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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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We were 14 strong on this cold frost morning!  Jack was the lucky winner in the table stakes and Glenn tried to find the elusive Ace of Spades. No luck!
Our annual Christmas Party will be Sunday December 16 at 5:30pm in our Regular Meeting room. Attendees are encouraged to bring a wrapped gift from their ‘Re-gift’ collection, which then will be jealously fought over during the evening. This will be a catered meal and more info will follow ASAP.
Cathy Goheen has sent a message that she is collecting all kinds of glasses to take on her next trip to Nepal. She leaves mid December and all donations, including reading cheaters, can be dropped off at Dr. Spec Optics in Orchard Plaza Shopping Mall.
November is Foundation Month! Quite a number of donations were collected at the Rotary Dinner on October 24, but monies are still be collected by Margaret throughout November. The Gates Foundation will multiply our donations by 3!  What an incentive! Assistant District Governor Jim Hawkins is coming to our club next week to talk about the Foundation. Your cheque will be warmly accepted!
Brenda has sent a detailed email to all Rotarians about signing in to Club Runner and updating personal information. Rotary International is a little concerned about the number of members we have who were born in 1900. Please update your information.
Hernando, aka Nando, gave us a very interesting presentation of his homeland, Colombia. He started with the presentation of his national anthem, but thankfully did not play the entire piece, which runs 17 minutes in length.  Nando explained the education system he has been a part of for 14 years – from the age of 3 until graduation at 17 in the same building. Colombia is very rich in culture and nature, and Nando will give us Part 2 as there is so much to cover.
Here is an opportunity of a lifetime to each and every Rotarian! Please consider including Nando in your entertainment/family/social/dining plans.  He is anxiously awaiting experiencing hockey games, family dinners, Canadian holidays and customs, his first snow, skiing/boarding, skating (think outdoor arena in Kelowna), movies, travel. If you have trouble contacting him, please get in touch with Brenda.
Remembrance Day:  The official Remembrance Day ceremony in Lake Country will take place at 10:30 a.m., at George Elliot High School.  We are hoping for a good turn-out of Rotarians for this event.  Margaret Brown will be presenting a Remembrance Day wreath, on behalf of our Rotary Club.
The Lake Country Calendar will be hosting the next LC Chamber of Commerce – Business After Hours social on Wednesday November 14, at 5:30 p.m., at the Winfield Curling Club.   Delicious appetizers, wine and great networking opportunities, all for a $5 admission fee.
Until next week….


The club welcomed as guests and speakers Okanagan College Foundation representatives Kathy Butler, Executive Director, Okanagan College Foundation and Holley Routley, Development Officer. Their presentation focused on the college’s campaign to build a new 30,000 square foot Health Sciences Centre at the Kelowna campus.


The college has been providing training of health and science professionals in more than eight professions for 55 years but as we all know the region’s population and needs has grown tremendously over that time, and so have they for the province as a whole. It has been predicted that health care and social assistance will have the greatest number of job openings in the province over the next 10 years.


The new centre will teach programs for:

·       Certified Dental Assistant              CRITICAL

·       Early Childhood Education            CRITICAL

·       Bachelor of Science in Nursing     CRITICAL

·       Health Care Assistance                 CRITICAL

·       Human Services Work                   SERIOUS

·       Pharmacy Technician                    SERIOUS

·       Therapist Assistant                        STABLE

·       Practical Nursing                           STABLE


Total building cost is $18.9 million, of which the provincial government is contributing $15.4 million. The Foundation has a goal to fundraise $3.5 million for building and teaching spaces as well as $1.5 million for program support, equipment and student aid.


It was noted that Kathy is retiring from the Okanagan College Foundation at the end of the year. The Rotary Club of Lake Country extends congratulations to Kathy for her hard work on behalf of the Foundation since 2003 and wishes her good fortune in the next stages of her life.


Other News


  • Our Exchange Student, Hernando, will be speaking to us at our November 8 breakfast meeting about his home country, Columbia.  We hope to have a good turn-out of Rotarians for this special presentation.




