Past Club Events

Check the Appleer/Wrap for detail description of each event

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Oct 27
meeting at Harvest Golf Club
Aug 8 Club golf tournament – won by Barrie Black
Jul      Club summer party at Grimwood’s
Jun 23 Meeting at Creekside Pub
Jun 9 Meeting at Creekside Pub
May 26 Outside meeting 2pm at Ben Lee Park
Feb 25
Business meeting, 9 attendees at Mickeys Pub
Feb 11
Mixed “Dine Around” at Yamas Taverna  (instead of  Valentines, each lady received a rose)
Jan 28
at Mekong, guest speaker Derald Oldring
Jan 14
at Mekong, with guest speaker Bill Johnson from AM 1150. Total attendance 15
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Dec 10
Mixed Christmas party arranged by the Kilcullen’s
Nov 26
Nov 12
Oct 22
Oct 8
Barrie Black introduced former Gyro Gord Geddes, who expanded on his 3 week voyage to Greenland and Northern Canada
Sep 14-15
Installation: Sat at Pollhammer’s (28), Sun moosemilk breakfast at Denney’s, same executive
out of town: Lt Governor Don Patterson
Aug 10
Summer party at Behner’s, attended by 29
Jun 25
Meet our Lady of the Lake candidate Priyaali Kantiat, at KGC
Jun 11
Meeting at Capri – Norm Letnick guest speaker Dr. Deron Caplan from flowr (mariijuana producer)
May 28
Mixed Meeting at Capri. Cliff Serwa’s  guest speaker Doug Rankmore  from The Kelowna Hospital Foundation.

May 14 –
Mixed gathering at Simpson’s and a surprise art painting session. 24 attended

Apr 24 – 23
Barry McGillivray arranged guest speaker Professor Howard Hisdal, Chair of the History Department at Okanagan College.
Apr 9 –
Jeff arranged guest speaker Tony Parsons, the iconic BCTV News Anchor.
Mar 26 –
Miles arranged a tour of The Innovation Centre at 4pm (10 attendees), dinner after at Perkins (16).
Mar 12 –
met at 6 pm at the Rutland Y and spent almost an hour with Michael giving us an overview of all the Y events.
Dinner at Freddy’s Brew Pub. 8 for dinner.
Feb 26 –
a small  group of 6 met at EK’s Grill. Peter did an overview of our Kelowna Gyro web page
Feb 12 –
Mixed Valentines dinner at Capri arranged by Larry Gray. 20 attended.

Jan 22
We had a nice gathering at Mekong Restaurant, organized by Fred Behrner. He passed around a signed copy of our clubs Installation from 1943. Lots of familiar names of Kelowna’s establishment.
Jan 8 Renald organized a private room at Creekside for the 14 attendees. Cliff Serwa provided some interesting insight in the Big White development.
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Dec 10
Christmas party attended by 29 gyros and lady gyros. Thanks to president Dennis.
Nov 27
Nov 13
Dennis arranged for Lt Col. (ret’d) Allen Batchelar, who served 32 yrs. in the Canadian Army. He shared his experiences serving Canada.
Oct 23
Barrie Black arranged a tour of the New RCMP facilities. First time in a “cell” for many of us. After, turkey dinner at KGC.
Oct 9
at Capri, 22 mixed attendees, guest speaker is Michael J Ballingall,  Sr Vice President Big White
Sep 14-16 District IV Convention & Kelowna Gyro Installation
Sep 11
Business meeting at Capri, attended by 12
Jul 22
Summer party at Fred & Dianna Behrner
Jun 26
At Kelown Golf Club, meet our Lady of the Lake Candidate Olivia Solano and her parents.
Jun 12 
Cliff Serwa arranged guest speaker Dr. Christie, Director of Research at Okanagan Clinic Trials and her talk is about Alzheimer.
May 22
Business Meeting at Capri
May 8
Regular Meeting – Tony McCarthy – Olympia Greek Restaurant
Apr 24 Back to the Capri.Peter’s guest speaker was Bill Gillett, again, with 21 gyros, lady gyros and guests.
Apr 10 Miles arranged for an afternoon visit to Ecotex, the private facility that does the laundry service for Kelowna General Hospital and other hospitals in the Interior Health region. 11 attended, drinks and appies after at KGC
Mar 27 meeting at Creekside pub, a few played pool.
Mar 13 
Regular Meeting hosted by Larry Gray at BNA Brewing, 1250 Ellis. 14 attended
Feb 27 Regular Meeting at Mekong, organized by Tom Treadgold. Guest speaker Jack Peters about Acro Media. Total attendance 12.
Feb 13 Valentines Mixed party at Capri, thanks to Jeff and Renald for organizing and fun quiz
Jan 23  Tom Martin arranged for us to meet at Freddy’s Brew Pub. Brew Master Keith Bennett showed us the beer brewing operation and provided some samples.
Jan 9 Regular Meeting at Perkins. Barry McGillivray arranged guest speaker Bill Gillett, the new Dean of the School of Business here at the college.

