Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2008-2009 Rotary International Theme: Make Dreams Real
District 5020 Governor 08-09: Brian Beagle Assistant Governor: David Stocks
Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre ( MAP)

Program for April 14, 2009, reported by Ron Beyer. CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Neil's quote was from 1983-84 RI President William E. Skelton of Christiansburg- Blacksburg, Virginia. His Rotary Vision was that Rotarians worldwide “Share Rotary - Serve People”. Speaking to the 1983 RI Convention in Toronto, he said: “Our greatest the club and international level, lies in the work that Rotarian volunteers put into programs... . Dedicated, dynamic volunteers are the mainspring of Rotary’s strength and contiued growth.”

O Canada was sung a cappella. Grace was recited by Ross Mc Lauglin: by unknown author, but a Rotarian might say: I slept and dreamt that life was joy, I awoke and saw that life was service, I acted, and, behold, Service was joy. Let us try to give peace of mind to those in need, And be thankful to be in a position to do so, May we ourselves be strengthened by the benefits of yesterday’s rain, may we walk straight in tomorrow’s wind, and cherish each moment of today’s sunshine. Bless the good friendship and the meal that enters our lives here today. Amen.

Mark Bedford
executed his duties of keeping us all in line, imposing fines with his usual sharp wit. Rod Sim was fined for not only being late but also leaving early! Perry Bamji was fined for looking like a Formula 1 race car driver with the sun glasses he was wearing during the meeting (that, or as Stevie Wonder, as some members suggested!). All Edmontonians had to pay a sad $ for Martin’s loss to Scotland.
Birthdays: Wynn, February 23; Will, April 8.

New Member Shelley Best seen below with President Neil
and Proposer, Jack Petrie.
Today's photos today by Neil Rawnsley.

Shelley Best

Guest Speaker, introduced by Giles Bixler, was our own Tom Croft.

Presenter, Tom Croft, seen below, showed us his pictures of a recent trip that he and his wife Jill took last summer to Newfoundland and Labrador. Their trip included a twelve day bus tour of Newfoundland.

Tom Croft

Notable points of interest included:

o Corner Brook and the beautiful surrounding scenery
o Port au Choix, known as the “fishing capital” of western Newfoundland, and rich in history
o Red Bay where the several hundred-year-old relic of a Basque whaling ship was discovered in the strait of Belle Isle
o L’Anse Amour – location of the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada. Tom noted that it is now an automated lighthouse. Interesting picture of the flags formally used to advise the fishermen of the anticipated weather as they set out to fish
o L’Anse au Meadows – National Historic site of a former winter colony of Eric the Red over 1000 years ago. The picture showed the restoration of the original peat foundations of the buildings at the site. This colony was occupied for 3 winters
o Gros Morne National Park – renowned for its complex geology, is the site where the theory of plate tectonics was proven (Newfoundland is the site of the convergence of four different tectonic plates)
o Photos of various St. John’s landmarks.


There was a wonderful rendition of “God Save the Queen” (in light of the fact we did not have our regular pianist in attendance).

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Mark Bedford:

Shelly Best was the guest of Jack Petrie.


Congrats to Tav for his appointment as Assistant District Governor.

New member introduction of Shelly Best. Jack Petrie, as the proposer, introduced Shelly to the membership. Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Shelly was raised in Victoria, and moved with her husband to Shawnigan Lake. She purchased the Lifestyles travel agency from John Picken. Both Jack and John encouraged Shelly to join our club. Neil Rawlings read the introduction/inauguration of the new member, and Jack performed to the duty of pinning the Rotary pin on Shelly.

Our next big fund raiser, The Oak Bay Home and Garden Tour 2009, is scheduled for August 16th. Lorna Curtis chairs the committee. An organizing meeting is scheduled for this Thursday. To date, five houses and 1 garden will be part of the tour.

There is a meeting this upcoming Monday for the club directors at Windsor Park

Happy and Sad Dollars:
Tav had twenty happy dollars for the Rotary Executive for nominating him as the new Assistant Director and successfully supporting him. Joan Peggs had happy dollars for Rod Sim for dog sitting while she had lunch (at the Penny Farthing). Rod, of course, said it was his pleasure and that the dogs helped him with completing tax returns while they were with him. John Edgell won $13.50 in today’s 50/50 draw however drew a black marble. There are now only three black marbles remaining! The excitement continues to build...


2009 Programs
April 21 - Literacy is the key to Peace - Rachel Williams
April 28 - GSE - Australia
21-Apr Carter Cooley Chambers Chapple Croft
28-Apr Curtis O'Coffey Lamb Force Firkins

Cash Desk: Snively; 50-50: Diemecke


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