great Day at O'Keefe Ranch. We are always happy to help. This time we helped with the Restoration of the original street lamps! After a full days work the kids wanted to know when they can come back and help again!! Great way to spend a Saturday!

NONA CLUB HOUSE                                                                                

First of all we would like to thank EVERYONE who came out and supported this Lobster Fest 2016 -100% of the money raised that evening was donated to NONA- Each year, NONA helps more than 700 families in the North Okanagan with their child’s development. The need for more space with appropriate resources is driven by the increasing number of children and youth who are being diagnosed each year with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Today we were able to present NONA with a check to help them reach their goal of building a new clubhouse.

We look forward to seeing everyone for Lobster Fest 2017 where our goal is raise $10,000 to help support NONA's need for a new clubhouse

You are never too young to change the world 

 I read an article recently sharing some key points about the Presidential New Generations Conference in Rosario, Argentina a few years back. One young speaker in particular stood out to everyone. Lucia Gomez Garcia, only 9 years old, shared this with the group:
“Many people may think that kids our age are too young to change the world. Then I ask: At what age should we start? School has not taught that to me. Should we be more than 30 years old? Maybe people aged 18 to 30 could do it? Perhaps adolescents between 12 and 17 could do it ? Let´s have a look at the example of Malala Yuosafzay. She was only 13 when she claimed freedom of education for women in Pakistan.  
My idea to CHANGE THE WORLD is that Rotary increasingly continues to support New Generations. We are kids, do small things, but working with other kids our age, we can generate similar ideas in other people and achieve results that will allow us to realize that IT IS POSSIBLE to change the world for the better.
If you remember, when you were kids and you were asked what you wanted to be when older, you said: firefighter, police officer, doctor, teacher. You naturally chose service-oriented professions. So, young people and Rotary leaders, you have the keys in your hands, so that when you ask a child what he or she wants to be when they grow up, they can answer: “I want to be a Rotarian.”
Speeches like this touch our hearts and make us more aware of why we need to give prominence to youth in Rotary. -  Next time you are on route to a Rotary Meeting instead of bringing that Friend or Co-Worker perhaps bring your son or daughter or even reach out and invite your friends' child.   You could be introducing your next Rotary President 
You wont want to miss it!! It is time again for Lobsterfest happening Friday June 3rd at the Schubert Centre.
Lobster dinner only 65.00 and steak dinner 55.00. Then dance the night away to the live music of Cod Gone Wild.
All proceeds go to support NONA, a much needed facility in our community.
for tickets call Jacqueline at 250-540-5218
Seniors Spring Breakout.
The history of the Spring Breakout goes way back. Originally established by the Rotary Club of Vernon in 1952, this evening of dinner and entertainment was set to happen right before Christmas as there were so many seniors post war that were spending that time alone. It was a time for them all to come together, enjoy a good meal and companionship. The first event hosted 85 seniors with 47 Rotarians serving and entertaining for the night.
 It was a huge success, so much so that here 64 years later the evening hosts up to 500 attendees. Now Rotarians volunteer their time to pick up and deliver those who would not otherwise be able to get out themselves as well as serving a fine meal and an evening of wonderful entertainment. This event has truly become a highlight for a lot of seniors who by this point in time after a long winter are in need of getting out and doing something fun and engaging.
The event itself is funded by kind sponsors and donors who care deeply about our aging population, as well as proceeds from one of Vernon Rotary Clubs longest running fundraisers, The Carol Festival. The event will be held at 5.30 pm on March 9 this year at the Rec Center. Admission is free to all seniors, and doors open at 5pm.
Of special note this year is the fact that the Rec Center is doing renovations to the front (east) entrance and so all drop offs and entries will have to be at the west entrance location.
I know without question our dedicated Rotary Group are excited to pick up and host this great community event to honor our seniors.


PDG Jack Peters;

At the young age of 82 and after 40 years of service (37 with perfect attendance), Jack announced to the club that he would be resigning from active duty.

