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Lake Country, BC
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3 new sculptures created by Indigenous Okanagan artists now on the Pelmewash  Parkway
On MONDAY AUGUST 2nd starting at 8 AM our club members will be gathering at the southern most indigenous sculpture on Pelmewash Parkway for a special Reflective Walk/Bike/Drive along Pelmewash Walkway. 
Members of Lake Country Rotary, in harmony with other Rotary members, will undertake a Reflective Walk along Pelmewash Parkway. The walk will include a reciting of and reflection upon the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action: Readings of the 94 Calls to Action will occur adjacently to three sculptures made by Okanagan Artists Clint George (of the Penticton First Nation) and Les Louis (of the Similkameen First Nation).
Note: Approximately 45 minutes will be spent at each of the three sculpture sites so there will not be enough time to walk from one to another during the event. Rotarians and friends can always join in at any point along the way. We will end with a social gathering at OKF Grill or Gatzke's in Oyama. Bike riding and car-pooling are encouraged.
Planned agenda starting from the south:
8:00am-8:40am  The “Four Food Chiefs”Sculpture
Reading of and reflection upon TRC’s Calls to Action #1-32 followed by brief discussion about Pelmewash Parkway sculptures
8:45am-9:25am. The “Canoe” Sculpture
Reading of and reflection upon TRC’s Calls to Action #33-64 followed by brief discussion about ways to expand our understandings about colonial Canada
9:30am-10:15am. The “Feather” Sculpture
Reading of and reflection upon TRC’s Calls to Action #65-94 followed by brief discussion -shar how to commit to at least one Call to Action
10:15 am–onwards Oyama OKF Grill or Gatzke’s Market for social and coffee
For information videos on these Pelmewash sculptures visit this link:  
Please share this event with family, friends and other Rotarians! 
Our club’s very first Rotary Exchange Student (1996/97) Mario Torrano visited our club in July and gave us an update on his life in Mexico. Mario certainly has done well in his career after graduating in 2003 with a degree in biology with a specialty in Terrestrial Ecology. He worked in various environmental positions for companies on the gulf side of Mexico and in 2018, with his partner Monica, he started their own environmental business Alya Natura – Environmental Consulting “Hand in hand with nature”. Mario and Monica enjoy many outdoor activities including the beach and ocean (of course), cycling, soccer, day-tripping, socializing with family and friends. Our club let Mario know that he is welcomed in Lake Country anytime!  Contact Margaret or Maria if you are interested in viewing Mario's full powerpoint presentation. 
Rotarian and past club president Dave Colquhoun presented our members with another classification talk letting us know of his family clan  heritage in Scotland, journey from the Kingston area of Ontario to Calgary where he worked as a planning manager for Calgary Transit while their LRT system was being developed and built, to his most recent move to Lake Country. Dave and Daphne enjoy travelling back to Calgary to visit their son Brian, his wife and grandson Lochlann. What brought Dave to LC Rotary was the opportunity for SERVICE to his new community and meeting new friends and this is still what keeps Dave in Rotary today. We are so glad to have you in our club Dave!
Bursaries & Scholarships
RCLC awards bursaries and scholarships to students at GESS, OK College and UBCO. 2021 cheque presentations were made recently at all three by our club Scholarships/Bursaries Chair Jim Robertson.
Bursaries fall under the umbrella of Rotary's Youth Services objectives and are meant to reward students who have achieved good academic grades and have a record of community service.   The objectives of the program are to support the development of future community leaders, raise awareness of Rotary among graduating students and hopefully attract new Rotary members.  
OK College bursaries were established in 2016 to recognize the valuable contribution of students who were enrolled in the Residential Trades program in building the LC Food Bank.  A crew of trades students, supervised by their instructor and Tom Roth, undertook the construction of the foundation and framing for the Food Bank. 
The UBCO bursary was established in recent years in order to build a connection and relationship with our local university and the students working, studying and living in our community.
Plan to attend: RCLC Reconciliation Walk along Pelmewash on MON. AUG. 2ND starting at 8AM. More details to come next week! Rotarians and guests are welcome to attend.
Rotary Trivia by Sandy & Monika
It was in 1858 that two colonies – Vancouver Island and British Columbia – were formed. The two colonies merged in 1866 and in 1871 the province of BC was formed. At that time only Caucasian men with property could vote!
Statistically there is a small window where females earn more than their male counterparts. What criteria must be met?  She cannot be married, have children or be over 40
What’s the official phone number for Canada? 1-800-0-CANADA
The most common last name in Canada? Smith
Lobster Trivia! 
Lobsters are cannibalistic
To find and taste food, lobsters use chemosensory leg and foot hairs
How many pounds per square inch can a lobster exert pressure? 100 lbs
In an effort to keep money in the lobster industry, a university of Maine professor created a biodegradable sport equipment made of lobster shells – golf balls!
Drivers lining up to receive their lobster dinners receive a friendly welcome from Nathan Lovejoy. (Jim Taylor - Contributed)
READ Rotarian Jim Taylor's latest article on our successful Lobster Crawl in the Lake Country Calendar! 
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 who come together to serve our local and international community. 
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.
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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.
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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.
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