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
Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre ( MAP)
Program for August 24, 2010. Reported by David Maxwell

Banner Exchange

Delia JacobsonDelia Jacobson (above) exchanged a banner from her Morelo club in Mexico with President John, while Pablo provided the commentary in Mexican (oops! Make that Spanish!).


District Governor Bob Martin has asked all of the club’s members to put a value on their service. At each table each member was asked to identify the average number of hours they and their family spend on Rotary volunteer work.

RCMP checks will not have to be for all members but will be required for 3-4 key individuals who are working with youth.

Mary Canty reminded us of Carl Jackson’s memorial at Upland’s Golf Club at 2:00 pm this Friday. Please RSVP to Mary.


Reminder of the lawn bowling social this Friday at Carnarvon Park. Wear whites or really loud Hawaiian shirts.

Reminder of Christmas Concert December 1st, 7:00 pm, with our own Pablo playing. More details to come.

Cowichan Rotary Club hosting a Gordie Howe Hockey is Everywhere fundraiser September 17/18.

Rotary International Convention in New Orleans May 21 to 25, 2011. Jack Petrie is buying gumbo for all.

Disaster Aid Canada fundraising: Report from Perry:

The Pakistan Flood Disaster Appeal has generated enough donations from our club members for THREE “Family Survival Packs” (previously called Shelter Boxes) at $750 each.  At right is a summary of our Club members’ donations. It is worth mentioning that the total does not include sums of money that some club members have privately and anonymously donated for this cause. Those members who still wish to donate for this cause are requested to send their cheques along with their coordinates and e-mail address directly to Don Ohlgren at Disaster Aid Canada:
To take an expression from the Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay, in Mexico:If we all do a little we can do a lot.

Guest Speaker

Leyland - JohnNeil Madsen introduced today’s speaker Leyland Cecco (above doing a banner exchange with president John), former Interact member, former exchange student, and current Ambassadorial Scholar. He is currently finishing his degree at Dalhousie and presented his experiences over the past year in Turkey, a country of 80 million people, 20 million of whom are Kurds. There are 1.2 million students at the University he attended, making it the 2nd largest in the world. Leyland also attended regular Rotary meetings at the all-male club formed in 1977.
With his initial goal to create change he attempted to secure funding and support for the large number of refugees coming to Turkey from Iran, Iraq and Somalia. Support for this idea was difficult to obtain so Leyland re-focussed his energies on bridging the gap between the Kurds and those of Kurdish descent in Turkey who were separated geographically in the East and West of the country. Through his photography, interviews with villagers and positive of stories about both cultures, he was able to procure engagement between both cultures. Upon his leaving there remaining students from each culture visiting one another, causing each to re-examine  age-old distrust. Leyland clearly left his mark as an ambassadorial scholar. He thanked the rotary club very much for giving him this opportunity.

Jim Force thanked Leyland by re-pinning a new Paul Harris Pin. Leyland was invited to attended a Kurdish wedding. When he arrived he discovered that the tradition is that each guest give the bride a piece of jewelry. The only jewelry he had was his Paul Harris Pin, which he then gave to the bride. To hear more stories, especially the one about the Turkish train robbery, come to Club in a Pub Thursday, 5PM at the Penny Farthing.
Leyland - pin

Leyland sporting the replaced Paul Harris Pin.

Pablo finished the meeting leading us at the piano in God Save the Queen.

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Delia Jacobson, Morelo (Mexico) Rotary Club;
Colleen Force, guest of Jim Force;
Leyland Cecco, guest of the Club and today’s speaker.

Disaster Aid Canada Summary:
Individual Donations: $1,517.00
Anonymous donor (club member) $750.00
Club Donors' Grand Total             $2,267.00

The above total, at $750 per “Family Survival Pack”, equates to THREE Survival Packs + change. The Government of Canada has pledged to match all individual donations dollar for dollar which boosts our club’s total to SIX Survival Packs. In addition to the above, the Board has agreed to donate ONE Family Survival Pack from the club’s funds. Thanks to the generosity of our club members, SEVEN Family Survival Packs will be designated from our club for relief in Pakistan.

Perry Bamji delivered his usual ruthless levelling of fines to latecomers, no-sign-ins, the phantom handshaker and pointed out to John Edgell that Mexican is not a language. There were no happy and sad dollars but Hans won $135 in the 50/50 draw by drawing the white marble. (That’s 1620 pesos.)


Click on the Paddle Wheeler above to find out more about what promises to be an exciting convention in May, 2011, and learn about the personalized banner. Joan will be collecting donations from all those willing to support Oak Bay in buying a banner for dispaly at the convention.


31-Aug McLeod McLaughlin Murray Mutter Nazar Petrie Bedford
Cash Desk: Rogers-Warnock; 50-50: Johannknecht
07-Sep Ockermueller O'Coffey Peggs Sims Philip Lamb Jordan
14-Sep Pitt Prentice Rawnsley Pritchard Rogers-Warnock Lamb Jordan
21-Sep Schopper Sills Sim Petrie Snively Lamb Jordan
28-Sep Jordan Taylor Timmermans Toal Wakely Lamb Jordan
Cash Desk: Cooley; 50-50: Nazar
August : Membership and Extension
Aug 31 Social Meeting, no speaker
Sept 07 Tricia Timmermans - ROTAPLAST
Sept 14 Chuck Erickson - Child Malnutrition: The Causes, the Consequences and the Solution
Sept 21 Paul Jonson - NZ has Pizzazz
Sept 28 Committee Brainstorming

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