Peachland Rotary

Christmas Luncheon Fun

The members gathered at the Hole 19 restaurant for Christmas fun and fellowship.  All were greeted at the entrance by two of Santa’s helpers.  Mrs. Claus pointed out who wore the pants in the relationship!  Here is member Bobbi with Mrs. Clause (Anne) and Mr. Claus (Chris B.).  View more photos here


Fur Brigade Trail  Frist Post Sponsored by Peachland Rotary

Peachland Rotary sponsored a wooden post trail marker at Hardy Falls.  A wooden plaque was added to the post on  the  Fur Brigade Trail.  The funding for the marker was approved by the Rotary Club of Peachland from of a  grant application in 2019 by the Trail of the Okanagans.  The photo above shows Doris Muhs,  Project Coordinator, Trail of the Okanagons, and Chris Boyle, a member of the Peachland Rotary Club. The Fur Brigade Trail is a small part of the Trail of the Okanagans, which will stretch from the Shuswap to Osoyoos.

Lest We Forget

Each of the small crosses displays the name and age of one of Peachlands’ fallen in the “War to end all wars” and the Second World War.  The small crosses are a tribute to the sacrifice of these young men in defense of their country and a joint project of the Rotary Club of Peachland and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 69, Pacific Command. “Lest We Forget.”

Peachland Vantage One Credit Union  Donation  of $1,050 toward Peachland Elementary School’s Starfish Backpack Program

Vantage Credit Union Employee Adele O’Toole presenting cheque to Peachland Rotary Starfish Backpack Program Coordinator Jane Tench


Huge thanks to Peachland Vantage One Credit Union for their very generous donation of $1,050 toward Peachland Elementary School’s Starfish Backpack Program through their own Community Impact Program.  Rotary Club of Peachland is now in its 5th year of running the program which supplies Peachland Elementary School  “food venerable” students and families with weekend food backpacks to ensure students have access to nutrition with the ultimate goal of assisting children with optimizing learning outcomes.   In need families are identified by Peachland elementary school and/or the local Peachland Foodbank and as Food Poverty is a very sensitive area family information is always kept strictly confidential.
The Backpack Program could not happen without Save-on-Foods (West Kelowna) who provide food through their discount program.  Fresh bread and bakery goods are donated by COBS bakery with bread also going to the Peachland Foodbank. Thanks and appreciation needs to go to Rick and Jane Tench who picked up the COBS bread from Kelowna every week to ensure needy families in Peachland had access to fresh bread.  Thank you for your time commitment and ongoing support.
Talking of amazing contributors special thanks also needs to go to a number of individuals (you know who you are) who support the Starfish Backpack Program  “because its all about helping kids be successful”.
Donations to the Starfish Backpack Program can me made through the Peachland Foodbank with the mention of Starfish on the cheque made out to the Peachland Rotary Club or you can drop off a cheque at Peachland Pharmacy.  Donations come attached to tax receipts.
For more information about the Starfish Backpack Program please call Jane Tench at 250-212-5234.

Local Impact Grant Application

The purpose of the Peachland Local Impact Rotary grant is to enable local organizations to apply for grants from funds raised by the Peachland Rotary Club.  Grant requests will be measured for merit of project, community betterment, and plans for future sustainability.
For more information and an application form, CLICK HERE.

Polio Walk October 2021

Drive-In Movie in Peachland on August Weekend at Turner Park

The Rotary Club of Peachland is credited for their generous donation toward  two drive-in movie nights on August 27 and 28.
Rotary members of the Peachland Recovery Task Force,  were working at both nights assisting with traffic control.
Rotary was announced as a Gold sponsor both verbally and on the big screen in continuous rotation before and after the movie on both evenings.   35 cars were in  attendance on Friday and Saturday is expected to sell out at 50 cars which is the limit allowed in attendance due to COVID restrictions.  Madeleine

