Posted by Dave Colquhoun on Aug 09, 2019
Our first two meetings in August have certainly been entertaining and provided lots of enjoyable discussion.
 
On August 1st, Margaret’s granddaughter, Kate Cheryba, spoke to us about her adventures as a Rotary exchange student in Germany.  Kate was sponsored by the Calgary - Heritage Park Rotary Club and spent her exchange year near the town of Brake, in northern Germany.  She told us that it was a great life experience, highlighted by gaining two new friends (Mirna and Leslie); a European tour, with visits to Amsterdam and Venice (her favourite cities); helping disabled kids as part of a kindergarten practicum; and raising funds to purchase a shelter box for deployment in international disaster areas.
 
Oh yes, copious amounts of German ice cream were consumed!  Katie also gained a good proficiency in speaking German and was able to ‘ace’ the proficiency test required of all visiting Rotary Exchange students. 😊
Fast forward to August 8, and news of a new Club popcorn sales record at last week’s ‘Live in Lake Country’ concert at Swalwell Park!  Our ‘popcorn queen and princess’ rocked out to the music of Rann Berry’s 1980’s Time Machine (photo credit to Dee 😊) and sold over 200 bags of popcorn in three-hours, raising $434 for our Club projects.   We are fortunate to have booked Rann’s band for our Fall fundraiser, on October 19, at Oyama Community Hall.  It should be a great event!
We also learned about the sport of dragon boat racing, which is rapidly increasing in popularity and attracting people of all ages and organizations including cancer survivors, people with visual impairments and senior’s who want to maintain an active lifestyle.  The sport provides opportunities for friendship and comradery (much like Rotary), strengthens cardio fitness, and creates friendly competition.  Free 'try it' clinics are offered in Kelowna, every May, to recruit new paddlers to the sport.
 
Kelowna will be hosting two dragon boat festivals, on August 24 at Tugboat beach, and as part of the BC Senior’s Games in Kelowna, from September 10-14.