Food Bank construction starts

Join us Wednesday morning for the official start of construction on the new building for the Lake Country Food Bank. The actual construction started 24 hours earlier, on Tuesday, when the excavators moved in. But the official ceremony, involving gold-plated shovels and a variety of dignitaries, will be Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m.
                Provincial MLA Norm Letnick will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event, with federal MP Ron Cannan, Lake Country mayor James Baker, and Food Bank founder Phyllis MacPherson also participating.
                Other key participants will be
  • Okanagan College’s Vernon campus, whose Trades students will undertake much of the initial construction as part of their training;
  • the Aviva Insurance Company, whose community project grant of $100,000 made this start of construction possible;
  • and the Rotary Club of Lake Country, which has headed up the fund-raising campaign for the new building.
All Rotarians who are available would be welcome at the ceremony. If possible, please wear something that marks you as a Rotarian.
                The site of the ground-breaking ceremonies for the new Food Bank is next door to the Winfield Seniors’ Activity Centre at 9832 Bottom Wood Lake Road. Visitors and spectators are asked to park at the east end of the parking lot for the curling rink to avoid conflicting with Seniors’ Centre programs.

Planning for Annual Rotary Conference proceeds

                As you know, our club is providing dinner and entertainment for the opening evening of this year’s  Rotary Conference, which is being held in Kelowna June 18 to 21. Incoming  pres. Monika Jatel sends the following information:
  • 214 paid registrants to date, with a max. goal of 525
  • Volunteer drivers needed to shuttle conference participants
  • Volunteers needed for billets; minimum two exchange students per family. Note: attending conference events and driving billets will conflict 
  • Home hosting; Jerry Urquhart to visit remainder of clubs in the area (including Lake Country) in the next few weeks to discuss and sign up hosts
  • Volunteers needed for the following positions: Saturday coordinator (the day’s project manager) and Speaker hosts (personal assistant to event speakers)
  • Volunteers need for Wednesday evening to power wash the UBC Okanagan parking lot; this may be a BYOP (bring your own power washer) 

Electronic radiation

                The speaker this Thursday morning will be Ted Archibald, a retired engineer who has taken an interest in the radio-frequency waves that immerse us every day – everything from cell-phones to wireless routers to smart meters monitoring and broadcasting your electrical use. About five percent of the population is highly sensitive to electromagnetic radiation, and that proportion is predicted to rise as the levels of radiation increase along with allergies to it. At the same time, government regulation of EMF radiation is based on standards that haven’t been reviewed in generations.

Sip Sample & Savour

                Yet another reminder:
1. Sell tickets, and let Margaret Brown know
2. Solicit donations for silent auction, and inform Bernard Dewonck
3. Talk to Judy Guido about your volunteering duties