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Welcome to our Club!
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
President Elect
Community Service
Community Service - Youth
Community Service - Youth
The Rotary Foundation
Club Public Relations
Home Page Stories

Orchard City II returns to Holiday Park - thanks Mary Lou! 

Our club welcomed four guests and prospective members today: Stacy Schaffer from RC Bismarck, ND, Shaun Lesowski from DOLC; Gary Baird, Nancy Adams.  
Jim and Judy and Sandy gave fitting tributes to our dear Rotarian Bernard who passed away this past week. We ask members to keep Brenda and family in their thoughts and prayers.
Last week, new member Sarah de Leeuw gave a short presentation on BC’s residential school system. She has visited all of the residential schools in our province. She shared a quote from local writer/poet Garry Gottfriedson’s book “Clinging To Bone” which speaks to cultural identity, residential schools, church abuse and environmental destruction.
New member Carol French paid a few happy dollars for the opportunity of visiting so many beautiful parts of Lake Country as she went around to members’ homes and businesses to collect loot for our LobsterCrawl bags.
LobsterCrawl (Friday July 9th at Beasley Park) ticket sales need a boost by our members! Judy has posters and Monika asks that we share our facebook page with friends and family.
Tickets available on Eventbrite:
“Passing of the Gavel” club event takes place on FRIDAY JUNE 25TH at OK Centre Hall. Details to come.
Guest Presentation: 
Stacy Schaffer, a Rotarian from Bismarck, ND in D5580 educated our members today on what Human Trafficking is and how we, as Rotarians, can do our part in preventing and reducing it. Rotary’s global network is so extensive thus allowing Rotarians to make a difference. Stacy is the founder and director of 31:8 Project “A Voice for the Voiceless” which educates, advocates and raises awareness in order to prevent human trafficking.
Stacy began her journey in anti-human-trafficking movement in 2006 at university when she learned that this is a new name for ‘slavery’. Her first experience was in Guatemala when she helped free a young 8 yr. old girl from being a sex slave. She became Stacy’s reason for establishing 31:8 which is taken from Proverbs 31:8-9 “Speak up for Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves”.
There are two main types of human trafficking – Sex vs Labour. 3 out of 4 sex slave victims are trafficked online and 50% are trafficked by people they know (family or close friends). The average age is 11-14 years. Traffickers are drawn to small cities or rural communities where they probably won’t get caught – lots of ag farming, little law enforcement on patrol make for good breeding grounds.  Recruitment often takes place in the areas near major highways and sex slaves may be moved between cities using the nation’s trucking transportation system.
Labour trafficking is harder to identify. There are more than 100 different visa types in USA - people who are trafficked are visa holders or people who jump borders to get work; temporary agricultural workers, non-ag workers (restaurants, hospitality, construction); permitted individuals in a range of work areas and study exchange programs. People who apply for these visas are not always monitored and may not be treated well by the employer. Sometimes they are trafficked by the visa sponsor.
Who are the victims?  What does a victim look like? There are certain risk factors: childhood sexual abuse; family dysfunction; youth with cognitive disabilities; runaway and homeless children; young people who put their sadness online are cultivated and captured and sometimes blackmail is used. The average age for recruitment is 11-14 years and the life expectancy of victims is 7 years (often introduced to drugs to control them).  Recruitment locations include schools, malls, parks, bus/train stations, shelters group homes, teen parties, social media – traffickers prey on anyone that is mentally, physically, or economically vulnerable, and they target areas where vulnerable people can be found. Every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of human trafficking.
“I was advertised in the same way as a car or phone, but with even less value than a bike”
Survivors want us to know:
  • They have a fear that no one will understand
  • Think about things from their point of view; never say you understand but still try to put yourself in their shoes
  • Language counts, words make a difference, use of word “prostitute” hurts
  • Don’t give up on someone if you think they are potentially a victim of trafficking
  • They may have asked for help, and were told they deserved what has happened to them
  • Look for the signs of possible trafficking: Coached/rehearsed responses to questions; signs of abuse, malnourishment, lack of health care; lack control over schedule and or ID or travel docs; bruises.
  • Call 911 if you know or expect something
  • Call local law enforcement for non-emergency
  • Use national human trafficking hotline (USA)

Our guest speaker this week was Vineetha Nakka, Education Program Coordinator, Centre of Epilepsy & Seizure Education.  The Center is committed to improving the lives of people who live with epilepsy, which is the fourth most common neurological disorder and affects people of all ages.
Epilepsy is a condition of the nervous system characterized by repeated seizures that have no immediate cause.  During a seizure, brain cells lose their ability to function as a network and start sending their signals all at once.
Epileptic Seizures happen at any age.  50% are diagnosed in infancy and childhood.  By age 70, the incidence in adults is twice that of children.  1 in 10 people will have experience a seizure in their lifetime.
There are 2 types of seizure:
  • Focal seizures are characterized by local muscle movement, sensory disturbances, emotional changes, and autonomic changes.  The seizure may become secondarily generalized, and the person remains conscious. With focal dyscognitive seizures, there may be impairment of consciousness, blank stare, repetitive movement, confusion afterwards, no memory of seizure and no convulsions.
  • Generalized seizures are more broadly based and may start with sudden cry and fall. In the tonic phase, muscles stiffen. In the clonic phase, seizure sufferers experience a jerking of muscles and loss of control.
Generalized seizures occur most often in children, with staring, blinking, eyelid flutter, and/or eye rolling.  They can last for 2-10 seconds, followed by immediate return to full awareness.  Children may have over 100 of these per day if uncontrolled with medication.
The causes of epileptic seizures are unknown in about 50% of cases, but may include injury, illness/infection; drug abuse, or stroke as contributing factors in the balance of them.
Triggers for seizures could be missed doses of medications, lack of sleep, stress (good or bad), fever, illness and pain or drugs/alcohol but not all seizures have triggers.
Sometimes epileptics perceive an ‘aura’, which is an unusual sensation that alerts the individual that a seizure is coming.  It could be an unusual taste or smell, a tingling feeling, a funny feeling in the stomach, a visual sensation, an emotional reaction, or psychic sensation.
First aid for seizures is generally to remain calm, speak in reassuring tones, gently guide the person away from danger like busy streets or stairs, stay with the person until the seizure is over and assist them with getting home.  Afterwards, reassure them, provide rest, and do not provide food or fluids until the person is calm.
Recovery time after a seizure can vary and confusion may follow with fatigue, unsteadiness or weakness, headaches, or slurred speech. If a seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes or the person has an immediate 2nd seizure call 911.  Also call 911 if it is a first seizure and the person does not regain consciousness, or confusion lasts more than an hour afterwards, or the seizure occurs in water, or the person is pregnant, has diabetes or injures themself.
Bits and Pieces
Save the Date:  Our year end celebration and ‘Pass the Gavel’ event to welcome President Kayla and your new Rotary Executive will be held on Friday June 25 at the Okanagan Centre Hall, commencing at 5:30 p.m. 
Details concerning food and beverage planning and a live entertainment program will be announced shortly by separate email.
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.
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  email
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