Rotary Club of Oak Bay
Service Above Self 2005-2006 Rotary International Theme: Service Above Self District Governor: Joan Firkins

Programs for February: (at Oak Bay Beach Hotel)


Thrifty's Vocational Visit. Don't go to the Hotel unless you have arranged to carpool! For a map, copy and paste: 6649 Butler Crescent into the search bar at Then copy and paste 1175 Beach Drive Oak Bay BC into the "to here" section, and you'll have a route from the hotel drawn out for you.

February 21 Kevin Walker, owner of OBBH
February 28 Speaker for Police Victim Services

Roster February 14 & 21, 2006

Greet/Grace Greet/Intro Bulletin Introduce Speaker Thank Speaker
Petrie Picken Pitt Pritchard Philip
Rawnsley Warnock Sills Sim Snively
Cashier: L. Canty; 50-50: L. McLeod


(and welcome back)
Carl Jackson

Program for February 7, reported by the Old Curmudgeon himself!

President David opened the meeting by reminding us that February is World Understanding Month and noted the moves that the R.I. Board is taking to open up Cuba and China to Rotary clubs. Tom Lidkea played for O Canada and grace was said by Angele Munro.

Rotarian of the Week is Carl Jackson, who was welcomed back, Carl embodied the ideals of a good Rotarian during his recent health problems.

Visiting Rotarians & Guests, introduced by Jerry McLean

C.H. Pinkerton, Victoria;
Joe Prentice, Whitehorse;
Caroline Benjamin, Templeton CA;
Jack Jeffrey, Harbourside;
Jim Porter, Calgary South, S/A.

Richard Farnon was the guest of Ted Chambers;
Bev Hettrick was a guest of visiting Rotarian, Caroline Benjamin.

The next social event will be a Salute to the Stars, on Sat. Mar. 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Lorna’s house, said Heather Aked. Come dressed as your favorite movie star (but don't tell anyone who you are), bring $15 and an appetizer, and enjoy the wine tasting. Sign-up sheets circulating.

District Conference: Lorna distributed brochures and application forms. M.J.H.!

Flashing Hearts: Rotarian Che Pinkerton from the Victoria Club explained that this is a Victoria wide fund raiser. Each Club will get an allotment to sell hearts at $5, keeping $2. We need volunteers for our Club’s sales' table at Thrifty’s Hillside Feb. 10/11 between 10:00AM and 4:00PM, these dates being Rotary Days in Victoria. Addendum: Thanks to those of you who have offered to volunteer to sell the hearts. Phone or email Tricia if you have time to spare on Friday or Saturday.

Guest Speaker, introduced by Hans Ockermueller

Bedriya Hromic, who is, of course, a member of our Club, was the guest speaker. She made a presentation, with slides, on the subject of Rotary in Bosnia-Herzegovina (B-H.) Bedriya was born in the capital of B-H., Sarajevo, and was educated there with a B.A. In 1996 she came to Canada with her son and obtained an M.B.A. at Royal Roads. Currently she teaches business administration at C.D.I. College. Rotary clubs in B-H. are in District 1910, attached to Austria. There are 10 clubs in B.H., with two being in Sarajevo. She noted that B-H. has a long and rich history. She showed slides illustrating the architecture, which shows an Austrian influence. With regard to the impact of Rotary, she noted the positive effect of Exchange Students, who return with a better idea of how to develop their careers. The Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Rersolution have had a big positive effect. She showed a picture of three Rotary World Peace Fellows who have been working in B-H. Also, there are Education
for Peace schools in Mostar, which are supported by R.I. In addition, Rotary Districts 7080 and 7090, in collaboration with CIDA (Canada) have worked to clear minefields, a big problem after so many years of conflict. Finally, she noted that development in B-H. depends on education of women, especially in the areas of entrepreneurship. Bedriya was thanked by John Snively, who noted the depth of her commitment to Rotary.

Our guest speaker,
Bedrija Hromic





(Photo by Tricia)

President David doing a banner exchange with Caroline Benjamin. Caroline originally hailed from Manitoba, but now lives in Templeton, CA, a small town with a four-year-old Rotary club, of which she is the incoming treasurer.

A banner was also received from Hugh Mitchell of Coquitlam Sunrise.


Photo by Jack.

(More Pics by Jack)

Sergeant At Arms

Sergeant-at-Arms, Dallas Chapple, just back from Hawaii, rubbed our noses in it by fining all who didn’t go, as well as Lori and Les for being late for duties - the latter for also being minus his badge. Tricia was welcomed back but no fine. Birthdays were or will be celebrated by Bill Sharlow (his 90th!), Neil. M., Jack Petrie, and Carl Jackson, who donated $20 to celebrate. John and Linda Edgell celebrated an anniversary, in Mexico, I believe, but Dallas missed that. The draw was won by Hans Ockermueller but no white marble.

Che Pinkerton
Mary Canty (Photos by Jack)
Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel
1175 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC, CANADA, V8S 2N2

Directions to Hotel

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