Father/Daughter Ball
 
 
2017 Athletic Awards Sponsors
Vernon Silver Star Rotary would like to thank all of the following for contributing towards the 2017 Rotary North Okanagan Athletic Awards :
 
 
Club Socials
Once a month, instead of the morning meeting, our club has an evening social.
(NB: No socials July and August)
Next Club Social
Date: 1st week of September (?)
Time: 
Location: 
Everyone welcome!  Bring a friend!
 
 

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Vernon Silver Star Rotary

Vernon Silver Star

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:45 AM
for breakfast at
Schubert Centre
3505 30th Ave
Vernon, BC  V1T 2E6
Canada
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Club Stories
Donna Irving hosted Hank Van Ryk (Founder & Director) & Kim McGarvie, of H&H Total Care Services Inc., operators of “The Hamlets at Vernon,” which will welcome new residents beginning this week.  Hank worked as a construction project manager for many years, then moved into geriatric health care.  His company initially managed residential care facilities for other owners, but has now morphed into building & owning care facilities.  The Hamlets, at 3050 29th Ave, is in downtown Vernon.  It has a total of 85 beds, including complex nursing care funded by IHA, plus assisted living on the two upper floors.  Another eight storey building, for independent living, will be added to the site.  The complex care beds are in pods, or “hamlets” of 16 to 18 rooms, each with its own dining area & staff, dedicated to different needs, for dementia, head injuries, etc.  Kim described the facilities, activities, & how it’s important to their mission that all residents consider The Hamlets their home.
Lt Stephan Reid delivered his vocational talk, telling us he was raised in Newfoundland, followed by several years as a security guard, ambulance paramedic & firefighter in Fort McMurray.  After shorter periods in Edmonton & Winnipeg, he & his wife Tinisha, along with their now six-year old daughter, came to Vernon.  Stephan & his wife are the corps officers for the Salvation Army Vernon, which is best known for operating our local food bank, serving almost 2,100 households this year.  Other services include community & family services, two thrift stores, a food distribution warehouse, church services, youth & senior outreach ministries, plus emergency & disaster services.  With a $1.5m annual budget, 34 employees, & many dozens of volunteers, our Salvation Army Vernon will be celebrating 111 years of service over the Sep 8th to 10th weekend. 
Diane Williamson (L) joined Charlene Silvester for a timely talk about emergency preparedness.  Being prepared is the key to a smooth & less painful evacuation from our homes, in times of fire, flood, earthquake, or other disaster.  Everyone, & particularly those with only one route away from their home or business, should have an evacuation plan, plus agreed protocols with their family for mustering & communication.  In a major event, we cannot assume landlines or cellphones will work.  We should all have emergency supplies or kits in our homes & offices, including provisions for pets.  For evacuations, we should have a ready list of what to grab on the way out the door – those best prepared will have essential items in bins ready to throw in their vehicle(s).  A “central file,” or binder, &/or off-site (cloud) backup of important papers, including records of financial accounts, passwords, wills, medical records, contacts, etc., is invaluable.  Go to Prepared BC, or St John Ambulance for advice & supplies for planning how to cope in emergencies.
Jim Kanester organized our July 25th meeting at the Community Dental Access Centre, 3107C 31st Ave.  Our host was former SSR member Dr Vic Lepp, a Past President & retired orthodontist, who maintains an interest in our club.  The Dental Access Centre has four operatories & is staffed mostly by volunteer dental professionals who donate their time, supplemented by a few part-time paid professionals.  The Centre opened in late 2011.  Last year, it served almost 2,100 low-income patients, most of whom would otherwise not have been able to obtain dental care.  A variety of discounts, dependent upon family income, are offered.  Vic, his Board of Directors, & volunteers, have done wonders to build, equip & maintain this valuable resource, finding super deals on good used equipment, collecting donations, & qualifying for BC Gaming Grants.  The cost of dental care, due to improved technology & other factors, has risen far beyond the rate of most of other goods & services, so the ability of low-income folks to get care at market prices is seriously eroded.  The pain & overall health cost of untreated dental issues can be very high, so having our Dental Centre is a huge asset to our community.