On October 26, the Lake Country Food Bank received a $11,700 gift from Rotary, and food banks from Revelstoke to Peachland will benefit.   The gift is a pallet stacker - an electrically powered forklift capable of moving and handling loads of up to one metric tonne each. It was paid for by the Rotary Club of Lake Country with support from 11 other Rotary clubs and the international Rotary Foundation.
The new machine is needed because of two things: the growing role of the Lake Country Food Bank as a distribution centre, and the growing movement to avoid wasting food – any food.
When the Food Bank took possession of its new permanent home (a $1 million project also funded with Rotary leadership) in January 2016, it received about 5,000 pounds of perishable food donations a year.   In 2016 the donations rose to 20,000 pounds; in 2017, to 43,000 pounds. This year, donations already exceed 90,000 pounds.   Those donations are distributed up and down the Okanagan Valley, and beyond it to Salmon Arm and occasionally even Revelstoke. 
Lake Country’s new building originally had an unfinished and unoccupied lower floor. By completing its construction and installing refrigeration equipment, the Lake Country Food Bank was able to become a Food Recovery Centre for a network of other food banks.   The member food banks of this Helping Through Sharing network -- Peachland, Vernon, Kelowna, Lake Country, Lumby, Cherryville, Revelstoke and Salmon Arm – all now have refrigeration vehicles, thanks to a grant from Food Banks B.C. 
The Food Recovery Centre in the Lake Country Food Bank will be independently accessible to them, any time, any day of the week. They can pick up supplies; they can drop off supplies to be passed on to other food banks. 
By way of example, last year the Vernon Food Bank got a donation of too many eggs for them to deal with. Vernon sent the extra eggs to Lake Country; Lake Country made them available to all other food banks in their network.   Until now, this work of sorting and stacking has had to be done manually.
The local Food Bank now has about 80 regular volunteers, not counting the days when school classes come in to help. But as manager Joy Haxton comments, “Most of our volunteers are retirees; they’re the ones who have time to help out.”  For really heavy lifting, Haxton says, “The hockey team has come over from the arena across the parking lot!”  The new pallet stacker will make it possible for the Lake Country Food Bank’s regular volunteers to handle tonnes of deliveries without risk or injury.
The volume of donations has soared largely because Save-On Foods has committed to zero waste. Any perishable foods that can’t be sold immediately are given to the Food Bank. Nothing gets thrown out.  Usable produce goes immediately to local patrons of the Food Bank or gets shipped out to other food banks.
There’s nothing wrong with the fruit and vegetables – they’ve simply grown riper than what customers typically prefer to buy in the store.   Any unusable produce goes to farmers feeding livestock. “Very little goes into compost,”Haxton says. 
Local farmers are very much part of the process. The community farm provides fresh produce in season, delivered directly to the Food Bank for distribution.   Save-On Foods is also supporting the Food Bank by offering Save-On Gift cards. For every dollar spent using these pre-paid grocery cards, 16 cents goes to the Lake Country Food Bank – eight percent as a discount from Save-On itself, another eight percent as a matching donation from an anonymous donor.
 At no additional charge to the customer! 
Save-On gift cards are available from any Rotary member, or from four retail locations in Lake Country: UBR Services on Bottom Wood Lake Road; Interior Savings Credit Union; Ace Hardware on Woodsdale Road; and Winfield IDA Pharmacy in the Turtle Bay Crossing mall.
Other News
Christmas Party:  At least one observant person caught the error regarding the date for our Christmas party, in the last E-bulletin.  The correct date is Sunday, December 16, and the event will be held at our normal meeting room, at Holiday Park.  More details to follow in the next few weeks.
Remembrance Day:  The official Remembrance Day ceremony in Lake Country will take place at 10:30 a.m., at George Elliot High School.  We are hoping for a good turn-out of Rotarians for this event.  Margaret Brown will be presenting a Remembrance Day wreath, on behalf of our Rotary Club.
Speaker’s Schedule:  A new speaker’s schedule is now posted at  Kathy Butler and Holly Routley will be at our next regular breakfast meeting on November 1 to talk to us about health care training programs at Okanagan College.
Where’s Dave!?   President Dave will be leaving for Phoenix on Tuesday, October 30 but will returning for our Club AGM and Christmas Party.   Monika will be leading our breakfast meetings during his absence and President Elect, Ken Guido, will be representing our Club at monthly Area 5/6 President’s meetings.  Thank you for your leadership!  Dave will continue to participate in Club activities by email, phone and Facetime while he is away. 
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.  
The 2018 recipients of Rotary Bursaries are Anastasiya-Izabela Krahelskyay, Cass Hannay, Kailey Butler, Amber Nuyens and Kayt Meraw.
Bursaries will also be awarded  to two graduates of the Okanagan College Residential Construction Program.  
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 partnered with Save-On Foods to introduce a new gift card sales program to benefit the Food Bank.  When people purchase a Rotary/Save-On Foods gift card, 16 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, to maximum of $5 thousand.   
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 support the replacement of the original 100 year hardwood floor in the Okanagan Centre Community Hall;
  • working with the District of Lake Country to improve the design of the food concession at Swalwell Park, so that it can be better used by community groups.
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 Dave Colquhoun at
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
Sept 6         Greg Bucholz, Director of Infrastructure Services, District of Lake Country
Sept 13       Welcome BBQ for Hernando @ Guido's, NO BREAKFAST MTG.
Sept 20       Brenda Kalinovich & Petrina McNeil
Sept 27       Okanagan Rail Trail Celebration Event - NO BREAKFAST MTG.
Oct 4           Sarah Armstrong - Kelowna Foundation
Oct 11         Matt Vader - Highlights from New Zealand trip
Oct 18         District Governor - Sherry Chamberlain
Oct 24         World's Greatest Meal to end Polio
Oct 26         Lake Country Food Bank - Pallet Stacker turnover event
Nov 1          Kathy Butler - Okanagan College health care training
Nov 8          Hernando:  My home country - Columbia
Nov 15        Assistant Governor, Jim Hawkins - Rotary Foundation
No. 22        Margaret & Ken:  New Club Budget
Nov 29       TBA
Dec 6          TBA
Dec 13        Annual General Meeting
Dec 16       Christmas Party
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