Posted by Colin Heggie on Dec 04, 2018
Paul Philps hosted City of Vernon Councillor (& recently retired Mayor) Akbal Mund, in his capacity as a Vice President of Special Olympics Vernon.  From Feb 19th to 21st, 2019, Vernon will host 8 events for children & adults: alpine skiing, 5-pin bowling, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing & speed skating.  About 900 athletes are expected to compete, with the help of about 250 coaches, staff & volunteers.  A variety of local Special Olympic programs provide recreation & empowerment year-round, preparing competitors for these Games.  We have several world champion athletes in our area, including Josh Dueck, Ina Forster & Sonia Gaudet.  Akbal asked that we consider volunteering to help run the games, as individuals, or as a club project.  He believes we have the club resources to serve meals to athletes.
Special Olympics in Vernon -- Feb 2019 Colin Heggie 2018-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Dec 04, 2018
Club member Lt. Stefan Reid explained his recent absence, saying he recently returned from a Salvation Army assignment to disaster relief, following Hurricane Michael in Panama.  He came back in time to dive into their House of Hope kettle campaign, with a goal of raising $500,000 to support needy Vernon area families.  Kettle locations are all indoors, & we’re invited to sign up for shifts.  Red “Hope bracelets” are being handed out province-wide to donors, indicating their support of poverty relief.  Our Vernon House of Hope has hired a new men’s addiction counsellor who’ll start in Jan 2019.  On Wednesday this week, local realtors will conduct their annual food drive, hoping to collect 40,000 pounds of food to fill the Food Bank shelves.  For the second year, Christmas food hampers for needy families will be replaced by Save-On-Foods vouchers, which may be redeemed for the items most wanted.  Children’s toys, teen’s clothing & treats from Rancho Vignolo will still be available to supplement the food vouchers, & volunteer drivers will help transport people with their groceries, as needed.  About 600 to 650 families are expected to receive Christmas help.  Finally, Stefan has order a new moving truck, & work is progressing on their warehouse addition to the 24th St Thrift Store.
Salvation Army Update Colin Heggie 2018-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 27, 2018
Don Miller hosted Dick Auty, a retired Kelowna fireman who leads the Freemasons of Kelowna in their partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society, to provide free round-trip transport for Okanagan cancer patients.  Patients receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments at the Kelowna Cancer Centre are eligible, based on need & availability.  Passengers must be mobile, & flexible about pickup times.  This unadvertised program is jointly financed directly by Masons, & by donations.  The annual operating budget for the Okanagan area is about $375,000.  This supports four seven to nine passenger vans, plus unpaid volunteer dispatchers, drivers & a maintenance team.  Over the past twenty years, the Vernon part of this operation has served about 8,000 patients, through 28,000 trips, covering 900,000 kms!  Our former member, Brenda Erickson, who joined us today, is one of the volunteer drivers.
Cancer Patients on the Move Colin Heggie 2018-11-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 20, 2018
BC Hydro’s Southern Interior Community Relations Officer, Dag Sharman, explained the crown corporation has 4m customers, 30 hydro-electric power plants, 79,000kms of transmission lines, & delivers 98.4% “clean” (non-fossil fuel) energy.  The Vernon plant is Hydro’s largest facility outside the Lower Mainland.  Major upgrades in the past couple of years include a new 85,000sf office building, & new shops.  Over 300 local employees work all over BC.  The Kalamalka Rd site includes one of three provincial control centres, a call centre, engineering & other staff involved in design, construction & maintenance of transmission & distribution assets.  Two new 500 megawatt generators were recently added at the Mica Dam, & plans call for addition of a sixth similar generator at the Revelstoke dam by 2026.  The West Kelowna Transmission project will add a secondary line to serve West Kelowna.  Hydro works with Emergency Management BC to manage power supplies through extreme weather events, & with provincial biologists to protect pesky ospreys building nests atop power poles! 
Power to the People Colin Heggie 2018-11-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 13, 2018
Martin von Holst thanked retired teacher/counsellor Pam Fournier for her talk about “Roots of Empathy,” a non-profit whose mission is to build caring, peaceful, & civil societies through the development of empathy in children & adults.  Founded in 1996, & now in 12 countries, this program has been offered in Vernon schools since 2006.  Elementary school children are taught to observe, recognize & reflect on their feelings, & feelings of others, by having a baby (& mother) in their classroom.  Babies readily show their emotions, & few people are inclined to be mean to a baby, so this is a simple & effective way of teaching “emotional literacy.”  The idea is to show vulnerability, followed by ways to see & reduce aggression & bullying.  Pam is hoping funds will soon be made available to train more instructors in this program, so it may be offered to more children.  She believes this is an effective way to combat high & increasing levels of anxiety.  Dave Weatherill suggested many adults, including corporate & political leaders, could benefit from this training.  Pam replied that scarce resources are thought best to be applied to our future leaders.
Roots of Empathy Colin Heggie 2018-11-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 23, 2018
Dr Craig Goplen, our Queen Silver Star Excellence Program liaison, introduced our 2019 candidate, Madison Barrett.   A 15-year old Seaton French Immersion student, she’s keen on soccer, drama & riding (horses, we presume!).  Madison aspires to be a forensics specialist, & hopes to study at Simon Fraser University’s Criminology Faculty.
Queen Silver Star Candidate Colin Heggie 2018-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 23, 2018
Rob Irving hosted Jane Lister, Regional Dean at the Vernon campus of Okanagan College.  OC currently has about 1,200 students, including 200 aboriginal & 50 international, plus 112 faculty & support staff.  Students are eligible for about $45,000 in annual awards & bursaries.  OC markets its smaller classes, good instructors, & lower costs to students.  Their new trades building is now operating – it will cycle through several different trades by semester, & offers “samplers” of several trades, particularly to women & aboriginals.  A new residential insulation course is offered in response to an industry shortage of trained workers, & a pilot “aboriginal support worker” program is coming.  Early childhood education is another popular program.  More “technical” courses are being planned.  OC is always seeking opportunities to partner with businesses, to provide applied research & job-related training.  Upcoming OC projects include a deck off the cafeteria, & construction of a +/-100 bed residence.
Okanagan College Update Colin Heggie 2018-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 16, 2018
Assistant DG Bev Rundell hosted District Governor Sherry Chamberlain & her husband Jim, from Kamloops, BC.  Sherry is a commercial account manager for Chubb Fire & Security.  She has a long list of interests & accomplishments, headed by golf, motorcycling & a strong commitment to Rotary.  We’re all invited to Kamloops, May 2nd to 5th, 2019, for our District 5060 Conference.  Sherry suggested we think of our Rotary Club as a home, & challenged us to make sure it’s warm, inviting, inclusive & supportive – a place where new (& long-term) members have a job, a place to learn, grow & be valued.  She’d like to see a Rotary Peace Garden in each of our communities, & encourages us to tell our Rotary stories, perhaps through open houses.  Sherry told us a little about her rewarding volunteer work in Thailand, where she built friendships over many years.  “Eagle” pins were presented to Martin von Holst & Colin Heggie for helping attract new members, & to Gillian Canniff, Keith Johnston & Bev Rundell for their District leadership work.
DG Sherry Chamberlain's Visit Colin Heggie 2018-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 09, 2018
Through his consultancy, True North Leadership, Keith Johnston offers a variety of training programs, including “The 8 Dimensions of Leadership,” a personality assessment tool based on the DiSC® model of human behaviour.  Club members filled out his online questionnaire, which produced a short individualized report, identifying our Primary Leadership Dimension as one of “Pioneering, Energizing, Affirming, Inclusive, Humble, Deliberate, Resolute or Commanding.  Keith discussed the four DiSC® characteristics --Dominance, Influence, Steadiness & Conscientiousness & their relationships.  DiSC® training is intended to help understand & improve communication skills.  This exercise produced numerous questions & laughs!
8 Dimensions of Leadership Colin Heggie 2018-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 02, 2018
Anneke Sauer was our club’s outgoing Rotary Youth Exchange Student for 2017-18.  She talked about her experiences in Austria.
RYES Reports on Austria Colin Heggie 2018-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 25, 2018
Jordan Bateman is the Communications Director for the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, a group that represents more than 2,300 B.C. businesses and 50,000 employees. ICBA is a major public policy force in B.C., advocating for free enterprise issues, as well as a third-party administrator for group benefits for hundreds of companies, and the single largest sponsor of trades apprentices in B.C., with more than 1,100.
Independent Contractors & Business Association Colin Heggie 2018-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 18, 2018
Tannis Nelson, RDNO Community Services Manager, was hosted by Leigh Hewer.  She described the proposed Greater Vernon Cultural Centre, intended for the City of Vernon’s former Coldstream Hotel site.  The emerging plan is to accommodate our museum, art gallery, & a +/-150 – 200 seat multi-purpose performance venue (& perhaps other features) in a +/-57,000 gross square foot three-story building using roughly one-third of the site.  The remainder of the site would be intended for mixed residential / commercial development.  The projected $40m cost would be split between $15m in government grants, donations & partnership funding, plus $25m in borrowing approved through an Oct 20, 2018 referendum accompanying our civic elections.  A loan of this magnitude is expected to increase taxes for a residential property with an average assessment by about $12 net per annum, following the 2020 retirement of debt associated with Kal Tire Place & the Performing Arts Centre.  Questions were raised about costs to non-residential taxpayers, the additional or competing costs of a new pool & RCMP building, the suitability of the downtown site, & whether there’s a “vision” to go along with the proposed new facilities.    
Proposed GV Cultural Centre Colin Heggie 2018-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 11, 2018
Martin von Holst pins new member Calvin Reich, a commercial insurance broker with Capri CMW Insurance.  His work includes aviation insurance, & he holds a commercial pilot licence.  Calvin was involved in youth sports when his children were younger.  He mountain bikes, snowboards, & works with the VSS Panthers Football team.  He’s also a Director with “Unmanned Systems Canada,” a non-profit representing the interests of unmanned aerial, marine & ground vehicles.  Welcome Calvin!
Calvin Reich Inducted Colin Heggie 2018-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 04, 2018
Colin & his wife Barb recently spent five weeks in England & Scotland.  They visited Roman forts, Hadrian's wall, & many cathedrals & castles -- both those in ruins, & those still occupied by aristocrats.  He talked a bit about how the invention of steam-power & the industrial revolution allowed wealthy investors to create huge fortunes, which in turn were used to finance railways & other infrastructure through the Commonwealth.  The design & manufacture of ships, locomotives, bridges, etc., in the great UK industrial centers -- Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle & Glasgow, etc., brought immense wealth throughout the 19th & first half of the 20th century.  By the 1970s, these industries were in serious decline, & now they're gone.  Gradually, these cities are transforming themselves, redeveloping old industrial sites to residential & other business uses.  Colin & Barb enjoyed a two-week home & car exchange near Newcastle, & had three two-night stays with Servas. 
Observations from England & Scotland Colin Heggie 2018-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Aug 28, 2018
Chris Hart, President of the Literacy Society of the North Okanagan, introduced their Executive Director, Wendy Aasen.  Our club has a history of periodic support for their programs.  Wendy explained they work with a variety of local partners to fill gaps in literacy services, mostly to children, but also to adults & seniors.  Funding comes from government grants, donations, & the popular annual Adult Spelling Bee.  The proven One to One reading program for youngsters is now “Reading Together.”  “Skills Boost” uses teachers for more intensive tutoring & after-school reading practice.  Adult Computer Support is aimed at seniors, to build their competencies.  Other programs include Financial Literacy for Families, Screen Smart Tools for Families, & Books for Babies.  The Literacy Society is planning to expand their offerings through a New Learning Centre at the People Place, which will be partially funded through some fee for services programs.  
Literacy Society of N.O. Colin Heggie 2018-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Aug 21, 2018
Janet Green hosted Chris Smith, who works with seniors, including dementia patients, at Heron Grove.  With 131 residents in several different unit types, & forms of tenancy, Heron Grove is one of 31 BC & Alberta sites operated by the non-profit Good Samaratin Society.  Chris & his team of recreational therapists fund-raise for “extras” like a duet bike, pergola, glide swing, sound system & iPads to keep residents active, engaged & healthy.  Tours of their facility are held each Thursday at 1pm.  Our club members are welcome to attend an Oct 13th fundraiser.
Seniors at Heron Grove Colin Heggie 2018-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Aug 14, 2018
Dr Craig Goplen hosted the North Okanagan’s newly appointed RCMP commanding officer, Supt Shawna Baher.
New N.O. RCMP Commander Colin Heggie 2018-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 31, 2018
Bob France hosted Don’s daughter, Robyn Miller, who attended Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) North America in Washington, DC, July 1st to 6th.  Of 125 participants, Robyn was selected “Ms RYLA,” earning her free registration for the 2019 event – now she just needs to figure out how to get there!
Robyn Miller at RYLA North America Colin Heggie 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 24, 2018
Bob Clarke described the trip to Prague he & his wife Debbie enjoyed recently.
Clarkes in Prague Colin Heggie 2018-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Rob Whitelaw's Vocational Talk Colin Heggie 2018-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 10, 2018
After breakfast & business, Givonna DeBruin arranged a visit next door at Gateby.  She appreciates the day program activities & socializing, which her father has been attending.  Givonna introduced staff member Brenda,  who described the many programs & facilities intended to help transition hospital patients back to their homes, or support folks who are trying to stay in their homes.  The facilities include an activity room, a dining area, a large exercise room, & a lovely covered patio area for family & social gatherings.   
Gateby Programs Colin Heggie 2018-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Former President Martin von Holst & Assistant DG Bev Rundell inducted new member Teresa Durning Harker.  Teresa started out in the healthcare field, before studying business at Kamloops’ TRU, & working as a licensed property manager.  She came to Vernon in 2008 to run our Visitor Centre.  When the City of Vernon took over the regional tourism function, Teresa became a private contractor, running our Visitor Services.  Past volunteer activities include positions of responsibility for 55 Plus Games, Toastmasters & Vernon Winter Carnival.  She’s currently involved with Vernon Golf Spectacular, Special Olympics & Kindale.  With her husband Harvey, she shares a blended family of five children & three grandsons.  She enjoys hiking, fishing & camping, but we suspect this lady rarely sleeps!
New Member, Teresa Colin Heggie 2018-07-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 03, 2018
Our new President, Gillian Canniff, talked about her ambitious plans for our club, and introduced her Directors: Keith Johnston, Don Miller, Rob Irving, Teresa Bartel, Paul Philps, Martin von Holst & Bev Rundell.  Missing are Past President Geordie McLellan & Chris Hart. 
New President & Directors Colin Heggie 2018-07-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 26, 2018
Teresa Bartel hosted Angela Yablonski, from the Vernon Rotary Club.  Angela operates our local “Curves” franchise, & is founder of the “Zimbabwe Project,” a volunteer-run organization helping local entrepreneurs to create change.  Visiting teams offer classes in business planning, accounting, mentoring, etc.  Sometimes they provide modest start-up funds for sustainable projects to provide clean water, libraries, gardens, poultry rearing, etc.  The Kamloops Rotary Club is planning a trip next year.
Angela Yablonski's "Project Zimbabwe" Colin Heggie 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 19, 2018
Bev Rundell hosted her former SD22 colleagues Kathy Wickum & Melanie Jorgensen, respectively District Principal for Career Education & Curriculum, & Career Program Coordinator.  This animated pair described how students are now encouraged to consider a wide variety of trades careers, many of which may be accessed while still in high school.  Subsidies are even available to offset tuition & other expenses for some trades.  They claim BC will need to fill roughly 1m jobs by 2025, that many current students will likely have 10 – 14 jobs in their first 20 years of employment, & that 65% of students will have jobs that presently don’t exist!  The current Grad Transitions program will soon be replaced with a “capstone” project, & students will be encouraged to use mentors to augment their career planning.
SD22 Trades Careers Colin Heggie 2018-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 12, 2018
Dave Weatherill arranged for us to be hosted on-site at Tekmar Control Systems, designers & manufacturers of high quality controls for heating, ventilation, air-conditioning (HVAC) & snow-melt systems.  General Manager Greg Leupin described their history & product offerings.  Tekmar was founded over fifty years ago in Germany, by Kurt Knuever.  In 1980, Kurt established Tekmar in Vernon, with his daughter Ulrike & son-in-law Don Gibbs.  Greg joined in 1995.  The present building opened in 2003.  In 2012, Tekmar was purchased by Watts Water Technologies, a large U.S. supplier of a wide range of plumbing-related products.  The Vernon operation concentrates on the hydronic side of the HVAC industry – ie. radiant floor heating.  Tekmar has about 75 – 80 employees housed in a “state of the art” building, using horizontal-loop geo-thermal radiant floor heating.  They’ve recently introduced a “technology acceleration group” (TAG) to focus their innovative design capabilities on an expanding commercial market for Wi-Fi enabled controls.  Their new robots, assembling & "cooking" printed circuit boards, are really cool !
Tekmar Control Systems Colin Heggie 2018-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 05, 2018
Teresa Bartel hosted her business neighbour Tina Cloutier, who collaborates with four others, including her two sons & marketing consultant Michael Strauch, running , a website consultancy.  They offer a variety of website-related services.  Tina says first impressions are important.  It’s beneficial to own your website, so your audience can easily find you, working 24/7 to build relationships & create business success.  She enjoys teaching people how to build, maintain, & get the most out of their businesses, using up-to-date marketing & web tools.
Design Your Own Website! Colin Heggie 2018-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 29, 2018
Gerard Kampman, pharmacist at North End Pharmacy Remedy’s Rx in the Railway Plaza, was Teresa Bartel’s guest.  He spoke about BC’s Pharmacare & Fair Pharmacare plans, beginning with a graph showing how the number of beneficiaries, compared to total population, increases substantially with age.  Pharmacare was introduced in the early 1970’s, with the publicly-funded income-based “Fair Pharmacare” program beginning in 2003.  For 2019, deductibles will be reduced or eliminated for those with low incomes, meaning they’ll have better coverage.  Gerard believes most low-cost generic alternatives to brand name drugs are reliable, with some exceptions, particularly for those suffering from allergies, or reactions to some non-pharmaceutical components.  He encouraged everyone to be sure they’re registered for Fair Pharmacare, if they qualify.
Gerard Kampman on Pharmacare Colin Heggie 2018-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 22, 2018
Our District 5060 Convention, held this past weekend in Prosser, WA, was attended by Dr John Wheeldon & President Elect Gillian Canniff.  Dr John was recognized for over fifty years of Rotary service.  He & wife Rina did their best to support (& embarrass!) our RYES Rachel.  He reported that speakers included former Ambassadorial Scholar Steve Solomon, the ever-entertaining Richard King, & incoming DG Sherry Chamberlain.  Gillian attended a membership session, & met up with friends from previous conferences.  The concept of a “World Peace Plus” project, to follow Polio Plus, was discussed.
District 5060 Convention Reports Colin Heggie 2018-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 15, 2018
Long-time member Marty Armstrong and his wife Judy have a travel problem -- they can't seem to get enough of it !  Marty shared photos and stories about their recently completed tour of China, commenting that it was very well organized by Sinotour, and quite affordable, compared with other destinations.
Marty & Judy's China Tour Colin Heggie 2018-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 08, 2018
Inclusion of our Rotary Grace & the Rotary Four Way Test in our weekly meetings was discussed, along with business pertaining to upcoming events.
Club Business Meeting Colin Heggie 2018-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 01, 2018
Dave Weatherill hosted Armstrong's Tahn Towns, President of Healthy Horses Ltd, an advocate of probiotics for both humans & their animal friends.
Tahn Towns -- Probiotics for Health Colin Heggie 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 24, 2018
David Burns was invited by Mike Wardlow to describe country music star Dolly Parton's long-held interest in literacy, & her "Imagination Library," which expanded to Canada in 2006.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Colin Heggie 2018-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 17, 2018
Martin von Holst hosted Kelowna’s Wendy Wright, of the Heart & Stroke Foundation.  Globally, heart disease is the #1 killer of women.  In Canada, one life is taken every seven minutes.  The Heart & Stroke Foundation has invested heavily in research, significantly reducing the heart disease and stroke death rate.  Their mandate is to prevent disease, save lives and support recovery.  They help place automated external defibrillators (AED’s) wherever there are crowds of people, and in workplaces, etc.  Wendy was able to smooth-talk Martin into organizing our club’s participation in a May 11th “Big Bike” ride, to support their work.  See  “Life.  We don’t want you to miss it.” ™ 
