Summerland Rotary Club examines local projects

Members of the Summerland Rotary Club are considering which community projects to support in the coming year.

Members of the Summerland Rotary Club are considering which community projects to support in the coming year.

Roch Fortin, a member of the club, said there are four projects which are being considered.

“These are local initiatives which benefit Summerlanders,” he said.

One of these is trail improvement work on Giant’s Head Mountain.

At present, there is a narrow paved road to a parking area near the summit. From there to the top, there is a dirt trail.

Fortin said those who have mobility problems are unable to get to the top of the mountain.

He added that the unofficial trails in the system have been damaging the mountain.

“It’s a shame Giant’s Head has been left in the condition it is,” he said.

An upgrade project for Memorial Park is also under consideration.

The project was first suggested in 2004. It would include a walking path at the perimeter of the park, a picnic area and a space for music and entertainment.

A third project is support for the Summerland Food Bank and the resource centre.

The fourth project is improvement work at the Adams Bird Sanctuary.

Fortin said the club is always open to suggestions from the public for other community projects.

Once the Summerland club determines which project or projects to support, an application for grant funding can be made to Rotary International.

Smaller items, such as a recent $12,000 contribution to Agur Lake Camp, come directly from the Summerland Rotary Club’s accounts and do not require a grant application to Rotary International.

In addition to the Summerland projects, the Rotary Club also funds international aid projects.