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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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Welcome to our New Members!
Today, we officially welcomed Dee Hansen and Jim Robertson as new Rotary members.  Dee and Jim recently moved to Lake Country from the greater Vancouver area and have been active volunteers with several service groups in their communities. Dee was an Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police in Delta for 26 years and Jim is an Addictions Counsellor with Axis Intervention Services.  Welcome to our Rotary family!
Our guest speaker today was our own Matt Vader, Strategic Services and Support Services Manager, with the District of Lake Country.  Matt presented a slide show highlighting his recent trip to New Zealand for an international business conference.  The conference and trips to destinations on the south and North Island provided insights regarding best practices for the design and management of rail-trail projects, like our own Okanagan Rail-trail, and building relationships with Indigenous people.  Matt’s presentation also highlighted the spectacular and diverse beauty of the country, which is not unlike our own ‘supernatural’ British Columbia.
Upcoming Events
World’s Greatest Meal to Help End Polio’ – October 23
Our Club will be joining hundreds of world-wide Rotary Clubs to participate in the ‘World’s Greatest Meal to help end Polio’, on Wednesday October 23.  Please invite your friends and family to join us at L’Isolla Bella Restaurant, at 5:30 p.m., for fellowship and to raise funds for Rotary’s Polio Plus Program.  All donations will be tripled by the Bill and Belinda Gates Foundation!
Presently, 18 people have confirmed that they will be attending!  Let’s shoot for an attendance goal of 30 people and help the final push to eradicate Polio once and for all.
Lake Country Food Bank Special Event – October 26
A special event has been organized for 11 a.m., on Friday October 26 to celebrate the turn-over of a new pallet stacker which has been purchased for the Lake Country Food Bank.
The delivery of this new equipment will greatly reduce the physical demands for our dedicated food bank volunteers in processing food donations.  It also represents the culmination of a lengthy District Grant application process which was initiated by our Club and supported by funding from the Rotary International and eleven other Rotary Clubs in the Okanagan Valley.
Members of the media as well as our funding partners will be invited to attend this event.  Attendees will receive a guided tour of the recently completed food recovery centre, located in the lower level of the building.  Light snacks and refreshments will be served.
To accommodate these special events, our regular breakfast meeting on October 25 has been cancelled.

The speaker Thursday morning was Ginny Becker, Executive Officer for the proposed Child Advocacy Centre in Kelowna.


Usually, Ginny said, when there is a report of child abuse, the first respondents are the RCMP. But they can’t remove a child from the house, to protect him or her from danger. Neither can Interior Health, the second group involved, often at the Emergency Ward. The Ministry of Children and Family Development can move the child into foster care or some other safe setting. But it takes time to get them involved.


If the offence could lead to criminal charges, the child must go to Kamloops for a forensic examination by a total stranger.  Meanwhile, the child is interviewed by three, four, or five different agencies to try to determine the truth. None of these interviewers have training in working with children, to ensure they don’t plant ideas in the child’s mind. After multiple cross-examinations, after repeated re-tellings, the child no longer knows his or her own story.


The Child Advocacy Centre is intended to be an integrated response system that puts the child first. It will house RCMP. Interior Health, and Children’s Ministry persons, working together. The child will only be interviewed once, by a skilled person, while the other agencies observe. The interview will be recorded, and available for court evidence, if necessary.


If prosecution is called for, the Centre will make conviction more possible. If prosecution is not required, the Centre will offer counselling, support, and healing opportunities.


The Centre is likely to cost about $4 million to build. The Kelowna Foundation also hopes to raise an additional $2 million to fund the Centre’s operations for the first 2-3 years.


Other News!


  • Our Rotary family is set to grow again.  We received a membership application this morning from Dee Hansen, who recently moved to Lake Country.  Dee worked as an Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police in Delta for over 25 years and is an active volunteer with our Lake Country Food Bank.  Welcome Dee! 
  • We also learned that Sandy Wightman will be soon be joining our Club.  Sandy is currently a member of the Semiahmoo Rotary Club and is in the process of building a home in the 'Lakestone' community.  He has been instrumental in helping us to set up our new Rotary-Save-On Foods gift card program to benefit the Lake Country Food Bank.  We look forward to having you join us, Sandy. 
  • Dan “the Rotary Man,” Sigal gave us a rundown on his annual Rotary Golf Pool.  Monika “Cougar Woods” had the best showing out of our various Rotary Teams at 18th, Dan was close behind, and the rest of us, well, there’s some room for improvement!  Not only was Dan able to hand out various cash prizes, he was able to Donate $1000.00 to our Rotary club + $30.00 from one of the winners!  Thanks Dan! That’s so amazing! Can you imagine if all of us were able to raise a $1000.00? (No pressure here!)  
  • Our speaker on October 11 will be our own, Matt Vader, who will provide us with highlights from his recent trip to New Zealand.
  • Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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.  
The 2018 recipients of Rotary Bursaries are Anastasiya-Izabela Krahelskyay, Cass Hannay, Kailey Butler, Amber Nuyens and Kayt Meraw.
Bursaries will also be awarded  to two graduates of the Okanagan College Residential Construction Program.  
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 partnered with Save-On Foods to introduce a new gift card sales program to benefit the Food Bank.  When people purchase a Rotary/Save-On Foods gift card, 16 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, to maximum of $5 thousand.   
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 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 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
Aug 2          Brent Penner and Steve Windsor - DOLC Fire Department
Aug 9          Duane Thomson, the Lake Country Museum
Aug 16        Member discussion:  "My Best Summer Ever!"
Aug 23        Blair Ireland:  Learning Curve on being a Municipal Counsellor
Aug 30        Antonia Revea, Kinesiologist
Sept 6         Greg Bucholz, Director of Infrastructure Services, District of Lake Country
Sept 13       Welcome BBQ for Hernando @ Guido's, NO BREAKFAST MTG.
Sept 20       Brenda Kalinovich & Petrina McNeil
Sept 27       Okanagan Rail Trail Celebration Event - NO BREAKFAST MTG.
Oct 4           Sarah Armstrong - Kelowna Foundation
Oct 11         Matt Vader - Highlights from New Zealand trip
Oct 18         District Governor - Sherry Chamberlain
Oct 24         World's Greatest Meal to end Polio
Oct 26         Lake Country Food Bank - Pallet Stacker turnover event
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