Posted by Judy Guido on May 18, 2018
Along with a great turnout of our Club members this morning, we also had a visiting Rotarian, from the Kelowna Sunrise club, visiting Lake Country Lion’s Club Member, Rod Dirksen, and guest speakers, Lorraine Richmond and Neil Smith, from Habitat for Humanity.
 
Congratulations and many thanks to our April - Rotarians of the month, Margaret Brown, Monika Speitelsbach and Brenda Dewonck, for their excellent work on our Ladies Movie Night fundraiser.
 
The sun also shone on Dan and Felena Sigal, and Brenda and Bernard Dewonck, celebrating over 30 years of marriage.
 
Ribfest Kelowna- 2018
 
From the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club came news of the 3rd Annual RibFest, which will once again be held in Kelowna City Park, from August 24 - 26.  This popular event, co-sponsored by Interior Savings and Sunrise Rotary, will feature five award-wining ‘ribbers’ from across Canada, top notch music and other stage entertainment, increased raffle prizes, a new charity of choice (JoeAnna’s House in Kelowna) and the Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival, with 30 teams competing at City Park during the RibFest weekend.
 
And yes, entrance will continue to be free for everyone.
 
To get involved or volunteer at this event, contact the sponsorship committee at (250) 469-3959; by email at bwk1960@gmail.com, or visit the website at www.ribfestkelowna.com.
 
Habitat for Humanity
 
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada, a non-profit housing organization. Habitat for Humanity’s model empowers families to invest in home ownership, believing every family should have safe, decent, affordable housing. 
 
Through volunteer labour, efficient management and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of homeowner (partner) families.
 
Habitat for Humanity homes are sold to partner families with no cash down payment required and are financed with affordable, no-interest mortgages.  Partner families are required to invest a minimum of 500 hours of personal labour time to assist in the construction of their new home.  Mortgage payments go into a revolving fund, which is used by affiliates to build more homes for families in need.
 
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan has been active in the Okanagan valley for over 20 years.  They have built and sold 22 homes and currently have 17 partner families.   They serve the Kelowna region, from Lake Country to Peachland, and sponsor a Chapter in Vernon, which serves the North Okanagan area.  A third Chapter in Penticton serves the South Okanagan.
 
Habitat have recently received approval to build twelve family units, consisting of one 4-plex, two du-plexes, two tri-plexes, and a small community garden, in the Powley Court area.  Site preparation is expected to begin in the fall of 2018.  Construction of the new units will likely occur over the next two years.
 
Lorraine and Neil advised that opportunities exist for our Club to actively participate in this project by providing volunteer labour or providing funds to purchase specific construction elements for the new units (e.g., doors, windows etc.). The Club Executive will discuss this request further in the coming months.
 
To volunteer at this organization, contact Volunteer Services directly at (778) 401-4804, extension 207, or by email, at volunteer@hfhokanagan.ca. 
To donate, follow this link: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/7917.  Or visit the website https://www.habitatforhumanityokanagan.ca/
 
 Announcements:
 
  • Our Rotary Club is an official sponsor for the upcoming Volunteer Fair, to be held on Saturday May 26, from 10am to 2pm, at George Elliot Secondary School.  Volunteers are needed to work at our ‘Rotary table’.
  • The LC Chamber of Commerce, `Business After Hours`social event is being hosted by Lakeside Hearing, on May 30th, at 210 - 3121 Hill Road.  Wine, appetizers and great networking opportunities for $5.  Come out and support our newest Rotary member, Nicole Sorensen, Owner/Manager, of Lakeside Hearing!