On May 18th, a successful Ground Breaking Ceremony, with Bruce Weicker, our Society President as Master of Ceremonies, took place within the welding bay of Twin Anchors Manufacturing, where our Rescue Base will be built. Invited speakers, seated, from right to left – Kukpi7 Doug Thomas, Splatsin Band, Elder Bev Thomas, Opening Prayer, Deputy Mayor Louise Wallace Richmond, of the City of Salmon Arm, Mayor Terry Rysz, of the District of Sicamous, and Kevin Flynn, Chair of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District Board of Directors. A ground-breaking ceremony normally has shovels digging into the earth. As our Rescue Base will float on the lake, there is no land or foundation to dig into. We asked Station Leader, Rob Sutherland if he would perform a symbolic first weld. A 2′ X 3′ aluminum frame was chosen for the weld, which will eventually have the details about the Rescue Base facility an d when it was commissioned.