Life. We don't want you to miss it. Colin Heggie 2018-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 10, 2018
Retired accountant Rob Whitelaw was "pinned" by his sponsor, Martin von Holst, at his induction on April 10th.  Rob isn't new to Rotary, but we welcome him to Vernon, & to our club!
Induction of Rob Whitelaw Colin Heggie 2018-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 03, 2018
Charlene Silvester hosted Abbeyfield Vernon’s Board Chair, Judy Maile, who enjoys working with seniors, following a long career in various forms of social work.  Our Abbeyfield is a purpose-built residence for ten single seniors, which opened in 1999.  Eleven of Canada’s nineteen non-profit Abbeyfield houses are in BC.  They provide affordable independent living, usually for ten to twenty residents, in a “home-like” atmosphere, with meals & personal safety provided by live-in staff.  Local boards of directors recruit volunteers & community sponsors to help reduce overhead through provision of maintenance, activities, entertainment, etc.  The Vernon group has plans to convert a guest room to use by another resident, & also to add another four residential suites, to help maximize efficiencies.
Abbeyfield Vernon Colin Heggie 2018-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Mar 27, 2018
Keith Johnston led a review of our Club Vision & strategic planning.  A couple of weeks before, President Elect Gillian Canniff had asked members to complete a questionnaire about their satisfaction with various aspects of our club, & give thought to improvements.  Responses to this questionnaire informed some of the discussion.  More to come ....
Club Visioning Colin Heggie 2018-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 27, 2018
Jim Kanester hosted Leanne Hammond, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of North Okanagan, where our club has an endowment fund to support our local school scholarships.  Today, Leanne described CFNO’s participation, every second year, in VitalSigns®, a national program to measure the vitality of communities, & support action towards improving the quality of life.  With sections on demographics, income, employment, arts & culture, belonging & leadership, environment, getting around, health, housing, income gap, learning, work & economy, & safety, VitalSigns® provides a comprehensive overview of about 65 Canadian communities on a periodic basis.  They use existing data sets from various sources.  Our local report, along with many others for multiple years, may be found online at  These are an impressive resource!
VitalSigns for the North Okanagan Colin Heggie 2018-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 20, 2018
Gillian introduced Jaye Coward, owner of Vernon’s “Farm Bound,” a supplier of sustainably produced, local and organic food.  She builds relationships with BC farmers & in winter months, supplements her supply with organic produce from the western USA & Mexico.  Members of Farm Bound may have scheduled deliveries, or shop at the warehouse-style store at 1935 11th Ave.  Jaye is all about helping clients connect to their food, using social media tools to promote healthy produce & delicious recipes.
"Farm Bound" with Jaye Coward Colin Heggie 2018-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 06, 2018
Gabriel Newman is a storyteller, actor, director, writer & teacher, who operates “Ghost Tours of Vernon,” & serves as Public Education Coordinator for the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives.  At Don Miller’s invitation, he shared his story, exclaiming “we are the stories we choose to tell about ourselves.”  Gabe believes “when you know the story of a place, you have a different attachment to it.”  He sees himself as an actor, whose sets are a series of interesting backdrops around town.  A museum’s job is to tell the stories of its community, & his job, as an education & outreach coordinator, is to gather & learn those stories.  A new facility to replace our outdated & under-sized museum should offer storage, programming, archives, research & community exhibits to tell our stories.
Gabe Newman -- Storyteller Colin Heggie 2018-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jan 23, 2018
Kathy Butler, Mike Tindall & Jane Lister, of Okanagan College, were hosted by Dave Hoyte.  They described the new $6.2m, 13,450 square foot, Trades Training Centre scheduled to open August 2018 on the Vernon Campus.  Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, pipe-fitting, residential construction and welding will be the core skills taught, though there will also be opportunities for other industry specific programs.  Aboriginals, women & high school youth at risk will be encouraged.  OC is looking to raise an additional $1m, for a combination of equipment, fixtures, and scholarships for needy students.  Our club is asked to consider being part of the community support toward this $1m goal.       
OK College Trades Training Centre Colin Heggie 2018-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leigh Hewer on Jan 09, 2018
Dennis Windsor, former SS Rotarian, outlined the history of the Royal Canadian Legion, which recently opened membership to all.  His feature story was about Tommy Prince – Canada’s most-decorated Aboriginal War Veteran, who received 11 medals during WWII and the Korean Conflict.   Beginning as a member of the Canadian Parachute Battalion, he was among a select group of Canadians who joined an American unit to form a specialized assault team, later known as the "Devil's Brigade," adopted as the name of a 1968 Hollywood movie.  Prince received medals from King George VI, & though his later years were spent in poverty at a Salvation Army shelter, his 1977 funeral in Winnipeg was attended by 500 people, including Manitoba’s LGov, & consuls from France, Italy & the USA.
Royal Canadian Legion Leigh Hewer 2018-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Dec 19, 2017
Geordie McLennan, Marty Armstrong, Bob Clarke, Donna Irving, Leigh Hewer, Dave Weatherill & Rob Irving came to our AGM ready to party!
Dressed for Christmas! Colin Heggie 2017-12-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Dec 05, 2017
Seba Al-Faouri is a 17-year old Seaton Secondary student.  In January 2016, she & her family were among the 25,000 Syrian refugees resettled in Canada.  Seba described how as a 12-year old in a small northern Syrian town, she & her family experienced the beginning, & then the progression of war in her country.  Soldiers, policemen & ordinary citizens from different backgrounds initially thought the political & military problems in their capital would be over in a few days, but gradually hostilities grew & freedoms were lost.  As killings & bombings increased, people were unable to work, told to stay home, & eventually had to hide in basements.  Years later, after having fled to neighbouring Jordan, where their activities were restricted, Seba’s family first rejected an offer of resettlement to the USA, then months later accepted Canada’s offer.  Seba feels it is her duty to share her story, & her sense of loss.  She still cannot understand how her peoples’ wealth, diversity & hospitality has been lost to a senseless war.
A Syrian-Canadian Teenager's Story Colin Heggie 2017-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 28, 2017
Janet Green hosted Gord Leighton, a self-described “radio junkie,” & President of Vernon Community Radio Society, which aspires to create a new over-the-air FM broadcast, with programming “materially different” from our current private broadcasters & the CBC.  Gord has long experience as a manager and sales manager in private commercial radio, most recently with Sun FM.  He described the evolution of the radio industry, leading to commercialization and homogenous programming.  There are about 200 community stations in Canada, including about 40 in BC – but Vernon is one of the largest remaining populations without one.  Gord & his Directors (including our Dave Weatherill) believe they need about $100,000, plus 4-5 radio professionals, & 50-60 volunteers, to build a viable broadcast, offering our community new voices & new opportunities.
Community Radio Colin Heggie 2017-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 21, 2017
Marty Armstrong & his wife Judy recently spent several weeks traveling through Ecuador & Peru.  He shared photos of highlights including the Larco Museum in Lima, stone funeral towers (chullpas) near Puno, Uros people on their floating reed islands in Lake Titicaca, the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, & Wiracocha remains at Racchi, etc.  There were numerous photos of blue-footed boobies, iguanas, turtles, seals, & other wonderful animals & birds on the Galapagos Islands.
Marty & Judy in South America Colin Heggie 2017-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 13, 2017
For many years, Silver Star Rotary has provided modest scholarships to a grad from each of our local schools.
Our scholarship programme has reached another milestone in that the 2017 distribution from our Community Foundation of North Okanagan (CFNO) SS Rotary Education Fund will more than cover our Achievement Awards of 5 x $250 and our 2 x $1250 Scholarships (Fulton and Kal). No top up will be required in 2018. There will be a $4,203.47 distribution and a $453.47 surplus.
To enhance our success with scholarships, I am again inviting members to donate to our CFNO Fund, and I will match the donations made from now until Dec 31st, up to a $2000 total. Your donation cheque of any amount can be made out to the CFNO.  I will collect cheques at our meetings, and deliver them to the CFNO office at the People Place for you.
Thank you for your support of our Scholarship Programme – Jim & Anne-Marie Kanester
Secondary School Grad Scholarships Colin Heggie 2017-11-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 07, 2017
Dr Craig Goplen hosted Guy Paulson, Winter Sports Manager at SilverStar Mountain Resort.  Guy has been with SilverStar for 35 years, & was inducted in 2013 to the Canadian Ski Instructor’s Alliance National Hall of Fame, for “his significant contribution to the growth of the CSIA on a regional & national scale, and for his lifelong dedication & commitment to skiing & ski teaching.”  He discussed SilverStar’s Master Development Agreement for the mountain; consideration of a resort association & municipality, to improve promotion of the resort; & the recently started replacement of the Summit chair with an eight passenger Doppelmayr gondola, which will eventually be topped by a mountaintop restaurant!  All this is in aid of diversifying year-round mountain activities, to augment skiing, boarding, cross-country & snowshoeing with hiking, mountain biking & “fat biking.”  SilverStar is looking to add to the 3,500 on-mountain pillows, so it’s better able to complement & compete with Sun Peaks’ 15,000 & Big White’s 17,000 pillows.  Craig thanked Guy for SilverStar’s long history of being a good partner & supporter of Vernon, & our Rotary club.   
SilverStar Mountain Resort update Colin Heggie 2017-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 31, 2017
Some of our members just can't resist an opportunity to play "dress up."
Hallowe'en Dress Up ! Colin Heggie 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 31, 2017
Bob France hosted Paul Williamson & Ray Ivey, representing the BX/Swan Lake Community Association.  They explained how our N.O. Regional District purchased the last remaining 167 acres of the original BX Ranch in early 2016, for $2.3m.  It’s now being subdivided into two parts – a U-shaped 36 acre parcel, intended as a linear park, to connect BX Ranch Park, Mutrie Park & Black Rock Park: & the remainder, which will be rezoned to an indivisible “Large Holding.”  All of this land is in the Agricultural Land Reserve, & has long been used for agricultural purposes. It includes some wet land.  NORD has resolved to sell the remainder.  The Community Association is hoping to delay the sale for at least two years, while politicians & citizens consider retaining this land in public hands, for use as an “agricultural green space,” or a combination of a working farm & a municipal or regional park.
BX Ranch Land Colin Heggie 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 24, 2017
ADG Bev Rundell hosted our DG Bill Jenkin.  Bill has lived & worked in San Diego & Ramona, California, but now lives in Prosser, WA, on the Yakima River in south central Washington.  He’s a very busy guy!  In the past, he’s worked in the insurance industry, led a school board & chamber of commerce, & been involved with multiple charities.  He’s currently an investment advisor, an owner & promoter in his local wine industry, & a member of his state House of Representatives, as well as our Rotary District 5060 Governor.  His Rotary year theme is “Challenge, Commitment & Change.”  He’s challenged each Rotary President to make at least one meaningful change to their club, & each club to nominate a “change-maker.”  He supports our District strategic plan to focus on membership, our Rotary Foundation, our public image, & improving management structure.  He asks that we all help let people know what we do as Rotarians, including global projects like Polio Plus, our many local projects, and our proven skills in conflict resolution.
DG Bill Jenkin visits Colin Heggie 2017-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 10, 2017
Mike Wardlow hosted Glory Westwell, Chairperson of the Vernon chapter of “Habitat for Humanity.”  In November, three families will move into their lower East Hill homes in a new triplex.  Fundraising precedes building, & each family contributes 500 hours of “sweat equity,” half of which they must supply themselves – the other half may come from others, on their behalf.  Glory says picking recipients is the hardest part of building Habitat homes.  Habitat occupants come in all flavors, but the Vernon group favors those with children.  The Vernon group is partnered with those in Kelowna & Penticton, with administrative expenses largely paid by proceeds from two Kelowna area ReStore outlets, offering new & slightly-used home & garden supplies.
Habitat for Humanity Colin Heggie 2017-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 19, 2017
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.
Vernon's new "Hamlets" Colin Heggie 2017-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Aug 22, 2017
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. 
Lt. Stefan Reid Colin Heggie 2017-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Aug 15, 2017
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.
Emergency Preparedness Colin Heggie 2017-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 25, 2017
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.
Dental Access Centre Colin Heggie 2017-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 11, 2017
Rob Irving hosted Mona Hennenfent (CEO) & Magda Kapp (Dir of Communications & Prevention Services) for Kelowna’s BrainTrust Canada ( ), 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.
A Case for "Nutcases" Colin Heggie 2017-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 04, 2017
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.
The Million Dollar Bus Project Colin Heggie 2017-07-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 06, 2017
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.
Monitoring Hummingbirds in the North Okanagan Colin Heggie 2017-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 30, 2017
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. 
"Lunch for Learners" in Arusha, Tanzania Colin Heggie 2017-05-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 23, 2017
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!
Okanagan Rail Trail Update Colin Heggie 2017-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 16, 2017
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.  
CMHA in Vernon Colin Heggie 2017-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 18, 2017
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.   
Wildlife with Pete Wise Colin Heggie 2017-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Mar 07, 2017
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.
Marty & Judy in Costa Rica Colin Heggie 2017-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 28, 2017
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.
Vocational Talk by Gillian Canniff Colin Heggie 2017-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 21, 2017
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.  
2017 Vernon & Area 55+ Games Colin Heggie 2017-02-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 14, 2017
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.
Offsite at Wayside Colin Heggie 2017-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jan 16, 2017
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?”  
Students & Addictions Colin Heggie 2017-01-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jan 02, 2017
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.
Overcoming Personal Challenges Colin Heggie 2017-01-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Dec 05, 2016
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.
Pickleball for All Colin Heggie 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 28, 2016
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.
New Member Charlene Silvester Colin Heggie 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 28, 2016
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.
Diagnosing FASD in BC's Interior Colin Heggie 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 21, 2016
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. 
New member Gillian Canniff Colin Heggie 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 21, 2016
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.
Kal Rotary's Incoming 2016-17 RYES Colin Heggie 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 04, 2016
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.
Johanna Gronlund's RYES Year Colin Heggie 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 27, 2016
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.  
New Prez ! New Member ! Colin Heggie 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 20, 2016
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.
Celebrate Rotary! Colin Heggie 2016-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 20, 2016
Colin Hamilton, manager of the Village Green Liquor Store, presented our Celebrate Rotary! evening with four wines from Langley, BC’s Backyard Vineyards -- Nosy Neighbour White, paired with two cheeses; Pinot Noir Rose with a margherita pizza; Cabernet Sauvignon with a mini steak sandwich; & Cabernet Franc with dark chocolate & blueberries.  Though Bev Rundell was disappointed not to receive a margarita pizza, everyone else was very happy with these delicious selections.  Colin told us that the Okanagan Valley is the most developed, but not the only BC wine growing region.  BC now has 10,260 acres planted in 929 vineyards, supplying 255 wineries.  Total BC wine production has grown from 4.9 million litres in 1995 to 21.4 million in 2015!  Sandra Ross has conducted exhaustive research, concluding that our VG Liquor Store has the best selection of BC wines in Vernon!
Backyard Vineyards Colin Heggie 2016-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Weatherill on Jun 13, 2016
Drew Vincent, a graduate of Okanagan College & entrepreneurial / social justice organization “Enactus,” now heads “Okanagan Young Professionals”(OYP), a program owned by the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC). OYP’s core mandate is to connect young professionals to personal and professional opportunities – addressing a need for 75,000 new skilled workers in the Okanagan by 2020.  Their activities include connections, events, resources, recruiting & recommendations.
Drew Vincent -- Attracting Young Okanagan Professionals Dave Weatherill 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 06, 2016
Mike Wardlow hosted Diane Bond, Kelowna based founding & Managing Director of the Okanagan Summer Festival Society.  Her background includes MA & MBA degrees, extensive work with high profile arts & performance organizations, founding a direct mail & internet business, & consulting on organizational planning, recruitment & marketing.  Her vision is to build an outdoor performance venue in the Okanagan, capable of attracting big-name orchestras, musicians, theatre companies, dance troupes & other performers.  She used the Bravo! Vail facility as a model for discussion.  Though the Okanagan College site in Coldstream has been recently rejected by our provincial government, her group will continue to seek a suitable site.  Her extensive background, ambition & contacts lead us to believe we’ll soon hear more about this exciting concept.
Summer Festival Society Colin Heggie 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 30, 2016
Martin von Holst hosted White House Mortgage’s Deb White, who chairs the Vernon Winter Carnival Society.  Though early winter carnivals were recorded in 1893 & 1945, it was 1961 when VWCS formed, beginning a continuous history of events.  Early carnivals were associated with minor hockey jamborees, speed skating races, the Vernon Girls’ Trumpet Band, alpine skiing championships, ski jumping & curling briers.  1966 saw the introduction of Carnival jester Jopo & a Sheriff, who was later named a Karnival Kop.  Jopette arrived in 1971.  Since 1961, about 650 young ladies have been Queen Silver Star candidates.  VWCS relies on about 700 volunteers contributing 10,000 hours per year.  There are a mix of about 90 events, sponsored by VWCS, other non-profits & businesses.  For 2017, the theme will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
Vernon Winter Carnival Society Colin Heggie 2016-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leigh Hewer on May 23, 2016
In his vocational talk, new member Udai Singha told how he was born in Ontario, then as a baby was moved back to India with his family.  He completed undergraduate & law degrees.  After practicing law for a couple of years, he uprooted himself & moved to Vancouver on his own, not knowing anyone there.  Finding his Indian law degree unrecognized in Canada, he quickly found work at a Honda dealership, beginning with washing cars.  A weekend trip to the Falkland Stampede led to a meeting at Bannister Honda, where he must have impressed GM Pat Loehndorf.  Soon, he was Bannister’s top salesman.  Online, Udai met Toronto actuary Puneet Dhillon, who was convinced to come here in winter 2014.  Udai & Puneet went to India last month, where they were married in a traditional ceremony.  
Udai Singha's Vocational Talk Leigh Hewer 2016-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leigh Hewer on May 16, 2016
Puneet Dhillon watched her new husband, Udai Singha, inducted by Dave Weatherill as our first "corporate" member.  Udai was sponsored by Pat Loehndorf, of Bannister Honda, who recently transferred to Kalamalka Rotary Club.  Following inductions, President Bev Rundell spoke about the recent District Conference in Yakima, WA.
New "Corporate" Member Leigh Hewer 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leigh Hewer on May 16, 2016
Rob Irving (L) sponsored his wife Donna as our club's first "family" member;  President Bev Rundell congratulates her.
New "Family" Member Leigh Hewer 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 09, 2016
Dan Rieb arranged our meeting at Ratio Coffee, in the old train station at 3101 29th St.  His purpose was to present his vision of a public market, using this historic building, plus its sister building to the north, & the easterly half acre lot which makes up one third of the City’s old Coldstream Hotel lot to the west.  The City’s Official Community Plan, & at least a couple of business development studies, mention a public market as a desirable feature of a dynamic downtown.  The benefits of a market, particularly in a central location surrounded by workers with good jobs, are obvious.  Dan & his group of investors have a plan to purchase the two train station buildings, join them with an atrium, retain anchor tenants at each end, redevelop the interior space to market use, & operate a management company.  They have yet to obtain support of the City in leasing the portion of their property needed to make this plan work.  Members with questions or comments about this proposal are invited to contact Dan.
Public Market for Vernon ? Colin Heggie 2016-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 02, 2016

