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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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“From the outside, you shouldn’t be able to tell that it’s affordable housing,” Kelowna councillor Luke Stack told the members of Rotary last Thursday. Stack is also the Executive Director and a founder of the Society of Hope, which currently operates four groups of houses and apartments in Lake Country – Cedar Court and Pinewood Villa on Bottom Wood Lake Road, just north of the municipal offices, and Woodsdale Place and Providence Meadows on Woodsdale Road.


This year is the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Hope. The original incentive came  back in 1989 when Stack and some friends recognized the need for housing for a number of single parents who couldn’t afford the rents in Kelowna.


The Society of Hope is now the largest provider of affordable housing in the Central Okanagan. Their facilities are available to low-income families, seniors, and people with mental health problems. They now have 700 rental units from Lake Country to Peachland.


Recognizing that low-income renters also often lack social support, every complex includes a social component – such as bowling lanes, a meeting area, and a selection of activities such as games, hiking, etc. But no meals.



Currently, the Society is working on developing a new complex on Jensen Road, on what had been the Kangaroo Farm below Main Street. Present plans call for 40 units for seniors, 30 units for families. All would provide subsidized housing. Luke approximated the rental rates: a comparable two-bedroom unit in Kelowna would rent for $1600 a month; the Society would provide the same unit for $900 a month. The actual figure would vary, depending on the renter’s income.


Generally, he said, this is transition housing. The renters need the subsidized rates for three to five years, before they are able to move on to their own homes or apartments.


Other News

Our Columbian exchange student, 'Nando', celebrated his 18th birthday last week and didn't seem to mind consuming some chocolate birthday cake with breakfast.  Happy birthday, Nando.  It's been a pleasure hosting you this year.



If you have a bicycle helmet, how old is it?   Magda Kapp, Director of Prevention Services at Braintrust Canada, told the club Thursday morning that if it’s more than three years old, it probably won’t protect your head properly in an accident or a crash.


And if it has ever been in an accident, or even dropped on the floor, you probably should replace it anyway.  Her concern is preventing brain injuries such as concussion, although she did promise to come back at some time in the future to talk about treatment of concussion, and the tasks of caregivers.


Concussion is a long-term problem. Kapp pointed out that hockey star Sidney Crosby took a whole year off to recover from his last concussion. It’s commonly said that boxer Mohammed Ali suffered from Parkinson’s Disease, but more likely his tremors resulted from repeated blows to his head.


Concussion used to be taken for granted, as part of growing up. Of course kids will run into posts; of course sports teams will bash heads. But brain injuries are not something to be shrugged off. An accident in your youth can affect you for the next 60 years, with learning difficulties, personality changes, headaches, etc. Brain injuries can affect ability to walk, to taste, to hear, to smell....and 90% of these injuries are preventable, Kapp insisted. Proper helmets alone can reduce brain injury by 85%.


Unlike tumours and brain diseases like meningitis, concussions tend to affect the frontal lobes of the brain, the areas we use for reasoning and wisdom. When they get damaged, you are not the same person you once were. You may say, or do, inappropriate things in company. You may lose friends. You may lose your driver’s licence.


Kapp was scornful of parents who make their children wear helmets but don’t wear helmets themselves. “What they’re actually teaching their kids is to think, ‘When I grow up, I won’t have to wear a helmet’.”


Because protection for your head is so important, she recommends that you do not buy a helmet at a low-price retail store and definitely not a used helmet at a yard sale! The crushable material that protects your brain from getting bounced around inside your skull degrades over time. The helmet also needs to be properly fitted to your skull, using the foam-fitting materials that come with it.


Take care of your brain. It’s the only one you’ve got!




This Thursday’s speaker will be Luke Stack, Kelowna City Counsellor and a member of the Society of Hope that is building affordable houses for seniors and others in Lake Country.

Hooray for Hernando Nora!  For our Thursday January 10 meeting, ‘Nando' saved the day when technological complications prevented us from showing a half-hour YouTube video from former exchange student Thomas Scheuba, about the work his organization is doing in Ethiopia providing water in villages that formerly had to carry every drop several kilometres on women’s heads.
The video would download to Monika’s laptop, but wouldn’t go from there to the big screen so all of us could see it.
With about 20 minutes of silence to fill, Nando stepped up to the podium to discuss his week as an exchange student. But then people started asking questions about his life in Columbia, and Nando answered so fluently, and with such enthusiasm, that before anyone knew it, it was time for the Four-Way Test to close the meeting.
Even more to his credit, Nando had been the featured speaker the week before, January 3, with a slide presentation about life in his home city of Bucaramanga, known as the “pretty city” for its parks, its views, and its pleasant climate.
Bucaramanga is the capital and largest city of the department of SantanderColombia. It has the fifth-largest economy by GDP in Colombia, has the highest GDP per capita in Colombia, has the lowest unemployment rate, and has the ninth-largest population in the country, with 521,857 people. Bucaramanga has over 160 parks scattered throughout the city.
Nando will probably go to university in Medillin, Colombia’s second-largest city, after Bogota itself. The university there has about 20,000 students, who speak dozens of languages, but mainly English, Spanish, and German. ‘Nando himself plans to study economics.
Asked about Colombia, and Medellin particularly, as centres of drug trade, Nando suggested that Colombia is no different from Canada – some parts of the country, and some parts of each city, are dangerous to go into, but other parts are completely safe.
Some of his slides showed the city of Bucaramanga by night. Fireworks are a specialty, with few restrictions on their purchase. For Independence Day, the fireworks displays last for four hours.

Another exchange student heard from

Before Nando’s first talk, on January 3, Judy Guido read a looooong letter from the club’s outbound student, Rori Allport, in Denmark.
Rori described her high school, a genuine graduation “prom” that she attended – the girls in formal dresses, the boys in suits. She enjoyed a trip to Copenhagen, saw the Little Mermaid, went to the Tivoli Gardens, and watched the changing of the guard at the palace.
She said she hasn’t been homesick, not even at Christmas. She was scheduled to stay with four different families, but is negotiating to stay with just three, so that she can getter integrate into the family.
And she too enjoyed fireworks displays, in her case for Denmark’s New Year’s celebrations.
The next LC Chamber of Commerce – Business After Hours social event is on Wednesday, January 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Winfield Curling Club.  A great opportunity to enjoy some ‘appies’, promote our Rotary achievements, and recruit new members.  Your $5 ticket includes appetizers and 1 can of Budweiser Beer (yes that's correct).  Wine available for sale at the bar.
A new breakfast speaker’s schedule is posted on our website, at  Magda Kapp, from the Braintrust Foundation, will be talking to us on January 17 about injuries such as concussions, and a new bike helmet safety program  to reduce preventable brain injuries for youth 19 and under.
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 collaborated with Save-On Foods to introduce a new shopping card sales program to benefit the Food Bank.  When people purchase a Rotary/Save-On Foods shopping card, 8 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 build new parks and recreation infrastructure.
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
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       Hernando:  My home country - Columbia (Part 2)
Dec 6          Don Lemp:  BC Forest Service - Forest Fire Forensics
Dec 13        Annual General Meeting
Dec 16       Christmas Party
Dec 20       Jim Robertson - Addictions Counselling
Jan 3          Hernando:  My Home: Colombia (Part 3)
Jan 10        Hernando!
Jan 17        Magda Kapp, Brain Trust Foundation, Bike Helmet Safety Program
Jan 24        Luke Stack, Society of Hope, Housing for people with disabilities
Feb 21       Judy Guido
Feb 28       Dee Hansen:  My African Adventures
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