Friends of the Oliver Library Need more “Friends”!

The Friends of the Oliver Library (FOTOL) have moved their monthly business meeting to coincide with the monthly “Tuesday Coffee Morning”, on the third Tuesday of each month. The FOTOL business meeting begins at 9:00 a.m., with the coffee fellowship with the public following at 10:00 a.m.

On Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m., Eva Durance, author of Cultivating the Wild: Gardening with Native Plants of B.C.’s Southern Interior, will discuss gardening with native plants. Come meet the author and enjoy her presentation. Coffee and refreshments.

What would you like to see happen at the Library? Guest speakers? Workshops? Literacy initiatives? Computer classes? A book club? Read-aloud evenings? A poetry reading coffeehouse? A fund raising idea? Please share new ideas with the society. 

Friends of the Oliver Library membership forms are available at the Library, which also list areas for volunteer acivities. It’s never too soon or too late to sign up as a volunteer for the Summer Book Sale!

Have some creative energy to spare? Let them know – the Friends would love to hear your voice!

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Pictured: Enid Baker, Shirley Cade and librarian Vicki White
Photo Credit: Val Friesen

Friends of the Oliver Library Need more "Friends"!

The Friends of the Oliver Library (FOTOL) have moved their monthly business meeting to coincide with the monthly “Tuesday Coffee Morning”, on the third Tuesday of each month. The FOTOL business meeting begins at 9:00 a.m., with the coffee fellowship with the public following at 10:00 a.m.

On Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m., Eva Durance, author of Cultivating the Wild: Gardening with Native Plants of B.C.’s Southern Interior, will discuss gardening with native plants. Come meet the author and enjoy her presentation. Coffee and refreshments.

What would you like to see happen at the Library? Guest speakers? Workshops? Literacy initiatives? Computer classes? A book club? Read-aloud evenings? A poetry reading coffeehouse? A fund raising idea? Please share new ideas with the society. 

Friends of the Oliver Library membership forms are available at the Library, which also list areas for volunteer acivities. It’s never too soon or too late to sign up as a volunteer for the Summer Book Sale!

Have some creative energy to spare? Let them know – the Friends would love to hear your voice!

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Pictured: Enid Baker, Shirley Cade and librarian Vicki White
Photo Credit: Val Friesen

Oliver is Bloomin’

submitted by Betty Lou Trimmer Bahnsen
Communities in Bloom Co-Chair

At the BC Communities in Bloom Conference held in Hope BC on September 24 – 26, Oliver was awarded “Four out of Five Blooms”, recognizing a year of intensive landscaping and cleanup across the district. This is an astounding feat, as this is only Oliver’s first of two years in the provincial Communities in Bloom programme. This date also marks the anniversary of the idea to have Oliver participate in Communities in Bloom. What a way to commemorate a years work with four lovely Blooms!

The Oliver Community Arts Council is basking in the reflected glow. The arts council was asked by the Communities in Bloom (CIB) committee to provide some motivation  and excitement among Oliver residents by organizing a competition to boost interest in the CIB programme.  In the spring of 2010, the OCAC’s “Best Bloomin’ Garden Contest” was off and running. A small group of arts council members solicited sponsors, organized several categories for the competition, determined criteria for each award category, arranged for judging by the Oliver Heirloom Garden Club, and designed and presented the awards. Thanks to Best Bloomin’ Garden Contest chair Penny Ruddy, and committee Stephanie Salsnek, Brian and Jennifer Mapplebeck, and Dot Cranston for their hard work!  Thanks to John Salsnek and Linda Blaschuk for designing the charming trophy. Although we were only a part of the overall cleanup efforts across the municipality and regional district, the OCAC-sponsored contest got competitive juices flowing, and gave incentive to residents and businesses to get involved.

Initially, the Oliver Communities in Bloom committee had planned to be in the non-competitive category in the first year thus, using the opportunity of the judges’ visit and evaluation to learn and to build on their adjudication for the following year, at which time Oliver would enter into the competitive category. However, at the final meeting with the judges during their July 2010 visit to Oliver, it was the judges’ suggestion that we upgrade to the competitive category. They indicated that the community had done very well and would gain more public recognition with an award, in addition to reaping the benefits of an evaluation. The Oliver Communities in Bloom committee followed the judges’ advice  — with full awareness that most communities take several years to attain the full Five Blooms. It therefore came as a complete surprise that Oliver was acclaimed with Four Blooms after only one year.