Jack has taken on many tasks in the past 40 years, things such as assisting with the formation of new local clubs, Club Service Director for this club, Vocational Service Director, President Elect, Club President, served on several club committees, and finally crowned it all with District Governor. But it didn’t end there, he attended the international convention in Seoul Korea, was invited to visit the Universal Eyesight Operations in India for 24 days, attended many zone training meetings and went to the Rotary International assembly Meeting and swearing in ceremony in Dallas Texas.

These are just among some of what Jack has done, the list is endless and exhausting, I could go on for pages, but the thing that impresses me the most is that this man who has given so much for community and world improvement credits his companion and life partner Betty for remaining by his side through it all.

In June of 2015 at the Rotary District conference in Kelowna BC, he received the coveted “RIPVP Harold R Henderson Award” in recognition of his service to District 5060 over many years and many types of service.

Mr. Jack Peters is a true gentleman, a giving man who clearly has a large capacity for service above self. At the November Annual General Meeting of the Vernon Rotary Club, Jack was awarded a life time membership followed by a standing ovation by his peers who clearly have the world of respect for the man.

Well done Mr. Rotary, if the world had a fraction of your moxie, it would be a much better place. It is our sincere hope to see you “almost” as much as usual.

Approximately 300 items are expected to be offered in this year’s version of the Annual Rotary Online Christmas Auction. The public is encouraged to do their online Christmas gift shopping to buy
great items and support a very worthy cause. All proceeds from the Auction go back into the community by helping the Rotary Club of Vernon sponsor many important projects. As one of the Club’s major fund raisers, it raised over $20,000 last year.
The Club’s local activities include supporting the Vernon Regional Hospital, the Salvation Army Food Bank and Hospice House, as well as improvements to historical sites, museums, parks
and playgrounds. Contributions are also made to international projects such as Polio eradication and Haitian earthquake relief. Without the generous contributions of local businesses such activities would not be possible. Examples of valuable items include hotel stays, Tim Horton’s coffee for an entire year, golf packages, restaurant gift certificates, as well as smaller items such as jewelry, tools, toys
and more.
This year’s online auction takes place from Friday, November 27th to Monday, December 7th, 2015. All items up for bid along with photos are listed on the Christmas Auction website (www. and can be pre-viewed now. Bidders are encouraged to check the auction website frequently to update their bids.
Please help ensure the resounding success of our auction this year, forward to everyone you know! Thank you
For more information, go to or contact Janice Foster at 250-306-2090.


The Carol Festival has been a long time tradition for Vernon and this year will be the best yet!
We are very fortunate to have the following sponsors:
Vantage One Credit Union
Nixon Wenger LLP
Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies
Kal Tire
BC hydro
Morning Star
Vernon & District Performing arts Centre
Ratio Coffee & Pastry
A special thank you for being community leaders and community builders.
We couldn't do this without your support
Hello Fellow Rotarians!
We are having our next Rotary Pub night on Wed, October 14th  at 6pm.  (*** in lieu of the noon meeting--- so please don’t go to the hotel at lunch!—I repeat—there is NO noon meeting that day!)
Please join us for an Entertaining night at the Cattlemen’s Club Restaurant, on the fun, old fashioned O’Keefe Ranch!
We will be having a great dinner buffet of Chicken, Ribs, Salads, Roasted potatoes, and desserts too.
(coffee and tea included)   Dinner is $20 per person, taxes included.    Dinner will be served at 6:30pm.
Since it is a PUB night--  we will be honouring our newest members with a free drink on us!
All other drinks are at the cost of the members.
We will be honouring and welcoming our newest members:  Willi Moore, Brian Langner, George Weiher, and Aidan Northcott.
Please feel free to come out and bring a guest or your spouse to this very fun night! (yes, kids are welcome too)
****Please RVSP to Pamela Owen (
     by Monday, Oct 12th at the very latest
John Hogarth Cowboy Poet
Rotarian John Hogarth (aka Cowboy Poet Jesmond Jake) dropped by to read his moving historical poem honouring the Vernon Rotary Club at their 90th celebration evening. The poem reviewed the history of the Vernon Rotary Club. See below:


2015 Jan 10

Andrew Kern always loomed large and went out to play with the Big Dogs – no small measures for this guy: go big or go home.

