May 2017 is Youth Service Month.
Our club is involved in a large number of Youth projects every year. First and foremost among these projects is our participation in the Rotary International Youth Exchange. District 5060 has one of the highest participation rates by clubs in North America. Our club has welcomed students from Turkey, Austria, Peru, the Netherlands, Brazil, and Hungary in recent years. In return for accepting the incoming students, youngsters from Peachland or West Kelowna got a chance to spend a year in countries like Italy, India, Japan, Denmark, and France, to name a few.
In 2017 we provided a scholarship for one student to attend intensive vocal and acting training at Opera Kelowna. Opera Kelowna is a regular performer at our Peace Concerts, bringing the works of Mozart, Bizet and Puccini to an appreciative audience in Peachland.
Every year, we participate in RYLA (Rotary Young Leadership Awards), Adventures in Citizenship and Adventures in Tourism. These programs give young people a chance to participate in leadership training, spend a week in the Nation’s capital to learn how our government operates, or learn about the many opportunities the Okanagan tourism industry has to offer.
Smaller Youth projects include support for Summer reading classes at Peachland Elementary School, long-standing support for Silver Lake Youth Camp as well as the Peachland Boxing Club.
Internationally, we recently outfitted a library at the small community of Volcanes near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We also support a school for street kids in Kenya and have just started a project that will bring electricity via solar panels to 6 schools in remote areas of Polillo Island, Philippines.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” (William Butler Yeats)
“Rotary is a leadership organization…..
We are made up of people like you. Many of us are
local business, professional and civic leaders.
We meet regularly, get to know each other,
form friendships, and through that, we are able to
get things done in this community and elsewhere in the World”