Rotary Club of Oak Bay
2007-2008 Rotary International Theme: Rotary Shares
District 5020 Governor 07-08: Norm Watts
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Program for April 1, 2008, reported by Neil Madsen. CLICK HERE for Print Version

IN MEMORIAM - John Leslie Canty
January 5, 1925 - March 28, 2008

Many touching tributes have been paid to our dear friend Les. This brief account will attempt to provide a few details of his accomplishments and contributions over a lifetime that was devoted to service to others. Les was born in Yorkshire but his parents brought him to Canada while still an infant. After graduating with a B.A. from U.B.C. in 1947, he entered the faculty of education and began teaching in the Slocan Valley, becoming a principal there in 1948. Principalships followed in the Bridge River Valley and North Delta. He married his beloved Mary on May 23, 1947, and they have two children, Deidre and Douglas.

In 1964 he began his career with the Ministry of Education and was appointed District Superintendent of Schools for Northern B.C., all 100,000 sq. miles of it. As you heard from Bill Burns, he fought hard to obtain urgently needed resources for that district. He also began his long association with Rotary by becoming a charter member of the Ft. St. John Club in 1964, later moving to the Dawson Creek Club for 1965-67, also serving as a Director. He moved to Victoria in 1967 to continue in the Dept. of Education in several roles, retiring in 1983 as Executive Director of the Deputy Minister’s Dept. Transferring to the Saanich Rotary Club, he was a director there in 1970-71. He was a member of our Club for 1974-78, then of Victoria for 1978-85, and finally of Oak Bay again, from 1985 on, for a total of 44 years. As President Jack said, he was an exemplary Rotarian, alway contributing to projects and helping members. We shall miss him sorely.

Our heart-felt condolances go out to Mary and the family.

With thanks to Vicky Pitt & David Sills (for his 1998 bio).

President Jack started the meeting with a tribute to Les Canty. O Canada was led by Tom and John, and Ted Chambers said grace.
Group Study Exchange Teams: Joe Prentice told us that there will be two groups visiting us in May. The first team is from Mexico, May 15-17, and the second is from Norway, May 18-20. Both teams have five members and we need Rotarians to volunteer billets and ideas for activities as well as participation in the latter.
Palm Tree Sale
- April 19: Irene will ask for volunteers next week.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests introduced by Dallas Chapple:
Bruce Hooker, Saanich, Retired;
Randy Randhawa, St. Albert, AB, Psych. - past service.;
Annie Froese, High River, AB, Active-Artist;
Bill Burns, Royal Oak, Educ. Admin.
Mike Creery, Harbourside;
Luther Haave, Edmonton ---, Broadcasting.
Dave Cockle and Sonya Ruth, Guest Speakers, were guests of the Club.

Brian Lamb fined all who had not done an April 1 joke and also all who had not used a bus in the past year (gas prices just went up to subsidize transit). Foster went ahead of two guests in the buffet line and Jack did not report on his adventures with the PolioPlus bell. Several tables contributed to atone for their ignorance of the latest Rotarian but Neil R. got revenge by fining Brian for not knowing who was on the cover of the preceding Rotarian. Brian must be getting old because who could forget Dolly Parton? Among happy $ were some from Perry for being named to a three year term as a Trustee of Queens University while Joan Firkins had met the new Lt. Governor and invited him to speak to our Club. Finally, Tom Croft won the draw but drew black.

Guest Speaker, introduced by Will Carter.

Dave Cockle is a 21-year veteran of the Oak Bay Fire Dept. and Deputy Chief/Oak Bay Emergency. Sonya Ruth is Social Services Director for the Oak Bay Emergency Program. They came to educate us on the Emergency Preparedness Program.

Dave explained that one of their major roles is to heighten public awareness and educate Oak Bay Citizens. During the day there are 8 police and 7 firemen designated for a possible emergency, as well as 30 Recreation employees and 40 public works employees. However, overnight, this dwnidles to just a handful of police and firemen. This underscores the fact that the first line of response has to be the individual citizen. The professionals such as David and Sonya try to work with all sorts of organizations that could provide useful help in an emergency, including schools, churches, auxilliary coast guard and service clubs, who could provide networking with volunteers. Emergency Centers would have to be set up quickly, employing such buildings as are afforded by recreation centers, churches and schools. However, these should only be used by those who cannot cope in their own homes. More on that later. Dave showed illustrations of the infrastructure their teams have so far acquired. These include an emergency response vehicle, a group lodging trailor and equipment for a communications team who can keep in touch with other centers without being dependent on the usual civilian means (cell phones, phones, etc.). All would work with Search And Rescue. Personal Preparedness must be the foundation for all else as one would wait a long time for any Provincial Emergency Program to kick in (remember the great snow storm of ‘96?). Sonya instructed us on our responsibilities. One should have a plan and have a kit. There should be an evacuation plan in case one has to leave one’s home. There should be food enough for 7 days, and water also (4 litres/day/person x 7). In addition, there should be a source of heat and cooking fire other than the usual furnace and electric stove. One needs a grab-and-go bag which would have a few emergency items, in case one had to evacuate one’s home. These are not yet available but hopefully they eventually will be.

In answer to a question as to how citizens would be able to access food in grocery stores which are now unable to function without electricity for their cash registers, we were told that this is being worked on. In other words, nothing has yet been done. One should always have emergency cash on hand, as that would probably be the only acceptable medium of exchange.
The speakers were thanked by Lorna Curtis, who, of course, would have an imprtant role to play in any major emergency.


Jack Petrie

President Elect:
Neil Rawnsley

Past President:
Tav Macpherson

Victoria Pitt

David Sills

Neil Rawnsley

Public Relations:
Tricia Timmermans

Tav Macpherson

Joan Peggs

Service Projects:
Tom Lidkea
Joe Prentice

Heather Aked

Sergeants @ Arms:
Brian Lamb

Lynne Murray


April 8 Club Assembly: Charitable Status and Promoting Membership
April 15 Deborah Wakeham  "Junior Achievement - Economics of Staying in School"

DUTY ROSTER April 2008

8-Apr Davie Diemecke Edgell Firkins Force
15-Apr Froese Gaudet Granewall Harrison Hogarth
22-Apr Jackson Johannknecht Lawrie MacPherson Lidkea
29-Apr Marsh Maxwell McLean McLeod McLaughlin
April Cashier: RAWNSLEY; 50-50 NAZAR

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