New member Paul Philps told us he was born in Richmond, BC, but grew up in Leduc & Edmonton, AB, following his father’s career as a pastor.  He obtained a degree in Education, with specialties in Social Studies & Physical Education, but unfortunately his graduation coincided with a period where Alberta laid off 1,700 teachers.  Paul found work making mattresses for Sealy, & was quickly promoted to lead a crew of 50 people.  At age 21, he lost his mother to cancer, & moved to Vancouver, where he got into print sales & sang in a band for several years.  He then began accountancy courses, & at age 30 set out to South Korea for a teaching job.  Due to visa problems, this job didn’t work out, but he continued his travels to Japan, Australia, New Zealand & China.  Upon returning home to the Vancouver area, he met & soon married Heather.  After a couple of years in Surrey, & earning his CPA, Paul & Heather moved to her hometown – Vernon, where he found work with RBC Dominion Securities.  Their second child was born just a few weeks ago.  In addition to Rotary, Paul is involved with JCI & enjoys public speaking competitions.

Paul's Story Colin Heggie 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 25, 2016
Don Miller (C) hosted Brad Clements (L) & Dwayne Thomson’s description of plans for the Okanagan Rail Trail.  The City of Kelowna, Lake Country, Greater Vernon & the Okanagan Indian Band have established an Inter-Jurisdictional Team (IDT) to design & build the trail, following a series of community input sessions.  CN has yet to complete removal of ties, & will remain responsible for environmental cleanups.  The Central Okanagan Foundation & Community Foundation of the North Okanagan will collect, hold & receipt donations.  Construction of the trail will occur in phases, dependent upon donations.  The cost to build the 48km trail, including a 4.6m wide compacted crushed aggregate surface, drainage, basic signage, access control, upgraded crossings & finance charges, is expected to be about $7.9m.  This doesn’t include parking or washrooms.  Trail Ambassadors, Campaign Partners & Business Partners will be sought to provide volunteers, fundraising & in-kind donations.  The trail is expected to be busiest during spring & fall shoulder seasons, enhancing our valley tourist industry.  There hundreds of rail trails all over the world, but few with the length & scenery offered by the Okanagan.
Okanagan Rail Trail Update Colin Heggie 2016-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 18, 2016
Geordie McLennan hosted Scott McKenzie of the Vernon Paddling Centre Society, located at Paddlewheel Park on Okanagan Lake.  VPCS is a non-profit organization promoting safe & skillful paddling.  Affordable memberships include unlimited use of club boats, with optional boat storage.  “Drop-ins” are also available, & new paddlers are always welcome.  The club owns outrigger canoes for one, two & six paddlers, plus standup paddleboards, canoes & surfskis.  They have an active coaching & racing program, & participate in group paddles & races both in & outside BC.  There’s also a social program including year-round events.
Paddling for Fun & Exercise Colin Heggie 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 11, 2016
Dan Rieb hosted Frances Warner, a retired urban planner, (shown with her architect husband Doug) who spoke on behalf of the Vernon chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW).  Aside from the learning & entertainment at their regular meetings, these ladies fundraise to support local literacy, the Women’s Transition House Society, Capsule College & other charities.  At 7pm on Fri, May 6th, at OC’s Lecture Theatre, they’re hosting three speakers to discuss “Tomorrow’s Homes – Efficient By Design,” followed Sat, May 7th by their third annual “Eco-friendly Home Tour” of three super-efficient local homes, plus the new Kal Tire office building.  Designed & built to minimize energy needs, some structures are now able to produce more energy than they consume, while enjoying a much cleaner & more natural interior environment.    
CFUW hosts Eco-Friendly Home Tour Colin Heggie 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 04, 2016
Our Tue, Apr 5th breakfast meeting was replaced by an early evening social event at Olive Us Oils in downtown Vernon.  19 guests, including 5 spouses joined our members for an overview of Rotary, & description of our clubs’ contribution to the community.  Wine and appies were enjoyed during a social time, followed by tastings of delicious extra virgin olive oils & vinegars, infused with a wide variety of flavours.  From Ray Morin & his “foodie” daughter Bailey, we learned that both white & dark balsamic vinegars come from trebbiano grapes, the latter being aged longer, using wood barrels.  Several of our members engaged fully in the opportunity to sample many of the delicious combinations of oil & vinegar!
Offsite @ Olive Us Oils Colin Heggie 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Mar 28, 2016
Jim Kanester hosted Vernon Fire & Rescue Services’ 15th Chief, Keith Green, who spoke about their upcoming Sat, May 7th celebration of their 125th anniversary.  The Vernon Fire Brigade was formed in 1891.  The first firehall was where Marten Brewpub is presently located.  Their first fire truck was a used unit purchased for $150. In 1894, they had supplies valued at $888, & installed a large bell in the hall’s tower, at a cost of $176.  Chief Green aims to have this old bell re-installed at the hall in early May.  Our current firehall opened, along with our City Hall, old library & museum complex, in 1966.  Firehall #2 is at Okanagan Landing, & #3 recently opened at Predator Ridge.  Engine #1 was purchased about 2012 for about $800,000, & the nearly 25 year old 105ft aerial truck will soon be replaced at a cost of over $1m.
Vernon Fire & Rescue Services Chief Keith Green Colin Heggie 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Mar 22, 2016
Our lovely Barrita Durward, owner/operator of Cotton’s Chocolates, was chosen March 7th as “2016 Business Person of the Year” at the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards.  Sponsored by Kal Tire, this award recognizes her 20 years of success as a chocolatier, plus her contributions not just to our community, but also her continuing support of Mexican orphans through her “Sweet Smiles” charity.
Barrita is Business Person of 2016 ! Colin Heggie 2016-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Mar 21, 2016
Keith Johnston presented a video of incoming RI President John Germ, speaking to Presidents Elect & ADGs Elect at a recent Seattle President Elect Training Seminar event.  He asked “How Are You Going To Spend The Rest Of Your Life?” & suggested Rotarians should engage themselves, & prospective members, in using their talents to make their communities, & the world, a better place.  John believes local Rotary club Presidents have the most influence on Rotary – where the work gets done.  Both current & prospective Rotarians ask “What’s In It For Me?” & need ways to feel engaged in the work of building community.  By setting goals, Presidents can give members that opportunity.  Clubs need to respond to the need for a diversity of ways, in addition to traditional meetings, where members can meet their needs, while contributing meaningfully to making their community better.  
Incoming RI President at PETS Colin Heggie 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Mar 14, 2016
Rob Irving thanks Don Blakely & Jeremy Griffiths of Vernon Search & Rescue.  They last spoke to us in Jan 2012.  As one of 80 BC SAR units, they’re the 8th busiest, & one of the most capable.  In 2015, they executed 58 rescues, including 13 with a helicopter.  In 2012, we donated $5,000 for training of their helicopter winch rescue volunteers.  They now have highly trained in-flight & ground crews, combined with an exceptionally well-equipped aircraft, performing a wide range of rescue operations.  West Kelowna’s Wildcat Helicopters, in partnership with Emergency Management BC, maintains a dedicated winch-equipped Bell 412, with a break-apart stretcher, advanced secure radios, & a special heating system for hypothermia victims.  Patients are now able to be transported directly to hospital.  Vernon has the first volunteer BC SAR unit using a winch-equipped helicopter, which greatly expands the chances of survival for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, motorists & other accident victims in remote locations throughout southern BC.
Helicopter Rescues by Vernon SAR Colin Heggie 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Mar 07, 2016
Dave Hoyte hosted Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund for a question & answer period.  Topics included our Official Community Plan – not currently a hot topic; airport expansion – a new federal MoT standard means we have until Sep 2017 to begin a runway extension to accommodate larger executive jets, for companies like Kal Tire, which provide a substantial portion of our airport’s revenue through fuel sales;  new larger buildings downtown – 6, 8 & 10 storey buildings are in the pipeline, dependent upon developers’ confidence in a market for downtown condos; a bike & pedestrian path extension from Polson Park to Kal Lake;  provision of parking near Kal Beach, for anticipated users of the new rail trail; western bypass route – Mayor Mund doesn’t believe it will happen, as the provincial MoT doesn’t see it as a priority, & as the primary funder, would determine the scope of the project & route; water rates – comparisons with Kelowna’s lower rates will change when Kelowna begins planned major upgrades to their system; “greening” & clean-up of property – the City doesn’t have the power to dictate how owners maintain their private property.  
Questions for our Mayor Colin Heggie 2016-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 29, 2016
The Salvation Army Vernon’s Corp Officers, Captains Ray Lamont & Curtis Plante, hosted by Leigh Hewer, explained how increasing demands for food bank & social resources over the past decade, combined with decreasing resources, led to a need for numerous structural & personnel changes, aimed at sustainable operations.  They now have fewer employees, but more with full time jobs with benefits.  Clients looking for food are now regularly interviewed by trained caseworkers, to ensure they meet eligibility criteria, & to address underlying issues, provide referrals & reduce or eliminate their dependence.  A variety of programs are designed to address childrens’ needs, stressed parents & lonely individuals, etc.  Vernon’s “House of Hope” is now in a better financial position to offer more people more meaningful help, but their ultimate goal is to help build a community where their help isn’t needed.   
Salvation Army Vernon's "House of Hope" Colin Heggie 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Teresa Bartel on Feb 22, 2016
Wendy Hesketh talked about her Oct 2015 trip to Bolivia, with her husband Al, our 2011-12 RYES Lukki (now Lukas) and a group of Germans organized by Lukas' father.  She showed us beautiful pictures of the country.  There was no green grass and it was a very high altitude country.  The hiking was very, very, very long but they saw some amazing places.  The height on one mountain was 6,020 metres.  Wendy suffered some days of sickness but explained that when she chewed the Coca Leaf or drank that tea she felt better.  One day they experienced howling winds, lost their guide over an edge and had Alpaca's running in their group.  They saw Lake Titicaca and lots of Islands.  It sounded like a well organized tour but much harder than expected.
Wendy explores Bolivia with Lukas Teresa Bartel 2016-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 15, 2016
Jim Kanester, our Scholarship Coordinator, hosted Vernon Secondary School grad Tess Emily Depres, now a UBCO sciences student, who thanked us for our contribution to her education costs.  Unlike many of us Rotarians, who could earn enough in a month’s summer job to pay our post-secondary tuition fees, students today struggle to pay about $5,000 in tuition, plus another $1,000 for books.
Scholarship Recipient Tess Colin Heggie 2016-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 15, 2016
Andy Wylie is a passionately proud Canadian, intent upon celebrating the April 9th to 12th, 2017 centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  Many historians see this WW1 battle as Canada’s military “coming of age.”  It was the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Corps worked together as a single unit.  Under the command of Canada’s brilliant General Sir Arthur Currie, Canadian troops captured the Vimy Ridge stronghold, which the Germans had heavily fortified, where several attempts by others had failed.  Today, the impressive Canadian National Vimy Memorial, which occupies 100 hectares in northeast France given in perpetuity to Canada, remains a potent reminder of the importance of this piece of our history.  Andy has a vision to turn the back yard & rear lane of his 29th Street home, east of Rocky Mountain Transport, into a celebration of Vimy, with flags, decorated explanatory panels & a scale wooden replica of the famous stone memorial in France.  It would be easily accessible by cyclists & pedestrians expected to use the new rail trail network through Vernon, & could become a notable tourist attraction.  Andy is hoping our club will lend its support to this project, which also coincides with Canada’s 150th birthday.
Celebrating Vimy Ridge Colin Heggie 2016-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 08, 2016
New Rotarian Paul Philps, CPA, CMA, is “pinned,” during his induction, by sponsor Dave Weatherill.  Paul is an investment advisor with RBC Dominion Securities.  He & his wife Heather welcomed their second daughter just yesterday!
New Member - Paul Philps Colin Heggie 2016-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 08, 2016

Past President Janet Green thanks Vernon / North Okanagan RCMP Detachment Commander Supt. Jim McNamara, who has 30 years of experience in policing, primarily in operational and front-line duties. He first came here in 2010, as the Operations Officer, in charge of day-to-day operations. The detachment serves a diverse area including Vernon, Coldstream, Spallumcheen, Armstrong, Enderby, Lumby, Falkland and the Splatsin and Okanagan First Nations.  Supt. McNamara previously worked in an advisory role for the BC RCMP in its Southeast District office, ensuring RCMP detachments were meeting the expectations of the communities they served. His previous experience also includes watch and operations commands, command of the Tactical Troop, and oversight of crime prevention and victim services for a large Lower Mainland detachment. All his policing service is within BC.  He’s integrated the operations of five detachments serving a population of about 82,000 people.  His resources include about 100 regular officers, 48 support staff, 17 Auxiliary Constables, 4 Reservists & about 60 volunteers.  Policing is expensive!  The annual cost of a regular Constable, with benefits & a car, is about $164,000.  In 2015, his detachment responded to over 28,000 calls, & held over 2,200 prisoners.  His (our) biggest challenge is dealing with property crimes committed by substance abusers, many of whom have untreated mental health issues, due to lack of treatment facilities.  He also talked a bit about municipal concerns arising from the requirement that communities of over 5,000 people must pay for 30% of overall policing costs.

RCMP Supt. Jim McNamara Colin Heggie 2016-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 01, 2016
Dr Craig Goplen hosted his wife Judie, shown above with Bob Clarke.  Judie is a former emergency room head nurse & public health nurse, who now works with Dr Brian Chai, an internist & gastroenterologist, who specializes in the treatment of the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV).  It’s estimated that only 30-50% of Canadians with HCV have been diagnosed.  Blood donors are screened for HCV, but a typical checkup by a family physician won’t necessarily include such screening.  People born between 1945 & 1965 are most susceptible.  Many people with HCV are able to fight off the disease, but those whose livers are chronically affected will develop cirrhosis (scarring), leading to liver failure.  A liver transplant costs about $2m.  Tremendous advances have been made in treatment for HCV over the past couple of decades – it’s now considered curable through a course of drug treatments, such as “Perfectovir,” which doesn’t cause the sickness associated with earlier drugs.  Because this drug costs about $70,000 per patient, it’s only supplied to those who meet certain criteria, & are selected through a review panel.  Still, it’s cost effective to treat, as those with HCV are at higher risk of cancer, heart disease, & other ailments.  For more info, see:
Curing Hepatitis C Virus Colin Heggie 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jan 25, 2016
Dan Rieb (left) hosted well-known local birder Don Cecile, who spoke about his Spring 2015 experience spending six weeks in Barrow, Alaska, as volunteer research assistant, conducting shorebird surveys.  Don is a former teacher & school VP, who now runs Sandhill Properties, a real estate investment & property management company.  He’s also an active thespian & naturalist.  Barrow, AK, on the Beaufort Sea, with a population of just over 4,000, is the U.S.A.’s northernmost community.  Surrounded by flat, ankle-high vegetation, many locals rely on traditional hunting & fishing.  This is prime polar bear country – but sadly, Don didn’t see one on this trip.  He & his colleagues, working indirectly for the US Fish & Wildlife Service, assessed 5-600 shorebirds, including many varieties of killdeer, snowy owls, eider ducks, jaegers, red-necked stints, long-tailed ducks, American golden plovers, dunlins, pectoral sandpipers & pacific loons.  Most of these birds come several thousand miles north for a short stay to breed & hatch their eggs, then return south.  
Surveying Shorebirds in Barrow, AK Colin Heggie 2016-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Teresa Bartel on Jan 18, 2016
Paige Webster, a double dogwood graduate, from W.L. Seaton was awarded a $1,000 bursary for her studies at Okanagan College.  She was very appreciative of the gift.  It was  interesting to hear about her future study goals and her journey through a French immersion education here in Vernon. 
New French Immersion Teacher connects with our club Teresa Bartel 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jan 18, 2016
Bob France hosted Danielle Toperczer, a Professional Agrologist  & Manager with the Invasive Species Council of BC.  ISPBC is a non-profit which resists the introduction & spread of invasive plants, animals & organisms not native to BC, presenting risk or harm to native species & therefore our economy.  A combination of professional staff and volunteers provide outreach & education, training, operations & research, along with a variety of government, other non-profit & industry partners.  Their “Be Plantwise, Grow Me Instead” program provides both a brochure & a mobile app highlighting 26 of BC’s “Most Unwanted” horticulture plants, with recommended alternatives.  Among a number of examples discussed were English Ivy, Scotch Broom & Knotweeds.  Carp, eurasian milfoil & zebra mussels are other well-known invasive species representing serious threats to our habitat & economy.  See
Invasive Species in BC Colin Heggie 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jan 11, 2016
Dave Weatherill hosted local teacher-on-call & avid sailor Eric Martinen, who talked about his recent adventure in our Great Lakes, aboard “Sea Dragon,” a 72’ yacht owned by Pangaea Exploration ( ).  This organization conducts marine conservation research & supports the development of conservation resources & scientists.  Eric’s trip was focused on measuring the prevalence & effects of plastics in our lakes – specifically polyethylene, or “microbeads,” which serve as abrasives in many consumer products, such as toothpaste & facial cleansers.  Because microbeads in our lakes & oceans are being ingested by birds & fish, & also by humans, our governments are under pressure to force reluctant manufacturers to speed up the replacement of microbeads by natural abrasives, such as ground walnut or apricot shells, etc.  Eric passed around samples of microbeads strained from a couple of consumer products.  We can all avoid microbeads by looking at the ingredients on labels, & not purchasing those with polyethylenes. 
Watch out for Microbeads ! Colin Heggie 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jan 04, 2016
Our club is sponsoring Margarite Zinovyeva as a Queen Silver Star Excellence Program candidate.  Despite only having been in Canada for three years, this delightful young lady is poised & ambitious.  She hopes to train as an architect, & enjoys photography, art, music & math.  She speaks Russian, German, Polish & English.  She says her biggest challenge is finding enough time in the day to fit in her schoolwork, QSSEP, & all those other interests. 
Queen Silver Star Candidate Colin Heggie 2016-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jan 04, 2016
Dr Sandra Peacock, UBCO anthropologist, is thanked by our Sandra Ross.  Dr Peacock takes students to Tanzania for six weeks, to learn fieldwork skills, & how to contribute meaningfully to social developments in a subsistence farming economy.  She updated us on the results of our $4,000 contribution last year, to help improve washroom facilities at the Moivaro Primary School in Arusha, Tanzania.  Replacement of old dysfunctional washrooms, which were threatening closure of the school, allows about 950 students to continue their studies.  Dr Peacock, in conjunction with the Vijiji Foundation in Arusha & Rotarians nearby, has worked with our International Service Director, Sandra Ross, to complete & send a District Grant application for provision of a school kitchen & food storage facility, so more students can receive “Food for Thought,” & some of their parents can earn students’ hot lunches through in-kind donations of food.  We hope our next $4,000 will be matched by another $4,000 in District funds!
Update on Moivaro Primary School in Arusha, Tanzania Colin Heggie 2016-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Dec 14, 2015
Several of our members got well into the Christmas spirit -- clockwise from top left: Dan Rieb, Dr John Wheeldon, Mike Wardlow, Bob Clarke, Leigh Hewer, Dave Weatherill, Bob France & Sandra Ross.
At our Dec 15th Annual General Meeting, Geordie McLennan was confirmed as our President Elect for next year.  Members approved new bylaws, based on a recommended RI set, modified to our needs.  We also amended our club vision, & approved a $4,000 donation, to be combined with a matching District Grant, for the “Lunch for Learners” program at Moivaro Primary School in Arusha, Tanzania.  Donations of $4,500 for the meal program at Teen Junction, plus $1,000 to the Junction Literacy Centre were also approved.
This past Sunday, Rob & Donna Irving hosted our club’s annual potluck Christmas Party.  Following an assignment of late member Glenn Green’s PHF points, President Bev Rundell presented Past President Janet Green with her third PHF award.
Annual General Meeting Colin Heggie 2015-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Keith Johnston on Dec 11, 2015
On Sat, Dec 12th, Silver Star Rotarians cooked & helped serve a fundraising breakfast for Hillview Elementary School.  Jim Kanester, Bob France & Leigh Hewer are shown at the grills.
Cooking for Hillview Elementary Keith Johnston 2015-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Keith Johnston on Dec 07, 2015

Keith Johnston hosted Nicole Makohoniuk & Wendy Aasen, from the Junction Literacy Centre & Teen Junction, where he’s a board member.  They described where their funds come from, and how they rely on organizations like ours for a good portion of their food.  They also have multiple fund raisers and the youth go into the community on bottle drives etc. if they need to raise money for activities or food that is not in their budget.  They are very cost conscious and teach the youth how to prepare healthy meals with limited funds.  There are currently 14 regulars at Teen Junction.  Some of their regulars do not have a home to go to every night, so they go from friend to friend or sleep on the street.  Members found it disturbing to hear that 20% of the children in our country go to bed hungry every night.

