Rotary bulletin Aug 27, 2015

Aviva Fund thinks we’re the best!

                The Aviva Insurance Company has chosen our campaign to build a permanent home for the Lake Country Food Bank as the success story to launch its 2015 Community Fund contest.
                At noon on Friday September 11, Aviva executives and a video crew will be on site to create a video showing how the Community Fund can stimulate projects that benefit a whole community. Please plan to come out, and bring your neighbours and friends along. The Club will provide free hot dogs and drinks for lunch.
                As you know, the Food Bank project won the $100,000 grand prize in the Aviva Community Fund competition last year, thanks to a community-wide drive for on-line voting.
                Since then, Aviva’s donation of $100,000 enabled the Rotary Club to commence construction. Students in the trades apprenticeship program at Okanagan College (Vernon) provided 6,000 hours of free labour to erect the walls and roof. Since then, doors and windows have been installed and sub-trades are ready to begin electrical and plumbing connections.
                A work party this coming weekend will install insulation in the outer walls, starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday September 5. We need about 20 people. Wear long sleeves and long pants and eye protection ; masks, gloves, and instruction will be supplied.
                With the continued help and support of local individuals and businesses, the building should be ready for Food Bank volunteers to move supplies and services in by November, before the Christmas rush.

Hospital volunteers

                Nancy Wells came to talk to the club for the morning meeting Thursday August 27, about the volunteer program run by the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation. All of the shops in the hospital – the Perking Lot coffee shop, the flower shop, the engraving shop, the gift shop – are all run by volunteers. Cooperatively, they have raised $1.9 million that has enabled the hospital to install a CT scanner in the emergency area, so that patients no longer have to be wheeled through endless corridors to the diagnostic areas.
                The Foundation coordinates the work of over 300 volunteers, ranging in age from 14 to 97.
                “Not everyone can give cash,” Nancy said. “But if you can give us your time, we can turn it into cash.”

Club announcements

  • See the note above about a work party to install insulation in the outer walls of the new Food Bank building, Saturday 9:00 a.m. September 5.
  • September 2nd at 6:30 pm, at Ken and Judy Guido’s house, 4391 Eyles Road in Oyama, Tessa Derksen (a professional fundraiser) will lead a session on potential new ways of fundraising. The whole club is invited to brainstorm options for future fundraisers.
  • Art Walk is September 12 and 13. Please remember to sign up for shifts serving food from the Rotary trailer.
  • Norm Letnick will be speaker on October 15. Patty Garrett says it’s bring a friend day.