Rotary Club of Oak Bay
Service Above Self
2005-2006 Rotary International Theme: Service Above Self

Program for April 18, 2006, reported by Neil Madsen
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Left: Dave Skilling, Communications Co-Ordinator of Pearson College.

Right: Claire Boychur of Ottawa and Mohamed Youssef from Cairo, Egypt, both first year students at Pearson College.

See Program Notes, below.

Photos by Jack Petrie.

President David began by reviewing the comments of the R.I. President on the importance of magazines in spite of the revolution in communication technology that has occured in our time. Tom Lidkea played for O Canada and Jack Petrie said grace.

Rotarian of the Week:
President David remarked that the Club is anxious that we all become sustaining members, but each of us do it in our own way, usually by writing checks. One member, however, chose to present her $125 in coins (fortunately wrapped). So David proceeded to give Irene Davie one coin in exchange for her 1250.


Brian Lamb announced that the Board has approved the membership application of Joan Peggs. Details to be published as soon as your Editor gets them.

Jack Petrie noted that a gala affair will be held at the Conference Centre on May 11 to honor Women of Distinction. Our own Joan Firkins has been nominated and Jack hopes to have a table of 10 to support her. Contact him.

Tom Croft announced that his wife, Jill, has also been nominated (different category) and invited members to his table.

May 9: Joan Firkins will be here to induct Joan Peggs and also to award five Paul Harris Fellowships.

Visiting Rotarians & Guests, introduced by David Philip :

Don Prowse, Grand Bend, Ont., Education;

Bruce Hooker, Saanich, Real Estate

Norm Cook, Saanich Sunrise, Senior Active.

Alejandra Apodaca was the guest of Pablo Diemecke

Mary Prowse was the guest of Don Prowse

Banner Exchange: Don Prowse exchanged a banner from his Club and told us a little about it. Grand Ben is on Lake Huron; this club is very informal compared to ours. Their latest project is a lengthy scenic hiking trail.

Main Street, Grand Bend, and the beach on Lake Huron, Ontario.
(Photos from

Sergeant At Arms

Sergeant-at- Arms Dallas Chapple fined numerous lates and all those who ate chocolate over the week-end - as well as Richard Faryon for spurning our local symphony in favor of New York or London. Your Editor was fined for referring to her as Her Highness, so I apologised for demoting Her Majesty. President David had a happy $ because when in Toronto next week he will attend the Leaside Rotary Club where his father was President 60 years ago.

Nels Granewall won the draw but no white marble was found.

Guest Speaker, introduced by Vicky Pitt

Dave Skilling is the Communications Co-Ordinator of Pearson College. He began with an overview of the College and noted that it mirrors the Rotary philosophy of trying to make the world a better place both at home and abroad. In the case of the College, they enroll students from around the world for two years. During that time, they are expected to perform community service locally, participate in various activities with their fellow students, as well as keep up their academic status in the International Baccalaureate Program.
Pearson College is now 32 years old and had its genesis when Lester Pearson visited
the College of the Atlantic in Wales, the first of its kind. Pearson is now one of 13 similar colleges around the world, but is unique in that all students are on full fellowships. Of 200 students, 50 are Canadian and the others are from 87 countries. They apply in Grade 11 and then undergo a rigorous selection procedure which demands a good but not superstar academic record, in addition to local community service and an international outlook.

David then invited two students, Claire Boychur from Ottawa and Mohamed Youssef from Cairo, Egypt, to come up so he could ask them a few questions. Both are first year students with links to Rotary, Claire’s mother having been an exchange student in the Phillipines and Mohamed having done volunteer work with the Rotary Club of Cairo.

Each student lives with three others in their bedroom, Claire’s roommates coming from Italy, Mongolia and Newfoundland, while Mohamed initially had a hard time coping with his Canadian roommate’s accent. Both participate in activities, Claire going Scuba diving and Mohamed helping the seniors at Metchosin House among other things. With regard to future plans, both students are studying several foreign languages and Claire hopes eventually to enter the field of conflict resolution while Mohamed also wants to pursue an international career. Claire has more immediate plans to visit Ethiopia while Mohamed has an interest in South Africa. There was a lively discussion period during which several members disclosed close connections with Pearson (Nels, on student selection committees for 18 years; and Mark, whose late wife Mair grew up only 2 miles from the college in Wales). The speakers were thanked by George Pritchard, who had visited Cairo 25 years ago and had made up at the Cairo Rotary Club.

New Member Application:

Joan Peggs has been sponsored by Rod Sim and her application has been approved by the Board, with the possible classification of Hospitality. Joan is the owner/operator of the Woodbury Apartments and she states that she is active in community affairs. She has, of course, a long time interest in Rotary as her father, Dean Peggs, was a charter member of this Club and also served a term as District Governor. It is tentatively planned to have her inducted by her friend Joan Firkins on May 9.

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!
01. MJH

Programs for April 25 and May 2
April 25: Tom Croft picture show of France '05 trip.
May 2 : Holly Seale, Rotaract
Roster April 25, and May 2, 2006
Greet/Grace Greet/Intro Bulletin Intro Speaker Thank Speaker




Whan Tong

Cashier: B. Lamb;
50-50: T. Takahashi

Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel
1175 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC, CANADA, V8S 2N2

Directions to Hotel
Our Roots Run Deep


Please Support the
Third Annual
Palm Tree Sale
April 22 at 9.30AM

Brian Lamb has recorded these volunteers:

7:30-10:00 am: Mark Bedford, Don O’Coffey & Tom Croft to pick up trees.

7:45-10:00: Jack Petrie & Dave Maxwell to unload and organize at Municipal Hall.

9:30-11:30: Brian Lamb, Anne Sims, Irene Davie & Barbara Bristol on sales.

For information on the
May 12-14
Hosted at the
Victoria Conference Centre.
Click HERE


Sunday, May 14th
3K/5K Race or
Walk for POLIO



Patty Juno emailed with the following news:
Hi Everyone,
In June, I will be finishing up my three years teaching kindergarten in Korea at the Seoul International School.  I have enjoyed my time here.  But now I am moving on to a new school; in a new city, in a new country on a different continent. 
I am off to Budapest Hungary!  Start at the American International School of Budapest in August.  I am very excited to be going to Eastern Europe!  I will be teaching kindergarten there as well.  Am expecting to be there for a few years.
I hope everyone is doing well  and would love to hear from anyone who might be visiting Budapest. My email is
Take care everyone!
P.S. I'll have to check to see if there are any Rotary clubs there.

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