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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
Today our featured speaker was Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country!
Norm gave us an update on Covid19 (the science and efforts to date) and the non partisan approach to attacking a global pandemic.
Got land? Norm has started an affordable housing initiative using his entrepreneurial expertise. There's a need for available land to plan future phases. Interested in getting involved? Contact 
Norm Letnick
A global pandemic doesn't stop the fact that there are women & children in need, and it doesn't stop Mandy Hicks from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Ogopogo 2015 from continuing her work.
Our Zoom meeting today highlighted the success of the Early Stimulation Program in La Cuesta, Honduras and the future need. The program in La Cuesta is now considered sustaining. A new global grant for Comayagua (1.5 hours northwest of Tegucigalpa) is being proposed. Government of Canada matching funds may no longer be available so every donation counts.
Early Stimulation Program
Mothers/care givers are trained in the areas of:
✅ nutrition
✅ reproductive health
✅ paternal responsibility
✅ disease prevention
✅ child growth development
The program also provides:
✅ medical examinations
✅ assessments for health & developmental status
✅ nutritional supplementation & deworming
You can find more information at: or by contacting our club.
A recent article by J. P. Squire, in the Kelowna Daily Courier, recognized the efforts of local volunteers from WALC (Walk Around Lake Country) and Lake Country Rotary in creating an expansive trail system on Spion Kop.
Spion Kop occupies a massive 350-hectare ridge located between Okanagan Lake and Wood Lake.  There are now more than 17 kilometers of trails, varying from easy to difficult, with a possible 485-metre elevation gain to the summit.
Spion Kop is Dutch for ‘spy hill’ or “lookout hill” and it resembles the original Spion Kop hill in South Africa near the city of Emnambithi-Ladysmith. It was likely named by Boer War veteran and Okanagan settler, Leslie Caesar.
Spion Kop is unusual because it has an outstanding trail system with absolutely the best trail map, signs, colour-coded markers and flags of any Okanagan trail. Thanks go to volunteers with Walk Around Lake Country (WALC).
WALC designed and printed trailhead maps. In partnership with Lake Country Rotarians and the municipality, signs were installed at all four trailheads.
According to WALC President, Dev Fraser, “WALC members continue to do regular trail scouting and have been assisted from time to time by other community groups, including Lake Country Rotary and students from George Elliot Secondary School. Many regular users, including families with children, help maintain the trails, remove invasive weeds and do garbage pick-up,” said Fraser.
Lake Country Rotarians enjoy supporting WALC through funding and sweat equity along with support from the District of Lake Country.
A big kudos to WALC volunteers for their ongoing work in our community. The Spion Kop trail system is first class.
Photo Credit:  Leanne Spanza
Sandy Wightman has a thing about curved lines. He can cut wood straight, but he’d rather make more interesting shapes.
Wightman is the incoming president of the Rotary Club of Lake Country. He read in the Rotarian, the magazine of Rotary International, about mini-libraries. When the club backed the idea of mini-libraries, he decided to make some with curved walls.
The idea behind the mini-libraries is community cooperation. When you see a book you like, take it – and leave a book for someone else. It’s a reciprocal arrangement. 
Also, in these Covid-19 days of mandatory self-distancing, you don’t have to wear a mask.
Rotary hopes to install mini-libraries scattered through Lake Country at strategic locations.
A work crew of local Rotary members installed first of these mini-libraries last week at the Lake Country Museum in Okanagan Centre.
The club would welcome suggestions for other locations where a local resident can keep an occasional eye on the library’s welfare.
Wightman laminates the curved sides out of solid wood, a skill he practiced in building birdhouses that look as if they belong in a cartoon strip.
“But the birds don’t seem to mind,” Wightman grins.  Neither do the books within the mini-libraries. But people do grin when they see them.
The mini-libraries are one of many different projects undertaken by Rotary for the betterment of the community.
Rotary took a leadership role in providing a permanent home for the Lake Country Food Bank, for example. Since then, its 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 –  especially near Peter Greer school and on Spion Kop mountain. In addition, it provides 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 at car shows, Canada Day celebrations, and the annual ArtWalk.

Rotary Club presents symbolic cheque for the $24,600 raised since August 2018

A wheelbarrow recently arrived at the Lake Country Food Bank burdened with $24,600.

More accurately, with a symbolic Lake Country Rotary cheque representing funds raised by Rotary for the food bank since August 2018.

The wheelbarrow was propelled by Rotary Club president Ken Guido of Oyama. The cheque represented the amount of money Rotary has donated to the Food Bank through Save-On-Foods pre-paid gift cards.

Here’s how it works.

The Lake Country Rotary Club sells Save-On Foods gifts cards in denominations of $50, $100, $200, and $400. Thanks to Save-On Foods manager, Paul Davidson, Rotary earns 8 per cent every time someone uses a gift card to pay for their purchases. Rotary adds another 8 per cent.

So, from every grocery purchase of, say, $100, $16 goes directly to the Food Bank. As cash, effectively.

The food bank’s purchasing power enables them to use the $16 from each of Rotary’s $100 Save-On-Food cards to purchase up to $40 of retail-valued food.

All this, at no additional cost to the gift card’s user. No user fees. No hidden charges.

The Rotary Club was largely responsible for the Lake Country Food Bank having its present building.

After several years of seeking alternate sites suitable for the Food Bank, Rotary concluded that only a permanent building would serve the region’s needs. By lobbying for public support, Rotary won a $100,000 grant from Aviva Life Assurance. Coupled with land provided by the District of Lake Country and labour donated by the apprenticeship program at Okanagan College, plus other donations, that was enough to construct and complete the present building, worth approximately $1 million.

The building has also enabled the Lake Country Food Bank to become a distribution hub for other food banks from Cherryville to Peachland.

Rotary also provided a $14,000 electric-powered pallet stacker to reduce the risk of physical injury to the Food Bank’s 60 or so volunteers.

Save-On-Foods gift cards are available from any Rotary member, by email from, or at UBR Services on Bottom Wood Lake Road and Interior Savings Credit Union in the Save-On-Foods plaza.

They can be used at any Save-On-Foods location, for food, wine, pharmacy items, and even additional gift cards!

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 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.
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