From The Rotary Oak, July 5, 2005
Meeting of June 28, 2005
From Left to Right: Marnie Ainslie who is heading to Japan in 2 months;
Heather Dotie, our returned exchange student from Denmark;
Fie Rasmussen, our 2004-2005 Exchange Student from Kolding, Denmark;
Lea Chambers, Oak Bay Rotarian and friend of Exchange Students par excellence
Program for June 28 reported by Robert Beauvais
President (now Past President) Ron Cooley opened meeting # 1548 by telling
us that Rotary International had recently announced the names of 52 new World Peace Fellows, chosen from many worthy candidates.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests:
Linda Hood, St. Joseph, Missouri (formerly of Oak Bay)
Jim Porter, Calgary South
Liz Ashton, Harbourside.
Marnie Ainslie, Outbound Student, was guest of the Club
Lily Wallace, guest of Ron Cooley
Barry Mutter, guest of Jack Petrie
Hromic, guest of Lea Chambers.
New Member Proposal: Barry Mutter, proposed by Jack Petrie. Barry is an investment advisor with 32 years experience in the industry, and has been a member of Rotary previously for 12 years, with two clubs in Victoria and one in Barrie, Ontario.
This was Ron Cooley's last meeting as President. He did a magnificent job over the past twelve months, leaving the Club in as dynamic a shape as it has ever been. Thank you Ron.
David Sills is updating the 2005/06 roster. Please report any changes to him.
For Sergeant-at-Arms, Ben Andersen, it was also his last day of preying on the most gullible of us. The pot grew to $63.25 which Brian Lamb was not able to take home in spite of his earlier luck.
PROGRAM: Fie Rasmussen, our current inbound Exchange Student from Denmark and Heather Doty, an ex-outbound Exchange Student to Denmark.
For Fie it was her last day with our Club, as she was anxiously waiting for her parents to arrive and take her home. She was very happy at having found in our Club a new family, while she witnessed less fortunate
homeless in our streets. It was for her a very good year, during which time she came to discover herself. She conveyed emotional thanks to all those who helped her during the past year, with particular attention to Lea CHAMBERS who went out of her way to make her stay in Victoria exceptional.
Heather Doty is a very committed young woman who spent one year in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Leaving Victoria in the Summer of 2003, she travelled to her host families in Tusing (Jutland-Denmark) transiting through Copenhagen first for a week’s general briefing.Tusing is a small town of 12,000 but you will not find any Tuborg or Carlsberg beer there as they are very proud supporters of their own local brewery. Besides a winter vacation to Egypt with her host family, Heather was able to travel throughout Europe and had a class trip to England. She has become a great advocate of the Rotary Exchange Program and is encouraging everyone to become Rotary Exchange parents. With Denmark the subject, what better choice to thank Fie and Heather than Ben Andersen, our Dane in residence.
Ron Cooley closed with: Equatorial Guinea is the 168th country to join Rotary.
The Senility Prayer, as submitted by Mark Bedford: God, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to meet the people whom I do like, and the eyesight to tell the difference.
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