Posted by Dave Colquhoun on Apr 13, 2019
The continued efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers have transformed an aging historic church building into a thriving community gathering place in Okanagan Centre.
Elaine Gibbons, one of the leaders of the Okanagan Centre Community Hall, spoke to us this week about the many recent Hall improvements and future plans to maintain its important role in the community.
Originally built as the All Saints Anglican Church in 1910, the Okanagan Centre Hall is currently used for all types of activities such as weddings, celebrations of life, yoga lessons, dog obedience training, art classes, indoor pickleball games and an election polling station.  Over the years, a new annex has been constructed and the facility has been upgraded several times by adding central heating, air conditioning, new wall paneling, wiring and insulation and upgraded kitchen facilities. The Hall Board is now focused on replacing the structural columns and 100-year-old hardwood planks which comprise the hall floor.
The Hall Board is made up of strictly volunteers who manage and maintain the facility with funds they raise themselves.  With the money raised from their own fundraising projects and grants provided by the District of Lake Country and our Rotary Club, there is enough funding to proceed with the replacement of the old floor in January 2020.
However, before commencing the floor project, our Rotary Club will be working with community volunteers to improve the appearance and functionality of the basement area of the hall by installing wood paneling and new shelving.  Funding for this project is being provided by a $500 Rotary District Grant and matching funds from our Rotary Club.
Elaine thanked the Club for our past support and looks forward to being partners in future fundraising events.
Other News
Paul Harris Fellowships
This week, we recognized Jack Shultz, Judy Guido and Bob Rymarchuk as multiple recipients of a ‘Paul Harris Fellowship’ for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.   Fellowship pins are presented annually to Rotarians who contribute $1,000 US to the Foundation.
The goal of the Rotary Foundation is to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  The Foundation provides funding for Polio Plus Program, which aims to eradicate world-wide polio.  The Foundation is also an important source of funding for many local projects within our local Rotary District (5060) such as the recent purchase of a pallet stacker for the Lake Country Food Bank.
Holiday Park Golf Pool
The Club wishes to thank Dan Segal, who recently donated $1,200 on behalf of the Holiday Park Golf pool, to support our Club projects.  The golf pool has over 180 teams registered this year and creates friendly rivalries among our members regarding who wins the prizes for the best team name and most PGA tournament prize money.