Peachland Rotary Club Wins a Silver ShelterBox Canada Hero Award

Beginning as a Rotary Club project in the UK in 2000 ShelterBox rapidly grew to become a worldwide relief organization.  In 2010 ShelterBox Canada was registered under the global ShelterBox network, to provide emergency shelter and support to those in need around the world. ShelterBox Canada focuses on fundraising and awareness and since its inception has provided emergency shelter, essential items, and support to over 1.5 million people in 97 countries.
Shelterbox Canada works to provide relief to over 104 million people forced out of their homes due to conflict and natural disasters by providing them shelter so that they can begin their recovery with dignity.
ShelterBox responds to disasters by first understanding the impact and nuances of each emergency.  Based on this analysis, it sends ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits to the vulnerable.
ShelterBoxes can include solar lights, water purification and storage equipment, thermal blankets, and cooking utensils.
ShelterKits can include toolkits, ropes, and tarpaulins to make emergency shelters, repair buildings, or create new homes. Both ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits are adapted for every disaster or region to best fit the current needs.
Rotary Clubs around the world can point to achievements of which they are especially proud, and which define their club in the eyes of its members, the larger Rotary world and its public.
Our Peachland Rotary Club is no different.
In our almost 25-year existence we have created some memorable achievements: the Centennial Pavilion, the Rotary Clock, the Ray Kandola Pier (in partnership with the Lions and Sportsmen’s Clubs), Peachlands’ historic mural, electronic assistance aids at the Elementary school and a host of community events, projects and sponsorships, local and international youth programs and involvement in a wide variety of overseas projects. No program, however, has had the long-term staying power of ShelterBox. In its immediate response to disaster, it carries with it much of the spirit and heartbeat of Rotary.
Since 2009 our Peachland Rotary Club has donated over fifty ShelterBoxes which for a club of our size is extremely impressive. Our District Governor elect, Marjolein Lloyd, mentioned that perhaps the only other District club supporting ShelterBox to the same degree would be the Kelowna Club.
The ShelterBox Canada Hero awards given to Rotary for 2020-21 are based on annual club contributions – Bronze $1,200, Silver $3,600, and Gold $6,000.  In all of Canadas’ more than three hundred clubs, 112 merited bronze status, 16 Silver and 3 Gold. In our own Rotary District 5060, five Canadian clubs were recognized – Kelowna Sunrise, Lake Country, Penticton Sunrise and West Kelowna Daybreak which each received Bronze Awards.  Peachland received Silver for the 2020 – 2021 Rotary year: a result of which the Club is justifiably proud.
So why is a Shelterbox Canada Hero award so important? Without the Community of Peachland rallying around our Rotary clubs’ fundraising efforts we would not have been able to consistently raise the much-needed funds to purchase Shelterboxes each year. It is because the people of Peachland are so generous that we can continue to help ShelterBox provide vital shelter and essential tools to help people in crisis in distant lands return to normality in the aftermath of natural disasters, conflict, and humanitarian crisis.
But these donations are so much more than just tents, blankets, clothing, food, water, solar lights, and tools. Our community’s continuing support has transformed lives and changed despair to hope.
So, thank-you Peachland: this Silver Shelterbox Canada Hero Award speaks to your ongoing commitment to an essential global program that truly does make a difference.
To see the impact on families all over the world and to learn more about Shelterbox www.shelterboxcanada
Steve Gardner , President – Peachland Rotary Club

Spirit of Peachland Civic Awards Recipients

Under ordinary circumstances, the Spirit of Peachland Civic Awards are celebrated at the community centre with a fine evening of celebration, however, this year’s awards ceremony was cancelled due to COVID-19. While this year’s recipients will be celebrated with an in-person awards ceremony when it is safe to do so (hopefully in 2021), on Tuesday July 15 night’s council meeting Mayor Cindy Fortin announced this year’s Spirit of Peachland Civic Award winners, who are celebrated for their achievements or actions from 2019.
Club member Chris Boyle, along with Al Springer and Elden Kerbes was a winner of the Councillors’ Award of Merit.
Our  congratulations Chris from your proud Rotary Club of Peachland members..

Peachland’s Ray Kandola Heritage Pier wins BCRPA Parks Excellence Award

Photo Courtesy of Joanne Layh

We would like to share some of the content from an article in the Peachland View on June 23, 2020..
The District of Peachland was awarded the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) Parks Excellence Award today for the Ray Kandola Heritage Pier.
The award recognizes a unique example of excellence in the concept, design and development of parks and open spaces.

“We are proud to award the District of Peachland the BCRPA Parks Excellence Award for their work on the Ray Kandola Heritage Pier,” said Rebecca Tunnacliffe, CEO of the BC Recreation and Parks Association. “This important project has not only increased the vibrancy of Peachland’s downtown, but it has opened up access for all community members to experience the health and wellness benefits of its beautiful waterfront and recreation activities. Not being able to hold our annual awards ceremony in person this year, we have chosen instead to present them today as another way to celebrate June being recreation and parks month. Recreation and parks have never been more important to our lives than they are right now and our awards help further highlight the impactful work being done across B.C.”

