Rotary honours longtime member

In 1956 a jug of milk cost 25 cents, the most talked about car was the Houston Rambler and Dr. Bill Rowe was inducted into the Penticton Okanagan Rotary Club.

Rotary Club of Penticton president Crystal Froese puts a distinguished member pin on the lapel of Dr. Bill Rowe who was honoured last week at a luncheon for being a 55-year member of the Rotary Club.

Rotary Club of Penticton president Crystal Froese puts a distinguished member pin on the lapel of Dr. Bill Rowe who was honoured last week at a luncheon for being a 55-year member of the Rotary Club.

In 1956 a jug of milk cost 25 cents, the most talked about car was the Houston Rambler and Dr. Bill Rowe was inducted into the Penticton Okanagan Rotary Club.

As one of its longest standing members, Rowe was honoured as a distinguished member at a luncheon held last week.

“Since 1956 our landscape of our community has certainly changed, but the quality of our Rotary members hasn’t, and you can see that in Bill Rowe,” said Penticton Okanagan Rotary Club president Crystal Froese.

Rowe moved to Penticton in 1956 with his wife Patty Rowe, after working as a general surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital and eventually studying to be an ophthalmologist.

“It has been a very big part of my life, there is a great deal of fellowship between all members,” said Rowe.

The 55-year Rotary Club member said some of his fondest memories fundraising efforts to have the pool built along with hosting bingos and the radio auctions.

The Rotary Club’s motto of Service Above Self is evident in the work they do locally from fundraising for local projects to international student exchanges. Some of the things the Rotary Club promotes to its members is an opportunity to give back to the community, professional networking, personal growth and development and friendship and fun.

For more information on the Penticton Okanagan Rotary Club visit www.pentictonrotary.com.