Teen Junction & Literacy Centre Keith Johnston 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 30, 2015
Rylee Davis brought Sue Solymosi, a mortgage broker at White House Mortgages, to tell about the Vernon chapter of Junior Chamber International (JCI), of which she’s President.  JCI started in St Louis, MO in 1915.  It has over 150,000 members in over 150 countries, including about 40 in Vernon.  JCI is a nonprofit organization of young active citizens age 18 to 40 who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities.  Members analyze local challenges, collaborate with community partners, conduct projects to find solutions and evaluate results to ensure sustainability.  Through four development streams -- individual, community, business & international – JCI clubs work on a wide variety of projects, enjoying teamwork, fellowship, & networking.  Aged-out members may continue their involvement as “Senators.”  National & international conferences offer members higher levels of training & exposure to global perspectives.  Vernon JCI members recently held a “Zombie Run” fundraiser, in support of Teen Junction.
JCI Vernon Colin Heggie 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 23, 2015
At the invitation of Bob Clarke, Doug Ross, Director of Recreation Services for the City of Vernon, explained the reasoning behind his recommendation that we vote YES on Sat, Nov 21st for the borrowing referendum to twin the ice sheet at Kal Tire Place.  Our old Civic Arena is running on borrowed time, & is not worth fixing.  To avoid current user groups losing ice time, if the Civic Arena fails, the City wants to start on a replacement now.  Because of the elevation, soil conditions, location of underground services, & unresolved legal issues over Kin Park, installation of a new ice sheet west of the existing Kal Tire facility would cost several hundred thousand dollars more than the proposal to the north.  The west option would be dependent upon a favourable legal resolution, likely over another year or two, thereby delaying construction.  New parking along the south side of Kal Tire Place will replace all but one space lost to the north option.  If the referendum passes, another year of intense planning & design will preface construction.  
Kal Tire Place expansion referendum Colin Heggie 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 16, 2015
Ken Barton attended an Oct 7th conference in Osoyoos to learn about the Columbia River Treaty.  This complex deal between Canada & the U.S.A. was struck in the early 1960’s to provide three Canadian plus one U.S. dam for power generation & flood control.  15% of the Columbia Basin area is in Canada, but 38% of the water originates here.  In 2024, with ten years notice, either Canada or the U.S.A. is entitled to cancel most provisions of the treaty.  A wide variety of stakeholders, including native groups, have huge vested interests in seeing the treaty continue in some form, & many want significant changes to either the original agreement, or the many subsequent side agreements.  Many Canadians fear U.S. ambitions to control the flow of water within our country.  Ken believes the U.S. is doing a lot of work to prepare for hard-nosed negotiation, while Canadians have done little to prepare, with some parties expressing little interest in continuing the treaty.
Columbia River Treaty Colin Heggie 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 09, 2015
Teresa Bartel brought Janet Cody & Ray Morin to describe their “Olive Us” products & stores.  See  Their extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) & vinegars come in a wide variety of flavours, all available for sampling “on tap” from stainless steel “fustis.”  Along with their creative “foodie” daughter, Ray & Janet recently attended a Napa Valley convention for EVOO suppliers, where they heard lectures about the chemistry & nutrients in oils, & were thrilled to watch olives being harvested & processed.  Time elapsed between picking & processing, plus the temperature of harvested olives, are critical to maintaining a high quality product, offering the best flavour, plus nutritional & health benefits well beyond that found in blended or mass-produced oils.  Highest quality oils come from the initial cold extraction; further extraction using heat & chemicals yield lower quality oils.  Better EVOOs may be used for cooking, even at higher temperatures.
Following their talk, Ray & Janet served us a blackberry on yogurt, with a flavoured oil & vinegar – delicious!  
Breakfast Dessert ! Colin Heggie 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Keith Johnston on Nov 02, 2015
Keith Johnston introduced Kate Kutzner, one of 10 – 12 members of the Kelowna Rotaract Club, sponsored by the Kelowna Sunrise RC.  Kelowna Rotaractors are interested in finding ways in which they can help other Okanagan RCs with their projects.
Kelowna Rotaract Club Keith Johnston 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Keith Johnston on Nov 02, 2015
Keith Johnston led a discussion of a new approach to membership, with members divided into seven groups: 1) Initial Contact, 2) Greeters, 3) Initial Follow-up, 4) Membership Discussion, 5) Public Relations, 6) Trackers, & 7) Mentors.  Groups met & reported back, suggesting i) we need a flow chart showing hand-offs between groups; ii) greeters need to provide basic info about Rotary, & tell them what will happen during the meeting; iii) initial follow-up should include a phone call and the prospective member should be asked if they know anyone else who might be interested;  iv) trackers should record numbers of candidates & send reminders to other committee members;  v) two current members should take the prospective member(s) for a coffee or lunch membership discussion;  vi) the public relations committee needs more specifics around the kind of people we are targeting (age, occupation, etc.) & they suggest we clearly articulate the value of belonging to Rotary, distinguishing us from other organizations like Kiwanis and Lions;  vii) mentors should begin earlier in the recruitment process, & we should continue “Fireside Chats” for new members.
New Membership Recruitment Process Keith Johnston 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leigh Hewer on Oct 26, 2015
Marty & Judy were recently among 48 people on a whirlwind 23 day escorted tour of Australia & New Zealand, with stops including Sydney, Melbourne, Alice Springs, Auckland & Christchurch.  Australian highlights were a penguin parade at Phillips Island; 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road eroding to 6 or 7; Captain Cook’s importance in the history of Australia; distance education through the rural “School of Air;” colours of Ayers Rock; snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef; Sydney Opera House; the 52° downhill Katoomba scenic railway ride; & unique Australian animals.  New Zealand highlights included a Maori presentation; threats to the flightless Kiwi birds; Mt. Joseph’s glacier via helicopter; jet boat travel at 70-80 kmh; Mount Cook; & the uncertain future of Christchurch Cathedral, following repeated severe damages.  Though their trip was 25% over budget, Marty said it was worth every cent.
Marty in Australia & NZ Leigh Hewer 2015-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leigh Hewer on Oct 19, 2015
Eric Gombrich hosted Ken Satterthwaite, VP of Vernon & District Minor Football (VDMF) along with players Liam Gombrich, William Satterthwaite and Thomas Hyatt.  (Eric is Director of the organization) VDMF’s focus is on good sportsmanship, team work, helping others, competition, dedication & commitment, along with self-control & the importance of health and exercise.  League play is community-based, for ages 7-15, open to both boys and girls, & is a feeder program for our high schools. Spring flag football runs from March to July, with full contact tackle football July to November.  Games are played at our new sports facility, with teams coming from other area communities, creating a positive economic impact for Vernon.  VDMF was a strong supporter for the new facility.  There are approximately 350 participants in the community league, with some 60 players and coaches in VDMF. 55% of costs are covered by fees from participants, 10% by sponsors, 10% by fund raising, & 25% by a Gaming Grant. Major expenses are equipment, field rental, subsidies for players from low-income families, & a season end awards banquet.  As a result of a $15,000 partial Gaming Grant loss, VDMS is seeking a $1,000 donation to cover part of their banquet & individual awards, till they solve their Gaming issue.
Vernon & District Minor Football Leigh Hewer 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leigh Hewer on Oct 12, 2015
Givonna DeBruin spoke about her employer, Interior Health Authority (IHA) & her role as Internal Auditor.  IHA’s area goes from the US border north to Blue River, & from Merritt to the Alberta border, including some 59 municipalities & communities.  Roughly 1 in 40 people within this area are employed by IHA in residential care, hospital/acute care, & community care.  There are four main goals: 1) improve health & wellness, 2) deliver high quality health care, 3) ensure sustainability, & 4) have an engaged workforce. The Internal Auditor reports to both the Board of Directors & the President/CEO, & and has “Freedom to Access” in all areas.  A lot of Givonna’s time is spent auditing and reviewing various systems, resulting in a fair bit of travel.  Givonna is supported by a focused and experienced team of three.  About 50% of their time is spent doing specific reviews & audits requested by management. In her 13 years with IHA she’s witnessed a huge improvement in operations, & a budget increase from $1.1B to $2+B.  IHA has a Safe Reporting Policy and Hotline (whistleblower program), & “it’s your duty as citizens to report wrong-doing”. IHA has achieved Employer of Choice for the 3rd year in a row in BC, & Givonna’s team recently received a 2014 Provincial Award for their Medication Audit.
Auditing our Interior Health Authority Leigh Hewer 2015-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
2015-16 Incoming RYES Johanna Grolund Geordie McLennan 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 28, 2015
Gale Woodhouse is thanked by Mike Wardlow, for her very well received on-site talk about the Vernon Community Arts Centre (VCAC), operated by the Arts Council of the North Okanagan (ACNO).  Gale is a professional potter, who describes herself as an artist, facilitator & entrepreneur, with a varied background in teaching.  Her no-nonsense delivery convinced us that a group of rebellious teenagers would be putty (clay ?) in her hands!  Originally the industrial arts section of the old Fulton School, the VCAC is now a combination of gallery, workshops & classrooms offering programs in pottery making, fibre arts, glass, painting, photography, music, etc., to children, adults & people with various challenges.  VCAC is a non-profit, & in turn, offers some free programs.  Their goal is to provide a sense of place & community, especially for those without strong community connections.  A variety of volunteers help with operation & funding.  One objective is to enhance their technology, so digital art offerings can be increased.  With more & better political support, Gale believes VCAC could become a major tourist attraction, as well as an even more valuable resource for locals.  Following a short tour, Silver Star Rotarians now know this place is definitely worth a visit!  
On-Site at Vernon Community Arts Centre Colin Heggie 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 21, 2015
Bruce Mol is a cycling advocate & educator.  He’s chair of the Greater Vernon Cycling Advisory Committee, & cycles most everywhere.  His presentation claimed that business improves wherever cycling improves – productivity increases, sick days decrease & health care costs decline.  Where retail areas encourage cyclists, they tend to visit stores more often, & spend more.  Cycling is no longer just a sport.  More young people, & more women are using their bicycles to ride to work, as well as for pleasure.  Smart communities are investing in dedicated bike lanes & routes, creating more livable landscapes.
Bicycles Benefit Business Colin Heggie 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 14, 2015
Martin von Holst hosted realtor / builder / developer Mark Wensley, who told us about his 23 year involvement with Middleton Mountain.  Along with his father Don, a Whistler developer, Mark has been servicing land & building houses on Middleton Mountain, through good times & bad.  The servicing cost per lot of their current project, excluding raw land, is about $120,000, as there’s significant blasting, wall construction & engineering fees, over & above the usual costs of water & utility lines, etc.  He advises that developers should only invest what they can afford to lose, & that success in real estate is all about timing.  One of Mark’s objectives in business & life is to always do more than anyone expects of you. 
Trials of a Land Developer Colin Heggie 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 07, 2015
Through his vocational talk, Bob revealed a somewhat “restless” personality!  Following operation of a jewelry store in Regina, he moved to Fort McMurray, when the population there was only 2,300.  His involvement with a couple of different oil companies including helping to define the volume of oil in a barrel, plus the issuance of royalty cheques to the survivors of the man who started the “tar sands” in 1920, & negotiated perpetual royalties from each barrel of bitumen.  Meanwhile, Bob built a small shopping centre on land he’d held for several years, & along with a trusty German Shepherd, attended 64 robberies there.  He also had a couple of aircraft & a jet boat, used for commercial charters.  After 15 years in Fort Mac, he went first to Alaska, then for 24 years to the 100 Mile House / Williams Lake area, where he continued in the aircraft charter service, & was a Rotarian.  He has a daughter in each of 100 Mile House, & the Wood Lake area.
Restless Bob Franklin ! Colin Heggie 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Aug 31, 2015
Dave Weatherill told us about a misadventure with Joanne & one of his brothers, during a backwoods tour of the Monashees, to pick huckleberries.  They got lots of berries, but Dave’s truck wouldn’t start for the return trip.  He walked out to the highway & found a couple willing to give him a jumpstart, but then his truck wouldn’t switch out of low range.  Sounded like a lot of trouble, even for a good load of berries!
Guest Rotarian Otto Rieve then regaled us – first with a joke about “electile dysfunction,” then with his multiple motorcycling trips.  Over the years he’s ridden three different bikes an estimated total of 300 to 350k kms, both with & without other Rotarians, throughout the USA & a variety of other countries, including a Munich to Moscow trip.  His upcoming October ride will be through Spain & Morocco.  He’s also looking forward to a ride north from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles.
Huckleberries & Motorcycles Colin Heggie 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Aug 24, 2015
2015 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) training was held in late May in Penticton.  Participants Fiona Anderson & Searra Becker (shown with RYLA Coordinator Keith Johnston) thanked our club for sponsoring their attendance, & described their experience.  Through the DiSC® personal assessment tool, they learned how different personality types work in teams, through conflict, & in leadership roles, etc.  DiSC® identifies characteristics of dominance, influence, steadiness & conscientiousness.  RYLA training uses mentors & a variety of projects, such as cardboard boat-building, to teach teamwork & leadership skills.  One project was to turn a piece of junk into a marketable object!
RYLA Rocks ! Colin Heggie 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Aug 17, 2015
Chelsea Taylor, Vernon Branch Manager of the BC SPCA, with Pat Loehndorf.  She described the “Five Freedoms” contained in their charter – Freedom from hunger & thirst; pain, injury & disease; distress; discomfort; & freedom to express behaviours that promote well-being.  Today, our local SPCA has 86 animals in care.  Their annual budget of close to a half-million dollars supports the care of about 250 animals annually, including more cats than dogs.  Expenses average between $500 to $675 for different categories of dogs & cats.  Income is derived from adoption fees, service fees, fundraising events & donations.  The SPCA is one of Canada’s top-ranked charities, based on effective use of donor dollars.  Volunteers play a big role in this organization, & new people are always welcome to help with socializing, walking, feeding, cleaning, etc., of animals, plus care & maintenance of their facilities.
Vernon SPCA Colin Heggie 2015-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leigh Hewer on Aug 10, 2015
Our President Bev Rundell (center) thanks Jan & District Governor Greg Luring for his talk.  They  were introduced by ADG Peter Moore.  On Monday evening Greg & Jan met with club Directors, where he spoke about his 2015-16 goals for the District, & noted RI President Ravi’s intention to bring effective business practices to Rotary.  During Greg & Jan’s long & fabulous association with Rotary, they’ve made lifelong friends through the “Family of Rotary.” 25 years ago, their daughter Kimberly was an exchange student in India.  During Greg’s club presidency in Yakima, they created a trust which has grown substantially, & received a $20m donation!  Since then,  the 3 Yakima clubs have joined together under the trust, & are providing meaningful and substantial benefits to the Yakima Community in the name of Rotary.  Given the size & bureaucracy of Rotary, he believes it’s sometimes better to move forward with our projects, asking for forgiveness, rather than permission!   A major focus currently is the new membership growth & retention strategy (MARS).  Independent research asked members - Why Join Rotary?, finding 1) friendship  2) local impact & 3) networking; when asked Why Stay with Rotary?, they found 1) and 2) are the same, but 3) became international projects. Both 1 and 2 in Join and Stay are significantly higher than other reasons. Greg feels Rotary should slow down the “ask” for funds, & suggests a direct correlation with increased “asks” & reduced membership since the 1985 commencement of Polio Plus.  We were all encouraged to attended the District Conference in Yakima, May 12-15, 2016. A major change at this conference will be replacement of the Presidential Representative talk with a focus on the Youth Exchange Program. Did you know our District averages 34 students per year, but the North American average is only 5!
DG Greg Luring & Jan visit SS Rotary Leigh Hewer 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leigh Hewer on Aug 03, 2015
Bob Clarke hosted Queen Silver Star 2015 (55th) Alicia Hill-Turner.  She’s entering Grade 12 at Aberdeen Hall School in Kelowna.  The QSS Excellence Program started in 1961 & is available to young women 16 to 18  who reside within the North Okanagan.  Candidates attend classes 2 to 3 times a week.  Personal growth is encouraged and valuable skills gained through time spent on various topics. Over the years the program has evolved from a beauty pageant into an excellence and scholarship program, showcasing poise & presentation skills developed through a fashion show, a talent showcase, speech competition & the February Winter Carnival proclamation.  There are a variety of community events, and participants become mentors for Little Miss Carnival candidates.  The Queen & 2 Princesses chosen as Vernon Ambassadors spend their year attending city events & traveling BC promoting the City of Vernon.
Queen Silver Star Alicia Leigh Hewer 2015-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 27, 2015
Rob Irving’s guest Red Liebel is a retired RCMP officer, who spoke about his involvement in the prosecution of Vernon’s infamous “Greeks” gang.  In about 2004, local drug dealers were dominated by a gang led by a Vernon native of Greek heritage.  He & his accomplices enforced their will upon local dealers through increasingly violent means, culminating in several murders.  With insufficient evidence for trial, following an eleven month investigation which ended in the fall of 2005, a provincial team of 60 members was tasked with bringing the suspects to justice.  By May 2006, seven accused had been arrested.  Red described how “disclosure” rules, allowing defense attorneys access to all incriminating evidence, make it difficult to obtain convictions in such complicated cases, & how trials generally hear only that fraction of the real evidence which isn’t excluded through pretrial hearings.  Trials related to the Greeks relied upon evidence gleaned from some 212,000 phone conversations.  Non-police trial expenses, including defense lawyers, etc., cost approximately $60m.    
A Story of Prosecution Colin Heggie 2015-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Dave Hoyte (middle) introduced Dan Fortin (L) & Dave Lowry (R) of Total Restoration Services Ltd., since 1992 a leading locally-owned and operated provider of guaranteed restoration services, using leading-edge technologies & equipment operated by trained, professional (& friendly!) experts.  Their 75+ staff, with over 40 vehicles, deals with damage caused by fire, smoke, water, sewer, mould, asbestos, etc.  With more & larger disaster claims, such as the recent $9bn Alberta floods, claims outweigh local premium collections, requiring the insurance industry to pool premiums over larger areas.  Claims costs are often increased by WCB & Work Safe requirements around the removal of asbestos in drywall & flooring products.  Dave Hoyte paid advertising dollars for his comments about “talking to your insurance broker!”
Total Restoration Services Leigh Hewer 2015-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leigh Hewer on Jul 13, 2015
Leigh Hewer introduced Jan Shumay & Dean Francks, long-time employees & executives of North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society (NOYFSS), which provides free counselling and support services to individuals & families through a variety of community based and residential programs.  NOYFSS deals with a wide variety of issues, including physical/mental/developmental exceptionalities, sensory problems (i.e. visual, auditory, etc.), poverty & language/cultural needs.  They’re funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), Interior Health Authority, the Ministry of Attorney General, School District 22, Gaming Grants, community partners and donations.  Their signature fundraising event is the “Fitness for Families Hockey Challenge.”
N.O. Youth & Family Services Leigh Hewer 2015-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 06, 2015
The good news is that President Bev (right) presented newly retired Sandra Ross with her winnings from our marble draw :)  The bad news is that it was only $10.50, as Pat Loehndorf had won a much larger pot the week before :(
Good News & Bad News Colin Heggie 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 06, 2015
Wendy Hesketh hosted Matt Davidson, Senior Environmental Scientist with Valhalla Environmental Consulting, Inc.  He spoke about the use of drones for aerial photography, crop monitoring, inventory & asset management, 3D surface modeling & GIS mapping.  His drone has a fixed foam wing with a span of 80cm.  It weighs about one pound, & has a flight time of about 30 minutes on a single battery charge.  The technology around drones is advancing faster than Transport Canada rules governing their use, leading to some problems, particularly with adventurous recreational users.  There’s a huge variety of applications for both civilian & military drones, using infrared & other technologies, in addition to simple high resolution photography.  Images & data collected by fixed wing & helicopter drones may be combined with that gathered by satellites, & “knitted” together.  Matt did his best to simplify the terminology surrounding this complex business, so we Rotarians could understand it!
Droning On Colin Heggie 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 29, 2015
2015-16 Directors (L-R) Rob Irving, Jim Kanester, Dave Hoyte, Dominik Dlouhy, Janet Green, Geordie McLennan, Colin Heggie, Martin von Holst, Bev Rundell & Dave Weatherill.  Missing:  Scott Anderson, Keith Johnston, Sandra Ross & Sargeant at Arms Don Miller.
Much to the chagrin of Bob Clarke, Pat Loehndorf is congratulated by Bev for pulling our coveted green marble, for a win of $416!
New Directors & Marble Draw Winner ! Colin Heggie 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 29, 2015
Janet Green opened by remembering how one year ago, she asked for fortitude to get her through her year as President, then at Christmas, she realized there were only 25 weeks to go!  This year, our club has successfully launched three new fundraising projects, & Janet feels we should be proud of all the things we accomplish, as a small club.  She quoted Dr Seuss, who said “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened!”
On behalf of our District Governor Bruce Falkins, Assistant District Governor Peter Moore presented Janet with a “Presidential Citation,” for our club’s accomplishments.
Janet handed the gavel to incoming President Bev Rundell, who thanked Janet for keeping our club focused on the vision & goals we’d agreed to.  Bev feels she’s had a good mentor in Janet, & appreciates her effort to keep the fun in our activities.  Bev mentioned incoming RI President K.R. (Ravi) Ravindran’s theme: “Be a Gift to the World,” & incoming District Governor Gary Luring’s challenge to add four new members to our club.  She’d like us to review our club vision in July, & to remember Margaret Mead’s famous quote – “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”  Bev introduced Martin von Holst as President Elect.
New President Bev Rundell Colin Heggie 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lukki Viebahn on Jun 25, 2015
Lukki Viebahn, shown with Rotarians in Guanajuato, Mexico, about 275kms northwest of Mexico City, as the crow flies.  Lukki was our 2011-12 Incoming RYES, from Bavaria, Germany.  He spent most of this past winter here in Vernon, working as a "liftie" at Silver Star Mountain Resort, then purchased a used campervan from Wendy's father, & headed south.  He sent the following note:  "My travels are going well; I attended Spanish school here for a month, so I’m almost able to talk about anything with anyone now, which feels great! Will leave again on Monday to see a bit more of this country, and eventually I’m planning on ending up in Guatemala in August and flying to Colombia from there.
Lukki Viebahn in Mexico Lukki Viebahn 2015-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 22, 2015
Scholarship Coordinator Jim Kanester explained how our scholarships work, & why we should work toward increasing the amounts we distribute annually.
Janet Green & Bev Rundell described their District Conference experiences at the UBCO Campus.  Janet attended a Lake Country Rotary BBQ at the Gatzke Farm.  Both Janet & Bev played golf Friday morning & enjoyed Friday evening Home Hosting dinners.  Conference headline speakers were Dan Espinosa (DG and representative of RI President Gary Huang), retired RCMP Commissioner Bev Busson, & retired Col. Liz Anderson of the US Airforce.  They felt the presenters were excellent.  Our incoming District Governor is Greg Loring from Yakima, WA.
Updates on Scholarships & District Conference Colin Heggie 2015-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 15, 2015
Mel(issa) Spooner (thanked by Dr Craig Goplen) was a professional Ironman tri-athlete for ten years, earning three titles.  She now coaches a variety of athletes, through her “Endurance Health & Fitness” business.  She’s also a qualified nutritionist.  Mel spoke to us about following your passion, the value of being “selfish,” teamwork, giving support to others & your community, exploring one’s “edges,” & how to work through negative thoughts. She quoted John Lennon: “A dream you dream alone is only a dream.  A dream you dream together is a reality.”  Her advice is that it’s important to ask for help when you need help.  Mel drew some parallels between the lessons she’s learned, & the basic principles of Rotary.  Her upbeat messages of encouragement, tenacity, & contribution were much appreciated.
Mel Spooner -- Ironman Tri-Athlete & Nutritionist Colin Heggie 2015-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 08, 2015
Our member Bob France, a retired cattle manager, with a background in livestock health, recently helped his daughter with field work observing bighorn sheep, in connection with her Master’s thesis.  We have both California & Rocky Mountain Bighorn in BC, distinguished by the black stripe on the rump of the California.  These majestic animals are “blue-listed in BC,” meaning they’re “threatened,” by loss of habitat.  The South Thompson herd is one of our healthiest, as indicated by an above average 47:100 lamb to ewe ratio – some of these animals have been “donated” to less healthy herds.  Part of their success is attributable to their feeding on nutritious grass & shrubs found in residential areas & a golf course in their habitat.  There’s a danger their success could be their ruin, if people begin defending their turf from hungry sheep looking for an easy meal.
Bighorn Sheep Colin Heggie 2015-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 01, 2015
Our club member & “Master Chocolatier,” Barrita Durward, has been running Cotton’s Chocolates for 19 years.  She dazzled us with samples of her latest concoctions & described how she loves working in her “chocolate lab,” mixing her favoured Belgian ingredients with various confections & liquers.  Pairing with Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery’s products, including absinthe, is a new interest, though she admits to having had difficulty staying properly focused during some of those tasting experiments!  This fall, she’ll be in Las Vegas for “professional development,” learning how to build large chocolate sculptures.  Few of us are likely to be more enthused about our vocations than this lovely lady!   (Photos by Keith Johnston)  
Chocolate For All Colin Heggie 2015-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 25, 2015
Cst. Kathy Szoboticsanec, RCMP School Liaison Officer, spoke about our RCMP Jean Minguy Memorial Youth Academy, held annually for a week at the Vernon Army Camp, in partnership with School District 22.  Grade 11 or 12 students interested in law enforcement receive insight into depot training & the demands placed on police officers.  Students are physically & mentally challenged through group activities & drills. Instruction in leadership, law & the role of police officers in the community is provided.  Participants are exposed to a wide variety of topics & resources, including polygraphs, emergency response teams, helicopters, canine units, forensics, etc.  The goal is to teach accountability, while giving both students & the RCMP a chance to look at each others’ career possibilities.  The actual cost of this program, similar to one run in Chilliwack, is about $500 per student, but participants are only charged $250.  Some alumni are available to help community groups like our club with their projects.  (Photo of Cst Kathy & Wendy Hesketh by Keith Johnston)
Insp. Jim McNamara (a Rotary Club of Vernon member) thanked us for our continued recognition of RCMP volunteers in the community.
RCMP Youth Academy Colin Heggie 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leigh Hewer on May 18, 2015
Our Dr John Wheeldon spoke of his involvement in medicinal marijuana research at the national level, types of prescriptions, and contents of products.  (Photo by Keith Johnston)
Dr John & Medicinal Marijuana Leigh Hewer 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Green on May 11, 2015
President Janet Green hosted Mel Arnold, Maria Besso, Terry Mooney & Klaus Tribes of Vernon’s “Citizens for Changes to the Master Water Plan” for a presentation on a proposal to request a “fresh new look” at the Greater Vernon Master Water Plan. This citizens group is looking for support from residents and businesses to petition the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee to investigate opportunities to reduce water rates for Greater Vernon.  We are currently facing bills that are up to three times the Kelowna rates and twice the Penticton rates.  The Group proposes to hire an independent consultant and to seriously look at changing the Duteau Creek facility from a residential water supply to primarily an irrigation supply. In addition, water licenses need to be obtained for Okanagan Lake and expanded for Kalamalka Lake.  (Photo of Maria, Janet, Terry & Klaus by Keith Johnston)
Vernon's Master Water Plan Janet Green 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 04, 2015
Vernon Rotarian “Stewy” Stewart brought his daughter Angela Yablonski, owner of Curves for Women, & Peter Maguwu, from Zimbabwe, to describe Angela’s Zimbabwe Project Society’s work.  Vernon members of her Society go to Zimbabwe each year, to oversee projects funded by her donors;  all funds raised here are spent in Zimbabwe.  This a very poor country of 14 million people, often finding it difficult to obtain international help due to negative impacts of long-time aging President Robert Mugabe.  Projects include wells for safe drinking water, provision of text & library books, an orphanage, relief for HIV victims, & several income producing ventures, including raising pigs, chickens, bees & goats, plus garden plots.  They also sponsor soccer teams & leadership training.  See  (Photo of Peter, Angela, Stewy & Keith by Keith Johnston)
Help for Zimbabwe Colin Heggie 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 27, 2015
Ken Barton & his wife Jo spent another Okanagan winter in New Zealand & Australia, after first attending Ken’s mother’s 100th birthday party in England.  They started at the Bay of Islands, in the northeast corner of New Zealand’s north island, where relatives took them fishing & then smoked the fish.  They stumbled across the exclusive Kauri Cliffs Lodge & Golf Club, where most players arrive by helicopter, & pay $500 for a round!  In Melbourne, Australia, they saw the Docklands redevelopment, then visited Eden, NSW, on the coast between Sydney & Melbourne.  A trip to Tasmania included Hobart, the capital, & Port Arthur, which is known for supplying codeine & morphine from their white poppies.  (Photo by Keith Johnston)
Ken Barton Goes DownUnder -- Again Colin Heggie 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 20, 2015
Emma Corbett is our 2015-16 outgoing Rotary Youth Exchange Student (RYES).  She & her mother recently attended a Chelan, WA gathering for outgoing RYES, where they received lots of info about the program, & reports from returned students.  Like our last outgoing RYES, Claire Stanhope, Emma is going to Finland, & has begun a dialogue with her first host family.  (Photo by Keith Johnston)
Outgoing RYES Emma Corbett Colin Heggie 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 20, 2015
Teresa Bartel thanks Dr Buffy Baumbrough (biologist, former City of Vernon Councillor, photographer, & with her sister, an owner of Dusty Shovel Gardens, a sustainable landscape design & nursery firm), who told us about her recent stay in Pacific Grove, CA, northwest of Monterey, to visit the Monarch (butterfly) Sanctuary.  This 2 or 3 acre site, covered by Monterey Pines and Blue Gum Eucalyptus trees, is a perfect micro-climate for over-wintering Monarch Butterflies, which have traveled from all over North America, west of the Mississippi. (Those east of the Mississippi go to Mexico for the winter.)  Several thousand of these beautiful creatures form each of many clusters at dusk, to keep warm.  Monarch populations are declining significantly, as their primary food source, milkweed, is considered an invasive species, & has been widely eradicated.  Through tagging & monitoring, scientists are trying to discover how they might be helped, & also how they manage to navigate, as the monarchs have a very short life cycle, & in any given year, those over-wintering are the great grandchildren of those who last over-wintered in the same location!  (Photo by Keith Johnston)
Monarch Butterflies in Pacific Grove, CA Colin Heggie 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 14, 2015
Melissa (Missy) Dobernigg is thanked by President Janet Green.  She introduced us to “The BX Press Cidery & Orchard.”  The 40 acre east Vernon orchard, on former BX Express land, has been in her husband Dave’s family for three generations, but in 2011, Melissa caught the “cider bug,” took some intensive training, & produced her first batches.  She received a winery license in 2013, & in 2015 hopes to produce 40,000 half-liter bottles of four varieties of cider.  New liquor regulations, currently being introduced, will help her to market her products through on-site tastings & the farmer’s market.  Cider is between beer & wine in alcohol content, & has great potential to be paired with local foods, & other locally produced alcoholic beverages.  Our club members quickly embraced her invitation to a tasting session in the late spring!  See  (Photo by Keith Johnston)
BX Press Cidery & Orchard Colin Heggie 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Green on Apr 06, 2015
On April 7, 2015 Silver Star Rotary received a donation from the family of Rotarian Glenn Green, who passed away Feb 6, 2014.  Representing the Green family was Gwenn (Glenn’s daughter) and her husband Dan Bourdon.  As a Level I donor, Glenn Green had asked his family to make a donation to the Paul Harris Foundation (World Fund) as part of his estate. Silver Star Rotary rescheduled their usual morning meeting for noon, to accommodate the family. Rotarians did not hesitate to attend the meeting, which was attended by 29 individuals, including past and present Rotarians, all four Rotary Presidents from Area 3 of District 5060, plus Assistant District Governor Peter Moore. President Elect Bev Rundell presented a history of the Rotary Foundation; Past President Keith Johnston provided details about our valued friend Glenn, who was a 40 year member of Rotary, a seven-time Paul Harris Fellow recipient, and a member of Rotary International’s Bequest Society.  ADG Peter Moore presented an engraved crystal award and a pin to Gwenn and her husband Dan Bourdon. (shown above in photo by Keith Johnston)

