Peachland Rotary

“We Get Things Done!”

President’s Message

I am honoured to be President of this vibrant and energetic Club that does so much for this community.  I hope that we will continue to be  “The Club that gets things done”!
Rotary was begun by one man seeking fellowship.  His dream has grown as Rotary has grown. Since 1982 Rotary’s major goal has been the eradication of Polio.  Rotarians everywhere are making this possible.  It is easy to lose sight of the tremendous good we can do in a world where need is so great and resources so small.  Read the rest of President Ray’s Message.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Peace, Goodwill and understanding through Service.

Christmas Light-Up at Heritage Park

On Friday,  December 5th, Santa arrived at Heritage Park in style aboard Peachland’s newest fire truck, accompanied by legions of bundled-up elves and would-be elves all waving glow sticks.  It was Light-Up in Peachland and the weather could not have been been better – about minus 2, no wind with a skating rink lake as a backdrop…  Click here to view the remainder of this write-up.

Rotary Foundation Annual Report

Rotarians have and continue to contribute funds to the Rotary Foundation.  Take a few minutes  to view the 2018 Annual Report and learn how Rotarians:

  • Helped install a water filtration plant in Pakistan and organized immunization campaigns to reduce the number of polio cases
  • Volunteered more than 111 million hours, supporting projects like one that has brought light to remote U.S. homes
  • Worked together across borders to offer two-week camps in Poland for children affected by war and violence
  • Raised more than $414 million for The Rotary Foundation, which helps fund projects such as one that protects fishing waters in the Philippines

November is Rotary Foundation Month

It is this Foundation that enables Rotary clubs worldwide to fund projects around the world as well as in our backyard.   For example: part of the funding for our Pier Project is derived from a grant from the Rotary Foundation.  Rotary considers projects which support the community and matches some of the funds raised by local clubs to further their endeavours.
For the 10th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.   In the most recent ratings, the Foundation earned the maximum of 100 points for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
In a letter to the Rotary Foundation, Charity Navigator notes that “only 1 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Rotary Foundation outperforms other charities in America.  This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets The Rotary Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness – Jan. 2018.”
The rating reflects Charity Navigator’s assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.

District Rotary Clubs Working Together

The Lake Country Rotary Club took the lead, along with 11 other District clubs working together to provide a much needed fork lift for the Lake Country Food Bank.  On October 26, Rotarians gathered for the presentation (click on the image to the left for a list of the clubs that raised funds, along with a grant from the Rotary Foundation, for this project). Learn more information about this project here.

World Polio Day

It was a fun event for World Polio Day on Wednesday, October 24th.   Our Club celebrated this very special event by participating in the “World’s Greatest Meal to Help End Polio” along with the West Kelowna Daybreak Club.  Approximately $8000 was raised for the Rotary Foundation to Help End  Polio.    View many photos and learn more about this evening and our guest speaker Karen Naumann,  a polio survivor,  here.

JoeAnna’s House Groundbreaking Ceremony

It was a sunny day and perfect for our Rotarians Peggy and Chris Southin to be on hand with District Governor Sherry Chamberlain and representatives from other Rotary clubs in District 5060, for the groundbreaking ceremony of JoeAnna’s House.   Our club’s donation will help with this very vital project.  View more photos and information about JoeAnna’s House here. 

Charter Night Unsung Hero Awards

What an evening our fellow Rotarians and their guests experienced for the celebration of the Peachland Rotary Club’s 1997 Charter.  The meals were delicious and the fellowship made for a fun evening.
A  highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Unsung Hero Awards by Membership Chair Madeleine Nixon to fellow Rotarian, Chris Scowen and Chief Dennis Craig, who received the award on behalf of the Peachland Fire Department – Station 21.   Congratulations!
Chris also gave a detailed history of the club’s charter and provided  a program and other memorabilia  from the first meeting (View them here). Read more about the many accomplishments of the award recipients and this evening in the Events section.  Also view a photo gallery from the evening.

Thanks Raghwa!

Our Rotarians and guests were delighted to have Raghwa Gopal of Accelerate Okanagan as our guest speaker today (October 18th).  Where he finds all the energy to be involved in his many ventures is simply amazing but he managed to find time to visit us today!  Read more about his presentation in our Our Meetings tab.

