Posted by Dave Colquhoun on Jul 26, 2019
The Club received a warm thank you this week from the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce and Save-On Foods for hosting a successful ‘Business After Hours’ event at the Lake Country Food Bank.
Over 60 guests turned out for the event, including the Honorable Stephen Fuhr, MP, Kelowna-Lake Country, Norm Letnick, MLA – Kelowna-Lake Country and Mayor James Baker.   Fifteen Rotarians were in attendance to greet our guests and talk about the work the Club has done to support our Food Bank and other community service projects.  While socializing, guests enjoyed delicious wine from Arrowleaf Wine Cellars and food provided by Save-On Foods.
President Ken presented a $4 thousand cheque to Food Bank Executive Director, Joy Haxton, which was earned from the sale of Rotary/Save-On Foods shopping cards.  For every $100 shopping card sold, $16 is currently donated to the Food Bank at no cost to the purchaser.  In less than one year, $100 thousand in Save-On shopping cards have been sold.  So far, Food Bank has received $9 thousand in funding from this program as a result of support from Save-On and a private sponsor, with more to come in the future!
Paul Davidson, our local Save-On Foods Store Manager, was honored by Sandy Wightman with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award for supporting the Save-On Foods Shopping Card program and our annual Canada Day Celebrations.  After the event, Paul sent the following note:
‘Please pass on my thanks for the award, was very unexpected, we are just happy to help out in our communities that we are a part of.  You had a good turn out last night, and good wine!!!’
It’s worth noting that the reach of Save-on Food’s support of charitable causes extends beyond our community.  We recently learned from 100 percent of Save-On profits are being forwarded to the Pattison Foundation.  Save-On has essentially become a social enterprise, with their profits being used to support communities throughout our Province!
Meanwhile, Paul was lavish in his praise for the work that Joy Haxton and her team of volunteers are doing in serving our community and sharing surplus food with eleven other food banks in the Okanagan Valley.   With the benefit of donations from Sysco, Save-On Foods and local orchardists, the volume of food donations processed through the new food recovery centre has skyrocketed from 43 thousand pounds in 2017 to 167 thousand pounds in 2018.  Halfway through this year, they are on track to double this volume again!
We have a special guest speaker scheduled for our next breakfast meeting on August 1.  Margaret’s granddaughter, Kate Cheryba, will be joining us to talk about her Rotary student exchange year in Germany.  You won’t want to miss this presentation!