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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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This week, we were fortunate to to have District Governor, Peter Schultz, speak to us about what makes Rotary amazing and to welcome two new members to our Club.
A big warm welcome to Kim Caruso of YMCA of the Okanagan and Jean-Marc Lacasse of Ledgers Canada.  Kim and Jean-Marc recently moved to the Okanagan and were active in Rotary Clubs in their former communities. Jean-Marc was a member of the Grande Prairie Rotary Club from 2006 to 2009 and the Airdrie Rotary Club from 2010 to 2013.  Kim was a member of the Downtown Sault Ste. Marie Club from 2012 to 2018.
District Governor Peter Shultz’s presentation covered a wide range of topics – the Rotary 2020 vision and goals, the work of the Rotary Foundation, training resources for Club members, and a discussion of the challenges that Rotary is facing in attracting and retaining members.   The full content of his message is presented in a ‘Rotarians with Vision’ video which can be found on the Rotary 5060 website.   Club members are strongly encouraged to view the video by clicking on the link below.
Peter’s key message is that that Rotarians must continue to focus on the core values and guiding principles which encompass the Rotary four-way test and the  principles of service, fellowship and honesty/integrity.    Rotary membership should be fun and provide opportunities for members to take part in meaningful community and international projects.   We should also be open to ‘changing up’ the way our meetings are conducted and if necessary, consider new club models to appeal to younger age demographics who are interested in community service but prefer less formality and flexible meeting schedules.
Peter spoke about the feeling of gratification – 'the Rotary moment’, which many Rotarians experience when contributing to the betterment of our communities and the world.  Peter’s ‘Rotary moment’ occurred when he participated in an international medical mission to Ethiopia and looked into the eyes of an abandoned, five-year-old boy who was grateful for receiving the gift of a reconstructed hand to overcome a serious physical deformity.
I believe that many of us have experienced similar feelings when participating in our community or international projects.  These experiences are the reason why we take pride in being a Rotarian.
Lake Country Blood Donor Clinic
Thank you to our Club members who provided volunteer services or donated blood at the recent blood donor clinic at George Elliot High School on September 25.  As a result of our  participation, 70 units of whole blood were collected.
Speaker’s Schedule
Our guest speakers on October 10 will be Sheila and Murray Fraser, who own and operate Pedego Bikes in Oyama.
There will be no breakfast meeting on Thursday October 17.  It will be replaced by our major fall fundraiser, the Rock n Roll dance and social, on Saturday October 19, at Oyama Community Hall.  Please purchase a ticket and encourage your family and friends to attend.
Lake Country Rotarians are known for our leadership and willingness to work on  projects which benefit our community.
Our most recent hands-on project to improve the appearance of the basement storage area of the Okanagan Centre Community Hall was completed this weekend!
Under the dynamic leadership of our own Sandy Wightman, a group of our members and community volunteers participated in five ‘work parties’ and committed approximately 100 volunteer hours to paint and install plywood panels in the basement area.  The term work party is an apt description for this project, as our volunteers were kept well-fed, hydrated and entertained during the process.   Rotarians know how to work and have fun!
Although the project would likely not win any awards for architecture or interior design, it has created a brighter and tidier storage space for community purposes.  As the Community Hall President commented to me, people will certainly be less apprehensive about using the space in the future. 😊
Thank you to Sandy for your leadership and to Tom, Jim R., Ken, Rich, Shauna, Bernard, Dan, Dave, Elaine Gibbons., and Steve Rees for contributing to the success of this project.
Please mark your calendar and participate in the following upcoming activities, if you are able:
Rotary sponsored Blood Donor Clinic at GESS, on Wednesday September 25, from 10 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.  Blood donors still needed.  Please go to to book an appointment.
Lake Country Chamber – Business After Hours, on Wednesday September 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at RBC Bank – Lake Country Branch.  Network with local business representatives and enjoy complimentary appetizers and two glasses of wine for just $5. 😊
Lake Country Food Bank - Open House on Monday September 30 to celebrate the one year anniversary of their Food Recovery Program.  Tours begin at 9:00 am, 10 am, 11 am and 1 pm.  Tea, coffee and snacks will be available throughout the day.
