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Welcome to our Club!

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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Our guest speaker this morning was Bud Mortenson, who is Director of University Relations at UBCO. His job, in part, covers convocation, formal ceremonies and events, story writing, internal communications and working with 15 people in the Department.

He shared some amazing statistics with us:

  • UBCO consistently ranks among the world’s 40 best universities in the world and now places among the top 20 public universities in the world. There are 8 faculties offering 62 Bachelor’s degrees, 19 Masters and PhD programs.
  • The student population varies between 10,000 to 20,000 a year with 1,674 living on campus. Work is underway for two new residences as well as a food services building with a 500-seating capacity for completion in 2020.
  • In 2005 there were 86 international students from 20 countries. Today, there are 1,473 students from 99 countries.
  • The breakdown of geographical origins of students is: 27% local, 37% BC, 20% Canada, 16% International. Once their degree is completed, 48% of graduates stay in this region. Aboriginal students in 2014 – 443, and in 2018 – 529.
  • The Go Global program allows students to access 230+ exchange, research and study abroad partners worldwide for a portion of their studies.
  • New programs include: Medicine 32 students per year, Engineering (electrical, civil and mechanical), Human Kinetics, Bachelor of Management and Master of Social Work, Resource Engineering Management.
  • Other projects in the works are the opening August 31, 2018 of John Hindle Drive, connecting Glenmore Road with the UBCO campus. The new road connection will provide a secondary entrance/exit to the university and significantly reduce bus access times from the Glenmore area.
  • An innovation Precinct is being developed north of Airport Way.  One of the first projects will be a Project Learning Factory for advanced manufacturing of very specialized aircraft components. Researchers will work with engineers and a given company to perfect the work projects which will be key in the future of aerospace.
  • More interesting stats: This year there were 9,120 students registered, 8,264 undergraduates, 856 graduate students. There have been 15, 988 degrees earned since 2006. There were 6 convocation ceremonies this year.

Other News:

  • The Club members approved a new Rotary/Save-On Foods gift card program to benefit the Lake Country Food Bank.   Through our new partnership with Save-On Foods, we will receive 8 percent of the gift card sales value, which will be used by our Food Bank to support their local food assistance program.
  • Carol Eimer, from the Rotary Club of Kelowna, and will be our guest speaker on July 26.  She will be talking to us about a new team based Scavenger hunt/adventure/challenge game called the Rotary Fox Hunt. 

A lot has happened in the past few weeks!

On June 21, the happy group (above) were elected as our new Club Executive for 2018/2019 at our annual induction event at Arrow Leaf Estate Winery.   Good food, great fellowship, and some tasty wine were enjoyed by all who attended.

We also recognized some special people for their outstanding contributions to our Club.  Monika Speitelsbach received our ‘Rotarian of the Year’ award for work as our Public Relations Director and Brenda Dewonck was awarded our ‘Unsung Hero’ award for her dedication as our Club Secretary and lead organizer for many of our fundraising activities.

Past President, Bernard, also received a ‘change-maker’ award from Rotary District 5060 and Joy Haxton was awarded the Vern Neilsen – Local Hero Award for the amazing work she has done at the Lake Country Food Bank.

A little over one week later, on July 1st, the Club hosted our second full day Canada Day event at Swalwell Park to celebrate Canada’s 151th birthday.  The day was highlighted by our traditional Rotary pancake breakfast, followed by full day of family oriented, multicultural stage entertainment and tent exhibits.  In spite of some wet weather that Mother Nature threw at us, the day was a smashing success!

Many volunteers from outside the Club stepped forward to help with the breakfast and other activities.  Approximately 1,500 people attended the event over the course of the day and many people commented that they enjoyed the diverse entertainment program that was offered. 

Our Club looks forward to  coordinating future Canada Day celebrations in Lake Country.

Upcoming Events

July 5:  A social evening to celebrate a successful Canada Day.  This will take place at the Club House at Margaret Brown's complex, at 11290 Bond Road.  Bring an 'appy' and your favourite beverage, and celebrate our success with our community partners who helped us make the day such a memorable event.  Please note:  there will be no breakfast meeting on this day,

July 12:  A special Club Assembly will be held at Holiday Park, beginning at 5:30 p.m., to discuss Club goals for the  new Rotary Year.  Appies will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by a round table discussion.  Please note:  there will be no breakfast meeting on this date.

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 such as bowling, golf and games nights 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!

The Rotary Club of Lake Country recently 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 current community service activities are focussed on the following local projects:
  • providing funds to help the Lake Country Food Bank finish their building expansion and purchase equipment to support the regional food sharing network with other food service agencies in Cherryville, Lumby, Salmon Arm, Enderby, Vernon, UBCO, Salvation Army Kelowna and Peachland;  
  • 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
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 Meetings
Apr. 5         Tom Roth - Adventures in International Home-sitting smiley
Apr. 12       Planning for Ladies Movie Night
Apr. 26       Presentation of Gaming Cheques to Service Organizations
May 3         Fair Trade: Karen and George Willoner
May 10       Club assembly: planning for Canada Day, Art Walk
May 17       Habitat for Humanity: Lorraine Richmond
May 24       Club Assembly:  New fundraising proposals
May 31       Tamara McLellan, HER International
June 7         Mark Koch: intro to Lake Country new Official Community Plan 
June 14       Chris Gardner, President, Independent Contractors & Business Assoc.
June 21       New Executive Induction at Arrow Leaf Winery (no breakfast mtg.)
June 28       Club Assembly:  Canada Day planning
July 5          Social Evening:  Canada Day Recap (no breakfast mtg.)
July 12        Club Assembly:  Goals for new Rotary Year; Special time:  5:30 p.m. at Holiday Park
July 19        Bud Mortenson, 'UBCO is more than UBC's little sister'
July 26        Carol Eamer, Rotary Club of Kelowna
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Laura Bush addresses Rotarians

Former first lady of the United States speaks at

International Inspiration

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