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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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On August 9, the club welcomed visiting Rotarian Walter Zuk of the Calgary Heritage Park Club, guest speaker Duane Thompson, as well as guests Dee Hansen and Ivan (grandson of club members Ken and Judy Guido).



Duane Thompson, President of the Lake Country Heritage and Cultural Society, which operates the Lake Country Museum, presented an update on the Society’s activities.


One of its more visible exposures is in the form of 10 heritage and history information panels located along the Rail Trail. The Society is looking for sites along the trail within the Lake Country section to develop kiosks encompassing several heritage displays. These kiosks may also be duplicated on sites in other jurisdictions along the trail.


Currently the Society receives $35,000 annually from the District of Lake Country to support its programs, part time employees and volunteers. Duane personally hopes to see this amount doubled in order to facilitate the hiring of some permanent staff. He also hopes to see the museum’s infrastructure, profile and accessibility improve.


In its current location in Okanagan Centre the museum is somewhat out of the way and therefore, does not benefit from the traffic flow through the central part of Lake Country. The building is also very old and is a potential fire hazard. Ideally, the museum could achieve a much higher profile if located along Main Street and it hopes to attract a benefactor to help create a cultural centre to service both residents of the fast-growing community and the numerous tourists who spent time in the area, particularly during the summer.




Lake Country has a rich and diverse history that deserves to be both preserved and communicated. There are a number of families still living and working here whose roots go back to the earliest days of the area’s development.


In the meantime, the Society conducts fundraising activities such as publication of a booklet on the history and development of transportation in the Okanagan. It will be sponsoring a dance on September 29, in Oyama, featuring Scottish and Ukrainian styles. Outreach activities are being focused on school curricula, such as a booklet of agriculture in the central Okanagan, for use in School Districts 22 and 23.


The Club welcomed Rotarian Janet Reeves, visiting from Chilliwack.


President Dave highlighted several important dates requiring member participation:


  • August 18 – hotdogs, water and popcorn sales at a Live in Lake Country musical evening – Beatles tribute band, 6:30 – 9:30 at Beasley Park. Sign-up sheet was circulated.
  • August 19 – annual Chamber of Commerce Car Show at Swalwell Park – popcorn and water sales, Rotary information booth, 10 am to 4 pm, sign-up sheet was circulated.
  • August 29 – new District Governor Sherry Chamberlain is hosting a BBQ for clubs in Areas 5 and 6, which includes clubs from Lake Country to Peachland, 4:30 – 8:30 pm, at the Mission Creek Park – Picnic Area, adjacent to Springfield Road.
  • Volunteers are needed to work at the next blood donor clinic at George Elliot Secondary School, on September 26.  A volunteer training session is scheduled for Friday Sept 21, from 5-7 p.m., if anyone wanted a 'refresher' or would like to become a volunteer.


Considering the extremely hot, dry weather we’ve been experiencing, Rotarians Steve Windsor, Director of Protective Services and Fire Chief for District of Lake Country, and Deputy Fire Chief Brent Penner provided a very timely overview of the District’s Fire Department.


The Department currently has 7 full time employees working Monday to Friday, and 55 on-call personnel who are paid when called out. They come from all walks of life and if self-employed, respond on their own time. Those who are employed often have to take vacation time to respond. It is estimated that Lake Country has the busiest on-call fire department in the province.


There are 3 stations in the District – Winfield, Oyama and Carr’s Landing. The Department has 6 engines, 1 tender, 1 bush truck, 1 ladder truck, 1 marine rescue boat as well as several pickup trucks and ATV’s.


In 2017, the Department responded to 1,134 incidents. These include structural and wildfires, flooding and assisting neighbouring Departments as the need arises, under reciprocal agreements. Typically, the annual cost of incidents within Lake Country amounts to $1 million or less; however, in 2017 this jumped to more than $14 million due to the Nighthawk fire, which burned several homes.


The Department has an extensive training program whose standards are equal those of the much larger Kelowna Department. Training of a new recruit takes about 5 months and covers structural and wildfires, marine incidents, ice rescue and road incidents (there are 130 – 140 road incidents a year).


The Department also conducts several fire prevention activities, including a program for Grade 3 students in local schools, participation in children’s festivals, fire extinguisher training for adults and inspections of structures, commercial and industrial sites. It has recently initiated a Mobile Water System – a sprinkler system than can be deployed in suitably accessible areas with a water source to reduce a fire hazard or help mitigate the advance of an existing fire.


The current main Winfield firehall is over 60 years old and is substandard regarding size, essential safety related-amenities for personnel, and structural integrity. The District owns land at the corner of Okanagan Centre Road East and Jardine Road on which it intends to build a new firehall to adequately and safely service the needs of a rapidly growing community. A referendum seeking approval for financing the new hall will be held in conjunction with this October’s municipal elections. Distribution of pertinent details and number of information meetings will be forthcoming prior to the election.


Speaker's Schedule


Our next breakfast meeting on August 9 will feature a speaker from the Okanagan Centre Museum.



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.
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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 our Food Bank provide food assistance to vulnerable people in our community.  We have 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 have 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, 8 percent of the value of each gift card will go to our local food bank with no cost to you!  Gift cards can be purchased by 'contacting us' or the Lake Country Food Bank.
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 Meetings
May 17       Habitat for Humanity: Lorraine Richmond
May 31       Tamara McLellan, HER International
June 7         Mark Koch: Lake Country new Official Community Plan 
July 19        Bud Mortenson, 'UBCO is more than UBC's little sister'
Aug 2          Brent Penner and Steve Windsor - DOLC Fire Department
Aug 9          Duane Thomson, the Lake Country Museum
Aug 16        Blair Ireland, learning curve of being a municipal councillor
Aug 23        Member discussion: "My Best Summer Ever!"
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