We're all saddened by the loss of our great and generous Rotarian friend.
Tribute to the late Glenn Green Janet Green 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Mar 30, 2015
When not at her day job in infrastructure administration with the City of Kelowna, Capt Irene Wangler is Commanding Officer of the 1705 BC Dragoons, Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.  Cadets aged 12 to 18 progress through a series of courses in leadership, citizenship, outdoor activities, survival skills, map & compass, etc., & have access to a variety of expeditions, exchanges & competitions.  Most of the program is free, though there is some fund-raising.  Year-round cadet training prepares some participants for summer camps, such as the ones held here in Vernon.  Some army, sea & air cadets progress to the regular forces, but most are simply enjoying a wide selection of inexpensive activities, combined with invaluable skill development.  (Photo by Keith Johnston)
Opportunities for Cadets Colin Heggie 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Mar 23, 2015
Lawrie Skolrood, Deputy Chief of Vernon Fire-Rescue Services, told us that his members are working hard to educate everyone about the benefits of smoke alarms, in response to a call to action by the BC Fire Service.  In 11,000 residential fires in BC, between 2006-11, nearly 70% of homes had no functional alarms!  These devices could reduce fire related deaths by 32%.  Lawrie thanked us for our support & participation in checking & installing smoke alarms in several local mobile home parks, adding that prevention is all about changing behavior.  Sensors in both wired & battery operated alarms have a life-span of about 10 years.  A combination of both ionization & photo sensitive alarms gives best protection.
Smoke Alarms for All ! Colin Heggie 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Mar 16, 2015
Leigh Hewer thanks Lesly McMillan & Dr Vic Lepp of the Vernon Community Dental Access Center.  Approximately 25% of Canadians (mostly the "working poor") cannot afford proper dental care, & untreated dental problems often lead to much more complicated & expensive medical issues.  Our hospital emergency room & local medical clinics regularly deal with preventable but untreated oral health issues, by issuing prescriptions for pain-killers to folks who can't afford the drugs or the dentistry to solve the underlying problems.  In response to this need, our Dental Access Center opened its doors in September 2012.  Dr Cindy Gammie, plus her dental assistants, are employed two days a week.  In addition, other local dentists, dental hygenists & assistants volunteer for a few hours during other times of the week in their four operatories.  Clients may qualify for 20 - 40% discounts from BC Dentist Fee Guide rates, & in special cases, an "Angel Fund" reduces costs even further.  Since opening, the Center has provided 1,792 clients $422,000 worth of services, using 3,759 volunteer hours.  No government funding, other than Gaming Grants, is provided.  Our club made a modest financial donation a couple of years ago at the urging of our 2008-9 President, Dr Vic Lepp.  Vic is currently the Center's Board Chair, & has devoted countless hours to organizing volunteers, planning & setting up the facility. (Photo by Keith Johnston)
Affordable Dental Care in Vernon Colin Heggie 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Mar 09, 2015
Gordon Hiebert & his wife Jana operate Element Eco-Design, a Vernon area permaculture design & edible landscaping company, taking your yard well beyond a "sustainable garden," to a richly integrated system of water management, soil improvement, slope & pest control, shady living spaces & aesthetic features capable of producing a wide variety of foods, plus herbal & medicinal plants.  Gord is a gifted & knowledgeable presenter.  He's worked on the Xerindipity Garden, plus the Kalamalka Garden at Okanagan College -- both projects with which our club was involved.  (Photo by Keith Johnston)
Eat Your Yard ! Colin Heggie 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leigh Hewer on Mar 02, 2015
Jim Swingle & Gene Bryant from the Okanagan Science Centre spoke about the new exhibit being installed. Silver Star Rotary provided a donation that is being utilized to help develop and install an Amazonian BioTope Display Eco-system (clear water stream replication of what would be in found in the Amazon). The exhibit will measure approximately 6ft X 20 inches X 20 inches and is being built into a wall for display, with an expected opening in June 2015 and will be of "exhibit quality". The exhibit will create an environmental connection between the Amazon and the Okanagan Lake eco-systems, educational programs will be developed along with hands on activities. This will be a long term exhibit for the Okanagan Science Centre and will enhance the various programs offered. Jim stated that without the support of Silver Star Rotary this exhibit would not be possible. (photos by Keith Johnston)
Okanagan Science Centre Leigh Hewer 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 23, 2015
Recently, Martin von Holst took his wife, two children & mother to Italy & Germany.  He shared pictures of their adventure, including visits to former family homes, & a church which one of his ancestors designed.  Their trip also included a visit with our 2011-12 incoming RYES Lukki Viebahn, who is here again with us for the winter. (photo Martin von Holst by Keith Johnston)
Martin & family in Italy & Germany Colin Heggie 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 16, 2015
Teresa is an accountant who began her career before even graduating from high school !  Her father owned a southern Ontario Canadian Tire franchise, & engaged her early in bookkeeping & filing chores.  As a graduate accountant working for a large company, she avoided repetitive work by volunteering to be sent off to assignments in different locations -- some more glamorous than others.  Her growing expertise included various software packages.  Following a long time in Kamloops, where she was a Rotarian, like her father, Teresa recently moved to Vernon, & decided she liked our club, as we meet in a glamorous wood-panelled room !  We're glad to have her on board.  President Janet noted that she has experience as a club secretary.
Teresa Bartel's Classification Talk Colin Heggie 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 09, 2015
Lukki Viebahn was our 2011-12 inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student (RYES), from a small town in Bavaria, Germany.  A few months ago, he returned to Vernon, & is spending the winter as a "liftie" at Silver Star Mountain Resort.  He's been attending our meetings regularly, & today told members about a trip to India he recently enjoyed with his family.  It included cycling in the mountains in the northern part of the country.
Lukki Viebahn in India Colin Heggie 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 02, 2015
Akbal Mund has been Vernon’s Mayor for all of two months, but did a good job of answering a variety of questions about downtown parking, water rates, facilities & attractions for tourists, & “beautification” issues.  He’s appreciative of the knowledge offered by our four experienced councilors, & capable staff.  He’s learned that municipal employee growth has been held to 4 FTE’s in the past three years, with only 1.5 in the past year.  He explained Vernon has only 3 out of 7 Regional District votes, but carries 68% of their costs.  Akbal is interested in promoting a “tech-friendly environment” in downtown Vernon.  His long & successful community involvement as both a volunteer & businessman was evident in his capable answers on touchy issues!  
Answers from Mayor Akbal Mund Colin Heggie 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jan 26, 2015
            Sandra Ross with Rodney Goodchild & Tony Dyck
One of Vernon’s success stories, Okanagan Spirits was founded in 2004, & voted “2013 Distillery of the Year” by the World Spirits Organization, based in Austria, & “2014 Business of the Year” by the Vernon Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, many of their individual products have won top industry awards.  An impressive result, starting from various fruits otherwise left to rot in the fields!  Owner Tony Dyck & his marketing manager Rodney Goodchild described their new $3m, 16,000sf production & tasting facility on north 28th Ave, schedule for a March 2015 opening, complete with tasting bar, theatre room, whiskey lounge & patio.  As a true “craft distillery,” they operate under numerous LCB restrictions, which they hope will be relaxed commensurate with their growth.
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery Colin Heggie 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jan 19, 2015
One of Don Miller's lesser known talents is growing orchids.  He told us that orchids don't like direct sunlight, so they should be grown on the east or north side of your home.  Water should be applied every few days, & not allowed to pool on the plant.  There are many varieties of orchids, including one that is particularly well-suited to supplying us with vanilla!  Commercial orchid growers often combine varieties, to extend their season.
From our Rotary Foundation Director, Michael Wardlow, Don received recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Rotary Club of Vernon member, PDG Jack Peters, told us about their Feb 27th dinner gala at the Schubert Centre, celebrating their 90th anniversary.  This club spawned our club, along with the Armstrong, Kalamalka & Revelstoke club, plus another in Kelowna.
Orchid Growing, by Don Miller Colin Heggie 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jan 12, 2015
Several members updated us on what's in store for Silver Star Rotarians over the next few months:
  • Wendy Hesketh announced our Rotary Ride will be Sun, July 26th.  Help will be needed over the next few months with marketing, social media & sponsorships.  As the event draws closer, we'll need help with route & physical preparations, & we'll need lots of help on event day.
  • Sandra Ross spoke about our 2nd annual "Grape Escape" Wine Raffle.  Jim Kanester will chair this year's event.  The first committee meeting will be 2pm, Mon, Jan 19th at Triumph Coffee.
  • Jim Kanester expects we'll be assigned a couple of playoff Vipers games in March, for sale of 50/50 raffle tickets.  He will prepare tickets, etc., but will be away during March, so other members will be needed to organize our sales.
  • Keith Johnston (busy guy!) spoke about :
    • "Project Save-A-Life" Mass CPR Training.  Pre-registration will be held 5-9pm, Fri, Feb 13th, & 10:30 to 4:30, Sat, Feb 14th at the Village Green Mall.  Training is at Fulton Secondary School, Sat, Feb 21st.  Help is needed with pre-registration; 4pm, Fri, Feb 20th setup; & on event day, with the pancake breakfast (see Bob France), directing participants, providing completion certificates, collecting donations, volunteers' lunch & cleanup.
    • The second annual Athletic Awards Banquet, jointly sponsored by our three Vernon Rotary clubs, will be held Wed, June 3rd at the BW Vernon Lodge, to honor & encourage local high school athletes.
    • Following closure of the Naramata Centre, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) committee is seeking a new venue in the Penticton area for this year's event, Fri, May 15th to Sun, May 17th.
  • Janet Green encouraged us to attend the Vernon Rotary Club's Fri, Feb 27th dinner gala at the Schubert Centre, celebrating their 90th anniversary.  This club sponsored the formation of all the other Vernon & Armstrong clubs, plus another in Kelowna.  Teresa Bartel will take orders for tickets ($29pp) for our members.
  • Dave Weatherill handed out new brochures for member recruitment.
  • Dr Craig Goplen told us about the Thu, Feb 5th Proclamation & Coronation of Queen Silver Star LV, sponsored by the Queen Silver Star Excellence Program.  Doors open 6:30pm at the Performing Arts Centre, for the 7-9pm show.  Tickets are $20. 
Upcoming 2015 Events Colin Heggie 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jan 05, 2015
Our first meeting of 2015 was canceled due to weather & road conditions.  Between Saturday & Monday evenings, the Vernon area received half a meter of snow.  Main roads were passable, but side streets & most parking lots were trouble.  The parking lot for the Village Green Hotel was impassable, so we had little choice but to cancel. 
Jan 6th Meeting Canceled Colin Heggie 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Dec 15, 2014
      Mike Wardlow                       Bob Clarke
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) featured short reports from our President & some Directors, but what really had everyone's attention was the announcement of our President Elect for 2015-16 (President for 2016-17), who will be Martin von Holst, our Past President for 2009-10.  The other highlights were prizes awarded by Bev Rundell for "ugliest Christmas attire," won by Colin Heggie, who liberated an item from his wife's closet, Mike Wardlow for a horribly mis-matched shirt & tie, & Bob Clarke for his limp antlers!  Special thanks, too, to the clown who paid his/her fine with a 5 Kronor coin worth C$0.75 -- anybody going to Sweden soon ? 
Annual General Meeting Colin Heggie 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Dec 08, 2014
Aaron Deans, Executive Director of the Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society, updated us on events at the Centre.  Always an engaging speaker, Aaron talked improvements & new programs.  A highlight was ABNCS's new partnership with Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon to locally deliver the Stewards of the Future program, which ...provides funding, resources and support for place-based stewardship experiences for students in grades 9 - 12.  See for more info.
Aaron Deans update on the Allan Brooks Nature Centre Colin Heggie 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Dec 01, 2014
Kamloops loss is our gain!  Former Kamloops Rotary Club member Teresa Bartel has recently moved to Vernon & was inducted into our club by her sponsor, Dave Weatherill.  Teresa is an accountant, & is opening Precision Accounting Inc at #105-4710 31st St.
Teresa Bartel Induction Colin Heggie 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Dec 01, 2014
A meeting held at the Okanagan Science Centre featured Kevin Aschenmeier & his assistant, Alisha Hoy, demonstrating several ways to create amusing explosions, using commonly found food & household products!  OSC's retiring Executive Director, Sandi Dixon, introduced her successor, Jim Swingle.  Our Jim Kanester also introduced his OSC Board colleague, Bonnie Thomas.  Our club periodically supports OSC's programs, which are a great benefit to our community. 
Mad Scientists at the Okanagan Science Centre Colin Heggie 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 27, 2014
Bob & Debbie Clarke hosted a potluck dinner Fri, Nov 28th at their lovely new home overlooking Kalamalka Lake.  President Janet Green honored several members for achieving (additional) Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) status:  Ken Barton (in the name of his son, Sgt. Stephen Barton), Don Miller, Martin von Holst & Dave Weatherill (in the name of his son, Brad Weatherill).  Janet & Secretary Colin also distributed number tabs recognizing 10 years of membership to Dominik Dlouhy, Leigh Hewer (absent), Don Miller & Jim Kanester; 15 years to Dave Weatherill & Givonna De Bruin; 20 years to Michael Wardlow & Rob Irving; 25 years to Ken Barton & Dr Craig Goplen (absent); & amazingly, 50 years to our quiet ? & unassuming ? Dr John Wheeldon!  Janet also presented Dr John with a recognition certificate from RI President Gary C.K. Huang.  Bob Clarke, Don Miller & Dave Weatherill recalled a few highlights of Dr John’s Rotary experience & life, which was fodder for some pretty bad jokes!  We were pleased to have several past Rotarians join us in the festivities.  See our Photo Album for this event.  Individual photos may be retrieved from the album.
2014 Christmas Party / Recognition Awards Colin Heggie 2014-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 24, 2014
Scott Anderson hosted ORL Vernon Branch Head Tara Thompson.  She’s a member of the ORL’s website committee, & described a wide variety of online resources available to users, both inside our libraries & in the comfort of their own homes.  Open resources include dozens of newspapers & periodicals, career cruising, Encyclopedia Britannica, Global Road Warrior, TumbleBookCloud, etc.  Resources only available in branches include AllData (automotive repair guides), Ancestry (genealogy), BC Codes, QP Legaleze, etc.  Tara also led a short discussion about how our library should interact with & serve the community.
Okanagan Regional Library Resources Colin Heggie 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 17, 2014
Keith Johnston thanks Daphne Reid, a counselor who delivers community programs funded by our provincial Ministry of Justice, Victim Services, including help for children who have witnessed violence, victims assistance at the Courthouse, & a womens’ outreach program.  Our Women’s Transition House is another service partially funded by Victim Services.
"Stopping the Violence" Toward Women Colin Heggie 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 03, 2014
Marty & Judy Armstrong recently spent several weeks in South Africa, visiting their daughter.  His talk was attended by past club members Ron Burnham, Brenda Erickson, Gary Huston, Vic Lepp, Les Parsons, John Rachwalski & Keray Regan.
Travels in South Africa Colin Heggie 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 03, 2014

Okanagan College business student Talon Flaten received our annual bursary toward his studies.

