Help from Castlegar Rotary

Once again the Castlegar Rotarians have come through with a generous donation for Camp Koolaree. At their regular meeting on January 21 this year, club president, Stan Hadikin, officially presented a beautiful set of battery-powered tools to Ray Lundquist and Bill Furey, members of the camp’s board of directors. Bill, a Rotarian himself, was instrumental in getting this gift. He also presented a PowerPoint of Camp Koolaree photos showing the work done over the past couple of years to replace the floor and to install a nice solar power system for the Brick Shed.
The Ridgid 18 volt lithium-ion toolset includes; 7 ¼ in. circular saw, reciprocating saw, impact driver, 2-speed hammer drill, battery charger, two 4 Ah batteries, and a large carrying bag.
Many thanks to the Rotary club as this new equipment should prove very handy around the camp and in the newly renovated solar powered Brick Shed.

Solar Panels

The project was made possible by a 2018 grant from the LeRoi Foundation, along with private donors, and many hours of donated labour, including an electrician, a certified tree faller, and construction professionals!

     From Ray Lundquist:
Saturday, October 12 turned out to be a nice day to complete the work on the solar panel installation and to have CK Bill’s son, Darryl, explore the camp and take notes for a geotechnical report.
 
 
Bill watches as Herman drills a hole in the Q-Deck roofing precisely where the centre support will go.
 
 
Herman and Bill secure a cross brace to the panel support framework.  It is now rock solid.
 
 
Meanwhile, Darryl takes notes on the location of buildings and features around the camp before climbing the mountain above.
 
Darryl scans the steep hillside for boulders and any areas prone to slides.
 
 
 
 
Bill drives the last screw home to secure the panel to the wooden frame.
 
Finished climbing the mountainside, Darryl tries his hand at encasing loose conductors in a split wire loom.
 
Darryl, Bill, and Herman pose behind the completed solar panel installation.
 
 
 
 
As we left, I ran the boat upstream along the shore and then swung around so Darryl could take some photos of the landform behind Camp Koolaree.
 
It was another long day.  I left home at 07:40 a.m. and got back at 6:05 p.m., hungry, and totally bagged!
 
R.L.