My first encounters with him were in the late 70s and one of the things he did then was restoring a big red Buick Wildcat convertible with a big 455 V8 engine if I remember . A few months ago I was able to tell him that I remembered that car. Andrew seemed pleased with my remembrance of his car.

Last summer 2014 Andrew and I were on a motorcycle trip from Vernon to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah where Andrew wanted to run his motorcycle (boosted by NOx, nitrous oxide) on the salt. Yes, of course we talked about “The World’s Fastest Indian” motorcycle that New Zealander Burt Munro spent years building and successfully raced and set speed records.

For Andrew to be able to run his motorcycle on the salt flats, we became aware that the Speed Week of the week before was cancelled because of heavy rains -rains in Utah on the Bonneville Salt Flats? Yes, and there was still quite a lake on the salt flats but there was an area where motorcycle speed runs were being made. To get to the timed speed runs, Andrew and I were informed that we would have to run our motorcycles through the salt brine lake.

Andrew went in without hesitation and set up a bow wave of salt water as he rode very carefully through the lake but I hesitated until I thought that if Andrew did run a timed speed run with his NOx boosted motorcycle, I might come in handy to collect parts. In I went into the water, set up my own bow wave of brine and followed Andrew. It turned out that he couldn’t run his motorcycle for safety reasons and he and I spent a few hours looking into the tents of the racers and talking bikes.

At the end of the first day on the Bonneville Salt Flats we had to ride our bikes through the salt water again to arrive at dry land and subsequently to a car wash to hose our bikes down and try to remove most of the salt.

Andrew raced his other motorcycle on the drag strips; it too was NOx boosted. Big cars, big motorcycles, and big pickup trucks are things that Andrew cared for deeply and were his passion during those years when I knew him.

Otto Rieve


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Vernon, BC: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 - The Rotary Club of Vernon announces its 90th Anniversary and the receipt of its Charter in April 1925.  While the Club will celebrate its Anniversary all year long, the special kick-off event is the dinner on February 27, 2015 at the Schubert Centre.

Celebration - 90th Anniversary of Rotary Club of Vernon

                                                      Friday February 27, 2015      Schubert Centre Main Hall   5:30pm Reception       6:15pm Dinner

The members of the Rotary Club of Vernon have enjoyed 90 years of Service and now we CELEBRATE!

This event is not a "sanctioned" event, just possibly of interest for a dinner and a local cul5tural event.  See the website

for more information and pictures or call Mackie house manager Christine Kashuba  

Mackie Lake House Manager   250-545-1019



On Friday, August 15 at 6 pm “The Kings” on the Grass will entertain you with rockin, poppin' country feelin' original music and will throw in some of their classic cover tunes as well.

You'll enjoy the dynamic duo Dawn and Robert King who recently released Dawn’s debut album “It's Time To Shine” (Robert wrote all the songs)! The album is getting great reviews and awards both for Dawn, the vocalist, and for Robert the songwriter.

Tickets for this concert will be available through Ticket Seller $15 for the concert, or $40 for the concert and a picnic supper by Gumtree Catering.

Dear Fellow members

I take the liberty of sending this to you to promote Rotary fellowship among Vernon Rotarians:

A Message from Givonna DeBruin:

Otto...I've invited my Rotary Club [Silver Star] to attend as a fellowship event.  Please consider inviting your [Vernon} club to join us!  Givonna De Bruin

Forwarded Message from Mackie Lake House:

Hi all,

We’re trying something new with this concert…tickets are available at Ticket Seller and you can pre-order the picnic supper Tarragon chicken salad – served on a bed of greens, Tarragon chicken salad with homemade herb biscuit & gourmet dessert with advance purchase by August 12th. The music is upbeat and fabulous, so it will be a truly Okanagan experience! 