The Ray Kandola Heritage Pier is a 120 metre, wheelchair accessible, multi-use pier located next to Heritage Park that was completed last year as the result of a collaborative effort by the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association, Peachland Lions Club and Peachland Rotary Club.
“It was a fantastic partnership between the Rotary Club, the Lions Club, and the Sportsmen’s Association in Peachland. It was wonderful to work together,” Peachland Rotary Club incoming president Wendy Howard said. “It was very exciting when it was finally opened up and the really important thing is it is accessible to everyone.”

The Fur Brigade Trail

Courtesy of Kristen Friesen, the Peachland Phoenix

The Peachland Rotary Club recently awarded a small local improvement grant to the Okanagan’s Society  Fur Brigade Trail.  The trail spans between Hardy Falls and Garnet Lake and leads to an incredibly beautiful viewpoint about half-way to Garnet Valley near Summerland.
On June 5th, Doris Muhs, along with several helpers, went on the trail to put up the signs.  The Peachland Phoenix reported on this event in their local news. The photo displayed here is courtesy Kristen Friesen, Peachland Phoenix.  Click here to view the article.

Volcanes  Library Serves as a Make-Shift Food Bank

What started as an educational project has become a lifeline for many poor people in one of the poorest districts of Puerto Vallarta.  “Our” library at Volcanes serves as a make-shift food bank with the students organizing the distribution of goods to people in Volcanes.  Here are some posts shared with our Club:
April 10 – Today we did our second food distribution: 77 families received a well-stocked, two-week supply of food.   As of today, we have helped 127 families in Volcanes and the surrounding colonias.  In the following weeks we will help more.
April 23 –Today we passed out 186 care packages to families from Volcanes, Laguna del Valle, Salitrillo, Magisterio and Copa del Rey (dump area).  These packages included dog food and cat food for people with pets thanks to a donation from Sandee’s Project.   We also passed out masks to every person who did not have one thanks to our Volcanes Sewing School who has been donating them around town.
In 4 weeks we have passed out exactly 400 total care packages.  A big thank you to all the students and parents who helped us to keep things organized.  Thanks to everyone who is donating to our food bank. Your donations are making a big difference for the most needy of Puerto Vallarta.

Cancellation of Club Meetings and Other Club Events

Please note that due to the COVID-19 situation, all club meetings have been suspended until further notice. Regrettably, we had to cancel our much anticipated “Sip & Savour” Wine Festival as well as the Rotary Club Social planned for March 26, and the Seniors’ Bus Trip scheduled for May 20th. All other events are currently on hold. Please check this place for updates.
Stay healthy, frequently wash your hands, and avoid physical contact with other persons. This does not mean that we cannot reach out to other people by different means such as social media or just phoning a person we know lives alone.
This situation will pass.  Let not fear dominate our life!

“Sam” Hosam  Ibrahim

On March 3, our long-standing member Sam Ibrahim passed away. Sam was born in Egypt and came via studies in Germany to Canada. His expertise in herbal medicine was well recognized in Western Canada.  He was a valued member of our club, often helping out at our food stand grilling German Bratwurst. He had a heart of gold and could always be counted on when it came to the support of the less fortunate members of our society. We will miss him!

Cancellation of our “Sip & Savour” Wine Festival

Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, we decided to cancel our Sip & Savour Wine Festival scheduled for April 18, 2020. We had all looked forward to this event and planning was well underway. However, safety  comes first and while health departments across the world are still trying to understand the extent of the threat it is better to err on caution. We hope that we can welcome many of our supporters at the Murder Mystery Dinner planned for late Fall.

Viewpoints Speaker Series

February 20th was the first ever in this series.  Dennis Craig, Peachlands’ Fire Chief gave a most interesting presentation which covered the ever increasing risk of fire in the forests which surround virtually every town in BC.  He explained the ways in which we might mitigate fire risk to our homes by avoiding plantings of fire fuel plants such as juniper and dry exotic grasses close to our buildings.  He  also explained the differences between the devastating California and Australian fires.  He showed graphs which demonstrated all too clearly the extent and number of fires in the region and BC generally.  Did you know that the majority of forest fires are caused by humans, not lightning strikes?  And there is a frightening statistic which shows that many of the fires caused by man are deliberately set.
Forest fires create their own micro weather, inducing winds to fan the flames and spread the embers as much as four kilometres ahead of the fire front, behind the fire fighters.
In question time he talked about the equipment used and the way in which municipal rules can create real hazards for subdivisions both in the rules which govern development and our building codes which permit the use of building materials which are, in themselves fire fuel. I
nformative and incredibly interesting.  A fantastic start to what promises to be a great series of presentations.  Dennis has set the bar very high for future presentations!Thank you Dennis!  Our next date is April 28th in the Banquet Room at the Community Centre beginning promptly at 7:00pm and ending at 9:00pm. The Codfathers’ Jonathon Croft will talk about “Sustainable Fisheries”.  What is happening in our oceans and rivers?   Drop in for a couple of hours, ask questions, get informed.  This series of speakers provides a different view of our world.  Admission is free. 
Date to be determined for our next speaker.