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Dec 12 Norm & Barrie arranged our mixed Christmas dinner, gift exchange and singing at the Capri, 33 attended
Nov 14 Mickey’s Pub – Tom Martin guest was Maxine DeHart
Oct 10
business meeting, see minutes
Sep 26 Tour of Trades at Okanagan College, tour guide Diane Holm, thanks to Dennis for arranging it, 11 gyros showed, dinner after at Creekside.20170926_184641

Sep 15/16/17
Our 94th Installation 
SWINGIN AHEAD WITH JEFF MERRELL.

Friday Sep 15 – 7:00 – 9:00 pm  Meet & Greet, Held at the home of Ken & Madelaine Kilcullen
Saturday Sep 16 – formal dinner & installation, COAST CAPRI HOTEL, 6:00 pm – Fellowship  7:00 pm – Formalities
Sunday Sep 17 – 9:00 am breakfast, Held at the home of Miles & Jean Treadgold

Aug 13
Summer party at Grimwood’s

Jul 22 Our club held the District 4 Yorke Brimacombe golf tournament

Jun 27 at KGC to meet our Lady of the Lake candidate Gabrielle Hanvold, she should do well. 38 total attendance.
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Jun 24 at Simpson’s for the Guess Who wind up.
Jun 13
at Elderado (last minute accommodation), Tony introduced Marian Grimwood. Her presentation was about WWI Vimy Ridge. Diane McGillvray added some personal connections.
May 23
at Capri, Larry G introduced Kenneth Lang, president of the local federal Conservative party.
May 9 No meeting (BC Election)
Apr 25
 Welcome back Snowbird, 25 attendees at the Capri
Apr 11
back to the Capri, surprised there was not reservation, but they accommodated 16 of us. Fred Behrner showed slide highlights of their 45 day cruise from Hong Kong to Athens. In picture, Fred is proud of having visited the  “7 wonders of the world” .

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Mar 28 at Mickey’s pub  14 attended.  Health and welfare news…  Mike Emerick is on the mend after getting his new knee Monday.  Also, as mentioned at last night’s meeting Pat Martin picked up something on the plane ride back for his trip to the middle east.  He was in the hospital briefly yesterday, but is at home this morning and feeling a little better.
Mar 25 Guess Who
Mar 14 at Meeting at Basil and Mint, 10 attended
Feb 28 at Axe Monkeys, Sexsmith Rd, attended by 9 gyros, 10 showed up at Mickey’s Pub

