Food Bank construction starts March 16

Construction for the new Food Bank building for Lake Country suddenly rushed forward. Excavators go into the ground March 16. Two factors have driven the agenda ahead.
                The Aviva Insurance grant of $100,000 requires that the money must be spent within the calendar year 2015.
                The second factor was the commitment by Okanagan College in Vernon to use the Food Bank as practical training for their Trades Apprenticeship program. Students get five weeks of theory in class, 16 weeks of hands-on training on a project, and finally another five weeks of classroom work. To get in the 16 weeks of practical experience, Food Bank construction has to start March 16.
                Representatives from a variety of organizations who made construction possible are currently being lined up to take part in the ground-breaking ceremonies. These will probably include the Food Bank itself; the District of Lake Country, which provided the land; Aviva Insurance; Okanagan College; the province of B.C.; other major donors; and the Rotary Club which has spearheaded development this far.
                Building plans are now complete, and have been submitted to the engineer for approval. The municipality is expediting the building permit process. Jerry Lay is co-ordinating the first stages of excavation and levelling. Tom Roth, when he returns from Thailand, will be Project Manager.
                Okanagan College’s students expect to take the building from concrete foundations to lockup – roof on, doors and windows installed – before they return to their classrooms.
                The only missing element is funding to complete the building project. There’s still an estimated $200,000 needed to finish the building inside and out. Donations can be monetary, or in services and/or materials. All donations over $25 will receive a tax receipt.
                Donations should be directed to Lake Country Food Assistance Society and designated for the Building Fund. Please call 250-766-0125 for details.

Special people are back!

                Sharon Brooks is back from hospital, looking good and preparing our sumptuous breakfasts again. Her blood pressure is under control.
                Jerry Lay is back from South-east Asia, and Gerry Morton is back from Mexico.

Sip, Sample & Savour moving ahead

                Bernard and Brenda Dewonck have been working hard at paring costs and organizing every aspect of the annual fund-raiser, to be held Saturday April 18 at the Community Complex in Georg Elliot Secondary School. The working committee – Brenda and Bernard Dewonck, Judy Hodson, Monika Jatel, Gord and Trish Lugrin, Ken and Judy Guido, Patty Garrett, Jim Taylor, Sharon Downward, and Margaret Brown – met Monday evening March 9 to check progress and assign responsibilities.
                At the moment, it looks as if we will have up to 12 wineries participating, and up to 8 food or cider vendors.
                We need more items for the Silent Auction, a major money-maker for the club. Bernard has a list of everything that has come in, and a master list of businesses and individuals who could be approached for donations. If you know any possible donors, please speak to Bernard.
                The other shortage is ticket sales. Margaret says that she has not received one report yet – not one! – of ticket sales. Please, please, please, get busy selling those tickets!
                Judy Guido will coordinate volunteers – before, during, and after the event. Most of Saturday will be required for setting up the rooms. Then everything has to be taken down and at least moved out of the foyer the same evening.