Posted by Margaret Brown on Mar 31, 2021
At a 25th anniversary re-union, the stories flow and the laughter grows. 😊
That was certainly the case at the Rotary Club of Lake Country’s 25 anniversary, on Thursday March 25.
The club’s first president, John Marsden, came home from Saskatoon, if only virtually. He found the speech he had delivered at the end of his term, recounting how much the fledgling club had achieved in its first year, and read it again.  John recalled his youngest son sitting in his chair at work and saying “when I grow up I want to be a Rotarian,” so John knew he had to set a good example!
District Governor, Richard DeRock, brought greetings from Rotary International and District 5060, as well as inducting the club’s newest member, Carol French, a retired teacher who has already pitched in with a project at the Food bank!
Kathy Butler, Assistant Governor of area 5, also attended and gave us greetings.
For most of the meeting, though, the guests took over: Debbie Robinson, Sarah de Leeuw, Elaine Gibbons, Ursula Rymarchuk, along with charter and past Rotarians John Madsen, Dr. Deb Zokol, Deb Harding, Robert Adria, Diana Cabot Nimsick, Gerry Morton, Holly McNeil, Derek Hinchliffe, Jeff Oland, Jim Crockett, Bob White, and Tom Roth.
Almost everybody had a story to share.
The District Conference in Salmon Arm held on houseboats provided the story of Ken Guido leaning out over the water stringing lights with only a handhold on his belt as a safety harness!
And there was the prohibited (fundraiser) sale of shooters to other district Rotarians off the back of the boat…
Deb Harding remembered how ideas got going for the Ladies Night Out Fundraisers. These funds raised money for our student exchange and International projects as well as locally.
Holly McNeill remembered what a creative force the 3 Debs were. These fundraisers bonded the club and sealed our place in the community. The live auctions were amazing and we could really get the crowd fired up.
At a District conference in Kelowna, our Club volunteered to do some different entertainment. Shani McNeill, local dance teacher, had everyone on their feet for YMCA and the conga line!
Elaine Gibbons remembered hosting Ladies Night Out in 2005 with Derek Hinchliffe, arriving home late and exhausted to hear she had become a Gramma!  And her husband Rich remembered working with Bill Fennell (fondly known as “Father Goose” for suggesting our club symbol) to get our club started, and then eventually changing over to our club in his home community.
A painting project at the Boys and Girls Club left many Rotarians “wearing it” in an eventual paint war!
Marcel Amedzadegan’s slide presentation presented mementos and photos from our Charter night and early days when we met at Aspen Grove Golf Course – hard to recognize some of those “young” people! He ended with a memorial to club founder, Bill Fennell, who passed away February 15, 2021 and Bob Rymarchuk who passed Feb 2, 2020, and was a charter member and dedicated volunteer in our club and community.
But those were the only sadder notes in almost two hours of stories, memories, and laughter. Many were reluctant to leave!