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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
Canada
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At our meeting today, we were delighted to receive a membership application from Jim Robertson.  Jim has recently moved to Lake Country and is an Addictions Counsellor and Educator with Axis Intervention Service.  He has served as a Board Director of two Chambers of Commerce on Vancouver Island as well as the Canadian Boards of two East African Universities.   Welcome Jim! 
 
We also presented a cheque for $1,500 to Brenda Kalinovich and Julie Wolfe, from the Lake Country Health Planning Society, to support their Family and Friend Caregiver Support Group.
 
A second cheque for $1,000 was presented to Petrina McNeil, from the Lake Country Art Gallery, in support of their Senior’s Outreach and Enrichment Program.
 
Family and Friend Caregiver Support Group
 
The Lake Country Health Planning Society provides a twice monthly, facilitated peer support group for people who are caring for adults with mental health or cognitive issues such as dementia and head injury.  The group is free and open to all caregivers, and the only requirement is to sign a confidentiality agreement.
 
The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Lake Country District Office, Carr’s Landing Room, at 7 p.m. until about 8 p.m.  Brochures for relevant local services as well as advice for caregivers is available and light refreshments are served.
 
The facilitator introduces everyone and provides a brief introduction to the group process for new members.  She asks all members to say what is on their mind this session and if they have anything they really need to discuss with the group.  Each member takes a turn, and the other group members may offer advice or consolation or very often, knowing laughter.  The facilitator makes sure that everyone has a chance to speak, she identifies themes and commonalities that emerge in the discussion.  Sometimes the focus is very much on one member and sometimes it is equally shared.  The discussion may lead to a topic for education or shared information in the next group, or by a group email.
 
The support group members would like to inform our Club how important it is to have a local support group and how this makes them feel that they are part of a community of peers. They said that they like the loose structure compared to time limited education groups, as it gave them the opportunity to share stories and ideas, seek advice and just vent.  Members also said that they look forward to coming and hope that the program ‘sticks around’.
 
Senior’s Outreach and Enrichment Program
 
The Lake Country Art Gallery has been offering an enriching program of guest speakers at the Lake Country Manor (care home for senior living) since July 2016.  Speakers present a variety of art-related topics and are carefully selected to bring valuable content that engages and interests the residents. 
The monthly event acts to bring the Art Gallery to community members unable to visit there themselves and helps prevent the Manor residents from feeling socially isolated.  Lake Country community members are also welcome.
 
Rotary support will enable the Art Gallery to continue the speaker series and provide the Manor residents the opportunity to create art.  Rose Braun, an established local artist, will lead the art classes which will culminate in the residents making art that will be included in the Art Gallery’s Intergenerational Community Exhibition.
 
Announcements
 
A Reminder:  The Club will be cooking hot dogs at the Okanagan Rail Trail Celebration, which begins at 11 a.m., on Thursday September 27, at the Oyama Boat Launch.  About 400 people are expected to attend; therefore, Club members should plan on arriving at the event by 10:30 a.m. to secure a parking spot and avoid potential traffic congestion.  Please note:  Our normal breakfast meeting on September 27 is cancelled.

 

 

The club welcomed visitor Jim Robertson. Also attending was our exchange student Hernando Mora, from Colombia.

 

Today’s program was presented by Rotarian Greg Bucholtz, Director of Infrastructure Services, for the District of Lake Country (DLC). Given the extent of his responsibilities - infrastructure planning, parks and facilities, roads, sewer and water – his discussion regarding the challenges in formulating an annual budget for the District barely scratched the surface.

 

Long term planning for infrastructure items such as another sheet of ice at the arena, a swimming pool (perhaps in conjunction with UBCO?) are part of the big picture, upgrades and maintenance of existing infrastructure – roads, sewer, buildings - are unavoidable and necessary. There is currently a $500,000 shortfall for such upgrades.

 

Annual budgets invariably include a tax increase to attempt to keep up with these ongoing expenses; however, Greg pointed out that at least part of these increases are needed just to keep up with inflation. While federal and provincial governments are allowed to run deficits, municipal governments are not.

