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Lake Country

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:15 AM
Holiday Park Resort
415 Commonwealth Road, Okanagan Room
Kelowna (north end, by Lake Country), BC V4V 1P4
We are meeting via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Contact Sandy Wightman and to join us.
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The Club’s guest this week was Steve Petryshyn, Landscape Architect for the District of Lake Country. He oversees the planning, the design and construction of our local parks and trails.

Steve’s presentation focused on the planned accessible fishing pier and kayak launch, on the Pelmawash Parkway, for which the Lake Country Rotary Club is a key supporter.

Phase One of Pelmewash Parkway was completed in 2018, with ongoing designs and plans for future development.

The goals of the Pelmawash pier project are to provide recreation and social opportunities for all ages and abilities; strengthen family and community; promote health, active living, connect people and nature, enhance Parkway experience.  The concept is to enhance capabilities that already exist in the Park:  fishing and Kayaking/canoeing, biking, and walking.

The design concept of the Pier is an L-shaped structure, fixed, with railings designed for fishing. There will be an additional floating dock structure with specialized universal accessible kayak/canoe launch system.  There will be a large area at the south end with off-road parking for loading kayaks/canoes/bikes etc., with washrooms.  There will also be a place for food vendors.
There are successful examples of similar piers at Summerland, Peachland, and Kalamoir Regional Park.

 The proposed Pelmawash fishing pier and kayak launch does not have a full cost developed yet, but currently has $25K approved to initiate design work.  There is an initial high-level budget exercise from 2019 that identified approx. $100 thousand for a project budget.  Half of the budget is expected to come from fundraising and grants.

Oceola Fish and Game club is also fundraising for this initiative.

