Posted by Dave Colquhoun on Apr 23, 2021
At our meeting this week, we welcomed a new member, Dr. Sarah de Leeuw, to our Club and renewed acquaintances with several of our charter members - Dean Muscardin, Derek Hinchcliffe, Jim Bogartis and Gerry Morton, as part of our Club’s 25th anniversary celebration.
Club members also approved the allocation of $30 thousand in BC Community Gaming Funds for the following organizations to support the services they provide in our community:
  • Walk Around Lake Country (WALC)
  • Oyama Community Club
  • Winfield Curling Club
  • Lake Country Art’s Council
  • Lake Country Art Gallery
  • Okanagan College Foundation
  • Lake Country Museum
  • George Elliot Secondary Bursaries
  • UBCO Foundation
Thanks to the excellent work of Marsel Ahmadzadegan, we also enjoyed a video tribute to honor our members who have achieved a Paul Harris Fellowship through their community service activities or financial support of the Rotary Foundation.  The Rotary Foundation supports key international and local Rotary projects to eradicate polio, supply pure water to villages in African villages and undertake projects such as recreation and cultural improvements in our local communities.
One of the highlights was the heartfelt video tribute from former exchange student from Finland, Eeva Hemming, for Patty Garrett, who served as Eeva’s mentor and Rotary District 5060 Youth Exchange Coordinator.
Jim Robertson, Dave Colquhoun, Jim Taylor, Bernard Dewonck, Dan and Felena Segal, Rich Gibbons, Joan Downes and Judy Guido were also awarded Paul Harris Fellowships.
Bits and Pieces
Several Rotarians pitched in this past weekend to complete the assembly of three new arbor shelters at the Lake Country Food Bank.
As part of International ‘Rotary at Work Day’, members will be meeting on Saturday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m. at the Tim Hortons (at Hwy 97 and Oceola Rd) to undertake trail clean-up on the Pelmawash Parkway.