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Feb 14 at EK’s,  6 couples (and Ted) who joined us for the Valentines dinner on Tuesday night.  We had a lovely time with each of our lady’s receiving a lovely rose from the club.
Jan 24 at Creekside, 13 attended
Jan 10 at EK’s Grill, 13 attended, Ken’s Bio
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Dec 13 at Capri, Mixed Christmas dinner, attended by 26 gyros and lady gyros.
Nov 22 Pub night
Nov 8
Campion Boat Factory visit arranged by Tom Treadgold.
Oct 25
at Capri, Harold Lunnar from Nova, solar energy
Oct 11 at Capri, Business meeting, passed new bylaws, discussion on future of club
Sep 16, 17, 18 Installation of Ken Kilcullen
Aug 7 –
Summer party at Grimwoods
Jun 28 at KGC –
meet our Lady of the Lake candidate Rachel Wehrmann.
Jun 14 at KGC (changed from Capri)
guest speaker Brett Millard. Subject is “Recruiting Members How the Scene has changed for clubs”. Brett started the Club 100 Men, Kelowna.
May 24 at Capri:
Cliff Serwa’s presentation of the history of Big White Ski Area.
May 10 at Capri:
The reigning Lady of the Lake Camyrn Peters—our candidate last year— was our guest. Camyrn showed slides of her trip to Japan as well as some items brought back from Japan. She also shared some of her experiences as Queen of the Lake.
Apr 26
at Capri, Don Burnet presentation, mostly about gardening
Apr 12
at Capri, Peter P (& help from Faye) presentation of trip to India
Mar22 at Creekside, Peter N presentation on extended visit to Thailand
Mar 7
at Woody’s in Lake Country, met with Vernon Gyro Club
Feb 23
at Creeekside, Pat Martin Bio
Feb 9 at Yellow House, Valentine’s Gathering, organized by Miles and Jean Treadgold
Jan 26 at Creekside, Monty’s Bio
Jan 12 at Creekside, Bill Bloomfield Bio
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Dec 8 at Capri, Christmas dinner
Nov 24
at Capri. Tony McCarthy has arranged for guest speaker  Cynthia Coates, who is the RDCO Waste Reduction Facilitator.
Nov 10
at Capri, Bill Arkinstall introduced Capt. Howard Hisdal Ret, long-time member of the BC Dragoons Regiment.
Oct 27 
at Southern Interior Flight Centre, a presentation and tour (including the flight simulator and several Aircraft) by Marc Vanderagen.
Oct 13 at Capri, history of the Silver Lake Forestry Camp
Sep 18,19,20
Installation of Pat Martin
Sep 8
Guest speaker Ray Hopton retired here in Kelowna in 2004 after 35 years in the Diplomatic Service with Canadian Foreign Affairs. He spent time in 12 different countries from London to Baghdad. He is going to speak to us about some of his experiences in the service.
Jul 19
Summer party at Behners
Jun 23 at KGC,
met our Camryn Peters, our Lady of the Lake candidate
Jun 9 at Ian’s Place-
18 gyros participated, fun horseshoe tournament
May 26 at Capri. –
Warren Sparks arranged guest speaker Linda Digby, Executive Director, Kelowna Museums
May 12 at Capri,
– business meeting to induct new members Tom Treadgold & Ian Sisett, approve 2014 finacials,
Apr 28 at Capri –
Mixed meeting with guest speakers Mike Roberts & .Jim Hamilton, Okanagan College President. A presentation relating to the new trades center at the college.
Apr 14 at Capri
Our guest speaker was Rebecca Zandbergen, host of the daily CBC One Radio West show, 4pm-6pm. She also brought her mike and did some interviewing. She put together a “Peek inside a nearly century-old men’s social club”. Click on the podcast
Mar 24 at EK’s Grill
guest speaker Vera Ito, Co-President of SLR (Senior Learning Resource, http://www.slrkelowna.ca/
Mar 21 Guess Who:
Jeff and Leslie Merrell hosted 3 couples: Ted & Marian Grimwood, Bill and Karin Arkinstall  plus the Arkinstall’s brought a couple who are soon to be Gyro’s, Ian and Marguerite Sisett.
Barrie and Marie Black hosted 4 couples:  Monty and Eileen Cordingley, Dennis and Jan Denney, Ken and Madeleine Kilcullen and Peter and Faye Pollhammer
Mar 10
Mixed meeting at the Distillery on Bernard Ave. ,next to Paramount theatre, dinner at Yatch Club
Feb 24
at Perkins Restaurant with 7 gyros and 1 guest (Tom Treadgold) in attendance. Thanks to Grahame for a very informative biography.
Feb 10 mixed Valentines Dinner at Capri, 29 total including 6 guests. Thanks to Ken & Madeleine Kilcullen for a fun evening. Also connected via Skype with our Gyro group in Maui (Denney’s, Cordingley’s, Emerick’s)
Jan 27
at Moxies Grill. Monty organized this meeting of Gyros and guests where he introduced his former work associate from CHBC, Mohini Singh.
Jan 25 Guess Who
Jan 13
at La Petite Maison
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Dec 9
Mixed Christmas party
Nov 25 pub night
Nov 11 at Capri, guest speaker Col. (retired) Tom Wolfe, Pres. War MuseumSep 19/20/21 Our 91st Installation at KGC
Oct 28 at Capri,
mixed meeting with guest speaker mayor Walter Gray, introduction by Larry Gray
Oct 25 Guess Who
Oct 14 at Capri,
founders night, an evening of fun and entertainment. Miles Treadgold and Ken Kilcullin organized and presented this years Founders Night meeting and we were honored to have many Past Presidents and Associate members in attendance.
Sep 9 at Capri,
our very own Derek Parkes was our guest speaker.  His life story, all starting in Ireland, graduation from Trinity College, emigrating to BC, working with the Dept. of Highways, earning a Masters’ Degree from Queens, retiring from the Dept of Highways to being a self employed contractor .
Jul 19
Summer Party at Arkinstall’s
Jun 25 at Capri,
Warren Sparks arranged for Brent Carmichael, PEng, Project Engineer for Doppelmayr Canada Ltd. Bent talked about the Sea to Sky Gondola Project (Squamish, BC)
Jun 11 at KGC, Lady of the Lake
We had a good event. Ken,from PG, and his wife Madelyn. Our Lady of the Lake candidate is a very bright and a Good speaker.  She will represent us well. Attendance was 36 or 38.
May 27 at Capri, total attendance 43 (lots of Lady Gyros & guests); guest speaker Donny van Dyk, all about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway
May 13 at Perkins Family Restaurant, 19 gyros, guest speaker Carl Misseghers, re Nornamdy
Apr 22 at Capri –
17 gyros plus guest speaker Brett Millard, SPEIR Management
Apr 8 at Capri – 18 gyros attended. Al Anderson’s bio
Mar 25 at Creekside Pub – 12 gyros attended (Jeff, Monty, Al, Miles, Pat, Mike, Barrie, Dennis, Bill A, Graham, Peter N & Peter) Barrie’s bio.
Mar 22 Guess Who – Treadgold’s & Black’s hosted
Mar 11 at Creekside Pub – only 8 gyros showed (Al, Barrie, Ted, Fred, Jeff, Pat, Dennis & Peter)
Feb 25 at Creekside Pub –
only 5 gyros showed (Bill A, Barrie, Ted, Fred & Peter)
Feb 22 Guess Who –
We had 2 Hosts Couples:  Bill & Karin Arkinstall and Ted & Marian Grimwood
Alan & Nina Anderson, Norm & Hélène Letnick, and Peter and Faye Pollhammer went to The Grimwood’s
Barrie and Marie Black, Pat Martin, and Jeff and Leslie Merrell went to The Arkinstall’s.
Feb 11 Mixed Valentines
dinner at Creekside Pub, organized by Fred & Diana Behner, 9 couples attended, 4 couples met in Maui
Jan 28 at Creekside Pub –
informal meeting, 16 members, Peter’s bio.
Jan 25 Guess Who is c
oming to Dinner saw Nina and Allan Anderson hosting: Ted and Marian Grimwood, Fred and Nadia Brome, (Dennis and Jan Denney sick), and Peter Pollhammer.
Also hosting was Jeff and Leslie Merrell, with Barrie and Marie Black, Monty and Eileen Cordingley, Bill and Karin Arkinstall, and Pat Martin attending.
Jan 14 at Creekside Pub – informal meeting, 15 members showed up
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Dec 19 at Scandia: Kids Christmas party with Santa
Dec 12 at Capri:
Mixed Christmas dinner
Nov 26 at Capri: Fred Behrner’s trip to China
Nov 24 at Grimwood’s, Guess Who Grey Cup party
Nov 12 at Capri
: guest speaker Vic McDonald, a Bee Keeper
Oct 18-20 Installation weekend; Friday at Grimwoods hosted my outgoing president Tony, Saturday evening at the Capri, “Run Again With Peter”, Sunday moose milk at Grimwoods.
Oct 08 at Capri: “Founders Night that was interesting, informative and uplifting for a renewed commitment to Gyro” by Cliff and Yogi showed pictures and movies from past events.
Sep 24
Tour of UBCO Athletics & Recreation facilities including the Hanger Fitness Center. Meet at 6pm at the UBCO Gym entrance and Heather Corliss Campus Recreation Coordinator took us for a tour.
Sep 10 Brad Fraser of the BC Paramedic Academy.
Jul 21 Summer Party at Arkindale’s
Jun 29 Guess Who Wind up
Jun 25 at Capri, our guest speaker was  Greg MacKinnon from MacKenzie MacKinnon Financial Services
with information about Estate and Financial Planning.
Jun 11
mixed event to meet Lady of the Lake candidate Elizabeth Hardy at Kelowna Golf & Country Club
May
28 Kelsey Serwa shared her stories of determination, hardwork, diversities and triumphs as World Champion, X-Games gold medalist, Olympian, National Champion and two-time South American Champion.
May 14 Murray Tekano who has more than 35 years of experience with the Ministry of Transportation, in the Highways Division. Presently he is the District Manager Okanagan and Shuswap.  Previously, project Director Reconstruction/Relocation of the Trans Canada Highway in the Kicking Horse Canyon east from Golden. Murray will talk about Traffic and Transportation Projects and Plans in the Central Okanaganarea and respond to questions raised on other issues within his mandate.
Apr 23
Fred Behrner Cruise to Fr.Polynesia

