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Rotary’s 4-Way Test July 1 each year marks the beginning of a new Rotary year. The theme for 2012-2013 from Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka, Rotary Club of Yashio, Japan is “Peace through Service.” His wish is “To see the needs of others as more important than our own needs. To focus on a shared goal that is for the good of all” Rotarians worldwide follow the well known motto called the 4-Way Test. o Is it the truth? o Is it fair to all concerned? o Will it build goodwill and better friendships? o Will it be beneficial to all concerned? As long as we live up to the 4-Way Test, we will not disappoint Tanaka.

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Rotary’s many projects One of the main objects of Rotary clubs around the world is to foster the ideal of local and international service. Our club’s mission is to continue being a leader at improving life in Summerland and making an impact throughout the world. There are 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide spread over approximately 33,000 clubs who have taken on these same challenges.

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Following is a list of the local projects and events that our lub takes part in on a regular basis: o Sponsor of Meals On Wheels o A food bank supporter through fundraising o Maintainer of Rotary Beach o Sponsor of the Summerland Vocational Award o Co-sponsor of school breakfast programs o Maintainer of Adam’s Bird Sanctuary o Provider of Memorial Park adventure playground o Provider of two annual social events for seniors o Co-sponsor of Summerland Telephone Directory o Contributing sponsor of Rotary Children’s Fest. o Contributor of $25,000 to

OK College Bursary Program o Sponsor of Rotary Youth Leadership program o Co-sponsor of SADI Youth leadership program o Sponsor of Rotary Goodwill Shakespeare Festival o Co-provider of Dale Meadows adventure playground o Co-provider of pergolas at Extended Care Unit o Co-provider of Spirit Square gazebo o Miss Rotary sponsor o Supporter of Agur Lake Camp ($44,000 over past four years) o Participant in LightUp o Provider of $4,500 annually for high school bursaries, awards and projects o Provider of volunteers for Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive o Participant in ActionFest As with most of the Rotary clubs around the world, we also make a difference by sponsoring projects having an international focus. How? o We sponsor a visiting Exchange Student and also sponsor a local student who is hosted by a Rotary club in a foreign country. o We initiated and administered a clean water storage

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Dear Fellow Summerlanders, On behalf of the Rotary Club of Summerland, I would like to thank you and our business community for your great support. With this wonderful support, we have accomplished many amazing things in our community including: Rotary Beach, Adams Bird Sanctuary, Memorial Park and Dale Meadows Park adventure playgrounds , a health unit gazebo, the Spirit Square gazebo, the bath house murals to name a few. Our youth and young adult programs are a very important part of what we do in Summerland. Because the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, by helping to develop young leaders we strengthen both our community and our country. We are major supporters of Summerland Asset Development Initiative leadership and school breakfast programs, the Shakespeare Festival, Rotary Youth Leadership programs, high school and Okanagan College bursaries, speech contests, a $100 Challenge program, Agur Lake Camp, and several other youth awards programs.

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program in Kenya—more than $1 million was contributed to this program. o With the assistance of Rotary and the Pennies for Shade initiative, $38,000 is being sent to support the building of school facilities in Barria de Navidad, Mexico. o $7,000 was contributed to the Haiti Earthquake Appeal. o Members contribute annually to the Rotary Foundation and to Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio in Third World countries. o A new project to support a girls’ school in Mozambique is now being considered. As a club, we’re busy but the load is shared by over 30 dedicated members and their supportive families. If you would like to have fun while making a difference in Summerland and afar, please check us out by attending a meeting or by contacting me or any one of our members. Paul Barber, President paulandcharlotte.barbur@ gmail.com or 250-494-1173 Monthly Meeting Times at the Waterfront Resort, first Tuesday, 6 p.m. (two hours, includes dinner.) All other Tuesdays, 7 a.m. (one hour, includes breakfast.)

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Many talented, potential leaders are attending our schools. This bodes well for all of us. Rotary International has also financed M. A. programs for two Summerlanders, one in its Peace Scholar Program and one in its Ambassadorial Program. Both programs are designed to develop future leaders skilled in peace studies and community development in the Third World. Again, more investments in our future. We also enjoy our connections with the community through our involvement with Meals On Wheels and various senior social events. If there is part of you that wants to give back to your community, Rotary is a vehicle to help you make that happen. We enjoy what Rotary has to offer because we like working and socializing and having fun with others who also want to make a difference. Give me a call at 250-4941173 or by email at paulandcharlotte.barbur@gmail.com to discuss how we can become future partners in this great community. Paul Barber is the Summerland Rotary Club president for 2012-2013.