The achievement of the “Four Bloom” status and the community pride associated with this award could not have taken place without the total involvement of the Oliver community. We are thank ful for the support of individual participants , our many partners and sponsors, the local politicians (Town and Area C), the business community who gave so generously in kind, the Osoyoos Indian Band, the Bahvsagar Sikh Temple Council, the many service and cultural groups, the media, the untiring efforts of the special employees of the Town of Oliver administrative staff and Public Works, together with the happy band of Oliver Communities in Bloom volunteers which brought about this great result.

OLIVER, WE ARE A BLOOMIN’ GOOD COMMUNITY!

Photo Credit: Patrick Reid

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Want more information about the Communities in Bloom program? Here are some excerpts from the provincial CIB website (http://www.bccommunitiesinbloom.ca/)

All participating communities in either the national or provincial contests receive a rating of one to five ‘blooms’. All participants are promoted within BC and nationally, and are invited to attend the provincial Awards Ceremony which takes place in the fall, hosted by a different community each year. A top five bloom rating may result in an invitation to participate in the following year’s national program.

In addition to their rating, each BC CiB participant receives a comprehensive report, prepared by the judges (all qualified and experienced horticulturalists and specialists). This report reviews the particular features and projects in each of the eight criteria areas that the community has undertaken and presented. These criteria include tidiness, environmental awareness, community involvement, natural and cultural heritage conservation, tree/urban forest management, landscaped areas, floral displays, turf and groundcover. The judges offer constructive hints and recommendations for the following year.

Of course, all participants are winners with respect to increased civic pride, preservation of natural and architectural heritage, economic development, ehanced property values, decreased vandalism, improved environmental awareness, business development, increased tourism appeal, corporate relocations, new development, investment and general economic activity based on being more attractive, liveable communities!

Oliver is Bloomin'

submitted by Betty Lou Trimmer Bahnsen
Communities in Bloom Co-Chair

At the BC Communities in Bloom Conference held in Hope BC on September 24 – 26, Oliver was awarded “Four out of Five Blooms”, recognizing a year of intensive landscaping and cleanup across the district. This is an astounding feat, as this is only Oliver’s first of two years in the provincial Communities in Bloom programme. This date also marks the anniversary of the idea to have Oliver participate in Communities in Bloom. What a way to commemorate a years work with four lovely Blooms!

The Oliver Community Arts Council is basking in the reflected glow. The arts council was asked by the Communities in Bloom (CIB) committee to provide some motivation  and excitement among Oliver residents by organizing a competition to boost interest in the CIB programme.  In the spring of 2010, the OCAC’s “Best Bloomin’ Garden Contest” was off and running. A small group of arts council members solicited sponsors, organized several categories for the competition, determined criteria for each award category, arranged for judging by the Oliver Heirloom Garden Club, and designed and presented the awards. Thanks to Best Bloomin’ Garden Contest chair Penny Ruddy, and committee Stephanie Salsnek, Brian and Jennifer Mapplebeck, and Dot Cranston for their hard work!  Thanks to John Salsnek and Linda Blaschuk for designing the charming trophy. Although we were only a part of the overall cleanup efforts across the municipality and regional district, the OCAC-sponsored contest got competitive juices flowing, and gave incentive to residents and businesses to get involved.

Initially, the Oliver Communities in Bloom committee had planned to be in the non-competitive category in the first year thus, using the opportunity of the judges’ visit and evaluation to learn and to build on their adjudication for the following year, at which time Oliver would enter into the competitive category. However, at the final meeting with the judges during their July 2010 visit to Oliver, it was the judges’ suggestion that we upgrade to the competitive category. They indicated that the community had done very well and would gain more public recognition with an award, in addition to reaping the benefits of an evaluation. The Oliver Communities in Bloom committee followed the judges’ advice  — with full awareness that most communities take several years to attain the full Five Blooms. It therefore came as a complete surprise that Oliver was acclaimed with Four Blooms after only one year.

The achievement of the “Four Bloom” status and the community pride associated with this award could not have taken place without the total involvement of the Oliver community. We are thank ful for the support of individual participants , our many partners and sponsors, the local politicians (Town and Area C), the business community who gave so generously in kind, the Osoyoos Indian Band, the Bahvsagar Sikh Temple Council, the many service and cultural groups, the media, the untiring efforts of the special employees of the Town of Oliver administrative staff and Public Works, together with the happy band of Oliver Communities in Bloom volunteers which brought about this great result.