Rob Irving hosted Mona Hennenfent (CEO) & Magda Kapp (Dir of Communications & Prevention Services) for Kelowna’s BrainTrust Canada ( https://braintrustcanada.com/ ), a non-profit whose mission is to educate about brain injuries, serve those affected, & reduce preventable brain injuries, especially among youth.  The prevalence & cost of brain injuries is extremely high, but many injuries can be prevented or minimized through use of good quality helmets.  BrainTrust receives a variety of great "Nutcase" helmets at a substantial discount from the manufacturer, & is asking our club to help underwrite their cost for youth who cannot afford them.  Vernon’s Community Safety Coordinator, Rachael Zubick, accompanied Mona & Magda.  She helps run their Vernon program, & encouraged us to participate in funding helmets.  Above left, Ken Barton won the draw for a Nutcase helmet -- he's shown with Mona, Rachael, Magda & President Geordie.
Dave Weatherill hosted Ryan Lancaster, an Okanagan College business graduate and Enactus alumni, who has recently founded “The Million Dollar Bus Project,” to “find & fund incredible, unknown community passion projects across Canada,” in “social, environmental, agricultural, artistic, health/sport, entrepreneurial, cultural & trades” categories.  Money donated to the Project will be recycled back to various passion projects;  businesses & organizations are encouraged to purchase advertising by the square inch, which will be displayed on the bus; social media will complement the bus graphics.  A founding Kelowna passion project is Okanagan Makerspace – a facility where anyone can come to do projects, learn to use tools, or develop their ideas.
Louise Breneman spoke on behalf of a local group of hummingbird banders – these folks capture, identify, weigh & record details about these important pollinators, then place tiny numbered bands on them, which allow a monitoring network to track their movements upon recapture.  Here in the North Okanagan, we have Black-chinned, Calliope & Rufous, plus a few Anna's have recently been seen.  There are monitoring sites in Lumby, Vernon & Westside.  The purpose of this work is to collect data on species migration, return rates, reproductive success & population growth or decline.  Concerns include the impacts of climate change, loss of habitat, & toxins from agricultural sprays, etc.  Our local banders are working under the supervision of a Victoria, BC biologist, and receive financial support, for equipment, etc., from our North Okanagan Naturalists Club.  Louise came with some really beautiful pictures of these fascinating tiny creatures, & described how they’re handled, & how tail feathers are key to species identification.
Janet Green welcomed back UBCO anthropologist Dr Sandra Peacock & her Arusha, Tanzania based Vijiji Foundation partner, Amos Meyasi, for a progress update on the Moivaru School “Lunch for Learners” project.  In late 2014, our club donated money to help build new school washrooms.  In 2016, with a matching District Grant, our club donated more money to fund a kitchen, food storage area & covered dining area, where many of the school’s 1,000 students in Grades 1 to 7 may receive lunches.  Many of the students’ parents, typically subsistence farmers, are unable to pay cash for lunches, but willingly donate maize or other produce “in kind,” which directly supports the lunch program.  Once a final design is government approved, Amos believes the construction could be completed in under two months.  A clay-built wood-burning stove will be installed – electricity is unreliable, & therefore a poor choice for cooking. 
Dr Craig Goplen hosted Okanagan College economist Brad Clements for an update on the Okanagan Rail Trail.  Though the trail is not yet open or completed, lots of people are already using it, and there’s lots of support pouring in.  Last Tuesday was the first anniversary of the financial campaign.  There are 35 “trail ambassadors,” 16 campaign partners (including our club), 39 business partners, & over 3,500 individual donors so far! Over 60% of the $7.8m fund-raising goal has been collected.  Brad reported that municipal, regional district & First Nations partners have recently arranged for purchase of the abandoned CP Rail corridor north of Armstrong to Sicamous.  This is a huge step toward the eventual linking of a 260km rail trail from Sicamous to Osoyoos!
