Rotary Club of Oak Bay
2007-2008 Rotary International Theme: Rotary Shares
District 5020 Governor 07-08: Norm Watts
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Program for April 22, 2008, reported by Neil Madsen. CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Jack welcomed our guests, especially the exchange students from abroad and the two ladies who are about to be inducted into our Club. Tom Lidkea played for O Canada and Carl Jackson said grace.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests introduced by Peter Johannknecht:

Ross White, Nanaimo, Past Dist. Gov. and Guest Speaker.

Exchange Students Livia from Slovakia, Prerna from India, and Ola from Poland were guests of the Club.
Al Lubkowski was the guest of Joe Prentice;
Bonnie Sayers was a gues of John Snively;
and Sarah Murphy of Ted Harrrison.


Heather Aked and Lorna Curtis announced a social event to be held on Saturday May 24: a BBQ at Jack’s Place. Sounds like fun!

President Jack gave a PowePoint Presentation of Club Activities:
1. Literacy Project: presentation of dictionaries to all grade three students at George Jay School by Jack and Giles. Pictures proved the students’ enthusiasm.
2. Palm Tree Sale on Saturday, April 19: chilly but a complete success and all items sold out.
3. Sat. April 26: Soul Gospel Choir concert is a benefit for youth programs and is sold out, all 800 tickets @ $20.
4. District Conference at Parksville, May 30 - June 1. Attendees are urged to car pool. The Club will provide some subsidy.

Induction of New Members:

Membership Chair, Joan Peggs, introduced the new members and their sponsors:
Sarah Murphy, sponsored by Ted Harrison. Ted stated that she is an angel and during his late wife’s illness she gave her and Ted moral and physical support. Sarah runs a very good restaurant; Sol Food, 2869 Jutland Road.

Bonnie Sayers, sponsored by John Snively. John mentioned that she comes from the Okanagan and came to our meeting by mistake, looking for a community service organization,
whereupon John pursuaded her to join this one. She has many years of dedicated service to organizations such as the CNIB, Hospitals, and Garden Tours.

Warmest Welcome from all members!

Brian Lamb, in very good form, fined an elite table (they had a table cloth); Vicky for presenting her foundation talk without using lawyerese, Dallas for having an open house over a Tuesday noon hour, and all those who came alone in a car or did not appear at the palm tree sale. Finally, Barbara paid $2 to get a lone glove back.
Birthday cards were given out to Ted Harrison (Coals to New Castle) and Will Carter. Bob and Marie-Cecile have celebrated an anniversary. Ted Harrison won the draw ($17) but drew black.

Guest Speaker, introduced by Tav MacPherson:
Ross White, from Nanaimo (1987) was president of his club in 1997 and District Governor in 2002/03. He is a retired Educational Administrator and Tav gave some of his achievements
in that career. He has taken a great interest in helping to improve education in parts of Africa, and that was the subject of his address to us.

An African Adventure, an illustrated talk by Ross White.
In September, Ross and his wife went to South Africa for a vacation. Leaving his wife there, he went to Sunyani, a very poor city in Ghana. The latter, population 23 M, is a poor but politically stable country. He went first to visit the Kumasi-East Rotary Club to help them sponsor a provisional Rotary club in Sunyani, so that his Nanimo club could partner with them on educational projects.
Sunyani Muicipal Primary School - Grades 1-7

Ross showed us pictures of this school, where a food program had been launched earlier providing a noon meal, often the only meal of the day for some children. Ross found no wash rooms and the latrines were locked up so the children had to relieve themselves outside. Ross demanded that the local people clean up this situation before Rotary could start its help. This was done. On review of the school, many needs were identified, such as books, new blackboards and clean water. This was the basis of formulating a matching grant, now in the works. Korkors Medical Centre was a bright spot in Sunyani, with a Mr. Korkors providing shelter and food in clean conditions for the orphans of Aids. The District Hospital was also modern and capable. Another interesting development was the micro-financing of widows and abandoned women to enable them to undertake the making of soap and other money--generating ventures. Ross concluded by providing a list of projects needing help including the sponsorship of children.

Malawi: Ross showed pictures of wells sponsored by several agencies, including Rotary. He then delivered a dissertation on latrines, the various models and how the best ones are environmentally sound.
The speaker was thanked by Jim Force.

Carnarvon Water Park: Lorna Curtis introduced the Honourable Ida Chong, Minister of Municipal Services. She presented the Club with a check for $10,000, representing the Provincial share of the cost of refurbishing that park. Other contributors were Oak Bay District and our Club. She also presented a plaque commemorating the project.

Exchange Students: Ola introduced her two fellow exchange students, Prerna from India and Livia from Slovakia. Livia presented us with a banner from her sponsoring Club, Bansky Bystrica in District 2240. President Jack, in exchange, gave her one of ours.


Jack Petrie

President Elect:
Neil Rawnsley

Past President:
Tav Macpherson

Victoria Pitt

David Sills

Neil Rawnsley

Public Relations:
Tricia Timmermans

Tav Macpherson

Joan Peggs

Service Projects:
Tom Lidkea
Joe Prentice

Heather Aked

Sergeants @ Arms:
Brian Lamb

Lynne Murray


April 29 Peter Lawrie, Vocational Talk
April Cashier: RAWNSLEY; 50-50 NAZAR
29-Apr Marsh Maxwell McLean McLeod McLaughlin
6-May Munro Murray Mutter Nazar O'Coffey
13-May Ockermueller Smith Peggs Picken Philip
20-May Pitt Prentice Pritchard Rawnsley Schopper
27-May Sills Sim Sims Snively Taylor
Tav Macpherson - Macpherson Bradford Group Ltd. Chartered Financial Consultant Life Plan Victoria BC Jim Force Free-lance Educator Ted Harrison Gallery - serigraphs posters porcelain calendars art cards books mugs plates victoria bc David Philip, D.D.S. John Picken - Lifestyles Travel Plus travel agency victoria bc Ted Harrison Gallery Joan Peggs - The Woodbury - furnished short term rental accommodation victoria bc Jack Petrie - Newport Realty - Victoria BC Houses for sale Angele Munro - Remax Realty - houses for sale victoria bc Tom Croft Royal LePage real estate houses for sale Victoria BC Rod Sim Inc. Chartered Accountant - Certified Financial Planner - Victoria BC Tav Macpherson - Macpherson Bradford Group Ltd. Chartered Financial Consultant Life Plan Victoria BC Victoria Pitt - Salmond Ashurst Family Law Mediator Barristor Solicitor Notary Public - Victoria BC John Snively - USANA Health Sciences nutritional supplements weight management skin care victoria bc Jim Force Free-lance Educator Dr. David Philip DDS Dentistry Dr. David Philip DDS Dentistry Dr. David Philip DDS Dentistry Dr. David Philip DDS Dentistry David Philip DDS Dentistry
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