Rotary Club of Oak Bay
2007-2008 Rotary International Theme: Rotary Shares
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Program for February 5, 2008, reported by David Maxwell. Photos by Jack
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A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL at the Interact Gala Event. We should all be proud of our Interact club youth, who worked so hard to raise between $1500 and $2000 for The Malawi Girls School (APU) project. GO OAK BAY HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT CLUB! Here's what APU CHAIR, David Stocks had to say about the event: The Interactors were well prepared and seemed to enjoy hosting the event.  Several of them showed great poise and good humour in making announcements and keeping the flow going.  A great group of youth.The entertainment was astonishing!  The singers showed superb skill AND discipline, under the excellent guidance of Mrs. Murphy.  The jazz band played my kind of music with gusto.  There were three gracefully athletic dancers who interpreted some modern tunes.  The entertainment alone was worth the price of admission.  These performers deserve larger audiences.  Perhaps they will put on some sort of concert nearer to the end of the school year.The worst part was the silent auction.  Why?  Because certain people repeatedly outbid me for items that I really wanted!  I won't mention Jack's wife by name, but you can read between the lines. It looks as if the APU project made about $2,000 - enough for two more scholarships for our Malawi girls.

The February 5th meeting was chaired by long-past President, Brian Lamb, the first of four previous presidents of the Club who will be presiding at meetings in February to honor the 15 past presidents still members of our Club (and give President Jack a holiday!). Brian recognized past-President Colin Smith, visiting us from Royal City. He was president in 1990. Brian began by summarizing some of the highlights of the year when he was President including having 23 guests at one of his meetings, raising $491 in a bingo fundraiser, the 4 firesides, raising $3700 in a major raffle and participating in numerous community projects. Brian even introduced his Board members from 1979/80. Then we sang O Canada a cappella and Joe Prentice said Grace.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests introduced by Tav Macpherson:

Colin Smith, Royal City;
Bill Burns, Royal Oak, Education Admin. (Retired);
Mike Creery, Harbourside.

Doris Lewis was a guest of Lori McLeod;
Gary Smith was a guest of the Club;
Sarah Murphy was a guest of Irene Davie.

Brian acknowledged Ola turning 18 while later in the meeting Bill Sharlow celebrated 92, Neil Madsen 80, and Joe Prentice even younger!!
Mary reported on the health of the Club announcing Lynne was home and Mark hoped to be home to his daughters soon in Calgary.

The guest S@A was Joan who was kind in her efforts to extract money from everyone. She asked everyone to donate a toonie - half for the fun of doing the Tuesday quiz and half for remembering the loss of a local realtor on the weekend in Victoria. Joan then told one of the funniest jokes we had heard in years. Well done Joan.

Happy bucks: Tav off to New Zealand for 2 months, Dallas back from diving in Hawaii, Les promoting buying stamps to support Prostate research and Jack, just because. Neil M had 100 happy dollars for turning 80.
Irene won the draw…again and took home $15.
Tav, in his last Foundation address asked all of us to dontate generously to PolioPlus as our club has for so many years. To date we have given over $21,000 to the Foundation this year!!! Well done everyone.

Guest Speakers:
Today’s speakers were two of our own doing vocational talks: Peter Johannknecht and Perry Bamji.


Peter is an Architect who was born in Germany in the northern Rhine. He is married to Sharon and has 2 boys. He met his wife when she was on a Rotary exchange to Germany and eventually married her. Peter was a founding member of Rotaract in 1986 in Germany. In 1992 he moved to Vancouver and then in 1994 back to Germany for 12 years to further his education and then back to Victoria in 2005 to begin work on the Dockside Green project as a lead designer and Architect. He showed pictures of his buildings and homes and his commitment to designing “Green” buildings to help the environment and support this energy conservation movement across the world.

Perry is a multi-national mongrel!! He is truly a man of all countries. He was born in India and married in England in 1970. His education was physics, engineering and then a PhD in 1974. He worked in Alcan for 28 years as an engineer, inventor and supervisor contributing to the unique recycling process that Alcan created. It takes 6 weeks to recycle a can from beginning to end. Perry then spent 11 years at Queens University in the school of business. A terrific 39 year career!! He continues to have his own company Pennatech, which looks at training and education of companies. He also acts as an adjudicator for the MBA students at Royal Roads. Perry’s hobbies include travel, photography, pottery, patents/inventions and Rotary!!! Perry has had a great career in Rotary where he was President of the Kingston Club and has held most Director positions over the years. He spoke of the great fundraisers he has been involved with which Oak Bay can hopefully learn from. He finished with the 3 way test from the 1993 RI President Cliff Dochterman: Is it fun?, Will it hurt anyone? Will anyone find out?


Jack Petrie

President Elect:
Neil Rawnsley

Past President:
Tav Macpherson

Victoria Pitt

David Sills

Neil Rawnsley

Public Relations:
Tricia Timmermans

Tav Macpherson

Joan Peggs

Service Projects:
Tom Lidkea
Joe Prentice

Heather Aked

Sergeants @ Arms:
Brian Lamb

Lynne Murray


February 5 Perry Bamji & Peter Johannknecht: Vocationals - Pete and rePete
February 12 Bryce Kendrick: Seashore Life of British Columbia
February 19

Reg Whitaker: Is Ottawa keeping Canadians safe from terrorism?

February 26 Tara Douglas: Dr. Graham's Homes for Needy Children
March 4

Margaret Lucas, President, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce:Leadership in Greater Victoria

March 11  

DUTY ROSTER February 2008

5-Feb Lawrie MacPherson Maxwell Marsh McDougall
12-Feb McLean McLeod McLaughlin Meredith Munro
19-Feb Murray Mutter Nazar O'Coffey Ockermueller
26-Feb Peggs Patrick Prentice Philip Picken

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