Posted by Dave Colquhoun on Aug 28, 2020
Many Rotary Clubs have recently moved to online Zoom meetings and adapted their fundraising and community service activities to adhere to public health protocols for physical distancing and group size limits.
Mandy Hicks, from the Kelowna Ogopogo Club, joined us on Zoom this week to talk about how they have adapted their annual golf fundraising tournament which will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Kelowna.  The Child Advocacy Centre is a place that has been designed to provide a safe place of hope, help and healing for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
The ‘Covid Edition’ of the golf tournament will be held on Friday September 18 and will be a ‘fun event’ featuring prizes for the best ‘fancy pants’ costume, and a full meal consisting of 'appies', main course and dessert served from different locations on the golf course.
President Sandy also updated us on several of our current Club fundraising and community service activities.
  1. Our first ever ‘wine raffle’ is now officially sold out and has raised approximately $3600 to support the operation of the Lake Country Food Bank.  The official draw to select prize winners will be held in October.
  2. A second mini- library box for community book donations will soon be installed at the Oyama Community Hall.  As the recent heat wave has eased, a small work party is planned for this week to install the support posts.  The first mini library was installed at the Lake Country Museum in June.
  3. As suggested of Rich Gibbons, a litter pick-up event will be organized in the next couple of weeks for the Pelmawash Parkway bike/pedestrian trail.  Future details will soon be communicated by email to Club members.
  4. The Club is exploring the idea of applying for a Rotary District Grant to construct a raised garden at the Lake Country Food Bank.  The Lake Country Food bank has already benefited from $28 thousand in funding, generated from the sale of Rotary/Save-On Foods gift cards.   It may be possible to leverage this funding to construct the raised garden beds, which would enable the Food Bank to grow fresh vegetables for their clients.