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 8, 2011 - Reported by Perry Bamji; Photos by Jack Petrie

February is World Understanding Month

Feb 23 is END POLIO NOW day. Click here for details

Tom Lidkea
Grace was said by:             Pablo Diemecke


Tav MacPherson announced that Tax receipts for donation to the Rotary Foundation are available for pick up from him.

Joan Firkins reminded members of the Tuscan Dinner on May 14, 2011 and urged all club members to lend their support. Please reserve your tables in advance. Tickets are at $40 per person. Lorna Curtis asked people to donate items for the auction – Gift Baskets (~$75). Silent Auction Items $40+, and bottles of Italian wine for table decoration and auction. Big-ticket items ($500 and over) are also needed for the live auction. Jack Petrie will solicit businesses in Oak Bay. Please do not duplicate Jack’s efforts (Consult Jack if in doubt. ED).

Lesley Rogers-Warnock announced a change in the program for next week’s meeting. A speaker from the BC Society of Black History will be visiting our club.

Peter Lawrie announced a Community Services Committee Meeting next week. There will be a visitation to the George Jay School to see the items ($4,500) that our club has donated. Next Sunday the Interact Club is fundraising “Bucks for Bunnies for Rwanda”. Please support this event. (More information from Pete).

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.
View John's photos of the project here.

Heather and Joan Firkins
Joan Firkins (right) awarded Heather Aked (left) a Paul Harris+3 pin for her continuing contribution to the Rotary Foundation.

Guest Speakers:
Eugen Bannerman introduced two directors from the Canadian College of Performing Arts:

Ron Schuster, a graduate of Alberta who is now the College Director, was an arts administrator, a professional performer, director and writer-in-residence for dance, musical theatre and film.

Canadian College of Performing Arts

Darold Roles, an alumnus of Universities of Alberta and Calgary, is the school’s Artistic and Educational Director. He has served as Dean of Art at Red Deer College as well as director, choreographer, performer, writer, teacher and an administrator.

Both Ron and Darold spoke of the training that their students receive at the Canadian College of Performing Art in Oak Bay. The theme of the college is to Inspire, Explore and Create; it is owned by The Canadian Heritage Art Society. It was started by Jacques Lemay and Janis Dunning and has trained students for over 12 years.  The students (approximately 65) come from all over Canada (they currently also have two overseas students from Guatemala and Mexico). The students who work 6 days a week, 10 to 14 hours a day are taught dancing, acting, voice, play writing, music therapy, corporate citizenship and choosing a career path. Final year students have to produce three shows and manage a company – thus learning business skills.

The college is currently looking for a new purpose-built permanent home.

Collin Jones, a senior year student then entertained us with two songs. The trio from the College also got the entire club on the floor dancing to “Puttin’ on the Ritz”. A good time was had by all! Ron Beyer thanked the guest speakers for a wonderful afternoon of enlightenment and entertainment.


John Snively had his own ROTARY MOMENT while in San Antonio Palopo and penned the following:

What are the criteria for being of service? 
Wherein lies the ego or responsibility when we hear the call?  What's in it for me one might ask? 
Who decides what is best for the other when pain and suffering are at play? 
How much is enough knowing there is no end especially as long as inequality and ignorance prevail? 
How does one contribute in the true spirit of giving and sharing when compassion and gratitude with their warm light are the divine equalizers? 
How will you respond with your abundance when the request for assistance comes your way? 
Can you arrive at the threshold so full of heart and depart even fuller after your offering? 
Is this the moment of truth where no questions or answers exist, only right action born out of the heart and the spirit?
Can all these questions be silenced forever?
I am standing here on the precipice of love surrounded by countless arms outstretched.  I know what is being asked of me.  I am overwhelmed by inspired tenderness.  I know what to do. 
Do you?

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Joe Prentice
Visitors:          Betty Pitt (Vicky’s mother - below)
Vicky Pitt and Mom
Speakers: Ron Schuster
Darold Roles, Collin Jones
(All from Canadian College of Performing Arts)

Upcoming Events:
DLTA (District Leadership Training Assembly) April 2-3. Click here for details.

Celebrations Master
(Jack Petrie):
Neil Madsen turned 84 and presented the club with $100. Dallas, Lorna and Tav were fined for certain wrong-doings! Joe Prentice, Vicky Pitt, Lynne Murray, Joan Firkins, Heather Aked, Lesley Rogers and Mary Canty all gave their loonies for happenings in their lives. Joan Peggs won the 50/50 draw and drew the white marble and emptied the kitty!

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


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.

Sing along to a beautiful new song COME JOIN US that describes the essence of what we do in Rotary.

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



Greeter & Grace
Greeter & Introduce Guests
Bulletin Minutes
Host & Introduce Speaker
Thank Speaker
Feb 15 BC Society of Black History
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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