Construction timelines depend on Provincial approvals and fundraising success as well as grant application success.  The Pier could be in place by 2023.  The next steps are to develop detailed design and costing, environmental permitting and Crown Land Tenure applications, artistic renderings, and visuals, fundraising and grant applications.
We were honored this week to have Randy Attwood, President of the Royal Astronomical Society, as our guest speaker.
Randy has been interested in astronomy and space exploration for over 50 years. He has travelled the world to observe 12 total solar eclipses. During the space shuttle program, he witnessed twelve launches from Florida and one landing in New Mexico. He recently retired as the Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. In 2012, Asteroid 250235 was named Asteroid Attwood in recognition of his contributions to Astronomy Education and Public Outreach.
Randy explained that Solar eclipses occur when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, leaving a moving region of shadow on Earth's surface.  Solar eclipses may be classified as either total, in which the Moon completely covers the Sun, or annular, in which the Moon obscures all but an outer ring of the Sun.
He let us know that over the next three years, Canadians will be able to observe three solar eclipses. Annular eclipses in 2021 and 2023 will be followed by a total solar eclipse in 2024, which will pass over the most populated area of the country.
He reminded us not to look at the sun directly but to use filters when looking at sun. If you look at the sun without protection you could damage your eyes. The Retina has no nerves, so you will not feel the heat.
Bits and Pieces
Jim Taylor reported that sunshine was about the Sigal’s. Felena has a birthday coming up next week and a wedding anniversary the following week.
Happy Sad
We were sad to hear of the passing of Monika’s grandmother. She died of COVID while in hospital in Abbotsford. We offer our love and condolences and to Monika and her family.
Rich was happy that his son is home and safe after a crash on his mountain bike that resulted in a pierced lung. He is sore but recovering.
Rich was also happy for the Rotarians who were out to picking up trash on the weekend. Lots of trash was found including a new spare tire.
Margaret reported being happy that she enrolled in a Thai cooking class online on Monday night and the resulting meal, cooked at home, was delicious.
Brenda Dewonck had an advertising dollar and reported an abundance of Rhubarb. Call her if you want some.
Sherriff Rich Gibbons had some earned lots of fines from the club members who failed to be up on some Rotary trivia. Did you know:
  • The first Rotary club to be organized outside an English-speaking country was established in Havana, Cuba, April 29, 1916, with 22 charter members making Rotary officially bilingual.
  • Rotary crossed the Atlantic to establish clubs in England, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. The National Association of Rotary Clubs, which became the International Association of Rotary Clubs in 1912, adopted the name Rotary International (RI) in 1922.
  • 1957 is when Paul Harris fellowships were instituted. Thank heavens they have not kept up with inflation. Otherwise, we would be paying $12,500 for a Paul Harris today.
  • Frank Gorman may have taken the Rotary Banner to space, but he was not the first. In 1932, Professor Auguste Piccard was presented a flag by the Rotary Club of Zurich, Switzerland, and he carried it on his balloon ascent 55,777 feet into the stratosphere.
  • The members chose the name Rotary because initially they rotated subsequent weekly club meetings to each other's offices7: 55Reports:
  • Club will be meeting at 7am going forward.
  • Lobster Crawl II has been rescheduled, it will now be held on Friday, July 9 at Beasley Park. Promotion will be rolling out soon.
  • Options for Canada Day; the plan is to move it beyond July 1 and looking at an alternate celebration on BC day, August 2. The District of Lake Country has offered a grant $4000 to help us finance the event. The plan is to keep is simple, and low key.
  • The Day Trippers concert is still planned for October 16, 2021.
  • Saturday, May 1, 2021 Club Spring Training. Three breakouts at 9: am, 10am and 11 am, with 11 topics. Save this date.
  • May 12, 2021, In lieu of our Conference there will be Zone wide Coast to Coast Variety show. The price will be $US110 with $100 being tax receiptable. This will be entertaining and a way to boost the Foundation’s donations. Keep the date…. more to come.
At our meeting this week, we welcomed a new member, Dr. Sarah de Leeuw, to our Club and renewed acquaintances with several of our charter members - Dean Muscardin, Derek Hinchcliffe, Jim Bogartis and Gerry Morton, as part of our Club’s 25th anniversary celebration.
Club members also approved the allocation of $30 thousand in BC Community Gaming Funds for the following organizations to support the services they provide in our community:
  • Walk Around Lake Country (WALC)
  • Oyama Community Club
  • Winfield Curling Club
  • Lake Country Art’s Council
  • Lake Country Art Gallery
  • Okanagan College Foundation
  • Lake Country Museum
  • George Elliot Secondary Bursaries
  • UBCO Foundation
Thanks to the excellent work of Marsel Ahmadzadegan, we also enjoyed a video tribute to honor our members who have achieved a Paul Harris Fellowship through their community service activities or financial support of the Rotary Foundation.  The Rotary Foundation supports key international and local Rotary projects to eradicate polio, supply pure water to villages in African villages and undertake projects such as recreation and cultural improvements in our local communities.
One of the highlights was the heartfelt video tribute from former exchange student from Finland, Eeva Hemming, for Patty Garrett, who served as Eeva’s mentor and Rotary District 5060 Youth Exchange Coordinator.
Jim Robertson, Dave Colquhoun, Jim Taylor, Bernard Dewonck, Dan and Felena Segal, Rich Gibbons, Joan Downes and Judy Guido were also awarded Paul Harris Fellowships.
Bits and Pieces
Several Rotarians pitched in this past weekend to complete the assembly of three new arbor shelters at the Lake Country Food Bank.
As part of International ‘Rotary at Work Day’, members will be meeting on Saturday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m. at the Tim Hortons (at Hwy 97 and Oceola Rd) to undertake trail clean-up on the Pelmawash Parkway.
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.
A bursary was awarded in July, 2020 to Erin Courtney, who graduated from the Okanagan College Residential Construction Program.  Erin will be using the funds 'to purchase some tools and clothing required for work and to help offset the cost of child care for two young children.'
The 2020 recipients of Rotary Bursaries from George Elliot High School are Madeline Muir, Ben Bannister and Leonie Steigenberger.
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 or Email: or contact your favourite Rotarian 🥰 
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  email
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