JANUARY 2018 was an incredibly busy year as Governor Elect heading into more governor training. The second weekend we headed to Seattle for “Blue Denim”. A chance for the classmates of the PNW to meet up again and learn our roles, spouse roles, share best practices and prepare for PETS in Seattle later in February. As a Governor Nominee, Elect and Governor, it is always exciting to meet up again with people you have trained with for the past number of years.
Carol Eamer was instrumental in October 2017 to get a number of Rotary Clubs to support a project to ship food to Puerto Rico in a shipping container. Well it arrived I believe around January and I am sure the residents are very appreciative.
January continued with the most anticipated and exciting event for Governor Elects, the International Assembly of Governors from around the world in San Diego. “Together We Connect”. We were treated well for a week, many meetings and sessions kept us busy non stop. The special private lunch with the President of RI Barry Rassin for 2018-2019 was a real treat as I was able to get his autograph on my Banner. Most surprising was when the unveiled our international theme for the year: “Be The Inspiration”. My conference committee came up with our own theme Inspired to be the Best. We quickly realized there was no reason to not piggy back on to a theme that was already inspiring and looked great.
If I thought January was going to be busy, February was crazy! We returned from Arizona right after San Diego to jump into Pre PETS in Ellensburg, next was the Peace Conference in Vancouver, the Revelstoke Youth Exchange weekend, then the best fun I have every year, PETS in Seattle. The District 5060 Presidents for 2018-2019 showed great spirit and energy and enthusiasm for their year. Photo above is a group from Salmon Arm Rotary Clubs. I was honored at PETS to be MC for Drew Kessler and most memorable was introducing and thanking the wonderful PRIP Rick King on stage for the main plenary. I was truly blessed, I love this man.
A little less hectic so I used a lot of time to catch up on work due to quarter end in my business. A few highlights were the RC of Kamloops Speech contest with the junior high school age children. I was in awe of the caliber of speakers that I was privy to listen to. Inspired for sure. Later in March I headed to Kelowna for a meeting regarding Rotary support for the JoeAnna’s House. This house that is to be built is to benefit all outlying communities that will require accommodations when their loved ones have to use the Kelowna Hospital facilities. For those that cannot afford a daily hotel rate, this house will be a fraction of the cost to stay while waiting for care. I would love to see the place supported by Rotary and to see the naming for the gardens, the ROTARY PEACE GARDENS. March celebrated ROTARACT WEEK.
Immediately following Easter, Jim and I went on our regular annual Rotary Outbound weekend to Penticton. I balanced my time between Penticton and Kelowna. Kelowna held an RLI session which I wanted to facilitate the Foundation session. Later that evening we were invited to the RC of West Kelowna Daybreak’s “Taste of India” Dinner where they presented a cheque to the community and to the BC Wildfire Fund that our clubs in Kamloops set up. Our Fund is being used by deserving individuals that suffered during the 2017 fires. Jim and I also travelled to Sechelt for a little break to see our classmate friends Darcy and Doug Long, the DG for District 5040. Sechelt was charming and beautiful and it was so nice to smell the ocean air again.
April promotes World Earth Day. The Rotary Clubs of Kamloops, Chase, Kelowna and Salmon Arm worked hard at Rotary at Work Day Food Drives in their communities.
First week of May started off busy. A visit to the RC of Oliver, then on to Yakima to the celebration of “30 Years of Women in Rotary”. What a wonderful warm welcome by the Clubs of Yakima and Tressa Stadel our AG for the area. We were also treated to the warm hospitality of Greg and Jan Luring.
Leaving Yakima behind we winded our way back up to Summerland BC to attend the “Spring Open Conference” organized by Peter Schultz. Greetings by the RC of Summerland for a social afterwards. These open conferences are a great way for Rotarians to gather and ideas share.
A week later it was Mothers Day. A special day for many of us who have mothers and who have lost moms like Jim and I have. When RC of Sun Peaks asked us to present at their Mothers Days Polio Fundraiser, there was no hesitation. They put on a fantastic fun event and buffet. A great little club with so much energy. Celebrating one year!
Last but sure not least, the Prosser District Conference. (as I type this now July 08, 2018, we are in Prosser) What a nice community and such a fun conference. The weather was perfect and lots of time to mingle with fellow Rotarians. I was able to have the Peace breakout session continue as I had the main speaker brought in live on line for the two sessions we had to do.
Awards for the Cadmen and the Henderson went to PDG Greg Luring and Dr. Stan Fike – well deserved for their long time dedication to the ideas of Rotary.
RYLA was supposed to have taken place but was cancelled in early 2018 due to lack of registrants. I am determined for the 2019 year, this does not happen. RYLA is so beneficial and helps so many young people with leadership skills.
Jim went to Toronto to see family in June, many Rotarians in our district took in the Toronto RI Convention and I stayed home as the pending July governor start date was getting so close and I was still not 100% prepared. Besides Rotary work mounting my own company work was building and this was coming up to our companies second quarter where results had to be met. I think I wore out my office chair this month. Before Jim went to Toronto, we took a road trip for my work from a golf tournament we were at in 100 Mile House, to Williams Lake, Prince George, Burns Lake, Terrace, Kitimat and on to Prince Rupert. Running into a fellow Rotarian in Prince Rupert we decided to stay an extra night rather then burning back after our last meeting another 8 hour drive. BC is so beautiful.
June was busy with RC Club Installations of their presidents. I was able to do four of our five clubs in Kamloops as well my friends threw a DG Installation for me on June 15th. Many PDGs came as well as a few AGs and my employer showed as well. The idea of a second female governor in our district attracted the media from news to TV to radio. Good for Rotary.