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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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People often say that variety is the spice of life, to mean that doing and seeing a lot of different things makes life more enjoyable and interesting.   This expression certainly applies to our recent breakfast meetings, which have featured an interesting lineup of speakers, thanks to the efforts of Jim and Kayla. 😊
YMCA of the Okanagan
On September 5, Wendy Wright and Kim Caruso, of the Kelowna YMCA, spoke to us about how the ‘Y’ (as it is commonly known) is making a difference in our community.
The mission of the ‘Y’ is to foster growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body and heighten their sense of responsibility to each other and the global community. To accomplish this goal, the Y provides programs like swimming, fitness, childcare, day camps, youth leadership, employment and educational events to help build a healthy and inclusive community for families and people of all ages.
The Kelowna Y currently serves 16,000 members from three locations located in downtown Kelowna, Rutland and the H2O Centre.  Income is not a barrier to participation in Y programs as approximately 5,500 low income individuals, children and families receive a subsidized membership.  One in five children enrolled in Y fitness programs and one in six children enrolled in after school child services receive a subsidy. 
The Y has an active donor program to help people who are less fortunate participate in health, childcare and life-building programs, regardless of financial circumstances, age or ability.  For more information on how you can help, please visit
Kim told us that the Y has made a huge difference in her life by enabling her family to overcome difficult personal and financial challenges and achieve success and happiness.  Her family have chosen to be volunteers at the Y to give back to the organization that helped them.  Kim’s commitment eventually led her to seek employment at the Y and move into a senior management role in the organization. 
Come Blow Your Horn
You may have wondered why French horn players always have one hand stuffed up the bell of their horn? Is it to keep their hand warm? To support the weight of all that brass? To keep them from waving their hand back at the conductor?
None of the above. On August 29, Oyama resident Edmund House showed us that the hand stuffed up his horn enables him to adjust the pitch of a note about a semitone.
Ed House brought a variety of horns, old and modern, with him.
The first horn, he explained, was some kind of natural megaphone. Perhaps a cattle horn, in some locations. In others, a seashell, like a conch, blown by the black rebels in the Haitian revolution to rally people together against their French colonial overlords.
He demonstrated a traditional bugle – no valves, no way of changing the pitch or notes, other than by varying the tension in his lips.
Early French horns had no valves either. To change key, the horn player removed one of the many loops of tube, and replaced it with a shorter or longer loop.
Today’s horns have valves – not the same as a trumpet, but performing a similar function – which route the sound through differing length of resonant tubes.
Ed fielded a variety of questions, talked a little about his own experience as a person making a living as a musician in the Okanagan Valley, and referred to the show he has been organizing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of Creekside Theatre in the Community Complex at George Elliot Secondary School. He reminisced a little about the various acts that performed at the first concert, June 4, 1999.
Currently, he has been gathering acts to appear in a special program Saturday evening September 7 at Creekside Theatre, as part of the annual Art Walk event on Saturday and Sunday.
Check out our Club calendar of events for upcoming activities at
Our speaker on Thursday was Thomas Scheuba, the young man who was our exchange student here in 2011. He currently heads a private charitable foundation that helps Ethiopian villagers have a dependable supply of drinking water.
Thomas credits his Exchange experience with learning to listen to a culture, rather than coming with pre-packaged answers. When he went back to his home in Austria,  his sister suggested he should now go to some place completely different. He chose a farming village in Ethiopia, where he slept on a dirt floor, did farm chores, understood none of the language, etc. But he also realized how much of the women’s time every day was spent just carrying water back and forth from the spring or river. Essentially, families live on 2 litres per person per day.
Yet there was water. The rains came, and it ran off, and some of it accumulated in springs and streams. The rest was lost.
He came home and set up a foundation to provide more reliable water. Initially, they provided water storage tanks for prominent families. He had mixed success there. Some shared their water, and trained others to conserve water. Others protected their good fortune from others.
