Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

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.
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
Community Service
Community Service - Youth
Community Service - Youth
The Rotary Foundation
Club Public Relations
Home Page Stories

Lake Country now has a second mini-library.

On Labour Day, September 7, members of the Rotary Club of Lake Country not only installed a new mini-library in front of the Oyama Community Hall, they stocked it with books.

The first of these mini-libraries was set up over the summer at the Lake Country Museum, on the waterfront in Okanagan Centre.

These mini-libraries operate on a take-one/leave-one system. Take any book you want to read, and leave a book for someone else in its place.

The libraries have been built by Rotary member (and current president) Sandy Wightman. Wightman takes joy in forming the bulging sides of the libraries, implying that the books within are simply bursting with enjoyment for a reader.

The mini-libraries are just one of many services Rotary provides to the Lake Country community.

Rotary took a leadership in providing a permanent home for the Lake Country Food Bank. Since then, Rotary’s promotion of Save-On Gift Cards has provided over $24,000 in operating funds to the Food Bank – without costing the people who use the gift cards to buy groceries even a single cent.

Save-On Gift Cards are available by email,

Rotary has also helped WALC, the Walk Around Lake Country recreation group build and maintain a network of trails, and has provided funding for about a dozen community organizations every year.

And until Covid-19 shut down larger gatherings, the Rotary food trailer was a familiar vendor of hot dogs and hamburgers at car shows, Canada Day celebrations, and the annual ArtWalk.

During these challenging times, there are still many opportunities within Rotary and other service organizations for people to safely volunteer for activities which are vital to our community and satisfy our need for socialization and interaction with others.
Elise Ruiters, Canadian Red Cross Volunteer Experience and Engagement Coordinator joined our Zoom meeting this week to talk about the need for volunteers to help with the operation of two local programs.
The Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) is designed to help individuals and families cope with injuries or illnesses by loaning essential medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, bath chairs, toilet lifts, bed pans etc.   Volunteers work with an experienced person to take requests and assign equipment based on a need’s assessment.
The local health equipment loan depot is located behind the Winfield Memorial Hall.
The Emergency Management Program is activated as required, by the Red Cross, to help individuals and families who are impacted by natural disasters and emergencies (e.g., fires, floods, earthquakes etc.)  Volunteers are needed to respond to local emergencies and may also have an opportunity, if they want, to volunteer for assignments outside of BC and Canada.
Elise noted that no related experience is needed for either of these volunteer positions as training is provided by experienced Red Cross staff.  Good people skills and a willingness to serve are the only requirements.  Volunteers are normally asked to make a minimum 2-year commitment to whichever program they choose and to work a minimum of 20 hours each year.
For further information about these volunteer opportunities, contact
Other Volunteer Opportunities
  • Pelmawash trail cleanup. Rich Gibbons has organized a fun Pelmawash Cleanup mixed with some good old fashion socializing over coffee. The plan is to meet at the Oceola Tim Hortons at 9:00 am Saturday Sept 12 for coffee then an hour or so cleaning up designated portions of the trail.
  •  As you know, our Club supports WALC (Walk Around Lake Country) each year with $10,000 in Gaming money. WALC have completed the trail system this summer on the Pretty-Newene path and would like to know if Rotary will help them do a final clean and weed pull. Again, this can be a fun project. Please email Judy Guido and she will organize the date and time.
  • Preparatory work is beginning very soon to install a new mini library at the Oyama Hall mini library. Please contact Sandy Wightman if you would like to help.
  • September 12 is Lake Country Rotary Blood Drive Day.  Tell your friends.  You must register to donate blood at or call 1-888-2donate.  The clinic is at 103- 1865 Dilworth Drive.
Many Rotary Clubs have recently moved to online Zoom meetings and adapted their fundraising and community service activities to adhere to public health protocols for physical distancing and group size limits.
Mandy Hicks, from the Kelowna Ogopogo Club, joined us on Zoom this week to talk about how they have adapted their annual golf fundraising tournament which will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Kelowna.  The Child Advocacy Centre is a place that has been designed to provide a safe place of hope, help and healing for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
The ‘Covid Edition’ of the golf tournament will be held on Friday September 18 and will be a ‘fun event’ featuring prizes for the best ‘fancy pants’ costume, and a full meal consisting of 'appies', main course and dessert served from different locations on the golf course.
President Sandy also updated us on several of our current Club fundraising and community service activities.
  1. Our first ever ‘wine raffle’ is now officially sold out and has raised approximately $3600 to support the operation of the Lake Country Food Bank.  The official draw to select prize winners will be held in October.
  2. A second mini- library box for community book donations will soon be installed at the Oyama Community Hall.  As the recent heat wave has eased, a small work party is planned for this week to install the support posts.  The first mini library was installed at the Lake Country Museum in June.
  3. As suggested of Rich Gibbons, a litter pick-up event will be organized in the next couple of weeks for the Pelmawash Parkway bike/pedestrian trail.  Future details will soon be communicated by email to Club members.
  4. The Club is exploring the idea of applying for a Rotary District Grant to construct a raised garden at the Lake Country Food Bank.  The Lake Country Food bank has already benefited from $28 thousand in funding, generated from the sale of Rotary/Save-On Foods gift cards.   It may be possible to leverage this funding to construct the raised garden beds, which would enable the Food Bank to grow fresh vegetables for their clients.
Sara Hodson – founder and CEO of ‘Live Well Exercise Clinics”, spoke to us this week about how modest amounts of exercise can significantly improve our physical and mental health.
In 2017, the World Health Organization called obesity a global pandemic. It is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.
 In 2010, Sara Hodson had her fourth child and was struggling to maintain her exercise routine, so she reached out to her friend, Tasha McRae, a fellow Clinical Exercise Physiologist who was also a busy mom.