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Partnership considered for mission school Project would provide children’s library at school in Mozambique by John Topham We have a proposal on the table to partner with the Chimoio Rotary Club to plan and construct a children’s library for the SAM Mission School at Farma Mucombezi. The final plans have been submitted. An overview of the project is to provide the funding in conjunction with the Rotary Fund, at an estimated cost of $25,000, The Chimoio Club have shown a lot of interest. On my initial visit to Mozambique, I attended one of their

weekly meetings in Chimoio, their enthusiasm was overwhelming. Only last week they visited the mission to spend a weekend with 300 orphanage children. This visit will result in completion of professional development with the local artisans at the mission. We have scheduled the Chimoio Rotary Club to return to discuss our way forward with the library project, and a potential project to construct a new primary school. Committee members George Nagle and Bob van Balkom and I will meet after my return to discuss Summerland Rotary interest and involvement.

Money raised for school in Mexico by John Topham

Museum donation Rotarian George Sutton presents a donation cheque to Sharon Stone of the Summerland Museum.

The Summerland Rotary Club teamed up with the Rotary Club in Barria de Navidad to assist in funding the handicapped facilities in this region south of Puerto Vallarta. A fundraising project was developed in Kelowna. With those monies generated and a matching grant from the Rotary Fund, we were able to secure $39,000 to facilitate a new therapy facility, and provide an area and shelter for the handicapped students. As of October of this year, the project has been completed. Rotary Club member Karl Seidel will be attending the special opening ceremonies, slated for Jan. 15, 2013.

Rotary continues efforts to eradicate polio Rotary International launched a new program, Polio Plus, in 1985. Polio, a highly infective disease that primarily affects children under the age of five, can

cause paralysis within hours. However, every child can be immunized with an extremely effective oral vaccination for only 60 cents US. Then, in 1988, realizing the

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Children around the world have received polio vaccines as a result of Rotary efforts.

significant impact of this crippling disease on young children throughout our world, Rotary spearheaded The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, aiming to eradicate polio from all countries throughout our world. In order to accomplish this goal Rotary International works cooperatively with The World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and governments of the affected countries. Since 1885 more than two billion children have received the oral polio vaccine. Reported polio cases dropped from 350,000 in 1988 throughout the 125 polio endemic countries to 717 as of Sept. 27, 2010 and in only four countries- India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Due to the efforts of Rotary and its

global partners, the eradication of polio may soon become a reality. How have they been able to be so efficient? They organize an “army of volunteers’ to immunize millions of children under the age of five living within the designated region during the three day program, National Immunization Days. During May, 2005, 10,000 Rotarians united with some three million volunteers to immunize 170 million children in India. Then, during May, 2010, more than 222 million received the two drops of vaccine in 22 countries, 17 in Africa. Thanks to the generous support of Rotarians worldwide Rotary International has contributed nearly $800 million US. Recognizing Rotary’s resolve to eradicate polio, and the

extensive volunteer network, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded Rotary a $350 million grant. Rotary committed its members to earn a further $200 million by June 30, 2012. This September, Rotary International, the Canadian Federal Government and the Bill Gates Foundation have agreed to supply another $1 million each. Rotary International has supplied over $1.2 billion (USD) since 1988; more than 2.5 billion children have received the oral vaccination; India has been polio free for 20 months. The program must continue in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. Members of the Summerland Rotary Club were promoting awareness of this program on Wednesday, Oct. 24 as they displayed End Polio Now signs.

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Theilmann on student exchange in Thailand by Anne Theilmann

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Nathalia Dorado is a Rotary exchange student from Bolivia, spending the year in Summerland.

Up until this year I had no idea how much the Rotary Club of Summerland does for our town and surrounding area, as well as internationally. I had always known that they are a group of volunteers that help make our community better, but the scope of their involvement in the community is astonishing. From SADI to Agur Lake Camp Society to the playground at Memorial park, from helping Rotary’s international campaign to end polio and actively participating in youth exchanges every year, the list goes on and on.

