Father/Daughter Ball
 
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SEPTEMBER 2018 EVENT !
 
 
2017 Athletic Awards Sponsors
Vernon Silver Star Rotary would like to thank all of the following for contributing towards the 2017 Rotary North Okanagan Athletic Awards :
 
 
Club Socials
Once a month, instead of the morning meeting, our club has an evening social.
Next Club Social :
Date:  Tue, June 12th
Time: 6pm
Location: Location TBA
Everyone welcome!  Bring a friend!
 
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Vernon Silver Star Rotary

Vernon Silver Star

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:45 AM
for breakfast at
Schubert Centre
3505 30th Ave
Vernon, BC  V1T 2E6
Canada
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Club Stories
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.
Dave Weatherill hosted Armstrong's Tahn Towns, President of Healthy Horses Ltd, an advocate of probiotics for both humans & their animal friends.
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.
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 www.bigbike.ca  “Life.  We don’t want you to miss it.” ™ 
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.
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 ....
 
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 http://communityfoundations.ca/vitalsigns/reports/  These are an impressive resource!
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.
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.
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.
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.       
Geordie McLennan, Marty Armstrong, Bob Clarke, Donna Irving, Leigh Hewer, Dave Weatherill & Rob Irving came to our AGM ready to party!
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.
  
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.
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.
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
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.   
Some of our members just can't resist an opportunity to play "dress up."
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.
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.
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.
Donna Irving hosted Hank Van Ryk (Founder & Director) & Kim McGarvie, of H&H Total Care Services Inc., operators of “The Hamlets at Vernon,” which will welcome new residents beginning this week.  Hank worked as a construction project manager for many years, then moved into geriatric health care.  His company initially managed residential care facilities for other owners, but has now morphed into building & owning care facilities.  The Hamlets, at 3050 29th Ave, is in downtown Vernon.  It has a total of 85 beds, including complex nursing care funded by IHA, plus assisted living on the two upper floors.  Another eight storey building, for independent living, will be added to the site.  The complex care beds are in pods, or “hamlets” of 16 to 18 rooms, each with its own dining area & staff, dedicated to different needs, for dementia, head injuries, etc.  Kim described the facilities, activities, & how it’s important to their mission that all residents consider The Hamlets their home.
Lt Stephan Reid delivered his vocational talk, telling us he was raised in Newfoundland, followed by several years as a security guard, ambulance paramedic & firefighter in Fort McMurray.  After shorter periods in Edmonton & Winnipeg, he & his wife Tinisha, along with their now six-year old daughter, came to Vernon.  Stephan & his wife are the corps officers for the Salvation Army Vernon, which is best known for operating our local food bank, serving almost 2,100 households this year.  Other services include community & family services, two thrift stores, a food distribution warehouse, church services, youth & senior outreach ministries, plus emergency & disaster services.  With a $1.5m annual budget, 34 employees, & many dozens of volunteers, our Salvation Army Vernon will be celebrating 111 years of service over the Sep 8th to 10th weekend. 
 
 
Rotary Ride Vernon 2018
 
Member Volunteers Needed
 
Club Meetings
Host: Teresa Bartel
May 29, 2018
Host: Ken Barton
Jun 05, 2018
Angela Yablonski
Dave Weatherill
Jun 12, 2018
Tekmar Control Systems Ltd
Bev Rundell
Jun 19, 2018
Gillian Canniff
Jun 26, 2018