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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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Today’s breakfast meeting was one of the most enjoyable of the year as we had the pleasure of presenting $30 thousand in Community Gaming Funds to deserving local service groups. In no particular order, the recipients of this year’s Community Gaming Grants include:
  1. ‘Walk Around Lake Country’:  development of local walking trails;
  2. George Elliot High School – Parent Advisory Committee:  Dry Grad and ‘No Kid Left Behind’ program;
  3. Oyama Community Centre:  Hall renovations
  4. Okanagan College Residential Trades Program:  Bursaries for graduating Trades Students.
  5. Brain Trust Canada:  Children’s Bicycle Helmet Safety Program;
  6. Kelowna Safety Council: Children’s Safety Programs
  7. Lake Country Art Gallery: Senior’s Art Enrichment Program
Save the Date for Community Service Projects
Sign-up sheets will be circulated in the next couple of weeks for the following community service projects.
  1. Lake Country Health and Wellness Fair:  Sunday June 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Beasley Park.  Volunteers are needed to work at our Rotary table.
  2. ‘Rotary at Work’ Day:  Saturday June 15, from 9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. The Club will be collaborating with ‘Walk Around Lake Country’ to upgrade a section of walking trail near Peter Grier Elementary School.  Meet at Peter Grier School at 9 a.m.  Please bring work/gardening gloves and wire cutters, if you have them, as we will be removing a section of barbed wire fencing.  Friends and family are welcome to join us.  Refreshments will be provided.
  3. Okanagan Centre Hall Basement Renovations:  Date to be confirmed.  Volunteers will be needed to help paint and install plywood paneling and metal shelving in the Community Hall basement.  More information to follow from Tom and Sandy. 😊
‘The Case of the Missing Cheque’
Our large cardboard Rotary cheque has mysteriously disappeared. ☹  If it is currently ‘living’ in your garage or basement, please return it to our store room at Holiday Park.
Our meeting this week was very bearable, thanks to an entertaining presentation by Sandy Wightman, who talked about expansion plans at Big White Ski Resort and some of his adventures in the ‘back country’.
 It was difficult at first to get our bearings on the layout of the ski resort; however, with the aid of aerial maps and photos, Sandy guided us through plans to open up a new mountain face to the east for two new ski lifts (planned opening in 2021) and showed us some stunning photos of the natural areas which lie just beyond the ski area.
The Big White Ski area is home to a many species of game – bears, wolverines, wolves, fox and coyotes, and of course, the dreaded Urus Big Whiteus (shown above), which has Sandy’s granddaughter in its grip.  All joking aside, although this particular bear is fuzzy and beary adorable, the real thing can be very terrifying!
Sandy told us about two personal experiences with grizzly bears (aka, Ursus Arctos).  In the first instance, he and a friend were ‘treed’ for several hours by a grizzly near Prince Rupert after stumbling onto its freshly killed moose dinner – a very embearassing situation!  The second encounter occurred while he was doing a survey along the Coppermine River near the Arctic Ocean.  A grizzly went bear-zerk after smelling pleasant smells in a helicopter and was angered after an insect repellant cannister exploded in its mouth.
Sandy was also able to tell us how to distinguish between different types of bear scat! In general, scat from the brown/grizzly bear tends to be larger (2-inches or more in diameter) than black bear scat, include remnants from animal kills, and as one of our members quipped, also pieces of human feet and shoes 😊.
Other News:
Club Member, Kayla Caruana (Certified Financial Planner) is offering a free seminar on ‘Tax Tips for Retirees’, at 1:30 p.m., on Monday May 6, at the Landmark 4 Conference Centre, on Dickson Avenue.  To register, please go to:
 Save the Date:   Five volunteers are needed on May 25 and 26, from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m., to help serve breakfast to 500 volunteer firefighters, who are attending a training course at George Elliot High School.  The Club will receive an honorarium for this service.  A sign-up sheet will be circulated at our next breakfast meeting.
Next Speaker:  Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country, will be our guest speaker at our May 2 breakfast meeting.  If you have questions regarding any Provincial matter, you won't want to miss this meeting!
The continued efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers have transformed an aging historic church building into a thriving community gathering place in Okanagan Centre.
Elaine Gibbons, one of the leaders of the Okanagan Centre Community Hall, spoke to us this week about the many recent Hall improvements and future plans to maintain its important role in the community.
