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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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A lot has happened in the past few weeks!
On June 27, the enthusiastic group (above) were inducted as our new Club Executive for 2019/2020 at a dinner event at Arrow Leaf Estate Winery.   Good food, great fellowship, and some tasty wine were enjoyed by all who attended.
We also recognized some special people for their outstanding contributions to our Club.  Ken Guido received our ‘Rotarian of the Year’ award for his ongoing efforts in administering our community gaming grant and Rotary/Save-On Foods shopping card programs.  Sandy Wightman was awarded the ‘Unsung Hero’ award for leading our Club project to improve the basement storage space in the Okanagan Centre Community Hall, and for coordinating a project to purchase hundreds of wheelchairs for deserving people in several Mexican villages, on behalf of this former Rotary Club in White Rock.
A few days later, the Club hosted our third full-day Canada Day event at Swalwell Park.  The day’s events featured our traditional Rotary pancake breakfast, and were complimented by performances by several local bands and numerous children’s activities provided by Lake Country Art Gallery, Lake Country Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Lake Country Scouts, the local Garden Club, and the Okanagan Centre Museum and Archives.
We were blessed with hot sunny weather, and record participation by local vendors and non-profit agencies. Over 25 tents decorated Swalwell Park, creating a vibrant atmosphere for the approximately 1,500 people who attended the event.
Thank you to all our members and the many community groups who helped make this year’s Canada Day celebration a smashing success!
New Club Project
On July 4, Greg Bucholz, District of Lake Country – Infrastructure Services Manager, attended our breakfast meeting to discuss plans for a Fishing Pier and Kayak Launch, on the Pelmawash Parkway, adjacent to the large vehicle pull-out and dog park.
The project includes design and construction of an L-shaped, fixed pier structure with railings designed for fishing.  It will also include a floating dock structure, with specialized universal access, which will function as a kayak/canoe launch point.
Funding for the proposed park improvements associated with the Pelmawash Parkway corridor are included within the District’s 5-year capital plan; however, yearly budget approval is required by Council.  The District must obtain the necessary approvals, permits and land tenure to cover the proposed pier before construction can begin.  Project timelines will heavily depend on these requirements.
The Club has agreed to assist the District by undertaking fundraising activities to support this project.  If efforts are successful, and all approvals are received, project design and construction could begin in 2022.
‘Making it work, takes a little longer.  Making it work, takes a little time’
With apologies to Doug and the Slugs, these song lyrics seem appropriate to describe the flurry of Club activities that have taken place in the past two weeks.
On June 15, volunteers from Rotary and Walk Around Lake Country (WALC) got together to remove a nasty barbed wire fence barrier on public property, between Peter Grier Elementary and the Okanagan Rail Trail.  The removal of this barrier will enable WALC to improve the trail connection between the school and the rail trail and construct a new outdoor classroom area, using funds raised by Rotary and WALC.
The next morning (Father’s Day) a group of ‘Rotary dads’ and friends gathered at the Okanagan Centre Community Hall to begin installing painted wood panels on the walls of the basement store room.  The project is proceeding smoothly under the direction of the project leader, Sandy, who kept the volunteers well fed and hydrated with some local craft beer.   One more work session will be required to complete the project and then, Okanagan Centre Hall volunteers will have a much cleaner and brighter space to store their valuables.
Fast forward to June 23, and Rotarians were at work again serving hot dogs at the Pelmawash Parkway Opening Ceremony.  It was very gratifying to celebrate the opening of the first phase of this beautiful and well used recreation corridor. The donations received from our food service will be used to help fund a new fishing pier and kayak launch, adjacent to the dog park and large vehicle pull-out space on the parkway, in partnership with the District of Lake Country. 
The Club will be undertaking other fundraisers in the next year and seeking other funding partners to support construction of the pier project.
If you would like to learn more about the proposed fishing pier and kayak launch, please plan on attending our July 4th breakfast meeting as Greg Buchholz, Manager of Infrastructure Services, District of Lake Country, will be our guest speaker. 😊
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.
Other projects are focussed on:
  • raising funds to replace the original 100 year hardwood floor and upgrade the basement in the Okanagan Centre Community Hall;
  • working with the District of Lake Country to build new parks and recreation infrastructure.
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. 
Breakfast Meeting:  Speaker Schedule
Mar. 28       Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament, Kelowna and Lake Country
Apr. 4          Induction of new Rotary Members
Apr. 11        Elaine Gibbons:  Okanagan Centre Hall Upgrades
Apr. 18        Club member:  Sandy Wightman
Apr. 25        Norm Letnick, Provincial MLA
May 2          Presentation of Gaming Fund Cheques
May 9          Christina Camillieri, Healthy Essentials Clinic
May 16        Erika Van Oyen, ISEE Solutions
May 23        Mike Balachura, Help Honduras Rotary Program
May 28        Farewell Barbeque for Nando, at Beasley Park
May 30        Breakfast meeting CANCELLED.
June 6          Club Member:  Kayla Caruana, Certified Financial Planner
June 13        Club member - Sandy Wightman:  International Rotary Project:  wheelchairs for Mexico
June 20        Club member - Ken Guido
June 27        Induction of new Rotary Executive at Arrow Leaf Winery
July 4            Greg Buchholz, Manager of Infrastructure Services, DOLC
July 11          Liz Talbott, Now Canada
July 18          Club Member, Shauna Murdain
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