Rotary Club of Oak Bay
2006-2007 Rotary International Theme: Lead the Way
District 5020 Governor 06-07: Erik Frederickson

Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel - 1175 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC, CANADA, V8S 2N2
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Breaking NEWS:
The Annual Rotary Club of Oak Bay and Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation Classic Golf Tournament was held at Cordova Bay Golf Course yesterday (August 25th), and by early accounts was another great success.
Thanks to all who volunteered, played, and donated, to make it all happen.
Eric Grindlay steps out the distance to prove that Tanya Sterling was indeed the winner of the Ladies KP MORE PICS

Program for August 22, 2006, reported by Barry Mutter

President Tav noted that August is Membership Month and in keeping with that theme our guest speaker is the Membership Chair of District 5020, Maureen Fritz-Roberts. Tom Lidkea played for O Canada and Lynne Murray said a special grace.

Visiting Rotarians & Guests, introduced by Angele Munro:
Dale Roberts, Comox, Insurance;
Gary Nazar, Calgary S., Oil/Gas;
Judd Buchanan, Harbourside, R.E. Development;
Pat Elias, Zanzibar, Stonetown, Director/Education;
Jim Dearsly, Plimmerton N.Z., Eng. Standards;
Maureen Fritz-Roberts, Comox;
Bruce Willats, Laguna Beach.
Julie Lemery, Pam Mountjoy (Heritage Foundation - Home and Garden Tour);
Julien Cecco, Marnie Ainslie, and Liz Rodiles (outbound, rebound and inbound exchange students) were guests of the Club;
Christine Wenman was a guest of Heather Aked;

President Tav shares a joke with Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District 5020 Membership Chair.

Health of the Club: Mary Canty reported that Will Carter’s brother is gravely ill in Calgary and Will has joined him there. Our sympathies are with Will at this trying time.

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel will close on Nov. 6, announced President Tav.

At the entrancing Cobble House are President Tav, home owner Gary Collins, and a tour member

The 2006 Oak Bay Home & Garden Tour: Lorna thanked the O.B. Heritage Foundation for their terrific organization. Pamela Mountjoy and Julie Lemery were our guests at lunch. Tricia designed that great booklet, Dallas organized the sponsors who covered all expenses, so tickets sold were clear profit. Finally, Heather did a great deal of administration, including organizing the volunteers. The results exceeded our wildest dreams: 848 tickets sold for a total of approximately $25,000, half of which accrues to our Club. President Tav congratulated all concerned and made 7 bookmark presentations to Heather, Lorna, Tricia, Dallas and to three members of the Heritage Foundation.

Mark Bedford, with his usual Sergeant at Arms aplomb, successfully extracted a full pot of coin from the club. He even sank so low as to pull funds from all members of the club who would admit to possessing Scottish blood in their DNA (sic). I think most of the club have read the book How the Scots invented the Modern World. There were more members, with un-scots like names, paying the piper for the privilege of being connected to a Scot. Bully for Mark. Mark also exercised his constabulary authority and threatened exposure of members who are delinquent with their dues. There is no safe haven with one so dedicated to his role. Lorna and Tricia both contributed happy dollars for the superb effort of Heather and Dallas and all the volunteers that made the Home and Garden show a success. It was a highly successful event in terms of attendance and financial reward. The final numbers will be tallied this week and announced next meeting.

: Angele Munro, who made a donation.

The draw was won by our visiting speaker, but no white marble.


Our club was entertained by a highly motivated Rotarian by the name of Maureen Fritz-Roberts. Doug McDougal introduced Maureen, our district membership chairman, and her husband, Dale. Both are immigrants from Alberta. She strolled to the podium and then in a flash began to speak at such a rapid pace that every head in the room was fixated on her presentation. She condensed a 45 minute speech into a power-packed 25 minute presentation. Who knew membership could be so much fun? Maureen claims that membership is the most important committee of any Rotary club. All clubs can atrophy without a constant effort directed towards replacing members who are lost through attrition. She revealed the Oak Bay Rotary club statistics from 2001 – 2005. It was evident that when there was a conscious effort to increase our membership we were successful. In 02 & 03 our numbers increased. When we as a club are empowered by our leaders to grow, it shall happen. Maureen’s three steps to increase membership are simple:

Find them, Bring them in, and Keep them.

Anybody who has contact with Rotary is a candidate. Either a speaker, a participant in one of our fundraisers, or a guest of a member is a potential member. We are all advocates of Rotary and it is through the enthusiasm of our own membership that others will be attracted to our Rotary family. Maureen suggested we all walk around with a pencil in our mouth to strengthen our smile muscles. The membership as a whole must be energized and committed to growing its numbers. Immediate involvement of new members in club activities will help to retain those who have joined our club. Mentorship is important to retain new members. When a new member joins our club it is imperative that another member help the rookie through the initiation period. Enthusiasm is infectious and necessary to retain new members. By the time Maureen finished we were all exhausted. She provided more imput into the growth of our club than we have had for some time. It is through the commitment of people like Maureen that the future of Rotary is assured.
Don O’Coffey thanked the speaker.

Programs for August
August 29 Club Assembly - in the Snug.
Roster August/September, 2006
Greet/Intro Bulletin Intro Speaker Thank Speaker
29 Picken Pitt Pritchard Rawnsley Phillip
Sep 5
Rogers-Warnock Sills Sims Snively Taylor
Sep 12
Takahashi Timmermans Bedford Whan Tong Aked
August Cashier: R Sim ; 50-50: P Diemecke
September Cashier: D Chapple ; 50-50: H Ockermeuller

President - Tav Macpherson
President Elect - Jack Petrie
Past President - David Maxwell
Secretary - Leslie Rogers-Warnock
Treasurer - Brian Lamb

Service Directors:
Administration - Barry Mutter
Public Relations - Tricia Timmermans
Foundation - David Maxwell
Membership - Jack Petrie
Service Projects - Dallas Chapple
International - Jim Force
Sergeants @ Arms -
Mark Bedford & Ben Andersen
Attendance Chair: Angele Munro

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