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Okanagan Chapter of RTAM

Okanagan Chapter of RTAM

Our chapter was organized by the two current co-presidents in 2008. We have members from Salmon Arm in the North to Oliver in the South Okanagan Valley. We are a very ‘social’ group, and meet on a regular basis three times a year: at our annual AGM lunch meeting in April, at a summer barbecue, pot luck and games day in July or August, and at a Christmas lunch in December. We welcome new members every year.

President: Lorna Rothwell/Lorne Lisik

Address: 1664 Merlot Dr. West Kelowna, BC V4T 2X7/2600 Saddleridge Dr. West Kelowna, BC V4T 2K7

Phone: 250-870-1293/250-768-8454



Secretary, Nancy Kostiuk

JULY 12, 2019

Seventeen of us, including a guest from Germany, enjoyed a backyard barbecue and pot luck, on a sunny Thursday, on a beautiful outdoor patio in West Kelowna.

DECEMBER 10, 2019

Twenty-nine members and associates enjoyed the 2019 Christmas Luncheon at Wings Restaurant in West Kelowna, our biggest turnout ever since the chapter formation.  A donation of $155 was made to the Central Okanagan Food Bank from proceeds of raffled gift baskets.

Thank you to RTAM for the Chapter Initiative Grant that enabled us to buy supplies and incentives to support our theme of "Meet Your Neighbour."

Our current membership is 58.

MARCH 26, 2020

We needed to postpone our Annual Spring Luncheon and AGM due to concerns about travel and social interactions regarding the possible spread of COVID-19.

Our members were informed by email and approved the re-election of the current executive.


Co-Presidents:        Lorna Rothwell

                                Lorne Lisik       

Vice-President:        Ken Ferg

Treasurer:                Roy Lycar

Secretary:                 Nancy Kostiuk

Members-at-large:   Susan Forsyth

                                 Glenda Waugh


Respectfully submitted by Co-Presidents: Lorna Rothwell and Lorne Lisik

Members: 58

July 19, 2018: Annual Barbecue-Pot Luck and Games Event at the Sun Village Clubhouse, West Kelowna. Fourteen members attended, after several others cancelled due to health and travel concerns about the smoky conditions from the forest fires.

December 4, 2018: Christmas Luncheon at the Sunset Ranch Golf Club Dining Room, Kelowna. We had a lively gift exchange with the 18 members and friends. Members donated $120 for the local food bank.

March 20, 2019: RTAM – Okanagan Chapter Annual General Meeting at Moxie’s Grill. Twenty-two members and friends attended for the election of the executive and the planning of future activities.

Thank you to RTAM for the Chapter Initiative Grant that enables our outreach throughout the Okanagan Valley, from the southern Shuswap to Oliver. Current membership is 58.

RTAM – Okanagan Chapter Executive 2019-20:

Co-Presidents:         Lorna Rothwell

Lorne Lisik

Vice-President:         Ken Ferg

Treasurer:                 Roy Lycar

Secretary:                  Nancy Kostiuk

Members-at-large:   Susan Forsyth, Glenda Waugh

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The RTAM Okanagan Chapter's Annual BBQ and Potluck was held on August 12, 2017, hosted by Carol and Pete Rykszynsky at their home on Kalamalka Lake in Oyama.

The Sunset Ranch Golf Club was the festive setting for our annual Christmas luncheon on December 5, 2017. Twenty-four members and guests attended, arriving from Oliver, Penticton, Summerland, West Kelowna, Kelowna and Lake Country. In keeping with celebrating Canada 150, the gift exchange carried a red-and-white theme, emceed by Ken Ferg. Lorne, Lorna and Nancy donated a large gift basket to raffle off, proceeds going to the food bank.

Thank you to RTAM for supporting our outreach in the Okanagan through the Chapter Initiative Grant. The Chapter Initiative Grant which enables us to connect with RTAM members and new retirees living in the Okanagan area. Members each received an etched stemless wine glass as a memento of our celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.