Posted by Judy Guido on Nov 05, 2021
Danielle Smith from Habitat for Humanity delivered an interesting and informative talk on Habitat for Humanity Project at this morning’s meeting.
 
Some History
1976 Habitat for Humanity International was founded in the state of Georgia in the USA. Habitat for Humanity Canada was subsequently established in 1985 and in 1992, a local chapter in the Okanagan opened.
Habitat for Humanity is a world leader in addressing the lack of affordable house and eliminating some of the poorest housing conditions throughout the world.
There is a deep connection between Rotary and Habitat for Humanity. Jonathan T.M. Reckford is the CEO of Humanity International and a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta. In his words, “Our values are so closely aligned, and the desire to help others runs deep in both organizations.”
 
How Habitat works
BUILD: Families selected for Habitat homeownership help build their homes assisted by volunteers and community support
BUY: Habitat homeowners pay a mortgage geared to their income.
REINVEST: Mortgage payments are invested into a revolving fund, referred to as the Fund for Humanity which is used by each local Habitat affiliate to build more homes for families in the community.
 
Lake Country Build
The first phase of the project in Lake Country will include eight homes — two triplexes and a duplex that are three-bed, two-bath and 1,400 square feet with predicted completion date of April 2022. Check out Powley Court in Winfield to see how things are shaping up.
 
Restores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home décor, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. There are four stores located in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Vernon, and Penticton.
 
Where can the Rotary Help?
  • Volunteering at a ReStore
  • Volunteering on a build site
  • Administrative opportunities
  • Joining a committee
REPORTS:
 
INTERNATIONAL
We have earmarked $500 USD to support latrines in Ghana project—keeping girls in school in Ghana.
 
MEETING VENUE
We discussed some possible venues for the club so we can meet again in person. If anyone has ideas for caterers or someone to provide coffee and a continental breakfast send your ideas along to The President.
 
SAVE ON CARDS
Ken is putting in an order. He has had requests for $50 cards and if anyone wants specific cards for Christmas gifts etc., please contact Ken.
 
GAMING
The gaming application is due at end of month. If anyone knows of an organization that fits the gaming criteria, please send Ken the contact. Ken is sending out criteria with a checklist.
 
CANADA DAY
Shaun talked to Ryan Donn to get some ideas on how to move forward. Shaun is prepared to step up to chair. Committee will form and decide on format.
 
Meeting Dates:
No meeting on Remembrance Day, Thursday, November 11.
AGM will be held at our December 16 meeting
Secret Santa present opening is Thursday, Dec 23.