Viewpoints Speaker Series

Viewpoints is a new venture for the Rotary Club of Peachland this year.  The first Viewpoints talk will be at 7 o’clock in the evening of February 20th in the small banquet room at the Peachland Community Centre, 4450 6  St, Peachland. (view map here). There is no admission charge and everyone is welcome.
Dennis Craig, Peachland Fire Chief, will be our first speaker.  He will  talk about the “firesmart” program,  in which there’ll be a question and answer session included regarding keeping our homes safe.  He will also discuss the fires in California and Australia.
The second in the first series of 3 will be held on April 28 and will feature speaker Jonathon Croft.   He will talk about sustainable fish stocks in the Okanagan.

ShelterBox Canada Bronze Hero Award

Our Peachland Rotary Club has been recognized as a ShelterBox Canada Bronze Hero for the 2018/2019 Rotary year.   In appreciation, each ShelterBox Canada Hero will receive a Hero certificate at their District Conference. The Rotary Dsitrict 5060 Conference takes place this April in Kelowna.
Natural disasters and conflict are inevitable and frequent, and the need is continuous.   A ShelterBox Canada Hero is a Rotary Club that has identified the continuing need to prepare for disasters and respond at a moment’s notice.  Clubs are recognized based on their total annual giving throughout the year.  Donations from our Peace Concerts during the summer months fund our ShelterBox donations.  To find out more information about this recognition and what ShelterBox is all about,  click here. 

Roll-a-Hippo Foundation Update

The first shipment of 50 hippo rollers arrive at Taweni and Ngcwanguba.  The Obonto Foundation operates a network of 8 Early Childhood Development schools in the Transkei region of South Africa.  Each school received 4 hippo rollers that are used to grow produce and teach sustainable farming.  Several Rotary Clubs in South Africa were eager to incorporate the hippo rollers provided by District 5060 to their local projects:
• Rotary Flamingo Welkom
• Rotary Klerksdorp
• Rotary Aliwal North
• Rotary Bloemfontein
• eRotary Club of South Africa One (Durban)
• Rotary Maloti-Maseru, Lesotho
Read more about this amazing project here.

World Polio Day – October 24th

Today our members climbed out of bed very early to stand at the roadside in Peachland during the morning rush hour commute with their “End Polio” signs to bring awareness of World Polio Day.   Here is some history of Rotary’s involvement to eradicate polio worldwide.
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who unite and take action to create lasting change in communities across the globe.   The Rotary motto, Service Above Self, inspires members to provide humanitarian service, follow high ethical standards, and promote goodwill and peace in the world.   Rotary in 1985 launched PolioPlus and in 1988 helped establish the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which today includes the World Health Organization, U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to immunize the children of the world against polio.   Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent since 1988 and the world stands on the threshold of eradicating the disease.   To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1.9 billion and countless volunteer hours to protecting more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.  Rotary is working to raise an additional $50 million per year, which would be leveraged for maximum impact by an additional $100 million annually from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  These efforts are providing much-needed operational support, medical staff, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents.  In addition, Rotary has played a major role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $8 billion to the effort.

Cops for Kids!

President Peggy presented a cheque to our very own Peachland pharmacist Thomas “Garnet’ Lloyd who took part in the Cops for Kids bike ride.
Their route covers a vast and mountainous corner of the province with unrelenting hills  and inclement weather at times, but these riders know that on the other side of each mountain is a family who has benefited from their fundraising efforts,
The riders join the RCMP to help people and make a difference in their communities.   This year’s ride will take the team over 1,000 km through Southeast B.C., stopping in 26 communities over 10 days.

Amparo Has Arrived!

Inbound and outbound Rotary Exchange students at Kelowna Airport, August 20th, 2019.  Amparo, from  Valencia, Spain, meets Sofia, heading for Brittany, France.
Amparo had a warm greeting from members of Peachland Rotary, the West Kelowna Ambassadors and our outbound student Sofia’s family.  She will spend almost a year at Mount Boucherie High School and stay with host parents in West Kelowna and Peachland.  A big thanks to our Youth Exchange Chair Jane for organizing the welcome party. Enjoy the photos shared by the West Kelowna Ambassadors as everyone gets ready to welcome Amparo.  We have started a separate page for Amparo. Visit here.

