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Lake Country

Service Above Self

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Thursdays at 6:45 AM
Lake Country, BC
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PAUL HARRIS FELLOW AWARDS PRESENTED as we continue to celebrate 25 years of Lake Country Rotary!
Three Lake Country Community Members were presented with Paul Harris Awards in recognition of their outstanding service to our community. November is Rotary Foundation month and this award, named after the founder of Rotary International, acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 usd to our Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Foundation spends its contributions on multiple projects and programs (locally and internationally) from the eradication of polio, to vocational training teams, Rotary Peace centres and humanitarian community projects. The Foundation is the heart of Rotary, of our love for all humanity as it supports programs that Rotarians are passionate about and are sustainable. It is what connects all Rotarians worldwide and transforms our collective passions into projects that change lives here and abroad.
Heather Irvine: Service begins in our own communities which you, Heather, epitomize! Our community is a cleaner, nicer place to live because of you. You demonstrate daily our Rotary motto of ‘Service above self’. Your tireless work of cleaning our roadsides is appreciated and motivating as we have noticed many others are inspired and doing their part too. The colourful and seasonal decorating of your fence adds to community enjoyment and reflection; a real meeting place that gets people thinking and talking about what’s happening locally. We are grateful and thank you for all you do to make the community a better place.
Heather said: “I just started picking up because I didn’t like the clutter and litter. I always wear my bear bell! I go all the way to The Jammery and do a semi-annual picking in Oyama”
Joy Haxton: Lake Country Food Bank got its start locally in 1988 beginning with Christmas hampers. Fast forward to December 2015 when keys were handed over to the new facility and the first hampers distributed March 2016! You were at the helm from the beginning organizing, promoting improvements, looking for and finding ways to include more communities as the Food Bank grew. We admire your quiet dedication and leadership as you steer the volunteers and partners to eliminate hunger in the Okanagan and surrounding areas! Thank you for your ‘service above self’