 

As a result, the District has to include a referendum in this year’s election process to approve the financing of a new firehall. 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.

 

Several ideas were discussed regarding Rotary’s potential participation in partnership with the district to support community facilities, such as playgrounds at Beasley and/or Swalwell Park, contributions to amenities along the Pelmewash Parkway such as a launch site for small boats, and other possibilities along the new Okanagan Rail Trail.

 

Our Rotary club previously had discussions with Parks staff regarding a retrofit of the concession stand at Swalwell Park, however, it appears that additional changes to the current building in general regarding design, power supply and accessibility are under review by DLC staff.

 

We look forward to ongoing dialogue with Greg and the DLC to identify projects of benefit to the community that fall within our Club’s financial and membership capabilities.

 

Today, we welcomed two guests:  Antonia (Toni) Revea, our guest speaker, and Hernando Mora, our new exchange student from Columbia.

Toni is a kinesiologist, who is based out of Prime Physio in Mission (located at Hawthorn Pool, on KLO Road|).  She spoke to us about how the study of human body mechanics can help us recover from and prevent injuries.  She’s a wealth of knowledge and is helping with the recovery of one of our own members – Ken Guido.

Most programs have a land-based assessment and then move to hydrotherapy sessions in the pool as it is easier to move in the water than on land.  This type of therapy works for proactive health (Arthritis and Osteoporosis), pre-operative and post-operative recovery, soft tissue injury, sports specific strengthening, and ICBC/WCB return to work.

Toni can be reached at antonia@primekelowna.ca or (778) 822-8575 to set up a consultation.

Announcements

  • Club members approved a motion to allocate $1 thousand from our Gaming Account to fund the Senior’s Outreach and Enrichment Program, run by the Lake Country Art Gallery.
  • A motion was approved to fund the Caregiver's Support Program, run by the Lake Country Health Planning Society, with $1,500 from our Club Operating Account.  Our guest speaker, Toni, also offered to set up a Go Fund Me page to raise additional funds to support the ongoing operation of this program.
  • The District Youth Exchange Committee is currently recruiting for a District Youth Counsellor, Inbound Coordinator (ideally male) and Youth Protection Officer.  Please contact District Chair, Patty Garrett, at youthexchangechair@Rotary5060.org for more information.
  • The Terry Fox Run will be held on September 16, at 9 a.m., at Beasley Park. MLA Norm Letnick is organizing the event and is seeking volunteers to help on race day, and to help promote the event at Art Walk.
  • The Rotary Fox Hunt will take place on September 22, at 1 p.m., at Stewart Park, to raise funds for JoeAnna’s House.  Join our team, Wild Goose Chase, for some fun and support a great cause.
  • Our September 13 meeting will be a BBQ social to welcome our new exchange student, Hernando.  The social will start at 5:30 p.m. and will replace our normal breakfast meeting.  It you did not sign-up at breakfast, please confirm your attendance with Brenda as soon as possible so that we can do some food ordering!
Speaker’s Schedule

Our guest speaker on September 6 will be Greg Bucholz, Infrastructure Manager, with the District of Lake Country.  Greg will be discussing park upgrade plans and may provide us with ideas regarding potential Rotary participation in these projects.

 
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, 8 percent of the value of each gift card will go to our local food bank with no cost to you!  Donations are currently being matched by an anonymous benefactor for a limited time, which means that 16 percent of the gift card value will be donated to the Food Bank.
 
Gift cards can be purchased from the Lake Country Food Bank, UBR Printing & Copies at 9618 Bottom Wood Lake Road (250.766.1098) or by contacting Lake Country Rotary at lakecountryrotary5060@gmail.com.  Cards are available in either $50, $100 or $200 amounts.
 
The cards can be used at any Save-On Foods Store.  Accepted payment methods:  Cash, e-transfer to the Rotary Club of Lake Country or debit card (at UBR Services only).
 

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 davecolquhoun@outlook.com
 
 
 
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
 
 
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        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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       
 
 
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