Posted by Dave Colquhoun on Dec 17, 2018
The room was charged with excitement and anticipation as a merry band of seventeen Rotarians gathered on December 13 for the Club’s 21st Annual General Meeting.
OK, perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration.  However, our latest AGM was remarkable from the perspective that it was reasonably short, and because we were able to elect a full slate of Officers and Directors for 2019/20 Rotary year, including a new President and President-Elect, without any coercion or arm twisting!
State of the Union Overview
Overall, the vital signs of the Club are strong.  This year, we’ve welcomed several new members and know several other people who are interested in serving our community through Rotary.  Our finances are sound, and we’ve accomplished several major goals for community and international service projects.  Below are some highlights:
Community Service
  • Distributed $30,000 in Community Gaming Grants to provide student bursaries for graduating high school students, create new hiking trails, and help with the maintenance of the Okanagan Centre and Oyama Community Halls;
  • Partnered with Save-on Foods to introduce a new shopping card program to benefit the Lake Country Food Bank;
  • Purchased a new pallet stacker to the Lake Country Food Bank, with financial support of 12 other local Rotary Clubs and Rotary International;
  • Sponsored and supported three local Blood Donor Clinics in Lake Country;
  • Provided funding to the Caregiver’s Society of Lake Country, the Lake Country Art Gallery’s Senior’s Enrichment Program, and the Lake Country Library – Summer Reading Program;
International Service
  • Funded the purchase of two Shelter Boxes for international disaster relief;
  • Raised over $7 thousand to help eradicate polio thought Rotary's Polio Plus Program;
  • Provided financial support for the Ethiopia Water Project and the Honduras Literacy program.
  • Currently hosting an exchange student from Colombia.
Nomination of Officers and Directors
Your mighty team of leaders for the 2019/20 Rotary Year are as follows:
President:                          Ken G
President Elect:                 Sandy W.
Past President:                  Dave C
Secretary:                          Sandy W.
Treasurer:                          Margaret
Directors:                           Judy G., Jim R., Dave C., Monika S., Bernard D.
Christmas Party
Never let it be said that Rotarians don’t know how to have fun!
Our annual Christmas party on December 16 provided a feast of delicious food for our group of 35 Rotarians, spouses and guests.  There was also lots of hearty laughter during the annual gift exchange, which featured unusual items gathered from the deepest reaches of our basements and store rooms.  Who knew that a set of gold Christmas bells could generate so many gift trades, or that a donated tuque and dreadlocks would look so good on Jack Shultz? 
Overall, it was a fun evening and a good way to usher in the Christmas season.
Our own Jim Robertson will be speaking to us at our next breakfast meeting on December 20 about his work as an Addictions Counsellor.
Our regular breakfast meeting on December 27, at Holiday Park, has been cancelled.  However, for those who are interested, alternate arrangements are being planned for an informal breakfast gathering at a local restaurant.  More details to follow.