Apr 9 At Capri, we were entertained by Barry M. with a questionnaire about the Central Kelowna area
Mar 26 Creekside Pub: expected 12, got 18
Mar 12 Jerry Hlady arranged for us to meet at Arctic Spas Factory Superstore, 2331 Enterprise. Perry Lewis gave us the full run down on spas,
he built Artic Spas from $3 million to $12 million before settling here in Kelowna.
Afterwards met at Ora Kitchen & Bar Restaurant (Best Western) 2402 Highway 97 N.

Feb 26 due to low numbers, met at McCulloch pub
Feb 12 mixed Valentines dinner at Capri
Jan 29
at Capri, guest speaker Purvez Arani who is the Construction Engineer for the City of Kelowna charged with the task of overseeing the completion of plans that have been drawn and approved for construction of City projects.
Jan 15 at Capri, guest speaker Chris Waller (Lakeside Medicine Centre) is doing a presentation “Pharmacy, then and now”
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Dec 20 Kids Christmas party at Scandia
Dec 04
Mixed Christmas Dinner
Nov 20
at Capri
Nov 06
Ways & Means at Capri
Oct 19-21
Installation
Oct 09
Founders Night at Capri
Sep 25 at Capri,
mixed meeting, guest speaker Tait MacFarlane
Sep 11 at Flightcraft – this was a fantastic gathering and tour of Flightcraft
Jun 26 at Capri –
guest speaker Ron Cannon, MP
Jun 12 at KGC – meet
Megan Anderson our Lady of the Lake candidate
May 29 Cancelled at Capri, but 21 of us met at McCullo pub
May 15 at Capri:
Larry Shipowick, our speaker talked about CHIP Cardiac Health Improvement Project.

