Rotary Club of Penticton

Every Wednesday at Noon in the Days Inn
152 Riverside Drive, Penticton, BC (map)

A Rotary District # 5060 Club


Rotary International
 About Us 

 

The ROTARY CLUB OF PENTICTON

MEMBERSHIP

Initiation Fee: paid at time of joining the Club     $75
Annual Membership Dues: The Rotary year is
July 1 – June 30 and dues are paid annually           $195
Meeting Assessment: Includes full luncheon, and
covers expenses for Guest Speakers and any
special programs – payable in advance by
monthly post-dated cheques (preferred method
of payment) $60 per month

MEETINGS

Our Club meets each Wednesday
Location: Day's Inn Conference Centre, Penticton
Time: 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Pioneer's Reception
Our Club has hosted a luncheon & tea for our Pioneers for the past 30+ years. This annual event is held in May at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre. This is a very popular event, with over 400 pioneers attending.

Our Club members and spouses/partners are encouraged to participate. We greet, serve and share good times to ensure everyone has a fun and entertaining afternoon.

Rotary International Children' Festival
Rotary is the lead sponsor to this 3 day annual event held in May which will be going into it's 4th year in 2008. The festival is dedicated to presenting world-standard performing arts and participatory activities that are entertaining, educational and accessible to children from all social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. It is attended by families and busloads of kids from schools throughout our Rotary District, all potential future Rotarians

In 2008, the festival will be held from May 22 – 24 in Okanagan Lake Park.

Rotary has an activity centre on location which is manned by members of our Club.

Ironman Canada – Rotary Aide Station
Each year our club sets up and mans an aide station at Doggy Beach on Eastside Road. Activities start early in the morning to setup and prepare food and beverages for the athletes. This is an all day activity wrapping up around 10:00 pm.

Many of our members, their families, neighbors and friends help out and typically work a four to five hour shift. Many of our members consider this activity a highlight of our Rotary year.

Christmas Wheelbarrow Raffle
Our club purchases 5 wheelbarrows and fills these with food items which are partially donated by local merchants. The wheelbarrows are placed at various retail locations and we sell raffle tickets on each package. Proceeds from this event are approximately $8,000 and we donate these funds to the Penticton Soupateria and Salvation Arm Food Bank.

This event is held Friday & Saturday in mid December. Our members are encouraged to support and sell raffle tickets.

Toys for Tots to Teens – Breakfast with Santa
The public is invited to a complimentary breakfast which is hosted by the Penticton Lakeside Resort & Casino. Everyone is encouraged to bring a new toy which is then distributed to needy families. This event has been held for many years and last year over 1,500 hungry and generous citizens attended.

Our club members support this event and act as greeters and Santa's Helpers to receive all donations.

Salvation Army Christmas Food Hampers
Our club members assist in this event by filling and sorting food hampers for distribution to those in need.

The Rotary Club of Penticton – Career Expo
Our club has put on this event for over 50 years and our late member, Peter Rawkins was a long time driving force in it's creation. The current manifestation of the Career Expo occurs every 2nd year with the next Expo happening April 7, 2008. So far over 10 Secondary Schools are confirmed and there will be over 20 different career choices highlighted.

The Career Expo was originally at local students but because of it's unique layout and career focus, over 600 students from Kelowna come down to participate at the Expo. Depending on busing capacity we will accommodate between 2,500 and 3,000 students at this one day event.

With each student package this year will be a memorial statement about Peter Rawkins and his contribution to the Expo.

Thousand's of students have benefited from his efforts. Good on you Peter!

Supporting our Community
Over the past 50 years our Club has provided financial and hands on support to many community groups and community projects, some of which include:

- Financial support to the construction of the Cleland Theatre
- Construction of the running track at Penticton Secondary School
- Construction of the new Soupateria building adjacent to Saint Savior's Anglican church
- Rotary Park on Lake Okanagan
-Improvements and playground equipment at Lacuwana Park on Okanagan Lake
-Installation of lighting on the Trans Canada Trail near Riverside Park
-In partnership with the other 2 Penticton Rotary Clubs, construction of the Rotary Centennial Pavilion located at Skaha Lake Park
-Purchase of Dictionaries to each Grade 4 student in School District #67
-Annual Bursaries to Graduating students at Penticton Secondary School and Princess Margaret Secondary School
-Financial contributions to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation to support their fundraising campaigns to purchase the mobile MRI and Digital Steriotactic Mammography machines.
-Financial support to the construction of the new SPCA shelter in Penticton.

