Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2010-2011 Rotary International Theme: Building Communities Bridging Continents
District 5020 Governor 2010-2011: Robert Martin. Assistant Governor: Tav Macpherson
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Program for April 10, 2011 - Reported by Giles Bixler, Photos by Will Carter and Tricia Timmermans

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jim Force announced that the Literacy Round Table was being revisited with other rotary Clubs. Our challenge, amongst ourselves, is to collect 10,000 books for the Times-Colonist book sale. Everyone is encouraged to bring books next week and the week after to our Rotary meeting.

Lorna passed around the sign-up list for silent and live auction items which are to be at the Monterey Centre by May 9th.  She also needs a Rotary work party for May 14th from 9-12 to work on the Rotary Water Park.

San Antonio Playground
Kids at play in the new San Antonio Palopo playground.

House San Antonio
Typical house in San Antonio built on steep hills.

ancianas
Ancianas (elderly women) making sock monkeys.

John Jacq Pablo

Jacqueline and John

Dr. John Snively and Jacqueline Mealing (above) gave a very interesting and informative talk on their recent trip to Lake Atitlan, Solola, Guatemala. Some of the salient points were:

--A mobile dental clinic can serve 6 communities of 33,000 people who are currently without dental services.
--Too much sugar, as a result of North American products in the local diets, has resulted in poor oral hygiene and rampant diabetes.
--John’s first idea was a permanent clinic in San Antonio Palopo but he learned that dental education is the first stepping stone to dental hygiene and services.
--the Nelson Rotary Club funded a $400 dental pack ($4000 value).John at work in San Antonio Palopo
Rotten Teeth
Child's mouth full of bad teeth --- Training young assistant

--people lined up all day to pay about $1.20 for dental services until they realized that these services were being provided to some people for free; then they boycotted the clinic.
--for $10,000 a mobile dental clinic can be created.
--since the 36-Year War ended in 1994, kids are now buying candy. They don’t brush their teeth and they lose them through decay.

Jacqueline spoke to the necessity of educational classes which include dental hygiene, along with nutritional information and family planning. One must focus on the women and children to affect change. Tricia, who is still there helping at the centre and teaching English, is contemplating a new career as a dental assistant!

 New initiatives that Jacqueline has spearheaded include:
--a playground for kids.
--20 stoves in homes (that burn 70% less wood and don’t fill the house with smoke).
--a Social Centre where education as well as fun and socializing can take place.
--providing sandals for the women.
--the elder women making soft monkeys to sell at markets.
--education and literacy for children.

Pablo thanked the speakers (photo left).

Visiting Rotarians And Guests

The Celebrations Master, Ron Cooley, extracted lots of cash this week. He fined last week’s bulletin scribe (hopefully not this week’s!) He also fined Lynne Murray, David Sills, Lorna Curtis, AND President John. We sang Happy Birthday to Hans and Lesley (who contributed $40, a little shy of her actual number of years). We applauded Jack coming through Pacemaker surgery with flying colours! The draw was won by Neil Madsen but, alas, not the lucky white marble.

Leslie
Will somebody help that woman!

kids sewing project
Young girl working on a fabric art project in the Social Centre

John Saachi MaryJohn, his son Saachi Snively, and Mary Canty

Date
Greeter & Grace
Greeter & Introduce Guests
Bulletin Minutes
Host & Introduce Speaker
Thank Speaker
MARCH
12-Apr CARTER CHAMBERS CHAPPLE CURTIS DIEMECKE
19-Apr GIBBS FIRKINS JOHANNKNECHT JORDAN LAMB
26-Apr LIDKEA MADSEN MAXWELL MCLEAN MUTTER
CASH DESK: BANNERMAN ... 50-50: MEALING
CELEBRATIONS MASTER: COOLEY ... ROOM SET-UP/TAKE DOWN: O'COFFEY
PROGRAMS - APRIL (Magazine Month)
April 19 Quarterly Club Assembly
April 26 Richard Leblanc, Woodwyn Farms
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