OLIVER, WE ARE A BLOOMIN’ GOOD COMMUNITY!

Photo Credit: Patrick Reid

****************

Want more information about the Communities in Bloom program? Here are some excerpts from the provincial CIB website (http://www.bccommunitiesinbloom.ca/)

All participating communities in either the national or provincial contests receive a rating of one to five ‘blooms’. All participants are promoted within BC and nationally, and are invited to attend the provincial Awards Ceremony which takes place in the fall, hosted by a different community each year. A top five bloom rating may result in an invitation to participate in the following year’s national program.

In addition to their rating, each BC CiB participant receives a comprehensive report, prepared by the judges (all qualified and experienced horticulturalists and specialists). This report reviews the particular features and projects in each of the eight criteria areas that the community has undertaken and presented. These criteria include tidiness, environmental awareness, community involvement, natural and cultural heritage conservation, tree/urban forest management, landscaped areas, floral displays, turf and groundcover. The judges offer constructive hints and recommendations for the following year.

Of course, all participants are winners with respect to increased civic pride, preservation of natural and architectural heritage, economic development, ehanced property values, decreased vandalism, improved environmental awareness, business development, increased tourism appeal, corporate relocations, new development, investment and general economic activity based on being more attractive, liveable communities!

OCAC Board Minutes – September 2009

 

quail-21OLIVER COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Wednesday, September 16, 2009.
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre

Present: Esther Brown (President), Stephanie Salsnek (Vice President/ FCA Liaison), Jack Bennest (Treasurer/FOTOL Liaison); Linda Blaschuk (Rotary Auction, Oliver Arts and Crafts Sale Liaison), Heather Fink (Sage Valley Voices Liaison), Sally Franks (Rentals, Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers Liaison), Jan Kreut (Membership), Penny Ruddy (Finance Committee, Double O Quilters Liaison), Steve Staresina (Operations, Oliver Sagebrushers Liaison)

Regrets: Penelope Johnson (Secretary/SOCS Liaison), Brian Mapplebeck (Country Market A-Fair Liaison), Jennifer Mapplebeck (SOAP Liaison)

Guest: Dorothee Birker (Assembly of BC Arts Councils)

1. CALL TO ORDER: E. Brown called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
Guest speaker Dorothee Birker outlined possibilities for a new way of thinking on the acquisition of funding for the arts. Her 20 minutes presentation was much appreciated and she was thanked for coming so far to see us. She attended the entire meeting. Birker serves as Arts and Cultural Officer for the Central Okanagan’s Economic Development Commission in Kelowna.

2. ADOPTION OF AGENDA
MOTION: That the agenda for the Board meeting of September 16, 2009 be accepted as circulated. written.
Moved: P. Ruddy Seconded: S. Franks Carried

3. ADOPTION OF MINUTES
MOTION: That the minutes of the Board meeting on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 be adopted

Moved: P. Ruddy
Seconded: S. Salsnek
Carried

MOTION: That the minutes of the Special General Meeting on Monday, August 24, 2009 be accepted as circulated.

Moved: J. Bennest
Seconded: J. Kreut
Carried

4. CORRESPONDENCE:  None

5. TREASURER’S REPORT
J. Bennest distributed his report to the end of August with total value in all accounts of $29,605.31. One error was noticed and corrected.

MOTION: That the Treasurer’s report dated August 31, 2009 be approved as amended and further that the actions taken by the Treasurer on behalf of the Society be authorized and the bills be paid.

Moved: J. Bennest
Seconded: L. Blaschuk
Carried

6. BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
(a) Board Retreat: Dates, Topics: Location deferred. Dates of Tues Nov. 17th and Wednesday Nov. 18th were chosen. Proposed facilitator will confirm if she can come in early October.

(b) Power Point Presentation: Tabled.

7. COMMITTEE REPORTS
(a) Finance Committee: A letter received from the BC Government has refused to grant the Direct Access Program funding request for $13,000 for Quail’s Nest renovations, as part of sweeping cuts to arts and culture.

Most of the material for the BCAC grant application is complete. E. Brown, H. Fink and P. Ruddy will get together and put on the finishing touches.

(b) Fundraising: Ladies’ Wine and Life Workshop raised $180 for the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. Thanks to the efforts of Beth Garrish, Life Coach for her entertaining program.
ACTION: S. Franks will submit bills for wine.

