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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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One of the best things in Rotary is getting to know our fellow Rotarians. Last week, our favourite millennial Kayla, of mother/daughter team Karen Erickson & Kayla Caruana - IG Wealth Management, blew us out of the water with her drive, goals, determination, energy and impressive list of accomplishments.  Anyone dismissive of the younger generation needs to meet Kayla! Our club is thrilled to have her be part of the Rotary family.
On Sunday, the sun and warm temperatures made a welcome appearance for the Conquer the Lake walk/run event and Lake Country Health and Wellness Fair at Beasley Park.  Rotary was there cooking hotdogs for the hungry participants and publicizing the work that we do in the community.  Most customers were drawn in by the delicious fragrance of fried onions and were able to overlook the questionable nutritional value of our menu offering. smiley
Upcoming Events
Sign-up sheets are circulating for the following events.  Please help out if you are able!
Rotary at Work Day
When:  Saturday June 15, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Where:  Peter Grier Elementary School, 10300 Sherman Drive, Lake Country
The Club will be working with volunteers from Walk Around Lake Country (WALK) to improve a section of walking trail between Peter Grier Elementary School and the new Okanagan Rail Trail.  The project involves removing a section of barbed wire fencing on District of Lake Country property.  Please bring gardening/work gloves and wire cutters if you have them 😊.
Okanagan Centre Hall Basement Improvements
When:  Sunday June 16, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Where:  Okanagan Centre Hall, 11099 Maddock Avenue
The plywood panels that we purchased have been painted by our club members.  The next step is to cut and install the panels on the basement walls.  A minimum of six volunteers are needed to complete this work efficiently.  Please bring work/garden gloves if you have them.
Induction of New Rotary Executive
When:   Thursday, June 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where:   Arrow Leaf Winery, 1574 Camp Road, Lake Country
Save the date and plan on joining your fellow Rotarians for a wine tasting and potluck dinner to induct your new Executive for the 2019/20 Rotary Year.   This a spectacular venue and has been a very popular social event for our Club.  This event will replace our normal breakfast meeting at Holiday Park!
Celebrate Canada Day in Lake Country!
When:  Sunday June 30 – Monday, July 1st,  from 8 am to 4 pm
Where:  Swalwell Park
The Club will once again be coordinating a full day Canada Day celebration at Swalwell Park, featuring our annual Rotary pancake breakfast, a variety of stage performances and commercial and non-profit agency displays.
This is the largest event that the Club undertakes and will require ‘all hands-on deck’ to set up the park on June 30 and manage the Canada Day celebration activities.  A sign-up sheet will soon be circulated by email to all active and honorary members.
In Our Community
This morning, a merry group of Rotarians, led by Sandy Wightman, gathered at the Okanagan Centre hall for a ‘paint party’ to prepare the plywood walls which will soon be installed in the basement of the Okanagan Centre Community Hall.  Thanks to some superb organization, the work was completed quickly and with no casualties 😊.  Like all Rotarian gatherings, there was also lots friendly banter and laughs.
The next step is to cut and install the plywood sheets.  The date for this work party will be announced soon.  When completed, the project will certainly improve the ambience of the basement storage area!
Help Honduras
Mike Balachura, from the Castlegar Rotary Club, spoke to us this week about the Help Honduras Project and how the leadership and financial support provided by local Rotary Clubs (including ours), Rotary International and Federal aid programs has helped improve the lives of some of the poorest families in Honduras.
Honduras is one of the poorest and most violent countries in the Western Hemisphere with extraordinarily unequal distribution of wealth and massive unemployment. Two-thirds of Hondurans live below the poverty line and earn less than $5 per day. Sixty-three percent of the labour force has only a primary education and 50 percent of households are single parents.  260 000 children are orphaned or abandoned – many become child laborers, beggars, involved in the sex trade or drug and/or extortion gangs.
The Help Honduras Project, initiated and managed by Rotarians, helps Honduran moms and youth by providing economic training; health, nutrition and parenting classes, access to health/doctor services, access to a micro-credit program, and job skills training for older students.
