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Welcome to our Club!

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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Rotary had 100% attendance today -- every person there was

a Rotary member. No guests, no visitors, 11 regulars. 


Monika Jatel and Judy Guido entertained us for the first part of

the meeting by describing their weekend with the District's 50 or so

Youth Exchange students, both incoming and outgoing, in Revelstoke. They 

were joined by Patty Garrett. The three of them went on a lichen-picking

expedition -- something to do with wandering through the woods on

snowshoes plucking quantities of black hanging moss (which isn't moss)

off the trees to feed some local caribou. They collected a whole garbage

bag, and were gratefully thanked.


The Youth Exchange kids were chaperoned constantly. Had to leave

their bedroom doors open to avoid any, umm, intermingling. The system

worked fine except for one boy from Brazil who was somehow assigned a

room with two girls. He demonstrated his maturity by saying nothing

until departure time.


In other matters, president Bernard Dewonck announced that he and

Brenda would be going south for a week or so, and would leave things in

the care of one or more past presidents, which included at least half

the members present.


In the meantime, two other clubs have gotten on board in the quest

to raise enough funds to qualify for a District grant in support of the

Lake Country Food Bank's role as a central distribution point.


Bob Rymarchuk handed out posters promoting the 9 To 5 movie for

Ladies' Night. He recommends folding the posters in half. It's a

psychological tactic -- when people see half a page, they pick it up and

open it to see the rest of the message. If they can see a whole page at

once, they don't bother picking it up at all.


There was some discussion of having a male activity to go along

with the Ladies' movie -- everything from poker to whisky tasting.

Bernard offered to do personal research into the whisky tasting option

while in Mexico. wink



Our guest Speaker this morning was Dr. Linda Kaplan, a Veterinarian at Tri Lake Animal Hospital.
Dr. Kaplan grew up in Lake Country and attended George Elliot High School.  Her first practice, started in 1985, was in her parent’s mud room. She started slowly and quietly learned as she went along, while building a small business in Oyama.  In response to the increased demand for veterinary services in Lake Country, she opened a new clinic, which has now become the four storey Animal Hospital on Powley Crt. 
Tri Lake is one of the only clinics in the Valley treating exotic animals along with other pets and farm animals. Linda told us that they have to ‘hit the books’ a lot to understand the anatomy of some of these exotics.  Just diagnosing is a big challenge as the client is unable to give feedback.  They have a full time, highly skilled surgeon at the practice and a full time Internal Medicine Doctor.  A Dermatologist and Physiotherapist are available part time.  They also have a CT Scan to do imaging and a part time Ophthalmologist.
There is no government support for Veterinary Clinics.  The expensive equipment and procedures required for veterinary services have necessitated corporate take overs of most clinics.  Currently, Tri Lake is owned by the MARS Corporation.
Dr. Kaplan emphasized that they do what they do out of passion and a desire to help and in many cases save the animals brought to them.
Announcements from Executive Meeting
  1. Decision to top up what was earned at Beans and Jeans to $3,000 for OK Centre Hall hardwood floor replacement.  The presentation of the funds will be in April.
  2. We were inspired by the speaker from our last meeting and have decided to follow the corporate sponsor model that was suggested.  A letter           is being drafted.
  3. Wine left over from Beans and Jeans Fundraiser will be offered to club members at cost.
  4. Brenda reminded us we can go on line with Club Runner, to Club Documents, to view all Executive Minutes.
Fun Stuff:
  1. Newest member Tanya, from the DOLC, won table stakes.
  2. President Bernard received a gift from Jim Taylor:  Tee shirt from Mexico which says, “I don’t need Google - My wife knows everything”. wink

General club news

The Beans’n’Jeans event Saturday January 27 at the Okanagan Centre Hall was generally a success. Treasurer Ken Guido estimated that we took in about $2500, with very few expenses still to come. Because the event was intended as a fund-raiser to help the Hall replace its 100-year-old floor, the club agreed to round the donation amount up to $3000 from our own funds.


