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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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Snow is in the air, it's the start of a new year and thoughts naturally turn to...budgets!  District of Lake Country budgets to be specific.
Tanya Garost, Ruth Sulentich and Greg Buchholz from the District of Lake Country attended our meeting this week to provide an overview of what's in store for 2020 and beyond.
Lake Country has experienced tremendous population growth over the past 10 years, with a spike beginning in 2004.  This growth has sparked a need for improvements in community policing, transportation, culture and recreation services.
Lake Country is in a unique situation relative to our larger neighbor – the City of Kelowna, in that the cost of growth are largely borne by residential property owners.   Lake Country has a 93% residential tax base with annual budget of $34 million while Kelowna has about 60 percent residential tax base with a budget of $150 to $200 million.  A one percent tax increase in Lake Country generates $135 thousand in revenue whereas a one percent increase in Kelowna yields $1.4 million.
DOLC staff have presented a prioritized list of new budget requests to Council members and are conducting a public engagement process to receive input on the proposed 2020 municipal budget.
Do you have questions about the budget? The process? Didn't make the meeting today? Check out the "Let's Talk" dates/locations listed at and in the picture below.
Our November 21 meeting commenced at 7:30 am with 17 Rotarians and guests Sheila and Murray Fraser, prospective members, and Black Press Central BC President, Dave Hamilton and Sr. Marketing Consultant, Dean Taylor.
Sheriff Dan Sigal entertained us with a few puns while collecting $$$ to fill the club coffers.
Dave Hamilton delivered an informative presentation that basically revolved on how we should engage with the local media to communicate Rotary’s achievements and grow our membership.
Black Press is B.C., Hawaii, and Washington State’s largest media business. They have operations in Alberta and San Francisco as well with over 3000 employees. Kelowna and Vernon have 40 and 60 staff respectively with reporters and media specialists included. The following are some interesting cyber factoids about Black Press:
  • 4,000,000 monthly visits to their website;
  • 1,000,000 Facebook followers;
  • 7 of every 10 local adults visit their local sites or read their papers daily locally;
  • 260,000 Okanagan print readers;
  • 800,000 Okanagan residents visit their sites weekly with millennials heavy into cyber and absent from press;
  • 109,000 locals follow them on Facebook;
  • They have built their Lake Country press subscribers from 2500 to 4500 over the past 2 years;
  • Their in-depth reader survey indicates that in Lake Country, 41% donate to a charity spending $4,900,000 and 26.9% volunteer for a non-profit.
Black Press has an annual budget of $80,000,000 retail values to support Rotary and similar clubs in their areas. Black Press want to meet with us, prepare a cyber and press plan, build our brand, and help us. They have specialists in various media from print to video that they can offer to communicate the Rotary story and grow our membership.
  • We have booked “Day Trippers”, a Beatles experience tribute band, for a concert at Creekside Theatre on April 4, 2020. With the assistance of Creekside’s Ryan, Black Press, and Kelowna ticket sales we hope to sell out with a potential profit in the $3000 to $5000 range. Ryan has offered to include the concert in his Christmas ticket sales promotion.
  • Rand Berry is again scheduled for a fundraising event on October 24, 2020 at the Oyama Hall.
  • A performer TBA is scheduled at Creekside October 3, 2020.
  • Our Rotary Foundation dinner will be 6:00pm, on Thursday November 28, at L’Isola Bella.
  • Jack Schultz has just reached his Paul Harris +8.
  • Christmas Pot-luck party at Margaret Browns on December 13 6:00pm.  BYOB and bring a whacky Christiana’s gift for the exchange.
  • Our Community Gaming Grant application will be filed by month end.
  • It’s time for all members to consider an executive position.  Our AGM will be held on December 12 and that is our Election Day for new Club Officers and Directors.
Jim Robertson works in the field of addiction. It can be challenging work for the professional and challenging to those not impacted by addiction to understand the complexities. 
The brain of a person with addiction is different from non-addicted. A show of force would likely stop someone from consuming a substance. To an addict a show of force may simply be interpreted as non-credible and worth the risk to achieve the high even if the results are fatal.
Addiction is any mood-altering experience that has life damaging consequences. Mood altering substances range from alcohol to cannabis to opioids to solvents.  Interesting that with the legalization of cannabis many industries have not caught up with the law. As a result, many employers are struggling with employees using on the job.
Maybe less reported in traditional media are process addictions such as: social media; relationships; codependency; performance (workaholic); cults; gambling; food; sex; compulsive spending.
Signs that someone may be addicted: blackouts; sneakiness; preoccupation with the addiction; hurried ingestion; avoiding discussion; loss of memory; loss of control over use; rationalizing use; reproof by significant others.
Jim explained the continuum of substance disorder:
A person seeks pleasure or relief and as usage continues, they become dependent.
However, eventually a tolerance is created, and the person cannot consume enough of the drug to create the desired euphoria. The consumption is now more about functioning to avoid depression.
There are major influences including: genetic predisposition; trauma and abuse; major life stressors; early and continuous use. Once the brain is “hard wired” it can no longer return to previous functioning. The course of treatment is abstinence from all mood-altering substances and process behaviors.
So, what has Jim learned?
But there is hope!   Jim remains positive that through professional services and commitment it is possible to manage this beast.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine outlines the level of care placement from early intervention through to medically managed intensive patient services. Help is available. If you have any questions about addiction counselling, you can reach out to Jim or contact Axis Intervention Services at: 778 753 6227.
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 are Nolan Koblischke, Breanna Sprecker, Nicholas Lafontaine, Juliette Schilling, Jenny Wells, Khayden Culic-Lamontagne, Elizabeth Reynolds and Elise Boisvert.
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.
Our newest project is focussed on raising funds to help 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.
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 us'.
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.
Speaker's Schedule:
Dec 5           Anne Robinson, Senior's Activity Centre
Dec 19         Annual General Meeting
Jan 9            Club Assembly
Jan 16          Ruth Sulentich, Communication & Public Engagement, DOLC
Upcoming Social Events & Fundraisers
Apr. 4          Club Fundraiser in support of Pelmawash Parkway Fishing Pier Project
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