Posted by Dave Colquhoun on Sep 22, 2018
At our meeting today, we were delighted to receive a membership application from Jim Robertson.  Jim has recently moved to Lake Country and is an Addictions Counsellor and Educator with Axis Intervention Service.  He has served as a Board Director of two Chambers of Commerce on Vancouver Island as well as the Canadian Boards of two East African Universities.   Welcome Jim! 
We also presented a cheque for $1,500 to Brenda Kalinovich and Julie Wolfe, from the Lake Country Health Planning Society, to support their Family and Friend Caregiver Support Group.
A second cheque for $1,000 was presented to Petrina McNeil, from the Lake Country Art Gallery, in support of their Senior’s Outreach and Enrichment Program.
Family and Friend Caregiver Support Group
The Lake Country Health Planning Society provides a twice monthly, facilitated peer support group for people who are caring for adults with mental health or cognitive issues such as dementia and head injury.  The group is free and open to all caregivers, and the only requirement is to sign a confidentiality agreement.
The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Lake Country District Office, Carr’s Landing Room, at 7 p.m. until about 8 p.m.  Brochures for relevant local services as well as advice for caregivers is available and light refreshments are served.
The facilitator introduces everyone and provides a brief introduction to the group process for new members.  She asks all members to say what is on their mind this session and if they have anything they really need to discuss with the group.  Each member takes a turn, and the other group members may offer advice or consolation or very often, knowing laughter.  The facilitator makes sure that everyone has a chance to speak, she identifies themes and commonalities that emerge in the discussion.  Sometimes the focus is very much on one member and sometimes it is equally shared.  The discussion may lead to a topic for education or shared information in the next group, or by a group email.
The support group members would like to inform our Club how important it is to have a local support group and how this makes them feel that they are part of a community of peers. They said that they like the loose structure compared to time limited education groups, as it gave them the opportunity to share stories and ideas, seek advice and just vent.  Members also said that they look forward to coming and hope that the program ‘sticks around’.
Senior’s Outreach and Enrichment Program
The Lake Country Art Gallery has been offering an enriching program of guest speakers at the Lake Country Manor (care home for senior living) since July 2016.  Speakers present a variety of art-related topics and are carefully selected to bring valuable content that engages and interests the residents. 
The monthly event acts to bring the Art Gallery to community members unable to visit there themselves and helps prevent the Manor residents from feeling socially isolated.  Lake Country community members are also welcome.
Rotary support will enable the Art Gallery to continue the speaker series and provide the Manor residents the opportunity to create art.  Rose Braun, an established local artist, will lead the art classes which will culminate in the residents making art that will be included in the Art Gallery’s Intergenerational Community Exhibition.
A Reminder:  The Club will be cooking hot dogs at the Okanagan Rail Trail Celebration, which begins at 11 a.m., on Thursday September 27, at the Oyama Boat Launch.  About 400 people are expected to attend; therefore, Club members should plan on arriving at the event by 10:30 a.m. to secure a parking spot and avoid potential traffic congestion.  Please note:  Our normal breakfast meeting on September 27 is cancelled.