Cassandra Schwarz was our Queen Silver Star candidate in 2002.  She’s now a well-educated young lady, working as “Community Engagement & Fund Development Officer” for our local Canadian Mental Health Association.  Each CMHA office is independent, & runs their own programs.  Ours started in 1959, & now has a wide variety of programs supported by 76 staff & 30 volunteers.  Cassandra distinguished between mental health & mental illness, explaining most us move through our lives on a continuum – 1 in 5 of us will have a mental illness, & 1 in 3 are presently having a mental “issue” of some kind at any given time.  Unfortunately, 2 out of 3 of us will not seek help for our troubling issues.  Various stigmas prevent us from seeking or accepting help.  Cassandra talked about risk factors, & a couple of fund-raising initiatives to support local programs.  Of particular interest is their “Super Saturday” program for children of those dealing with mental health issues.  
Bev Rundell hosted well-known Vernon Wildlife Control Specialist Pete Wise, who spoke about numerous critters that keep him busy.  Deer kill more people in North America than any other animal.  Of course, people kill a lot of deer, too, and the carnage usually involves a highway & a vehicle.  In the Vernon area, Pete deals with an average of 15 – 20 deer per month.  He also catches about 1,000 marmots per year, relocating those he’s able.  He says anywhere we have flowing water, we also have beaver, which are difficult to deal with, as they suffer an 85% mortality rate upon relocation.  He reminded us that feeding pets outside often feeds wildlife as well, & that we’re well-advised to stock our birdfeeders (except hummingbirds) only through the winter.  Open composts attract rats & raccoons – the latter posing a threat through their droppings, which spread roundworms.  In addition to his wildlife control, Pete is also known for having recently celebrated 50 years of search and rescue work.   
No, that’s not Marty in the picture.  In Jan 2017, Marty & Judy visited Costa Rica.  From the capital, San Jose, they took a Pachira Lodge tour of Tortuguero National Park, including boat trips in & out, to see sloths, howler monkeys, iguanas, ants, hummingbirds, toucans & a variety of flora & fauna.  The Volcano at La Fortuna was next, followed by a Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve hike, which included hanging bridges, crocodiles, hawks, monkeys, & a coffee plantation tour.  There are lots of options for tourists to design their own programmes, selecting from a variety of destinations, including both Pacific & Caribbean coasts.
Gillian Canniff joined our club in Nov 2016.  She was born in Calgary, then moved to Springbank.  Her childhood included downhill skiing, several other sports, show jumping (horses, that is), choir, building a barn, caring for a menagerie which included a Sardinian donkey, & helping her family host youth exchange students.  Upon high school graduation, she survived a challenging exchange year in Greece, then took a degree in English through studies at Mt Royal College, U of Lethbridge & U of Calgary.  This was punctuated by work with disabled skiers, Alberta Youth Choir, pony club & ongoing orientations of outgoing exchange students.  Following travels in Spain, London & Egypt, Gillian took a job with a Calgary law firm, beginning as a mail clerk, & finishing as a qualified para-legal.  Next came a law degree, with involvement in trial advocacy, corporate, personal injury & family law, through stops in the Fraser Valley, Lake Country & arrival in Vernon two years ago.  She now has her own law firm.  Though Gillian only joined Rotary a short time ago, she’s had many years of experience coordinating outgoing RYES orientations, & believes this work has colored every aspect of her life, including her joy in helping clients from different backgrounds & cultures work through both the best & worst times of their lives.
