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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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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.
So, you're a little bit older and a lot less bolder
Than you used to be
So, you used to shake 'em down
But now you stop and think about your dignity
So now sweet sixteens turned thirty-one
You get to feelin' weary when the workdays done
Well all you got to do is get up and into your kicks
If you're in a fix
Come back baby
Rock and roll never forgets
You better get yourself a partner
Go down to the concert or the local bar
Check the local newspapers
Chances are you won't have to go too far
Yeah, the rafters will be ringing cause the beat's so strong
The crowd will be swaying and singing along
And all you got to do is get in into the mix
If you need a fix
Come back baby
Rock and roll never forgets
Bob Seger – Rock and Roll Never Forgets
Reading these lyrics by Bob Seger reminded me that there’s nothing quite like a good rock and roll dance to bring people together to have fun and raise money for a good cause.  This was clearly illustrated on October 19, when the Club held our first- ever rock and roll social to raise funds toward our new project - the construction of a new fishing pier and kayak launch on the Pelmawash Parkway. For some of us who are older than 31, it was like stepping way back in time to high school and college days, when rock and roll ‘ruled’, and social dances were common.
Good rock and roll makes people want to get up and dance.  On this occasion, the 100-plus people in attendance experienced some of the finest rock music in the valley as Rann Berry and the Time Machine performed a medley of the best rock music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  The dance floor was full for most of the night as people got up to shake, rattle and roll.   Attendees also had an opportunity to bid on some great silent auction prizes.
I think that most people would agree that the event rated highly on the fun scale.  It was also a success from a financial perspective as we raised $3400 toward the fishing pier project.
Thanks to all Rotarians who helped to make this fundraiser a success!  Let’s make this an annual event. 😊
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:
Oct. 3           Peter Shultz, District Governor
Oct. 10         Sheila and Murray Fraser, Pedogo Bikes, Oyama
Oct. 24         Club Assembly
Oct. 31         Club Member, Kathryn Battrum
Nov 7           Club Member, Jim Robertson
Nov 14         Kathy Butler, Assistant District Governor
Nov 21         Dave Hamilton, President, Black Press Western Region
Nov 28         Rotary Foundation Dinner, 6 pm, at L'Isola Bella Bistro
Dec 5           Anne Robinson, Senior's Activity Centre
Dec 19         Annual General Meeting
Jan 2            Club Assembly
Upcoming Social Events:
Dec 13        Club Christmas Party
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