Exercising together made it easier and a lot more fun. They lost weight.  They gained energy. They began living life relaxed, refreshed, and with a smile.
Sara realized other people need those things, too. She and Tasha had been working together in a hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation program for years, so they understood the power of a supportive community to help people maintain good exercise habits.
Sara initially opened clinic locations in White Rock/South Surrey, then Vancouver to deal with Exercise as medicine. She quickly jumped to 285 members and 90 on the waitlist. She built a 3rd location, then went to a franchising model and now has 37 locations in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC.
Current knowledge indicates that people living with physical compromises are more likely to have greater complications from Covid19.  Health has never been more important than it is today. Covid19 should refresh our focus and give us the energy to take care of ourselves. In addition to disease prevention benefits, regular physical activity provides a variety of benefits that help individuals sleep better and have reduced stress:
  1. Exercise is medicine: heart health! It lowers the incidence of the #1 killer – heart disease and stroke by helping to prevent and manage high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.
  2. Exercise is medicine: Cancer! It reduces the incidence of some cancers, can improve survival after a breast, colon, or prostate cancer diagnosis, and is safe during and after treatment and may improve cancer-related symptoms.
  3. Exercise is Medicine: Brain Health! It reduces risk of dementia, improves cognitive function, quality of life and sleep. It reduces feelings of anxiety and depression in healthy people and people with existing clinical syndromes and reduces incidence of depression.
  4. Exercise is medicine: type 2 diabetes – it improves blood sugar management, blood pressure, blood lipids and helps to maintain a healthy body mass index.
How much exercise is required? All physical activity has benefit. Start with 5 minutes and move up. MOVE MORE, SIT LESS. Additional benefit can be found by engaging in moderate to vigorous physical activity 3-5 days/week, for a minimum of 150 minutes weekly.
“In an era of spiraling health care expenditures, getting people to be more active may be the ultimate low-cost therapy for achieving health benefits.” We need to change our habits to achieve the amazing health benefits of exercise.
For further information regarding exercise programs available at the local Live Well Exercise Clinic, in Kelowna, visit
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 '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:
Regular Club meetings have been suspended until further notice due to the Covid 19 pandemic. 
Meetings are currently being held online.  For further information, please contact us. smiley
Upcoming Social Events & Fundraisers
During these challenging times, there's nothing like a glass of premium Okanagan wine to improve your outlook on life.  With that in mind, the Rotary Club of Lake Country has initiated a wine raffle to benefit the Lake Country Food Bank!
There are three prizes: a $400 gift certificate for Ex Nihilo and Gray Monk Winery and a VIP tour and dinner for 4 at O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars, valued at $600.  The Ex Nihilo and Gray Monk certificates can be used for wine, restaurant, or other purchases. Tickets are only $10 each.  A maximum of 430 tickets are available for sale so the odds are good😀. Prizes will be awarded on October 15. 
Tickets are available from any Lake Country Rotarian or by 'contacting us' at the link above.
Jennifer E. Jones makes history, becomes first woman named Rotary president-nominee

Jennifer Jones, of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2022-23.

Clubs made to order

These clubs keep things fresh with new ideas and new members.

The world stopped. They didn’t

These 10 workers put service above self when it counted most

Rotarian Tunji Funsho named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the world

TIME 100 recognized Funsho for his instrumental leadership and work with Rotary members and partners to achieve the eradication of wild polio in the African region.

Nigerian physician Dr. Tunji Funsho named one of TIME’s Most Influential People in the world

Nigerian physician Dr. Tunji Funsho named one of TIME’s Most Influential People in the world