Bev Rundell hosted Wee Yee, President of the (Sep 12th to 16th) 2017 Vernon & Area 55+ Games.  A retired electrical engineer & project manager in Calgary’s oil & gas sector, with over 20 years of volunteer & Board experience with the Calgary Stampede, plus a recent stint as Funtastic’s Executive Director, this affable gentleman is eminently qualified to lead 1,200 volunteers through hosting 3,500 participants.  He noted the 2017 55+ Games started here in Vernon thirty years ago, so this anniversary may be celebrated alongside Vernon’s 125th & Canada’s 150th birthdays!  With a $400k+ budget, & a local economic impact of over  $3.5m, this event is a big deal.  Wee has a team of 12 Directors, each with a portfolio of responsibilities, & a support team of their own.  Plans include open & closing ceremonies, plus two dances – alcohol may be involved.  Club members were invited to consider joining the volunteer ranks.  
Neil Perry, PE of Kal Rotary, hosted our club at his “Wayside” operation.  Neil began working 29 years ago for Vernon’s “Wayside Press,” established by the Bartholomew family in 1921.  Along with co-worker Richard Finn, he purchased the company in 2007.  Now diversified into signs, displays & responsive marketing, as well as complex printing, the company has 60 employees & offers a wide variety of services.  With a $2.2m six color press, 2 flatbed printers, digital printers, CNC cutters, many other sophisticated technologies, & talented, resourceful staff, they produce everything from simple business cards to 9m pieces annually of direct mail for clients including Chrysler, Ford, Kal Tire & Tolko, plus a long list of other local & international clients.
Dave Weatherill thanked Chelaine McInroy for her inspiring talk about overcoming personal obstacles.  An Armstrong “farm girl,” she competed at a high level in downhill skiing & rodeo sports, in addition to pursuing a country singing & song-writing career.  She was also taking a welding course, so she had a vocation to help support her passions.  Chelaine cut her foot on a Mexican beach a couple of years ago.  Treatment for a lingering infection was unsuccessful, & 18 months later, she underwent an amputation.  She’s now being supported by a crowd-funding effort to help supply her with an athletic-grade prosthetic leg.  Her real interest, though, is to find a way to inspire & help others to overcome major life hurdles.
Bev Rundell hosted Doug Rogers, SD22’s long-time “Substance Abuse & Prevention Counsellor.”  He’s both a teacher & certified drug counsellor, seeing up to 300 students per year.  He creates “therapeutic alliances” between students, teachers, administrators & parents, looking to educate & foster good choices.  He believes rules, trust & testing are all key to successful harm reduction, & sees himself as a salesman for setting & achieving goals.  He regularly asks “What are you doing now to reach your goal?”  
Charlene Silvester was inducted as a new member by Dave Weatherill & Dan Rieb.  She grew up in Vernon, graduated from VSS, worked in our local tourism sector for several years, then earned a B.Ed from UVic.  Following a short teaching career, she returned to Vernon & worked as a notary assistant.  After completing the two-year Notary Public preparatory course, she was commissioned in the Supreme Court of BC as a Notary Public in May 2009, & now runs her own practice.  Charlene likes movies, gardening & travel, particularly where wine tasting is involved!  She’s also involved with Women in Business, Downtown Vernon Association & our Chamber of Commerce.
Paul Philps hosted Don Friesen, a member of the Vernon Pickleball Association.  Pickleball is one of North America’s fastest growing sports.  It’s an easy game to learn & to play proficiently.  It’s less stressful on aging body parts than tennis or other racquet sports.  Because play is in segments of typically 15 to 20 minutes, with breaks between sets, pickleball is very social.  VPA has grown within about five years to over 330 members.  The club is anxious to have their own dedicated courts, which are about one third the size of a tennis court.  The City of Vernon has offered a site for twelve courts, on the east side of the covered soccer facility at Marshall Fields, & VPA is now fund-raising to build their new facility, which they hope will be completed in time for the Fall 2017 BC Seniors Games.
Bernadette O’Donnell, Director of the “Spec-Team Assessment Society,” is seeking funding for the specialized training of multi-disciplinary FASD assessment teams in the interior of BC. The training will enable them to assess & diagnose youth & adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).  BC is well behind other provinces in recognizing & treating permanent brain damage caused by FASD.  Low skills in literacy, numeracy & social interactions limit FASD sufferers from leading functional lives.  These folks are innocent victims, vastly over-represented among our First Nations, homeless, impoverished & prison populations.  An important first step in addressing adult FASD is measuring the problem through accurate diagnoses and follow up supports.
