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
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Program for February 15, 2011 - Reported by Ted Chambers; Photos by Jack Petrie

President-elect Joan Peggs called the meeting to order.

Peter Lawrie introduced a Rotary moment combining art, reading,  and writing done by the kids at George Jay School, which we have supported in the past year under our Literacy Program. The video  used new technology provided by our club to tell a story entitled One Morning in Mrs O’Keefe’s combined 1 and 2 Class.

Black History Victoria

Announcements:

Joan Peggs announced that the Oak Bay Council has proclaimed Wednesday, February 23, as Rotary Day.  Jim Force related plans for our Club to set up from 11-2 on that day outside the Municipal Halll with hot dogs to be sold (by donation) with proceeds going to Polio Plus.  Thanks were extended to Cobs Bakery for providing the buns and to Fairway for the wieners.

Tom Lidkea informed the club that the Scotch tasting evening was a success and netted approximately $1,700.

Lorna Curtis announced that seat vouchers for the Canadian College of Performing Arts April 30 production of Girl Crazy would be on sale at the February 22 meeting. Staff from the college (located near Oak Bay Rec Centre on Elgin Road) spoke to us last week about their program and a young student sang for us.)

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


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February is World Understanding Month

Mary Canty introduced our speaker, historian Valin Marshall.  She pointed out that this month is Black History Month.  Dr. Marshall’s specialty is black history and his talk dealt with why blacks came to Victoria; some of those who came; and their aspirations in coming.

Those who came originally were from California. Though that state did not have slavery, it did not overtly oppose it in other states. Further, blacks suffered substantial disadvantages: they could neither testify against whites nor vote; they paid a poll tax and went to segregated schools. Sir James Douglas, whose mother was black, was, in the 1850s, concerned about the influx of Americans following the gold discoveries of the period, and went looking for immigrants possibly more sympathetic to British rule. He initially invited 35 blacks from the Zionist Episcopal Church in San Francisco to come to Victoria. Many followed, and by the end of the 1860s there were an estimated 500 blacks in the community representing numerous occupations.

Examples of those who came included Micklin Gibbs who was a Victoria businessman with interests in The Queen Charlotte Islands. He became a member of the Victoria City Council. Charles and Nancy Alexander were born in Missouri and came to Victoria in 1858 from California. Alexander found gold here in the early rush and then moved to Saanich. Rebecca Gibbs was a relative of Micklin by marriage. She came in the early group of settlers and then worked in Barkerville during the gold rush. Following that she came back to Victoria. Gibbs also wrote poetry, some of it based on her gold rush experiences. A number of others were named who contributed to the development of British Columbia, some of whom are buried in Ross Bay Cemetery.  Dr. Marshall emphasized that what the blacks sought above all in moving to this area was security and justice. The speaker concluded his remarks with a poem by Rebecca Gibbs.

Will Carter thanked the speaker.

CELEBRATING ROTARY'S ANNIVERSARY

The following are events to be held by individual Victoria Area Rotary Clubs to mark the 106th anniversary of the foundation of Rotary on Wednesday February 23rd.

Oak Bay will hold a ‘by donation’ hotdog sale in front of Oak Bay Municipal Hall, from 11:30 – 2:00 pm. All proceeds to benefit Polio Plus. The Rotary Day proclamation will be presented to Council this week, and efforts are to be made to have a Rotary flag flown outside the Oak Bay Municipal Hall on the 23rd. Rotaract students from Oak Bay High have been asked to create window displays in store fronts along Oak Bay Avenue, and so far two banks (HSBC and CIBC) have agreed to loan space for this purpose.

On February 23rd, Oak Bay will also facilitate the illumination of one side of the Malahat Building on Wharf Street with the Rotary wheel emblem and “END POLIO NOW”. The illumination will commence at 5:45 pm. Gerry Pash of the Downtown club is trying to arrange that A Channel TV weather man Bruce Williams will conduct his early news hour weather forecast in-front of the light display.

Saanich/Sidney will hold a ‘by donation’ hotdog sale at the Saanich Municipal Hall from 11:00-1:30pm on the 23rd, they will also have Rotarians strategically located at the new Uptown shopping precinct offering long stemmed white roses for donations to PolioPlus.

Harbourside has arranged that Victoria City Council will read and adopt the Rotary Day proclamation at their regular council meeting, Thursday Feb 10th. On the morning of the 23rd, His Worship the Mayor, Dean Fortin, will address Rotarians at City Hall at 8:30 a.m. and afterwards (8:45 approx.) he will raise the Rotary flag on the City Hall entrance flag pole.

At 12:30 (noon) Harbourside Rotarians, Chris Dysart and Bill Freyer, will be guests on C-FAX 1070 with Ryan Price, to speak about Rotary and their recent trip to Honduras on humanitarian projects for Rotary.

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Rotarian Micki Stirling from RCV Parkside (below)
Micki Stirling

and guests Pam Copley, Wanita Marshall, Betty Pitts and our speaker
Valin Marshall
(below)
Valin Marshall

Celebrations Master Jack Petrie levied a number of fines. Lorna Curtis, Tom Lidkea, Vicki Pitt, Lynne Murray, Neil Rawnsley, Joan Firkins and Mary Canty offered happy and sad dollars.  Guest Betty Pitt won the draw.

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

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

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 photos of the project here.

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ROSTER- FEBRUARY
Date
Greeter & Grace
Greeter & Introduce Guests
Bulletin Minutes
Host & Introduce Speaker
Thank Speaker
22-Feb TIMMERMANS FIRKINS JORDAN JOHANNKNECHT FORCE
CASH DESK: LAMB ... 50-50: CHAPPLE
CELEBRATIONS MASTER: PETRIE ... ROOM SET-UP/TAKE DOWN: TAYLOR
MARCH
01-Mar LAWRIE LIDKEA MACPHERSON MADSEN MAXWELL
08-Mar MCLEAN MCLEOD FIRKINS AKED OCKERMUELLER
15-Mar O'COFFEY PEGGS HAWKSWORTH GIBBS PITT
22-Mar PRENTICE ROGERS-WARNOCK SILLS SIM SIMS
29-Mar SNIVELY TIMMERMANS TOAL MURRAY BAMJI
CASH DESK: PETRIE ... 50-50: CURTIS
CELEBRATIONS MASTER: RAWNSLEY ... ROOM SET-UP/TAKE DOWN: SCHOPPER
PROGRAMS - FEBRUARY
Feb 22 Dr. Robert Kowalewski –Antimatter in Science & Film
To view a COMPLETE LIST OF PROGRAMS and THE DUTY ROSTER FOR MEETINGS click the linked words

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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