Peachland Rotary

Here’s the latest news from the Rotary:

Local Rotarians are at it again, finding a way to raise money for a worthy cause. They’re holding a raffle, and for three lucky winners, the Dec. 19 draw date is right in time to have a great Christmas! First prize is an $800 gift card to the local IGA, Second prize is a handmade quilt and Third prize is a $200 IGA card. Tickets are only $5, and with only 1,300 printed, your odds are pretty good!

All proceeds go to the Okanagan College Foundation – where many locals can benefit.

Want to buy a ticket or two? They’re available at the local IGA, by calling (250) 767-6689, or emailing Peter at And of course, you can always ask your friendly local Rotarian!







Remembrance Day, 2020:

It was a project they had started in February, and on Nov. 4, Rotarians, along with the Peachland Legion, the Mayor and other local

The Nov. 4 ceremony at Peachland’s cenotaph.

politicians stood in front of 21 carefully-arranged crosses and paid their respects to the young Peachlanders who never came home from war.

“It’s emotional,” said Mayor Cindy Fortin.

“These 21 young men are real people – even younger than my own children now.”

The Field of Crosses project is similar to ones in Kelowna and Calgary, says the Peachland Rotary’s Chris Southin. From researching each one of the Peachlanders killed in action during WW1 and WW2, to ordering the crosses and carefully measuring them out and placing them the day before the ceremony, the group is grateful it all came together in a public display leading up to Nov. 11.

“In this year of COVID, when our ability to have large gatherings of Remembrance is limited, this Field of Crosses is an appropriate way to honour those from Peachland who did not return,” he says.

Peachlanders are welcome to take a moment and walk the pathway leading up to the cenotaph downtown.

Here are their names:

Sgt. Harold Birkett

Pte. Frank Chapman

Corporal William Dryden

Pte. Ernest McKay

Pte. John Morrison

Pte. Charles Needham

Pte. George Neeham

Pte. Norman Pope

Lance Cpl. Alex Seaton

Pte. Archie Seaton

Pte. Emmett Shaw

Pte. Charles Sutherland

Pte. Arthur Theobald

Pte. Herbert Vivian

Private Royal Edwin Bartee

Warrant Officer 2 Raymond Hathaway Wilson

Flying Officer Frederick Henry Mills

Flying Officer George Robert Pringle



The Rotary’s pumpkin patch Oct 17 was a success! Money raised went to the Starfish program, which helps local families in need.

By Chris Southin, Rotary Club of Peachland

We just held a distanced and sanitized Pumpkin Patch event trying to boost spirits in a friendly way for all the young spooks and hobgoblins in the area. Halloween is almost here!  (We will try that again next year!) We are also donating proceeds from our next fundraiser – a raffle – to the Health Sciences project at the College, purchasing a gurney and hopefully other essential equipment. Stay tuned!

I can’t believe that it’s Polio month again, with October 24 World Polio Day, almost here.  The Club will be out on Friday the 23rd morning with their placards and bells!

Why do Rotarians all over the world make such a big thing out of polio?  Because it IS a huge thing.  Like COVID 19, polio is a virus for which the only real cure is its extermination.  Since 1985, Rotary, the World Health Organization and a host of other agencies as well as philanthropists like Bill Gates have been working together funding the “on the ground” fight against polio. Rotarians give from their own pockets voluntarily.

No, I’m not looking for donations: that’s up to the individual. Polio is a devastating disease which kills or leaves survivors with devastating disabilities. Your compassion is what drives your giving.

Fighting disease in the form of polio has been Rotary’s main focus for years. Now they’re funding the necessary follow-up to keep countries polio free, and helping health authorities communicate lifesaving information about COVID-19, donating protective gear and equipment to clinics and hospitals: a new battle.

You may have read recently that sewage is being tested for COVID 19 antibodies in order to identify community hotspots.  This is a strategy taken directly from the protocols developed to protect against the recurrence of Polio in the Third World. The techniques developed to deal with mass immunization and follow-up in fighting polio are already being adapted to deal with COVID.  We are not re-inventing the wheel!

Learn more at:

Meanwhile, here in Peachland, despite having had to cancel our Murder Mystery evening(s) and our Sip ‘n Savour fundraising events along with the Concerts in the Park and the Seniors Bus Ride we have donated to the food bank, supported local businesses and continued to fund and organize the local Starfish program (for more on that, scroll further down.)

This year The Rotary Club of Peachland were again awarded a Shelterbox Bronze Award for donations from the community and from members. We provided support again to the Cops For Kids Ride, in which Peachland is always represented by our own, always giving, pharmacist, Garnet Lloyd, who rides every year.

