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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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This week, we had the honor of welcoming District Governor, Sherry Chamberlain, and husband, Jim to our Club.
Sherry met with your Club Executive team on Wednesday evening, at Bernard and Brenda’s home, to discuss her personal goals and learn more about our activities.  She has already visited 57 of the 64 Rotary Clubs in District 5060 and is asking that all clubs focus on three priority areas during her term as District Governor:
  1. Support and strengthen Clubs:  achieve a net gain of 1 member; increase the number of female members; improve club operations by keeping Club Runner data up-to-date e.g., member birthdays, addresses and emails, sponsor names etc.
  2. Increase humanitarian service:  increase the number of members involved in service projects; conduct a significant local or international service project; support Rotary’s work toward Polio eradication; contribute at least $100 per capita to the Annual Rotary Foundation fund.
  3. Enhance public image and awareness:  Publicize successful projects; partner with local governments and businesses to work on a project together; network with local businesses to tell Rotary’s story; sponsor a Youth Exchange Student or RYLA participant.
Sherry complimented us for the progress that our Club is making in addressing these priorities.  At our Thursday breakfast meeting, she specifically mentioned our current involvement in projects to benefit the Lake Country Food Bank, such as the Rotary Save-on Gift Card program and the purchase of a new pallet stacker, as notable achievements.  She was also pleased with our sponsorship of international projects such as Support Ethiopia, the Hippo Roller Project, and our participation in the World’s Greatest Dinner to help end Polio.
Sherry challenged us to ‘be the inspiration’ to bring new members into our Club by creating a welcoming environment for guests and incorporating fun, fellowship and networking in our Club activities.  She encouraged us to showcase our local service projects at our local Chamber of Commerce and promote Rotary among our circle of family, friends and business contacts by telling our personal stories about why we joined Rotary and what being a Rotarian means to us.
She spoke of her introduction to Rotary through her participation in an international aid project in Thailand and how that experience has kindled a passion for community service and inspired her to take on progressively more responsible roles within Rotary.
Other News
Leadership Recognition:  Tom Roth and Jim Taylor were presented with Canadian Blood Services volunteer shirts, in appreciation for their leadership in promoting Rotary's participation in local blood donor Clinics in Lake Country.
World’s Greatest Meal to Help End Polio:  We have 23 people confirmed to participate in our fundraising dinner, on Wednesday, October 24, at L’Isola Bella Bistro to help eradicate polio.  Well done!  Sandy Wightman has also agreed to donate one of his beautiful, crafted bird houses as an auction item.  Thank you, Sandy.
There is still time to participate in this activity; however, you must contact me by end of day, on Sunday, so I can finalize our reservation.
Save the Date:  Our Rotary Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 16 at Holiday Park.  More details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Welcome to our New Members!
Today, we officially welcomed Dee Hansen and Jim Robertson as new Rotary members.  Dee and Jim recently moved to Lake Country from the greater Vancouver area and have been active volunteers with several service groups in their communities. Dee was an Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police in Delta for 26 years and Jim is an Addictions Counsellor with Axis Intervention Services.  Welcome to our Rotary family!
Our guest speaker today was our own Matt Vader, Strategic Services and Support Services Manager, with the District of Lake Country.  Matt presented a slide show highlighting his recent trip to New Zealand for an international business conference.  The conference and trips to destinations on the south and North Island provided insights regarding best practices for the design and management of rail-trail projects, like our own Okanagan Rail-trail, and building relationships with Indigenous people.  Matt’s presentation also highlighted the spectacular and diverse beauty of the country, which is not unlike our own ‘supernatural’ British Columbia.
Upcoming Events
World’s Greatest Meal to Help End Polio’ – October 23
Our Club will be joining hundreds of world-wide Rotary Clubs to participate in the ‘World’s Greatest Meal to help end Polio’, on Wednesday October 23.  Please invite your friends and family to join us at L’Isolla Bella Restaurant, at 5:30 p.m., for fellowship and to raise funds for Rotary’s Polio Plus Program.  All donations will be tripled by the Bill and Belinda Gates Foundation!
Presently, 18 people have confirmed that they will be attending!  Let’s shoot for an attendance goal of 30 people and help the final push to eradicate Polio once and for all.
Lake Country Food Bank Special Event – October 26
A special event has been organized for 11 a.m., on Friday October 26 to celebrate the turn-over of a new pallet stacker which has been purchased for the Lake Country Food Bank.
The delivery of this new equipment will greatly reduce the physical demands for our dedicated food bank volunteers in processing food donations.  It also represents the culmination of a lengthy District Grant application process which was initiated by our Club and supported by funding from the Rotary International and eleven other Rotary Clubs in the Okanagan Valley.
Members of the media as well as our funding partners will be invited to attend this event.  Attendees will receive a guided tour of the recently completed food recovery centre, located in the lower level of the building.  Light snacks and refreshments will be served.
To accommodate these special events, our regular breakfast meeting on October 25 has been cancelled.
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 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 partnered with Save-On Foods to introduce a new gift card sales program to benefit the Food Bank.  When people purchase a Rotary/Save-On Foods gift card, 16 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, to maximum of $5 thousand.   
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 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 Meeting:  Speaker Schedule
Aug 2          Brent Penner and Steve Windsor - DOLC Fire Department
Aug 9          Duane Thomson, the Lake Country Museum
Aug 16        Member discussion:  "My Best Summer Ever!"
Aug 23        Blair Ireland:  Learning Curve on being a Municipal Counsellor
Aug 30        Antonia Revea, Kinesiologist
Sept 6         Greg Bucholz, Director of Infrastructure Services, District of Lake Country
Sept 13       Welcome BBQ for Hernando @ Guido's, NO BREAKFAST MTG.
Sept 20       Brenda Kalinovich & Petrina McNeil
Sept 27       Okanagan Rail Trail Celebration Event - NO BREAKFAST MTG.
Oct 4           Sarah Armstrong - Kelowna Foundation
Oct 11         Matt Vader - Highlights from New Zealand trip
Oct 18         District Governor - Sherry Chamberlain
Oct 24         World's Greatest Meal to end Polio
Oct 26         Lake Country Food Bank - Pallet Stacker turnover event
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