Before I applied to become a Rotary exchange student I had heard about how these exchanges open students’ eyes to the world and give them a better understanding of different cultures. The Rotary Club of Summerland has allowed me to further expand my view of the world by giving me the opportunity to experience the world in a unique way by immersing myself for a year in the culture of Thailand. I have been living in Korat for six weeks so far which is a community that has the same population as Kelowna but that is where the similarities end.

It is two hours northeast of Bangkok and I have already had several opportunities to travel with my host family while learning the history of Thailand, especially in relation to their temples. I am also adjusting to a new schooling system while learning the Thai language hoping to eventually be able to really communicate with my family here. I cannot wait to see what the rest of my Rotary year abroad will bring. Anne Theilmann is the Summerland Rotary Club’s current outbound exchange student. She is in Korat Thailand.

Reflecting on an exchange to Summerland by Surma Shah

From 1980 to 1981, I was a 16-year-old from India, spending a year away from home and visiting North America for the first time. I spent one academic year, through the International Rotary Youth Exchange Program, in Summerland, attended Grade 12 in the Summerland Secondary School, lived with five Canadian Rotary families, and had a most memorable time. The year in Canada, especially the time in Summerland, was a lifechanging experience. It was an opportunity for me to immerse in another culture, live as part of the Canadian families and the local community, connect with peers from different backgrounds, be a regular student, all within the safety net of the Rotary. The Krauters, Seidels,

Welshes, Smiths and Paulsons opened their homes and hearts to me, and carved an indelible place in my life. From 1981 to 2011, my life took many turns. I completed my B.A. in English literature and MSW, worked as a personal counselor, with child, women and youth rights, married a medical student Nikhil, who later completed his degrees in medicine and surgery and now practices neurosurgery, got my law degree, practiced law for 12 years, relocated to Nikhil’s hometown, Dhule, in North Maharashtra, had a daughter, Niharica who is now 19, did a refresher course and went back to counseling, and now in addition to that, also do interior designing. We also travelled extensively. However, No. 1 on my bucket list was a trip to Summerland.

In 2012, Nikhil, Niharica and I decided to make a trip to Summerland in the summer. This decision was finalized in May, not leaving much time for planning. Karl and Pat Seidel had kept in contact through Christmas cards and the like, in spite of my being lazy in replying, and I had also been able to connect intermittently with the Krauters and I had also found school friends like Diana Troiano and others through Classmates.com. Summerland, Vancouver, Whistler and the Alaskan cruise, in that order of priority, at least for me. The trip began with six days in Vancouver, with Diana and her husband Fransesco, spending three days with us and then on to the Alaskan cruise. Karl fetched us from Seattle, where we disembarked from the cruise and drove us via Leavenworth

and Osoyoos to Summerland, where we stayed in their home for five days. I think at some level, he still treated me like his 16-year-old daughter. After our Summerland stay, he drove us to Whist-

where I had participated in the Polar Bear Swim on Jan. 1, 1981, seeing Giant’s Head, seeing a bear cub, the beach, visiting Ross and Loretta Krauter and my first home in Summerland, meeting Pauline Paulson,

I cannot describe the feeling of completion upon returning home, after our visit to Summerland, the ache of missing, the hole in the heart, for 30-odd years, finally healed. ler, taking the scenic route through the Rockies. I cannot describe the feeling of completion upon returning home, after our visit to Summerland, the ache of missing, the hole in the heart, for 30-odd years, finally healed. Where do I begin? Meeting Diana in Vancouver and catching up on school friends and memories, the Welcome to Summerland sign, the Okanagan Lake

whose spana kopita I had never forgotten, which was made and kept ready for us by Pat, my second host mother, in spite of her ill health, visiting Main Street, chatting with Pat and Loretta, remembering old landmarks like the 5¢ to $1 Store, seeing the old Summerland Secondary School building, the Deli, the long walk to school, dining at the Local with the Krauters, Laurel and

her husband, connecting with Joey Seidel, coffee with Laura Kane, picking cherries, chatting with Darlene, meeting Rotarians and an old school teacher at the Rotary Barbecue, missing my host parents the Smiths, the Welshes, George Paulson, Mr. Fishendon. Through it all, Karl was there taking care of all three of us in the Seidel home. With the same love and acceptance they had shown when I visited in 1980 to 1981, the Seidels and Krauters welcomed our family into their homes. Finally, Nikhil and Niharica could understand, why I had always maintained, that Summerland was more beautiful than Switzerland. It’s the people who make the place beautiful. Surma Shah was a Rotary exchange student in Summerland in 1980 to 1981.

