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 February 1, 2011 - Reported by Rod Sim

Microcredit Conference in Victoria; March 4th and 5th; registration is $80; register on-line or contact Jenn Raappana at 250-893-2204.

There are five tickets ($90 each) left for the Whiskey Tasting night on Friday, February 4th; contact Tom Lidkea 250-595-8084 if you are interested.

A Rotary Moment with Perry Bamji told of the Kindergarten Project partnered with the Jalemba Bay Rotary Club; lots of color photographs including MIA President John Edgell. Click here to view images of the Louis Pasteur Kindergarten Project, now completed!

Joan Peggs thanked Eugen and Vicky for supporting her in her initial request to organize this END POLIO NOW illumination (see details at right); she also thanked Jim and Corey for coming forward to volunteer.

A previous speaker, Haida Bolton, who spoke on Camp Uganda has sent the following information: At our 4th annual camp in January 2010, we initiated the fuel-efficient, wood-saving Rocket Stove Project. We taught 30 campers and 7 teachers how to build this stove and what its benefits are. As a result, 40 new stoves were built - 19 by campers and 21 by their neighbours that the campers taught. That equates to 96,000 pounds of wood saved each yea, less trees chopped down, more forests, more homes for wildlife, less labour and better health for people! Enjoy this 3 minute slideshow with singing by campers. Our 2011 camp will be held in May instead of January.

February is World Understanding Month
Feb 23 is END POLIO NOW day.
Click here for details

President-Elect Joan Peggs standing in for travelling President John Edgell chaired the meeting. Grace was said by Wolf Schopper; the National Anthem was sung, accompanied by Tom Lidkea.

Anne Sims introduced the guest speakers: Lori McLeod and Maureen Cosgrove who were speaking on behalf of the Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation.

The foundation started in 1982, and changed to its current name in 2001. It provides support and care for the elderly and those that care for the elderly. Institutional and outreach programs are provided. It is self-funded with a paid staff of two and an army of volunteers. The Rotary Club of Oak Bay has provided $50K+ in financial assistance since 2004. Lori’s presentation was informative and professional. Maureen told a personal story of discovery and insight leading to greater happiness and well-being.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM.


8:30 - 8:45 am Rotary flag will be raised at City Hall (Victoria)

11:30 am – 2 pm on the Oak Bay municipal lawn. OB Rotary Club will be selling ‘by donation’ hot dogs, coffee, (buns are being donated by Cobs). Volunteers needed - see Jim Force.

4:30 – 11 pm END POLIO NOW with the Rotary emblem will be displayed as an illumination on The Malahat Building -the historic pink building on Wharf Street on the Inner Harbour.

Some of you had questions for guest speaker David Bratzer (LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) which Leslie has received answers to. Here are David's replies: LEAP does not have charitable status in Canada. Although we would like to be a charitable organization in Canada, this is not possible under Canadian tax regulations. Revenue Canada explicitly states: “Also, a charity cannot be formed to retain, oppose, or change the law, policy, or decision of any level of government in Canada or a foreign country.” LEAP’s primary purpose is, of course, to change law and policy. Raising money is harder when donors cannot receive a tax deduction, but that is the way it is in Canada. That said, donors can direct where their funds are spent (for example, if they want to make sure their donation is spent in Canada). Presently, I am raising funds for a four day speaking tour of the interior of BC scheduled for early May. I will be doing events (including Rotary Clubs) in Kelowna, Vernon and possibly Penticton. For Rotarians interested in a longer presentation about drug policy, I will be showing the 55-minute documentary "Damage Done: A Drug Wary Odyssey" on February 24th from 7pm to 9pm. This will be at the Martin Batchelor Gallery, 712 Cormorant St in Victoria. This is part of the monthly movie night series put on by the Green Party of BC. I will be introducing the documentary and answering questions after the film. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door to cover the rental space. (Please note that LEAP does not endorse any political party... our only affiliation with the Green Party is that some of its members were interested in hearing from a LEAP speaker.)

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by David Sills:
Diane Collison, Parry Sound;
Burt Kennedy, Calgary;
Maureen Duncan, Harbourside;
Maureen Cosgrove, Guest of Lori McLeod.

Upcoming Events:
DLTA (District Leadership Training Assembly);

Rotary International Convention in New Orleans.

Celebrations Master was Jack Petrie, With assistance from Jim Force and Gary Smith. Jack’s Deep Thought: Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes? There were many, many, many fines; Happy Dollars from Dallas Chapple and Wolf Schopper; Happy Birthday to David Philip.
The Draw: Bill Burns had the right number (#918) but missed his marble. Lynne Murray is slowly recovering and slowly healing; we send our best wishes.

Click here to read of club members' Jacqueline Mealing and John Snively's work in San Antonio Palopo on Lake Atitlan, in Guatemala. Please show your support for this program, as three club members are physically involved in Guatemala in "MAKING IT HAPPEN!" This is what Rotary is about: Service Above Self.

March 15th is the deadline for submission of international project ideas. See Perry.


Greeter & Grace
Greeter & Introduce Guests
Bulletin Minutes
Host & Introduce Speaker
Thank Speaker
Feb 08 Ron Schuster - College Director, Canadian College of Performing Arts
Feb 15 Committee Brainstorming
Feb 22 Dr. Robert Kowalewski –Antimatter in Science & Film

Letter from Geoff Hall, a member of the organizing committee for the 2011 District 5020 District Leadership Training Assembly (DLTA):  This year's DLTA will take place in Victoria, April 2nd-3rd 2011, with a social evening - Fellowship Friday - preceding on April 1st for those who are interested. This is a wonderful opportunity for 5020 Rotarians to learn about Foundation Grants, building ever better Rotary clubs, ways to include youth, and more.  You can check out this link for complete program info: Program Outlines. There will be no shortage of opportunity for fellowship with Rotarians from all around Washington and Vancouver Island, including the opportunity for a night on the town with Saturday Night Specials.  Attendees have the chance to check out some of the best spots beautiful Victoria has to offer! Please visit the web site I have set up here. Registration is now open for paying by cheque or Credit Card. Base registration is $90.00 CAD. Remember, registration is limited, so you are encouraged to register ASAP to ensure availability!

Yours in Rotary, 
Geoff Hall
Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club
District 5020

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