Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
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Program for December 22, 2009, reported by Wyn Taylor. Photos by Tom Croft CLICK HERE for Print Version

Visiting Rotarians And Guests introduced by Gary Nazar: Bill Jamieson, guest of Ron Cooley.

Tom Lidkea and Pablo Diemecke led the Club in Christmas Carols prior to the meeting as members were arriving. President Vicki began the meeting by showing a group from the University of Indiana Singing The Twelve Days of Christmas. Tom on piano and Pablo on violin accompanied the singing of O Canada. Joe Prentice gave the Invocation. Pictures from last week’s Christmas Party at the Union Club were shown as members dined.

John Edgell announced that he and Linda would be enjoying warmer climes until early April. He will keep in touch with the Club through Skype. John’s Skype telephone is 1-623-207-9674 and his Skype name is ‘jr.edgell’. John encourages members to keep in touch with him….he will be attending Board Meetings via Skype.


President VickY called the Annual General Meeting to Order.

The Minutes from last year’s AGM as circulated were approved. (Heather Aked/Neil Rawnsley)

The Auditor’s Report (Ann Sims) was approved. (Peter LaWrie/Gary Nazar)

Past President Neil Rawnsley presented the Nominating Committee Report:

Past President: Vicky Pitt
President: John Edgell
President-Elect: Joan Peggs
Treasurer: David Sills
Secretary: Lynn Murray
Directors: Perry Bamji
            Jim Force
               Peter Lawrie
              Gary Nazar

This slate was elected and there being no other business, Adjournment was moved by Joan Firkins, seconded by Will Carter.


Christmas Program


Our Program consisted of two excellent presentations by Club Members … Pablo Diemecke presented Christmas in Mexico and David Philip presented Hogmanay in Scotland.

Pablo played some of the Mexican Christmas music on his violin and with the help of Tom Croft, Tom Lidkea and John Edgell, (see photo above) sang verses to the traditional songs accompanying Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay - the discovery of a place for their child to be born and the rejoicing as the children broke the piñata to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child.

David Philip

David Philip (above) explained the pagan origins of the Scottish celebration of the New Year…Hogmanay. Two hundred years ago the church suppressed any revelry but now everyone has a good time and the odd ‘wee dram’. The traditional practice of ‘First Footing’ begins immediately after the bells announce midnight on New Years Day…a handsome dark haired man brings gifts of coal for warmth, biscuits for hunger, salt to drive away evil spirits and scotch whiskey for toasting. David remembers the traditional dish of Black Bun as a ‘flies graveyard’ and gave us a recommendation for a good single malt scotch…TamDhu. After the meeting Ron Cooley and Lynn Murray were spotted buying the last two bottles at the Fort and Foul Bay Store. The traditional song for  Hogmany, Auld Lang Syne, attributed to Robert Burns, celebrates ‘days gone by’ and has its origins in the pagan custom of holding hands in a circle in the Wallie Wach fashion, i.e. hands crossed over and ending with kicking up your heels and imbibing more libations. In place of singing The Queen we ended our meeting by forming one large circle and re-enacting this ancient tradition.



Sergeant-at-Arms Tom Croft fined John Edgell….who would really wonder where he was going to enjoy the warmth? President Vicky for telling her first joke, Jim Force and Peter Lawrie for bringing out their puzzle again this week. Pablo Diemecke recited the Four Way Test in Spanish. All those attending the AGM were fined $1 and those missing the meeting will be asked to pony up $2. Sad and Happy dollars were contributed by Jim, Peter, Shelly and Pablo. Jim Force had the winning Draw Ticket but drew the black marble.

Jack Petrie has sponsored Lois Hague for membership. More information to follow.

Joan Firkins gave us advance notice of a major club fundraiser on Saturday May 15. This will be an Italian Community Dinner with both a silent and live auction to be held at the Monterey Centre. As our goal is $20,000, every member is asked to put this date in their diary and plan to donate five items or experiences which can be auctioned off. The aim is to have a fun community event and raise money to support our Rotary projects.

Lorna Curtis circulated an information form about the kind of social events we would like to enjoy this coming year. Please fill in your form and return it to Lorna.

Jim Force reminded us of how the collection of used books last year was sent to Russells Books and converted into credit for the purchase of children’s books. Women’s Transition House has expressed their appreciation to the Club.

Rod Sim thanked members for their excellent participation in manning the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle on Oak Bay Avenue. There are still four slots left….please call Rod if you can help.


President Vicky announced that there would be no meeting next week.


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