Posted by Dave Colquhoun on Jul 08, 2019
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.