Announcements and Kudos
• Sargeant-at-Arms Sukhman Sidhu told us that this is National Dental Health Month. She was true to her promise when she said that we would be “brushing” up on our dental health knowledge over dinner and during her “selfie talk”. Thanks Sukhman for an excellent presentation … and the encouraging words that going to the dentist can indeed be a comfortable experience. Now remember … brush and floss regularly!
• Whiskey Fest. President Jo offered a heartfelt “thank you” to Leif Jason and his team for the great effort they put into organizing February 2nd’s fantastic Whiskey Fest evening. The seminars … great! The grand tasting hall … full of happy folk. And the music in the foyer … uplifting and lots of fun.
The Whiskey Fest dinners … one at The White Whale … the other at the Kingfisher … received very positive reviews as well. Kudos to the Whiskey Fest Team: Victor, Suzanne, Brian, Dawn, and Dennis … working with the very well organized Leif, who has offered to take on Whiskey Fest 2019!
• Kudos to Julia Loo … and apologies to Julia as well … for forgetting to include in the January 25th Meeting Highlights David Peat’s words of thanks for all the toques she made for him to deliver to Afghanistan on his most recent trip.
• Presidential Citation Planning Report
President Jo encouraged members to take a look at copies of the Presidential Citation Planning Report that were available on each table. It’s an impressive read … our club has done so much this year and so much more is planned before Rotary year 2017-2018 comes to a close.
Hands on Opportunities
• Tree Planting … John North and the Community Service Committee are working with the Town of Comox to plant trees in the North East Woods. By the time you are reading this, you will most likely have received more information from John about the when, the where, and the how.
John thanked Tom Grant for the critical role he played by approaching the Town of Comox to get this set up.
• Rendezvous … Dawn Postnikoff is looking for helping hands for Rendezvous. Dawn recently sent out a message to all club members identifying tasks that need doing. Please let Dawn know if you are able to help out on this most important evening for our Rotary International Exchange Students.
• Herb Bradley Event … If you’re interested in helping out, please contact Harry Panjer.
• Coldest Night of the Year … well this might better be referred to as a “Feet on the Ground” opportunity. You will remember that Leif Jason has put out a call for support as he will be walking and raising funds by doing so. If you’d like to register yourself, here’s where you can get the information you need to do so.
Not only is this a fun event … it’s a fun event that helps provide shelter for those in our community who need a safe place to call home.
Our guest speaker, Janet Dunnett, spoke of her experiences as a caregiving daughter for her parents. She conveyed the message of how important it is to advocate for those who serve in this capacity as there is a need to increase recognition, support, and respect for caregivers. Her experiences and her message are chronicled in her book: “The Dwindling: A Daughter’s Caregiving Journey to the Edge of Life” (available locally and through Amazon).
“THE MILLENNIUM DAWNS. Twin baby boomers anticipate freedom following kids and careers. But there’s a hitch. Mom and Dad are frail and fading fast. So Judi and Janet become family caregivers, and journey with Betty and Fred to the ends of their lives.“ (Amazon Website)
Until next time …