President David opened the meeting by welcoming D.G. Joan Firkins. He then ruminated on the continuing problem that Rotary has in gaining adequate recognition for all of its endeavours (the “don’t get no respect” syndrome). Perhaps we need to be adopted by one or more celebrities, such as those who provide publicity for the anti-seal hunt movement.
He stopped short, however, of suggesting that we try to enlist Bridgitte Bardot. Mel Gibson, however, while making a movie
in the Gulf state of Veracruz, toured the
destruction there with President Vincente Fox and announced that he would donate $1M via the R.I. Foundation - because he has been impressed by the integrity and efficiency of Rotary. Read the Rotary International report here
. As well, there's the BBC News story here
. (And does it mention Rotary??) The Mexicans
gave Rotary recognition, though. This is a very good endorsement and publicity.
Tom Lidkea played for O Canada and Jim Force said grace.
President David had no one in mind for Rotarian of the Week
and a call for nominations yielded no results. He was cheered by the fact, however, that the numerous volunteers for up-coming events (District Meeting, Waterpark, golf tourney, etc.) would yield plenty of good candidates.
Visiting Rotarians & Guest, introduced by Barry Mutter:
Mailyn Kinsella, Artist; Don Buzzee, Retired; and Don James, Retail - all from Canmore;
Gary Nazar, Calgary S. oil/gas;
Doug Calverly, Victoria, Security;
Dorothy Johnston, Victoria, Web Design.
Joan Peggs was the guest of Rod Sim.
This week's speaker, John Shields, Chairman of the Board of Leadership Victoria, and temporary Acting Director.
See below for more information.
Photo by Jack Petrie
Home Hospitality: Will Carter reminded members to volunteer to take conference attendants out, or home for dinner.
Women of Distinction: Joan is a nominee; we have a good start at getting a table.
Home & Garden Tour: Heather Aked reminded us that the Heritage Group is looking for a volunteer coordinator and volunteers for the event which is August 19.
Sergeant At Arms
Dallas Chapple noted that one should be careful of what one says within earshot of Her Highness, and hence fined John Snively for saying, “What the Hell are you doing?”. She doesn’t know the context. Joan Firkins was fined for having a license plate with MJH on it (taking this slogan too far) and also for absent-mindedly stuffing a desert into her hand bag. Mary Canty was fined for looking so good, as were all members who had not attended a symphony concert this year (thanks to your editor’s pleading, opera was allowed to count). Birthdays for Tav, Leslie & Hans, but none were present, so no singing.
Ron Cooley won the draw but drew black.
Photo of Mary, by Jack
Guest Speaker, JOHN SHIELDS, introduced by Jerry McLean.
John was born and raised in New York and was originally ordained as a priest before taking up social work as his profession. Coming to Canada, he spent his career with B.C. Tel. Now retired, he is Chairman of the Board of Leadership Victoria and temporary Acting Director. He is a resident of Oak Bay. Briefly, Leadership Victoria helps to identify emerging leaders and provide them with training, networking and experience to help them become community leaders. Two major parts are behind-the-scenes look and skills builder based on the servant-leader model This group started with a grant from the McDonnell Family Foundation . The program is designed for working people who meet once a month at various locations, such as City Hall, Emmanuel Synagogue, police stations, etc. Trainees must attend a three-day retreat during their program. Training focuses on diversity of culture, corporate/social responsibility, public safety, and it includes having a volunteer mentor for each individual. Our Ted Harrison is involved with a community action project in which seven different community groups are helping to construct and paint a mural to be unveiled at Government House to mark the 70th anniversary of the Victoria Foundation. This June will see the graduation of the fifth class, totalling 112 over the five years. Many of the previous graduates now hold leadership positions in the community, and in the private and public sectors. This June will see the selection of the 25 candidates for the coming year’s program. They must pay a fee of $2,500, but usually employers or others help out. Most of the yearly budget of $160,000 comes from donations, and John invited help from Rotarians.
The speaker was thanked by John Picken.
Rotary Moment by the District Governor: Joan updated us on the Lilydale Project. Nearly all the $32,000 US has been raised and a matching grant is proceeding through R.I. She thanked us for our recent donation of $2,200 towards PolioPlus. 48 of the 87 clubs in the district participated and raised $41,828. She announced a Run/walk for Polio on Sunday, May 14, following the Conference. Free pancake breakfast & t-shirts.Pres. Dave closed with, “Rotary is in good hands with Mel Gibson and Joan Firkins”.
Top 15 Reasons to Attend the District Conference
15 Home Hospitality to celebrate the Internationality of our District!
14. Friday Night Disco Fever & Dessert Party with Disco Joan!
13. Youth Exchange Flag Ceremony
12. Celebration of Life for Rotarians who have passed on this year
11. District and Club Awards
10. Ambassadorial Scholars
09. Angels for AIDS workshop
08. GSE Presentations - inbound and outbound from South Africa and Northern India
07. Fourteen inspirational presentations!
06. President Carl-Wilhelm's Special Representative - Rosemary Barker Aragon
05. 3KWalk/5K Run for Polio on Sunday morning (Pledge sheet on-line)
04. Mothers Day Pancake Breakfast after the Walk/Run
03. Gala Banquet motivational speaker and entertainer Alvin Law - "There's No Such Word as Can't" - you will be amazed!
02. The Conference is for everyone to have fun, fun, fun - and the District Governor wants YOU there to celebrate all of the clubs accomplishments!