So he started using schools, which are seen as community property.  When they collect rain off the roof, everyone benefits. The present plans show the villagers how to build a waterproof cistern, approximately 10 m by 12 m, and 8 m deep. They channel the rainwater off the school roof into the cistern. It’s big enough to supply several thousand people with 6 litres a day, for a whole year.
 It’s not purified. It still has to be boiled for safety. But it’s better than the water they used to gather. And a lot closer.
Thomas’s foundation, Support Ethopia, now has cisterns at 18 schools.
Harsh facts: 45% of rural Ethiopians have no access to fresh water. 73% have no sanitary facilities. 88% of their diseases are directly related to those two statistics – caused by polluted water supplies.
Thomas recognizes that simply supplying water is not the total solution. He uses the cisterns as a way of teaching people about conservation of water supplies. His foundation has also planted 40,000 trees, as a way of storing rainfall in the soil and reducing runoff and erosion.
Thomas thanked the Rotary Club of Lake Country for giving him his start in these projects, and for supporting him financially over the years.
Other News
The Club wishes to thank Rotarian Kayla Caruana and her mother and business partner, Karen Erickson, of IG Wealth Management, for their generous donation of $1200 toward our new Club project, which will eventually see a a new accessible fishing pier and kayak launch constructed on Pelmawash Parkway.  The funds were raised at client appreciation event, held on August 11 at Intrigue Winery.
Our first two meetings in August have certainly been entertaining and provided lots of enjoyable discussion.
On August 1st, Margaret’s granddaughter, Kate Cheryba, spoke to us about her adventures as a Rotary exchange student in Germany.  Kate was sponsored by the Calgary - Heritage Park Rotary Club and spent her exchange year near the town of Brake, in northern Germany.  She told us that it was a great life experience, highlighted by gaining two new friends (Mirna and Leslie); a European tour, with visits to Amsterdam and Venice (her favourite cities); helping disabled kids as part of a kindergarten practicum; and raising funds to purchase a shelter box for deployment in international disaster areas.
Oh yes, copious amounts of German ice cream were consumed!  Katie also gained a good proficiency in speaking German and was able to ‘ace’ the proficiency test required of all visiting Rotary Exchange students. 😊
Fast forward to August 8, and news of a new Club popcorn sales record at last week’s ‘Live in Lake Country’ concert at Swalwell Park!  Our ‘popcorn queen and princess’ rocked out to the music of Rann Berry’s 1980’s Time Machine (photo credit to Dee 😊) and sold over 200 bags of popcorn in three-hours, raising $434 for our Club projects.   We are fortunate to have booked Rann’s band for our Fall fundraiser, on October 19, at Oyama Community Hall.  It should be a great event!
We also learned about the sport of dragon boat racing, which is rapidly increasing in popularity and attracting people of all ages and organizations including cancer survivors, people with visual impairments and senior’s who want to maintain an active lifestyle.  The sport provides opportunities for friendship and comradery (much like Rotary), strengthens cardio fitness, and creates friendly competition.  Free 'try it' clinics are offered in Kelowna, every May, to recruit new paddlers to the sport.
Kelowna will be hosting two dragon boat festivals, on August 24 at Tugboat beach, and as part of the BC Senior’s Games in Kelowna, from September 10-14.
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:
Aug 1            Kate Cheryba, 'Rotary Exchange Student
Aug. 8          Club member, Dave Colquhoun, Dragon Boat Racing
Aug. 15        Thomas Scheuba, Rotary Exchange Student
Aug. 22        Donna Mihalcheon, BDO Debt Solutions
Aug. 29        Ed House, Central Okanagan Philharmonic Orchestra
Sept. 5         Wendy Wright, YMCA
Sept. 12       Evening Meeting @ 6 p.m.; Rory Allport & Lily Robinson, Rotary Exchange Students
Fundraising & Community Service Activities
Other upcoming activities include:
  • Our Rotary Art Walk food concession at GESS on September 7 & 8; from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • Rotary silent auction at the Everly Bros. tribute concert, at Creekside Theatre, on September 18;
  • Rotary sponsored Blood Donor Clinic at GESS, on September 25, from 10 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.; and
  • Our Fall fundraiser at Oyama Community Hall (October 19).
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Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 12th consecutive

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Shekhar Mehta of India selected to be 2021-22 Rotary International President

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A collaboration between Rotary and Heifer continues to produce big results, helping small farms provide healthier, locally-sourced

Rotary and ShelterBox celebrate the power of partnership

Rotary and ShelterBox celebrate the power of partnershipEvanston Ill., Rotary International announced on 3 June a three-year partnership renewal with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox. For almost 20 years,