The Penticton Sunrise Rotary Club bestowed its highest distinction, honourary membership, on Ron Mason, who was a member when the club was granted its charter from Rotary International in Jan 1990. Ron ascribed to Rotary’s service-above-self motto long before he joined the club.  While serving as Superintendent of Facilities for School District 67 (nee 15), he voluntarily provided expert advice on various community construction projects, including SS Sicamous Restoration and Penticton Yacht Club Renovation in the 1970’s and chaired the Building Committee for the new Penticton Community Centre in 1980-81. He was also a valued Penticton Regional Hospital Board member in the 1980’s.
Besides being Club President in Rotary Year 2002-03, Ron has assumed a leadership role on numerous club projects during his 31 years in Rotary, including construction of Penticton Soupateria in 2003 (Project Coordinator),  Iron Man Aid station, Rotary Wheels Car Show, Rotary Used Book Sale, and building (i) playgrounds in Dunant and Granby neighborhood parks, (ii) KVR walking trails, (iii) gazebos at Munson Mountain and Skaha Park and (iv) the Peace Park Wall as a tribute to past Rotary youth exchange students. In addition, Ron and his wife, Joan, have hosted five Rotary exchange students, each for 2-3 months during their 10-month stay.   Ron and Joan have also actively participated in TGIF, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and several other club social activities, not to mention co-hosting Potluck Supper/Breakfast at Apex and hosting Spring Breakfast at various times.
As one of our Club’s most respected and dearly loved members with a stellar community service record spanning a half century, Ron is eminently worthy  of honorary membership.
Submitted by Malcolm Paterson, Club President 2020-2021