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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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Every February brings a very special announcement, the recipient of the Sax Koyama “Citizen of the Year” award for our municipality.

The name Sax Koyama elicits fond memories from long-time residents. He was a highly respected member of this community who gave tirelessly of himself as a local volunteer. When he tragically lost his life in 1986 the Oceola Fish & Game Club, of which he was a long- time member, decided to honour his memory. An award would be made each year to one community volunteer whose efforts deserved recognition.

Over the ensuing decades dozens of our volunteers have been recognized. While this year is no exception in recognizing a truly outstanding citizen, it will be the first time it will be awarded posthumously.

On February 2nd, our community was shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Bob Rymarchuk.

From the time he and wife Ursula opened UBR Printing in 1995 Bob has never stopped working as a community builder. In the early days he volunteered with his two sons’ hockey and soccer teams in many capacities. He was part of the group that built the Beasley soccer fields and clubhouse, now operated by our District. He was a Charter Member and President of the LC Chamber of Commerce and our local Rotary Club. Bob chaired the committee responsible for the planning and construction of Creekside Theatre and Community Complex which opened in 1999.

When Lake Country Rotary Club agreed to take the lead in planning and building our new Food Bank, Bob once again put his hand up to assume responsibility. It was a proud moment for him and our entire community when it officially opened in 2018.

While the award of Citizen of the Year to Bob Rymarchuk for the year 2019 will be made posthumously, the nomination was not. Members of his much-loved Rotary Club had made the nomination a month prior to his passing.

A Rotary tradition is the inclusion of: Classification Talks,” at meetings. These are opportunities for members to discover more about each other.
To give an example of such a talk, our President, Ken Guido, shared parts of his “life story,” including the fact he was born in Penticton and moved to Castlegar, BC.  Ken finished high school and went on to university where he earned a degree in electrical engineering.
Ken’s love for mathematics was evident as he spoke. After completing his engineering degree, he realized he had been in school continuously for seventeen years, and so took some time off to do various jobs. He then joined Iron Ore Company of Canada.
This brought him to Labrador City, in Newfoundland/Labrador, which Ken said, in those days was akin to Fort McMurray today. After a few years, he returned to BC and began work for Highland Valley Copper, in Kamloops. He then worked for Chemetics International, travelling extensively around the world helping to build chemical plants.
During this time, he purchased a small orchard property in Oyama, which his parents operated until after Ken had met his wife, Judy, in Vancouver, and they moved back to Oyama to take over the farm.
First Judy, then Ken became involved in the Inner Peace movement. They still hold retreats with this group on their Oyama farm. He became interested in ecology in the early 1980’s and has been active as an advocate for sustainable resources, both as an area counsellor, and President of the local Green Party.
In 1990, Ken opened his own Engineering consulting company. He is extremely well read, with a wide range of interests, near and far. He was a founding member of The Rotary Club of Lake Country and provided a stellar example of a Classification Talk.
We look forward to hearing more talks!
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.
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
Jan 23          Club President - Ken Guido
Jan 30          Club member - Jim Robertson
Feb 13         Club member - Kim Caruso
Feb 20         Travis Ashley - BC Green Party
Feb 27         Sam Samadar, YLW Airport Director
Mar 5           Dr, J. Lighthouse Chiropractic
Upcoming Social Events & Fundraisers
Apr. 4          Club Fundraiser in support of Pelmawash Parkway Fishing Pier Project
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