Please pass this on to others you think might be interested!        

See you soon,   Christine Kashuba     

Mackie Lake House Manager   250-545-1019

The 17th Annual Father Daughter Ball will be at 5pm, Friday, Sep 19th, 2014, at the Best Western Vernon Lodge.


For the past sixteen years, the Kiwanis Club of Vernon – Four Seasons has sponsored an annual Father Daughter Ball.  At their invitation, the Rotary Club of Vernon Silver Star has agreed to take over operation of this event, and to direct the proceeds to local childrens’ charities.

The 17th Annual Father Daughter Ball will be at 5pm, Friday, Sep 19th, 2014, at the Best Western Vernon Lodge.  This is a formal event, giving proud fathers & daughters (age 6+) an exciting “dress up” evening with a dinner, dance, 5x7 portrait, prizes, selection of a “princess,” & a silent auction -- all for $135 per couple.  Tickets for additional daughters or friends are $50.  In past years, tickets for over 200 people have sold out.


At our first (I believe it was) RC Vernon meeting in January 2014, our Past President and "Nancy Boots These Boots Are Made for Walking" Pamela Owen paid $5 bucks and announced her new work position. 

 Pamela is Mobile Account Manager at Vantage One Credit Union in Vernon.  As a Mobile Account manager, Pamela has 22 years experience in Home Financing.

 I suppose that, as Mobile Account Manager, Pamela meets with clients outside of regular banking hours and locations. Pam waxed enthusiastic about her new job as she spoke about her new position.

 Congratulations to Pamela on your new role with VantageOne.

Eric Foster: “BC’s Skills for Jobs, a Blueprint".

Wednesday June 11, 2014 Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club of Vernon: Eric Foster, MLA and Liberal Whip.

 Introduced by his wife, Janice, Eric's topic was “BC’s Skills for Jobs, a Blueprint".  Janice told us that Eric was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.  They met there in Grade 8 but went their separate ways for some time.  But it was inevitable that fate intervened and they met later on and married.

The "We" below is a communication that I received from Rent-A-Geek in Vernon. You may have received prior information.  Check your own sources or call Rent-A-Geek in Vernon.  Otto Rieve

We have been getting lots of calls from Windows XP users regarding the "end of life" alerts they have been receiving from Microsoft.  There are also lots of reports in the media about how XP will instantly become a target for cyber-criminals who have been holding off on attacking known XP vulnerabilities until Microsoft stops updating on April 8.  As such,  we wanted to take a minute to clear things up for those of you still running XP.  


Presidential Citation for Vernon Club during PP Pam’s Year as President


Assistant Governor Derek Hall presented Past President Pamela Owen with the Presidential Citation certificate. This certificate is issued by the RI President’s office.


WELL DONE, Pamela, and thanks from all of your Club’s members for your hard work and leadership. 


Rotary Clubs must complete one mandatory activity and at least four of nine additional activities. All of the activities must be undertaken and finished between 1 July 2012 and 31 March 2013.


The Assistant Governor must review and sign the completed form to certify the Club’s achievements then send it to the District Governor. District Governors report the names of the qualifying Rotary clubs in their districts online through the Rotary portal.

Rotary came to BC in 1913 when the Rotary Club of Vancouver was chartered.  It is therefore the Mother Club for all Rotary clubs chartered in BC after that. Mascot Andrew was there for the festivities and celebrated.

Mascot Andrew celebrated the Rotary Club of Vancouver’s 100 years Anniversary. The Celebration began on April 16th, 2013 with RI President Sakuji Tanaka speaking to a joint Rotary Club of Vancouver and Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon which Andrew was unable to afford.  President Tanaka left Vancouver for Evanston and more Rotary work.


Andrew arrived in Vancouver for the Dock Party on the Convention Plaza on Friday, the Showcase on Saturday and concluded with a Celebration Gala in the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre on Saturday April 20th. 


Andrew was amazed and filled with wonder.

