Posted by Dave Colquhoun & Jim Taylor on Sep 05, 2019
People often say that variety is the spice of life, to mean that doing and seeing a lot of different things makes life more enjoyable and interesting.   This expression certainly applies to our recent breakfast meetings, which have featured an interesting lineup of speakers, thanks to the efforts of Jim and Kayla. 😊
YMCA of the Okanagan
On September 5, Wendy Wright and Kim Caruso, of the Kelowna YMCA, spoke to us about how the ‘Y’ (as it is commonly known) is making a difference in our community.
The mission of the ‘Y’ is to foster growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body and heighten their sense of responsibility to each other and the global community. To accomplish this goal, the Y provides programs like swimming, fitness, childcare, day camps, youth leadership, employment and educational events to help build a healthy and inclusive community for families and people of all ages.
The Kelowna Y currently serves 16,000 members from three locations located in downtown Kelowna, Rutland and the H2O Centre.  Income is not a barrier to participation in Y programs as approximately 5,500 low income individuals, children and families receive a subsidized membership.  One in five children enrolled in Y fitness programs and one in six children enrolled in after school child services receive a subsidy. 
The Y has an active donor program to help people who are less fortunate participate in health, childcare and life-building programs, regardless of financial circumstances, age or ability.  For more information on how you can help, please visit
Kim told us that the Y has made a huge difference in her life by enabling her family to overcome difficult personal and financial challenges and achieve success and happiness.  Her family have chosen to be volunteers at the Y to give back to the organization that helped them.  Kim’s commitment eventually led her to seek employment at the Y and move into a senior management role in the organization. 
Come Blow Your Horn
You may have wondered why French horn players always have one hand stuffed up the bell of their horn? Is it to keep their hand warm? To support the weight of all that brass? To keep them from waving their hand back at the conductor?
None of the above. On August 29, Oyama resident Edmund House showed us that the hand stuffed up his horn enables him to adjust the pitch of a note about a semitone.
Ed House brought a variety of horns, old and modern, with him.
The first horn, he explained, was some kind of natural megaphone. Perhaps a cattle horn, in some locations. In others, a seashell, like a conch, blown by the black rebels in the Haitian revolution to rally people together against their French colonial overlords.
He demonstrated a traditional bugle – no valves, no way of changing the pitch or notes, other than by varying the tension in his lips.
Early French horns had no valves either. To change key, the horn player removed one of the many loops of tube, and replaced it with a shorter or longer loop.
Today’s horns have valves – not the same as a trumpet, but performing a similar function – which route the sound through differing length of resonant tubes.
Ed fielded a variety of questions, talked a little about his own experience as a person making a living as a musician in the Okanagan Valley, and referred to the show he has been organizing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of Creekside Theatre in the Community Complex at George Elliot Secondary School. He reminisced a little about the various acts that performed at the first concert, June 4, 1999.
Currently, he has been gathering acts to appear in a special program Saturday evening September 7 at Creekside Theatre, as part of the annual Art Walk event on Saturday and Sunday.
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