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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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The installation ceremony for the incoming new 2018/2019 president and executive will be held on Thursday, June 21, at 6 pm, at Arrow leaf wineries.  It is a potluck meal.  Please let Trish Lugrin know what you plan to bring and how many are in your party.  Email:  or phone: (250) 766-1649.
Canada Day Celebrations 2018 at Swalwell Park:   The signup sheet will soon be posted on Club Runner. Volunteers are needed before, during and after the event.
Exchange Student Going Away Party: July 21 is a going away party for our two out-going exchange students, Rory Allport and Lily Robinson.  Stay tuned for more details.
Speaker:  Mark Koch, Director of Community Services for the District of Lake Country, and a corporate member of the Rotary Club of Lake Country, gave us a bit of personal background and an update on the Official Community Plan (OCP).
Mark grew up in Durbin, South Africa and moved, with his family, to Canada, in 1996.  He graduated from York University with a Master’s Degree in planning and later obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He currently lives in Lake Country with his wife, Kim, and 6-year-old son, Conner.
Mark has been with the District for 10 years and it is obvious from his presentation that he has a passion for city planning.  He did, however, comment on the difficulty for local officials in drafting an OCP and stated that the local officials often feel beat up because you can’t be all things to all people.   For planning staff, it is also very challenging to ensure that social, economic and environmental interests are properly balanced.
Purpose of OCP: To have a fair and sequential program to deal with community issues and priorities.  It is a statement of objectives and policies guiding land use management within the area.
Primary Objectives:  To preserve rural character of Lake Country while encouraging growth where it is suitable, for instance, in serviced areas.
Lake Country is 90% residential which means the residents carry the burden.  A light industrial area is being proposed on Glenmore Road as the current gravel pit becomes depleted.
The public has been engaged in a variety of ways in the drafting of the OCP and Lake Country received the Cama Willis National Award for Innovation with their Frog Talk initiative.   Judging by the number of questions directed to Mark regarding growth management, he will likely be called to speak to us again in the future.
The complete draft report is available on the District website.

It was ‘happy times’ this morning for Margaret Brown, who was presented with a $405 cheque for drawing the ‘Ace of Spades’ last week in our ongoing card draw fundraiser.

President Bernard also bestowed ‘Rotarian of the Month Awards’, in absentia, to Tom Roth and Jim Taylor for their leadership in organizing the recent blood donor clinic in Lake Country.

In other announcements, kudos were given to our newest Rotarian, Nicole Sorensen, for organizing a very enjoyable ‘Business After Hours’ social event for the LC Chamber of Commerce, at Lakeside Hearing.  Eight Rotarians attended this event and enjoyed delicious appies, adult libations, and networking with local businesses.

Our speaker this morning was Tamara McLellan, Executive Director, of the Kelowna Chapter of HER International.

Her International is an organization that empowers marginalized women and girls in Nepal, as well as Canada, through education and life skills.  The organization was founded 12 years ago and was operating in Kelowna under the name of IWEN (Inter-cultural Women's Education Network) until November of 2017.

Her International runs a host of different programs — from microcredit groups to educational scholarships. 

Tamara talked to us about a recent trip to Dang, Nepal with her two-year old son.   In Nepal, HER International focuses on ensuring that girls receive an education, that their mothers and all women from the community have access to skill-building opportunities, and that micro-financing groups are available to fund their hopes and dreams. Sustainably.


  • 187 young girls have been rescued from bonded labour.
  • The organization currently funds the education of 182 students and have over 900 women in micro-credit groups.
  • Over 300 bicycles have been purchased to improve the personal mobility of the villagers.

Considered one of the most beneficial programs is Unako, a social enterprise initiative, initiated through a HER mico-credit program.

Unako sells bags, scarves and jewelry created from ethically sourced materials and are handmade by women in Nepal. All of the profits from Unako go directly to the Her International projects.  Its newest line of bracelets, earrings and necklaces are crafted from beads created from upcycled glass bottles.

For more information, please 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.  
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 such as bowling, golf and games nights 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!

The Rotary Club of Lake Country recently 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 current community service activities are focussed on the following local projects:
  • providing funds to help the Lake Country Food Bank finish their building expansion and purchase equipment to support the regional food sharing network with other food service agencies in Cherryville, Lumby, Salmon Arm, Enderby, Vernon, UBCO, Salvation Army Kelowna and Peachland;  
  • 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 Meetings
Apr. 5         Tom Roth - Adventures in International Home-sitting smiley
Apr. 12       Planning for Ladies Movie Night
Apr. 26       Presentation of Gaming Cheques to Service Organizations
May 3         Fair Trade: Karen and George Willoner
May 10       Club assembly: planning for Canada Day, Art Walk
May 17       Habitat for Humanity: Lorraine Richmond
May 24       Club Assembly:  New fundraising proposals
May 31       Tamara McLellan, HER International
June 7         Mark Koch: intro to Lake Country new Official Community Plan 
June 14       Chris Gardner, President, Independent Contractors & Business Assoc.
June 21       New Executive Induction at Arrow Leaf Winery (no breakfast mtg.)
June 28       Club Assembly:  Canada Day planning
July 5          Social Evening:  Canada Day Recap (no breakfast mtg.)
July 12        Club Assembly:  Goals for new Rotary Year
July 19        Bud Mortenson, UBCO is more than UBC's little sister
Aug 30       Art Walk planning
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