There was some discussion of ticket prices for Ladies’ Movie Night. The movie will be “Nine to Five.” President Bernard is in negotiations with municipal program director Ryan Donn, to figure out the best way to get the most back out of every ticket sold – and if you don’t understand that, neither did I.


There was also some discussion about going to the winery that gives us the most wine for the least money, against being loyal to wineries that have a record of supporting community events in general.


Canadian Blood Services has suggested May 9 for another Blood Donor Clinic in Lake Country. The venue will probably be the Memorial Hall again, as the lack of air conditioning should not be a problem in May. Rotary wants to sponsor the event, again. We will need to promote it in the community, and provide some volunteers. Details to follow.


And Canada Day planning has already begun. July 1 falls on a Sunday this year, which makes the set-up and take-down schedule a lot easier. President-elect Dave Colquhoun is already working on collaboration with other clubs and agencies to provide programming and entertainment from early morning until 3:00 p.m. 

Corporate Sponsorships

The morning’s speaker, Das Kandala, president-elect of the Daybreak Rotary Club in West Kelowna, came to talk with us about his concept of “corporate sponsorships.” Our club already has corporate memberships. Das emphasized that a corporate sponsorship is a form of advertising for the company involved, rather than a commitment to participate in club activities.


His club offers three levels of sponsorship: Gold for $250, Platinum for $500, and Platinum Plus for $750 and up. In return, the sponsor gets a banner that is displayed at all Rotary events, a window sticker, etc.


 Das oozes enthusiasm when he speaks. He says that the trouble with many fundraising programs is that “we just don’t ask people for their support!” Marsel Amedzadegan called out, “We’ll set up sponsorships if you’ll be our first sponsor.” Without blinking an eye, Das responded, “Done!” (Das heads City Furniture, a family owned business in West Kelowna and Merritt.)


 Das also offered other suggestions for Rotary Clubs to raise money – everything from an indoor golf tournament (Danny Sigal looked interested) to an community Indian dinner (several mouths started salivating). 

Next Thursday’s speaker

Barring earthquakes, snowstorms, and other unpredictable events, the speaker this coming Thursday, February 15, will be Linda Kaplan, founder of Tri-Lake Animal Hospital. Linda is expected to talk about the modern veterinary practice – what’s possible now that wasn’t just a few years ago. She invites questions, but don’t bring your pet for free diagnosis.

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!
The Club is now accepting Bursary applications from graduating students who will be attending University, College or a Trades School in the fall of 2018.  For further information, please contact Dave Colquhoun at
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. 
Our current community service activities are focussed on the following local projects:
  • helping the Food Bank to acquire equipment to expand their regional food sharing network which enables viable food to be shared between our Food Bank and other food service agencies in Cherryville, Lumby, Salmon Arm, Enderby, Vernon, UBCO, Salvation Army Kelowna and Peachland;  
  • raising funds to support the replacement of the original 100 year hardwood floor in the Okanagan Centre Community Hall;
  • working with the District of Lake Country to improve the design of the food concession at Swalwell Park, so that it can be better used by community groups.
The Club 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 try to schedule at least one social event each month in the community to relax and have fun!  
Breakfast Meetings
Nov. 2         Judy Wallace (Laughing Yoga))
Nov. 9         Greg Bucholz - District of Lake Country 
Nov. 16       Sandy Wightman (Vimy Ridge)
Nov. 23       Holly Flinkman and Julie Wolfe
Nov. 30       Nicole Sorenson - Audiologist
Dec. 8         Christmas Party- NO MEETING ON DEC. 7
Dec. 15       Annual General Meeting
Dec. 21       'Parlour Games' smiley
Dec. 28       NO MEETING
Jan 4           Breakfast at Cream and Bean
Jan 11         Karen Mason - Kelowna Women's Shelter
Jan 18         Club Assembly
Jan 25         Outbound Exchange Student Presentation
Feb 1          New Member Inductions
Feb 8          Das Kandola - West Kelowna-Sunrise Rotary Club
Feb 15        Linda Kaplan - Tri-Lake Animal Hospital
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