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Making the move to Summerland by David Cassidy

The Okanagan Valley’s natural beauty, temperate climate and unique culture have inspired thousands of people to pull up stakes and relocate to the area over the years. But for Dave and Judith Cassidy, two of the more recent arrivals from Alberta, it was more than that: It was the people and the strong Rotary community that sealed the deal for them. “It all started with a Rotary

motorcycle trip to Kelowna a couple of years ago,” says Dave, an avid cyclist who, along with Judith, had run Cassidy’s Upholstery and Design in Lethbridge, Alberta for more than 30 years. The couple were invited to stay with fellow Rotarians while they toured the area. “We had been to the Okanagan many times but this was the first time we really got to know Rotarians while we were here. The folks that we shared the trip with and stayed with

made a real impression on us. They just made us feel like these were our kind of people.” As a Rotarian in Lethbridge for more than 20 years, Dave was also impressed by the depth and breadth of involvement that Rotary enjoys in the Okanagan. “There are signs everywhere that say ‘This is a Rotary project’ and ‘That was funded by Rotary.’ It was pretty obvious to me that these people are getting out there and living the service-

above-self philosophy.” Back in Lethbridge, Dave and Judith often reminisced about their trip and talked about how nice it would be to live in the Okanagan and renew the friendships they made. Then one day opportunity literally walked through the door in the form of a friend and fellow Rotarian who wanted to buy the building which had housed their business for over 20 years. They made a deal and the next thing they knew, they

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Discover the Rotary Club of Summerland Why Rotary? Our modern life in Summerland seems so busy. We hardly have time to catch up with friends, attend to family commitments, or develop our hobbies and interests, let alone learn new things or to help others. Lack of time is the main reason people give for not volunteering. Rotary offers a solution: Rotary combines fun, friendship, learning, and opportunities to be a real “gear” in the task of building a better city, country and world while we have dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. Rotary isn’t just about meetings; you can participate in hands-on projects and other activities. You would be requested to help, where possible, approximately once every two to three months. On top of having fun, learning new things, and getting a buzz from helping others, Rotary is the “original social network.” You have access to worldwide contacts in almost any area imaginable, from business to hobbies and special interests. It opens doors wherever you go, whether for business or tourism, and provides a sense of belonging that few other organizations can match. We encourage you to attend

one of our meetings and discover Rotary for yourself. Before the end of that meeting you will be given a form and extra information. If you liked the club you are welcome to keep attending. When you feel ready you can fill out the membership form and return it to the membership committee or the secretary of the club. If you did not like the meeting, we would like to know why, for the improvement of the club. You are not obliged to keep attending or to return the form if you are not interested. If you are ready to attend your first meeting or have any questions, please fill out the form below. We will contact you within 48 hours. If you would like to attend our meeting, please contact us and arrive a few minutes early so we can introduce you to our other members. Rotary is a worldwide network of more than 1.2 million inspired business, professional, and community leaders who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. Members provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and

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geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Formally, our purpose is defined in the Object of Rotary: To encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: o The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service (Club Service). o High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations as an opportunity to service society (Vocational Service). o The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his or her personal business and community life (Community Service). o The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional people united in the field of service (International Service). o Recognition of the importance to youth of physical health, well rounded education, cultivation of spiritual qualities,

wise choice of vocation, personal development and knowledge of local and international people and their customs and values (New Generations). The Rotary Club of Summerland is active, dynamic and fun. Its strengths come from the varied backgrounds and age range of its members (25 to more than 80) and the friendly atmosphere. The Rotary Club of Summerland meets on Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m and 6 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at the Summerland Waterfront Resort. We also convert one morning meeting a month into an evening meeting. Our typical weekly breakfast meeting starts when the president opens the meeting, usually after some coffee and networking as well as the wonderful meal itself. Quick reports on our current projects and programs are shared by the president and directors, which is followed by more networking during the meal. Each week we are allocated a random table to sit at to increase the interactions among our more than 30 members. The sergeant-at-arms then is called to impose “fines” on Rotarians for different “misdemeanors’” and happy news. The idea of these “fines” is to get a glimpse at our Rotarians’ lives,

