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 29, 2008, reported by Jerry McLean. CLICK HERE for Print Version
Photos by Will Carter
President Jack opened the meeting by noting that Time Magazine had a feature article on Poland as it moves forward, and noted that, as part of the R.I. emphasis on international relations and good will, our exchange student, Ola, is from Poland. With no piano player, O Canada was sung a cappella and Cedric Marsh recited grace.

Visiting Rotarians and Guest introduced by David Maxwell:

Naz Rayani, Saanich, Pharmacy;
Norman Bruce, Saanich, Travel;
Ferdinand Packer, CH-Zugersee, Consulting.

Josephine Bedford was the guest of Mark Bedford.


a. Lori McLeod - gave us the first notice of the Annual Golf Tournament, Friday, August 22, 2008. The key is to get everyone involved in finding hole sponsors at $500.00 a hole. Volunteers are also required for the committee.
b. John Snively - advised that Pablo’s Trio will be playing at UVic on May 17th, 2008.
c. Saanich Rotary- a couple of representatives of Saanich Rotary made an announcement of the World Partnership Walk, Sunday May 25th, 2008. Proceeds going to the Aga Khan Foundation.
d. Heather and Lorna – advised of a social event that has been arranged for Sat. May 24th, 2008 at 5pm at Jack and Brannan Petrie’s place.
e. We also received the heads up on the Home and Garden Tour- more details to come.
f. An announcement was made for the Sunday, June 29th, 2008 Polio Plus 5 K walk with a dinner after at once again the Petrie’s place.

Brian Lamb had a number of fines, including one for your reporter (Editor not sure why) and fines for all those who did not attend the Soul Gospel Choir concert on Saturday (Your Editor and Angele Munro could not as we were attending a very fine opera, Regina). Those who had not seen the Rotary ad in the Times Colonist, page C16, were fined. The ad concerned ending polio world-wide. Brian anounced that the name tags had been rearanged according to the latest membership roster, and anyone found not using the correct slot would be fined next week.
Anniversary cards were given to Jerry & Terry McLean and David & Norma Sills.
Happy/sad $ were received from Brian, whose long lost, and apparently sadly missed, sock had returned. Mark Bedford had as many happy $ as a “poor” man could afford to celebrate his return to good health and two weeks of happily married life. Neil Madsen had happy/sad $, relating that a six inch water main which ran under his driveway had burst on his neighbour’s property. He had had no inkling of its existence. However, no damage was suffered and Oak Bay Public Works did a great job of repair.
Angele Munro won the draw for $15 and drew the white for $87. That would almost cover the cost of her opera ticket.

Guest Speaker, introduced by Lori McLeod was our own Peter Lawrie. He presented a very interesting discussion entitled, “ Journey Through Chaos”.

He advised that normally in a crisis, management and ownership act unilaterally and brutally. He wants the workers (and union) to get involved in the crisis and work collaboratively to help the organization through change. He said that the starting point was to make it public to the organization to declare a big game. “Big promises are often exceeded, small promises are not met”. (People generally do not want to waste time on things that do not matter.) Invite and enrol all members of the organization to help through a medium size project of one to three months. He went on to explain a number of organizational myths, some of which are as follows:

a. that you need a crisis to make change;
b. it takes a long time to make a significant change; (Pete added that if you say it will take a long time it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.)
c. that you must get all the issues and relationships fixed before you can make change; (Pete advised that if you get to the end result you actually change those things that stood in your way.)
d. Pete advised that the saddest of all myths was that if you need to beat the budget, it will turn out.

Pete went on to advise that a bold future is the essence of change. A bold future is really planning backwards. The example used was a topical Rotary example of eliminating polio. Two ways to look at this project are that there will be a significant reduction in polio over 35 years versus the bold statement of eliminating polio by 2012. Going on with specific goals to get to this overall goal what is necessary to do in each year leading up to that - the idea being to set the goal and work backwards.

Pete was thanked roundly by Ross McLaughlin for his speech, which was very inspiring.


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


May 6 Neil Rawnsley, President Elect.
May 13 Crystal Stranaghan: “A World of Stories Project” - literacy fundraising
May 20 ADG David Stocks : Choosing your Club’s Future..
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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