Rotapen - March 5, 2014 Business Meeting
Next Week’s Meeting: Justin White, “Ribfest” – Please Attend - Need Your Votes!
Greeter for Next Meeting: Gordon Herle
· Annual Pioneer Reception on Sunday April 6th, 2014
· Annual Lobster Feast, May 24th, 2014
Announcements and Meeting Proceedings:
Guests - Guests today included Frank Conci, Ann Brewster, Daryl Clark, and Ron Ryde, our exchange student Dinal Mehta, former Rotarian of our club Gus Leon and Mike Welsh from the Penticton Okanagan Club.
Birthdays: Jacquie Bird, Sandra Krauer, Jon Milligan, Rory McIvor, and Warwick Parker celebrated their birthdays and I am certain will help us get closer to our Foundation goal.
Member Attendance Today: 34
President-Elect Cal Meiklejohn chaired the meeting today. President Dave should be back next week. .
Peter Beulah reported on the Annual Lobster Feast which is scheduled for May 24th. He reported that there are 240 seats that need to be filled at a cost of $60 each. Last year there were many corporate tables of 8 who will hopefully book a table again this year.
Rotarian Michael Welsh from the Penticton Okanagan club spoke to us of their upcoming event and hoped we would fill a table or two at their Mask-erade Dinner and Dance.
John Pankiw introduced our speaker Frank Conci, with AC Motor Electric Ltd., a family run business started by his father of the same name who was president of our club in 1974. Frank told us of the Penticton Industrial Development Association (PIDA) and asked Rotarian Keith Bevington, who first got involved in 1984, to speak of the then underdevelopment of the industrial area. PIDA was formed as a voice for the industry sector in Penticton. Daryl Clark, with Cut Technologies, spoke of his hi tech saw mill industry supplying a customer base all over North America. His concern was for the lack of long term jobs, other than the seasonal tourist industry, to help keep our younger generation in Penticton. Frank Conci concluded the talk outlining some of the world class industries that do exist in Penticton that will hopefully remain here as well as the need for development of new industry in the future.
Pres-elect Cal thanked the speakers and presented them with our Rotary pens.
Sheriff Don Michiel fined Paul Varga, Brian Hughes and Jeff Smith for arriving late; Keith Bevington for his name in the news; Jim Hewitt for sporting a most unusual hat; Pres-Elect Cal for trying to impersonate Pres Dave Smith; Ben Amos’ entire table for talking; Gerry Karr for his cell phone ringing; Sandra Krauer for texting and several members who wore blue jeans (I did not know we had a policy that you cannot wear them!)
Special Happy Moment – Warwick Parker was happy to present his birthday cheque to the Foundation and Rory McIvor was happy that he was now 75 years young. Some sad news from Paul Varga who spoke of his mother-in-law being run over at a cross walk. We all wish her a speedy recovery.
Draw - The winning ticket was held by Jim Hare (again) for the pot in excess of $240.
Pres-Elect Cal closed the meeting with a Newfie joke.
Quote for Today: “We respect other people's time when we learn to value it as much as our own. Even better, we can get to a point where we won't distinguish between our time and the time of others. - Dr. Forni
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