Posted by Dave Colquhoun on Aug 31, 2017

A clear, sunny day greeted us this morning at our off-site meeting at Swalwell Park.

We welcomed back President Bernard and Madam Secretary, Brenda from their vacation as well as some special visitors, Peter and Midge Behnke, from the Peachland Rotary Club, who learned of our mobile meeting from our website.  And of course, we can’t forget ‘first dog’, Scout, who was eagerly eyeing the delicious breakfast offerings prepared by Chef Louise.

After a bite to eat, we auctioned Jack Shultz’s road bike, which he generously donated to the Club, after upgrading to a newer model.  A fierce round of bidding followed, with Dan Segal emerging victorious with a winning bid of $275!   Congratulations Dan!

Having been fortified by a hearty breakfast, ‘the grateful fed’ set out to begin a walking tour of the Okanagan Rail Trail test section, between McCarthy Road and Lodge Road.  I think that everyone was truly impressed with the standard of construction and many of us commented that a compact gravel trail should sufficiently satisfy the region’s long-term needs.  I also believe that the experience of walking a short section of the future rail trail made us realize what a tremendous asset that it will be, when completed.

Lake Country Blood Donor Clinic

Several of our Club members worked or donated blood at the first ever blood donor clinic in Lake Country on August 30.  Thanks to our assistance in promoting the event, most of the appointment times were filled and the clinic was deemed to be a success by Canadian Blood services.  Many new blood donors chose to participate and people really appreciated the convenience of being able to donate blood in a convenient location close to home.  Hopefully, Canadian Blood Services will choose to schedule another clinic in Lake Country sometime in the future.

Final Thoughts

Club members extend our best wishes and prayers to Elaine Gibbons, for a speedy recovery from her recent surgery.