Seniors Centre Cheque Presentation

Peachland Rotary members approved a  project to provide appliances and a television for the Peachland Seniors Centre common room.  Profits from the recent Murder Mystery event funded a portion of the $3000 donation for this project.  Rotary President Ray Kandola, as well as members Chris Boyle (photographer), Peggy and Chris Southin, were on hand to present a cheque for $3000 to the Peachland Senior Support Society on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

Starfish Pack Backpack Program

The Starfish Pack Backpack Programwas created in response to teachers learning that some of their students’ families needed  help to provide  a few of their family meals.  Teachers were heartbroken to hear their students were coming to class Monday morning hungry, reporting that they had not eaten over the weekend.  Our club’s Starfish Pack Backpack program began with a relationship with Peachland Elementary School  in the 2017 school year.  Learn more about this worthwhile program here.

Chamber of Commerce BBQ

Our fellow Rotarian Constantine Anastasopoulos applied his cooking skills at the Peachland Chamber of Commerce BBQ.  A Rotarian hard at work!

Volcanes Community Education Project

We are so proud of the team of teachers who do an incredible job of changing the lives of many children and giving a very poor community a future.  They are truly an inspiration not only to these kids but to all of us.   In the recent September newsletter, there is an article on the history of the scholarship program (click on thumbnail image to the left). The program started 8 years ago with 6 students.  Now Rotarians from all over support 70 students, many of them attending University!  Yes, we can be an inspiration and change the world, one student at the time!
To view past and present newsletters click here.   To view more about this project in our website, click here.

Soon Peachland will Walk on Water!

A handful of representatives from the Lions Club, the Sportsmen’s Association and our club were present on Sept. 10th to mark the start of construction of the Peachland Heritage Pier. The pier represents the largest local project ever undertaken by the three service clubs.  See more information and photos here.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

What a fantastic event it was on Saturday, September 29th with 106 attendees enjoying themselves at our “Deadly Passage” Murder Mystery Dinner.  See photos from the evening here.
Funds raised from this event will be used for the purchase of  appliances and a TV in the common room of the Peachland new Seniors Centre residence.

Visit from our District Governor

At our September 6th meeting, we enjoyed a visit from District Governor Sherry Chamberlain and her husband Jim.  As well, Assistant Governor Art Gillan for Area 6 attended the meeting.  DG  Sherry gave a very interesting and informative presentation about her Rotary experience.  Here is a photo of  DG Sherry with Chris Southin at the base of the Rotary Clock.  View more photos, a video and  information  in “Our Meetings.

Colonia Volcanes School Library

2018 and another year of dreaming big begins for “our kids” at Volcanes in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  We are so proud of this program.  For more information  and photos, click here.

Peace Concerts a Success Despite the Smoke!

The 2018 Peace Concerts were a challenge!  The July concerts went as planned featuring COD Gone Wild and Flint and Feather with sunny skies and warm temperatures.  August proved to be  the “smoky” month resulting in poor air quality due to smoke from the many fires around the province.  As a result, the Kelowna Opera concert unfortunately was cancelled over 10+ poor air quality which would greatly affect the throats and lungs of the scheduled performers.  The final concert, featuring Country Classics with Marty Edwards and Pam Ferens, with last minute planning, was re-scheduled to a week later and was moved to the Peachland Community Centre.
The fans were not disappointed!  A wonderful concert with approximately 240 guests who were treated to an hour and forty minutes of great music.  As guests left they were thanking us for a super evening and they said they will be back.
The audiences, as in previous years, were generous in their donations going to purchase Shelter Boxes to be used around the world wherever natural disasters make families homeless.
We look forward to season  2019 at the Rotary Pavilion in Peachland with plans for a fresh and thrilling complement of musical performance. Hopefully we will have smoke-free skies as well.

Roll a Hippo – A Smarter Way to Move Water –
Peachland Rotary has donated funds for 3 rollers and challenges all District 5060  Rotary Clubs do the same or even better!

“For many, clean water comes with the twist of a tap. But in rural Africa, access to water requires hours of walking, waiting in line and heavy lifting. On average, a woman spends six hours a day collecting and transporting water to supply her family’s daily needs. The time spent on this basic necessity keeps many children out of school and prevents women from engaging in more empowering activities and income-generating work.
The hippo water roller is a major improvement on the toxic, re-purposed gasoline and paint containers that are typically used to collect water in rural communities. Traditional methods of transporting water include carrying heavy five gallon buckets of water on the head.  These heavy loads place an enormous strain on the skeletal frame, causing long-term damage and premature ageing”. View videos and more information here.

 “What`s Rotary?”
“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”


Go to the Peachland Pier tab to view updates
on our latest community project
This is a joint project between the Sportsmen’s Association, the Peachland Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Peachland

Service Above Self