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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Monashee Toastmasters

Why You Should Join Toastmasters?
by Sonja Peters

"It isn't just about giving better speeches anymore–the group is helping advance careers and train tomorrow's leaders."       Anne Fisher


Twelve years ago my boss suggested that I teach workshops.  I looked at him with fear and simply said no.   You see, I was afraid of speaking in front of a small group, let alone a big group of people.  Back then I was shy and wouldn't say a word to anyone and when I did my heart would begin beating quickly, my face would turn bright red and I would freeze.

Can you relate to this?  Perhaps you are afraid to talk in front of people (audiences or co-workers) or perhaps you would just like to hone your speaking skills.  Speaking during interviews, strata meetings, club meetings, workshops or weddings can make anyone nervous.

Twelve years ago a friend suggested that I attend a Toastmasters meeting.  I bravely attended a few meetings as a guest and I found a friendly, supportive, educational and safe environment.  I joined my local club and over the years I have attended many meetings, practicing my speaking (communication), listening and leadership skills.  Now I teach adult education workshops and compete in Humorous speech contests.  I can speak to people with confidence and my face doesn't turn cherry red anymore (well at least not as often).   I have also gained many life-long friends by attending Toastmasters meetings.

Toastmasters provides me with the opportunity to attend conferences where I pick up tips that help me in my personal and professional life.  Conferences also give us an opportunity to see Toastmasters from around the world compete in speech contests.

Join us!
It would be our pleasure for you to be our guest at our meeting.  
We promise you a fun and supportive atmosphere to help you thrive!

Meeting Information: Monashee Toastmasters
Meeting time:             every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm.
Our next meets are:     December 13 and January 10|
Location:                     White Valley Community Center (Lumby, BC)

For more information visit

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization's membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Better at Home program

Are you a senior 60+ who lives independently at home but needs some modest help with a few tasks? The North Okanagan Better at Home Program offers transportation, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, minor home repair and light yard work. An exciting new service offering friendly visiting has recently been introduced. Volunteer positions are also available!

Cost is based on what is affordable for the senior.  The program is funded by the Government of BC and managed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

Please contact Lisa or Penny at NexusBC: 250-545-0585. Website:

Supplies to Guatemala

Local Lavington residents, Denis & Eileen Nogue would like to thank everyone who has made a donation, we have raised over $12,000.00. towards the shipping of a 40 foot container with over 1 million servings of donated Gleaners food and medical supplies to Guatemala. The Nogue's will be working with Mision Hispana  and will be implementing a much needed feeding program at a public school as well as feeding the most vulnerable and poor. If you would still like to make a financial contribution, 100% of the proceeds will be used towards the project.  Tax receiptable donations can be made to Lavington Fellowship Baptist Church, (marked Container Project)  9681 School Rd., Coldstream, B.C. V1B 3G4. 
For more information contact Denis or Eileen at 250-545-1672 or email 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Cedar Bridge School

 730 Whitevale Road Lumby, BC V0E 2G7 Press Release New Classrooms at Local Independent School Open Lumby, BC: The official opening of the new classroom building at Cedar Bridge School, on Friday November 18, 2016, at 2 pm, will celebrate the completion of two elementary grades classrooms. Cedar Bridge School will be hosting a simple Celebratory Ribbon Cutting event and Open House as a means of acknowledging and thanking all the trades, volunteers, and financial donors who contributed to bring this classroom into existence. The event will also serve to officially introduce the school, and the new classrooms, to the community and the North Okanagan. This event is open to all who wish to attend. The celebration will include musical performances by the elementary grades. There will be an informal Open House and Social with refreshments after the presentations, where attendees are invited to visit the new classrooms and experience the school. The new building houses two elementary classrooms, that are spatially designed for accommodating active learning, and are lazure painted with age-specific colours to enliven the rooms. Planning for a second classroom building is set to begin in spring of 2017 with the goal of offering grades 1-8 at Cedar Bridge School. Cedar Bridge School has been in operation since 2006, and is operated by The Bridge Educational Society, a registered charity. Since its inception, it has grown from offering only preschool programs to now having a full range of early childhood programs through to Grade 6, with plans to expand through to Grade 8. Situated on an organic farm and nestled into a forest, the school integrates both nature and farm experiences into its Waldorf-inspired curriculum. It's aesthetic location, unique outdoor and Waldorf-inspired curriculum, and appealing learning environment has attracted families from around the country and as far away as Nevada. As an employer, Cedar Bridge School now employs 13 staff and continues to grow. For further information contact: School Office 250 547-9212 Roxanne Brierley (Board President) 250 550-6429 Lorna Church (Board Secretary) 250 503-6637

Saturday, November 5, 2016


Learning communication and leadership skills in a safe and friendly environment.

OPEN HOUSE (with refreshments)

WHEN: Tuesday, November 8
TIME: 7 - 8:45pm
WHERE: White Valley Community Hall, Lumby

You are welcome to visit and see what we are all about!
(18 and over)

Mike 250 547-9335 or Marena 250 547-9572
Facebook: District 21 Monashee Toastmasters
For general information:

Lavington Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast

Friday Nov 11 starts at 8:30 am.

At the Lavington Fire Hall.

Breakfast will be by donation.

Remembrance Day Ceremonies

On Friday November 11, a Remembrance Day Service will be held at the Lavington Centennial Park Cenotaph. Assemble at 10:30 am, service starts at 10:45 am. The Lavington Firemen will serve refreshments at the fire hall following the ceremonies. Come to remember and honour the men and women, past and present, who have served. Many who have given their lives for their country and our freedom.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Okanagan Artisans Guild 37th Annual Show & Sale

November 25 & 26, 2016

Vernon Lodge, Highway 97N (3914 32 Street), Vernon, BC

High-quality, fine arts & crafts show – the longest running of its kind in The Okanagan, and the show of choice for many of the region's professional artisans.

Free admission & coat check.  Coffee & Wine Bar available.

Times: Friday12 noon - 8:00pm & Saturday9:30am - 3:30pm.

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CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKET in Lumby featuring products by local artisans, craftspeople, and home-based businesses.
No entry fee, but donation to Food Bank appreciated.
For information call Murray at 778-473-0013



Learning communication and leadership skills in a
safe and friendly environment

Open House

(with refreshments)

WHEN: Tuesday, November 8
TIME: 7- 8:45pm

WHERE: White Valley Community Hall, Lumby

You are welcome to visit and see what we are all about!
(18 and over)


Mike 250 547-9335 or Marena 250 547-9572
Facebook: District 21 Monashee Toastmasters
For general information: