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Have you seen all the Canada flags around Salmon Arm this Labour Day?
Those flags were placed by the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm to show Canadian pride as well as support of Rotary.  Community businesses and householders rented a flag for $25 that was installed before Labour Day and will be taken down a few days after September 7th.  These flags will be put up again to acknowledge November 11, Remembrance Day.
Today, Ted Crouch, of Acoustic Avenue Music, gave us some great news about a series of concerts happening here in Salmon Arm over the Thanksgiving Weekend - October 8, 9, and 10 this year.  Yes - this year.
Peter Jory, District 83 Superintendent of schools, spoke to the club on Monday, August 31, regarding the new look of the schools in the face of Covid-19. He explained that the schools will be operated on the cohort model, which, for elementary and middle school students will mean groups of 60 and for high school students, groups of 120, limiting the contact to students within the  cohort.  While this is not a complete solution, it will help and is appropriate for right now. 

Dr Joan Hansen, retired Optometrist and Past National President of the Canadian Association of Optometry,  is a charter member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen.  On Monday 24 August, she spoke to the club via Zoom about our eyes and what happen to them as we age.  Four common things happen as we get older: cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetes.  Her talk included a clear explanation of what each of these conditions is, how they affect our vision and what can be done to correct each.  Using a power point presentation, and simple language, Joan was able to make a complex subject very clear and easily understood. 

On August 17, we were pleased to welcome Mary Regier as our speaker.  Mary is Past Co-Chair of Shuswap Immigrant Services.  Dr. Brian Ayotte, who also came to our meeting, is also Co-Chair.
This organization's goals are to help with the integration and settlement of new immigrants in the Shuswap area.  Many of us were surprised to learn how many newly settled people there are in our community, and the diversity of their origins.  In addition to all the services they help provide, including language classes, adaptation to the workplace, medical and housing availability, they host an annual Multicultural Festival where we can all get an introduction to other cultures (food, dance, art, etc.).  You can find out more about the organizatiion and learn how to get involved at their website.
Logo - Shuswap Immigrant Services Society
At a recent Zoom meeting, our Club was updated on Project Peanut Butter.
Our speaker was : Dr Dennis Spurgin, Rotary District 5330 Project Peanut Butter Chair.  Project Peanut Butter began 20 years ago and provides RUTF (Ready to Use Therapeutic Food) for malnourished children in poor countries, including Malawi, Ghana and Sierra Leone.  The program targets under 3 years of age  The food is inexpensive, locally produced, easy to store and easy to use  Our Club has been supporting this program for the last few years.  You can find out more at the Project Peanut Butter website.
Last week, during our Zoom Club meeting, we had a great presentation from a group called Recover Shuswap.  Our presenters were and Lana Fitt and Jocelyn Johnson.
Shuswap Economic Development, Shuswap Tourism, Salmon Arm Economic Development Society, Community Futures Shuswap and the Tsuts’weye Women’s Entrepreneur and Innovation Network have come together to develop and implement a Phase I response to the economic impacts currently facing Shuswap businesses and organizations.

Thanks to our incredibly generous Salmon Arm and Shuswap community, the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm was able to present cheques totalling $22,000 to the Safe Society and the Second Harvest Food Bank, each organization receiving $11,000.  Our Past President, Christina Lutterman, presented cheques to Jane Shirley and staff at the Safe Society, and to Vahlleri Semeniuk and Cathy Ingebrigtson at Second Harvest. The Double Up Your Gift Campaign, where community individual donations were matched by our Club, was a huge success.

Sep 21, 2020
Missy Mackintosh of MisMack Cosmetics
Sep 28, 2020
Her story as a young Shuswap female entrepreneur on the world stage (Fairground Barn Meeting)
Transitions from Guatemala
Oct 05, 2020
Updates (Zoom Meeting)
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