Help for an OC Business Student Colin Heggie 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 27, 2014
Each year, our club sponsors a candidate for the Queen Silver Star Excellence Program.  Our 2015 candidate, Alyyssa Cook, is introduced by Dr Craig Goplen.
Miss Silver Star Rotary Colin Heggie 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 27, 2014
Wendy Hesketh thanks retiring Coldstream Counselor Maria Besso for her information about the issues surrounding the upcoming referendum on Greater Vernon’s Master Water Plan.
Water -- the details Colin Heggie 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 27, 2014
Cindy Krusel is thanked by Janet Green.  Vernon Kiwanis members Cindy, her husband Sig, Shirley Bertrand & Tom Watkinson were honored & presented with a donation, in recognition of their generous help with the 17th Annual Father Daughter Ball.  For sixteen years, Kiwanians ran this event.  This year, they turned the event over to our club, & helped us run it.  They’ve also given us tons of decorations & other materials, making the transition much easier for us.
Kiwanis helps Rotary Colin Heggie 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 20, 2014
Lumby RCMP Cpl Henry Proce dazzled members with his story of cycling solo across the United States, from California to Florida.  Mostly, he camped & made his own meals, but occasionally he was hosted by curious or generous folks whom he met along the way.
Cyclist Extraordinaire Colin Heggie 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 13, 2014

Brad Clements, Okanagan College economics professor & spokesman for the Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative, brought us up to date with the attempt to purchase abandoned CN rail land between Coldstream & Kelowna, to preserve the transportation corridor, & construct a cycling & walking trail.  The 4 x 30 day successive periods, in which various levels of government had an opportunity to purchase the land, have expired with no deal in place.  However, the affected municipalities have initiated a six month process to provide an appraisal of the "net salvage value" of the lands, binding on CN, but not on the municipalities.  A negotiated agreement may also be struck during this period.  CN intends to remove their rails & ties.  For an appropriate trail width & surface, about 18" of ballast depth along the 49 km route must replaced with gravel crush &/or pavement, at a projected cost of about $7m.  Supporters of this plan hope for a July 1st, 2017 opening, to coincide with Canada's 150th birthday.  This trail could join approximately 1,600 others in North America!

Okanagan Rail Trail News Colin Heggie 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 06, 2014


Newcomer to Vernon & SS Rotary, Robert G (Bob) Franklin is welcomed by Membership Committee Chair Dave Weatherill.  Bob has had two or three varied careers, which we're waiting to hear about.  His vocational classification is "Tarsands Engineer."


New Member Bob Franklin Colin Heggie 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 06, 2014


Bob Clarke thanks Greater Vernon Water Manager Zee Marcolin for her presentation about our upcoming $70m referendum on implementation of a comprehensive series of water supply improvements.

Greater Vernon's Master Water Plan Colin Heggie 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 29, 2014


Dominik Dlouhy shows President Janet Green a plaque given our club by Vernon Search & Rescue, in recognition of our donation of $5,000 in 2011-12, to their "Helicopter Winch Program."  Funds for equipment & training were used to create a group of highly-trained volunteers capable of extracting accident victims from remote or difficult terrain.  It's hoped this program will serve as a model for others in different jurisdictions.

Recognition from Vernon Search & Rescue Colin Heggie 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 29, 2014


Ed Nowek is the owner & manager of Vernon's "Planet Bee" on Bella Vista Road.  Almost every day, there are at least a couple of tour buses full of Japanese & Chinese tourists visiting, to see the wide array of honey-based foods, cosmetics, health aids & wines (mead) on offer.  Ed, along with his wife & son, also offer explanations of bee-keeping, bee health & reproduction, etc.  He's had a life-long interest in bees, & continues to advocate for programs to maintain their health, which along with other pollinators, is critical to our food supply. 



Ed Nowek & Planet Bee Colin Heggie 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 22, 2014


DG Bruce Falkins pulls a winning ticket for our "Grape Escape" Wine Raffle.  Raffle committee Chair Sandra Ross & her assistant, Jim Kanester, record winners.  The five lucky winners were Darryl Payeur, Pat Wilson, Heather Serafin, A. Dallimore & Kendra Bisbing.  Thanks to all those who bought & sold tickets!  Our club raised about $7,000 for gaming-eligible charitable donations.

Grape Escape Wine Raffle Draw Colin Heggie 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 22, 2014


District Governor Bruce Falkins, his wife Donna, & Assistant DG (Area 3) Peter Moore are shown with our President Janet Green.  Directors met the previous evening, & were complimented on the number of activities our club engages in.  He also made suggestions about adding cocktail hour satellite club events to attract younger members, changing our meeting formats, etc.  At our Tuesday morning meeting, DG Bruce emphasized the importance of (repeatedly) asking prospective new members to join us.  He also encouraged regular donations to the RI Foundation & Polio Plus campaign.

District Governor Visit Colin Heggie 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 18, 2014


The Best Western Vernon Lodge ballroom, Friday, Sep 19th, was the venue for Vernon's 17th annual Father Daughter Ball, for girls 6 & up, with their fathers.  This formal event has been run for 16 years by the Kiwanis Club of Vernon.  This year, Kiwanians selected our Rotary club to take over presentation of the event.  They provided us with decorations & helped us run the event, which included a full buffet-style dinner, dance, photos of each couple, silent auction, & crowning of a "Princess."  Some of our members were seen in tuxedos!

Father Daughter Ball Colin Heggie 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 15, 2014


Geordie McLennan thanks Josh Gibson, of Nobel Biocare, a provider of dental prosthetics, who was invited by our Dr Craig Goplen to explain the latest technologies in replacing a single tooth, or a whole mouthful of teeth.  By anchoring implants into a patient’s bone, new bone growth is facilitated, providing a superior long-lasting solution.  Using CAD / CAM assisted diagnoses & guided surgery kits, a restorative dentist working with these high-tech tools & materials can replace teeth in a fraction of the time previously required, & with far less intrusion & pain.

Need a New Smile ? Colin Heggie 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 08, 2014


Keith Johnston with Dan Rogers, the new General Manager of the Vernon Chamber of Commerce.  Hired in April 2014, Dan has a background in broadcasting & politics, having served as a Prince George councilor for 12 years & Mayor for 3 years, then as a communications & marketing consultant.  Our Chamber has over 700 individual & corporate members who enjoy a variety of programs for networking, new business encouragement, lobbying, mentoring & socializing.

New Chamber of Commerce Manager Colin Heggie 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 01, 2014


Keith Johnston thanks PDG Garry Hollingshead, of the Summerland Rotary Club, for his presentation in support of their upcoming Rotaplast mission to the Philippines.  Rotaplast International ( provides numerous annual Rotaplast missions, involving two to three dozen members & other volunteers, traveling at their own expense, to repair cleft palates.  Each mission has three to five surgeons, anaesthetists, dentists, nurses & other health professionals, plus a well-organized team of support workers, who complete about 100 surgeries in about 7 days.  This life changing work, provided mostly to children, has one of the best returns on investment of any surgeries, & rescues recipients & their families from a life of misery in most parts of the world.


Rotaplast in the Philippines Colin Heggie 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Aug 25, 2014


Clockwise from top left: Dr Craig Goplen, visiting Rotarian Helen Duncan, Dave Weatherill, Mike Wardlow, Dominik Dlouhy, Dr John Wheeldon, returned RYES Claire Stanhope & Sandra Ross.

Helen Duncan, Past President of the Rotary Club of Fort McMurray Oilsands, visited our club.  She told us that Ft Mac is home to about 90,000 people;  their average age is about 10 years younger than that of most communities;  there are two active Rotary clubs, & one of them owns a golf course which earns the club enough money that they don't need to do a lot of fundraising!


Things You Never Knew about Fort McMurray Colin Heggie 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Aug 18, 2014


On Guard, Ready, Go !  Matt Clarke & Chris Dlouhy (Dominik's youngest son), on behalf of Okanagan Freestyle Fencing, demonstrated the basics of fencing.  They first explained characteristics of their different weapons, clothing & protective gear, & scoring equipment, then engaged in battle.  Fencing combines art, chivalry & athleticism.  Modern tournaments use electronic instruments, including an electrified mat, to record points, but still rely on the honour of participants to clarify scores.


En Garde, Pret, Allez ! Colin Heggie 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Aug 13, 2014


Despite a little liquid sunshine at Coldstream Park on the afternoon of Aug 14th, clients, staff & supporters of Venture Training enjoyed their 21st annual BBQ, supporter recognition, & games.  Our club provides, cooks & serves burgers, hot dogs & salad for this event.  Marty, Bob & Jim are shown on the left, above, serving the hungry troops.


Venture Training BBQ Colin Heggie 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Aug 11, 2014


Christine Kashuba, of the Mackie Lake House Foundation, is thanked by Ken Barton.  She recounted the history of this beautiful old home on Kalamalka Lake, & how well-liked French teacher, flautist, naturalist & potter Paddy Mackie set up a foundation, & had his home & 5 acres of lakefront property heritage designated, so all of us in the Greater Vernon area could enjoy his property.  The home hosts writers & artists in residence, & is open for tours, teas, nature walks, weddings, social & musical events.  Our club enjoyed our Christmas 2013 party there.  See or call 250-545-1019.

Mackie Lake House Foundation Colin Heggie 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Aug 04, 2014


Jerry Thompson (left) & our Jim Kanester, members of the Royal Astronomical Society, showed pictures of the moon, & explained that lunar librations, or "wobbling" of the moon, mean that we can actually see 58 to 59% of the moon's surface.  They also talked about referencing locations on the moon's surface relative to the perceived "man & his dog" shading, rather than more difficult official names.

Jim & Jerry take us to the Moon Colin Heggie 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 28, 2014


Claire Stanhope was our outgoing 2013-14 Rotary Youth Exchange Student (RYES), who spent her year just below the Arctic Circle in a small northern Finland town.  She was transported from her small Vernon family, parents + 1 brother, to a family with six children.  Her main challenge was to learn the language.  She explained that her motivation to do so increased exponentially when she realized that the only way to understand how her favourite hockey team was doing, was to learn Finnish fast!  She now feels she's functionally literate, & thanked the club for her wonderful year.  Our club is grateful for the way Claire conducted herself throughout the program, & also for her parents & brother, who hosted our incoming RYES, Marie Chaumat, for part of her stay.  Claire will be moving to UVic in a few weeks, to study physics.


Finland, according to returned RYES Claire Stanhope Colin Heggie 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 26, 2014


Early on a beautiful Sunday morning, July 27th, at Kin Beach, 31 cyclists inaugurated our Annual Rotary Ride.  Participants chose from three lengths of routes to the Armstrong area & beyond, then enjoyed a BBQ lunch back at Kin Beach.  This event has a lot of growth potential for our club, & we appreciate all the work our Wendy Hesketh & her committee put into it.


Rotary Ride Colin Heggie 2014-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 21, 2014


Our lovely Wendy Hesketh, with help from her committee, & local cyclist Gary Horsting, has been organizing a fun bike ride on Sun, July 27th, with three routes of different lengths through the Armstrong area & beyond.  Here, she's explaining final instructions for volunteers helping with registration, routes & the Kin Beach BBQ at the end.

Rotary Ride Directions from Wendy Hesketh Colin Heggie 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 14, 2014


Membership Director Dave Weatherill welcomes new member Chih Huang, who was sponsored by Martin von Holst.  Chih is General Manager of our Sandman Inn.  His lovely wife Emi, who also attended, is also working in hospitality, at Predator Ridge.  They recently moved from the Vancouver area, & are looking forward to enjoying an Okanagan lifestyle.

New Member: Chih Huang Colin Heggie 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 14, 2014


Geordie recently transferred from the Fort Nelson Rotary Club, where he held several offices, including President.  He described his early life, which involved a lot of engineering with Lego, role-playing Star Wars characters, & no doubt terrorizing his brother & parents with his indefatigable sense of humour.  He talked himself into part-time Sargeant at Arms duties, & seems to have impressed President Janet!  Geordie is managing our local branch of Western Financial Group, which sells insurance.  He & his wife Wendy have two sons, recently graduated from high school.

The Life of Geordie McLennan Colin Heggie 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 07, 2014


Marie Chaumat (left) from a small French village near Clermont-Ferrand, France, has been with us since mid-Aug 2013.  We've watched her blossom from a shy young lady to one with lots more confidence.  She tried her hand at many new activities, & took full advantage of all the RYES program offers.  She returned to France on July 9th.  Beside her is Claire Stanhope, who returned July 4th from her year in Finland.  From her blog, we know that Claire was also fully engaged in her community.  We also know she now speaks Finnish, & has a wicked sense of humor!  Claire's family hosted Marie for part of her year.  We'll miss Marie, & look forward to hearing more from both these ladies over the next few weeks.


Rotary Youth Exchange Students (RYES) coming & going Colin Heggie 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 07, 2014


Eileen Howells & Ed Columbus of Venture Training are thanked by Marty Armstrong.  Our club met & had a catered breakfast at their facility.  We heard how five people, in 1955, started helping adults with various challenges, growing programs & facilities that now serve clients through employment in a variety of business enterprises, supplemented by training & counseling.  Employment both on & off site includes landscape maintenance, recycling, bicycle repair & sales, making school lunches, & production of wood products, such as pallets, survey pins, markers, etc.  Some Rotarians enjoyed a tour of the facilities after breakfast.

Breakfast at Venture Training Colin Heggie 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 23, 2014


Incoming 2014-15 President Janet Green (R) introduces her Directors, from left, Mike Wardlow, Bev Rundell, Dave Hoyte, Colin Heggie, Rob Irving, Jim Kanester, Scott Anderson, Sandra Ross, Keith Johnston, & Sargeant at Arms Martin von Holst (missing: Givonna De Bruin, Dominik Dlouhy & Dave Weatherill).  Janet is holding a "Light Up Rotary" banner, the theme for incoming 2014-15 Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang, from Taipei, Taiwan.

New Directors for the 2014-15 Rotary Year Colin Heggie 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 23, 2014


Vernon Secondary School Athletic Director, Sean Smith, thanked our President Keith Johnston, for all his hard work organizing local Rotary clubs in jointly sponsoring a very successful Athletic Awards Banquet, for high school athletes.  A room full of athletes, parents, coaches & other guests were treated to an impressive evening of recognizing local talent, along with powerful words of encouragement from 13 season Canadian Football League veteran, Angus Reid, & Predator Ridge's golf pro, former LPGA pro, A.J. Eathorne.  Sean commented that the high caliber of this event will pave the way for a bigger & better event in future years.  Has Keith created a new career for himself ??

Sean Smith thanks Keith for the 1st Annual Athletic Awards Banquet Colin Heggie 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 16, 2014


(File photo)  Norm Crerar spoke about his work organizing a variety of dancers, singers, pipers, drummers, etc., for a military-style tattoo at Kal Tire Place, Fri & Sat, Aug 1st & 2nd.  Some of our members will help distribute food to an expected 400 or more participants.  There are also other opportunities for volunteers.  For more info, see

Okanagan Military Tattoo in Vernon, Aug 1 & 2 Colin Heggie 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Keith Johnston on Jun 10, 2014


On June 11th, 2014 at the Best Western Vernon Lodge: 220 athletes, coaches, parents & dignitaries celebrate 32 athletes from 7 schools, receiving 23 awards sponsored by local businesses.  Proceeds from this event were distributed among the athletic departments of the participating schools.  L to R:  Kalamalka Rotary President Jerry Tellier, Rotary Club of Vernon Silver Star President Keith Johnston, Vernon Rotary President Greg Kalyniuk, Predator Ridge Golf Pro A.J. Eathorne, Armstrong Rotary President Shirley Fowler, & recently retired BC Lions center Angus Reid.  (For full story, members may go to View Club Documents)


1st Annual Rotary North Okanagan Athletic Awards Keith Johnston 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 09, 2014


Judy Hershman & Lisa Johnson, Principal & Homestay Supervisors of SD22's International Student Program, were thanked by our Bev Rundell, retired Superintendent of Schools.  Our Vernon schools typically host about 200 students from 15 to 18 countries, each contributing well over $20,000 to our local economy.  International student fees help subsidize our schools, & host families, while bringing our own children an opportunity to meet & learn from kids representing a variety of cultures.  How could this not be a win-win-win program ?

International Students in Vernon Colin Heggie 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 02, 2014

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Our Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Marie Chaumat, described her home in Aurillac, France, & her boarding school 2.5 hours northeast by train, at Clermont-Ferrand.  Her home is a small village with many very old buildings.  Clermont-Ferrand is a much larger, more industrial city, best known as the headquarters of Michelin Tire Company.  Her school includes post-secondary courses, & she's specializing in design, with a view to further study in fashion design in either Paris or Lyon.  Marie has really enjoyed her lighting & costume design involvement with WL Seaton School's theatre program.

The Life of our RYES Marie Chaumat Colin Heggie 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 26, 2014


Vernon's Women in Business elected Ruth Hoyte as "Woman of the Year" for 2013.  She described how so many women in our community give in so many different ways, & how she felt humbled to be honored in the midst of so many compelling stories.  Her son Nick described his May 22nd to 25th weekend in Naramata at Rotary Youth Leadership Award leadership training.  Both were thanked by Martin von Holst.

Woman of the Year + RYLA Report Colin Heggie 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 19, 2014


Bob Clarke continued describing his Tanzanian safari & visit to Moivaru school in rural Arusha, Tanzania.  Bob & his wife Debbie were impressed by the progress made by students & teachers working in primitive conditions.  He's thanked by Bob France.

Our 2 Bobs Colin Heggie 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 12, 2014


Bob Clarke thanks local orchardist & geologist Jamie Kidston for his informative review of the geology of our area.  This was a fast-paced talk -- covering about 70,000 years of geologic history per minute!  It helps to keep things in perspective!

Geology of the North Okanagan Colin Heggie 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on May 05, 2014


Scouts Canada is introducing new options within the Scouting movement, where participants can be involved in a variety of outdoor pursuits, building competencies without age restrictions.  Our 1st Coldstream Rovers are planning a 5 day sailing trip, on a Bavaria 37, through the Gulf Islands.  Leader, Mentor & Sailor Glen Dick assisted Rovers Justin, Spencer & Ashley in explaining their plans. 

1st Coldstream Rovers' plan to sail the Gulf Islands Colin Heggie 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 28, 2014


Leigh Hewer, Marty Armstrong & Bob Clarke receive Paul Harris Fellow Awards from President Keith Johnston, for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.

Paul Harris Fellow Awards Colin Heggie 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
BrainTrust's "Helmet Safety Program" Colin Heggie 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 21, 2014

Our long-time member Givonna De Bruin took us on a tour of China's Silk Road.

China's Silk Road Colin Heggie 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Youth Symphony Orchestra mini concert Dominik Dlouhy 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Apr 07, 2014

Barrita gave us an update on the two Mexican orphanages she has been supporting over the years, as well as recent progress and successes with the Sweet Smiles Foundation.


Barrita Durward and Mexico Orphanages Dominik Dlouhy 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 02, 2014


Actually, we didn't really see the Queen, but Colin & Hardev (Dave), along with their wives Barb & Gurbakhash, were surprised to meet on Friday, April 3rd outside Buckingham Palace.  Colin & Barb were on day 9 of a 5.5 week trip, which will include Amsterdam, Brussels & France.  The Aujlas go to Paris next, then on to visit family in India.  Their trip was postponed a few weeks when Gurbakhash broke her arm, & Dave had to learn how to cook!  Your Rotary friends may pop up anywhere.

Dave Aujla & Colin Heggie take afternoon tea with the Queen! Colin Heggie 2014-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Jamie Stakkstad & Coldstream Meadows Dominik Dlouhy 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Mar 24, 2014

Bob gave an amazing breakfast tour of Africa, and Tanzania in particular.