Through H.E.L.P. Honduras sponsorships, students receive:
  • Books, uniforms and supplies to attend school
  • After school programs and workshops
  • Mentoring and tutoring instruction
  • Access to older student tutor when having difficulty
  • Some instruction and tutoring if needed including computer literacy course
  • Leadership workshops based on the Rotary 4-way test
Access to schooling matters. Helping the poor get to school makes a difference. Educating girls can transform whole communities. The success of the program is best illustrated by the fact that 98% of elementary and 92% of secondary students are passing their grade and staying in school.  By improving educational opportunities, the program is preparing young people for better employment opportunities and reducing the incidence of crime and conflict.
  • Our exchange student, Nando, will be returning home to Colombia on Saturday June 1st.  To celebrate his year with us, we will be having a pot-luck barbeque on Tuesday May 28, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at Beasley Park.  All Club members are welcome to attend.  Reminder:  Our regular breakfast meeting on May 30 is cancelled.
  • If you happen to have retrieved a red binder at our last breakfast meeting at Holiday Park, please return it to Kayla at the earliest opportunity.  
Today’s breakfast meeting was one of the most enjoyable of the year as we had the pleasure of presenting $30 thousand in Community Gaming Funds to deserving local service groups. In no particular order, the recipients of this year’s Community Gaming Grants include:
  1. ‘Walk Around Lake Country’:  development of local walking trails;
  2. George Elliot High School – Parent Advisory Committee:  Dry Grad and ‘No Kid Left Behind’ program;
  3. Oyama Community Centre:  Hall renovations
  4. Okanagan College Residential Trades Program:  Bursaries for graduating Trades Students.
  5. Brain Trust Canada:  Children’s Bicycle Helmet Safety Program;
  6. Kelowna Safety Council: Children’s Safety Programs
  7. Lake Country Art Gallery: Senior’s Art Enrichment Program
Save the Date for Community Service Projects
Sign-up sheets will be circulated in the next couple of weeks for the following community service projects.
  1. Lake Country Health and Wellness Fair:  Sunday June 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Beasley Park.  Volunteers are needed to work at our Rotary table.
  2. ‘Rotary at Work’ Day:  Saturday June 15, from 9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. The Club will be collaborating with ‘Walk Around Lake Country’ to upgrade a section of walking trail near Peter Grier Elementary School.  Meet at Peter Grier School at 9 a.m.  Please bring work/gardening gloves and wire cutters, if you have them, as we will be removing a section of barbed wire fencing.  Friends and family are welcome to join us.  Refreshments will be provided.
  3. Okanagan Centre Hall Basement Renovations:  Date to be confirmed.  Volunteers will be needed to help paint and install plywood paneling and metal shelving in the Community Hall basement.  More information to follow from Tom and Sandy. 😊
‘The Case of the Missing Cheque’
Our large cardboard Rotary cheque has mysteriously disappeared. ☹  If it is currently ‘living’ in your garage or basement, please return it to our store room at Holiday Park.
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 will be announced in the near future.
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.
Other projects are focussed on:
  • raising funds to replace the original 100 year hardwood floor and upgrade the basement in the Okanagan Centre Community Hall;
  • working with the District of Lake Country to build new parks and recreation infrastructure.
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 Meeting:  Speaker Schedule
Mar. 28       Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament, Kelowna and Lake Country
Apr. 4          Induction of new Rotary Members
Apr. 11        Elaine Gibbons:  Okanagan Centre Hall Upgrades
Apr. 18        Club member:  Sandy Wightman
Apr. 25        Norm Letnick, Provincial MLA
May 2          Presentation of Gaming Fund Cheques
May 9          Christina Camillieri, Healthy Essentials Clinic
May 16        Erika Van Oyen, ISEE Solutions
May 23        Mike Balachura, Help Honduras Rotary Program
May 28        Farewell Barbeque for Nando, at Beasley Park
May 30        Breakfast meeting CANCELLED.
June 6          Club Member:  Kayla Caruana, Certified Financial Planner
June 13        Club member - Sandy Wightman:  International Rotary Project:  wheelchairs for Mexico
June 20        Club member - Dave Colquhoun:  Dragon Boat Racing
June 27        Induction of new Rotary Executive at Arrow Leaf Winery
July 4            Club Member - Ken Guido
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