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 December 9, 2008, reported by David Maxwell. Photos Tricia T and Neil R. CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Neil’s Rotary Quote was from our current RI President, D.K. Lee: “Rotary was founded on a business networking tool, and service came after that. Service is now our primary focus”. Service: “The greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more,” said Dr. Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine. “The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose”, Mahatma Gandhi.

Tom Lidkea played for O Canada and Pete Lawrie said grace.

Sergeant at Arms

Tom Croft
did his usual great job of extracting money from the masses. As this was one of the last meetings of the year Tom made sure we were all fined! An Anniversary Card was presented to Tsuyyoshi Takahashi for him and Noriko. David Sills won the draw. but drew a black marble.

Paul Harris Fellow

Lynne Murray was presented her PHF plus 7!! Always a great contributor to the Foundation, she received hearty congratulations.

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Tom Lidkea:

Don McKimmie, Downtown, Accountant;
Colin Smith, Royal City, Survivor;
Bill Burns, Royal Oak, Education Admin., Retired;
Evelyn Stewart, Royal Oak, accompanying guest speaker.
Sharron Gillean-Shalinsky, BCF, was our guest speaker and a guest of the Club;
Gerry Lundgren was a guest of Don McKimmie;
Sharon Glynn was a guest of John Snively.

Guest Speaker

Sharon Gillean-Shalinsky
Guest Speaker, Sharon Gillean-Shalinsky

Our Guest speaker was introduced by Tav Macpherson:

From the Broadmead Care Foundation, Evelyn Stewart, and Sharron Gillean-Shalinsky, who is the Chair of the Board of the Broadmead Care Foundation.
The Foundation is operated by the BM care society. Notes from Sharon's presentation:
1. Started in 1995.
2. 225 veterans and seniors in the lodge (65% vets).
3. 160 veterans visit the health centre each week for leisure, care, bathing, meals.
4. Some VIHA funding is given but not enough to do what is needed.
5. 64% of the resident are male.
6. 164 on the waiting list.
7. 70% cognitive impairment.
8. 23% walk independently.
9. 40% need lifts.
10. 66% need feeding help.
Current needs of the Lodge are: more front line care staff, renovations to the dining room, and more staff training. The other big need is for renovations to 3 kitchens which cost $250k each.

To date 300k has been raised but they need more $$. Much of this renovation is necessitated by an increasing proportion of dementia among the aging population, most of whom are now over 85. Large, noisy, open spaces, such as the present dining room and lounges, bother the residents, as do bright colors. Hence the move to provide several small, quiet dining rooms with individual kitchens to cater to the diversified needs of these elderly patients. Current fundraising initiatives are the Annual Gala, April 25 Golf Tournament and the speaker series. All these events acquire both volunteers and $$. The current request from Sharron is for us to volunteer on committees, volunteer in the lodge, support events, and support with $$. We are welcome to tour the lodge or have a Rotary meeting there.
Doug McDougall thanked the speaker.

Below and at right are some of this year's Salvation Army Bellringers: Rod and Giles (below) and Jack and Laurie (right).

Rod and Giles


No Meeting on Dec. 16. Instead, all convivial Rotarians and guests should convene at the University Club at 6:30PM for the annual Christmas Dinner and Party. Dinner is at 7:15 and we are promised a spectacular entertainment at 8:00. Pay your $47 per person at the door. Checks are to be made out to The Rotary Club of Oak Bay.

President Neil announced the opportunity for volunteers to join the selections committee for the Victoria Leadership awards which Rotary helps to sponsor.

We were reminded to sign up for the kettle again this year. Lots of 1-hour shifts available. Your Editor would particularly like some company on Sat. Dec. 20 at 2:00PM, as would Tom Lidkea for the following hour, 3:00 pm. Thanks to Rod Sim for organizing.

Jim Force mentioned there were still a few items missing for the Kids Kits. Packing will commence in the new year and he will be looking for some help.

Tom Lidkea announced the Scotch tasting on Jan 16th at the Oak Bay Rec centre. Limited to 45 people. Dave Maxwell has already sold 11 to his drunken friends. Get your tickets early. $90 includes presentation by a knowledgeable and amusing guru, tasting, and buffet dinner!!

Laurie and Jack bellringing


Rotary Wheel

December Programs

Dec 16

Christmas Party


Dec 23

Christmas concert - VIVA choir


Dec 30

No Meeting


January Programs
Jan 06 Tricia Timmermans: Rotaplast, Cebu, Philippines  

Jan 13

Joy Weismiller


Jan 20

Mary Coward – Microcredit Project in Guatemala


Jan 27

Shelterbox – Anne Ohlgen

Evening Christmas Party - University Club 6:30 for 7:15. $47
December Cashier: EDGELL; 50-50 CANTY


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