Posted by Dave Colquhoun & Monika Speitelsbach on Oct 04, 2019
This week, we were fortunate to to have District Governor, Peter Schultz, speak to us about what makes Rotary amazing and to welcome two new members to our Club.
A big warm welcome to Kim Caruso of YMCA of the Okanagan and Jean-Marc Lacasse of Ledgers Canada.  Kim and Jean-Marc recently moved to the Okanagan and were active in Rotary Clubs in their former communities. Jean-Marc was a member of the Grande Prairie Rotary Club from 2006 to 2009 and the Airdrie Rotary Club from 2010 to 2013.  Kim was a member of the Downtown Sault Ste. Marie Club from 2012 to 2018.
District Governor Peter Shultz’s presentation covered a wide range of topics – the Rotary 2020 vision and goals, the work of the Rotary Foundation, training resources for Club members, and a discussion of the challenges that Rotary is facing in attracting and retaining members.   The full content of his message is presented in a ‘Rotarians with Vision’ video which can be found on the Rotary 5060 website.   Club members are strongly encouraged to view the video by clicking on the link below.
Peter’s key message is that that Rotarians must continue to focus on the core values and guiding principles which encompass the Rotary four-way test and the  principles of service, fellowship and honesty/integrity.    Rotary membership should be fun and provide opportunities for members to take part in meaningful community and international projects.   We should also be open to ‘changing up’ the way our meetings are conducted and if necessary, consider new club models to appeal to younger age demographics who are interested in community service but prefer less formality and flexible meeting schedules.
Peter spoke about the feeling of gratification – 'the Rotary moment’, which many Rotarians experience when contributing to the betterment of our communities and the world.  Peter’s ‘Rotary moment’ occurred when he participated in an international medical mission to Ethiopia and looked into the eyes of an abandoned, five-year-old boy who was grateful for receiving the gift of a reconstructed hand to overcome a serious physical deformity.
I believe that many of us have experienced similar feelings when participating in our community or international projects.  These experiences are the reason why we take pride in being a Rotarian.
Lake Country Blood Donor Clinic
Thank you to our Club members who provided volunteer services or donated blood at the recent blood donor clinic at George Elliot High School on September 25.  As a result of our  participation, 70 units of whole blood were collected.
Speaker’s Schedule
Our guest speakers on October 10 will be Sheila and Murray Fraser, who own and operate Pedego Bikes in Oyama.
There will be no breakfast meeting on Thursday October 17.  It will be replaced by our major fall fundraiser, the Rock n Roll dance and social, on Saturday October 19, at Oyama Community Hall.  Please purchase a ticket and encourage your family and friends to attend.