Installation of 2019-2020 Board Members

We were pleased to have Past District Governor Doug Everett lead the installation of our new Board members at our evening dinner meeting of July 18th.  Only one member of our Board was absent for the installation – Margaret.  View more photos from the evening here.

2019 Peace Concerts Series

Our free Peace Concerts Series have been very popular each year that we host them and we expect our 2019 line-up to be just as popular.   The concerts begin at 6:00 pm with food service at 5:00 pm. For more information for the remaining  2 concerts on July  14th and 21st, click here. Here is a photo from our recent “Cod Gone Wild” concert with our audience enjoying it as well as our Rotarians manning the BBQ!

And the Winner Is….

Janice Liebe – the lucky winner of the draw for the diamond ring.  It was our first Sparkling Evening at Fitz and what a perfect evening!  The weather co-operated beautifully,  and our guests were delighted with the bubbly, wines, delicious food and wonderful ambiance including the music from the classical guitarist.  We received overwhelming compliments on the whole evening!
Thanks to our Rotarians Ted & Margaret, Peter & Midge for helping with the planning and Madeleine as our MC.  Thanks especially to Chris Scowen as our greeter offering a terrific, classy welcome to all our guests adorned in his top hat, tails and gloves.

2019 Seniors’ Bus Trip

Here is a photo (click on it to see an even larger view) of the group of seniors and Rotarians who enjoyed our 2019 Seniors Bus Trip on Wednesday May 22.  To see LOTS more photos and a description of the route, click here.

Opening of New Pier

On May 11th it was a fabulous day for the grand opening of the new “Ray Kandola Heritage Pier” in Peachland.  View more photos and the history of this pier here.

The photo opposite shows our Rotary members Wolfgang, Dan, Ray, Chris, Peggy and Chris, proudly standing under the new entrance to the pier.  Well done to all involved.

We Welcomed Two New Members

Our May 9th meeting was a great one. Chris Scowen was the greeter and welcomed all to the meeting.  Today featured the induction of two members to our club: Mario Avendano Morales and Elsie Lemke (our first corporate member).  Also, member John Abernethy was presented with a very special award from the recent District 5060 conference.  See all the photos here.

International Rotary Youth Exchange Students Visit

International Rotary Youth Exchange students  enjoy a dinner  and a night in Peachland during their tour of our Rotary District 5060.  Also, Antonia Bentele from Germany and Reka Csefai from Slovakia , hosted by our President Peggy, enjoyed a walk on the new completed pier during their tour of Peachland.

Green Shirt Day

On Saturday April 6th  Chris B., Ted, Rod, Linda, Peggy, Anne and other Rotary members were on hand at the Peachland IGA for “Green Shirt Day” bringing awareness of the organ donor program to shoppers who passed by.  Many were interested to find out where they could register.  To find out more information on being an organ donor, visit their webpage and hopefully register.

Food Bank Donation

On Thursday, April 5th, President Ray presented a cheque for $1,000 to Judy Bedford of the Peachland Food Bank.  Thanks to all the club members for their dedication to the raising of funds for this very worthwhile cause in our community.

Peachland Pier

Here is a video from a drone of the completed pier courtesy of Mark Weinstein.  A big thank you for sharing this with us.    Click on the arrow to start the video and if you want to see it full screen, click on the box in the lower right corner to enlarge. To view more photos, as well as the latest Peachland View article of February 5th, go to the “Peachland Pier” tab on this website.

Big Welcome To Our New Member

Membership Chair,  Madeleine inducted our newest member Steven to our club at our annual general meeting on January 17th.  Here Wolfgang, as his sponsor, pins Steven with his Rotary pin.  All the members in attendance shook his hand to welcome him to our club.  We also know his previous experience with Rotary  will help in our club’s many fundraising endeavours.

January 1st 2019 Polar Bear Swim

Our first  club event of the 2019 year was to provide hot chocolate at the annual Polar Bear Swim in sunny, but cold, Peachland.  Read more about this event and see lots of photos here.  The photos below show fellow Rotarian and MP Dan Albas just prior to his plunge into the frigid waters! Also Rotarian Shayn Moritz with Dan  after their swim.  Click on image to enlarge to full size.

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

Our President Peggy Southin and Wolfgang Muhs presented a cheque for $8,617 to the KGH Foundation.  This amount was matched 1:1 by a private foundation bringing our contribution to this worthwhile project to $17,324.   As of September 28, 2018 BC Clubs Supporting JoeAnna’s House have received gifts/commitments totaling over $40,000.
Our club’s donation will help with this very vital project.  View photos and information about JoeAnna’s House groundbreaking ceremony 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”


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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