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 28, 2009, reported by Brian Lamb. CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Neil's quote this week related to the programs that were featured at the District Conference this past weekend. It is from 1985-86 RI President Edward F. Cadman in his address to the 1985 RI convention in Kansas City, Missouri. “Rotarians in one part of the globe can affect lives on the opposite side of the world. We have the desires and capabilities to give help where help is needed...Where there (is)...a starving child... a weeping mother ...Rotary can be there. Where there is a cataracted eye, a crooked limb...a need for medicine, braces, surgery...Rotary can be there. Where there is the sigh of the lonely, the despair of the isolated, Rotary can be there. Rotary is the sanctity of fellowship, the love of brotherhood, the warmth of trust. Rotary is a vision...yet struck in stone. We build not only in concrtete but also in lives and futures.”

O Canada was sung a cappella because Tom Lidkea found the piano to be locked. Lorna Curtis said Grace.

Sergeant-at-Arms:
Mark Bedford
took us through a quiz based on an article in the latest Rotary magazine about Malaria. Through the quiz, each table had to answer 16 questions arising from the article and one table got more than 5 answers correct. You guessed it, everyone else paid a fine. Mark recognized various other members for real and imagined indiscretions but I was too busy studying my quiz to get all the details down.
An Anniversary was celebrated by George & Thea Pritchard. Don O’Coffey was the keeper of Peter Lawrie’s draw ticket but Don failed to pull out the white marble for Peter.

Lorna Curtis spoke to the need for volunteers to come out and work at the Carnarvon Water Park from 9:00 Am-1:00 PM on Saturday May 9. From the names of those that have volunteered and others that volunteered during the meeting, it looks like this work party will be able to proceed.

Guest Speakers:

The GSE Guest Speakers were introduced by Jim Force.

GSE Australia 2009

Our program today was a talk by an RI Group Study Exchange team (see above with President Neil) from District 9780 in Australia. The team leader, Rotarian Jerry Leech, and 4 team members are all foresters who work in the forest industry in Australia. The four team members each took turns telling us about certain aspects of Australia including:
-the Flying Doctor service
-How the government is structured at a national, state, and local level
-Mining has replaced sheep herding as the major industry of the country
-Australia has the longest fence in the world, the Dingo Fence, to keep the dingo out of agricultural areas
-climate change is having an impact on Australia resulting in years of drought, many large fires, and many lakes and rivers drying up
-the Forestry industry plants and harvests both pine trees (from California) and Eucalyptus trees, the former for saw logs and the latter for pulp

Joan Firkins extended the thanks of the club for the informative presentation by the group. She also presented them with our 4-Way Test Mugs, Club Banners, and an account of Rotary District 5020 sponsored reforestation in Zambia. They in turn presented us with banners from their home clubs.

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Pete Lawrie and Tav Macpherson at this past weekend's District 5020 Conference in Bremerton, WA.

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Pete convinces David Stocks to buy one of the new Giving Thanks booklets, which if you haven't already purchased one, are only $10.


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Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Don O'Coffey:


Gord Gummer, Sidney, Law Enforcement;
Jerry Leech, Mt. Gambier Lakes, Team Leader, Forestry Systems Group Study Exchange.
Jane Charles, Shana Read, Tim McDonnell and Andrew Matheson were all part of the GSE Team.

Announcements

President Neil indicated that at the District Conference he attended this past weekend, our Oak Bay Club was one of 11 clubs to receive a District Literacy Award for the work done by the club to help improve literacy. Director Heather Aked and member Giles Bixler accepted the award on behalf of the club from President Neil. Heather’s remarks included reminding us that it is our individual support for activities like our support of literacy that make an award like this possible.

Tav MacPherson reminded everyone about the good things that the Rotary Foundation does and that it is a club goal for us all to be Paul Harris sustaining members (i.e., donate at least US$100 to the Foundation each year). Tav has letters that he is getting out to all club members with more information. President Neil provided Paul Harris pins to Jim Force (PHF +2) and Neil Madsen (PHF +7).

Jim Force announced the first of a series of Monthly make-up meetings with the catchy name of Club in-a-Pub. The idea is to hold monthly short evening meetings to provide an opportunity for make-ups and fellowship. Open to all even if you don’t need a make-up. The first one is at the Penny Farthing on April 30 (won’t everyone be busy doing their tax returns?) from 5:00-6:00 PM. Another to follow in May so watch for it if you need a make up.

 

2009 Programs
May 5
Adriane Schroeder – Prevent Cancer: The Pesticide Connection
May 12
Club Assembly
May 19
Tourism in Victoria – Helen Welch
DUTY ROSTER
Date
GREETER &
SAY GRACE
GREETER /
INTRODUCE GUESTS
BULLETIN
MINUTES
HOST/
INTRODUCE SPEAKER
THANK
SPEAKER
MAY
05-May Hogarth Harrison Edgell Jonannknecht Lawrie
12-May Lidkea MacPherson Maxwell McDougall McLean
19-May McLeod Beauvais Mutter Murray Nazar
26-May Ockermueller O'Coffey Maxwell Philip Pitt
Cash Desk: Chapple; 50-50: Marsh
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