Rotary District Conference 2017 in Nakusp a Resounding Success
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Nakusp for putting on such a wonderful conference. There were so many highlights that it is hard to identify them.
The venue looked great and the change for each component brightened the whole atmosphere. The new addition to the Rec Centre worked perfectly as a protected area for displays such as Shelterbox and the Iron Lung. The District Governors dinner, held in a spectacular lakeside setting, was an absolute work of art and food pictures will be treasured. The food at all of the events was delicious. The “Canadiana” element, provided by MC Pat Dion of the telling of the story “The Hockey Sweater” and his singing of Leonard Cohen’s “Halleluiah” was perfect to fuel home town pride. Many in the audience felt polio-survivor and speaker Joan Toone to be one of the best speakers ever at Rotary functions.
Wyn Spiller, a District Trainer for D5190 and Assistant Rotary Coordinator simply sparkled as she reviewed the work of The Rotary Foundation in its’ Centennial year. What a delight the RI President’s Rep Aziz Menon was along with his beautiful wife Dr. Samina; they travelled from Karachi to tell us the story of the many challenges faced by Pakistan to eradicate polio including meetings with Taliban leaders.
The whole team of “youngsters” i.e. Dave Douglas, Greg Ehman, Bruce McKenzie, Alysia Garmulewicz, Bolek Radomski and Catherine Howell, brought the message of the value of youth involvement to the audience. The fundraising for Polio was exemplary with over $100,000.00 raised including matches by the District, Government of Canada and the Gates Foundation. Fund raising included the End Polio Now bicycle ride from Colville to Nakusp. It was interesting to hear many in attendance say that they have never heard a performance like the Yamabiko Taiko Drummers from the Okanagan; so enjoyable! Dancing Castlegar Rotarians kept Elvis impersonator Vito Neverol busy late into the night.
Special commendations to Nelson Rotarians who helped make this conference a success; they included Program Chair PDG Norm McCarvell, Treasurer Jeanette McCarvell, Ed Edmondson & Sandra England & Lorne Westnedge who served as Aides, Sheila Hart & Sandra England & John Dooley who organized the Apple Pie Contest , John Ferguson Golf Tournament organizer and former Nelson Daybreak member Andi Gabb who served as Registrar. Congratulations to Rotarian Partner Bill Hart who won second place in the Apple Pie Competition.
Governor Line -
Bob Quay 2019-20, Bev Reid 2018-19, Jerri Anderson 2017-18 and DG Kees van der Pol
RI Presidential Rep Aziz Memon at Nakusp
Apple Pie Competition Winners -