Local

In-Progress Projects

Peachland Pier

Our newest community project is a collaborative effort between the Sportsmen’s Association, the Peachland Lions Club and the Peachland Rotary Club.  The pier represents the largest local project ever undertaken by the three service clubs. The Pier will consist of a boardwalk proceeding along Heritage Park.  The installation will allow persons who are mobility challenged to fish from the pier and it will be a general area for the public to enjoy the lakeside.
See more information about the Pier here.

Starfish Pack Backpack Program

The Starfish Pack Backpack Program was 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.  The Starfish Program would not be possible without the helping hands and generous donations from our community!
Our club’s Starfish Pack program began with a relationship with Peachland Elementary School  in the 2017 school year.   Our Rotarians, Jane and Wendy, pick up supplies for 12 backpacks (currently) at Save On Foods ( partner) in West Kelowna and deliver them to Peachland United Church where they are sorted by members of their committee, packed into their blue backpacks and then delivered to the school ready for distribution on Friday afternoon  – a process  repeated each week throughout the school year.  Donations can be made through the Boys & Girls Club – Peachland via  cheques or cash .  Tax receipts are available from the Boys and Girls Club.  Phone  250-767-0256 for more information.
Here are 3 photographs from the start of our program: the first photograph shows Wendy, Jane, Dianne and Ken (latter 2 are Starfish donors)  at the church; the second shows the first of five different menus that each child will receive as the program continues; and the third, the smiling faces of Principal Kevin Auclair and Lia, the school secretary, accepting  the first pack delivery.

On-going and One Time Project Funding

Projects and scholarships that are on-going or have received funds:

  • Peachland Players Theatre – scripts, materials and equipment grant
  • Peachland Boxing Club – support for costs of new equipment
  • Silver Lake Camp – sponsor several youth to attend summer camp
  • Okanagan College Scholarship – support student returning to college
  • Peachland Foodbank – ongoing support of local foodbank
  • Wildfire Relieve Program –  help for the victims of the 2017 Cariboo Wildfire

Completed Projects

Our Club Peachland Working Together with District Rotary Clubs

On October 26, 2018  a fork lift was presented to the Lake Country Food Bank benefiting food banks from Revelstoke to Peachland.      This was made possible with $11,700 paid for by the Rotary Club of Lake Country, with the support from our Peachland club and 10 other District 5060 Rotary clubs, and a grant from the International Rotary Foundation.  Pallets are stacked using an electrically powered fork lift capable of moving and handling loads of up to one metric tonne each.
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. In 2018 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.

Peachland Bat Trail

The Rotary Club of Peachland supported the establishment of a Bat Interpretive Tail along the waterfront and other areas in Peachland.  The trail has 8 stations with interpretive signs that inform the public about the ecology of our resident bat species that were detected in the attic of the 1905 School House.

WIFI Zone for Downtown Area

One more reason to visit Peachland has been launched on Canada Day 2012. Visitors to and residents of Peachland B.C. can enjoy free WiFi access on their mobile phones, laptops and tablet devices following the Design and Implementation by the Rotary Club of Peachland. Free WiFi access has been available since July 1st 2012  providing safe and secure internet access at no cost to users. This WiFi network was designed by a local Rotarian Brian Junnila who has been designing and implementing LAN, WAN and WiFi Networks worldwide for over 20 years. Rotary is partnering with the Peachland Chamber of Commerce and the Peachland Visitors Center, who will be operating the WiFi Zone after the initial roll-out. The 1 Click internet access Rotary Free WiFi zone covers downtown Peachland from Heritage Park 1st St. to 3rd St. along Beach Ave.tri logo (3)

More than just a WiFi hotspot, this zone allows for full mobility without ever losing connectivity throughout downtown Peachland. We believe this WiFi Zone is be the first free WiFi zone in the Okanagan and provides connectivity to all downtown visitors. 84% of all B.C. residents use the internet using 2.8 million laptops and 1.5 handheld devices.  In 2012, 56% of all phones were smart phones with the numbers growing rapidly. This service  provides a real and valuable service to these connected BC residents and visitors.

Outdoor Exercise Stations

The Rotary Club of Peachland in collaboration with the Peachland Lions Club and the District of Peachland will install exercise stations along Harolds’  Walk. The first phase of the project will consist of six stations with a total of 11 pieces of exercise equipment. The focus is on developing balance, strength, and flexibility while the fact that the stations are along a trail will provide cardio-vascular benefits to the users. The equipment has been chosen with special consideration for seniors, even though it can be used by all age groups.

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Children’s Playground in Heritage Park

In collaboration with the municipality, the Rotary Club of Peachland was actively involved in the construction of a children’s playground in Heritage Park. The playground consists of a range of swings, ladders for climbing and slides, all designed and set up to be child-safe.

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 Centennial Clock 2009

In 2009, Peachland celebrated its Centenary of Incorporation and the Rotary Club of Peachland presented the town with a four-faced Town Clock which is located in the centre of town near the Cenotaph. The clock, which receives the accurate time from a satellite, has become a favourite meeting point in downtown Peachland.

Rotary Centennial Pavilion 2005

The Pavilion is the largest project our club has ever undertaken and required major fund-raising activity and considerable hands-on participation by all club members. The Pavilion is a tribute to the Centennial of Rotary and has become a focal point of urban life in Heritage Park. It is the scene of several community events and lately has been the backdrop and stage for Rotary’s Music at the Pavilion concerts which are held on six Sundays during July and August.

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Peachland Mural 1998

The Peachland Mural was the first of a range of projects with the aim of enhancing the downtown Peachland area. The mural was a collaborative effort between a local artist, Robyn Lake, the Rotary Club of Peachland and the local Community Arts Council. The mural depicts a span of Peachland history from before settlers arrived to the present. The Rotary Club of Peachland and members of the Community Arts Council maintain the mural.

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