Kiwanis Market signage has been completed and Kiwanis is happy with the work to date. Murals are to be completed soon. J. Kreut indicated that Kiwanis would like to pay out the obligation by September 30th.

(c) Operations:
Three security doors have arrived for installation. Approx Cost: $3000 approved previously.
MOTION: That the OCAC purchase screening for all windows up to $2200.

Moved: S. Staresina
Seconded: H. Fink
Carried.

(d) Publicity: The Board agreed to delay work on creating a regular Arts Page in the Oliver Chronicle until a new Chronicle editor has been hired .

MOTION: That the OCAC purchase a $350 full colour page ad in the Oliver Business Magazine.

Moved: J. Kreut
Seconded: S. Staresina
Carried

Deadline for commitment is October 7 and publication date is October 21. Penelope and Jack were offered as volunteers to write and prepare the ad.
ACTION: H. Fink will contact Esther Seidel, advertising, at the Oliver Chronicle.

(e) Performance: Music in the Park report tabled to November Board meeting.

(f) Fall Art Show:
ACTION: J. Kreut will contact V. Friesen and work with him on a OCAC visual display

8. NEW BUSINESS
(a) Tree Planting: J. Kreut volunteered her husband Wayne to clean up front yard at Quail’s Nest with weed-whacker and environmentally safe weed killer. Sally reported that the Oliver Sagebrushers will then install four trees in pots to give the front a new look.
(b) New Member Groups: Tabled.

9. NEXT MEETINGS
Arts Jam!
Monday September 28
9:30 a.m.
QNAC
 
Board Meeting
Wednesday October 21
5:30 p.m.
QNAC 

Esther Brown will not be here for next Board Meeting October 21/09 and the meeting will be chaired by Vice President Stephanie Salsnek.

Arts Jam!
Monday October 26
9:30 a.m.
QNAC
 

10. ADJOURNMENT
MOTION: That the meeting be adjourned, at 8:00 p.m.
Moved: E. Brown          Carried. 

 

OCAC Board Minutes – July 2009

 

oliverOLIVER COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL
BOARD MEETING
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre

Present: Esther Brown (President), Penelope Johnson (Secretary/SOCS Liaison), Jack Bennest (Treasurer/FOTOL Liaison), Sally Franks (Rentals, Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers Liaison), Brian Mapplebeck (Country Market A-Fair Liaison), Jennifer Mapplebeck (SOAP Liaison), Penny Ruddy (Finance Committee, Double O Quilters Liaison),

Regrets: Stephanie Salsnek (Vice President/ FCA Liaison), Linda Blaschuk (Rotary Auction, Oliver Arts and Crafts Sale Liaison), Heather Fink (Sage Valley Voices Liaison), Steve Staresina (Operations, Oliver Sagebrushers Liaison)

1. CALL TO ORDER: E. Brown called the meeting to order at 5:39 p.m.

2. ADOPTION OF AGENDA
MOTION:
That the agenda for the Board meeting of July 15, 2009 be adopted as written.
Moved: P. Ruddy Seconded: J. Bennest Carried

3. ADOPTION OF MINUTES
MOTION:
That the minutes of the Board meeting on June 17, 2009 be adopted with the following corrections:
#7. (c) Operations (iii) Volunteer Hours:
“ACTION:  H. Fink and E. Brown will meet regarding the recording of volunteer hours.”
#7. (c) Operations (iv) Landscaping : Orion (not Ryan)Kendrick
#7. (d) Publicity: Robert Doull (not Doul)
# 9. Next Meetings: Board Meeting: Wednesday July 15 (not 22)

Moved: J. Bennest Seconded: J. Mapplebeck Carried

4. CORRESPONDENCE : None.

5. TREASURER’S REPORT
(a) Financial Statement:
The Gaming Commission account is being held open with $93 because new revenue may be coming in from the DAP grant or other future fund raising activities.

The Advertising expenses line has not yet been broken down into programmes, which explains why the amount is inflated to 154% of budget. Many advertising expenses will be moved into Summer Studio and Performance budgets.