CHIP is a 4 week education program that provides tools and strategies for making lifestyle choices that will stick. We live or die by our food choices.

May 1 at Capri: Teresa Mackenzie shared her experience on a trip through Peru, Argentina (including hiking in Patagonia), then on down to Antarctica.
Apr 29 Guess Who: 15 couples with 4 hosts
Apr 17 at Capri,
Mark Consiglio, our speaker, is the owner/developer, of the best kept secret in the Okanagan, Kelowna Mountain. Mark told us how it came to be, the development trials, tribulations and successes and his plans to bring Kelowna Mountain to completion.
Apr 03 at Capri, David Cram, Camino de Santiago pilgrimage walk
Mar 24 Guess Who
Mar 20 at Capri,
Nature Trust of BC presentation, mixed event 35 in total
Mar 6
Informal meeting at Pheasant & Quail pub, about 14 in attendance
Feb 21
at Croctalk and McCullock Station Pub
Feb 7 at Capri, Mixed Valentines
dinner; Bob Groves was our MC and entertainer; Pres Peter did a talk on his 2001 “Trekking in Nepal” trip
Jan 22 at Capri, Al Anderson introduced Marya Raty, Director of Candidate Training, Miss Kelowna Lady of the Lake Society, and the reigning Lady of the Lake.
Jan 10 at Capri, Fred Behrner introduced Don Burnett (The Garden Expert) who presented an extensive power point program about BUSINESSES IN Kelowna over the last 50 or so years. This was a very interesting presentation!
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Dec 20 Kids Christmas party We held our annual Gyro kids Christmas party at the McCurdy Bowling Centre on Tuesday evening. All the essentials were there, the bowling, kids playing with other kids, presents and of course Santa, who this year was our very own Norm Letnick. He needed a bit of padding but he did just fine making sure every kid got the perfect Christmas present. It’s a miracle how Santa always knows exactly what kids want. Maybe it’s all those letters.
Dec 6 at Carpi Mixed Christmas party
Nov 27 The annual Gyro Guess Who group Grey Cup potluck party (try to say that 5 times fast) was held at Ted & Marian Grimwood’s house this year. Many Guess Who snowbirds had already flown South for the Winter, but we still had 24 people attend. Guests brought a delicious array of appetizers, salads and desserts, and the hosts provided buns and two types of chili. Plus, Martha Stewart Marian made a football cake! Big winners of the night were Nina Anderson, first quarter $40, Eileen Cordingley, third quarter $40, and really big winners were Jan & Dennis Denney, winning the half $40 and the final $76 (someone shorted the pot). Of course, the real winners were the BC Lions with a score of 34 against 23 for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Bombers certainly were blue.
A good time was had by all, and the night ended early at 7:30 pm.
Nov 22 At Capri Larry Vandergrift: Executive Director of Okanagan Mental Health Services Society and he is in charge of the therapeutic work program.  Jennifer Pfliger: Program Manager for Assisted Living.

Nov 8 Ways & Means
Oct 21,22,23 Installation
Oct 11 at Capri
(Miles Treadgold) Founders Night
Sep 26 at Capri
(Larry Gray) Garth who is the Executive Director of Ozanam House, which is run by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Sep 13 at Capri (Dennis Denney) Captain Carl Stef was one of the early pilots of our Canadian Snowbirds
Jul 22 Yorke-Brimacomb (Leigh Simpson ), Albernis
Jul 16 Mixed summer party (Bill Bloomfield), at Arkinstalls’s
Jun 21 Skeet shoot (
Gerry Hlady) at KFGC
Jun 6 at KGG (Pat Martin) meet our Lady of the Lake candidate
May 24 at Capri (
John Whillis). Guest speaker John Whillis – Isle of Man
May 10 at Capri (Tony McCarthy). Guest speaker Randy Cleaveland – H2O
Apr 26 at Capri. I wonder why only 13 gyros showed? (Canuck fever?)
Apr 12 at Capri (Peter Pollhammer). Guest Speaker was Dan Crockett, lifestyle changes
Mar 22 at Capri (Jeff Merrell ). Guest Speaker was Sam Samaddar, Director, City of Kelowna Airport.
Sam spoke on the Economic Impact of our Airport and their drive to serve 1.6 million passengers.
Mar 8 at Capri (Pat Martin), lady of the lake speakers Ambassador Breanne Clelland and princess Juliet Kaczmarek
Feb 22 at Bunches Bistro (Peter Neville ), speaker Peter Neville on BC Conservatives and Mark Thomson Conservative canditate
Feb 08
at Bunches Bistro, mixed dinner
Jan 25 at Capri (Bill Arkinstall ), Dr Andrew Farquhar guest speaker on Evolution in the Galapagos and Darwin.
Jan 22 Guess Who
Jan 11 at Capri (John Mandoli ), Rolli Cacchioni guest speaker, chairman SC#23