People often say that variety is the spice of life, to mean that doing and seeing a lot of different things makes life more enjoyable and interesting.   This expression certainly applies to our recent breakfast meetings, which have featured an interesting lineup of speakers, thanks to the efforts of Jim and Kayla. 😊
YMCA of the Okanagan
On September 5, Wendy Wright and Kim Caruso, of the Kelowna YMCA, spoke to us about how the ‘Y’ (as it is commonly known) is making a difference in our community.
The mission of the ‘Y’ is to foster growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body and heighten their sense of responsibility to each other and the global community. To accomplish this goal, the Y provides programs like swimming, fitness, childcare, day camps, youth leadership, employment and educational events to help build a healthy and inclusive community for families and people of all ages.
The Kelowna Y currently serves 16,000 members from three locations located in downtown Kelowna, Rutland and the H2O Centre.  Income is not a barrier to participation in Y programs as approximately 5,500 low income individuals, children and families receive a subsidized membership.  One in five children enrolled in Y fitness programs and one in six children enrolled in after school child services receive a subsidy. 
The Y has an active donor program to help people who are less fortunate participate in health, childcare and life-building programs, regardless of financial circumstances, age or ability.  For more information on how you can help, please visit
Kim told us that the Y has made a huge difference in her life by enabling her family to overcome difficult personal and financial challenges and achieve success and happiness.  Her family have chosen to be volunteers at the Y to give back to the organization that helped them.  Kim’s commitment eventually led her to seek employment at the Y and move into a senior management role in the organization. 
Come Blow Your Horn
You may have wondered why French horn players always have one hand stuffed up the bell of their horn? Is it to keep their hand warm? To support the weight of all that brass? To keep them from waving their hand back at the conductor?
None of the above. On August 29, Oyama resident Edmund House showed us that the hand stuffed up his horn enables him to adjust the pitch of a note about a semitone.
Ed House brought a variety of horns, old and modern, with him.
The first horn, he explained, was some kind of natural megaphone. Perhaps a cattle horn, in some locations. In others, a seashell, like a conch, blown by the black rebels in the Haitian revolution to rally people together against their French colonial overlords.
He demonstrated a traditional bugle – no valves, no way of changing the pitch or notes, other than by varying the tension in his lips.
Early French horns had no valves either. To change key, the horn player removed one of the many loops of tube, and replaced it with a shorter or longer loop.
Today’s horns have valves – not the same as a trumpet, but performing a similar function – which route the sound through differing length of resonant tubes.
Ed fielded a variety of questions, talked a little about his own experience as a person making a living as a musician in the Okanagan Valley, and referred to the show he has been organizing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of Creekside Theatre in the Community Complex at George Elliot Secondary School. He reminisced a little about the various acts that performed at the first concert, June 4, 1999.
Currently, he has been gathering acts to appear in a special program Saturday evening September 7 at Creekside Theatre, as part of the annual Art Walk event on Saturday and Sunday.
Check out our Club calendar of events for upcoming activities at
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:
Aug 1            Kate Cheryba, 'Rotary Exchange Student
Aug. 8          Club member, Dave Colquhoun, Dragon Boat Racing
Aug. 15        Thomas Scheuba, Rotary Exchange Student
Aug. 22        Donna Mihalcheon, BDO Debt Solutions
Aug. 29        Ed House, Central Okanagan Philharmonic Orchestra
Sept. 5         Wendy Wright, YMCA
Sept. 12       Evening Meeting @ 6 p.m.; Rory Allport & Lily Robinson, Rotary Exchange Students
Sept. 19       Antonia Rizea, Kinesiologist
Sept. 26       Tracy Gray, Conservative Party of Canada
Oct. 3           Peter Shultz, District Governor
Oct. 10         Sheila and Murray Fraser, Pedogo Bikes, Oyama
Oct. 17         NO BREAKFAST MEETING! 
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