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 Recreation Centre, 1975 Bee Street, Victoria, BC, V8R-5E6
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BULLETIN FOR December 12, 2006. Reported by John Edgell


Christmas was in the air at last Tuesday's meeting.

Here Doug McDougall makes sure the flags are arranged correctly (he was given much useless advice) and our guest speaker, exchange student Liz Rodiles, was in festive spirit wearing a beautiful costume from her native Mexico.


Pres. Tav presided and reminded us that December is Family Month. Tom Lidkea played for the singing of O Canada & Lorna said grace.

Visiting Rotarians & Guests, introduced by Pablo Diemecke:
Colleen M ilne, West Shore, Real Estate;
Allan Neale, Victoria, Accounting. Services;
Doug Downs, Harbourside, Construction.
Liz Banda Rodiles (our exchange student from Mexico, and today's guest speaker;
Kevin & Shawna Walker were guests of the Club;
Alexander Ewanchuck, was a guest of his mom, Heather;
and Margaret Patrick was a guest of of John Edgell & Joan Peggs.

Foundation Chair, David Maxwell presented Lorna Curtis with her second Paul Harris Fellowship pin. Belated Congratulations were given to Hans Ockermueller for completing 31 years of perfect attendance, and Foundation Chair, David Maxwell presented Tricia Timmermans with her wings for becoming a Benefactor.

Sergeant-at-Arms Mark Bedford levied fines on various transgressors of Rotary etiquette, those not going to the Christmas party or who have not yet donated to Mustard Seed, or anyone else who caught Mark’s fancy. Alan Neale won the draw but donated it back to the Club. Thanks Alan.

Annual General Meeting, convened at 12:54 am by President Tav.

1. Minutes of 2005 AGM approved (M. Tom Croft, S. Mark Bedford).
2. Financial Report & President’s Report for 2005/06, presented by Brian Lamb
The reports were distributed. Noteworthy was the increased surplus, resulting in some comments by David Philip that this is too much cash to carry; he suggested a discussion about its use by the membership. Also, the Memorial Student Fund, originally $10,000, is now $6,399, since it does not earn enough to pay the annual $500 awards. Neil M. suggested that it be topped up to $10,000 and invested to earn more money.
3. Report of the Nominating Comm. (David, Tav and Jack)

Officers & Service Directors (assignments tentative):
Past President: Tav Macpherson
Club Administration:
Steve Harthill
President: Jack Petrie
Public Relations: Tricia Timmermans

President Elect: Neil Rawnsley
R.I. Foundataion: Tav Macpherson

Secretary: Leslie Rogers-Warnock
Service Projects: Tom Lidkea
Treasurer: David Sills

International: Heather Aked
Membership: Joan Peggs

There being no further nominations, President Tav declared the slate elected by acclamation.
4. Motion to Adjourn by Lorna and Dallas was carried at approximately 1:10 pm.

Assistant D.G., Colleen Milne, presented President Tav with a Charter Membership in the Paul Harris Society to recognize his committment to donate $1,000 to the Foundation per year.
Honorary Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded by President Tav to Shawna & Kevin Walker to recognize the many years they have hosted us at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, and also in memory of the contribution of Kevin’s father, Bruce, a charter member of our Club.
The Salvation Army Kettle Schedule of Shifts for this week:
Fri Dec 15
Sat Dec 16
Tue Dec 19
Wed Dec 20
Thur Dec 21
Fri Dec 22
L. Canty
Sat Dec 23
Lynne & Liz

Guest Speaker, introduced by Lynne Murray:

Our Exchange Student, Liz Rodiles , presented slides showing her home country, Mexico.
In a broad, high valley about 60 miles southeast of Mexico City is a city known by many names over the years: City of Angels, City of Tiles, Heroic City of Zaragoza. Today we know it as simply Puebla.

Established by the Spanish in 1531 on the main route between the port of Veracruz (the most important port in Mexico) and Mexico City, Puebla was the principal city of colonial Mexico. Puebla’s appearance is the most European of all the colonial cities, because it was planned from the ground up by a Spanish city designer rather than being built within an existing Indian community.

By 1539, Puebla had a university and was on its way to becoming well-known throughout Mexico for milling, textiles, exquisitely decorated pottery and tiles, and for the architectural
beauty of its buildings. Although modern Puebla is highly industrialized, its historic downtown remains a Spanish-colonial treasure filled with elegant 17th and 18th century European architecture and art. When you add a temperate climate year-round, friendly and courteous residents (called poblanos) and delicious regional cuisine, Puebla becomes the ideal place to learn Spanish.

Great pictures and a lovely presentation. Her Dad Guido, Mother Chela and Sister Chela were also frequently shown. Members should know that Liz is now staying with Heather and her family; and her next family will be Lynne and Nels. She would love to go on special “gringo” holiday events. She was thanked by Nels, who remarked that she was only 14 when she applied and that her English has become very good in only 4 months.

Upcoming Speakers and Roster
Programs for December
Dec 19
Christmas Party in the Evening at U Vic Faculty Club
Thank Speaker
2 Jackson Marsh Lidkea Lamb Maxwell
9 McDougall McLean McLeod Munro Murray
16 Ockermueller O'Coffey Peggs Mutter Petrie
23 Philip Picken Pitt Pritchard Rawnsley
30 Sills Sim Snively Sims Stirling
January Cashier: AKED; 50-50: PRENTICE


Oak Bay Rotary Officers:
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: Lynne Murray

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