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Lake Country

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:15 AM
Holiday Park Resort
415 Commonwealth Road, Okanagan Room
Kelowna (north end, by Lake Country), BC  V4V 1P4
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Community service projects and health and wellness planning in Lake Country were the focus of our September 21 meeting.
Community Service Projects
Our Club is actively exploring options to support two local community projects:
  1. Lake Country Food Bank:  The Food Bank has secured funding from Food Banks BC and Food Banks Canada to purchase delivery vehicles and develop the basement as a food distribution centre to deliver excess food to other smaller food banks in the region. Our Club is planning to apply for a Rotary District Grant to contribute to completion of the basement development, with support from the other Rotary Clubs that serve communities which are benefitting from this program.
  2. Swalwell Park Food Concession:  The existing food concession space is unusable due to design deficiencies.  We plan to approach the District of Lake Country to offer funding support to make the area safe and functional for our Canada Day celebration as well as other community events.
Health and Wellness Planning
Brenda Kalinovich and Megan Ross gave the Club an overview of the services provided by Lake Country Health Planning Society (LCHPS).
LCHPS has historically focused on senior’s programs and rights, but in recent years has expanded to include health and wellness initiatives for children, youth, families and adults. Some of the community programs currently offered by LCHPS are:
  • Better at Home: a program that provides non-medical supports (transportation, housekeeping, yard work, etc.) for independently living seniors in Lake Country. 
  • Lake Country C.A.R.E.S: a toolkit developed and distributed by LCHPS that addresses elder abuse and provides resources. 
  • Car Seat Initiative for Families: distributing car seats to families when available.
  • Resource Directory: an up to date resource directory that highlights health and social services specific to Lake Country. 
  • Health Hub: a service that provides health and wellness resources, referrals, and information to the citizens of Lake Country online and at the LCHPS office located at 10080 Main Street.
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Special Note:  LCHPS is sponsoring a Health and Wellness Fair on September 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Winfield Memorial Hall.  Over 35 vendor displays, door prizes and kid’s activities.
Final Reminders and Thoughts:
A reminder of the District Governor Social Event on Tuesday, September 26, at 7 p.m., at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.  Tickets are $10 each.  No breakfast meeting next Thursday (September 28).
Club members extend our best wishes to our Treasurer, Ken Guido, who is recovering from hip surgery.
Rotary Bursary Program
Rotary is committed to serving youth and helping to develop future community leaders.  Each year, the Rotary Club of Lake Country provides bursaries to graduating high school students to help continue their education.  Bursary decisions are based on the students' academic achievement, record of community service, and financial need.  
The 2017 recipients of Rotary Bursaries are Alexandra McAllister, Bryan Kim, Curtis Bannister, Gabriela Tarbox, Jennifer Holitzki, Saul Rosal, Shawn Olfert and Tyra Death from George Elliot Secondary.  
Eric Watson, who graduated from the Okanagan College Residential Construction Program, also received a Rotary Bursary.   Congratulations!
What is Rotary?
It's a leadership organization!
We're made up of individuals from all walks of life.
We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships, and through that, we're able to get things done in the community.
Welcome to our Club

Make Friends Through Rotary

Have you got enough friends already?  If not, consider joining Rotary.  Rotary members are friendly, co-operative and committed to making a difference.  Weekly breakfast meetings provide opportunities for members to socialize and discuss actions to put our principles of "service above self" into practice in the community.   Social events such as bowling, golf and games nights are also scheduled throughout the year to enable members to relax and have fun!
Rotarians are the kind of people you want to have as friends!

Rotary Gets Things Done!

The Rotary Club of Lake Country recently handed over a new building as a permanent home for the Lake Country Food Bank.  It was a five-year, million dollar project, with three-quarters of the total value achieved through donations of skills, land and money.  Rotary is also helping to build hiking trails locally, and internationally helping to wipe out polio, to educate street kids in Honduras, and to supply pure water to villages in Ethiopia.

Contact Us

Please consider joining the Rotary Club of Lake Country today. Together with your fellow members, you’ll be an integral part of building a stronger community. Your impact will be visible to all, and will provide a feeling of gratification that can’t be matched.
To obtain further information about Rotary membership or attending one of our upcoming meetings or social events, please contact Bernard DeWonck at
Upcoming Events

There's No Free Lunch!

But there is a free breakfast, If you want to find out if Rotary is something you might want to belong to. 
We meet every Thursday morning, at 7 a.m., in the Okanagan Room, at Holiday Park Resort for fellowship and to enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast.  Breakfast meetings are used  to plan community service activities and often feature an invited speaker. 
In addition to our regular breakfast meetings, we make every effort to schedule at least one social event each month in the community to relax and have fun!  
Breakfast Meetings
August 3    Allan Gatzke, Okanagan Rail Trail Project Update
August 9    Mandy Hicks, Tuguesagalpa Aid Project
August 17  Canadian Red Cross, Volunteer Training for Blood Donation Clinic
August 24  Wendy Caban, Canadian Snowbird Association
August 31  Walking Tour of Okanagan Rail Trail test section, with 'brown bag' continental breakfast.
Sept. 7        Club Assembly
Sept. 14      Megan Sawatsky - Youth Exchange Student
Sept. 21      Brenda Kalinovitch, Lake Country Health Planning Society
Sept. 26      District Governor Social at Rotary Centre for the Arts
Sept. 28      No Breakfast Meeting
Social Events
August 26:  'Live in Lake Country' Concert at Swalwell Park;  6:40 p.m.
October (TBA):   'Frog Talk' - Social meeting to discuss life in Lake Country, Okanagan Room at Holiday Park
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