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Dec 7 Mixed Christmas Party at the Carpi, 57 turned out for this event.
Nov 23
Fred Behrner’s tour around the Galapagos Islands!!!
Nov 09 Ways & Means
Oct 22, 23, 24  Installation
Oct 10
Founders Night
Sep 28
Meeting at the Capri
Sep 25 Guess Who
Sep 17/18/19
District 4 Convention at Sun Peaks
Sep 14
Meeting at the Capri
Jul 10
Summer Pary at Arkinstall
Jun 26 Gues Who wrap up
Jun 22
Lady of the Lake at Kelowna Golf Club
Jun 8 Trap shoot
May 18
at Olympia Greek Restaurant in Rutland, hosted by Konrad Pimiskern
May 4 at Capri, Gary August’s
13 day trip tp Ivvavik National Park where they rafted on the Firth River and hiked the surrounding mountains.
Apr 20 Meeting at Capri
Apr 6
Meeting at Capri
Mar 27
Guess Who
Mar 23 at OUC
Mar 9
Meeting at Capri
Feb 27
Guess Who Dinner
Feb 23 Meeting at Capri
Feb 9
Mixed Valentines
Jan 26
Off site meeting at AirZone

Jan 12 Meeting at Capri
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Dec 22 Kids Christmas Party
Dec 8
Mixed Christmas Dinner
Nov 29
Guess Who Grey Cup Party
Nov 24 at Capri
Nov 10
Ways & Means at Capri
Oct 23-25
Installation of officers
Oct 06
Founders Night
Sep 22
Sep 8
at Capri
Aug 15
Yorke-Brimacombe
Jul 12 at Arkistall’s
summer pary
Jul 7
at Pollhammer, Meet Ab & Win Nightingale, immediate Past International President
Jun 30 at Erics
Jun 19-21
District IV Convention, Whistler, hosted by Vancouver BC Club
Jun 16 at Capri
Jun 12
tour of Daily Courier
Jun 2 at Capri:
Installation of Konrad Pimiskern and Brian Stein
May 30 Guess Who:
4 hosts, total of 30 participants
May 19
at Eldorado Mixed event: Introduction of Lady of the Lake Gyro candidate, Miss Christina Kirnbauer
May 05 at Capri Guest speaker Warren Sparks and Whistler’s Peak-2-Peak gondola
Apr 21
at Capri: Guest speaker Barrie Miler from GeoTility about Geothermal systems.
Apr 7 at Capri: Ron Finch was installed. Hugh, Al and Miles were honored for 50 years in gyro
Mar 24
Denis Frie was installed. Guest speaker was Mark Jennings-Bates who is the 2006 Novice and Open Class driver champion in Western Canada and in 2008 the top Open Class driver. Mark’s goal is to finish the DAKAR raley in 2011 as Canada’s first 4 wheel drive entry.
Mar 10
Guest speaker was Dr. Alana Berg, Naturopathic Dr. with iQuest. She spoke Men’s health and their new focus on that as well as iQuest in general and what they have to offer. She’s young, energetic and a good speaker.
Feb 28
Guess Who There were two hosts: Black’s, Cordingley’s, Merrell’s and  McCarthy’s  at Pollhammer’s; Grimwoods where the other hosts with the Pinder’s, Martin’s, Anderson’s, and Hlady’s attending.  It’s always a fun evening!
Feb 24 Past President Larry introduced the guest speaker Denis Frie who is a hard working Engineer who thinks he is retired. He works 12 hours per day, but goes to work late and leaves early to make up for it.  Denis specializes in concrete construction and showed us slide of his accomplishments, including the anchors that supported the old floating bridge and now the new one.  There was one slide of some concrete building way off  in the distance but most of us focused on the bikini girls in the forground.
Feb 10 Mixed Valentines, Bob introduced Mike Roberts, CHBC News weathercaster since the early 1980’s. Mike Roberts has one of the most challenging geographical areas in the country to deal with. That is one of the reasons why the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society honored Mike in 1992 by naming him Canada’s Top Weatherman. Mike’s experience has been extensive as producer and host of entertainment, current affairs and documentary programs – Nightwatch, Focus, Eco-Watch, Gold Trails and Ghost Towns (ten years), Pioneers and Places and now contributing features to Okanagan Now.
Jan 31 Guess Who, only 1 host at McGillivray, attended by Anderons’s, C Gray’s,McCarthy’s, Pollhammer’s
Jan 27 Past President Jerry Hlady introduced the guest speaker, Jill White owner with the Waterplay manufacturing people which are an up and coming local company. She talked about the various water toys they build worldwide. They manufacturer most of their products right here in the Okanagan, about 80%. We saw a short corporate video. It was well received with many questions from a smallish but interested turnout
Jan 13 at Capri. Bill Arkinstall introduced the guest speaker, our very own Warren Sparks who spoke of the collapse of the lift at Blackcomb. It was full of great engineering info about what happened and why, also why it happened and the steps that have been taken to ensure it is safer in the future worldwide. Thanked by Tony McCarthy