Membership Director Dave Weatherill & President-Elect Geordie McLennan inducted new member Gillian Canniff.  She was born near Calgary & earned a BA from U of C, a Paralegal Diploma from SAIT, & her law degree from the U of Saskatchewan.  She articled and worked in the Lower Mainland.  In 2011 Gillian moved to the Okanagan and started practice with Davidson Lawyers LLP.  In June of 2016 she opened her own firm, Canniff Law. Gillian likes horses & singing, helped educate paralegals, is a past disabled skiing instructor, & as a non-member of Rotary, oriented outgoing RYES for District 5060’s Youth Exchange Committee. 
Our President-Elect Geordie McLennan, who also serves as our Rotary Youth Exchange Coordinator, introduced the Kalamalka Rotary Club’s 2016-17 Incoming RYES, Louise Lagasse, from Ciney, Belgium.  Louise explained Ciney is a small village about an hour southeast of Brussels, in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium.  She lives there with her mother & two older brothers.  She’s finding school here quite easy.  She speaks English effortlessly, & seems quite outgoing.
Johanna Grönlund, our incoming Rotary Youth Exchange Student (RYES) for 2015-16, comes from Sweden.  She arrived Aug 14th, 2015, following a grueling flight through Chicago & Seattle, & will be leaving next week.  Her parents arrive shortly & will take her to Calgary before heading home.  Johanna believes this was both the best & worst year of her life – coping with homesickness, & missing the birth of her god-daughter, but also making many new friends.  She got very involved in WL Seaton’s theatre program, enjoyed being a gypsy for Halloween, made the “Honor Choir,” had a family dog for the first time, & really appreciated her host sister Lakin.  She believes social media will keep her close to her many new RYES friends from all over the world, & leaves us with many thanks for a wonderful year.  “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to leave sight of the shore!”  Our club owes a big round of thanks to Geordie & his family, who really took Johanna under their wings.
President Bev Rundell welcomed 20 members, 11 spouses, 1 visiting Rotarian & 14 other guests, including many past members.  Keith Johnston presented Paul Harris Foundation (PHF) awards to Geordie McLennan, Bev Rundell & Jim Kanester.  Bev presented membership milestone tabs to Sandra Ross (absent Wendy Hesketh) for 5 years, Bob Clarke, Janet Green, Colin Heggie & Martin von Holst for 10, Marty Armstrong, Givonna De Bruin & Leigh Hewer for 15, (absent Rob Irving for 20), Michael Wardlow for 25, & Ken Barton for 30 years.  Retiring Club Directors Colin Heggie, Dave Hoyte, Keith Johnston, Jim Kanester & Sandra Ross were thanked for their service, while new Directors Teresa Bartel, (absent Paul Philps) & Dan Rieb received their pins.  Bev then inducted our 2016-17 Directors, including President Martin von Holst & President Elect Geordie McLennan.  Past members Ron Burnham, Peter Dubetz, Sandie Glennie, Vic Lepp, Keray Regan, Keith Rydings, Dennis Windsor & Greg Wylie each spoke briefly, including comments about the friendships, laughs & community contributions they enjoyed during their tenures.  The picture above shows L-R Ken Barton, past member Keray Regan, Sandra Ross, Leigh Hewer, Janet Green, Martin von Holst, Michael Wardlow, Givonna De Bruin, Marty Armstrong, Bob Clarke & Colin Heggie.
Martin von Holst began his term as 2016-17 Club President with a photo montage background on the projector & new RI President John Germ’s “Rotary Serving Humanity” banner draped from the lectern.  He presented Paul Philps with his new Director pin – Dan Rieb had received his at our Celebrate Rotary! event last week.  At their first Directors’ meeting next week, Martin & his crew will assign duties amongst themselves.
New member Chris Hart is inducted by Membership Director Dave Weatherill.  This impressive young man has a list of interests & accomplishments long enough to exhaust most of us.  Let’s just say he seems quite smart & rather outdoorsy!
 
Dave also reminded members of the adventures he & Joanne had in India a few years ago, as part of 40-something members of District 5060 participating in an “End Polio Now” National Immunization Day.  
 
 
Rotary Ride Vernon 2017
 
Member Volunteers Needed
 
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