Originally built as the All Saints Anglican Church in 1910, the Okanagan Centre Hall is currently used for all types of activities such as weddings, celebrations of life, yoga lessons, dog obedience training, art classes, indoor pickleball games and an election polling station.  Over the years, a new annex has been constructed and the facility has been upgraded several times by adding central heating, air conditioning, new wall paneling, wiring and insulation and upgraded kitchen facilities. The Hall Board is now focused on replacing the structural columns and 100-year-old hardwood planks which comprise the hall floor.
The Hall Board is made up of strictly volunteers who manage and maintain the facility with funds they raise themselves.  With the money raised from their own fundraising projects and grants provided by the District of Lake Country and our Rotary Club, there is enough funding to proceed with the replacement of the old floor in January 2020.
However, before commencing the floor project, our Rotary Club will be working with community volunteers to improve the appearance and functionality of the basement area of the hall by installing wood paneling and new shelving.  Funding for this project is being provided by a $500 Rotary District Grant and matching funds from our Rotary Club.
Elaine thanked the Club for our past support and looks forward to being partners in future fundraising events.
Other News
Paul Harris Fellowships
This week, we recognized Jack Shultz, Judy Guido and Bob Rymarchuk as multiple recipients of a ‘Paul Harris Fellowship’ for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.   Fellowship pins are presented annually to Rotarians who contribute $1,000 US to the Foundation.
The goal of the Rotary Foundation is to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  The Foundation provides funding for Polio Plus Program, which aims to eradicate world-wide polio.  The Foundation is also an important source of funding for many local projects within our local Rotary District (5060) such as the recent purchase of a pallet stacker for the Lake Country Food Bank.
Holiday Park Golf Pool
The Club wishes to thank Dan Segal, who recently donated $1,200 on behalf of the Holiday Park Golf pool, to support our Club projects.  The golf pool has over 180 teams registered this year and creates friendly rivalries among our members regarding who wins the prizes for the best team name and most PGA tournament prize money.
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 from Lake Country to help continue their post-secondary education. 
Bursary decisions are based on the students' academic achievement, record of community service, and financial need.
Bursaries were awarded in March, 2019 to Michael Burnham and Carolyn Haug, who graduated from the Okanagan College Residential Construction Program.  
The 2019 recipients of Rotary Bursaries from George Elliot High School will be announced in the near future.
Congratulations to all our Bursary recipients.
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.
Our Vision:
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
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 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!

In 2016, the Rotary Club of Lake Country 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 Club continues to help the Food Bank provide food assistance to vulnerable people in our community.  We've helped fund the construction of a new regional food recovery centre in the newly renovated basement and have partnered with other local Rotary Clubs to purchase a pallet stacker to improve the processing of food donations.
We've also collaborated with Save-On Foods to introduce a new shopping card sales program to benefit the Food Bank.  When people purchase a Rotary/Save-On Foods shopping card, 8 percent of the value of each gift card currently goes to our local food bank with no cost to you!   The 8 percent sponsorship, provided by Save-On Foods, is currently being matched by a private donor for a limited time.   
We would like to continue the benefit from Save-On Foods gift card sales at current levels, and invite local businesses and individuals to become a 1 percent sponsor.  Sponsors will be recognized in the program ads and be eligible for a charitable tax receipt.
Purchase your Rotary Save-On Foods Card at any of the approved vendors listed below.  The cards can be used at any Save-On Foods Store.
Other projects are focussed on:
  • raising funds to replace the original 100 year hardwood floor and upgrade the basement in the Okanagan Centre Community Hall;
  • working with the District of Lake Country to build new parks and recreation infrastructure.
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 Dave Colquhoun 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. 
Breakfast Meeting:  Speaker Schedule
Mar. 28       Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament, Kelowna and Lake Country
Apr. 4          Induction of new Rotary Members
Apr. 11        Elaine Gibbons:  Okanagan Centre Hall Upgrades
Apr. 18        Club member:  Sandy Wightman
Apr. 25        Norm Letnick, Provincial MLA
May 2          Presentation of Gaming Fund Cheques
May 9          Christina Camillieri, Healthy Essentials Clinic
May 16        Erika Van Oyen, ISEE Solutions
May 23        Mike Balachura, Help Honduras Rotary Program
May 30        Club Member:  Kayla Caruana, Certified Financial Planner
June 6          Club Member:  Dave Colquhoun, Dragon Boat Racing
June 13        Liz Talbott:  Now Canada
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