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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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With apologies to Adele, greetings from the other side (of the border) in a cool and damp Phoenix. 😊.  The past week has offered a little bit of everything:  freezing temperatures, thunder, lighting, hail and torrential rain.  Thankfully, warmer temperatures and sunshine are forecast for our final month in the desert, before we return home at the end of March.
February has been a relatively slow month for our Club, with many of our members escaping the record-breaking cold temperatures to warmer climates.  A few of our members are now back from their travels and the Club is gearing up for a flurry of activities in March and April.   I want to thank my deputy Presidents, Monika and Bernard, for keeping us on track during my absence.
For those members who are or have been away, below is a very short summary of what ‘what’s going on’ in the Club:
Rotary Bursary Presentations
On January 30, our own Jim Robertson presented Rotary bursaries in the amount of $3 thousand to Michael Burnham and Carolyn Huag, who are recent graduates of the Okanagan College Residential Trades Program. Okanagan College trades students played a huge role in the construction of the new Lake Country Food Bank.
Exchange Students
Our inbound exchange student, Nando, had an enjoyable weekend in the mountains with district 5060 youth exchange students, from February 15 to 19, in the company of Monika and past presidential pup, Scout.  I’ve heard that Nando shone on international skit night.
Meanwhile, our outbound exchange student, Rory is continuing to enjoy her exchange year in Denmark.
New Community Service Project
The Club has been approved for a $500 District Grant to install plywood walls and new shelving in the basement of the Okanagan Centre Hall.  Our Club is matching the District funds and will leading this project with the help of the Okanagan Centre Hall volunteers.  The project will be initiated sometime in May, when the weather warms up.
Ladies Movie Night
Dee, Monika, Brenda and Judy are hard at work in preparing for Ladies Movie Night, which will be held on Saturday April 13, at George Elliot High School.  The event will feature the classic movie – Grease.  Preparation of the marketing materials (Facebook banner, Facebook post, poster) is underway.   If you missed the email request for volunteers and would like to help out, please contact Monika.
Canada Day
Planning is also underway for another full day Canada Day celebration at Swalwell Park.  We have received confirmation of sponsorship grants from Heritage Canada and the District of Lake Country and are currently seeking Corporate Sponsors to help us with expenses.  The event will once again feature our traditional Rotary pancake breakfast and include a full stage entertainment program extending from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Enlightening Speaker
Fresh from her trip to Australia our own Judy Guido talked to us February 21 about tools and techniques for better living. The Inner Peace Movement is about trusting oneself and growing our inner potential. Give someone the tools to thrive and get out of their way! Much like Rotary 😉.  
More info at: Okanagan Valley Inner Peace Movement of Canada

“From the outside, you shouldn’t be able to tell that it’s affordable housing,” Kelowna councillor Luke Stack told the members of Rotary last Thursday. Stack is also the Executive Director and a founder of the Society of Hope, which currently operates four groups of houses and apartments in Lake Country – Cedar Court and Pinewood Villa on Bottom Wood Lake Road, just north of the municipal offices, and Woodsdale Place and Providence Meadows on Woodsdale Road.


This year is the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Hope. The original incentive came  back in 1989 when Stack and some friends recognized the need for housing for a number of single parents who couldn’t afford the rents in Kelowna.


The Society of Hope is now the largest provider of affordable housing in the Central Okanagan. Their facilities are available to low-income families, seniors, and people with mental health problems. They now have 700 rental units from Lake Country to Peachland.


Recognizing that low-income renters also often lack social support, every complex includes a social component – such as bowling lanes, a meeting area, and a selection of activities such as games, hiking, etc. But no meals.



Currently, the Society is working on developing a new complex on Jensen Road, on what had been the Kangaroo Farm below Main Street. Present plans call for 40 units for seniors, 30 units for families. All would provide subsidized housing. Luke approximated the rental rates: a comparable two-bedroom unit in Kelowna would rent for $1600 a month; the Society would provide the same unit for $900 a month. The actual figure would vary, depending on the renter’s income.


Generally, he said, this is transition housing. The renters need the subsidized rates for three to five years, before they are able to move on to their own homes or apartments.


Other News

Our Columbian exchange student, 'Nando', celebrated his 18th birthday last week and didn't seem to mind consuming some chocolate birthday cake with breakfast.  Happy birthday, Nando.  It's been a pleasure hosting you this year.

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 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, 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 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
Nov 1          Kathy Butler - Okanagan College health care training
Nov 8          Hernando:  My home country - Columbia
Nov 15        Assistant Governor, Jim Hawkins - Rotary Foundation
No. 22        Margaret & Ken:  New Club Budget
Nov 29       Hernando:  My home country - Columbia (Part 2)
Dec 6          Don Lemp:  BC Forest Service - Forest Fire Forensics
Dec 13        Annual General Meeting
Dec 16       Christmas Party
Dec 20       Jim Robertson - Addictions Counselling
Jan 3          Hernando:  My Home: Colombia (Part 3)
Jan 10        Hernando!
Jan 17        Magda Kapp, Brain Trust Foundation, Bike Helmet Safety Program
Jan 24        Luke Stack, Society of Hope, Housing for people with disabilities
Feb 21       Judy Guido
Feb 28       Dee Hansen:  My African Adventures
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Putting power in hands of women

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Turning teens away from crime

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From peace fellow to international advocate

Rotary peace fellow creates Red Dot Foundation to fight street harassment and violence against women.