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especially outside the club, have fun and raise a few dollars. After breakfast, more quick reports may be provided by directors and other Rotarians. A guest speaker usually addresses us for 20 minutes. Typical topics include Rotary projects, charities and other topics of general interest. We are usually prompt and keep the meeting to 60 minutes.

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Supporting Agur Lake Camp by Michael Zang

My involvement with the Agur Lake Camp started with a conversation with Amanda Lewis who told me of this great idea to have a camp specifically designed for people with special needs. She told me how difficult it was to go on a vacation with her family and enjoy outdoor activities from a wheelchair. It made me think how much we all take it for granted that we can enjoy the natural pleasures of the Okanagan whenever we wish; we just have to go do it. But for a person with special needs this is almost impossible. The idea of the Agur Lake Camp came home to me when I saw how excited Amanda became on the potential of this idea. When Sue Eden started to organize our first Rotary Swing for Kids Golf Tournament I thought what a great opportunity to have a self contained fund raiser sponsored by the Summerland Rotary Club with all proceeds going to the Agur Lake Camp. That I like to golf was so much the better. To date our club has raised over $44,000 and it is clear when you go to the camp site that this project is moving ahead well. I guess the most enjoyable

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Experiences of a new member by Murray Scheidl

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part for me is to see Amanda at the camp, especially when she is asked to participate in special

functions. She is so pleased and excited to see the project taking shape around her.

When my wife Lucille and I made the decision to move from Edmonton to Summerland in late 2010, we wondered how we would be able to meet friends and integrate into our new community. As it turned out, we didn’t have to think about this too long at all. One of the first people we met was Garry Hollingshead, at the time district governor-elect for Rotary International. He asked if I would consider joining the local club. I agreed to come out as a guest and was intrigued by the friendly and interesting people I met that first morning. I left feeling positive about Rotary and shortly thereafter made the decision to join the club. It is now 18 months later and I have not regretted my decision. Rotary exposes me to an amazing variety of guest speakers that have both educated and entertained. It has also allowed me the opportunity to join with fellow Rotarians and their families in many community projects such as painting the change house at Rotary Beach, building a fence at the Rotary-

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This annual bursary honours Art Sewell, one of Summerland’s most dedicated community members and an active Rotarian for 35 years.

sponsored Adams Bird Sanctuary and helping to build a playground at Dale Meadows Park. I have also been able to directly support Rotary’s major worldwide project for polio eradication, as well as to get involved in humanitarian projects in both Mexico as well as several countries in Africa. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Rotary exchange students from both Italy and Bolivia who have come to Summerland for a year of high school. Our club also sponsors outbound exchange students and in my short time in the club, I have enjoyed getting to know students and hearing about their experiences living abroad for an entire school year in the Netherlands, Bolivia and Thailand. Lucille and I also appreciate the social aspect and camaraderie of Rotary. Every second month we have a spousal dinner meeting, as well as a spring gala and an amazing Christmas party. Fellow Rotarians have become great friends which serves to enhance our enjoyment of the club as well as being a major contributor to our quality of life in Summerland. Shortly after joining Rotary, I became the administrative director with responsibilities for arranging guest speakers as well as contributing to the planning and organization of our meetings. This involvement as a board member has been a positive experience, and I would recommend it to any new Rotarian. Joining Rotary has been an excellent and rewarding experience for my family and me. It has brought many new friendships as well as the opportunity to positively impact my community plus the ability to directly contribute to humanitarian projects throughout the world. Why not consider coming out as our guest, and see what Rotary can do for you? VISIT THE SUMMERLAND MUSEUM Open Year Round

Thank You Rotary Club for being a part of Summerland History.

9521 Wharton Street www.summerlandmuseum.org


October 25, 2012  

Section X of the October 25, 2012 edition of the Summerland Review

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