Posted by Jim Robertson on Jan 26, 2020
A Rotary tradition is the inclusion of: Classification Talks,” at meetings. These are opportunities for members to discover more about each other.
 
To give an example of such a talk, our President, Ken Guido, shared parts of his “life story,” including the fact he was born in Penticton and moved to Castlegar, BC.  Ken finished high school and went on to university where he earned a degree in electrical engineering.
 
Ken’s love for mathematics was evident as he spoke. After completing his engineering degree, he realized he had been in school continuously for seventeen years, and so took some time off to do various jobs. He then joined Iron Ore Company of Canada.
 
This brought him to Labrador City, in Newfoundland/Labrador, which Ken said, in those days was akin to Fort McMurray today. After a few years, he returned to BC and began work for Highland Valley Copper, in Kamloops. He then worked for Chemetics International, travelling extensively around the world helping to build chemical plants.
During this time, he purchased a small orchard property in Oyama, which his parents operated until after Ken had met his wife, Judy, in Vancouver, and they moved back to Oyama to take over the farm.
First Judy, then Ken became involved in the Inner Peace movement. They still hold retreats with this group on their Oyama farm. He became interested in ecology in the early 1980’s and has been active as an advocate for sustainable resources, both as an area counsellor, and President of the local Green Party.
 
In 1990, Ken opened his own Engineering consulting company. He is extremely well read, with a wide range of interests, near and far. He was a founding member of The Rotary Club of Lake Country and provided a stellar example of a Classification Talk.
 
We look forward to hearing more talks!