Finally, Africa was officially declared a polio-free continent, just last month!  Afghanistan and Pakistan remain!  Won’t it be wonderful when we can declare the world both Polio and COVID free!


Here’s some more info on the Starfish Program, from September..

Peachland Rotarians are also gearing up for Back to School – and they need our help, so they can fill backpacks full of nutritious food for local families.

This is the third year for the Rotary’s Starfish Pack program at Peachland Elementary. The Rotary relies on financial donations, so groceries can be purchased for a family to have over the weekend. Each Friday, the backpacks are sent home with students, who bring it back on Monday to be filled again.

Program Coordinator Jane Tench says this year’s challenge is there’s more families to feed, and likely, less money coming in from

Starfish backpacks are distributed on Fridays at Peachland Elementary School. Non-perishables, fruit and fresh bread are some of the things inside…

local groups and businesses who normally donate.

“There’s very much a need in Peachland, there really is,” she says, noting it’s really all walks of life and types of families, from single moms, to people who have never been in this position before.

So, what can you do? While the yearly cost to provide food for one child is $525, Tench says any amount of money is welcome. Tax receipts are available, and this year, the Peachland Food Bank is helping out with the administrative end of things. Cheques can be made out to the Peachland Food Bank (with a notation that it’s for the Starfish Backpack Program).

Tench says in addition to SaveOn Foods in Westbank, Cobbs has also been a great supporter, with their donations of fresh-baked bread, muffins and buns.

She adds although program participants are anonymous, she knows the Rotary’s efforts are appreciated.

“I was in the grocery store one day and a little boy about this high with his mom says ‘hey mom, theres’ the lady who brings the good bread!’ I didn’t know who he was, but obviously he knew me, and it made my day.”

Here’s what a couple other families had to say:

“This backpack has been very helpful at tough times. I really appreciated having the fresh fruit for my child. If my house is running low I always look forward to it. Thank you as well for the gift card at Christmas. Sometimes something like that can mean everything. Thank you for caring. You are amazing, thank you!

“I would like to thank you for providing the Starfish backpacks for my children. It helps top us up every week, as we can only go to the food bank once a month. Everything is great…we are very thankful.”

If you want to donate to the Starfish program, drop off a cheque at Peachland Pharmacy, or you can mail it. Here’s their address:

Peachland Pharmacy

5848A Beach Ave, Peachland BC

V0H 1X7


Peachland Rotary members recently presented their annual $1,000 donation to Cops for Kids.

We’ve been supporting them since 2001 and in 2015 we made a commitment that we would support them with $1,000 every year,” says Chris Boyle, Peachland Rotary’s director of public image.

Cops for Kids is an RCMP charity that raises money for kids facing crisis / medical need. Their big event is in September, and it’s changed a bit because of COVID. Instead of a 30-member team pedalling across the region, a few local riders will be designated to complete one leg on behalf of the rest of the team. The remaining team members will continue to pedal 100 km each day at home. You can join the ride virtually while making a donation to the cause.


The Wellness Centre would like to thank the Peachland Rotary for their generous donation of an automated external defibrillator (AED) which will now be kept on-site. Pictured here is Christina MacMaster, PWC Executive Coordinator holding the new device and Peggy Southin, past President of the Rotary Club of Peachland presenting a cheque for the AED, in the amount of $1,800.



About the Peachland Rotary:

Rotary is a 115 year-old international service organization with approximately 35,000 clubs worldwide. Its motto is Service Above Self. Known as the little club that gets things done, the Peachland Rotary club was established in 1997.

Peachland Rotarians are behind several landmarks in town. There’s the familiar pavilion at Heritage Park, presented to the District of Peachland in 2005 to commemorate the centennial of Rotary International. There’s also the Rotary Clock, which was a centennial contribution to Peachland back in 2009. Ten years later, the Rotary club joined forces with the Peachland Lions and Peachland Sportsmen’s Association to provide initial funding for the Ray Kandola Heritage Pier. Local Rotarians are also behind the playground at Heritage Park, as well as the mural across the street depicting the Peachland of long ago.

You’ll also find Rotary volunteers at many Peachland events, from their annual Sip & Savour wine tasting event, to the Concert in the

Park series, the Polar Bear Swim, Christmas Light Up, Canada Day festivities and more. They’ve also contributed funds towards many local initiatives, including Peachland Elementary’s playground project, as well as the Starfish Pack Program for local kids. Internationally, the Rotary focuses on fundraising for polio eradication, Shelter Boxes, and supporting education and health in developing countries.

Check out their website and Facebook page!


See March 13 story COVID-19 concern cancels Peachland wine festival

Written by Kristen Friesen

February 27, 2020

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