Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2010-2011 Rotary International Theme: Building Communities Bridging Continents
District 5020 Governor 2010-2011: Robert Martin. Assistant Governor: Tav Macpherson
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Program for August 3, 2010. Reported by Tom Lidkea

President John announced that it is Membership Month, so we all should be sure to be (did you mean "bring" Tom?) members ... (and recruit, recruit!).

After a rousing rendition of O Canada, accompanied by mediocre singing (editorial comments by the accompianist), Ron Beyer said grace ... and we filled our plates.

ANNOUNCEMENTSPresident John had the Board of Directors stand up so we could all see who they are again; he then asked Perry Bamji to talk about how we can help with shelter boxes in an effort to bring some relief to Pakistan in the wake of the recent flooding disaster. 

Peter Lawrie announced a meeting of the Community Services Committee following the meeting.

President John relayed that Shelley hopes to return to the club in September when school starts, as she has family commitments presently. He also announced an event to be held at Carol's former club, the South Cowichan Rotary Club, to wit: a Car Show and Trunk Sale, which will happen on August 8 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Brentwood College. Finally, our prez announced a brainstorming session to be held at our regular club meeting on August 24.  The advance notice is so that we will remember to bring brains.


Joan's Ribfest hat

Joan Peggs' happy dollar and cowboy hat were for a Mississauga Rotary Club ribfest that she enjoyed (Joan talked almost as long as her dad Deans Peggs used to – it took me back).  Lori McLeod was happy to have gotten rid of her 16-year old son at a Y camp, but sad about her husband (I missed why, but my wife often feels the same).  Tav was happy that he had won a $1,000 set of golf clubs in a raffle.  Jack himself was happy to be borrowing a canoe from Wyn Taylor, and Heather's son, Alex, was just happy to be here.


John and John

The two Johns - posing for a mugshot.

Mary Canty introduced club member, John Jordan, who was our speaker.  John was originally from Michigan, but arrived in Oak Bay from California about six years ago.  He will be getting his Canadian citizenship this week.  His checkered past includes a background in organization development consulting, therapy, and a Master’s degree in theology that once made the priesthood seem like a good idea.

John gave an inspirational talk on the work he has been doing for the past two years in Rwanda with a group of widows and orphans.  He has made two trips to Rwanda, and keeps in frequent touch with people there through emails and Skype.  Accomplishments have included:

·        Rehabilitation of some 50 houses;
·        Health care for 384 people;
·        Sending orphans to secondary school; and
·        Promoting beekeeping and the raising of rabbits by building hutches.

John told us that in his experience, as he illustrated through several anecdotes, the type of work he was doing required:

·        Determination;
·        Humility;
·        Compassion;
·        A vision of sustainability;
·        Knowledge and skill; and
·       The ability to work within the system (to ask permission)

John and his wife began by paying many of the costs of this program; he has also received donations from friends and relatives.

Ted thanks John

Ted Chambers (above) thanked John for his excellent talk. The meeting closed with a bravura piano performance of God Save the Queen, again accompanied by modest vocal interpretations.

CLUB in a PUB: We had ten Club members and one guest (Don O'Coffey's wife Betty) in attendance last Thursday night. Heather got a ride from work to the Pub and took the bus home - now that's commitment! A great time was had by all.

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Visiting Rotarians And Guests

Giles introduced our visiting guests.  There were only two: Heather Aked’s delightful son, Alex, and Fie Klinge, our 2004–2005 exchange student from Denmark.

CELEBRATIONS: In a manner most Celebratory and Masterful, Jack Petrie (the Artist Formerly Known as Sergeant@Arms) discussed newspaper ads from England, including one for “Free Puppies – ½ cocker spaniel and ½ sneaky neighbour’s dog”, and another: “Washer/Dryer for sale – joining nudist colony”.  There was another one, but I couldn’t write fast enough.  Jack proceeded to fine Dave Maxwell for being in the Oak Bay newspaper in a block party (cell block?), Corey for something, and Vicky (below) for her matching zebra shoes and handbag from Las Vegas, which she graciously modeled for the awed assembly.


Dallas contributed a happy dollar for her joy at her father’s recognition by the Glen Miller orchestra (apparently her dad looks just like Dal Richards). The draw was won by ticket no. 5082, which was owned by John Jordan, who failed to draw the white marble.


10-Aug Cooley Macpherson Curtis Diemecke Firkins Petrie Bedford
17-Aug Force Hayes Lidkea Lamb Johannknecht Petrie Bedford
24-Aug Laurie Chapple Maxwell Madsen McLean Petrie Bedford
31-Aug McLeod McLaughlin Murray Mutter Nazar Petrie Jordan
Cash Desk: Rogers-Warnock; 50-50: Johannknecht
August : Membership and Extension
Aug 10 Jim Force – Strengths and Weaknesses
Aug 17 Haida Bolton – Camp Uganda
Aug 24 Committee Brainstorming
Aug 31 Social Meeting, no speaker

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