Posted by Trish Lugrin on Nov 11, 2017
 
The meeting today was attended by fifteen members and our two guest speakers from the District of Lake Country - Greg Bucholz, Director of Infrastructure Services and Tanya Garost, Chief Financial Officer.
 
Tanya spoke first and explained to us the diversity and complex need of her department to balance the budget in a manner they feel will best service the needs of our community- not only for today but also in the future. Everything from transportation to the rail trail to parks and recreation. To effectively manage the budgets, a reserve policy has been created where funds are saved as a buffer or reserve.  This spring, many of the funds were needed to deal with the problems arising out of our spring floods. Tanya also mentioned that they are currently developing an opportunity for the public to go online and give feedback to current issues. This should be ready for use in early December.
 
When Greg spoke, he first touched on the OCP or Official Community Plan and then was kept busy with questions from our members on a variety of current, ongoing and future projects, that included the maintaining and development of parks, the realigning of roads, another exit out of The Lakes community and Pelmawash Highway area. Regretfully, he was kept so busy with Q & A on a variety of topics that he ran out of time and was unable to share a lot of the information he planned to. Greg also explained how his Department must work closely with the budgets available from Tanya as well as submitting proposals back and forth to council.
 
Announcements
 
  • We currently have thirteen Rotarians signed up to participate in the Remembrance Day services. We will be seated together in the reserved seat section.
  • Next Wednesday at 5:30 the Chamber After Hours will be hosted at the Olive Us (Oil & Vinegar) store in Coopers mall. As our club holds a corporate membership all our members are welcome and encouraged to attend these functions to network and promote Rotary
  • Save the date for our annual Christmas party Friday, December 8th @ 6:00 here in Holiday Park. This year our main course will catered, and we will bring the Appetizers and Desserts. A sign-up sheet will be circulated next week.
  • Our AGM & election of officers will be December 14th. Bernard also mentioned that he has spoken to Past DG Roger Perry regarding the possibility of a District Grant to add to our ongoing food bank project. President Elect Dave along with president Bernard have been working on the proposal which they then will present as a possible joint club project.