How do we do this ??? -
Each Club member is encouraged to get out and support our various fundraising programs throughout the year. At this time our club only has one fundraising event where we are able to raise monies which are not “BC Lottery” funds.

Rotary Radio Days
For over 20 years our club has partnered with Giant FM Radio in Penticton where are members canvas the business community to purchase radio advertising. The station gives special pricing which is an incentive for the businesses to purchase advertising.

Our club receives one half of the advertising income which has averaged over $6,000 the past few years. This initiative is our major source on income to support our Rotary Student Exchange Program and our community.

Every club member is asked and expected to sell these ads. Regrettably, the majority of ads are sold by only a handful of club members.

It is critical that all members support this initiative so that our club can be in a financial position to continue meet our obligations.

International Youth Exchange
Rotary International supports and encourages a world wide Youth Exchange Program. This program is targeted to youth 16 – 18 years old who have or are completing their final years of education at the Secondary School level. These students who participate are chosen by their “sponsoring club” after a rigorous selection and interview process and will live with their “host club” for 1 year and attend Secondary School in the community they will be living.

Our Club has hosted visiting students who have come to Penticton from many different countries including Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, Sweden, Czech Republic, and France to name only a few. This year we are hosting a student from Berlin, Germany.

The student we host will live with 2 or 3 Rotary families during their stay in Penticton.
Club members are encouraged to take time to know our student, invite them to their homes for visits or get out and enjoy the outdoors or other activities. To be their mentor and their friend.

We also participate in the selection and interview process for students from our own community who have asked for an opportunity to travel as an “out-bound” to another country.

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
Rotary Clubs throughout the world support thousand's of humanitarian projects both financially and with members on the ground.

This year our Club has identified a project to build and equip classrooms in a remote village in Thailand. The classrooms are for an orphanage for the Akhahill tribe children. Monies we raise will be matched by our Rotary District #5060 and Rotary International.

At the present time we are exploring opportunities to raise funds for this project which may include a Radio and Internet Auction. If we are to be successful we will need the support of our members through organizing and arranging for auction items and whatever else that may be required to make this a successful project.

In 2006, our Club donated $10,000 towards a water collection project in Africa.

Now for the Best!!

CLUB FELLOWSHIP
Weekly!! - our luncheon meeting is the best opportunity to mix, meet and exchange ideas or simply state your opinion and debate all things going on in our community, life in general and “state of the nation” - opportunities are endless and it's your meeting.

We have many informative and entertaining speakers who attend our meetings and their talk or presentations are enlightening and informative. All are asked for “questions from the floor” and these may be challenging or an opportunity to learn more.

Spouse/Partner Fellowships
Throughout the year we have special Wednesday meetings and spouses/partners are welcome to attended. In fact you may invite your spouse/partner, friend, business associate or client, or anyone to join you as your guest to all or any of our weekly meetings.

Barbeque
We have an annual barbeque which is hosted by one of our members and attended by Club members, their spouse/partner or friends. This is always a fun day and what happens at the barbeque, stays at the barbeque!!

Fishing Weekend
This is usually held in the Fall, all members, their spouses/partner, friends, children and grand children are welcome. What an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with family & friends. You can tell ALL the fishing stories you want!!

Curling
Happens every Sunday morning during the season

Poker/ Bridge
Small stakes, GREAT Times

Golf
Many of our members call themselves “golfers”. Arrange your own game and get out with a member. Any bets....... money stays on the table.

THIS IS YOUR CLUB
Our club has made commitments to support our community and internationally.
All members are encouraged and expected to contribute their time to support these and future commitments.

Members are encouraged to attend all weekly meetings. If you are not able to attend the weekly meeting you are encouraged to attend a meeting at another Rotary Club to “make-up” Visiting Rotarians are welcomed by all Rotary Clubs.

THE FOUR-WAY TEST
of the things we say or do

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?

Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?