Father/Daughter Ball
21st annual Father Daughter Ball
Friday, Sep 21st, 2018
Doors Open 5pm
Vernon Lodge & Conference Centre
3914 32nd St, Vernon, BC
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Vernon Silver Star Rotary

Vernon Silver Star

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:45 AM
for breakfast at
Schubert Centre
3505 30th Ave
Vernon, BC  V1T 2E6
Canada
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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.
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!
Anneke Sauer was our club’s outgoing Rotary Youth Exchange Student for 2017-18.  She talked about her experiences in Austria.
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.
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.    
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!
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. 
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.  
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.
Dr Craig Goplen hosted the North Okanagan’s newly appointed RCMP commanding officer, Supt Shawna Baher.
 
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!
Bob Clarke described the trip to Prague he & his wife Debbie enjoyed recently.
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.   
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!
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. 
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.
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.
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 !
Teresa Bartel hosted her business neighbour Tina Cloutier, who collaborates with four others, including her two sons & marketing consultant Michael Strauch, running Web-Connection.ca , 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Inclusion of our Rotary Grace & the Rotary Four Way Test in our weekly meetings was discussed, along with business pertaining to upcoming events.
 
 
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