Duncan Hardiner : The Rotary Club of Lake Country appreciates all your support and contributions to the community - especially supporting the Rotary/Save-On-Foods cards program; supporting Canada Day and various Rotary run Community events and Rotary tickets sales to name a few!! You are a credit to our community. We look forward to continuing our community service with you. Many thanks!
Watch the promotional video of our SAVE ON FOODS CARD program by clicking on this link:
On SATURDAY DEC. 4TH members of our club will be at SAVE ON FOODS in Winfield promoting and selling our Rotary SAVE ON cards in conjunction with the Lake Country Fire Dept. Contact Ken Guido if you are interested in helping out.
DONNA BOURGET was introduced by her Rotary sponsor Margaret Brown and inducted into our club by President Kayla. She has been a longtime friend and supporter of our Rotary club and we are so happy to now have her as a full member. Welcome Donna!
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ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE is back and thanks to Judy we already have three Rotary families who have stepped up to be host families for our incoming student in 2022/23! Thanks also to Patty for her involvement with RYE at district level. She has helped with the vetting of outgoing exchange students who will now be interviewed by the D5060 RYE team. Our club has selected to sponsor one student for an outbound exchange next year. Exciting news!
2022 ROTARY GOLF DRAFT Dan gave a friendly reminder of the upcoming golf draft for both Rotarians and non-Rotarians. Everyone is welcomed to join. Even if you are not an avid golfer, it’s fun to follow along each week to see how your drafted team of players is doing in the various golf events during the 2022 golf season. For more information or to register email Dan
Lake Country Rotarians are thinking of the many individuals and families who have been affected by the recent extreme weather and flooding in various parts of our province. There are many ways to help with donations. Here is a recent message from DG Richard DeRock:
Over the past week, I have had a number of requests from around our district and from other Rotarians that would like to help the flood victims in our District. After working with a number our District's Rotarians, we have identified the following avenues that Rotarians can use to contribute to the relief effort. 
Last summer, Rotarians from our District worked with District 5040 to provide relief to fire victims. We established a joint committee to coordinate relief. After the floods, we have agreed that this committee will also provide relief to flood victims. Donations can be made to either the Kamloops Aurora Rotary Club or or to the Stevenson-Richmond Rotary club. Assistant Governor Devon O'Toole can provide contact information. Additionally, the Merritt Rotary Club is collecting and coordinating relief efforts in Merritt. You can contact President Leslee Lucy at
Thanks all of you that have asked how they can help. Our Rotarians are amazing and incredibly generous, and I am sure we will make a difference to many that can really use the assistance.  
Julia Nyberg, Vice-Chancellor, and Principal of UBCO, joined us this week for an informative presentation of current activities and future growth plans for the campus. Lesley’s Assistant, Celest Pennington, was also present to assist with the presentation.
In-person classes are once again being offered at UBCO. There are high levels of vaccination among students, faculty and other staff and rapid testing, with on-campus vaccination clinics, are being offered to ensure a safe return to campus.
The UBCO Okanagan Campus has experienced a strong growth in the past four years.  Full time student enrolment increased from about 8,600 to almost 12,000 in this period. There are currently 8,441 domestic undergraduate students and 2,018 international undergraduates. The full-time graduate student population is 1,103, of which, one-third are international students. In total, over 110 countries are represented by international students.
Three unique programs were launched this fall:
  • Bachelor Of Sustainability.
  • Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency.
  • Microcredential Programs (critical skills for communications in the technical sector; skills in industrial automation)
Research has also strengthened at UBCO in four key areas:
  • Resilient environments – sustainability, ecosystem mgmt., restorative, and high-value agriculture
  • Healthy people – rural and remote health, chronic disease prevention, healthy living, and aging
  • Emerging Technologies – materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, biomedical engineering
  • Thriving communities – arts and creativity, indigeneity, social innovation, community resilience
The campus goals for 2040 project a full-time student population of 18,000 students, $100 M in annual research funding, and $4.8 B in annual economic impact to the region.  Several new capital projects are in progress or planned to start in the next 5 years.  New campus growth will be focused on the vacant land adjacent to Innovation Drive (West of the Airport) and in the new Campus in Downtown Kelowna.
Anti-racism and inclusive excellence at UBCO
In June 2020 UBC reaffirmed its institutional commitment to inclusion and called for the acceleration and intensification of efforts to build more inclusive campuses. Initiatives are focused the following areas:
  • advancement of UBCO Truth and Reconciliation Commitments
  • Indigenous Strategic Plan
  • Inclusion Action Plan
  • Anti-racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force
UBCO also has a long history of successful partnerships in Lake Country, with a number of fruitful research projects and training opportunities.
Community training and field experience
  • Okanagan School of Education partnerships with the Lake Country Museum and Archives and SD23.
Regional and community planning
  • Dr. Lael Parrott – collaboration with Lake Country Planners on Official Community Plan re: wildlife protection and ecological connectivity.
  • Result: a 16 km section of the Central Okanagan Wildlife Corridor was incorporated into the Lake Country OCP to project grasslands and species at risk.
Local research partnerships
  • Co-curricular making – honoring indigenous connections to land, culture, and the relational self-research project underway led by Dr. Margaret Macintyre Latte with partners in SD 23
  • Sr. Solheil Mahmoud worked with Predator Ridge to conduct research resequencing the genome of lavender to determine which varieties grow best in cooler climates
What excites UBCO Most?
Bits and Pieces
The Rotary Foundation - Memorial and Tribute Gifts
 If you wish to honor or memorialize someone with a contribution to The Rotary Foundation, the best way is to use and choose “I would like to make this donation in honor or in memory of someone.”
 The donor making the contribution will receive gift credit and a tax receipt (where applicable). The person they wish to honor, or the person’s family in the case of a memorial, will be notified of the gift.
 Note: For tax and legal reasons, be sure to list your own name as the donor when sending funds to the Foundation, and not the name of the person you wish to honor. Consider giving Foundation Recognition Points to someone as an alternative if you wish to honor them with recognition.
 The process is simple, and honorees and family members can be notified by email or by a print-at-home notification.
 Interested in making a gift to The Rotary Foundation as a memorial or tribute to honor a loved one? Give today at Memorial and Tribute Gifts
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.
A bursary was awarded in July, 2020 to Erin Courtney, who graduated from the Okanagan College Residential Construction Program.  Erin will be using the funds 'to purchase some tools and clothing required for work and to help offset the cost of child care for two young children.'
The 2020 recipients of Rotary Bursaries from George Elliot High School are Madeline Muir, Ben Bannister and Leonie Steigenberger.
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 who come together to serve our local and international community. 
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 through Community Service! 

Lake Country Rotary Club’s latest mini library installed this past week at Cadence makes three local Rotary mini libraries.  There are similar Rotary libraries at Oyama Hall and at the Lake Country Museum in Okanagan Centre.  Two of Rotary’s eight global goals are to increase literacy and to help the environment.  Mini book recycling neighbourhood libraries are a way to make progress toward those goals.        
Rotarians Shaun Lesowski, Urs Bruhin, Leah MacKenzie-Brown, Brett McClelland, Jim Robertson, Brenda Dewonck, Wendy Caban, Sandy Wightman, and our newest member Don Kawano dug the hole and concreted the post on day and installed the library the following day.
 The libraries are made in Rotarian Sandy Wightman’s home shop.
Lake Country Rotary is an active local club of women and men who believe in “Service above self”. We do multiple projects in lake Country and Internationally. If you are interested in Community Service and fun check out our website or our Facebook page. Lake Country is looking for more neighbourhoods that would like their own mini library.
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.
Results Achieved - October 2021
To date, the value of Save-On Shopping Cards purchased has reached $440 thousand, and $61 thousand has been raised to support people in our community who need food assistance!
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 or Email: or contact your favourite Rotarian 🥰 
The cards can be used at any Save-On Foods Store.
Our newest project is focused on raising funds to construct a new fishing pier and accessible kayak launch on the Pelmawash Parkway, in partnership with the District of Lake Country.
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.
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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  email
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