OUR GUEST SPEAKERS Barb Penner & Stuart Lang - Barb has been a Rotarian for several years.    She works in the ‘world of disabilities’.  Stuart is applying for Med school and operates a local Special Event Cycling Tour business. They are both active Rotarians with Kelowna Sunrise Club.
First a plug for a new Kelowna Sunrise Club fundraiser:  Season of Giving’ calendar which will be on sale at Save-on Foods.  $60K worth of prizes behind ‘doors’ in calendars.  Each door has a number, so you open it, and then go to Kelowna Sunrise website to see whether or not you are eligible for one of the prizes behind the door. Ongoing during the month of December.
Club Presentation: “Honoring Indigenous Peoples – A Path to Reconciliation – Understanding the Past, moving forward together”
Acknowledged discovery of unmarked graves as a powerful and painful reminder of our history.  Over 140 years of operation, more than 300 children acknowledged to have died at this point. 
Sunrise club joined HIP to increase awareness and understanding of Indigenous peoples, their culture and history.  Barbara has become a spokesperson; they are always looking for other clubs to participate.
The Story of HIP was presented – it was founded in Ontario in 2014; in 2016 it reported results from a lengthy discovery and assessment phase.  In 2019 the HIP Board expanded to be from coast-to-coast and hosted the first in-person strategic planning session.  In 2020 they revised their Mission, Vision and Shared Values.  The Board is 50-50 men and women, and comprised of Ind., non-Ind, Metis and Inuit representatives.
3 steps to Moving Forward Together:
Consider forming a club HIP focus team to:
1.  Build relationships – Create bonds and support one another; employ key elements needed to walk the path together; visit with and participate with Indigenous peoples and their events
2.  Learn and share – break down harmful stereotypes, acknowledge contributions of both Ind. And non-Ind. Peoples; host events with Ind. Speaker; join the HIP FB page and share it; participate in discussions about reconciliation.; start a book club; attend a blanket exercise
3.  Walk together:  work on shared challenges; build a better world for future generations
Start meetings with land acknowledgement; volunteer at a local indigenous event;
Calls to action as a club or individually:
Since 2013, the Gates Foundation has matched every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication 2-to-1. In January 2020, the Gates Foundation announced that they will continue to match 2:1 every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication up to $50 million per year through 2023!
Rotary has contributed more than $2 billion to fight polio, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, and countless volunteer hours since launching its polio eradication program, PolioPlus, in 1985.  Thank you for supporting Rotary and leveraging your generosity! If you need assistance with making a donation, please contact our Foundation Chair Margaret Brown at magsbrown@gmail.com
Bits & Pieces:
  • Sunshine master JIM recognized quite a few members celebrating birthdays this month including remembering our dear past member Bernard who's birthday was in October 
  • Very interesting Golf trivia by Sheriff Kathryn!
  • Announcement by Dan regarding our 2022 Golf Draft - many have already registered! Contact dan@sweetlife.com
  • Judy announced that we have two local students interested in our Rotary Youth Exchange Program for 2022!
  • Monika reported on International Service Projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, Mexico
  • Maria reported that mentors are needed for our three new members - she will send out our new Mentorship Guide to all club members