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Bob Clarke Out of Africa Dominik Dlouhy 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Mar 17, 2014

Leanne Hammond, Fund Development Officer for the Community Foundation, explained how the Foundation offers different options for individual donors, companies, service clubs & other organizations to manage their charitable investments in our community.

Community Foundation of the North Okanagan (CFNO) Colin Heggie 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Mar 10, 2014

New members Scott Anderson & Bob France spent a few minutes describing their lives & careers.

Scott spent much of his childhood in New Delhi, India, where his father introduced new wheat farming technology & seeds.  He also spent time in Calgary.  He presently does business writing & operates a Dump Runz franchise.  Scott is also interested in politics.

Bob is an agrologist, specializing in ruminants -- that's those big four-legged, cud-chewing animals we like to eat.  He spent most of his career with our provincial government, as a District Agriculturalist & Beef Industry Specialist.  For the past few years, he was General Manager of the BC Cattlemen's Association. 

Vocational Talks -- Scott Anderson & Bob France Colin Heggie 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Mar 03, 2014


Brad Clements is an economics professor at Okanagan College, when he's not promoting the possibility of a walking / cycling path along three lakes, between Coldstream & Kelowna.  Read more below....



Brad Clements & the Okanagan Rail Trail Colin Heggie 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Feb 24, 2014

Silverstar Rotary members have built up a scholarship fund through the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan over the years.  Annual returns from the endowment are used to fund, in part, the scholarships of up to $1,000 each that Silverstar Rotary awards every year.  Those who have participated in the selection and award process know what a difference these scholarships make to the recipients.

The hope is that continued contributions will allow the scholarships to increase over time, and with less dependence on BC Gaming to fund them. Jim and Ann Marie have moved the fund closer to that goal with their generous contribution.


Jim & Ann-Marie Recognized for their Contribution to Scholarship Fund Dominik Dlouhy 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Welcoming New Members Bob France & Geordie McLennan Dominik Dlouhy 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Marie's Weekly Update Dominik Dlouhy 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Feb 17, 2014


Cindy Krusell gave us a rundown on the history and organization of the Four Seasons Father / Daughter Ball.  Silverstar Rotary will be hosting the event in September with help from the Kiwanis Club of Vernon.



Cindy Krusell and the Father / Daughter Ball Dominik Dlouhy 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Jim Kanester gave a lively & entertaining talk on his travels in Portugal. Dominik Dlouhy 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Feb 03, 2014

Wendy Aasen and Teen Junction hosted our Tuesday morning meeting. We received an update on their youth and literacy programs, and got to see how they are developing. Silver Star Rotary and its members have been fans and supporters of Teen Junction for many, many years.



Teen Junction Youth and Literacy Dominik Dlouhy 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jan 27, 2014

Many of us have seen elderly men riding minicars or as clowns in parades. We see the Shriners "Care Cruiser" buses driving through town and wonder about the stories behind them.  Lou told us the Shriners focus exclusively on children and children's health. Those buses we see are taking children for medical treatment at a Shriners hospital or public hospital in BC or Washington state, at no cost to the children or their families. Shriners International helped treat 121,000 children in 2011, and spent over $800 million on children's health care in 2012. Now we know.

Lew Rossner and Vernon Shriners Dominik Dlouhy 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
"Soup and Stories" event put on by the Junction Literacy Center Dominik Dlouhy 2014-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Kevin Poole talks about economic development in Greater Vernon Colin Heggie 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Queen Silver Star candidate Sandra Wuggenig Dominik Dlouhy 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jan 13, 2014


Kirbey Lockhart thanks his long-time friend Dan Sigal, for telling us about Lake Country Rotary & Holiday Park Resort.  Dan's family has owned, built & managed this popular resort since the 1970's.  They have a combination of short-stay guests & long-term residents in strata townhouses, mobile homes on rental pads, & RV's, all with access to meeting, dining & recreational facilities on Wood Lake waterfront. 

Dan Sigal - Lake Country Rotary + Holiday Park Resort Colin Heggie 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jan 06, 2014


Jim Kanester thanks former teacher Mel Maglio for describing a variety of scholarships available to our School District 22 students. 

Mel Maglio describes SD22 Scholarships Colin Heggie 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Dec 16, 2013
Janet Green, Bev Rundell, Colin Heggie & Rob Irving were respectively acclaimed as President, President Elect, Secretary & Treasurer for our 2014-15 Rotary year, beginning July 1st, 2014.  Directors will be Scott Anderson, Givonna De Bruin, Dominik Dlouhy, David Hoyte, Sandra Ross, Michael Wardlow & David Weatherill.  Bev was last heard whining about a sore arm, but we think she'll get over it soon, & make a good President, after a bit of training !
Annual General Meeting Colin Heggie 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Dec 09, 2013
Our Dec 10th meeting was devoted to a discussion of new ideas for fund-raising projects, led by Monty Hughes, Dr Craig Goplen, Sandra Ross & Wendy Hesketh. 
New Fund-Raising Projects Colin Heggie 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Roger Perry and the Ethiopia Project Dominik Dlouhy 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Nov 25, 2013


Scott Anderson receives his new member package from sponsor Janet Green & Membership Director Dave Weatherill.

New Member, Scott Anderson, inducted Colin Heggie 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation's "Building a Tower of Care, Phase II" Colin Heggie 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Nov 04, 2013


Peter von Hahn told us about Okanagan Spirits, their progress and awards. Sadly, it was too early in the morning for sampling but we hope to rectify that one evening this winter. 

Peter von Hahn & Okanagan Spirits Dominik Dlouhy 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Oct 28, 2013


Jeet Dukhia (on right), President of the BC Fruit Growers Association, spoke about the BC Fruit Growers Association and provided an update on the tree fruit industry. In thsi picture he is thanked by Dave Weatherill.

BC Fruit Growers Association Dominik Dlouhy 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Oct 21, 2013

Dr. John spoke to us on Oct. 22.  He entertained us with stories of his first few years as a doctor.  During which time he took care of animals, did dentistry work and helped rescue a woman who had fallen through a floor.

Dr. John's Early Days Dominik Dlouhy 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Oct 07, 2013


Doug Ross, Director of Greater Vernon Recreation Services, gave us an update on the Rec Center.

Vernon Recreation Services Dominik Dlouhy 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 30, 2013



District 5060 Governor Darrell Blue & his wife Peg, from Yakima, WA, joined Directors at President Keith Johnston's home on Monday evening, for a report & discussion, accompanied by Sylvia's lovely desserts.  On Monday, Darrell addressed our club, emphasizing the importance of continued support of the "End Polio Now" campaign.

DG Darrell Blue addresses Silver Star Rotary Colin Heggie 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Kirbey Lockhart receives his Paul Harris Fellowship Colin Heggie 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Our 2014 Queen Silver Star Excellence candidate Colin Heggie 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 23, 2013


UBCO's Dr Sandra L Peacock, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, updated us on her work helping build the Moivaru School in Arusha, Tanzania, & teaching sustainable farming practices to rural villagers.

Building Agricultural Capacity in Africa Colin Heggie 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 16, 2013


Jim Kanester thanks Vernon Vipers Junior "A" Hockey Club Head Coach & GM, Jason Williamson, for providing their latest news, & answering questions about the club, the league & their venue.


Jason Williamson talks about the Vernon Vipers Colin Heggie 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Kim Hutton & Gay Jewitt speak about the White Valley Community Resource Centre Colin Heggie 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Gaylord & Helma Stewart report on the El Tonino School project in Mexico Colin Heggie 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 09, 2013


Marie thanked club members for their support & reported her activities over the first few weeks -- including a trip to the Kaslo area with Givonna, kayaking with Rob Irving, & camping with her host family, Craig & Mary. 

Incoming RYES Marie Chaumat's first report to SS Rotary Colin Heggie 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Sep 02, 2013
Keith facilitated a discussion of recruitment & fund-raising.  Monty Hughes & Jim Kanester volunteered to work with Dave Weatherill on member recruitment;  Dr Craig Goplen, Wendy Hesketh & Sandra Ross agreed to review a list of fund-raising ideas presented at the meeting.
President Keith Johnston leads review of member recruiting & fund-raising Colin Heggie 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick -- on water & parks Colin Heggie 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Incoming Rotary Youth Exchange Student (RYES) Marie Chaumat introduced Colin Heggie 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Club Dinner meeting hosted by Givonna De Bruin Colin Heggie 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Secretary Colin Heggie accused of displaying "turtle porn !" Colin Heggie 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Dr Craig Goplen thanked for Rotary Youth Exchange service Colin Heggie 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Aaron Deans updates us on activities at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre Colin Heggie 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
President Keith thanks his mother, Jean Colin Heggie 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
A District 5060 Award for Silver Star Rotary Colin Heggie 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
"Heaven Can Wait" Colin Heggie 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Red Cross helps us prepare for disasters in our communities Colin Heggie 2013-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 08, 2013
Angela described her Zimbabwe Project, which supports building feeding centers, washrooms and dormitories, etc., for Image
Angela Yablonski's Zimbabwe Project Colin Heggie 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Incoming President Keith Johnston receives the gavel from incoming Past President Monty Hughes Dominik Dlouhy 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jun 17, 2013


Antonya & Emily told us about their participation in the Queen Silverstar Excellence program, their plans for a trip to Modesto, California, and also participated in the Rotary Wings n Wheels show on Fathers Day.

Antonya & Emily are thanked by Ken Barton Dominik Dlouhy 2013-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jun 06, 2013


Dave Weatherill presents a $500 donation to the Youth Sailing Program at the North Okanagan Sailing Association.

Youth Sailing Programs at NOSA Dominik Dlouhy 2013-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on May 27, 2013


Mike has lived the Rotary motto "Service above Self" for longer than we've know him. He received today a Presidential Citation in recognition of his work.

Mike Poznanski Receives Presidential Citation Dominik Dlouhy 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. John (Stephen Wright) tells us how he met Dr. John (Wheeldon) Dominik Dlouhy 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on May 20, 2013


With two saphires. Wow! Some disrespectful members in attendance suggested Dr. John was a member before some audience members were born . . . In any case, he has a long and distinguished history with Rotary.

Dr. John Wheeldon receives his 3rd Paul Harris Fellow pin Dominik Dlouhy 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Mike Wardlow receives his second Paul Harris Fellow pin. Dominik Dlouhy 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on May 20, 2013


Rylee Davis gave his classification talk and told about his life and how he got to be operating a website design company in Vernon.

The Life of Rylee Dominik Dlouhy 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on May 13, 2013


Keith Johnston of Silver Star Rotary thanks Carly Milloy for his talk on the Red Cross.

Carly Milloy and the Red Cross Dominik Dlouhy 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on May 06, 2013

Clarence Fulton Secondary's Hannah, (with Givonna of Silver Star Rotary) Lisa and Cassie told us about their fundraising and passion for volunteering in Vernon and Nicaraugua with the Global Education Program.


Global Education at Fulton Dominik Dlouhy 2013-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Good Fellowship and Good Food at our Tuesday Morning Meetings Dominik Dlouhy 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Brian Garvin Receives Silver Star Rotary Scholarship at Okanagan College Dominik Dlouhy 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Apr 22, 2013

Glen Green and Dave Aujla were honoured today for achieving their next levels as Paul Harris Fellows. President Elect Keith Johnston awarded pins and certificates. This is Dave's first PHF award, always exciting! And Glen's 6th though he has had a few more decades to work on it.




Glen Green and Dave Aujla Honoured as Paul Harris Fellows Dominik Dlouhy 2013-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Apr 22, 2013

Bob Crozier of Armstrong, BC is president of CWH Foundation for Haiti, a Canadian charity that is promoting the use of Biosands water filters in Haiti. The filters are built in Haiti and filter out bacteria and parasites from contaminated water sources. The result is safe, clean water and improved health and mortality rates, especially among children. To find out more, check out .







Bob Crozier and Clean Water for Haiti Dominik Dlouhy 2013-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Apr 15, 2013

Michael Kinghorn of Kal Tire hosted us for breakfast and a tour of their new head office in Vernon. In a word, "Wow". Kal Tire is a leader in tire distribution and service in Canada and growing globally. Their new building incorporates the best ideas in design, ergonomics and automation.




Kal Tire New Building Tour Dominik Dlouhy 2013-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Officer Kathy Szoboticsanec and the RCMP Youth Academy Dominik Dlouhy 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Apr 01, 2013

The North Okanagan Model Railroad Association is putting the finishing touches on their diorama of Okanagan Landing in the heyday of paddlewheelers and railroads.  Anyone wanting to see more of their work can visit their display at O'Keefe Ranch when it's open for the summer.





North Okanagan Model Railroaders at Paddlewheel Park Dominik Dlouhy 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Mar 25, 2013

Robin Bristow of Meyers Norris Penny LLP talked about business fraud, and how we can protect ourselves from it. Including issues related to non-profit societies like Rotary clubs.


Robin Bristow on Business Fraud Dominik Dlouhy 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Mar 11, 2013

David talked us about his "students without borders" group, who visited Panama to volunteer in projects and learn about the country. Sandra Ross is thanking him for his talk.


David Fehr and Students Without Borders Dominik Dlouhy 2013-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Keith Johnston Awarded his Second Paul Harris Fellow Pin! Dominik Dlouhy 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Feb 25, 2013


Martin thanks Doug Edwards for his talk. Doug talked to us about life working on the oil sands, and some of the issues facing Alberta producers, especially pipelines to transport oil to markets.

Doug Edwards and the Alberta Oil Sands Dominik Dlouhy 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Feb 18, 2013


Sandra is a professor of anthropology at UBC Okanagan. She talked to us today about her visits to the area around Arusha, Tanzania and efforts to improve the school at the Moivaru School. Bob Clark is thanking her for her talk in this photo.

Sandra Peacock and the Moivaru School in Arusha, Tanzani Dominik Dlouhy 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Feb 04, 2013


Brittney Weatherill and Amanda Dacko visited this morning to talk about "Enactus" - ENTrepreneurship, ACTion and US. Thanked by Barrita Durward from Silverstar Rotary.

Enactus and Okanagan College Dominik Dlouhy 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jan 28, 2013


Anja Rietdorf is thanked by past president Dominik Dlouhy for her talk.


Anja will be riding across Canada next summer to raise money for the Sunshine Foundation, which sends severely disabled children on "dreamlifts", to destinations like Disneyland. Her goal is $90,000.




Anja Reitdorf will cycle across Canda for the Sunshine Foundation Dominik Dlouhy 2013-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Trevor Honigman of Beacon Studios Dominik Dlouhy 2013-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jan 07, 2013


Sandra and Wendy gave a spectacular slide show of their cultural and dive tour of Egypt.



On the way to a dive.



Camping in the White Desert.


Sandra and Wendy in Egypt Dominik Dlouhy 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Dec 17, 2012


Bev Rundell told us about herself and her background in education as part of her classification talk.



Debbie Schiller talked about the alphabet soup literacy program that Junction Literacy will be running out of the Science Centre building. 


Bev Rundell and Debbie Schiller Dominik Dlouhy 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Heggie on Dec 17, 2012
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) served to elect Officers & Directors for the upcoming July 1st, 2013 to June 30th, 2014 Rotary year, to hear reports from current Officers, Directors & Project Coordinators, & to conduct new business.  President-Elect Keith Johnston was acclaimed as President;  current Treasurer Janet Green was acclaimed as President-Elect; Colin Heggie will remain Secretary; & Rob Irving will be our new Treasurer.  Dominink Dlouhy, Wendy Hesketh, David Hoyte, Michael Poznanski, Sandra Ross & Dave Weatherill were elected as Directors, leaving one vacancy to be filled by July 1st.  Reports from Officers, Directors & Project Coordinators may be viewed by members in the AGM meeting minutes, found on our website under "View Club Documents."  An important piece of new business was the approval of an amendment to our club Bylaws (Article VII, Section 4) creating a "Senate," comprised of Past Presidents.  Our most recently retired Past President, Mike Wardlow, agreed to chair the group.  Members approved Ken Barton, Givonna De Bruin, Dr Craig Goplen, Don Miller & Martin von Holst as the other Senators for the remainder of our current Rotary year.
Annual General Meeting, Dec 11th Colin Heggie 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Jake Spoor and the Upper Room Mission Dominik Dlouhy 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Nov 19, 2012

We received an update on current issues in Vernon and the area.  The art in the background is part of an amazing Bulgarian print exhibition. Get over there and check it out before it moves on!


Mayor Rob Sawatzky at Vernon Art Gallery Dominik Dlouhy 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Nov 12, 2012

Brent is a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method, a health care discipline that aims to reduce pain and improve physical function through movement exercises. The members present participated in an exercise to improve our ability to perform shoulder checks while driving.


Pat thanks Brent for his talk and demonstration.

Brent Kisilivich & the Feldenkrais Method Dominik Dlouhy 2012-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Oct 29, 2012


Six Rotarians from Vernon Rotary joined us for an early breakfast, and departed with their monkey Andrew Kern. Andrew said he greatly enjoyed his multi week vacation and visit to Silverstar Rotary, especially the great company and comraderie. "It's the best way to get my day off to a great start", he said. Andrew, always a happy camper, is seen swinging for joy in the photo above.

Andrew Kern Heads Back to Vernon Rotary Dominik Dlouhy 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Oct 29, 2012

Teacher Susan Egan talked to us about the work of their high school class building schools in developing countries. They are working with Free the Children Charities. Susan's co speakers were students Deirdra, Rachael, Sylvanna and Michaela.



Free the Children Charities Dominik Dlouhy 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Vernon & District Immigrant Services Society Dominik Dlouhy 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Oct 08, 2012

Pat told us of his journey from retail sales after college, to manager and partner in Vernon's Honda dealership and a member of our club.
Pat Loehndorf's Classification Talk Dominik Dlouhy 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Oct 01, 2012

Josh represented our club, district and country as our outbound student this past year. He gave us a talk and slideshow on the many, many things he did, saw and accomplished. We can't wait to see what he does next!
2011 / 2012 Outbound Student Presentation Dominik Dlouhy 2012-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Sep 24, 2012
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Search and Rescue volunteers Jeremy Vanderkerkhove and Steve Oliver with Dominik Dlouhy just before helicopter arrival above Twin Lakes. Dominik broke an ankle hiking in the Monashees, Jeremy and Steve hiked in the dark to get to him that night. Jeremy (left and above) and Steve talked about their experience from the SAR point of view.
Search and Rescue Dominik Dlouhy 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Sep 18, 2012
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425 meals were served at the Mission Hill BBQ.  A good time was had by all.
Mission Hill BBQ Dominik Dlouhy 2012-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Sep 17, 2012


Bruce Acton and Dauna Kennedy Grant told us what was happening at the Art Gallery, and plans to expand it into a fully modern facility that can host touring exhibits and draw more visitors and tourists.  With Martin von Holst.
Update on Vernon Public Art Gallery Dominik Dlouhy 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Sep 10, 2012

Pat Loehndorf of Bannister Honda, and Bev Rundell of School District #22 were inducted as new members of Silver Star Rotary.  With District Governor Doug Everrett and smiling sponsors Marty Armstrong and Dave Weatherill.
New Member Induction Dominik Dlouhy 2012-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Sep 10, 2012

Doug & Jacquie Everett with past president Dominik Dlouhy
District Governor Visit Dominik Dlouhy 2012-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Sep 03, 2012

Nathanael details the journey he and his four siblings made as orphans, from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Vernon
Nathanael Mugenza Dominik Dlouhy 2012-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Don Klepp talks about hockey and the RBC Cup Dominik Dlouhy 2012-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Aug 20, 2012

Paula Coulter, Robyn Miller and Kelsey von Holst told us of their experiences at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) weekend this spring.
RYLA 2012 Dominik Dlouhy 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Aug 13, 2012
Jane talked about the Okanagan College community garden project, which is taking shape with each passing week. 
Jane Lister from Okanagan College Dominik Dlouhy 2012-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Aug 06, 2012
Brett Kirkpatrick & Jim McEwan talk about Funtastic.
Funtastic Dominik Dlouhy 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jul 23, 2012
Marty & Judy gave us a great sideshow on their Baltic cruise. What a trip!
Marty & Judy's Baltic Cruise Dominik Dlouhy 2012-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Keith thanks Ted Menzies for his talk Dominik Dlouhy 2012-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jul 09, 2012
Murli is a 33 year member of the Rotary Club of Kelowna. Medical equipment in the Okanagan often becomes surplus, sometimes because something newer and better has come along, sometimes because technical specification changes require the replacement of otherwise perfectly good equipment.