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Dec 16
Guest speaker was Dave Roseberry, retired Kelowna Sup’t R.C.M.P His career took him from coast to coast and he talked about his time as the NCO in charge of many units such as general investigation, drugs, serious crimes, sexual crimes, commercial crime, political corruption, bank embellishment and his undercover work. He was also in charge of security for many heads of state such as Queen Elizabeth, President Bush, Clinton, Pope John Paul 2 to mention a few.
Dec 10
Children’s Christmast party
Dec 2
Mixed Christmas Dinner MC Barrie did a great job keeping us entertained. Lovely meal and fun games afterwards. Looks like Miles is trying his best to blow up one of those thin balloons, at least he got it going. The idea was to stuff balloons into pantyhose and then pretend to be a reindeer.
Nov 29 Guess Who Grey cup wind up was held at Simpson’s home (guess which one?) and attended by a boisterous group. Everyone contributed to the loonie and toonie squares, but there were only a few winners, like the final to Nina who was enjoying herself in Hawaii.

Nov 18 Ways & Means. This was our annual Ways and Means meeting and here are some of the highlights: There was discussions about raising the dinner dues so we were not subsidizing the meals and now our fees are $25.00  Discussion about travel money to raise it from $175.00 and this was deferred to the executive for discussion at our next meeting in January – carried. Discussions about the general operating account and what to do with the funds to ensure we have them for future years. Deferred to the directors to decide what to do.Discussions about the bursaries and most gyros present were in favor. The directors to distribute this year at the discretion of the Treasurer. We budgeted for “around $3000.00 dollars.”

Nov 4 at the Capri Acting President Barry introduced our guest speaker Bob Groves and fellow Gyro from Kelowna, who spoke about David Thompson’s Exploration route from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta to Thunder Bay, Ontario. Bob presented a 45 minute video clip showing their water way exploration trip in vivid video, over 66 days the voyageurs ensured an adventure that took them across four provinces and two centuries of Canadian history. Bob shared the adventure and his personal stories with the throng. And yes he participated in the event and over great distances and many miles. He also grew a beard while he was away and lost 15 pounds. Gyro Bob is now considered a canoe master, and well versed with the traditions of Canada’s First Nations, The back country, black flies, the damage rocks can do to graphite and other important Canadian Facts

Oct 24-26 Installation First of all thanks to the Grey’s for hosting Friday night’s social, and the Grimwood’s and their committee for hosting Moose milk.  It was a disappointing turn out from our club and poor attendance from other clubs, but if we don’t visit them they won’t reciprocate.  But thanks to representatives from Fraser-Delta, Osoyoos, Burnaby for attending.  Wow, if you weren’t there Saturday evening, words cannot describe what happened. The guys put on a great skit about various individual seeking financial help from “Derek”, like a biker, a hooker, etc it was funny. (Rumors has it that Theresa Hlady was the creative mind).. After being installed, Derek completely surprised and overwhelmed us, he disappeared for about 5 minutes and we all wondered and then he re-appeared as a Queen. This will be a Majestic Year!

Oct 7 Founders’s Night attended by 26 members and13 Guests: Felix Westerkamp, John Kelly, Ron Gee, John Ritchie, George Bradley, Murray Joyce, Dick Stewart, John Angle, Joe Gray, Chris Finch, Hugo Cookson, Neal Hallisey, Pat Styles.  Barry, Barrie, and Miles led the club through a series of old slides. For some reason there were a lot of slides of gyros in kilts and women’s clothing; excellent work. Gentlemen! Many members bemoaned how the club has become softer over the years and suggested it was time for us to jump into our wives clothing and get drunk.
Sep 23 Bill Bloomfield introduced Don Burnett as our guest speaker. Steve Dubay thanked Don for a wonderful  video presentation and talk about the commercial history of Kelowna.

