DeHart: Kelowna branch celebrating 90th anniversary

Kelowna Elks Lodge #52 will celebrate its 90th anniversary this year.

The #52 charter officers were exalted ruler, J.F. Burne; leading knight, M.A. Alsgard; loyal knight, Harvey Brown; esquire, Norm DeHart (our uncle); inner guard, J.W.B. Browne; tyler, Dr. R. Butt; secretary, J. Heughan; treasurer, Jim Bowes; chaplain, D.W. Sutherland; and trustees, George Meikle, P.W. Willits and George Richter. Through the years, the Elks moved many times before officially opening a lodge at the corner of Springfield and Barlee in 1979, a site that became well known as home of the Elks Flea Market. Today, the Elks have relocated again to the second floor of the Invue residential and commercial complex. The 2011 executive consists of president Carl Froese; immediate past president Rienhold Gerl; 1st vice-president Ron Hughes; 2nd vice-president, Tony Bastiaanssen; 3rd vice-president, Edgar Fleury; secretary/membership director Judy Bastiaanssen; treasurer Elsie Dash; Sergeant-at-Arms Ben Van Helvert, and chaplain Keith Baker. The Elks’ main charities consist of the “Fund for Children” (hearing disabled) and four kids’ camps throughout B.C., the closest in Canoe, near Salmon Arm. The Elks are celebrating this milestone with a dinner and dance on Saturday, April 30. For tickets call 250-860-5841.

Congrats to Telus community ambassador and volunteer extraordinaire Dona Miller on receiving the “Top Community Ambassador Award” for her outstanding volunteer work and achievements in 2010 for the entire Okanagan. The Telus Community Ambassadors program unites 2,500 current and retired team members who, since 2000, have contributed 3.7 million volunteer hours to local organizations. It’s pretty impressive that the Okanagan chapter is the second largest in Canada.

After 39 years, RCMP Chief Supt. Don Harrison is retiring. Starting his career in Boston Bar (where he met wife Gail), a neat bit of trivia was that his trainer was none other than Staff Sgt. Ron Danilowich, who was also in Kelowna. When I asked Don what he was going to do with all his spare time, he said, “Look after Gail.”  Knowing Gail, that certainly won’t be the case. So, he’s probably going to ride his motorcycle, golf and go camping. Or, maybe Gail will put him to work. That seems more likely to me!

Paramjit (Philip) Patara was the recipient of the Spirit of Kelowna Award for the tremendous Vaisakhi Parade held in Rutland on April 9.

Don’t let the location of this new restaurant deter you from trying it. Okanagan Street Food, at 812 Crowley Ave., owned and operated by well-known chef Neil Schroeter who was formerly with Sumac Ridge Winery, is the neatest place. The restaurant offers breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Saturday, with items ranging from omelettes and Huevos rancheros for breakie to homemade soups, sandwiches, mac and cheese and daily fresh pasta for lunch. Chef Schroeter also offers a full catering service. From a multi-course tasting menu to a casual barbecue in a vineyard, he can work with you to construct a menu that satisfies your taste and budget. Their mobile kitchen adapts easily for corporate breakfasts, wedding receptions or wine paired dinners. Okanagan Street Food  also offers retail gourmet food to take home, including Schroeter’s unusual shaped homemade crackers, which are delicious and prepared in house. Call 778-478-0807;

Trading places. Kelseys general manager Robert Rand is the new manager of Montana’s Cookhouse and Montana’s general manager Christian Ferts is the new manager of Kelseys.

After a four month hiatus from the food service industry, Chris Block, formerly of J.D. Appliance, is the new local project coordinator for NSC Food Service Equipment, servicing commercial restaurants and institutions in the Southern Interior. Call 250-826-6546.

Terry and Evelyn Partridge are relocating to Oliver. Not only will they be missed by their many friends, the Rutland RCMP Community Policing Station will also notice a big void. Terry and Evelyn have volunteered at the office for 18 years in every volunteer position imaginable.

After 23 years in business and the majority of those years in the Towne Centre Mall, Tri-Star Travel, owned and operated by Arthur and Glenna Gillan, has gone home-based and virtual.  Call 778-477-8600;

The U.S.-based fast food chain Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Burgers will open a new location in Kelowna, across from the planned Central Green development. The building has been formerly occupied by Dairy Queen and most recently Burger King.

StarDyne Technology’s 2010 performance has earned the company a spot on the Branham 300 list, for the third consecutive year. An even greater accomplishment this year was being recognized as one of the top 25 software companies in Canada. The Branham 300 list is the most comprehensive and trusted source of information on the health of the Canadian information and communications technology industry. Brad Imrich is the CFO and vice-president, finance of the company.

Congrats to the following Canadian Home Builders Real Home Show booth winners: Starwatch Audio Video (1st); Colonial Countertops (2nd); and Closet Tailors-Kelowna (3rd).

