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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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Our breakfast meetings on February 13 and 20 featured discussions on Club finances, fundraising, Rotary youth exchange program and international and local service projects. We also received ‘classification talks’ from two of our newest Club members, as part of our ‘getting to know you’ speaker series.
Service Projects
On February 13, the membership agreed to commit $1,000 to partner with other Rotary Clubs to support a Honduras Global Grant to improve education, health and economic opportunities for impoverished Honduran families.
Phone it Forward: CNIB has an initiative to receive smart phones for re-use with visually impaired individuals. Deliver phones to CNIB directly or bring to Marsel at the next meeting.
Rotary Youth Exchange
Judy, Kim and Aisha, our outgoing international exchange student, attended a Rotary student event in Revelstoke. It was announced one Rotary club family has come forward to host our incoming international student, and one more host family is needed. Our student will be arriving in the middle of August and attending George Elliott High School, here in Lake Country.
Financial Review
On February 20, a verbal report was given by Sandy Wightman on the financial review he carried out on behalf of the club.  A written report was also distributed. All finances were in good order and a motion was taken, seconded and approved to accept Sandy’s report.
Training and Fundraising
Reminders were given about the Rotary training day in Summerland on May 23, 2020, and the Day Trippers, Beatles tribute band concert fund raising event April 4, 2020 at Creekside Theatre. Tickets are available online at Kelowna tickets.  Club members are asked to forward to family and friends. Castanet is committing a $2,000 value for marketing.
‘Getting to Know You’
Kim Caruso was born in Timmins Ontario and then moved to Sault-Ste-Marie in her early teens. She completed a degree in Geography and Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Lakehead University. Kim has an insatiable passion for the outdoors and helping our youth. She is the proud mother of two boys, now young men, Mackenzie and Elliot.
Kim spoke personally of her Y experience, in being raised in a single parent home and finding a place to belong for her and her siblings through the help of subsidized memberships which started her ongoing Y journey and has carried through her life to see her as the current local YMCA manager.
The YMCA of the Okanagan is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of our community.  To accomplish this goal, the Y provides programs like swimming, fitness, childcare, day camps, youth leadership, employment and educational events to help build a healthy and inclusive community for families and people of all ages.
The Kelowna Y currently serves 16,000 members from three locations located in downtown Kelowna, Rutland and the H2O Centre.  Income is not a barrier to participation in Y programs as approximately 5,500 low income individuals, children and families receive a subsidized membership.  One in five children enrolled in Y fitness programs and one in six children enrolled in after school child services receive a subsidy.
Travis Ashley, a soon-to-be new member, was born on the Lower Mainland of BC. He moved with his family to Lake Country and attended George Elliott High School, where he graduated Valedictorian of his class. He told us: “I always wanted to be a chef,” inspired by the example of his father who loved cooking.
He completed his training, earning his Red Seal designation in record time, and was involved with the start up of several area restaurants. Although he still loves to cook, a desire to spend more quality time led him to a major career change.
He and his brother began a landscaping company. He finds the design and construction of garden and outdoor leisure spaces very creative and fulfilling. He still operates a custom food catering service and is passionate about local food sourcing and issues concerning sustainability and the environment.
He was the local federal candidate for the Green Party of Canada.

Every February brings a very special announcement, the recipient of the Sax Koyama “Citizen of the Year” award for our municipality.

The name Sax Koyama elicits fond memories from long-time residents. He was a highly respected member of this community who gave tirelessly of himself as a local volunteer. When he tragically lost his life in 1986 the Oceola Fish & Game Club, of which he was a long- time member, decided to honour his memory. An award would be made each year to one community volunteer whose efforts deserved recognition.

Over the ensuing decades dozens of our volunteers have been recognized. While this year is no exception in recognizing a truly outstanding citizen, it will be the first time it will be awarded posthumously.

On February 2nd, our community was shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Bob Rymarchuk.

From the time he and wife Ursula opened UBR Printing in 1995 Bob has never stopped working as a community builder. In the early days he volunteered with his two sons’ hockey and soccer teams in many capacities. He was part of the group that built the Beasley soccer fields and clubhouse, now operated by our District. He was a Charter Member and President of the LC Chamber of Commerce and our local Rotary Club. Bob chaired the committee responsible for the planning and construction of Creekside Theatre and Community Complex which opened in 1999.

When Lake Country Rotary Club agreed to take the lead in planning and building our new Food Bank, Bob once again put his hand up to assume responsibility. It was a proud moment for him and our entire community when it officially opened in 2018.

While the award of Citizen of the Year to Bob Rymarchuk for the year 2019 will be made posthumously, the nomination was not. Members of his much-loved Rotary Club had made the nomination a month prior to his passing.

A Rotary tradition is the inclusion of: Classification Talks,” at meetings. These are opportunities for members to discover more about each other.
To give an example of such a talk, our President, Ken Guido, shared parts of his “life story,” including the fact he was born in Penticton and moved to Castlegar, BC.  Ken finished high school and went on to university where he earned a degree in electrical engineering.
Ken’s love for mathematics was evident as he spoke. After completing his engineering degree, he realized he had been in school continuously for seventeen years, and so took some time off to do various jobs. He then joined Iron Ore Company of Canada.
This brought him to Labrador City, in Newfoundland/Labrador, which Ken said, in those days was akin to Fort McMurray today. After a few years, he returned to BC and began work for Highland Valley Copper, in Kamloops. He then worked for Chemetics International, travelling extensively around the world helping to build chemical plants.
During this time, he purchased a small orchard property in Oyama, which his parents operated until after Ken had met his wife, Judy, in Vancouver, and they moved back to Oyama to take over the farm.
First Judy, then Ken became involved in the Inner Peace movement. They still hold retreats with this group on their Oyama farm. He became interested in ecology in the early 1980’s and has been active as an advocate for sustainable resources, both as an area counsellor, and President of the local Green Party.
In 1990, Ken opened his own Engineering consulting company. He is extremely well read, with a wide range of interests, near and far. He was a founding member of The Rotary Club of Lake Country and provided a stellar example of a Classification Talk.
We look forward to hearing more talks!
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 2019 recipients of Rotary Bursaries from George Elliot High School are Nolan Koblischke, Breanna Sprecker, Nicholas Lafontaine, Juliette Schilling, Jenny Wells, Khayden Culic-Lamontagne, Elizabeth Reynolds and Elise Boisvert.
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.  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:
Dec 5           Anne Robinson, Senior's Activity Centre
Dec 19         Annual General Meeting
Jan 9            Club Assembly
Jan 16          Ruth Sulentich, Communication & Public Engagement, DOLC
Jan 23          Club President - Ken Guido
Jan 30          Club member - Jim Robertson
Feb 13         Club member - Kim Caruso
Feb 20         Travis Ashley - BC Green Party
Feb 27         Sam Samadar, YLW Airport Director
Mar 5           Dr, J. Lighthouse Chiropractic
Face to face Club meetings cancelled until further notice due to Covid 19 pandemic.  Meetings are being held online for the next couple of weeks.  For further information, please contact us. smiley
Upcoming Social Events & Fundraisers
Oct. 17, 2020        Club Fundraiser in support of Pelmawash Parkway Fishing Pier Project (NEW DATE:  Rescheduled from April 4).  Tickets available through Kelowna Tickets!
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