Not being sleep-deprived as opposed to his handler, Andrew was impressed by his first convention, the 2013 June 23 – 26 RI Convention in Lisbon.  As RI President Sakuji Tanaka noted, volunteers come together to do good in the world; working together, these volunteers accomplish so much.

Portuguese sailors in 1542, blown onto Japan by strong winds began what turned out to be 500 years of a peaceful and prosperous relationship, the two nations never having been at war with each other.  Lisbon is A Harbour For Peace, peace being the theme of this 2013 convention. Under President Tanaka’s leadership, three Peace Forums were held in Berlin, Hiroshima and Honolulu. 

The opening plenary session which includes the impressive flag ceremony and an entertainment feature is followed by three more days of meetings.  Each day has plenary sessions in the morning followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon. Speakers at the plenaries include renowned speakers.  This year we heard Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate; 2013 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award Recipient Dr. Harminder Singh Dua; and Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. 

Rotary’s service and fellowship makes every convention a life-enriching experience.

"Jordy” Geuffroy, an exchange student from eleven years ago, came to visit her club and Rotary parents. Jordy and her husband Andreas are on their honeymoon and they now reside in Dresden Germany. While visiting Vernon, they are staying with Martin and Frances Vegt.

After her exchange year in Vernon 2001 - 2002, Jordy continued her studies and qualified as a doctor in pediatrics one year ago. Andreas is an engineer working in parts materials design and components to lighten parts and components assembled into automobiles and airplanes.

Martin and Frances Vegt visited Jordy seven years ago in Germany and met shortly last year in The Netherlands while the Vegts were there for a family event.

Jordy was pleased to present her husband to the Rotary Club of Vernon and to be visiting Rotary friends in Vernon.


 In December 2012 the Rotary Club of Vernon funded, in partnership with the Leadership Class at Vernon Secondary School, a food drive. Students who brought in food donations were entered into a contest to win an Apple iPad.

What's notable about the picture is that it was taken on the last day of operations at the old VSS brick school. As part of the decommissioning of the old brick school, teachers and former students could buy a brick from the old building and/or a part of the Gym floor and for a donation, have their name inscribed thereon.

 Our Mascot Andrew Kern is off to the Left Coast to celebrate the Rotary Club of Vancouver’s 100 years Anniversary. President Pam entrusts Mascot Andrew to Otto Rieve, bids Andrew farewell and a safe return to Vernon, BC 

  • Friday, April 19 - A celebration of 100 years of Rotary in BC, an evening of fun, music, and Rotary profile at the Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver featuring a special lighting of the Olympic Cauldron for the evening. Everyone invited!
  • Saturday, April 20 - Showcase of Rotary Clubs and Projects from throughout BC - Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, Vancouver
  • Saturday, April 20 - A gala evening event with a world renowned speaker and Mascot Andrew’s first Black Tie Event


The 100 Years Celebration Events Team is pleased to release plans for the 100 Years of Rotary in BC Celebration, planned for April 2013. Mark these dates on your calendars and plan to participate in the greatest show of Rotary that our area has ever seen. Theme for the week - Leadership Through Service.

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Vancouver Board of Trade Lunch meeting with Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka in Vancouver,

  • Friday, April 19, 2013

Community Celebration Event, 5:30PM to 10:00PM at Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. This free event will celebrate Rotary and is open to everyone.

  • Saturday, April 20, 2013

Rotary Showcase, 12:00 PM to 4:00PM at Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. Open to all Rotary Clubs in British Columbia. Free admission.

  • Saturday, April 20, 2013

100 Years of Rotary Gala, 6:00PM to Midnight, Ballrooms at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Gala Tickets on sale now, pricing $175 per set or $1,750 table of ten (early bird pricing to March 15). Book a table for your club now at or by phone to Jessica at 604-783-1487

The Rotary Club of Vernon's Online Auction for 2012 was concluded with a great deal of success.  This project being the Club's major fundraiser, it was time to thank some of the workers and volunteers that contributed to that success.