Marnie Douglas, the former corporate communications manager for FortisBC, has launched her own consulting business, Bold Communications. Her areas of expertise are writing/editing (annual reports, copy writing, speeches, feature writing, employee newsletters), strategic communications planning, media relations and corporate event management. Call 250-878-0203;

Old Vines Restaurant, at Quails’ Gate Winery, under the direction of chef Roger Sleiman won gold in the category of Best Winery/Vineyard Dining at the annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Call 250-769-4451.

VODA Computers  of Kelowna and Kamloops has merged with the Graycon Group in Calgary, forming one of the largest full service network infrastructure IT consulting companies in Western Canada with six office locations.

Registered massage therapist Rick Diduck, formerly of IQuest, has joined Kelowna Manual Therapy Centre at 1934 Ambrosi Rd. Call 250-860-5152.

Businessman Bjorn Pohland, of Eco-Edge Landscapes, plans to donate 100 per cent of his aerating and power raking proceeds during April towards building a primary school in the Kenya village of Eor Ewuaso. He has partnered with Canadian non-profit organization Free the Children. Call 250-859-7128.

This is cool! Now in its second year and with 32 volunteers, the Kelowna Airport Watch Program has a designated program coordinator and deputy coordinator—Fes deScally and Charmaine Eby respectively—filling the one-year term positions. The volunteers monitor general aviation procedures, the condition of the fencing, wildlife activity, parking lots, suspicious behaviours and flying debris while enjoying their favourite pastime—watching airplanes. Their task is to “observe, record and report.”

Don’t forget, Administrative Secretaries Week is April 25 to 30. As a gift suggestion, call Earthly Creations at 250-861-5825 or

Kudos to local Big White gals Jade and Tess Critchlow, who dominated at Lake Louise in the under-20 age category at the Canadian Snowboard Nationals. Jade placed third overall, and was first in the junior national championships. Tess ended up eighth overall, and was third in the junior national championships.

In conjunction with Earth Day on April 22, Good Earth Coffeehouse and Bakery, 2949 Pandosy St., has made environmental responsibility part of their mission. They would like to reward acts of “green” and are inviting people to come celebrate Earth Day with them. Take your travel mug to Good Earth on April 22 and they will fill it for free. If you do not have a travel mug, you can buy one at their shop. Call 250-448-7768.

Big thanks to Deborah Baril, with The Bay, for her assistance and exceptional customer service.

Speaking of The Bay, a Tea Party is being held on the day of the Royal Wedding, April 29, at the Windsmoor boutique (look for the hats). Boutique manager Wanda Silver and associate Lynora Darling will be serving tea and scones from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and giving away prizes in return for a $5 donation to the Kelowna Community Food Bank. All their fashions are from England, including casual business to formal, specializing in mothers and grandmothers of the bride or groom. Also, take note that a photo publicizing this event in last week’s Capital News had the wrong date for the Windsmoor tea party. It takes place the same day as the wedding, April 29. Call 250-860-2483 (ext. 1478).

The Kelowna City Band will host “A Night in Havana” concert on April 27 at the Mary Irwin Theater, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Rotary Centre for the Arts  or Select Your Tickets.

The Rutland United Church, at 1370 Rutland Rd., will host a spring ham dinner on Saturday, April 30. Call 250-765-5141.

The 5th annual Gourmet and Grapes Gala and Iron Chef Throw Down, hosted by Cabana Bar and Grille, 3799 Lakeshore Rd, takes place Sunday, May 1. This incredible event, one of the best that I have attended during the Spring Wine Festival, offers six food and wine stations. The most exciting part of the event is the Chef Throw Down  between Ned Bell, (corporate chef and co-owner of Cabana and host of Cook Like a Chef on Food Network Canada) and Pino Posteraro (eight consecutive years as Gold winner of Vancouver Magazine’s Restaurant Awards Best Formal Italian). All this for only $75. Tickets at Cabana 250-763-1955.

The Okanagan branch of the Canadian Authors Association will host a workshop on writing, marketing, U-tubing and social networking on April 30 at the downtown Kelowna Library, 1:30 p.m. Email for more information.

The Kelowna branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women wil host  Ivan Sayer’s Waisted Efforts, a women’s fashion show on Sunday, May 15, 1 p.m., at the Coast Capri. This is a fundraiser to support single mothers and women furthering their education. Along with wonderfully decadent desserts, there will be entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $50, available at Cruise Ship Centers on Cooper, the UPS Store in West Kelowna and Sass Boutique in Summerland. Call Anne-Marie DeVos at 250-764-9049 for more information.

Birthdays of the week: Happy 96th Wilf Johnsen (April 20); happy 90th Bill Tchoryk (April 23); Rev. Albert Baldeo (April 21); happy 50th Shel Jacobsen (April 18); Lynn Kratzer (April 21); John Goncalves, City of Kelowna (April 19); Jim Stuart, former Kelowna mayor (April 23); Mary Krupa, Morningstar Enterprises (April 23); Myrna Telford (April 25); Alan Dolman (April 25); in memory of Peter Dick (April 26).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, email


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