MOTION: That the Treasurer’s report dated June 30, 2009 be approved and further that the actions taken by the Treasurer on behalf of the Society be authorized and the bills be paid.
Moved: J. Bennest Seconded: S. Franks Carried

(b) BCAC Funds: Correction: The $5000 supplement from the BC Arts Council was rolled into a GIC/Term deposit, to be held for 2010 -11 programming. The $7219 from the BC Arts Council is designated for 2009-10.
(c) Insurance (Sound Equipment): The Board decided not to purchase a rider on the insurance or increase the insurance coverage for the new sound equipment. The deductible for additional insurance is very high ( approx. 50% of the purchase value).

(d) Fiscal Year End Resolution:
MOTION: That the OCAC Board convene a special general meeting to change bylaws with regard to fiscal year and the date of Annual General Meeting, such that:
“The Fiscal Year of the Society shall end on the 31st day of December in each and every year.”
and
“The Annual General Meeting of the Society shall be held in the month of February in each and every year, on the fourth Monday or upon a date and time to be set by the Board of Directors.”

Moved: J. Bennest Seconded: S. Franks Carried

The special general meeting will take place on August 24 immediately before the August Arts Jam!

ACTION: P. Johnson will send out a general meeting announcement to the membership.

(e) Oliver Sagebrushers Donation: The fine art group has donated $762 to the OCAC from the proceeds of the sale of Robert E Wood paintings.

MOTION: That the OCAC designate the $762 to go towards improved lighting in the Studio Building.
Moved: S. Franks Seconded: J. Bennest Carried:

6. BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
(a) Landscaping Presentation: Tabled to August meeting. Regrets from Aaron (Sunscape Xeriscaping)
S. Franks spoke to Lloyd Park re: $200 bill erroneously received for a contracted estimate. The bill has been withdrawn.

7. COMMITTEE REPORTS
(a) Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will begin the BCAC 2010-11 application process, due September 2009. Funds received can be applied to general operations, not programme.
Arts councils can apply under different portions of the grant, including the basic grant (based on distance from Vancouver and population); the matching grant (requiring evidence of support from the local Parks and Recreation Society; and a portion that rewards innovative and culturally diverse programme activities.
ACTION: J. Bennest will supply the committee with previous grant proposals.

(b) Fundraising:
ACTION: J. Mapplebeck will book Tuesday December 8, 2009 for the Penticton Concert Band benefit concert once SOSS reopens August 31.
The South Okanagan Concert Society will advertise the event during their concert series.

(c) Operations:
(i) Roof: The roof is leaking in a new location: through the vent of the heater in Studio Bay 1. No water is coming in where the roof has been repaired.
(ii) Volunteer Hours: H. Fink and E. Brown met to discuss. A volunteer celebration will be held some time after the completion of the “programme” season each year. General thanks, but no certificates or awards, will be issued.
ACTION: Committee heads are in charge of seeing that all hours of work (programme or administrative) by their committee are recorded.
ACTION: All physical plant volunteer labour shall be recorded on the time sheet by the office door in the Studio Building.
ACTION: H. Fink will renew the physical plant time sheet and record total hours.

(d) Publicity: The Publicity Committee will meet with Susan Valentine and Ray Wangen from the Oliver Chronicle on July 28.

(e) Performance: The Penny Buhr Johnson Coffee House generated $490 revenue. Music in the Park generated $212 in donations from the Penticton Concert Band concert.

(f) Summer Studio: The final week of Summer Studio will be an eclectic mix of art with Corinne de Sampaio (painting) and Enid Baker (quilting) confirmed, and Roger Gilchrist (carving) tentatively confirmed.

(g) Fall Art Show: Festival of the Grape committee meeting is next week. Sub-committees for Fall Art Show have been established.

(h) Nominating Committee: Leo Pedersen is contacting incumbent members of the Board to ask if they will stand for re-election.

(i) Membership: Discussion of possible new member groups. There is interest in developing a photography club.
ACTION: S. Franks will contact Jim Beaudry to invite the Bluegrass Society to become a member of the OCAC.

8. NEW BUSINESS
The June Arts Jam! BBQ was a resounding success, with good food, entertainment, and several guests.

9. NEXT MEETINGS
Arts Jam!    Monday July 27    9:30 a.m.    QNAC – Studio
Board Meeting    Wednesday August 19    5:30 p.m.    QNAC – BB
Special GM    Monday August 24    9:30 a.m.    QNAC – Studio
Arts Jam!    Monday August 24 following    QNAC – Studio

10. ADJOURNMENT
MOTION: That the meeting be adjourned, at 7:30 p.m.
Moved: E. Brown Carried.