Sep 9 at Capri Doctor Kevin Kanerva from IQuest health care introduced by Derek Moran and thanked by Geoff Treadgold. Medical system is in trouble because doctors are getting burnt out treating patients based on volume. The traditional system is too focused on pills. Pharmaceuticals controls medical care by influencing world class specialists to conduct studies that support their products. Many diseases are lifestyle influenced. Waste circumference greater than 36 is trouble. He advocates integrative medicine with different professionals working together to help patients. You are what you eat. The most important way to help save the health system money is to help people not get sick by helping them lose weight and change lifestyle. A lot of health problems are related to what we eat and perceive. Control our diet, water intact, thoughts, exercise.
Jul 27 Summer Party Another successful Kelowna Gyro annual summer party. Masterfully Hosted by Fred and Nadia Brome and organized by Chic, all had a fun time. Good company, perfect weather, and sumptuous food made the day complete.
Jun 28 Guess Who windup at Simpson’s
Jun 16 at Sunset Ranch Golf Course. Bruce Vermee the head Pro at Sunset Ranch was to be the speaker, but bowed out due to “bee” attack.
Jun 12-15 International & District 4 Convention in Victoria. Attended by Larry Gray & family, Grimwood’s, Hlady’s,  Mather’s, Simpson’s and Pollhammer’s
Our club shared the Man-Mile Award with Olympia for most attendees and distance travelled. We are also sharing the Large club bulletin award with Bob Cobb of Vancouver, BC, and received the Gyro Website Award.
Jun 3 at Kelowna Golf Club.  We were entertained by guest speaker Jassie Kakoschke who gave us the background about the “Lady of the Lake” program, how the ladies are selected and the commitment required leading up becoming a Kelowna ambassador.
May 24 Guess Who Tthree hosts: Marion and Ted Grimwood hosted Brome, Worobieff, Coyne, and Simpson;  Gerry and Teresa Hlady hosted Arkinstall and Pinder;
Pat and Kathy Martin hosted McGillivray and Hahne (new participants)
May 20. A huge group of gyros, spouses and friends met at the west end of the WAC Bennett Bridge for a grand tour by Wayne Saunders, P.Eng.  After a group  of 59 continued on to the Vintage Hills golf course for chicken or beef burgers. Wayne Saunders carried on with an after dinner slide show presentation of the bridge construction.
May 6 at the Capri. District 4 Governor Peter Evans installed Wilfred Hahn as our newest member. He was introduced by his sponsor Derrick
Moran. Bob Groves introduced Blair Baldwin who spoke about the Myra Canyon restoration project. $18 million to rebuild 12 and restore 2 trestles – the single largest rebuild of rail trail in the world. Opening ceremony scheduled for June 22. Access is past Gallagher’s Canyon and the road is now maintained by highways. (no more washboard) Barry thanked Blair for delivering an interesting talk and compared him to our long standing and highly respected member Bob Groves.
Apr 26 Guess Who
Apr 22 at the Capri.Guest Speaker  introduced by Chic Gray.  John Parrot, Executive Director of the Downtown Kelowna association.  A very informative presentation followed by questions from the floor.  Some of the points of interest  and KDA  involvement include: Kel. Senior Secondary School site plans;  Back alley dumpster removal program; City park planning concept; Downtown density; Bar flush issues; Biz Patrol; Looking ahead.    Ted Grimwood thanked the speaker.
Apr 8 at the Capri.
Bill Arkinstall introduced Bill Cutfield. He spoke and showed pictures of bird species found in the Okanagan. Some fast facts:
1. Some varieties of the feather fowl travel from New Foundland to Venaswala on their migratory route.
2. The Great Blue Heron wing span ranges from 10-20 feet in width.
3. There are about 10 pairs of the Blue Herron nesting in the Okanagan
4. No species of the birds cooked for Thanksgiving or Christmas were shown or talked about.
Hugh Fitzpatrick thanked the speaker with fine elocution and grace.
Mar 29 Guess Who
A total ot 31 people participated.Monty & Eileen hosted with Jack and Jackie Pinder, Gord and Jeri Stockman, and Eric and Rose-Marie as guests.  Bill and Carol Bloomfield hosted Jeff and Leslie Merrell, Al and Nina Anderson and Peter & Faye Pollhammer. Tony and Shirley McCarthy hosted Pat Martin (single), Gerry and Teresa Hlady, and Barrie and Marie Black.  Barry and Diane McGillivray hosted Charlie Pearson and his friend Thelma, Fred and Nadia Brome and Leigh and Susan. Susan writes “We had a wonderful evening and our conversation covered everything from house building and design to upcoming vacation plans and employment opportunities for today’s youth.  Diane tried out four new recipes on us which all turned out to be excellent.  It was a late night for those of us who aren’t used to staying out as late as 11:00 pm. Barry tried some funny blue after dinner drink out on us, which he said all the young kids are drinking these days.”
Mar 25 at Capri (as reported from Secretary Norm) Ted Grimwood was responsible for organizing the guest speaker and he really outdid himself.  Not only did he organize a guest speaker – he organized five guest speakers who spoke about several international topics, including: bank robbers; extreme weather; bull riding; Italian men’s fashion; $100,000 watches; scooter-bus encounters; high finance and low health services; friendly border officers; living alone in Saudi Arabia; gas at 30cents/litre.  As Dorothy says: There is no place like home Toto!
Mar 11 A little different from the norm… a visit to off track betting at Champs Casino. Good news, bad news…  Good news was that it was a record short meeting.  2 quick gavel raps and it was over,  Bad news…  not much change left in pocket when home..
Feb 26 at Capri.Jeff Merrell’s Birthday, Guest speaker Eric Frans from Kelowna Gospel Mission and introduction via photo of our Lady of the lake candidate Chantale Mcvarnock.
Feb 23 Guess Who
Feb 12 Mixed Valentines at the Capri
Jan 29
at Capri.Speaker was Ron Spence who spoke enthusiastically and passionately about his bike trip through the southern BC area, mostly on old rail beds. Installed were Brian Bonsama and Philippe Leger
Jan 15
at Capri.Gyro Transportation meeting .

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