His project finds places the equipment is needed, often but not always in developing countries. There is a Rotary club is on the receiving end to get the gear where it needs to go, one of the reasons Rotary international projects work better than most.
Murli Pendharkar on sending surplus medical equipment to places that need it Dominik Dlouhy 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jul 02, 2012
Sandra told us about the Soles4Souls project, started in Kelowna, which collects and transports used shoes from your closet to people around the world who can really use them.
Soles4Souls Dominik Dlouhy 2012-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Out with the old, in with the new Dominik Dlouhy 2012-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jun 18, 2012
Image Glenn is now a member of the Bequest Society. (You can be too, ask us how!)
Honouring Glenn Green Dominik Dlouhy 2012-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jun 18, 2012
Lloyd Mitchell, Vernon Good Citizen of the Year for 2010, told us about the Disability Resource Center.
Lloyd Mitchell Dominik Dlouhy 2012-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jun 12, 2012

Silver Star Rotary BBQs for community service and fun!
Rotary BBQs Dominik Dlouhy 2012-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jun 04, 2012
Dr. John, Rina, Keray and Gwen have recently returned from a trip to China. They had great stories to tell and pictures to share.  One of their trips was a visit with Lindsay Brass, our club's Ambassadorial Scholar over a decade ago. She is now a senior diplomat in China, and Ken gave us some of the history. It was amazing to see three past presidents in action!
Dr. John, Keray and Ken talk on China Trip and our Ambassadorial Scholar Dominik Dlouhy 2012-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on May 28, 2012
Michelle Loughery talked to us about the work she has done creating murals across North America. She is best known locally for the Vernon murals, and also talked about other projects, especially Merritt, BC. The projects are structured to help "youth at risk" succeed.  An upcoming mural will be about the internment of Canadians of Ukranian descent in World War I.  Andrea Malysh with the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund spoke about this shameful episode of Canadian history of which most in the audience were unaware.

See more of the the Vernon murals at:
Michelle Loughery & Andrea Malysh Murals Dominik Dlouhy 2012-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on May 21, 2012
Dexter James is a Seaton graduate, where one of his achievements was the Governor General's award presented to the top student in each high school. He is now attending UBC Okanagan, and plans to enter medical school.

His shorter term plans include fundraising for a project in Ecuador, with HLD - "Help, Learn Discover", which provides a combination of educational and volunteer activities for students. As part of the fundraising effort he is arranging to bring comedian Tim Nutt to the Performing Arts Center the evening of Thursday, June 28th.  (Our family him in the CBC Debaters in Kelowna last year defending Ogopogo as the cooler creature, versus Sasquatch, and he was excellent.)

Tim Nutt's  website:
Dexter James talks about his Ecuador project Dominik Dlouhy 2012-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on May 07, 2012
Kevin shared with us his life story. Diagnosed as a baby with a congenital heart defect and given less than ten years to live, Kevin spent the next few decades as an entertainer, photographer and ham radio enthusiast. He recently underwent a heart and double lung transplant, and we can't wait to see what he does next.

He encouraged all of us to register as organ donors, at  In typically Canadian fashion, 80% of Canadians support the idea but only 17% are registered.
Kevin Kienlein Dominik Dlouhy 2012-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Apr 20, 2012
Silver Star Rotary members are always ready to serve . . .
Mission Hill BBQ Dominik Dlouhy 2012-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Apr 16, 2012
Dr. Christine Hatfield gave us a fascinating talk on the physiological effects of stress, especially on the hormone system and adrenals. In this photo she is being thanked for her talk by Dave Weatherill, who described a $25 donation in her name to Rotary Foundation.
Physical Effects of Stress Dominik Dlouhy 2012-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Apr 02, 2012
Members had a great time playing Jeopardy in Space, and investigating the "Working in Space" exhibits. Click on "more" for some of the pictures!
Okanagan Science Center Dominik Dlouhy 2012-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Mar 26, 2012
Dave talked to us about the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan. The main topics were the structure and donations of the Foundation, as well as an update on their "Vital SIgns" survey, which looked at the reality and perceptions of various aspects of life in the Vernon area. In this picture he is being thanked by Bob Clarke.
Dave Fletcher (on the left) from the Community Foundation Dominik Dlouhy 2012-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Mar 12, 2012
Ray and Eldi talked to us about model railroad building, and showed us pictures of their projects. Some were hard to distinguish from real life. Their work is on display at O'Keefe Ranch as part of the display by the Model Railway Club of Vernon. They are also working on a display for the museum at Okanagan Landing.
Ray and Eldi on model railroad building Dominik Dlouhy 2012-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Mar 05, 2012
Keith Johnson gave us a description of a personality profile system he uses, along with four examples.
D - dominant, I - influential, S - steady, C - compliant
Personality Profiles Dominik Dlouhy 2012-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Jose Larochelle gave us an amazing photo journey sailing around the world Dominik Dlouhy 2012-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Jacqui Hughes told us how organ donations saved a baby's life Dominik Dlouhy 2012-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Helen and Ann told us about supporting Romanian children & orphanage Dominik Dlouhy 2012-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jan 23, 2012

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) from Okanagan College are working on a project to introduce promote micro-finance lending though some elementary schools in Vernon. The idea is for the students to create and sell cards and artwork. The proceeds will be used to make microfinance  loans through and monitor the progress of their loans.

Okanagan College's SIFE students Dominik Dlouhy 2012-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jan 16, 2012

Barrita visited the orphanage near Cancun, where she donated new mattresses and covers.  She also had a warm welcome from the Cancun Rotary club.  The next step is a Valentine's fundraiser in February. In this pohoto, she is thanked for her speech by Kirbey.

Orphanage Visit in Mexico Dominik Dlouhy 2012-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jan 09, 2012
Search and Rescue gave a stellar team presentation on what they do in our area, and their plans to add helicopter rescue capabilities to their repetoire.
Vernon Search and Rescue Dominik Dlouhy 2012-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Joanne de Vries thanked by Ken Dominik Dlouhy 2012-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Christmas at Monty's Michael Poznanski 2011-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange - Weekend in the Snow - Silverstar Dominik Dlouhy 2011-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
JC Colvin (and family) Dominik Dlouhy 2011-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
DG Garry Hollingshead with Marion and and Mike Poznanski Dominik Dlouhy 2011-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Monty Hughes thanks Val Heuman for her talk on PaddleWheel Park & museum Dominik Dlouhy 2011-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Nov 07, 2011
Otto talked to us about the motorcycle ride from Vernon to New Orleans in May for the annual conference. He also used it as a focus to raise money to fight poloi, the group made a presentation at eth conference. The group was part of a Rotary Fellowship whose common interest is motorcycling.
Otto Rieve and his Fellowship ride for polio to the annual conference Dominik Dlouhy 2011-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Kelsey von Holst on BC Ambassador program, Europe and ``couch surfing`` Dominik Dlouhy 2011-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Oct 17, 2011
Linda told us about the United Way in our community. It is involved in more programs than anyone thought.  They also provide administrative and mentoring assistance to various programs, in addition to teh funding we are more familiar with.
Linda Yule and United Way Dominik Dlouhy 2011-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Oct 10, 2011

Today's speakers were Dave Colombe, chef at Sparkling Hills, and Minda Chittenden, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and kinesiologist at Meridian Rehabilitation. They are part of  "Community Kitchens" in Vernon, which provides instruction in how to prepare simple, inexpensive, nutritious and delicious meals to those who can't.

Community Kitchens by Dave Colombe and Minda Chittenden Dominik Dlouhy 2011-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. John thanking Luki after his talk Dominik Dlouhy 2011-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Lou Rossner and Rogers Flour, as a business and in the community Dominik Dlouhy 2011-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Sep 19, 2011
Brittany Sjoblom, Winter Carnival organizer and former Queen Silverstar, with Melissa Cooke (Miss SIlver Star Rotary) and Delaine Abel (Miss Fix Auto Collision) introduced themselves and spoke about the program.
Queen Silverstar Excellence Program Dominik Dlouhy 2011-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Mark Moger's induction, with sponsor Dave Weatherill Dominik Dlouhy 2011-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Sep 12, 2011
Robin Baycroft, Guest Services Manager at Silverstar Mountain Resort talked to us about what is happening at "The Star", and the initiatives to make the resort as environmentally friendly as possible.
Robin Baycroft thanked by Don Miller Dominik Dlouhy 2011-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Sep 12, 2011
Wendy Hesketh talked about how she got to where she is, and showed us some incredible underwater photography.
Wendy's classification talk Dominik Dlouhy 2011-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Jim Kanester explains their trip to Ireland Dominik Dlouhy 2011-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patty Glaim on Aug 22, 2011
Lukas Vieban arrived at Kelowna airport on Tuesday August 23.  Welcoming committee included Barrita (bearing chocolates!), Patty and Guy and Vic.  Guess which one in the picture is Lukki?
Lukki arrives from Germany! Wilkommen Lukki! Patty Glaim 2011-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Dancing with the Vernon Stars Dominik Dlouhy 2011-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Aug 15, 2011
One of Silverstar Rotary's community events is the annual Venture Training (VDACL) BBQ at Coldstream Park. The BBQ has been running as a Rotary event for 16 years now, our club has been involved for about 5 of those years. One part of the evening was an award for "Employer of the Year" presented to Mike Clements of the West Winn group.  A photo is pending a check on privacy signoffs at Venture training.
Venture Training BBQ Dominik Dlouhy 2011-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Aug 08, 2011
Lisa Froom and the volunteer kitchen staff hosted Silverstar Rotary for breakafst and a tour of the Upper Room Mission.  Rotarians enjoyed the same menu as the Upper Room Mission clients and then led on a tour of the facility. One major goal of the Mission is to provide a lifeline and hope - including cousnelling and support services - to the homeless in Vernon who want to make a change in their lives. In thsi picture, Lisa is showing us their bottle depot business, which employs clients and helps support the Mission.
Lisa Froom hosting tour of the Upper Room Mission Dominik Dlouhy 2011-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Josh, our outbound exchange student Dominik Dlouhy 2011-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Aug 01, 2011
Val Trevis and Maureen McKewan spoke to us about the BC Winter Games coming to Vernon next February. It's a huge event, lots of fun, 1400 youth in 16 sports, volunteers needed.
Val Trevis & Maureen McKewan thanked by Dr. John Dominik Dlouhy 2011-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dominik Dlouhy on Jul 25, 2011
Dominik talked about the biathlon program at Sovereign Lake, and the BC Winter Games.
Biathlon & BC Winter Games 2012 Dominik Dlouhy 2011-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
John Cochrane's 95th Birthday! Dominik Dlouhy 2011-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Lesley McMillan on the Community Dental Center Dominik Dlouhy 2011-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
VJH Cheque Presentation in the North Tower Dominik Dlouhy 2011-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Mar 21, 2011

The objective of this project is to evaluate and assess the "Vital Signs" of the City of Vernon.

When you are feeling a little under the weather, it is common to visit your doctor and have your Vital Signs checked.  This project will also check for Vital Signs, but this time will be checking our City's "Vital Signs".

We will use a proven methodology, gathering statistical data from SPARC-BC, RCMP, City Planners, School Districts,  Health Regions and gather user information and perceptions through public meetings, focus groups and community groups. 

The benefits of this project are:

  • Provide a report on what is working well in our city and identify areas for improvement
  • Allow the Community Foundation to better understand where the greatest needs are in our community and to strategically focus their grant making in these areas. 



Dave Fletcher Introduces "Vital Signs" a project of the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan Marty Armstrong 2011-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Mar 14, 2011

Sandeep has done research on the subject of teacher burnout and found there are a multitude of reasons for this problem.  Some of the issues identified include:

- Teacher expectations

- First year retention - rewarding?

- Big disconnect between expectations and reality

- Not teaching a class of 30, rather it is 30 individuals

- Technology skills, the kids know it better

- Curriculum - Lesson Planning

- Special needs kids

- Classroom management not a required course - should be!

- Teacher education courses do not relate to classroom reality

Her research findings indicate a need for "Survival Skills" in teacher development training. 

Sandeep Nahal - "Why do Teachers Burn Out Early" Marty Armstrong 2011-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Mar 07, 2011
Your bulletin editor, Marty Armstrong, was not only lucky enough to have his ticket drawn  but he also "Found" the Green Marble.  Leigh must have forgotten to remove the green marble from the bag this week!
Green Marble "Found" Marty Armstrong 2011-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Mar 07, 2011
What is SIFE?

SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) is a global non-profit student run organization and SIFE in Canada is operated by ACE “Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurs”. The SIFE program encourages students to address relevant economic, social and environmental issues by empowering others to improve their quality of life and standard of living. Teams do this by implementing socially responsible outreach projects that have a notable impact on a specific need and target audience in their community. When SIFE students graduate from their respected post-secondary institution, they are armed with an education and experience that sets them apart as top recruits for major corporations and the next generation of great entrepreneurs. SIFE operates in over 40 countries with the involvement of 1,500 college and university campuses and over 42,000 students.
SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) Update Club Marty Armstrong 2011-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Feb 28, 2011

Lord Strathcona

Sir Donald A. Smith, Lord Strathcona, was un-equaled in his efforts and achievements contributing to the development of Canada.  In his 75 year career, he became a successful, wealthy businessman; he established himself as a respected politician and diplomat; he was a philanthropist who widely supported education and medical services; his close associates included business tycoons, national and international elected officials, British royalty, and leading academics.  He was well known and appreciated by the Canadian public of that era.  He was known for his tireless work habits and his ability to cause action and get results.

Lord Strathcona worked his way up from the position of junior fur trade clerk in Labrador to become Chairman of the Board of the Hudson’s Bay Company and its majority shareholder.  During his 75 years with the HBC he visited and served in every corner of what is now Canada.  He founded and was a Director of successful shipping, railway, mining, newspapers, petroleum, and banking businesses. These enterprises made him a multi-millionaire in the late1800’s. 

Dennis Windsor told the story of Sir Donald A. Smith AKA Lord Strathcona Marty Armstrong 2011-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Feb 28, 2011
Today the Club welcomed its newest member, Wendy Hesketh.    She is sponsored by Sandra Ross with the Induction ceremony conducted by Ken Wiebe.  In a few weeks Wendy will have an opportunity to tell us more about herself and her profession.  Stay tuned!
New Member Induction - Wendy Hesketh Marty Armstrong 2011-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Feb 21, 2011

This world class Nordic Event will be coming to Vernon on March 5, 2011.  There will be 1,134 participants  coming from 20 countries all of whom must be over 30 years of age.  Many will bring their families and spend anywhere from 10 - 15 days in our area taking tours, attending  banquets and enjoying our local hospitality.

This will provide a welcome boost to the local economy.  In preparation for this event the Sovereign Lakes Nordic Club have made significant improvements including a new bridge, better stadium flow and completed the Carl Wylie Trail, making it a closed loop.  As with any major event there is a need for many volunteers  and 300 of them stepped forward to ensure a successful event.

Sparkling Hill Masters World Cup - Don Wylie Marty Armstrong 2011-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Feb 18, 2011

Once again our club in partnership with local fire fighters and many other CPR Trainers spent a long but rewarding day at Fulton School, training 245 local citizens on the latest CPR techniques and the Heimlich Manoeuvre.  This course starts out with the theory of CPR and then moves to applying the techniques on "Annies",  a device which simulates a human torso.

Those who got to the school early were treated to a free pancake breakfast prior to their training.  Rumour is that it was very popular and will be included in our future CPR Courses.


CPR Training Event Great Success Marty Armstrong 2011-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Feb 14, 2011

NOYFS (North Okanagan Youth & Family Services) provides assistance to children and families. The organization works with 750 - 800 clients per year supported by a staff of 44 professionals. Their primary objective is Early Intervention - preventing children from ever going into Care.

The cost of supporting a Foster Child is $24,000 per year

- Community based services are in place to help

            Dysfunctional Families

            Dangers due to abuse or neglect

- Child & Family counseling

            Young Parents 14 – 16 years

- Many issues contribute to the problems

            Often on welfare


            Lose their children to Care


                        Drugs / Alcohol

            Fetal Alcohol

            Mental Illness

- Programs are provided

            Adoption Support

            Youth Justice

            Councilors in schools

            Mara House

                        Safety & Protection

                        Foster Parent Support

John Belfie of NOYFS Updates Club Marty Armstrong 2011-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Feb 07, 2011

A Heart Attack is a very serious event, but today more and more people are surviving because of the programs offered through our hospitals:


1.   Cardiac Rehab

a.   Self management

i. Life style changes

ii. Exercise

iii. Diet

b.   Empower patients to take control of their disease

c.   Cardiac survival courses

d.   Physiotherapy

i. Treadmill

ii. Eliptical

iii. Therabands

e.   Understanding your medications

f.    Dietary lectures

g.   Understanding a Heart Attack

h.   Walking (Wesbild)

i.    Congestive Heart Failure

i. Damaged Heart

ii. Fluid build up

iii. Swelling

j.    New Automated Equipment Available

i. Scale

ii. Blood pressure cuff

iii. Oxygen level monitor

iv. Patient info transmitted to IHA

v.  Supports the self help programs

2.   Lipid Clinic

a.   Measure Cholesterol Levels

i. Usually means dietary change

3.   Rates Clinic

a.   Stress Testing

i. Monitored by Cardiologists


Lloyd Main from IHA on Cardiac Care Marty Armstrong 2011-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Feb 07, 2011

Since our first meeting of 2011, we have enjoyed presentations as follows:

Judy Goplen, gave a great presentation on Hepatitis C

Bob Clarke received his Paul Harris Award

Joshua, our outgoing Exchange student  was introduced to the club

Brian Smyth, Principal at Harwood School and Colleen Harvey, Vice Principal at Mission Hill thanked the club for the BBQ program.  They indicated that these are very well received by the students, parents and teachers at both schools


Catching Up on Stories Marty Armstrong 2011-02-07 19:45:56Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Dec 13, 2010

At our AGM Dominik Dlouhy was confirmed as our Club President for the 2011/2012 year.  For the past 7 years he has served as Treasurer.

Congratulations Dominik!

Annual General Meeting Marty Armstrong 2010-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Dec 06, 2010

Our first speaker was District Governor Nominee, Doug Everett who presented a citation to Janet Green.  Our club was being recognized for our contributions to the Foundation and Polio Plus. 

Our next speaker was Lane Kenyon.  Lane first joined our club about 2 years ago, but had to leave the club due to a family move to Calgary.  Lucky for us she and her family have returned to Vernon and Lane is back in the Club.  She told us about growing up in Quesnel and her ultimate move to Vernon.   She is employed by the Royal Bank as a mortgage specialist.

Our next guest is no stranger to the club.  Brenda Erickson dropped in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and of course brought a cake with her. 

Then Came Bob Clark.  Bob, all decked out his finest duds led us in the 12 Days of Christmas.  Not many of us knew all the words, but Bob kept us in order and we completed the entire song, though it was a little ragged at times.

Busy Morning Today Marty Armstrong 2010-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Nov 29, 2010
Morgan, son of Member Kirbey Lockhart, came to tell us all about his fabulous trip to Spain.  After arrival in Madrid he travelled around the taking in the beauty of the country.  In Valencia he was impressed with the modern architecture and the many parks, including a Bio Park and the Animal Zoo.  But his best memory of Valencia was attending the Formula 1 race and the $130.00 it cost for a ticket.  Next stop was Pamplona which is home to "the famous running of the bulls".  He said it was very exciting to watch.  After Pamplona it was back to Madrid where he toured the city; visiting Cathedrals, the Grand Via, many stores from old to modern and of course the famous Football Stadium which is home to Real Madrid, Spain's premier football team.  He was fortunate to be in Madrid while the World Cup was on and he enjoyed watching the games on very large screens which were along the roadways.  Eventually Spain won the World Cup and there was much rejoicing.  He noticed that there were many Morrocans visiting Spain and he learned that they regularly purchase goods in Spain and take them home.  The trip ended shorly thereafter after a trip on the Ferry between Gigraltar and Morroco.  Great Trip!!!
Morgan Lockhart's trip to Spain and Morroco Marty Armstrong 2010-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Nov 22, 2010

Jane Lister visited the club to update us on the upcoming Nordic Event which will take place at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre March 3 - 11, 2011.  The event is open to participants 30 years or older.  The event is expected to attract 1200 participants over the 8 days.  Races will be anywhere from 5 to 50 KM's over the proven Sovereign Lakes course.  Jane advised that they still need volunteers and sponsors for this event.

Jane was thanked by Dominik Dlouhy. 

Sparkling Hills Masters World Cup 2011 Marty Armstrong 2010-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Nov 15, 2010

Bev is the manager of the staff at Upper Room Mission and has been instrumental in its operations for 30 years.  This year is the 30th anniversary of the opening of Upper Room Mission, and is now under the direction of Jake Spoor.  The Upper Room Mission is a food kitchen and social assistance program, and takes its name from its original location, being the room above the old Simpson Sears.  It is now located at People Place.  Most of the income for the Room comes from the second hand store operated through donations from the area.  The store sells all sorts of items and is run, like most of the Room, by volunteers.  Some of the clients of the Room are also involved in its operation, and assist in the store, kitchen, and other programs.  The meal kitchen serves over 6000 meals per month and is currently looking for donations for a renovation and increase in size.  The Room also has literacy, computer skills, counselling, and employment assistance programs.  The Room is operated by over 100 volunteers.

Bev and Jake were thanked by Mike Poznanski.

Bev Henke and Jake Spoor - Upper Room Mission Marty Armstrong 2010-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Armstrong on Nov 08, 2010

Margaret Johnstone spoke to us about her business Fieldstone Organics, which is located in Armstrong.  Fieldstone has been operating since 2008 as a certified organic granary and whole grain retail outlet.  The granary is unique in that it focuses specifically on farmers in the Okanagan Valley first, buying their stock preferentially over those from outside the area.  The granary only handles whole grains, and will accept small lots from local farms.  The granary also sells flakers and mills which can be used by customers to grind and flake the whole grains at home for their own products.  Fieldstone offers a wide variety of organic whole grains including spelt, buckwheat, oats, hard red spring wheat, golden flax, rye, triticale, barley, and Kamut.  One product recently released to the market has been