On December 14, our mascot Andrew assisted by PP Trevor McMorran, Klaus Grieser, Otto Rieve and David Naismith delivered six beautiful poinsettia plants to Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies Group to personally thank Todd Meier and his Team for the office space and their volunteer hours. Administrative duties included logging in the donations, recording the bids, determining the highest bidder at the conclusion of the auction and then distributing the auction items.

Our Rotarian member Peter Tassie is a civic-minded conservationist at heart.  For his work, Peter received the Community Service Award from the BC Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in October at the AGM in Victoria.

Along with the award, a video was created and shown, overwhelming Peter who has worked professionally as a planner for RDNO and as a volunteer or member of many local groups, service clubs and charities.

Peter joined Rotary in Vernon in 1974 and has been a member for 38 years.

Award info from a report in The Morning Star 2012 Nov 18

The August 22, 2012 meeting was called to order in an orchard in Coldstream near Vernon, B.C.  Our host and member Peter Tassie talked about growing up there in the 1930’s and 40’s, operating an orchard then and comparing it with present day management.  

Their home was built as a foreman’s residence about 1912 and then added onto in the next decade as the former owners, at one time in Vancouver, moved onto the property. The property was acquired by Peter’s family in 1930 and was then about 40 acres. On it was a barn built about 1912, well constructed and still in very good condition. It is now on an adjacent property, but the new owner has restored it to very much its original condition.

Orcharding in the old days was quite different from what it is today. 

There was a question at the Directors' meeting about starting a Young Peoples’ group and this message is to alert you to Interact which is a Rotary program for High school aged kids.  

Take a look at www. and then find “Students and Youth” to learn about Interact.  I think that an Interact club should be part of our New Generations program.

Fifty years of Interact

 After 30 years, Raymond Democrito Canete Mendoza, a former Rotary Exchange Student, returned to Vernon to visit with the Rotary Club.    As a student he stayed with Harvey Gee and family during his time in Vernon.   While visiting in Vernon in October Raymond attended the weekly meeting on the 24th.

Raymond presented a gaily decorated jitney (bus) model of the type that is seen on Manila streets.


President Pamela announced the naming of our new mascot at the Wednesday July 25, 2012 meeting. The tally is in for our monkey mascot:  By a large margin, the name, Andrew Kern was selected.  

Many jokes as well as an apt response from Andrew Kern The Lawyer followed this announcement.  President Pamela suggested that members should take Andrew Kern The Mascot to local make-ups.

President Pamela also announced that make-ups for those taking Andrew Kern The Mascot to make-up meetings an be entered into a pool from which a winner will be drawn every two months.  A prize, yet to be determined, will be awarded to those entering the draw.

Detailed rules will be codified and promulgated.  First draft of these rules will be by Andrew Kern The Lawyer.

(Your lowly ink-stained scribe suggests that a stand-in be acquired and if a member is travelling overseas, say, the stand-in mascot be taken along and a picture of the stand-in Andrew Kern The Mascot be made and emailed to the Rotary Club of Vernon. Otto Rieve.  Just saying)


PDG Jack Peters is a Multiple PH Fellow and three daughters also became PH Fellows today. Betty has been a Paul Harris Fellow since 1991.

Today we had a Special Presentation:  PDG Roger Perry made a special presentation - a Paul Harris Award – on behalf of Jack and Betty Peters to their three daughters, Sandra, Sheila, and Sharon. 

PDG Roger gave reasons why the Paul Harris Award is so critical and listed some of the important work that is done throughout the world because of this award.  Because of Jack and Betty Peters’ awards, some very worthwhile contributions will be made toward projects in Nigeria, Thailand, and Guatemala. 

Sandra's husband, Brad, Sheila's husband, Ken, and Sharon's husband, Clint, and Jack and Betty's granddaughter, Monisha were present. 

Jack Peters became a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow and was presented the Multiple Paul Harris Award by PDG Roger Perry.  Congratulations to Sandra, Sheila, and Sharon on becoming Paul Harris Fellows and to Betty and Jack Peters for their generosity.

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