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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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Sandy Wightman, of Semiahmoo Rotary, did a very interesting slide show and talk about his grandfather, Captain Alec Jack and the battle of Vimy Ridge.
Captain Jack worked at the Bank of North America, in Hedley, BC and was refused to be given leave to join the army. He and 16 others from Hedley, the “Hedley Boys”, signed up in August of 1915 and went to train at the Vernon Army Camp.
Their adventure then took them across Canada by train, to Liverpool by ship, and 6 months training in Bramshot, near Stonehenge. Once over in France, they faced a different battle with mud, lice, rats, corpses, rain, knee-deep water, trench foot, raw cold and freezing temperatures as well as boredom, while waiting for action.
A major part of the advancement planning was surprise attacks on the Germans. Three major craters were formed at St. Eloi, Belgium when German trenches were taken over with explosions. The last battle of the Somme, fought on November 18, 1916, involved 12 officers and 500 soldiers from which the casualties were 44 killed, 23 missing, 160 wounded and 52 captured enemies. Capt. Jack and his troop were one of four Canadian Corps at the battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1918, for which he was later awarded in 1919 the Military Cross.
Capt. Jack attended the 50th anniversary of Vimy Ridge as one of the Canadian war veterans.
Our Rotary Christmas Dinner is December 8th – a catered dinner with potluck appies and dessert. Sign up sheet is circulating at breakfasts or email Brenda with numbers.
Chamber After Hours: Wednesdays meeting was at Olive Us. They announced their Christmas party at Turtle Bay Pub on Thursday December 14, 7:00 pm. Cost is $25 including wine and appies. Bring a bottle of wine for the wine wagon and receive 3 tickets for that draw!
The Ace of Spades 50/50 was drawn by Mike Bate! On to a new deck next week!
The meeting today was attended by fifteen members and our two guest speakers from the District of Lake Country - Greg Bucholz, Director of Infrastructure Services and Tanya Garost, Chief Financial Officer.
Tanya spoke first and explained to us the diversity and complex need of her department to balance the budget in a manner they feel will best service the needs of our community- everything from transportation to the rail trail to parks and recreation. To effectively manage the budgets, a reserve policy has been created where funds are saved as a buffer or reserve.
This Spring, many of the funds were needed to deal with the problems arising out of our spring floods. Tanya also mentioned that they are currently developing an opportunity for the public to go online and give feedback to current issues. This should be ready for use in early December.
When Greg spoke, he first touched on the OCP, or Official Community Plan, and then was kept busy with questions from our members on a variety of current, ongoing and future projects, that included the maintaining and development of parks, the realigning of roads, another exit out of The Lakes community and Pelmawash Highway area. Regretfully, he was kept so busy with Q & A on a variety of topics that he ran out of time and was unable to share a lot of the information he planned to. Greg also explained how his Department must work closely with the budgets available from Tanya as well as submitting proposals back and forth to council.
  • We currently have thirteen Rotarians signed up to participate in the Remembrance Day services. We will be seated together in the reserved seat section.
  • Next Wednesday at 5:30 the Chamber After Hours will be hosted at the Olive Us (Oil & Vinegar) store in Coopers Mall. As our club holds a corporate membership all our members are welcome and encouraged to attend these functions to network and promote Rotary.
  • Save the date for our annual Christmas party Friday, December 8th @ 6:00 here in Holiday Park. This year our main course will catered, and we will bring the appetizers and desserts. A sign-up sheet will be circulated next week.
  • Our AGM & election of officers will be December 14th. Bernard also mentioned that he has spoken to Past DG Roger Perry regarding the possibility of a District Grant to add to our ongoing food bank project. President Elect Dave along with president Bernard have been working on the proposal which they then will present as a possible joint club project.
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. 
We are currently assisting the Food Bank to acquire funds to develop their unfinished basement as a regional food recovery hub for several smaller food banks in the Okanagan.   
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 try 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
Oct. 5          Mandy Hicks:  Honduras Global Grant
Oct. 12        Erica van Oyen, ISEE Solutions
Oct. 18        Breakfast Meeting at Cream and Bean Coffee Shop
Oct. 26        Club Assembly
Nov. 2         Judy Wallace (Laughing Yoga))
Nov. 9         Greg Bucholz - District of Lake Country 
Nov. 16       Sandy Wightman (Vimy Ridge)
Dec. 8         Christmas Party
Dec. 14       Annual General Meeting
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